Cricklewood Wanderers FC
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 as 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.
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.