HISTORY OF LONDON FALCONS FOOTBALL CLUB
Falcons Football Club was formed on June 4th, 2006 by Craig Randall. Gathering people from several different means, he was able to gather 13 people for the first ever Falcons kickaround session on June 4th in Fairfields, Kingston Upon Thames. Due to the success that day, the club was able to build on that success and grow as a club.
The club had their first match on Wednesday, August 9th, 2006 in Barnes vs Kew 7's FC. Some of the players were training in Barnes and came across a few of the Kew 7 players who insisted on a friendly. The manager Craig Randall was able to put together a team in the short few days. And for the first time ever, players were able to represent the club.
The game was won by Kew 7's 7-1, but Falcon's scored their first ever goal through James Edeki who actually started his first game as a central defender, then went to play midfield, then striker ( a position he was to hold from then on).
A week later Falcons played their first home game against fellow new comers (another of Randall's antics) Roman's Athletic. The Falcon's ran out 3-2 winner's with James Edeki hitting the first ever Falcon hat trick.
We owe great thanks to our friends Stonewall Football Club for kindly donating their kits to us to use whilst we find out feet. We got no less than four different kits.
A few other friendlies took place before December vs Nottingham Ball Bois (won 3-2), vs Leicester Wildecats (won 5-1), vs Brighton Bandits (lost 4-2) and vs London Titans (yes, another of Randall's creations! but we lost this one 4-3, ouch!) The Falcon XI teams also played a few friendlies, beating Romans twice and loosing to London Leftfooters.
The first ever league match was against Stonewall in the L.U.F.L (league formed by Randall, surprise!) during February. There had been a couple of games postponed due to bad pitch conditions after a couple of months of awful weather.
The game ended 2-0 to Stonewall though the Falcons did go onto get revenge at home returning the favour 2-1, the winner coming in this game from Kieran Evans. The victories against Romans home and away helped Falcons to second place behind GFC Bournemouth. The Falcons had lost both the games vs Bournemouth 3-2 and 4-3 and made the GFSN champions work hard to get the victories.
Other events during the season include the London Tournament For All in Regents Park, an event hosted by the legendary London Leftfooters. The Falcons played well, beating Blaze, Leftfooters and Dublin before loosing out to GFC Bournemouth in the Quarter Finals. The tournament was attended by teams across the country and a few international teams as well.
The club's success did not go unknown, within several weeks after the season ended, the club were officially confirmed to enter into the G.F.S.N National League for season 2007-08.
And during the close season, club captain and vice captain were appointed by Pride to host the Pride 5-a-side tournament in Wembley Goals Centre. Falcons again proved themselves worthy by fielding FOUR teams, three of those reached the quarter finals and one of those reaching the semi finals where they lost on penalties to Stonewall. The eventual winners were Village Manchester who beat Stonewall 3-1 in the final. Falcons finished fourth place loosing 1-0 to arch rivals London Titans in the 3rd and 4th place game.
The close season brought a few changes to the club set up. Coaches Dan Walton and Tom Sobel stepped down though both with means to carry on playing. Chris Maughan took up the reigns to coach the team.
Soon after the club captain Tom Price stood down from his role to take up the position of club chairman. Ian Kehoe became the new captain, a role he is expected to excel in. Gary Britnell took up Kehoes vacant position and is now the clubs sponosrship and events manager.
The new season will begin soon, and more will be written here. Check back from time to time to read how the Falcons are doing.