A brief timeline of moments that marked our Club.
The Early Years
Back in the early eighties there was a thriving boys club on Friday evenings at the St John Bosco Catholic Church in Woodley. Boys of all faiths were welcome to attend. The club was organised and run the local parish council led by Jim Glenfield. In 1983 they set up a football team and named it Woodley Saints. The team was funded by the profits from the Boys Club tuck shop.
The team played its first competitive matches as Under 11s in the 1984-85 season. Allan Gleave was appointed to manage the team. His playing squad was: Nicholas Blake, Paul Bolger, Paul Bosanko, Wesley Cohen, Anthony Cook, Michael Coulstock, Robert Di Salvo, Paul Dollimore, Stuart Ford, Adam Garrett, Matthew Gleave, Stephen Glenfield, Miech Godderie, Ben Littlewood, Stefan Niedzwiedzki, Martin O’Donovan, Paul O’Mahoney, Neil Miller, Lee Pearce, Paul Phillips and Stuart Tichener.
A club badge was designed around an image of the stained glass window in the St John Bosco Catholic Church. The club ethos was about enjoying playing football, win or lose, being respectful to the opposition and the referee, being part of a team, and fair play. Over the next few years, several teams were formed from Under 9s upwards.
In 1988 we ran our first 6-a-side tournament back in 1988 with just 32 teams. We invited teams from the 3 other clubs that Father Brian had previously set up, namely Charminster Saints (Dorset), Crofton Saints (Fareham, blue and white stripes) and Rushmoor Saints (Aldershot, green and white stripes).
In 1989 it was agreed to establish Woodley Saints Football Club as an entity independent of the Don Bosco’s Boys Club. Jim Glenfield was appointed as Chairman, and Lesley White as Club Secretary.
In 2003 Woodley Saints became affiliated to Berkshire County Sports & Social Club, giving us access to excellent training and playing facilities.
FA Charter Standard Community Club of the Year
In 2010 Woodley Saints were proud to be invited to Adams Park at High Wycombe to be presented with the first ever Berks & Bucks award for FA Charter Standard Community Club of the Year.