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Club Details

Molesey Football Club
Nickname: The Moles

Founded: 1953

Ground: 412 Walton Road Stadium
West Molesey, Surrey KT8 2JG

Phone: 0208 979 4823
(Capacity: 4,000)

Pavillion

Large Pavilion Hall For Hire
Weddings, 21st's, 40th's
You have the reason, we have the hall.
For a viewing, pop in the club house speak to the Steward (John) or phone
0208 979 4823
Fully staffed Bar.

DIRECTIONS:

Coming clockwise round the M25:
Leave the M25 at junction 10 and take the A3 northbound. Take the 2nd exit off the A3 (signposted Esher & Hampton Court Palace), and go left at the roundabout at the end of the slip road towards Esher (A307). At the first set of traffic lights carry straight on. At the 2nd set of traffic lights bear right onto Esher High Street. Continue past Sandown Park Racecourse on your left, then carry straight on at the next set of traffic lights. At the Scilly Isles roundabout bear left, following signs for Staines & Hampton Court Palace. Continue for approximately 2 miles, going straight over at the roundabout by Esher College. Just before reaching Hampton Court Train Station (just past a BP garage) go left onto Creek Road. Go straight over the first mini roundabout, then bear right at the 2nd, keeping the police station on your right. Carry on through Molesey town centre (Walton Road), the ground is 1 mile on your left, just past the Lord Hotham Pub.




Coming anti clockwise round the M25:
Leave the M25 at junction 12 and take the M3 towards London. Leave the M3 at junction 1 (as the M3 becomes the A316) then at the roundabout get into the middle lane and take the 4th exit onto the A308 (signposted Kingston). Continue along the A308. Kempton Park Racecourse will appear on your left and the river thames will eventually appear on your right as you're going through Hampton. At the roundabout by Hampton Court Palace bear right, and remain in the right lane as you go over Hampton Court Bridge. Take the second right (just past the traffic lights) onto Creek Road. Go straight over the first mini roundabout, then bear right at the 2nd, keeping the police station on your right. Carry on through Molesey town centre (Walton Road), the ground is 1 mile on your left, just past the Lord Hotham Pub.





Coming from London:
Leave the A3 at the A307 and go right at the roundabout (signposted Esher). At the first set of traffic lights carry straight on. At the 2nd set of traffic lights bear right onto Esher High Street. Continue past Sandown Park Racecourse on your left, then carry straight on at the next set of traffic lights. At the Scilly Isles roundabout bear left, following signs for Staines & Hampton Court Palace. Continue for approximately 2 miles, going straight over at the roundabout by Esher College. Just before reaching Hampton Court Train Station (just past a BP garage) go left onto Creek Road. Go straight over the first mini roundabout, then bear right at the 2nd, keeping the police station on your right. Carry on through Molesey town centre (Walton Road), the ground is 1 mile on your left, just past the Lord Hotham Pub.

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Club History

MOLESEY F.C……

Molesey is both a village and a club steeped in history stemming back as far as the late 1800's and a Molesey side won the Surrey Junior Cup in 1913; it was in 1953 that the senior club was officially formed when Molesey St Pauls Utd joined forces with another Molesey village side to become Molesey F.C. The club spent its' early years in the Surrey Senior League with some degree of success in both league and cup competitions.

It was back in 1958 that the club last enjoyed a major honour when they won the Surrey Senior League just five years after their formation. Whilst they have sampled life in the Isthmian Premier Division it was all too brief and the club have ambitions to climb the pyramid once again and hopefully return to the Premier Division and maybe beyond. Molesey FC enjoyed halcyon days in the early 60's with three appearances in the Spartan League Cup final and Jack Anders' Easter tournaments which featured both local and German sides were always both well supported and financially rewarding but there was little to cheer again until 1972 when the club reached the Spartan League final once again but lost to Bracknell Town at Egham Town FC.

John Sullivan was the man who changed the direction of Molesey F.C when he took over following the club's election to the Athenian League. A host of star names appeared for the club over the next few years including Cyrille Regis who later went on to England honours. Regis netted 27 goals in a very short time here before departing suddenly and unexpectedly to Hayes who quickly benefitted when they sold him for £5000 to West Bromwich Albion. During Sullivan's reign Molesey enjoyed a fantastic record breaking season in the Premier Midweek Floodlit League in 1976/77.

The club won 9 out of 10 group matches, broke the aggregate goalscoring record and when Chris Proctor netted five times against Hayes it was an individual scoring record. Despite Sullivan's obvious eye for good players and some excellent runs in the F.A. Vase Molesey failed to win a trophy during his time in charge although they did progress to the new Isthmian League set-up in 1977. They finished in in the top half for the first four seasons and only missed out on promotion to Division One in 1978 when they drew 1-1 at home to Camberley in their final game which they needed to win.

