1931, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1938, 1948, 1953, 1971, 1989,
FA CUP WINNERS:
1930, 1936, 1950, 1971, 1979, 1993
FAIRS CUP WINNERS:
CUP WINNERS CUP WINNERS:
YOUTH CUP WINNERS:
1966, 1971, 1988, 1994
|n 1886, tucked away in a
backwater on the borders of rural Kent and the
southern sprawl of the largest city in the World,
events were taking place of which the newspapers
and the public at large, understandably, totally
was a small bunch of Scotsmen which was really
behind what happened at the Woolwich Arsenal
towards the end of 1886, first amoung them one
David Danskin from Kirkcaldy in Fife. What he
actually did was to found a works football team.
At the time Kent was firmly rugby and cricket
country, both alien games to a Scot like Danskin.
The only local teams that can claim a prior place
in football history are Blackheath and Blackheath
School, both attenders at the historic first
meeting of the Football Association in 1863.
The real spur
came with the arrival in Woolwich of two
Nottingham Forest players, Fred Beardsley and
Morris Bates. Forest were already one of the
leading sides in the country. Their arrival
pushed Danskin and three friends, Elijah Watkins,
John Humble, adn Richard Pearce, into action.
They asked around to see who were prepared to
play, and 15 men paid 6d (2 1/2p) each to start
up a club.
glorious history had begun...
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