Club History

The club started in the early 1960's

The club started from a team organised by a few local enthusiasts who played friendly matches in the local area. The team was granted the use of a field in Cox Lane by the Crowmarsh Parish Council and entered the North Berks Boys competitions in the 1963/64 season. In their first season the under 15's reached the cup final losing 2-1 to Didcot Town. It is very noteworthy that the first home league game was watched by over one hundred and fifty spectators. The Club won its first trophies the following season winning the under15's league and the under 14's cup and continued being successful through the rest of the decade. A supporters club was started in thr 1966/67 season and the club appointed its first "coach". An under 11 side was fielded for the first time in 1968/69 with Jimmy Luscombe as the manager. The Club continued to play at Cox Lane, with older teams using the Bullcroft in Wallingford, until the building of the Crowmarsh bypass when the ground became the site of a roundabout. Permission was granted to use the recreation ground at North Stoke which was reclaimed from overgrown swamp land in the summer of 1982 by much hard work and the club used this facility for most of the 1980's. By now the Club was running sides from under 10 to under 16 providing organised football for over 100 boys each season. A move back to their spiritual home in Crowmarsh was made when the new Recreation Ground came into use in the early 1990's.

To the present day

The Club has continued from strength to strength and is now fielding sides from under 7 (small sided games) through to under 16. The aim is still to provide football for local boys and girls at the lowest possible cost with training facilities, kit and footballs as well as the cost of playing being heavily subsidised. (Less than half of the necessary money being collected in players' subscriptions.) Since 1997 the main source of fund raising has been the Annual six a side tournament held at Crowmarsh in early June each year with teams from the local leagues and much further afield taking part.

Past Players

As well as regular success on the playing field, the Club has earned a reputation for good organisation and sportsmanship. Several ex players have gone on to the professional game and at least two, (John Dreyer and Gary Elkins) have played in the dizzy heights of the Premiership, while others are currently with Nationwide League sides including local sides like Oxford and Reading. Many current players have been selected for the youth academy squads at professional clubs.