Putney Town F.C.
|Full name||Putney Town F.C.|
|Ground||The Bank of England, Roehampton, Surrey|
|League||Leatherhead & District Sunday Football League, Premier Division|
Putney Town F.C. is an amateur club, affiliated to the Surrey County Football Association. The club are based in Putney and operate one adult team. They train and play their home fixtures at the Bank of England Sports Centre in Roehampton.
The club was founded and became independent in 2004, after the team that most of the players played for was disbanded earlier in the year by Colliers Wood United F.C.. Players John Bedford, John Fisher, Andy Buckley and Paul Holman formed the new club and became the inaugural committee. In naming the club, the founders sought a name to closely relate the club to the geography of most of the players.
After two knee operations John Fisher’s playing career was at an end and it was agreed by all that he would be an excellent choice as the Team Manager. The new club kept its place in the Premier Division of the South Thameside Sunday Football League and have enjoyed success ever since.
As most of the players played for Colliers Wood United F.C. who play in blue/black Inter Milan stripes, the club decided to adopt the red/black stipes of A.C. Milan as the clubs colours. The second strip colours are taken from the clubs corporate sponsor.
Club Badge “Toute la journee”?
It was decided that the club badge should include a motto and player Andrew Wood is credited with the idea to include the popular phrase among the players ‘toute la journee’ previously used for sledging during matches against the opposition. This favourable phrase was coined during a pre-season tournament when the team played French opposition. The phrase translates as ‘all day’ meaning in football terms that the opposition is too easy and ‘we can do this all day’. The club crest was designed by John Bedford and is based on that of West Ham United so the club motto can be easily detailed on the crest.
The Bank of England
The Bank of England became Putney Town’s home ground in 2005. Located in Roehampton the superb private sports facility has a distinguished history. There are three full size pitches known as “Records Office”, “Lower Redgate” and “The Brook”. Apparently the famous England team of the 1966 FIFA World Cup prepared for the World Cup at the Bank of England sports centre. The biggest and most notable pitch is called the “Records Office”. This is opposite the old Records Office building where all archived paper banking records were kept going back since the formation of the Bank of England. These have now been moved to the underground vaults at the Bank of England in the city. Apparently Kevin Keegan referred to this pitch as ‘Wembley’. Indeed it does have the same dimensions of the old Wembley pitch.
The second pitch “Lower Redgate” is Putney Town’s usual home pitch and known as “The Den” due to its enclosed location. Many famous county cup victories have been achieved on this pitch.