Wibbandune

First Contact

If you require anything regarding Colliers Wood United FC, please contact me in the first instance.

Chairman & General Secretary - Steve Turner

75 Lawrence Avenue, New Malden, Surrey, KT3 5LZ

Telephone - (m) 07856 008160

Email - steve_turner60@hotmail.co.uk

Our small but friendly pavilion

The club's main sponsor is The Tandem Centre.

High Street Colliers Wood, London SW19 2PT

Clubs such as ours simply cannot survive without partnerships like the one we have with the Tandem Centre. We hope you will support them by utilising their excellent facilities wherever possible.

Colliers Wood is a handy place to shop; it has two supermarkets, a market place with independent craft shops, and two retail squares, all of which offer free parking. Just a stone's throw away from each other, the Priory Retail Park and Tandem Centre have stores geared towards children, parents, gadget geeks, fashion enthusiasts, and sport-a-holics. There are also several places to cure your hunger pangs, or just sit back and relax by the river.

Other sponsorship opportunities (no matter how small) are available from the club on request.

One of three covered spectator areas

The Wood team of 1928/29

History Of The Wood

CLUB HISTORY
The club, one of the oldest in the country, and which has now been in existence for 145 years, received a well deserved recognition award from the FA for 125 years of playing football during 2011.

There is a wall memorial at the Surrey FA headquarters in Dorking acknowledging The Wood as the second oldest senior football club in Surrey having been formed in 1874 (four years after Reigate Priory FC).

Collliers Wood United FC was founded way back 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 the years, “The Wood” 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 ground share at Croydon FC, the club moved back to Wibbandune where ground improvements included the addition of excellent flood-lighting, a new covered terrace and a 120 seat stand. In March 2012, the club added a new away team changing room, new spectator ground lavatories and relaid the entire playing surface including drainage thanks to a £71,000 grant from the Football Association. They also reached the 2011/12 final of the League Cup at Farnborough FC on 4th May v Guernsey FC in front of 667 spectators, which they lost 0-2 after extra time, becoming the first club to keep a 90 minute clean sheet against The Islanders. Following a second renovation of the pitch in April, the club returned to Wibbandune in July 2013 and the under 18 youth section was re-started.

In 2014/15, Wood reached the FA Vase 4th round (last 32 nationally) and the Surrey Senior Cup quarter finals for the first time in their history. They reached the final of the League Cup once again in 2014/15 but, once again, they lost in extra time, this time 1-2 to Camberley Town in front of 385 spectators at Woking FC.

On March 8th 2016, the club were awarded the FA Charter Standard accreditation by the Football Association.

The club won the CCL Sportsmanship Award for 2015/16 having received just 32 cautions throughout the season.

In 2016/17, the reserve team won the SSEC Junior League Cup and were runners up in the Surrey FA Junior Cup.

Wood 1st team have reached the Surrey FA Senior Cup quarter finals for only the second time in 2017/18.

Record CCL Win 9-1 v Bedfont 2009

Record Other Win – 9-2 v Lingfield 2014 (FA Vase)

Record CCL Home Attendance - 151 versus Guildford City on Friday 6th August 2010.

Record Overall Home Attendance – 288 v AFC Wimbledon (Surrey Senior Cup) 2010

FA Vase Best Season - 2014/15 - 4th Round Proper (lost in extra time 2-4 at Ascot United).

One of 2 Surrey FA long service awards - we are now 144 years old.

Guernsey v Wood
Cup Final 2012

Founded - 1874

Nickname - The “Wood”

Hon President - Ron Palmer

Chairman and General Secretary - Steve Turner

75 Lawrence Avenue, New Malden, Surrey, KT3 5LZ

Telephone - (m) 07856 008160

Email - steve_turner60@hotmail.co.uk

Club Treasurer - Mark Douglas Telephone - (m) 07801 621326 

Welfare Officer - Robert Higgs Telephone - (m) 07917 334242 

1st Team Manager - Adam Willis Telephone - (m) 07950 253582

Email - collierswoodunited@yahoo.co.uk

Coaches - Paul Doherty - Pearse Mackin - Lee Pearce

Programme Editor - Graham Rodber

Telephone - 07921 541227

MAIN Club Emailcollierswoodunited@yahoo.co.uk

Ground - Wibbandune Stadium, Opposite 199-213 Robin Hood Way (A3 South Bound),West Wimbledon, London SW20 0AA

Map Link - https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.4226064,-0.2593241,16z

Telephone - 0208 942 8062

Colours - Royal Blue Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks 

Alternative Colours - Red/White Stripes/Red/Red or All Green

Nearest Railway Station - Raynes Park Station is a good 25 minute walk to the ground (or catch bus 57 outside the station to Coombe Lane Interchange (Holland Avenue) then it is a 10 minute walk along the A3 (northbound) via the slip road.

Bus - London Transport 265 (Putney Bridge to Tolworth route) southbound stops right outside the ground and "Wibbandune Sports Ground" is announced on board. (Please cross via footbridge if heading on the northbound bus).

