Uxbridge FC

Club History 1871 - 1999

Uxbridge Football Club was founded in 1871 and is one of the oldest football clubs in the South of England. In those days the Club wore a white strip, before changing to the current red strip in 1880.

The first 10 years of the Club were successful, with the Heron brothers gaining full international caps for England. The Club became members of the Southern League and reached the Final of the F.A. Amateur Cup in the 1897/98 season - losing to Middlesbrough at Crystal Palace. Even at the turn of the century, the Club nearly folded with a deficit of £130.

In the 1906/07 season the Club joined the Great Western Combination League and then joined the Athenian League in 1919 after the First World War. At the end of the 1919/20 season Uxbridge finished bottom and were unfortunately not re-elected. In 1939 the Club rejoined the Great Western Combination League and continued to play during the War, before joining the London League in the 1944/45 season and transferring to the Corinthian League after two seasons. In 1948 a ground called "Honeycroft" was bought in Cleveland Road, which is now part of Brunel University. The 1959/60 season was a particularly successful season with the Club being Champions of the Corinthian League.

By the 1960s, the Club was in debt and the ground was mortgaged, but they still continued and gained national prominence in 1976 when they met a full strength England side at Wembley Stadium as part of the World Cup preparations then. The score: England 8 Uxbridge 0.

In 1978 the Club bought it’s current ground in West Drayton and also called the ground "Honeycroft". The Club spent over £170,000 on ground improvements and a 1-1 draw with Arsenal in 1981 saw the official opening of the new floodlights. The 1981/82 season saw the Club finish third in the Athenian League and achieve election into the Isthmian League. The Club finished second in Division Two South in 1984/85 and gained promotion to Division One - where they have remained ever since.

The first season in Division One was very successful with the team finishing in 7th place in the League, reaching the 1st Round proper of the F.A. Trophy and the Final of the AC Delco Cup in its inaugural year - losing 3-1 to Sutton United, the Premier Division Champions. In 1988/89 the Club was honoured to be chosen to stage the Centenary Final of the Middlesex Senior Cup competition, in recognition of the quality of the ground and it’s facilities.

Throughout this era the club was managed by Ron Clack who put in nearly 20 years service as First Team manager before stepping aside to run the Reserve and Youth sides until his death in 1995.

The early nineties saw Fe side occupy a mid-table position in the First Division - but the 1991/92 season saw them gain the scalps of then Premier Division sides Grays Athletic and neighbours Hayes, before going out in the quarter finals of the Loctite Cup to Molesey.

The 1992/93 season was one of building for the future, with results on the inconsistent side, and although a mid-table position was disappointing some promising signs were evident, especially with a fine 2-1 Middlesex Charity Cup win over a Brentford side including big money signings Joe Allon, Shane Westley, Simon Ratcliffe and local favourite Terry Evans. The 1993/94 season was a similar story with the side challenging the leaders at the start of 1994, following a fine win at Champions elect Bishops Stortford. Unfortunately a slump in form saw another mid-table position attained. However, the best performances were saved for the London Challenge Cup, starting with a 6-1 trouncing of Southall in the first round. A fine second round win at Brisbane Road (3-2 after extra time) against a youthful Leyton Orient side was followed by a superb 3-1 win, at the then GM Conference side Dagenham & Redbridge, earned the "Reds" a first appearance in the Final. That season closed with the London Challenge Cup Final at "Honeycroft", against another GM Conference side, Welling United. In a highly eventful game before a large crowd the "Reds" thrilled their supporters by convincingly winning 3-0 and collecting their first major Trophy for 12 years.

The 1994/95 season was another "bits and pieces" season with a mid-table league position being achieved by the first team (the most notable results being the "double over runners up Worthing) and a disappointing season being had in the various Cup competitions. The 1995/96 season saw the first team finish 10th, their best league season for quite a while. Their league form, particularly away from home, was very impressive and with some notable victories being achieved in some of the Cup competitions, the season was very satisfactory. The success story for the Club that season was in the performance of the Reserve team who, despite losing several players to the first team squad, had a remarkable season following on from their creditable 4th place the season before. They won the Suburban League North Division a couple of weeks before the end of the season and also lifted the Middlesex Premier Cup with an impressive 2-0 win over Willesden Constantine at Northwood. The deserved success of the Reserves is proof the Club’s Youth policy still seems to working well.

The 1996/97 season saw the first team improve further to finish in 8th place. The only down side in the league was that we drew too many games to mount a serious sustained promotion push. Apart from reaching the 3rd Qualifying Round of the F.A. Cup the only good Cup run was in the London Challenge Cup where the "Reds" emulated their performances of three years previous, to lift the Trophy after victories over Collier Row & Romford, St. Albans City, Barking and in the Final, Leyton Pennant by 1-0 in a replay after a thrilling 3-3 draw at Fulham’s "Craven Cottage in the first match. The Reserves narrowly failed to win the Suburban League North Division for the second successive season, ending up as runners-up - this despite yet more players getting called-up for first team duty. While the Youth team rounded off their season in style by winning the inaugural Russell Grant Middlesex Youth Cup at Hendon against local rivals Hillingdon Borough by a 2-1 scoreline, the night after the first team triumphed at the same ground in the London Challenge Cup Final.

1997/98 saw the progression continue with a best ever finish of 5th place in the Ryman League Division One. Once again the final of the London Challenge Cup was reached with victories over Hampton, Hendon and a full strength Welling United side, but a hat trick of victories was denied by Boreham Wood who emerged as 3-1 winners at Dulwich Hamlet. Added to the London Challenge Cup was another final appearance, this time in the Middlesex Senior Cup when Enfield were the winners by 3-2 in an exciting game at Hendon F.C. The reserves had another strong season that saw them lift the Suburban League North Division Championship for the second time in three years. Whilst the youth side improved steadily throughout the season and managed to reach the final of the Allied Counties Challenge Shield where a late goal saw them lose 2-1 to Hayes.

Last season was disappointing with the club finishing in the bottom half of the table for the first time in a while. The season started with the loss of five first team regulars, leaving the club to field a very young side for the opening months. Cup success was achieved to a small degree with the Quarter Final of the Ryman League Cup being reached and another appearance in the final of the London Challenge Cup, this time losing to Dulwich Hamlet 1-2 after extra time at Charlton Athletic F.C. The reserves, playing for the first time in the Suburban League Premier Division, again had a good season finishing in third place behind Conference sides Hayes and Woking.

Last season saw another indifferent start to the first team campaign, but a couple of team changes around the turn of the year saw the club finish the season strongly. Whilst in general the cup form was indifferent, the old faithful London Challenge Cup rescued the season with a fourth consecutive final. This time revenge was taken on Dulwich Hamlet with a 5-4 win on penalties following a 2-2 draw at Dagenham & Redbridge. The reserves pressed runaway leaders Dulwich for most of the season but fell away towards the end as injuries and suspensions took their toll, although there was the reward of a 3-1 victory in the final of the Suburban League Challenge Shield against Basingstoke Town.