Where it all began...
In March 2005 a group of parents, whose children wanted to play football, got together with the aim of arranging football for their kids. With the lack of any suitable club within Whitton they decided to go ahead and from their own club.
A meeting was held in a local pub and by the end of the evening a committee had been formed. Events then took off and by the end of the summer applications to the Surrey Youth League and the Middlesex FA had been accepted. Parents were rushed through FA coaching courses and by September we were ready for or first season with two teams.
As for team colours, it had to be green, the only colour not used by other teams and so saving the expense of a ‘change’ kit.
The next objective was to qualify for the FA Standard Charter which was gained during the first season and is now compulsory for all youth football clubs.
From there on each season saw a remarkable expansion with new parents joining up and new teams being formed. In true Wanderers fashion the club did not have a home of it’s home until recently. Matches were played around the area at various schools and playing fields such as Murray Park, Heathfield Rec, Cardinal Vaughan School in Twickenham and Old Deer Park in Richmond. Then we had a few seasons at a temporary home at Lampton School in Hounslow before finding a home of our own at Whitton Park Sports Association. At last we had of own home in Whitton.
After a few seasons we realised there was a need for girls’ football. A parent stepped forward and with support all round a team was formed and entered into the Surrey County Women and Girls League. After a few seasons all the hard work paid off when the girls won their division and defeating teams such as Crystal Palace, Wimbledon and Kingstonian on the way. On the back of that success other girls’ teams have been formed and are now firmly established at the club.
Having moved into our home at Whitton Park in the last couple of seasons, thanks to the hard work of our volunteers and parents from the community of Whitton the club is now firmly established with in excess of thirty teams of boys and girls across age groups from 6 year olds up to 18, not forgetting a veterans’ team. The club is well placed to progress into the future in all forms of youth football, with the ultimate aim of forming adult sides.