For details of when to catch your bus, please visit -  tfl.gov.uk/plan-a-journey

Car Parking - Car parking in the ground is extremely limited. You are advised to park in the Robin Hood Way slip road opposite the ground via the northbound carriageway of the A3 and cross by the footbridge. Disabled persons should contact the club in advance to reserve an in ground parking space.

Midweek Home Day (1st Team) - Tuesday 7.30pm.

The Stadium - We have 102 seats and covered standing space for 300 spectators.

2018/19 1st Team Admission Prices  - £7 for adults with £4 concessions available for OAP's and the unemployed. Accompanied under 16's admitted FREE.

Matchday programmes (20 or 24 pages) are available at the clubhouse bar priced at £1.50. Teams are written up on the board outside the clubhouse 30 minutes before kick off and announced on the club tannoy system before the game.

Wibbandune by night

From 1927

2017/18 Match Programme

Tony "Ollie" Eldridge

We were all extremely saddened to hear of the passing of our club Chairman, Tony "Ollie" Eldridge on Saturday 11th June 2016.

Ollie had not been in the best of health in recent times but he continued regardlessly to serve and support the club.

Ollie served our club with pride and with an intense dedication to detail.

At the recent friendly game v Banstead Athletic, Wibbandune just didn't seem the same without his presence and, as can be seen by just a few commentaries received, he was extremely respected at all levels of our wonderful game.

For the club, the situation was exacerbated by the senseless murder of one of our young and up and coming players, Matthew Kitandwe, just a few days later and, of course, we all mourn, along with his family and friends, his sad and premature departure as well.

Ollie would have wanted the club to move forward and, to that end, we have appointed club stalwart, Steve Turner, as our new chairman.

RIP Ollie.

Tony "Ollie" Eldridge

Tributes

St Nicholas Church

A selection of communications received by the club.

From Knaphill FC - Sorry to hear this Chris, condolences to Tony's family, yourself and all connected with CWUFC.

From Hartley Wintney - Very sorry to hear this, Chris. Thoughts are with the club & his family and friends.

From Bedfont & Feltham - Sad news. Sorry to hear. Great character. Rip Tony.

From Cove - R.I.P. You will be sorely missed.

Very sad news a lovely man & so organised RIP TONY (Gareth Watmore)

Very sad news Chris. My condolences to all. RIP. (Dave Powell)

Very sorry to hear the sad news Chris. Condolences from all at Badshot Lea FC.

Very sad news Chris.  Hard to think that Tony won't be on the phone haranguing me for next month's referees as he always did.  Please convey the League's condolences to Tony's family and all at Colliers Wood of course. (Alan Constable)

Very sad news about Tony. A true gentleman and I enjoyed chatting to him whenever we met (Roger Wells)

On behalf of everybody associated with the Southern Sunday Football League, we are deeply saddened to hear this very unexpected news. Our thoughts and prayers are with Tony's family and friends at this very difficult time.  RIP Tony, you will be greatly missed sir! (Graham Rodber)

Really sorry to hear this sad news. I knew Tony for a long time, he will be sorely missed. The last of the secretaries to send out fixture details by post..RIP. (Simeon Potter)

Sad news. Tony was involved in local football for years and someone who knew many many footballing people RIP Tony. (Declan Skehan)

I remember chatting to Tony after a match at Wibbadune.  A true gentleman.R.I.P. (John Ross)

Awful news. Thoughts & prayers go out to his close friends and family! RIP Tony. (Will Boye) 

Very sad to report that Tony Eldridge, Secretary of Colliers Wood, passed away earlier today. A true gentleman who will be sorely missed. RIP Tony and our thoughts are with your family and friends at this time. (Martin Etheridge)

Very sorry to hear this news. It was a delight to get a match appointment from Tony in the post with map provided, following an actual telephone confirmation. Only one small example but it feels like the ending of an era. (Martin Wood)

Sorry to hear about Tony. Please pass on our condolences to his family and all at CWU. (Graham Brown)

It was a great shock to hear from Tony Hurrell, at last nights SCFA Awards evening, of the sudden death of your Chairman & Match Day Secretary, Tony Eldridge.  He will be a great loss to your Club and non-league football in general.  I will remember the many kindnesses he showed to me.  Please accept our Club's sincere condolences.  He will be greatly missed as one of the last school. (Peter Beddoe)

I've just seen this post and would like to offer my condolences to Tony's family and friends.

He was a lovely bloke and always ready to have a chat and make you feel welcome.

(Steve Webb)

We have received numerous other notifications from people from all aspects of football. Many thanks for all your kind words.

 

Tony's funeral was well attended and held at

2pm Tuesday 26th July 2016

@ St Nicholas Church, 

High Street

CRANLEIGH

Surrey

GU6 8AS

Telephone: 01483 800655

Tony was cremated at Cranleigh Cemetery.