This was non-league football in London during the 1980s. Around the periphery of the capital city, at Walthamstow, Leytonstone, Ilford and beyond, the former homes of amateur football were crumbling. The reasons for the decline and fall of amateur football and its struggle to find an identity in a world that no longer distinguished between amateurs and professionals are many and varied, but may be summed up by the phrase “changing times.” The amateur football clubs of London saw the distinction between themselves and professional clubs formally ended in 1974, but with crowds on the non-league game already starting to have dropped more than a decade earlier, maintaining the interest of local people and in turn the cost of maintaining these big amateur grounds of the past became an increasingly uphill battle.
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