Tooting and Mitcham F.C. were formed in 1932 when two clubs who were local rivals decided to amalgamate, the idea being discussed for the first time at a Christmas London League match in 1930.
Tooting Town originated in 1887 as Tooting Graveney F.C. The first ground was at Figges Marsh, but in 1905 the Club moved to an enclosed ground at Lonesome. This was unsatisfactory so in 1907 another enclosed ground was obtained called "The North Surrey Poultry Farm" in Gorringe Park. In 1913 came another move, this time to a ground in The Ridgeway, beside the railway line. Then came the First World War and in 1915, after a club now called Tooting had tried to continue a Metropolitan League with Old Kingstonians, South Tooting, Summerston, West Norwood and Wimbledon, attempts to carry on were abandoned and the players joined a munitions firm called Darraq for the duration.
During this period the Club had absorbed, by amalgamation, Tooting Bee F.C. in 1896 and Balham St Johns in 1902 and many successes were achieved. These included the South Western Cup 1897, Champions of the Clapham League in 1898 and 1900, winners of the Crossley Charity Cup in 1907 (beating Dulwich Hamlet) and winners Sutton Hospital Cup in 1908 and 1909. But in the 1914-
In 1919, at the cessation of hostilities, the Club revived with the name Tooting Town, a ground (two pitches) were rented at Tyrell's Poultry Farm, and admission regained to the South Suburban League. Success came easily and in 1921 the Club was accepted into the London League and efforts made to secure a ground of their own.
A fund was started with half the Club's balance-
It soon became obvious that two first class amateur sides could go no further existing side by side in competition, yet those who remembered the Christmas games between the two clubs could see how difficult amalgamation, the only answer, would be.
London House was formed in 1904 by Chief Spt G Siviour and Steve Taylor as the team for the London House business, belonging to the Francis family. The club lasted for two seasons, playing only friendlies, before being renamed Mitcham Athletic, who played in the Balham league for two seasons before joining the Wimbledon League for another two years before disbanding.
Mitcham Wanderers were formed in 1912 in "Erns Coffee Shop" off Mitcham Cricket Green, and home matches were played in Cranmer Green. The Club closed down during the 1914-
1920, Winners Surrey Junior Cup (beating Carshalton Athletic)
1922, Finalists Surrey Intermediate Cup (losing to Carshalton Athletic)
1927, Finalists Surrey Senior Shield (losing to Wimbledon)
1930, Finalists, Surrey Senior Shield (losing to Kingstonians)
1931, Finalists, Surrey Senior Cup (losing to Kingstonians).
In spite of its success, the Club, like its neighbours from Tooting felt the need for amalgamation which was effected in 1932, although there were many matters to be settled among these old rivals.
On amalgamation Tooting & Mitcham United remained in the London League but moved upwards into the Athenian League in 1937. Although their League form was disappointing it was compensated for by a first win in the Surrey Senior Cup in 1938 when Dulwich Hamlet were beaten 2-
Tooting & Mitcham were the Athenian League Champions in 1950 and 1955, then were invited into the Isthmian League in 1956. They proved themselves good enough to hold their own against the strongest opposition, winning the Championship in 1958 and again in 1960. In season 1958-
Their best ever run in the F.A. Cup came in the season 1975-
In season 1983-
For season 1997/98 former England Non-
A miserable start to the season 1998/99 heralded Jimmy Bolton's resignation in September. He was replaced as Manager by Keith Boanas with Ian Hazel remaining as Player/Coach and they were able to steady things to the extent that a final league placing of 8th, with 66 points from 42 games was achieved. This was followed by a rather disappointing final placing of 11th in 1999/2000, with 55 points from 42 games.
By contrast, season 2000-
winners Taunton Town. Even more importantly, the Ryman League Second Division Championship was won despite an horrific backlog of fixtures, the club's first league title since 1960. In addition the Surrey Senior Cup Final was reached, although Crystal Palace proved too strong by three goals to nil in the final at Gander Green Lane.
guest of honour. The London Senior Cup was retained with a thumping win against Bromley, but the real icing on the cake came with long overdue play-
Stockport County but in a torrential rainstorm went down to a 5-
George left the club and Mark Beard was subsequently appointed manager in May 2010.
After a mediocre first season and a dismal start to 2011–12 season, undermined by backroom manoeuvrings which robbed him of any effective control, Beard was relieved of his position in December 2011 and replaced by former West Ham player Kenny Brown. However, results did not improve and Tooting were relegated at the end of the season. 2012-
After a shocking start, culminating in a humiliating home defeat to Chatham and the departure of Hams, experienced army football team coach Paul Dale was brought in. Despite a 17th place finish the season ended on a high with a repeat of the previous seasons London Senior Cup Final against Hendon at Imber Court, but this time with a winning outcome.
The cup win proved a mere taster for what was to follow. Terrors were crowned as Champions of Isthmian League South
after a superb season of entertaining football, amassing 105 points and scoring 120 goals and breaking the club record for most consecutive wins (14 in a 15 matches undefeated run).
The return to the Isthmian top tier was to be brief. Paul Dale departed to try joint management and was replaced by highly respected club U23 coach Ashley Bosah. With only a single relegation place to avoid in a 24 team division Tooting did their best to fail at every opportunity but remarkably went into the final match at Metropolitan Police with a mathematical chance of salvation. Once again the team failed to deliver and dropped through the trapdoor, but only on goal difference.
Wilsons departure was inevitable and it was his assistant Ashley Bosah, along with youth team coach Cornelius Nwadialor,
who were handed control for 2018-
A poor start proved too much of a handicap to mount a serious promotion challenge, but there was a Surrey Senior Cup Final appearance to round off the campaign. During the close season four of the young Terrors signed for Football league clubs: Abraham Odoh (Charlton Athletic), Isaiah Jones and Sam Folarin (Middlesborough) and Lexus Beeden (Reading).
Source: The Official Illustrated History of the FA Cup (Bryon Butler), Roger Butcher and David Penn.
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