exciting times at Cresswell Wanderers F.C, the club has been in
existence for over 20 years co-ordinating youth football. Who would
have believed back then from our humble beginnings with just two teams,
we would now be coaching and managing no fewer than twenty teams from
Under 7's and Under 18's.
Through our web site we were able to arrange a friendly match against a youth team from Vancouver in Canada, Boston in the USA, Bangor in N.Ireland, France and Germany.
There are currently over 250 registered players with Cresswell Wanderers.
Cresswell Wanderers is possibly the largest junior youth football club in both Walsall and the West Midlands. The development plans, aims and objectives for the future is to increase it's growth, membership, facilities and support to junior youth football in the area.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the parents / guardians that have supported our teams and the club throughout the season. Not forgetting our managers who give so much of their own time voluntarily to make all this possible.
Wanderers Football Club has many teams from under 7's to Open Age. The
teams play in the Walsall Junior Youth League, Bilston League,
Lichfield and District Recreational League, Satfforshire Ladies
to name a few,
Founded in 1979 by Brian Horton (Now in his 70's and living
local) Licensee of the Leather 'n' Bottle Public House, Mossley,
Walsall, Norman Walker, Frank Totlee (first Chairman), Alan Jones, Ray
Shingleton and Trevor Mellings.
Initially there were two teams entered into the Walsall Junior Youth League at under 11's and under 12's,
The original club colours for the under 12's were red and white, and for the under 11's the now familiar tangerine and black.
The name Cresswell Wanderers is taken from the road that the Leather 'n' Bottle was on, Cresswell Crescent.
The home matches were originally played at King George V playing fields, Bloxwich.
Past President, Ralph Pursehouse, became involved in the club and produced the first set of trophies for the teams. He has been an active member and supporter ever since.
Des Arrowsmith Honary
Des devoted a lot of his time to Cresswell Wanderers. Firstly by managing and coaching one of the teams, but Des never did anything by half measures and ended up becoming the Club Chairman.
Most unfortunately Des was stricken by illness and died on 18th September 2002 at the age of only 46.
However, his work will not go unrewarded, Des structured the club to give it a sound footing and direction for many years to come and will stay as the elite youth football club of Walsall.
of Cresswell players originate from the Mossley and Bloxwich area. Six
years ago, due to expansion and growth, Cresswell Wnderers relocated to
their current hone ground Cannock Cricket & Hockey Club, whose
facilities include 3 astro turf, 1 water based (costing
£650,000), 4 full size playing pitches and 2 mini-soccer pitches.
The grounds are tendered by 1-2 groundsmen and only played on once a week, hence the excellent condition.
The club has 22 committee members who strive and endeavour to raise funds for the boys and girls. We have enterained numerous celebrities such as George Best, Dennis law, Jackie Charlton, Jimmy Greaves, Rodney Marsh and John H Stacey (boxer) to name but a few.
Over the years, the club has enjoyed its fair share of
success winning many honours and in the process launched a number of
Andy Thompson (Wolves)
Dean Keats (Walsall)
The current members of the committee are pledged to ensure that the club continues to function in a successful manner both on and off the pitch, with the ultimate goal of owning our land on which to develop several pitches, changing rooms, etc...