ARDROSSAN ANNFIELD FOOTBALL CLUB 1885-86
ARDROSSAN ANNFIELD 2 -
SALTCOATS BRITANNIA 0
On Wednesday last (24 June 1885), these teams met on the ground of the former and after a well-contested game, resulted in favour of the Annfield by two goals to none.
The Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald of 23 April 1886 carried the report below.
ARDROSSAN ANNFIELD 3 -
ARDROSSAN ENSIGN 3
These two local teams played a friendly game on Wednesday evening (21 April 1886) in Annfield Park which was granted for the occasion. The weather was all that could be desired for football, it being cool with little or no wind blowing. Shortly after the game started, the Ensign scored a goal which was followed with another two in quick succession. The Annfield, which had previously been playing somewhat loose, now began to settle down to their work and, before half-time was called, had succeeded in registering two goals. On change of ends, the play was hard and fast, both goals being vigorously assailed but it was not until fifteen minutes from the close that the Annfield were able to be equal with their opponents and the game this resulted in a draw, three goals each. We may state that the Ensign was composed of first and second elevens.
Ardrossan Annfield Football Club
was apparently founded in 1885 then disbanded in 1886 having played only two
It played on Annfield Park. The team and the park may have been named after Annfield Villas, the nearest house to the park at the junction of North Crescent Road and Caledonia Road, shown right in the late 1890s map. There is no evidence to support this hypothesis but it merits some consideration.