Colliers Wood United F.C. Combined Counties Premier STEP 5

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Colliers Wood United Football Club is a football club based in Colliers Wood in the London Borough of Merton. In the 2005-06 season, their first in the FA Vase, they reached the Second Round. They are currently members of the Combined Counties League Premier Division. 2003-04 Joined Combined Counties League as members of new Division One Combined Counties League Division One - runner-up - Promoted to Premier Division Club Colours Blue/Black/Blue Alternative Colours White, Navy, Navy Ground: Wibbundune Sports Ground, Lincoln Green, West Wimbledon, London SW20 0AA (Capacity 2,000) Tel 020-8942-8062 Directions : Take A361 for Ilfracombe and in town take first right after traffic lights. Follow Marlborough Road to top and ground is on the left. Nickname The Woods - Founded 1874 (as Vandyke)

The Woods History

Collliers Wood United FC was founded in 1874 and the early years of their existence were spent in the Wimbledon and Sutton leagues before moving on to the Surrey Intermediate League (Southern Division). During the late sixties and early seventies, the club were members of the Surrey Senior League for a short time, playing in the newly formed division one where they won the league title in 1969/70. The reserves won their division in 1970/71 going undefeated. Over they years, The Woods have reached a number of Surrey FA Cup Finals. In 1988/89 they lost 1-2 to Bradbank Sports in the Intermediate Cup Final. In 1991/92 they beat Woking & Horsell 4-0 in the final of the same competition. The reserves reached the final of the 1988/89 and 1989/90 Lower Junior Cup but were beaten on both occasions. The local recreation ground prevented the progress of the club due to the limited facilities and a search for a new ground was launched. Adequate facilities were found at Wibbandune Sports Ground in 1991 and the ground has steadily improved since then. 2001/2 saw the club enter the Surrey County Senior League where they finished a creditable 5th. The following season, they finished as runners up. In 2002/3, the league amalgamated with the Combined Counties League and the club were founder members of the new division 1 where they finished as runners up and were promoted to the Premier Division. They have continued to improve. In 2004/5, they finished 14th of the 24 clubs. The following season, they finished fourth and had a fine FA Vase run, beating Chichester City United, Raynes Park Vale and Greenwich Borough, before losing to VCD Athletic in the 2nd round proper. In 2006/7 they entered the FA Cup for the first time, defeating Chipstead after a replay before succumbing to Worthing 0-3. After a brief groundshare at Croydon FC, the club is back at Wibbandune where recent ground improvements include the addition of floodlights and a new 120 seater stand have secured their Premier Division status. Colliers Wood United also have teams in the Suburban League, Morden & District Sunday League, the Southern Youth League and the Epsom & Ewell Youth League.