Via photographer David Bauckham
19 April ~ In the late 1800s and early 1900s football split between amateur and professional, resulting in the formation of the Amateur Football Association (AFA). The FA remained dominant and banned any clubs affiliated to the AFA from their competitions, meaning the AFA was reduced to a place for old boys’ clubs, university and Oxbridge college teams and representatives for banks and hospitals. Eventually the two associations were reconciled and the now-renamed Amateur Football Alliance (covered in WSC 346) continues to this day, though it sits outside the non-League pyramid.
The flagship event of this association is the AFA Senior Cup, the 97th final of which was contested by West Wickham and Old Garchonians and took place at the Old Wilsonians’ Association sports ground in Hayes. Photographer David Bauckham went along to the match and has written a history of the association to accompany his pictures. A small selection of those are reproduced below, but you can see the full set here.