Southall F.C.

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Southall F.C.
Southall F.C. logo.png
Full nameSouthall Football Club
Founded1871
GroundRobert Parker Stadium, Stanwell
ChairmanSanjeev Sharma
ManagerMax Howell
League Combined Counties League Premier Division North
2020–21 Combined Counties League Premier Division (season curtailed)
Website Club website

Southall Football Club is a football club representing Southall in the London Borough of Ealing, England. The club is affiliated to the Middlesex County Football Association. [1] They are currently members of the Combined Counties League Premier Division North.

Contents

History

Southall FC 1883-84 season team Top: H. Craddock. Second row: W. Hanson, G. Norton. Third row: W. Strickland, J. Hampton, W. Clements, W. Jelliman, J. Nicholas. Bottom: G. Dixon, J. Saunders, H. Hanson. Southall FC 1883-84 team.jpg
Southall FC 1883-84 season team Top: H. Craddock. Second row: W. Hanson, G. Norton. Third row: W. Strickland, J. Hampton, W. Clements, W. Jelliman, J. Nicholas. Bottom: G. Dixon, J. Saunders, H. Hanson.
Southall FC 1910-11 season. Charles Roach, who still holds the record for most goals in a season for Southall, is pictured on the bottom row, third from the right. Southall FC 1910-11 season.jpg
Southall FC 1910-11 season. Charles Roach, who still holds the record for most goals in a season for Southall, is pictured on the bottom row, third from the right.
Southall FC team v Leyton FC, Amateur Cup semi-final, 12 March 1927 (played at Stamford Bridge) Standing, top: T. Holding. Second row: E. Buttery, F. Webb, H. Young, J. Delanty, C. Knight. Bottom: R. Harvey-Wenham, F. R. Johnson, A. Rogers, C. McKinley, D. Clarke (captain). Southall FC v Leyton team.jpg
Southall FC team v Leyton FC, Amateur Cup semi-final, 12 March 1927 (played at Stamford Bridge) Standing, top: T. Holding. Second row: E. Buttery, F. Webb, H. Young, J. Delanty, C. Knight. Bottom: R. Harvey-Wenham, F. R. Johnson, A. Rogers, C. McKinley, D. Clarke (captain).
Southall FC 1935-36 season team Back: Jack Poxon, Ted Jones, Albert Green, Cliff Ette, Pat O'Hara, Jim Scully. Front: Percy Leahy, Ron Graves, Len Cavill (captain), Dickie Foss, George Willshaw. Southall FC (1935-36).jpg
Southall FC 1935-36 season team Back: Jack Poxon, Ted Jones, Albert Green, Cliff Ette, Pat O’Hara, Jim Scully. Front: Percy Leahy, Ron Graves, Len Cavill (captain), Dickie Foss, George Willshaw.

Southall FC was founded in 1871, making it one of England's oldest football clubs, [2] and two seasons later they entered the FA Cup. [3]

After playing friendlies and cup competitions they joined the West London League as founder members in 1892, but only stayed for a single season. [3] [4] Four seasons later the club joined Division Two of the Southern Football League in 1896. [5]

The 1904-05 season saw the club attempt to go professional, but this left them with massive debts and they dropped out of the league at the end of the season, and also stopped playing in competitions the following season. [3] [5] Returning to amateur status, Southall merged with another club, Southall Athletic, and moved to a new ground at Western Road. [3] [6] In 1907 the club entered the Great Western Suburban League, where they remained until the First World War. [3] [7]

After the First World War, Southall joined the Athenian League for the 1919-20 season. [8] They stayed in The Athenian League until 1972-73, during which time they won the league once in 1926-27, two seasons after reaching the FA Amateur Cup final. [9] Southall reached the FA Cup Third Round in 1935-36, beating Swindon 3-1 in the First Round and Newport (IOW) 8-0 in the Second Round, before losing to Watford.

Southall became founding members of the Isthmian League Second Division for the start of the 1973-74 campaign. [10] They finished as runners up in their second season in the Isthmian League and gained promotion to the league's top division. [10] The club then changed its name to Southall & Ealing Borough. [10]

They spent three seasons in the top division before suffering two relegations in a row and finishing in the bottom division of the Isthmian league, after which the club changed its name back to Southall. [10] The club stayed in the bottom division until the end of the 1984-85 season.

