THE HISTORY OF

WANDERERS FOOTBALL CLUB

The club has a long and colourful history - some of the highlights and lowlights are collected here but we are thankful to several authors, notably Rob Cavallini, for his extensive research into the Victorian history of Wanderers, and Keith Booth, who wrote the biography of Charles W. Alcock, the club's founder.

The history has been broken down into 8 sections below, starting in 1859...

BRAVE BEGINNINGS

The original Wanderers existed from 1859 to 1887 during the birth of the modern game of football and can be accredited with contributing to the foundation of the world's oldest knock-out tournament, the FA Cup, the Football Association itself, the London FA and international football.

When Charles William Alcock finished his schooling at Harrow, he found there was no way to continue his sporting pursuits. With his brother, John Forster Alcock, J Pardoe and brothers A Thompson and WJ Thompson, he set about creating Forest Forest Club, who would go on to become the Wanderers Club.​ Forest's first recorded game was 15-a-side against Crystal Palace Club on the 15th March and ended in a 1-0 victory - proving to be no fluke, the rematch three weeks later was a 4-0 win!

On the 26th of October 1863, AW Mackenzie and Charles Alcock were present at the founding of the Football Association, along with 10 other clubs, who formally adopted the rules created by students at Cambridge University. The following year, 'Wanderers', led by Charles Alcock, beat No Names Club of Kilburn 1-0 on 2nd April 1864, the first goal scored by AM Tebbut.

HONOURS

Whilst the club's first incarnation saw us lift the FA Cup five times, the modern Wanderers are yet to achieve such heights. However, we have set out targets high and want to get back into the FA Cup by the 2031-32 season, which would be the 150th FA Cup.

FA Cup Record

1871-72 - FA Cup Winners

1872-73 - FA Cup Winners

1873-74 - FA Cup Quarter-Finalists

1874-75 - FA Cup Quarter-Finalists

1875-76 - FA Cup Winners

1876-77 - FA Cup Winners

1877-78 - FA Cup Winners

1878-79 - FA Cup 1st Round

1879-80 - FA Cup 3rd Round

1880-81 - FA Cup 1st Round

​1881-82 - FA Cup 1st Round

Other Awards

Surrey South Eastern Combination

2013-14 - Secretarys Award - Runner-Up

2014-15 - Golden Goals - Runners-Up

2018-19 - Div. 5 Sportsmanship Award

Amateur Football Alliance

2015-16 - County Charter Standard Club of the Year; Regional Charter Standard Club of the Year 

Greater London Women's Football League

2016-17 - Sportsmanship Award

2017-18 - Sportsmanship Award

League Records

Men's 1st XI

2011-12 - Jnr Div 4 - 5th

2012-13 - Jnr Div 4 - Runners-up

2013-14 - Jnr Div 3 - Champions

2014-15 - Jnr Div 2 - 4th

2015-16 - Jnr Div 1 - 8th

2016-17 - Jnr Div 1 - 7th

2017-18 - Jnr Div 1 - 10th

2018-19 - Jnr Div 2 -10th

Women's 1st XI

2015-16 - LLFL

2016-17 - Div 3 S - 9th

2017-18 - Div 3 S - 9th

2018-19 - Div 3 S -11th

Men's 2nd XI

2015-16 - Jnr Div 3 - 6th

2016-17 - Jnr Div 4 - 11th

2017-18 - Jnr Div 5 - 9th

2018-19 - Jnr Div 5 - 7th

Other Notable Cups Records

Men's 1st XI

2013-14 - Intermediate Shield Semi-Finalists

2014-15 - Intermediate Shield Semi-Finalists

2015-16 - AFA Challenge Cup Semi-Finalists

2016-17 - Junior Cup Quarter-Finalists

Men's 2nd XI

2015-16 - Intermediate Shield Runners-up; Junior Cup Semi-Finalists

Overseas Matches Record

  • 2012-13 - Sofia Nomads (BLG) 2-2; Football Friends United (SRB) 2-0

  • 2013-14 - Juventus București (ROM) 0-7; Weirside Rangers (ENG) 4-1

  • 2014-15 - Kelen SC (HUN) 3-6 & 1-7; Taban FC (HUN) 1-5; Hidegkuti Alapitva FC (HUN) unknown

  • 2016-17 - Ponte Frielas (POR) 0-6; Grupo Desportivo MPL (POR) 3-7; Clube Vodafone (POR) 6-4

  • 2017-18 - FC Copernica (POL) 1-9; Krakow Dragoons (POL) 0-3; FC Foreigntina (POL) 3-4

  • 2018-19 - Seleccion de Bulgaria (ESP) 1-2; CF Iberos (ESP) 2-4

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