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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-
of the London League, being champions in 1929 and runners-
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-
for handball saw Forest scramble a draw. In the replay Forest won 3-
Their best ever run in the F.A. Cup came in the season 1975-
Bradford City and despite a brave performance went down to a 3-
In season 1983-
final at Kingstonian F.C.
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.
far, ending in a 2-
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-
The following season saw Terrors featuring in the FA Cup first round for the fist
time since the late seventies and fans enjoyed a great day out at League 2 Stockport
Sadly the season ended on a sour note with the departure of Billy and George, signalling two seasons of decline, ending up in relegation in 2012.
Source: The Official Illustrated History of the FA Cup (Bryon Butler) Thanks to Roger Butcher.
A CLUB HISTORY