A trip to Charlton’s other team: Bridon Ropes FC

With the planned Rockwell development on Charlton’s riverside still causing controversy, The Charlton Champion took a Saturday afternoon trip to see one of the last remnants of the ropeworks that used to occupy the site – its old football team.

Bridon Ropes FC started life in 1935 as the works team of the British Ropes factory on Anchor & Hope Lane, changing its name to Bridon Ropes in the 1990s.

The side, which survived the closure of the last part of the factory in 1996, has bounced around minor leagues for years, recently settling into Division 1 of the Southern Counties East Football League – the 10th tier of English football (six promotions away from the Football League). They finished a decent fifth last season and are currently in third place.

The Ropes’ modest home is at Meridian Sports & Social Club on Charlton Park Lane – there’s a clubhouse and bar, and a little stand by the pitch. The ground is shared with Meridian VP, who play in the same division.

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We got to see the Ropes in cup action on Saturday – a London Senior Trophy first round match against South Kilburn FC of the 11th-tier Middlesex County League.

And we got some value for our £5 admission – after Bridon Ropes edged their opponents 1-0 in the first half, they ran rampant after the break and ran out 8-0 winners over the North Londoners, featuring a hat-trick from winger Henry Dasofunjo scored in just eight minutes.

The Ropes won this trophy in 2014 and from what we saw today, have every chance of doing it again this season. If you’re lacking a football fix or are waiting for the Addicks’ hated owner Roland Duchâtelet to exit The Valley, it’s well worth a trip up to Meridian Sports Ground to see them in action – they are next at home on Saturday 3 November, with a league match against Phoenix Sports Reserves.

Words: Darryl Chamberlain
Photos: Neil Clasper

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Charlton’s Bridon Ropes FC bid for FA Cup glory this Saturday

Bridon Ropes v Kent Football United
Bridon Ropes (in blue) take on Kent Football United in September 2015

The FA Cup comes to Charlton this Saturday – but the action won’t be taking place at The Valley.

While the relegated Addicks begin their League One campaign at Bury, hundreds of smaller sides up and down the country will be playing in the Cup’s extra preliminary round.

Making their debut this year will be Bridon Ropes FC, who’ll be playing Canterbury City at Meridian Sports Ground on Charlton Park Lane.

If the Ropes can beat Canterbury, they’ll be 12 more wins away from the Wembley final.

Bridon Ropes FC sign

The side began life in 1935 as the works team of British Ropes, based off Anchor & Hope Lane. The ropeworks are long gone, but the team remains and now plays in the Southern Counties East League Division 1, in the 10th tier of English football.

The Ropes share Meridian Sports with fellow local side Meridian VP. It’s a tidy little ground, recently redeveloped with a small seated stand and a bar close by. I snuck in there last September to see the end of their match against Kent Football United, a late winner grabbing victory for the home team.

Admission was only £5 that day, so it’s a bargain alternative for anyone alienated by the goings-on at The Valley, where Charlton are now charging at least £20 if you buy your ticket in the two hours before kick-off.

So if you’re itching to support your local team in the Cup and can’t wait until November, head to Meridian Sports Club on Saturday.