- Staines Town F.C.
Football club infobox
clubname = Staines Town
fullname = Staines Town Football Club
nickname = The Swans, The Wheatsheafers
Wheatsheaf Park, Wheatsheaf Lane Staines, Middlesex
capacity = 3,000 "(800 covered 300 seated)"
chairman = Alan Boon
manager = Steve Cordery
Isthmian League Premier Division
season = 2007–08 | position =
Isthmian League Premier Division, 2nd
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Staines Town FC are a Non-League football team located in
Staines, Middlesex, England. They are currently competing in the Isthmian League Premier Division. They are usually known as 'The Swans' or 'The Wheatsheafers'. However, in modern times the moniker 'The Massive' has become popular after Ali G's famous 'Staines Massive' in his comedy show. Staines are also called 'The Linos' due to the town's main industry being linoleum.
Staines Town FC was founded in
1892and was known under various names including "Staines FC" and "Staines Albany FC" until it folded in 1935. However prior to World War IIthe club re-formed as "Staines Vale".
1953Staines Town were founder members of the Hellenic League, where they finished runners-up in 1956. In 1958they joined the Spartan Leagueand won the title two years later. After finishing second in 1971, Staines Town advanced to the Athenian League, where they won the Second Division title at the first attempt, amassing a record number of points.
Staines town fans had a vote on their message board for their best ever player; unsurprisingly, the winner was wing attack Dwayne Clark. The club were elected to the new
Isthmian LeagueDivision One in 1973. In their second season, the club finished top and were promoted to the Premier Division. In a nine year stay, the club's best finish was fourth. However, a ground grading ruling meant that the club were demoted in 1984. The club bounced back five years later only for its Premier Division status to be lost again in 1993when the club were relegated for the first time in 63 years. Again the club were promoted in 1996and again it was quickly lost, with the club returning to Division One after only a year.
SpelthorneCouncil on and off for 20 years, planning permission for a £6.5m Conference and health facility was granted in April 2000 and finalised a year later. During construction, Staines groundshared with Walton & Hersham and Egham Townbefore the return to Wheatsheaf Lane (now shared with the Thames Club) on 22 February 2003.
From season 2002-04, Staines played in Division One South of the
Isthmian Leagueand on the last day of season 2003/04, under Steve Cordery, they secured a place in the Premier Division in the newly re-structured pyramid, where they have competed to this day.
In 2007-08 they finished runners up in the Premier Division and are in the playoffs. In the semi final they beat Ramsgate 2-1 to progress to meet
AFC Wimbledonin the final, which they lost 1-2, and got to the second round proper of the FA Cup, having beaten Stockport Countyon penalties in the replay of the first round. This was their best ever season to date.
The club have reached the
FA CupFirst Round proper on four occasions, in 1879, 1880, 1984and most recently in 2007, when Staines were drawn away against League Two outfit Stockport County, for undoubtedly the biggest game in the club's history. A crowd of 3460 saw Staines go behind to a Matty McNeilheader but a 76th minute equaliser from Charles-Smith earned a deserved replay for 'The Massive.' It was announced on the 12th November that the replay would be shown on Sky Sports, resulting in a £75,000 windfall for each club. Staines Town completed the improbable upset as they won the match in penalty kicks after drawing 1-1 in extra time. In the next round they faced Peterbourgh United at home. They were beaten 5-0
There have been two appearances in the last 32 of the
FA Trophy, the first back in 1976, losing to Morecambein a 2nd replay and then in a replay to Halifax Townin 2004 after drawing 1-1 at 'The Shay' in the first match.
The biggest match in the club's history was in
1975when they met Italian Amateur cup winners Banco di Roma for the Barassi Cup. A crowd of 70,000 (seventy thousand) saw Staineswin in Rome's Stadio Olimpicoand a club record 2,500 saw the Swans complete the job at Wheatsheaf Lane. Staineshave also lifted the Middlesex Senior Cupon no fewer than seven occasions, the latest under Chris Wainwright in 1997, beating Yeadingin a penalty shoot out, whilst the Middlesex Charity Cup was lifted in 1994with a 4-0 win over Northwood.
The Carlsberg Cup (an
Isthmian Leaguetournament now abolished) was lifted in 1995against Borehamwoodwhere the Swans scored a last minute equaliser from the last ever experimental 'kick in' in English football.
London Senior Cup, Staineswere runners up in both 1977and 1981, the earlier final went to a replay v Wimbledon which 'The Dons' won in their last ever match as a non-League club.
The home of Staines Town Football Club is Wheatsheaf Park, situated in Wheatsheaf Lane,
Staines. It has been the home of the club since it was purchased in 1951. Like many football stadiums, it has changed greatly over time; the most recent of these changes was the development of the main stand in the Wheatsheaf Lane End. Planning permission for this was granted by SpelthorneCouncil in March 2000, and Staines Town returned to the revamped ground on 22nd February 2003.
Wheatsheaf Park has a total capacity of 3,000, with 300 seated and 800 in covered terrace. The record league attendance for a match at Wheatsheaf Park is 2,285 vs
AFC Wimbledonin 2006.
Isthmian LeaguePremier: runners up 2008
Isthmian LeagueDivision One: champions 1975,1989, promoted 1996, 2004 (6th in Ryman League Div 1 South)
Athenian LeagueDivision One: runners-up 1973
Athenian LeagueDivision Two: champions 1972
Spartan League: champions 1960, runners up 1971
Hellenic League: runners-up 1956
West London AllianceDivisionOne: champions 1900
West London LeagueDivision One: champions 1901
West Middlesex League: winners 1905, runners-up 1904
Great Western Suburban League: Division One: runners-up 1912, 1924 Division Two (Middlesex) champions 1921
Middlesex CFA Senior Challenge Cup: winners 1975, 1976, 1977, 1988, 1990, 1994, 1997 Finalists 1910, 1933, 1980, 1995.
London Senior Cup: finalists 1977, 1981
Middlesex CFA Senior Charity Cup: winners 1994
Middlesex Junior Cup: winners 1902, 1904
Spartan League Challenge Cup: winners 1969, finalists 1961, 1971
Hellenic League Challenge Cup: finalists 1954, 1956
Barassi Cupwinners 1975 (ie 1975/76)
Southern Combination Challenge Cup: winners 1965, 1967, 1995, finalists 1968, 1994, 1997, 2000
Merthyr Middlesex Charity Shield: winners 1990/01, runners-up 1994/95
Melksham Middlesex Charity Shield: winners 1997 (ie 1997/98)
West Middlesex Cup: winners 1924
Staines Cottage Hospital Cup: winners 1925
El Canuelo Trophy: ( Trofeo El Canuelo) winners 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996
John Livey Memorial Trophy: winners 1993
jim Lawford Memorial Cup: winners 1999/00
Lord of Ashford in Middlesex Charity Bowl: joint winners 2001/02
Saft-Nife Shield: finalists 1997 (ie 1997/98)
FA Challenge Cup: 1st Round Proper 1984/85 (as St Peter's Institute: 1879/80, 1880/01)
FA Challenge Trophy: (Last 32) 2nd Round Proper 1977/78, 1984/85, 4th Round 2003/04
FA Amateur Cup: 3rd Round proper 1923/24, 2nd round 1924/25
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