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Highgate United


Tythe Barn Lane, Shirley, Birmingham
West Midlands B90 1PH
0121 744 4194
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Club Notes
From the website:

The Gate were formed in 1948 by a group of orphans from the Father Hudsons St Vincents Home for Working Boys on Moseley Road, Birmingham
who met up following wartime service.

After progressing from junior football played at Billesley Common in the South Birmingham league, Highgate joined the Worcestershire Combination in 1964. Promoted to Division One at the first attempt, the club remained in the league's top division for over 40 seasons.

In 1967 Highgate United made national headlines, unfortunately though this was due to a tragic incident.Playing Enfield in the quarter finals of the FA Amateur Cup, when midway through the first half, a lightning strike saw several players collapse. One player, Gates centre half Tony
Allden, did not recover and tragically died the following day. As a gesture of goodwill and sympathy, Aston Villa agreed to host the replay of the game and game drew an incredible attendance of over 31,000. The club have produced a small booklet about the full story, including actual reports and eye witness accounts of the whole tragic event. Available from the clubhouse or via the 'Shop' page on this website. (All proceeds are going towards a Memorial for Tony Allden)

The most successful period in the club's history was the mid-70s. The club won the league championship (by now known as the Midland Combination for three consecutive seasons between 1972 and 1975 and also experienced its best runs in the FA Cup, FA Amateur Cup and FA Trophy within this three year period.

The following decade success was hard to come by until off the field following a 25 year planning battle, in 1997 Floodlights were eventually
turned on at the clubs Tythe Barn Lane ground.

More success came Gates way in 2007, when they became the first team from the Birmingham and Solihull area to win the Coventry Evening Telegraph Cup. The following season the club were promoted to the
Midland Football Alliance after finishing as Runners-Up in the Midland Combination Premier League.

Despite a promising first season in the MFA, the cash-strapped Gate have been involved in relegation battles, but under the guidance of Peter Frain, Mark Burge and the Keith Checketts the club always managed to avoid dropping back into the Mid Comb.

Following its near extinction the club was aided by generous volunteers who helped renovate the clubhouse and ex-Studley boss Lee Adams was appointed first team manager. It is hoped 2013/14 will be the start of promising times for all concerned at Highgate United FC.


Midland Combination Champions: 1972/73; 1973/74; 1974/75
League (Challenge) Cup Winners: 1973; 1974; 1976; 1977; 1985
Tony Allden Memorial Cup Winners: 1974; 1975
Birmingham Senior Cup Winners: 1974
Birmingham Senior Cup Finalists: 1972
Coventry Evening Telegraph Winners: 2007
Midland Floodlit Youth League: Premiership South Champions 2009/10

Highest League Position: 13th Midland Football Alliance 2008/09
Best run in FA Cup: 4th Qualifying 1973/74
Best run in FA Amateur Cup: Semi-Final 1972/73
Best run in FA Trophy Cup: Round 3 1974/75
Best run in FA Vase: Round 2 2004/05
Club Connections:
Joe Adams, Jake Brown, Brendon Bunn, Dale Edwards, Simon Fitter, Andrew Fraher, Reece Hewitt, Elliot Nash, Andy Nicol, Daniel Pitt, Ricardo Richards
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