They reached another FA final in 1986 when they lost to Halesowen Town in the FA Vase final at Wembley Stadium. [9] When the league reorganised for the 1991-92 season the club was moved up to the new Division Two. [11] They played for two seasons in the higher division before being relegated back to the bottom division of the league. [11]

In 1992, the club lost the use of its Western Road ground and was forced to start ground sharing with other clubs. [3] They remained in the lowest division of the Isthmian League until the end of the 1999-2000 season when, after finishing bottom of the table, they were relegated to the Combined Counties Football League. [9]

Southall remained in the Combined Counties League until March 2006, when they were expelled and their records for the 2005–06 campaign expunged due to financial irregularities. [12] However, the club was able to clear its debts and continued to operate, restarting two levels lower in the Middlesex County Football League Premier Division, from the 2006-07 season. [13] After the division was cut from 15 to 11 teams, Southall were put in Division One Central and East. They finished runners up and immediately jumped back up to the Premier Division. [14]

The 2011-12 season saw manager Steve Embleton guide the club to a third-place finish, securing promotion to the Spartan South Midlands Football League Division One. [15]

With new manager Paul Palmer in charge for 2016-17, Southall reached the quarter-finals of the FA Vase, then the 2017-18 season saw the club crowned Division One champions, Southall's first league title for 91 years. They finished the season with 94 points, with 116 goals scored and a +80 goal difference. The team also broke the club record for most wins at the start of a season (7).

For 2018-19, the club were members of the Combined Counties League Premier Division and, under the management of Max Howell, finished fourth.

The 2019-20 Combined Counties League Premier Division season was abandoned as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic led to further disruption the following season, with Southall's 2020-21 campaign starting in September, before being suspended in December with Southall in fifth place in the table.

The club is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2021.

Ground

Southall's Western Road ground Southall FC.jpg
Southall's Western Road ground

Southall FC currently play their home games at Robert Parker Stadium in Stanwell, sharing with Ashford Town (Middlesex). They previously played their home games at Hanwell Town's Reynolds Field ground in Perivale.

Southall have shared grounds with other clubs since having to move from their Western Road stadium in 1992, and were playing their home games at Burnham FC's The Gore when they secured their first league title since 1927 in the 2017-18 season. They have plans to return to Southall and are reported to be in discussions with Ealing Council and private landowners about building a new stadium. [16] [17] [18]

The club is proposing a community health and wellbeing centre, to be incorporated into the new stadium as a hub for sports projects and educational use. The new community stadium would offer local residents training and fitness equipment, health checks, sports injury prevention advice, martial arts and boxing coaching sessions. Across the community classes are proposed that will suit the elderly, disabled, youth and other local community groups, and will include female only classes. [19]

In the media

Southall's 1985-86 team, including future England striker Les Ferdinand 1986 Southall FC FA Vase team.jpg
Southall's 1985-86 team, including future England striker Les Ferdinand

Ahead of Southall's 1986 FA Vase final against Halesowen Town, Thames News televised a preview for the final, interviewing the team's manager Gordon Bartlett at the club's Western Road ground. The piece shows footage of former Southall players Alan Devonshire and Les Ferdinand, who at the time was Southall's leading goalscorer. [20]

The UK television series Minder episode "Last Orders at the Winchester" made by Euston Films in 1993 includes a charity football match filmed at the Western Road ground between a police team and a team of regulars from the Winchester Club. [21] [22] [23]

Reggae singer Maxi Priest made an appearance for Southall in 2003. Priest registered to play with the club suffering from a player shortage crisis, as a result of injuries and suspensions. He came on as a substitute during a 3-0 defeat against Feltham, playing alongside his son Marvin. [24] [25] [26] [27]

Honours & achievements

Records

Southall captain E. Buttery (left) prior to the start of the 1925 FA Amateur Cup final at The Den FA Amateur Cup Final 1925 Southall FC.jpg
Southall captain E. Buttery (left) prior to the start of the 1925 FA Amateur Cup final at The Den

Club records

Player records

Current squad

As of 18 January 2021
Southall FC forward Darreon Mark has the most appearances and goals for the club of the current squad. He has made more than 170 appearances and scored more than 50 goals. Darreon Mark (Southall FC).jpg
Southall FC forward Darreon Mark has the most appearances and goals for the club of the current squad. He has made more than 170 appearances and scored more than 50 goals.

