Step three: Haringey Borough

Haringey Borough

Why I choose Haringey Borough for 'My 5'

They're local. My closest Bostik League team in fact. There was much more than that though. Coles Park is a superb ground and it's easy to feel at home there. The locals are loud, but friendly and the team plays excellent football. They are also the only club to actually play on White Hart Lane kind of*.

*Hashtag United are now groundsharing with Haringey and playing at step 6. More on that throughout the season I'm sure.

Who are ya, Haringey Borough FC?

Haringey Borough can trace their roots back to 1907 and Tufnell Park FC. Tufnell Park became Edmonton later in the century and eventually merged with Wood Green Town, who had changed their name to Haringey Borough.

They temporarily experimented with the name Edmonton & Haringey as well as briefly returning to the Tufnell Park moniker. Haringey Borough was adopted again in 1996 and has remained since. The club is currently playing in the Isthmian Premier, following promotion in 2018. Their most notable successes came as Tufnell Park, winning the London Senior Cup in 1913 and 1924.

The club’s nickname is The Borough and ‘c’mon Boro’ is the accepted method of showing your support. It should be hollered with gusto from the back of the main stand to fit in with the Coles Park regulars.

2018/19 prospects

Haringey have had a good summer. They've managed to keep hold of the majority of their successful Bostik North promotion play-off winning squad. In fact, as it stands only two members of last season's team have moved on. It may feel like pushing for a second promotion in two years is a big ask, but when you consider the Bostik Premier Division's restructure and the fact that only one of the top five clubs from last season remain, 'Boro' will feel like they have an outside chance.

Few would bet against them pushing on towards to top end of the table given their outstanding run towards the end of last season and the level of organisation they consistently showed in 2017/18. I saw them in pre-season against Dulwich Hamlet and the style of last season's play was still evident as well as a good squad and many of the key faces from last year. It will be an exciting season for 'Boro'.