Cup Runs & Success
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 rst 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…