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No.Pos.NationPlayer
GK Flag of Saint Lucia.svg  LCA Berkley Laurencin
GK Flag of England.svg  ENG Rourke Pickford
GK Flag of England.svg  ENG Lewis Todd
DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Louis Dailey
DF Flag of England.svg  ENG James Gurteen
DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Adam Louth
DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Alex Nolan
DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Carl Pearce
DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Ryan Phillips
DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Reece Yorke
MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Joshua Blaire-Carr
MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Luke Henegan
MF Flag of Austria.svg  AUT Ryan Hope
MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Daniel Julienne
No.Pos.NationPlayer
MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Jatinder Liddar
MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Ben Long
MF Flag of England.svg  ENG James McCluskey
MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Jack Roper
FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Peter Dean
FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Nathan Dennis
FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Liam Lock
FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Darreon Mark
FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Sekani McCalmon
FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Aaron McLeish
FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Anthony O'Connor
FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Keimon Robinson
FW Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Radu Stefanoaica

Non-playing staff

As of 18 January 2021
Southall manager Max Howell Max Howell.jpg
Southall manager Max Howell
PositionStaff
Manager Flag of England.svg Max Howell
Assistant Manager Flag of South Africa.svg Warren Goodhind
Coach Ulster Banner.svg Richard Graham
Coach Flag of England.svg Jordan Berry
Goalkeeping Coach Flag of England.svg Frankie Atwell
Physiotherapist Flag of England.svg Bren Briggs
Physiotherapist Flag of England.svg Don Bennett

Former players

Southall's record appearance maker Reg Short (left) with Ken Merry, the club's all-time leading goalscorer Reg Short (left) & Ken Merry (right), Southall FC.jpg
Southall's record appearance maker Reg Short (left) with Ken Merry, the club's all-time leading goalscorer

Notable former Southall players include Les Ferdinand MBE (QPR, Tottenham, Newcastle and England), Alan Devonshire (West Ham and England), Gordon Hill (Manchester United and Millwall), Justin Fashanu (Norwich), Eric Young (Brighton, Wimbledon, Crystal Palace and Wales), Mark Nicholls (Chelsea), Graham Wilkins (Chelsea and Brentford), Rowan Vine (Portsmouth, Birmingham and QPR), Colin Viljoen (Ipswich, Manchester City, Chelsea and England), former Bradford and Wigan manager Chris Hutchings (who played for Chelsea, Brighton and Huddersfield) and the current Leyton Orient head coach Ross Embleton.

Arthur Shaw played 61 times as a wing half for Arsenal during a seven year period with the Gunners, including 25 league appearances during Arsenal's 1952-53 Division One title winning season. A flag bearing his name flies in tribute on the Ken Friar Bridge, close to Arsenal tube station. [35] [36]

Fred Rouse was a prolific goalscorer who made more than 100 appearances as a centre forward for Wycombe, Grimsby, Stoke, Everton, Chelsea, West Bromwich Albion and Brentford. He represented the Football League XI in matches versus the Irish League XI in 1905 and 1906, scoring once in a 6–0 victory in the second match.

Gerry Cakebread OBE made 374 appearances for Brentford as a goalkeeper. He set a club record of 187 consecutive appearances for Brentford between November 1958 and August 1962, and played for England Youth and England Under 23s. He remained a part-time player throughout his career. [37] He was posthumously inducted into the Brentford Hall of Fame in 2015, and was described as "arguably Brentford's finest ever goalkeeper". [38]

Many former Southall players played for other London clubs. More than one in four on the former players list below have also played for Brentford, with Griffin Park (Brentford's home until August 2020) [39] located less than five miles from Southall. Many of the players listed below have represented at least one of the following London clubs: QPR, Chelsea, Wimbledon, Crystal Palace, West Ham, Millwall, Fulham, Tottenham, Arsenal and Leyton Orient. [40]

Other former Southall players include:

Former Southall goalkeeper Ted Bennett Ted Bennett Southall FC.jpg
Former Southall goalkeeper Ted Bennett
Charles 'Wag' Roach, who holds the record for most goals in a season for Southall (57) Charles Roach.jpeg
Charles 'Wag' Roach, who holds the record for most goals in a season for Southall (57)

Included on the former players list below are:

  1. Players who have played/managed in the Premier League / Football League or foreign equivalents.
  2. Players with international caps.
  3. Players who have achieved success in other professions.

Former coaches

Included on the former managers/coaches list below are:

  1. Managers/coaches who have played, managed or coached in the Premier League / Football League or a foreign equivalent
  2. Managers/coaches who have international caps

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