Winchmore Hill Football Club – 100 years of football in N21
Nestling in heart of N21 is the oldest football club in the area
Winchmore Hill FC, who are about to celebrate their 100th season
Founded in 1920 as a sub-section of Winchmore Hill Cricket Club,
the football club joined the Southern Amateur League in 1927 and
has played in that competition ever since.
Located at our own grounds in Fords Grove, with four grass pitches and an artificial training surface, the club fields seven adult men's teams on a Saturday afternoon, two veterans' sides on a Sunday, and have a substantial youth set-up for both boys and girls. Current Spurs player Kyle Walker-Peters spent some time playing in the youth teams there.
WHFC is completely run by volunteers and we are very proud of the club's achievements over the past 99 years. These have included what is known as "the purple patch" (we play in a purple strip) between 1948 and 1956, when the 1st XI won the SAL championship no less than six times.
Whilst the quest for trophies has always been high on the agenda as each new season begins, WHFC is much more than just about playing for 90 minutes each Saturday. Reflecting over a few drinks in the bar afterwards with your own team mates and the opposition is part of the SAL culture, and lifelong friendships are formed along the way.
A walk along the touchline on a match day will encounter former players who have been associated with the club for many years, some for over half a century. Many of those will also now be involved in the running of the club as a whole, giving up their own time to ensure that the club continues to prosper.
Most amateur football clubs these days are finding it harder to attract players for various reasons, not least because of the growth of 5-a-side leagues where a quick fix of soccer can be attained each week, after work. Winchmore Hill FC is no different, and is always actively looking for new players of all standards. As well as football, the club is the home of cricket, hockey, tennis and table tennis, with plenty of social activities for people of all ages, all year round.
The centenary season will be marked by a number of events culminating in a gala dinner next May, and also the purchase of a new kit which has been funded by sponsorship from local companies.
Everybody is welcome and entrance is free.
For more information on joining WHFC or sponsorship: www.winchmorehillfc.co.uk
Written by John Johnson, on behalf of Winchmore Hill Football Club
Nestling in heart of N21 is the oldest football club in the area. Winchmore Hill FC, who are about to celebrate their 100th season