As the first fan-owned football clubs in their respective countries, Ryman League Premier Division Enfield Town and Belgian Second Division YB SK Beveren have developed close links over the last few years.
On Saturday 14th March, Enfield Town are hosting a group of supporters from the Belgian club, who were formed in 2011, as an extension of their friendship with their continental counterparts, on the day they host Leatherhead in a Ryman Premier Division clash at the Queen Elizabeth II Stadium.
Some 50-60 Beveren fans are expected to travel, and they are scheduled to be at the ground from early afternoon until around 9.30pm.
In the evening, there will be free music in the clubhouse from singing duo Katie and Charlee.
The demise of the former Enfield FC and the birth of Enfield Town FC in 2001 is well documented. YB (Yellow/Blue) SK Beveren was also formed by disillusioned supporters, a decade later following the demise of once UEFA Cup quarter-finalists KSK Beveren and their merger with Red Star Waasland.
The new club started in Belgium’s lowest tier, and has since celebrated one promotion (around 500 fans made their 2013 play-off trip to Wippelgem to witness and celebrate a 2-1 win) and endured a relegation. This season they are in with a chance of promotion again, currently lying second in the table.
The two clubs have played each other twice. Firstly, in the 2013 Supporters Direct Cup when Town won 8-2 at the QEII Stadium and then, a year later, a group of Town officials, players and supporters travelled to Belgium for a return friendly fixture. Town ran out 4-0 winners this time, and, as the 2014 visit coincided with the commemoration of 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War, the club laid a wreath at the Menin Gate.