Saturday’s game marks the latest stage in a developing relationship between the two historic clubs – Staines Town FC (founded in 1892) and Wraysbury Village FC (founded in 1902).
The CoViD pandemic caused a suspension of all football in England last winter, but – unlike the Isthmian League – the Thames Valley Premier League opted to resume playing in the spring, requiring clubs like Wraysbury to clear a backlog of games, some of them in midweek, for which their unlit grounds were unsuited. They approached Staines Town, and an agreement was made allowing use of Wheatsheaf Park for some of these games.
Over the summer, it was realised that our two clubs had a lot to offer one another, with Wraysbury’s well-developed community focus, and Staines’ excellent facilities. Consequently, over the course of several months of very cordial discussions, an agreement has been reached, and is currently awaiting ratification by the football authorities, which will allow Wraysbury’s First Team to play at Wheatsheaf Park in 2021/2, in turn giving their ladies and junior sides greater freedom and opportunity to play at their own Memorial Ground headquarters.
With Wraysbury having already agreed that Staines Town season tickets holders will be granted free admission to their games here, we hope that supporters of both clubs will get behind both Wraysbury Village FC and Staines Town FC for what we hope will be an enjoyable and successful 2021/2 season for us all.
Come On You Stags … and Up The Swans