Bedfordshire is known for things other than football. It was the core of the country’s automobile industry for many decades, and it is home to Luton Airport. Its sole Football League team, Luton Town, has suffered many financial setbacks over the years, but it now plays in the Championship.
The North Home Counties Sunday Football League runs across Bedfordshire, with most teams being based in Luton. The teams differ in terms of style; some represent local pubs, while some have decades of history.
It is quite easy to sum AC Cadoza up in one sentence. Its Twitter account says it is “just a Sunday League team that loves kicking ball.” When you look at its form, you can see why this is so.
The team is top of the league, having won five of its first six games. It has recorded a 7-1 win over Tunisian Community, cruised to a 8-0 victory against CP Hatters, and defeated Luton Athletic 6-0. The win over CP Hatters was the team’s first home game of the season, thus giving the fans an exciting fixture.
AC Cadoza has a strong, active social media presence. It records full games and puts them on YouTube. You can watch them here.
Brim and Crown FC
Brim and Crown is a pub next to Bramingham Park, Luton. It is known for its excellent service, home-cooked food and weekly entertainment. It also has its own football team, Brim and Crown FC.
The team has taken ten points from six games and is fifth in the league table. Corey Richards has been extremely important for the team throughout the season; he has netted nine times in five games. Kevin Haughney has been in good form with three goals in five matches, and Conor Moran has started every single game so far.
Brim and Crown FC can be found in the pub after home games, often celebrating with drinks and socializing. The players love nothing more than being on the winning side, so expect to see party antics if you visit Brim and Crown!
As you may have worked out, Luton Celtic borrows its name from the Glaswegian football club. The Luton-based Sunday League side wears green and white in honour of Celtic’s heritage.
Luton Celtic is a small grassroots football project that has expanded into the local community. There are youth teams for primary school children, and it runs teams for different age groups. The team even has its own supporters club on Chobham Street, where fans can go for food and interact with each other.
The team and its social club are located between the University of Bedfordshire and Luton Airport. Luton Market Mall is near the university. Therefore, fans who wish to kill time before a game are given plenty of options.
There are some new kids on the North Home Counties Sunday Football League’s block this season. Solano FC started in 2020 and has already wasted no time in promoting its brand.
The club takes inspiration from Italian side Palermo and adopts the Scilian side’s nickname, Rosanero (English: Pink and Black). Solano FC has printed its logo on hoodies, t-shirts and coffee mugs; the items can be purchased on teespring.com . It uses #UpTheSolano on social media and is sponsored by a local barber shop, Alley Barbers. These marketing strategies help the club to make a turnover.
The club has enjoyed a comfortable start to life in its new league, sitting in ninth place. Goalkeeper Johnny Martin and defender Lewis Clark have been key players in every game, and both have won monthly accolades for their hard work. Connor Morgan has three goals in six games, which makes him Solano’s top goalscorer.
The Globe FC
The Globe FC is named after a pub in the Stockwood Park area of Luton. The pub was named in The Good Beer Guide 2021, and its football team takes pride in representing a nationally-recognized establishment.
The team enjoyed an emphatic 11-0 win over Tunisian Community FC shortly before the lockdown was implemented in December. Italian-born striker Alessandro Palumbo scored a hat-trick, and Jack Thompson and James Brennan brace. Luke Perry, Connor Lewis, Reece Dunne and player-manager Aaron Pearson rounded off the scoring.
The Globe FC is fourth in the league with ten points, having won three of its opening four games and drawing once.