A brief history
Knebworth Old Boys FC (KNOBS) were started off by a group of friends in 1985 following a meeting at the Duck pub in Burnham Green. Originally the team was a 5-a-side one called Knebworth Shooters but after a while an 11-a-side game was organised against Olivetti. This game took place on the artificial pitch at Luton Town’s Kenilworth Road on 2nd October 1985 and resulted in an emphatic 10-0 victory. The Old Boys were up and running and following this victory the club were inspired enough to enter a friendly league.
The original constitution was to enable younger and older players to play together but eventually it became a veteran’s only side. Successful lobbying of the Parish Council allowed the Old Boys to use the pitch at the recreation ground and as today the Station pub would be the post-match venue.
The Old Boys went from strength to strength and in 1999 ventured into and conquered Europe by defeating the mighty Châtelaillon-Plage in an epic battle. They returned a couple of years later and took part in a beach football competition played in front of packed stands.
Another highlight was an away game at Rod Stewart’s house against a team that included Ian Wright, Mark Bright and Paul Ince.
In recent years the club has been playing and holding their own in the Mid Herts Veterans League. This league was formed between like-minded veteran’s teams who wanted things to become even more competitive than they already were!
A highlight of recent years was the Harpenden Heroes, an injury ravaged Old Boys team with an average age of 51 who went to the home of the champions Harpenden Rovers and came away with a fantastic 2-1 victory.
Since those early days the baton has been passed to chairman Alastair Moye, the dynamic John Boyle and legendary Ron Crennell. In May 2014 the committee agreed for Knebworth Old Boys FC to be incorporated with Knebworth Football Club as their veterans section; bringing all Knebworth football under one banner.
Looking for regular Sunday football?
Perhaps you're new to the area, or have been playing regularly and wish to move into veterans football?
We have a team that play in a veterans league on Sunday mornings, supplemented with friendlies, so there's usually a game every week.
For more details contact Dave Jordan on (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Darren Aldrich (email@example.com).
All other enquiries
If there's anything else you'd like to know, get in touch with John Boyle (firstname.lastname@example.org).