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