Crest of North Greenford United Football Club

North Greenford United

The Blues

North Greenford United Football Club, nicknamed “The Blues,” is a non-league football club based in Greenford, Ealing.

Established in 1944, they currently compete in the Cherry Red Records Combined Counties Premier Division North, which is part of the ninth tier of English football. The team calls Berkeley Fields their home ground.

The club was established in September 1944 as a youth team, adding a senior side the next year and joining the Harrow League, later transitioning to the Middlesex County League. In 1983, it moved to the Spartan League but returned to the Middlesex League in 1994 to improve its facilities, including adding floodlights. By 2002, the club joined the Combined Counties League and achieved notable success in the early 2000s, including being runners-up in the Premier Challenge Cup in 2003/04 and league runners-up in 2004/05. Under Mick Harvey, the team reached the League Cup final in 2006/07, though they lost to Merstham.

Steve Ringrose became manager in 2008/09, leading the team to second place in the Premier League. The club’s most successful season came in 2009/10, winning the Combined Counties Championship and the MFA Charity Cup. Despite challenges in higher leagues, the team maintained its status and avoided relegation with late-season surges. However, the following seasons saw fluctuating performances and frequent managerial changes, including Neil Shipperley’s brief terms and subsequent replacements by Paul Palmer, Don Bennett, Barry Morris, and others. Despite struggles, the team narrowly escaped relegation multiple times through crucial victories.

By 2016, the club was relegated but remained in the Combined Counties Premier Division after a successful appeal. The appointment of Danny Vincent and Colin Murphy as managers led to a respectable 13th place finish in 2016/17. The 2017/18 season, however, was marked by inconsistent results and poor weather, ending in another 13th place finish. The following season saw management changes and a shift to the Spartan South Midlands Football League Premier Division. Despite efforts from new managers Paul Palmer and Matt Penfold, the team finished 16th in 2018/19, prompting further managerial changes with Colin Jones taking over, aiming for improved performance in the 2019/20 season.