Cricklewood Wanderers Football Club (CWFC) are an FA Charter Standard club, founded in the summer of 2011 by a group of young people with the support of a local youth project based in Cricklewood (the YES project)- a partnership which exists to this day (YES Project now Youth Engagement Solutions).
The idea of the club came about when young people involved in the YES Project organised and delivered a very successful five-a-side tournament in July 2011, from which the first squad was selected. The tournament united players from many cultural backgrounds, homeless players, and many who had been lost after being released from academies.
The first team entered the Middlesex County Football League, Division One (Central and East)- with a development squad starting off in the Islington Midweek Football League Division One. CWFC’s debut season resulted in a 5th place finish, not bad for a new club!
The first players and coaches completed their coaching qualifications through the YES Project, and concentrated on developing a brand of football not always seen in the lower echelons of the English Football League System. The team were encouraged to get the ball down on the floor and play short passing football whenever possible, with quick movement and pressing throughout the team relying on pacey, technical players.
Still playing free flowing football, the following season marked a very successful season for the club, winning our very first trophy, the Challenge Cup in IML, which was followed by both Teams winning their respective league titles in 2012/13 to move into the respective Premier Divisions.
CWFC began ground sharing with Wembley FC, finding a carpet of a pitch to match their footballing style. The first season at Middlesex Premier level ended in a very commendable 4thplace finish in 2013/14, and a steady 5th place in 2014/15. There was a lot of transition in season 2015/16 with many players moving onto professional and semi-professional clubs, perhaps reflected in the club’s 12th place finish in 2015/16.
CWFC went on their first FA Vase run in 2015, being one of only 4 teams from Step 7 to reach the second round proper, narrowing losing out to Ipswich Wanderers 1-0.
In 2016/17 the first team finished 8th in the Middlesex County Premier League, within a claustrophobic mid-table where only 8 points separated 11th to 4th. The team also participated in a friendly cup in Malaga, Spain; adding a new trophy to the cabinet with a 3-0 win over local side Deportivo Alhaurin.
2017/18 has started well, the team haven’t lost in all competitions since the opening day of the season, 9 games in all, including the first 2 rounds of the FA Vase.
Hoping for a successful season!
2018/19was a very poor season for us. We started with new management and new players which did not become a cohesive team. We were bottom at the end of the season and glad that we were no relegated.
We were successful though in starting our 1st girls team which was expanded on the 2019/20 season. The girls team did not lost any league match and at the time of lock down they kept the lead position on the league table.
2019/20 season we started again!. New manager and new team. It took some time for the new players to become a team which lead to several loses on our first few months. However, with perseverance and lots of work, the team gained confidence and we began wining matches. At the time of the Coronavirus lock down came, CWFC hold 2nd position on the league table. This was our chance to go for promotion. We will never know if this goal would have been achieved!