HISTORY OF THE CLUB
The football team was formed in 1968 as Warwick Social and was run from the County Cricket ground.At that time several County and International cricketers played for us including : Bill Blenkiron, Eddie Hemmings, Steve Rouse and Graham Warner. In 1976 the social club withdrew it’’s support and the team continued ender the title of Red Lion. In 1980 the opportunity arose to take over the defunct Wychall Wanderers football club which had it’s own ground. Outstanding debts were paid off and this became the permanent home.
In the early 1980’s we sold over 50,000 lottery tickets to build a clubhouse extension which was assisted by a loan from the Sports Council. In 1984 the bar was opened to provide a source of income.Over the next ten years improvements were made to the ground and clubhouse, channelling profits back into the club. This was the peak time for the club running four soccer teams and three darts teams. The First Team won most of the honours in the Coronation and South B’ham Premier Leagues consisting mainly of Southern League and Midland Alliance players.
With most of the members becoming too old to play the club started a gradual decline and almost folded in 2001 with the generosity of a hard core of members keeping it going.
In 2003 we had the opportunity to take over a vibrant youth section which needed a ground and it has proved to be an important turning point. Gerry and Catherine Corrigan transferred their Wharfdale Teams to Wychall and with their superb organisation now provide soccer for juniors in the area.
Our Over 35’s Team was set up for older members and important links have been maintained to this date. The Team set a record for the Central Warwickshire Over 35’s League by becoming the first ever team, outside the Premier Division to win The Major Cup in 2007 and repeated the feat in 2012.
We play in Premier One Division of the Central Warwickshire League.key people involved with the running of the team:
Founder and secretary John busst:
Managers: Dave Busst/Jose Murray
Petrov Signs for the Witches
Aston Villa hero Stiliyan Petrov is back - and scoring goals for a Solihull Sunday league side.
The former claret and blue captain, who bravely battled leukemia, now wears the Number 10 shirt for Wychall Wanderers over 35s in Shirley, reports the Birmingham Mail.
The mud of Tythe Barn Lane may be a long way from Villa Park but Petrov - in remission from the disease that struck in 2012 - stressed the buzz is back.
"It's a good laugh and they're competitive games," said the man known as Stan by fans. "It's just really nice to be out there playing a proper game."
The 35-year-old is not the only famous face in Wanderers' line-up. Former Coventry City defender Dave Busst, who suffered a horrific, career-ending injury in 1996, is also a squad member and manager.Stiliyan, now 35, has made three appearances for Wychall, scoring in a 5-3 cup victory. "I've played 90 minutes and my fitness is improving," the former Bulgarian international said, "but I need to be patient."
The midfield dynamo has certainly made his mark in the Central Warwickshire League Premier One Sivision. Wanderers have lost only one of their last three games