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The Wanderers F.C. “Five Times F.A. Cup Winners”
The Wanderers Football Club dominated English football two decades before clubs like Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United were even founded. Based in Leytonstone, they were formed as Forest Football Club in 1859, and were founder members of the Football Association four years later. They adopted the title of Wanderers after ‘wandering’ across London to Battersea Park.
The Wanderers were an amateur team consisting mostly of ex-public school boys. The club was captained by Charles Alcock, later chairman of the Football Association. Alcock, who was the organizer and leading spirit of the Wanderers. Five times winners of the F.A. Cup, home at some stage of their careers to more than forty English International players including the legendary Lord Kinnaird, the Wanderers are the very epitome of the early, heroic, age of the Association game. The clubs decline was astonishingly rapid, within five years of their final F A Cup win the team was disbanded. The rapid expansion of ‘Old Boys’ sides, such as Old Etonians and the Old Carthusians, drained the pool of players available to the Wanderers.
It is surprising, therefore, that until now no comprehensive history of this renowned club has been available to the football enthusiast. ‘The Wanderers F.C.’ remedies that emission, beginning with a fascinating account of the club’s rise and fall wiith generous use of contemporary accounts, together with a full statistical record of every game played by the club between its formation in 1859 until the club disbanded in 1883. There are also brief biographies of fifty of the most prominent players with notes on others of interest who appeared for the club, including Julian Russell Sturgis an American-born novelist, poet, librettist and lyricist, who played for the Wanderers F.C. in the Cup final of 1873.
This book is a must for anyone interested in golden age of amateur football and all football fans who enjoy their history.
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