After Sullivan's departure a yo-yo existence followed for many years and the club almost went out of business during the mid 80's under the chairmanship of Graham Pearce; his untimely but ultimately neccessary departure forced three long serving members to take over and those three gentlemen with the backing of the members saw the club through a tough period; what they did not know was how inspirational their decision to appoint Martin Eede was to prove.

Eede arrived in 1987 and helped turned the club around. Together with right hand man Ray Best, Eede was responsible for a gradual improvement in the clubs playing fortunes and that improvement reaped its' due reward when Molesey were runners-up to Yeading in 1990 and gained promotion to division one.

Eede stepped aside to become football chairman and Tony Dunne joined the club to lead them through an incredible spell; again with Ray Best in the backroom staff alongside Richard Higgs the club earned two Southern Combination Cup successes, promotion into the Premier and runners-up in the league cup final in 1993. This was the clubs best ever season and included a club record 11 straight league victories. This was also the season in which the club made its' only foray into the 1st round proper of the FA Cup but they were beaten here by Bath City after a glorious run.

Off the field Eede became the principal figure in cajoling the clubs members and supporters through hours of hard work as they carried out the necessary ground improvements required for our promotion to the Premier Division. Dunne eventually left due to business pressures but former Sutton United defender John Rains kept the momentum going and in what was an exciting season the club finished 8th in the Premier, their best ever league placing at the end of 1994/95.

Sadly Molesey lost the services of both Rains and Eede and two relegations in just three years saw them back where they were ten years earlier. South African businessman Clark joined the club in 1997 but departed in January 2004 after seven somewhat controversial years. Ray Best returned to the club during the ex-Football chairman's early years and his influence was again obvious as he took the side into the top half of Division One before a somewhat surprising departure, one which Molesey supporters found difficult to comprehend given the sides position at the time.

Several managers came and went during Clark's tenure at the club as Molesey fought to gain promotion once again and Pete Johnson was appointed as manager in May 2002; under his command the club enjoyed their best F.A. Cup run for ten years ; by mid October they had already beaten Hassocks, Fisher Athletic, Hitchin Town and Chertsey Town scoring 12 goals and conceding just 2 before defeat by Farnborough Town. A poor league run resulted in the resignation of Johnson in February and Ian Hazel took over but after guiding the side to safety with a run of just 2 defeats in their last 14 matches he walked away when he seemed set to lead us into the new campaign while Steve Moss's rein was brief and his departure both acrimonious and very public.

Everton and Wales legend Neville Southall took the reins on a caretaker basis, before the club appointed Steve Beeks as boss in October 2003.  However, the club was shrouded in off-pitch problems, and following a long term investigation by the Football Association, who insisted the club hold an EGM, Norman Clark resigned as Club & Football chairman in January 2004. Southall case is still on going. Beeks and his backroom team stayed on with the full backing of the new committee and he became the clubs longest serving manager since Martin Eede and was greatly admired around the club . Off the field, there was tremendous progress around the ground, by some amazing people and club volunteers.  The much needed new clubhouse, driven by Chairman John Nunn, was finally opened in April 2006.

However the ongoing legal battles took their toll, with the club being forced to significantly reduce its playing budget for the 2007/08 season, resulting in the resignation of Beeks, who felt he had taken the club as far as he could.

Ex reserve team manager Steve Webb was appointed as first team manager in the summer of 2007, and along with long-time assistant Pete Lelliott immediately set about rebuilding a squad that had been decimated following Beeks’s departure.

Sadly, the club struggled both on and off the pitch; key off-field personnel left during the summer and relegation seemed inevitable from an early stage, as the team begun the new year on a torrid run that saw them amass just 4 points from 16 games, culminating in relegation to the Combined Counties Leagues, a very hard pill for all to swallow after 30 years as an Isthmian League Club.

Webb continued as manager in 2008/09, once again assembling a squad virtually from scratch.  His new-look side took time to adjust to life in the CCL, although a fine run either side of Christmas took the club to the outskirts of the promotion race, before injuries and loss of form took their toll, resulting in a mid table finish.  The club enjoyed moderate success in cup competitions, reaching the semi finals of the League Cup, and bowing out of the FA Vase at the Third Round after a long trip into Norfolk to face Dereham Town.

2009/10 With Webb continuing as manager, the Moles began the season with a settled side, a top 6 finish being the aim.  After a dreadful start the ship appears to have been steadied, with the management and committee looking to set the foundations for a return to the Isthmian League, as well as establishing greater links to the community.