Wanderers are celebrating 160 years since the club were formed as well as their relocation to Upper Norwood; the club's first long-term home since The Oval in the late 19th century.
The 2019-2020 season will be significant as the club were reformed in 2009-10 so the 'phoenix' club's second decade begins - the original club existed between 1859 and 1887; the men's and women's teams will be playing home matches at the same venue for the first time; the club will be able to build links throughout the community and hope to expand their offering to support children's football and elderly mental well-being projects; and the club can enable Virgo Fidelis Convent Senior School and the Norwood School, who both currently use the sports field, to deliver much improved PE and sports sessions, enhancing the health and fitness of 1,400 children.
The contest will close on Friday the 17th of May to enable the club to reveal the winning design on the following Saturday, which is the FA Cup Final between Manchester City and Watford. Wanderers' five FA Cup wins between 1872 and 1878 mean that the date always has great significance for anyone associated with the club.
Criteria: Entries are invited that can demonstrate one or more of the following criteria;
Considers Wanderers' heritage
Imagines Wanderers' future
Reflects the club ethos
Promote the club identity
How to enter: Entries must be submitted digitally via social media or email to email@example.com. All entrants will agree to give Wanderers Football Club Ltd. the right to share and post their designs with credit given to the original designer(s).
Deadline: Entries must be submitted by 1pm on Friday the 17th of May. The Club Management Committee, made up of elected officers, coaches, and team captains from the men's squads, shall decide on the winning design. Should there not be a clear winner, the club may publish no more than 4 designs on Twitter for a public vote.
After the Decision: The winning design will be created and supplied to Wanderers, at the club's expense, and worn at the first match at Wanderers' new home ground (Virgo Fidelis Convent Senior School, Upper Norwood), the first league match at the new home ground, at any knock-out competition semi-finals and/or finals, and at significant matches throughout the 2019-20 season, at the discretion of the club.
Prize: The winning entrant's design will be brought to life and they will be presented with their own personalised shirt, invitations to the aforementioned matches, and a selection of Wanderers goodies.
FAQs: Any further queries or clarifications should be directed to the Club Secretary via the email address above.
Why not the women's team too? The idea for this stemmed from the anniversary of the club, who started out as a men's team. Our women's team are run independently and so will be consulted about whether they wish to participate but the men's Club Officers do not have any authority to decide what the women's Club Officer would like to do. Additionally, the majority of sportswear brands are absolute dinosaurs when it comes to the choice available of women's football shirts so whilst it is comparatively easy for a men's jersey to be made, for some reason, it's bafflingly complex for major manufacturers to make a wider range of women's jerseys. Hummel do offer a wide range of shirts in male and female fits and other brands are slowly improving but at a glacial pace.
Why not wear it for every game? Players throughout the club have already paid membership fees which cover a personalised shirt and other kit items. These look very smart and we are very happy with them. A commemorative kit loses its cache if it's just another shirt and if we can sell some of the shirts to fans or players, that will help us to invest further in the football provision at our new home ground.