#52: Belair football team will re-create historic 1872 match!

Wanderers Football Club

The Kia Oval. Wednesday November 7, 2012.
Gates open: 2.30 pm (schools tournament). Kick Off: 7.00 pm
Tickets are available now at £10 for adults and £1 for under-16s.

The Wanderers play their home matches at Belair Park on Saturday afternoons and they are sponsored by the Alleyn’s Head pub. The FA Cup is the oldest and one of the most prestigious football competitions in the world. The first ever final – between Wanderers and Royal Engineers – will be replayed to celebrate the 140th anniversary of the March 16, 1872 match. The match will be hosted by Surrey County Cricket Club at the ground which hosted the 1872 Final; The Kia Oval. The two teams, who still compete in non-league competitions today, will be joined by guest professionals and former Cup winners in a match that will raise funds for the Haig Housing Trust, the Royal British Legion and other local football charities. The game will be watched by 7,500 fans, broadcast live on BBC London and, throughout the day leading up to the kick-off, there will be a Primary Schools 5-a-side Tournament, a youth football exhibition match and a women’s football match.

Find out more from info@originalwanderers.com

Wanderers need your help to take advantage of the interest in this incredible event. We would like you to help us to achieve some ambitious goals for the club which will directly benefit people in Lambeth and Southwark, as well as supporting vital causes;

Launch additional teams, so that more people can participate – we would like to have women’s and youth teams to extend our aims of providing lifelong fitness through football, help us to raise more money for charities and increase the number of social events that Wanderers put on for players and supporters,

Attract fans to come to our Saturday matches – by building a broader fan-base we can use their support and yours to do even more for the community and raise further funds for good causes. We already have over 1000 fans on Facebook and Twitter and we want to bring in new initiatives to attract people to support us in person,

Generate money for our charity partners, Crossworld. Crossworld provide support for unaccompanied refugees through education and vocational training at The Friday Project in Kennington and football, in the form of Crossworld FC. Wanderers were named because they never had a home; what better cause than supporting those who cannot go home?

Support Lambeth Tigers YFC, who organise football for under-16s to ensure they do not get involved with gang culture, which has already taken many young lives. Guns, knives and criminal influences in Lambeth have been a blight on society and it is brave and passionate people like the team behind LTYFC that can make a difference.

We are asking you to pledge a small amount towards our fund-raising goal of £1,500. You don’t need to pay now and you only need to donate if we reach our fund-raising goal by November 7, 2012! We are committed to utilising your pledges and turning every pound into a bigger charitable donation than the club has ever provided. It takes less than 2 minutes and could cost as little as £10.

Unlike any other charitable fund-raising drive, in exchange for your support, you will receive a package of rewards from the club, such as tickets, photos, letters and personalised kit.

Please support us today and we can achieve these goals together!

Many thanks and best wishes,
Mark Wilson
Club Secretary, Wanderers Association Football & Social Club.

Wanderers Football Club

About the Wanderers

Wanderers were established in 1859 as Forest Football
Club by a group of schoolboys in Epping Forest, many
of whom attended Harrow. The club organised friendly
matches amongst its members before other clubs were
formed. Their first inter-club match took place in
1861, when they beat the original Crystal Palace team
1-0.

For unknown reasons, some Forest FC players split to
form a team named Wanderers, the two sides taking
the field to face off against one another in January
1863. Later that year, Forest were invited to attend
the inaugural meeting of the Football Association. AW
Mackenzie and John Alcock, founder of
Forest/Wanderers with his brother Charles, were
present.

Wanderers came to the fore perhaps down to a disagreement on the nature of the club – Charles Alcock dreamed of a team that toured the land, showing people how football should be played. To further that end, he proposed to the FA Committee, of which he became a member, the idea of ‘a Challenge Cup should be established . . . for which all clubs belonging to the Association should be invited to compete’. The FA Cup was born.

The club lifted the first trophy, beating Royal Engineers 1-0 at The Oval. The goal was controversially scored by Morton Betts. who was listed as ‘AH Chequer’ (‘A Harrow Chequer’), referring to the fact he would have played for Harrow Chequers, had they not pulled out of the tournament. In the only instance of the cup truly being a ‘challenge’ cup, Wanderers received a bye to the next final, beating Oxford University in 1873. The rule was subsequently scrapped and it took Wanderers until 1876 to win again – but they
retained the trophy in 1877 and 1878.

Due to the lure of professionalism in the north and the growth of ‘Old Boys’ teams in the south’ Wanderers ran out of players, taking to the field for the last time in 1887, losing 3-1 to Harrow. However, Charles Alcock went on to referee the 1879 FA Cup Final, as he had done in 1875, was President of Surrey FA, Vice-President of London FA and first
President of the Referees’ Association.

In 2009, the club were reborn to raise
money for charity with the support of
the descendants of the Alcock family.
Initially playing friendlies, Wanderers
had a record over their first two
seasons of Played 9, Won 4, Lost 4 with
36 goals scored but conceding 45! The
club now compete in the Surrey South
Eastern Combination, aiming to get
back into the FA Cup preliminary
rounds over the next few seasons.
Home games are at Belair Park, West
Dulwich, Wanderers’ first dedicated
home ground.

Above: 1863. The only known photo of the team. At this time,the club was still known as Forest F.C. (photographer unknown)

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