Sheerwater F.C.

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Sheerwater
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Full nameSheerwater Football Club
Nickname(s)The Sheers
Founded1958
GroundEastwood Centre
Capacity600
ChairmanSean Wallace
ManagerPete Ruggles
League Combined Counties League Premier Division South
2020–21 Combined Counties League Premier Division (season curtailed)

Sheerwater F.C. are a Non-League football club who are based in Sheerwater, in Surrey, England. They currently play at the Kingfield Stadium. They play in the Combined Counties League Premier Division South.

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History

The club was founded in 1958, by John French, and they began life as members of the Woking & District League. After achieving Intermediate status, they joined the Surrey County Intermediate League (Western) in 1967. The club was a founding member of the Home Counties League in 1978, [1] which was renamed a year later to the Combined Counties League. They are currently members of the Combined Counties League Division One.

The Jam played some of their early gigs at the clubhouse, before releasing their breakthrough song "In The City". Paul Weller, Bruce Foxton and Rick Buckler all went to Sheerwater Secondary School which is now called The David Brown Secondary School and is situated adjacent to Sheerwater Football Club.

The club has played in the Combined Counties League since the 2000s, although they did enjoy a brief spell in the Combined Counties in the early 1980s. For most of their time in the Combined Counties First Division, they have finished either mid-table or bottom of the league yet survived in this league due to a lack of suitable replacements from Step 7.

The club were the victim of a cruel hoax in 2007 when investment into the club was promised but sadly not delivered. The event could have spelt the end of the club, but they survived into the current decade.

Club Stalwart Trevor Wenden has been at the club in a number of different capacities since the 1970s.

Ground

Sheerwater played their home games at Woking Athletic Ground, Sheerwater Recreation Ground, Blackmore Crescent, Sheerwater, Woking, Surrey, GU21 5QJ until the end of the 2017/18 season. From August 2018 until the end of the 2020/21, The Sheers played their home games at the Kingfield Stadium, home to National League club Woking while their new Eastwood Centre ground, which houses a third generation artificial pitch and forms part of a multi-leisure facility, was being built in the grounds of Bishop David Brown School in Sheerwater.

The Sheers commemorated the official opening of Eastwood with a fixture against Woking on 24 July 2021, which resulted in a 3-0 home defeat. The ground has a capacity of 600 spectators.

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References

  1. "SHEERWATER F.C. Football website provided by non-league.org web ring". non-league.org. Archived from the original on 2004-12-04.
  2. "Football Club History Database - Sheerwater". fchd.info.