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OUR HISTORY ....

 

The origins of Staines Town FC are very obscure. Although the town's St Peter's Institute team took part in the FA Cup in 1879, the official date of the club's formation is accepted as 1892 when Staines Town were formed. The club then merged with St Peter's Institute and the club went on to win local honours as both Staines FC and Staines Albany FC.

 

After several more name changes, the club began to go into decline and in 1935 folded. However, towards the end of World War Two, the club re-formed as Staines Vale. They then joined the Great Western Suburban League in 1905, later moving to the Great Western Combination.

 

In 1953 the Swans were founder members of the Hellenic League, where they  finished runners-up in 1956. In 1958 they joined the Spartan League and 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.

 

The club were elected to the new Isthmian League Division 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 1993 when the club were relegated for the first time in 63 years. Again the club were promoted in 1996 and again it was quickly lost, with the club returning to Division One after only a year.

 

Having lobbied Spelthorne Council 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 Town before 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 Ryman Isthmian league and 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. League success was enjoyed again under Steve Cordery when we finished runners up in the Ryman Premier division two season running, the first occasion in 2007/08, the play off final was reached and the club came within 8 minutes of promotion, finally succumbing to AFC Wimbledon. However just twelve months later, Carshalton Athletic were defeated in the final of the same competion to ensure the Swans entered the Conference leagues for the first time in their history as promotion to Blue Square South was secured at Wheatsheaf Park.

 

Cups

 

The club have reached the FA Cup First Round proper on four occasions, in 1879, 1880, 1984 and more recently in 2007 when League Two Stockport County were defeated at Wheatsheaf Park in a penalty shoot-out after the score was locked at 1-1 after extra time. The match was televised live on Sky television after the first match at Edgeley Park was drawn 1-1. The Second round saw the Swans entertain Peterborough United at Wheatsheaf Park, however the heights of the previous round could not again be reached as we were defeated by five goals to nil.

 

There have been two appearances in the last 32 of the FA Trophy, the first back in 1976, losing to Morecambe in a 2nd replay and then in a replay to Halifax Town in 2004 after drawing 1-1 at 'The Shay' in the first match.

 

In 1975, we met Italian Amateur cup winners Banco di Roma for the Barassi Cup. (See newspaper clippings below) A crowd of 70,000 (seventy thousand) saw Staines win in Rome's Olympic Stadium and a club record 2,500 saw the Swans complete the job at Wheatsheaf Lane.

 

Staines have also lifted the Middlesex Senior Cup on no fewer than seven occasions, the latest under Chris Wainwright in 1997, beating Yeading in a penalty shoot out, whilst the Middx 'Charity' cup was lifted in 1994 with a 4-0 win over Northwood.

 

The Carlsberg Cup (Isthmian Full members) was lifted in 1995 against Borehamwood where the Swans scored a last minute equaliser from the last ever experimental 'kick in' in English football.

 

In the London Senior Cup, Staines were runners up in both 1977 and 1981, the earlier final went to a replay v Wimbledon which 'The Dons' won in their last ever match as a non-League club........

 

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Celebrating a Great History ....