Why The Alexandra Park Football Club
Alexandra Park Football Club
We are a historic and well-established grassroots football and cricket club, based in Alexandra Park in London. Our football and cricket sections were founded in the late 19th century, and have provided a home for local sportspeople ever since.
We provide opportunities for both male and female participation of all ages and abilities, and welcome people from all backgrounds; as long as they have a strong passion for sport and sportsmanship!
Why Sponsor Us?
Through our 700+ members across football and cricket, we have a huge footprint not just within the walls of our club, but across the wider London area through our teams who play in a range of leagues including the Southern Amateur Football League, the Watford Friendly Football League, the Greater London Women’s Football League and the Middlesex County Cricket League.
Our club is based in Alexandra Park, one of London’s most historic and iconic green spaces, which sees a footfall of thousands of people across the year, from joggers and cyclists to dog walkers. We wish to ensure the club is kept sustainable and affordable for our members, both existing and future, for the years to come. Sponsoring us will go a long way to helping make that wish a reality.
The Club Today
The club today is home to over 1,000 members and nearly 60 teams, which is a huge number to organise and cater for each year. We continue each year to see huge interest from new joiners, and renewals from existing members.
We want to help the club become sustainable and self-sufficient in the future, but also to be able to upgrade our facilities, including our pitches, changing rooms, and equipment so we can keep providing exceptional access to all of our sections and members.
In 1888, a group of friends led by Ernest Cawdron, formed the Alexandra Park Cricket Club. Their earliest matches were played on a variety of local grounds until in 1906 the club settled upon the Racecourse Ground - the club’s home to this day.
Meanwhile, Ernest was a prime mover in the formation of the Alexandra Park Football Club in 1898. Like the cricket club, the AP footballers experienced a nomadic early life, playing at many home grounds for over 30 years until settling in Alexandra Park at a pitch next to the boating lake. In 1925 the club joined the Southern Amateur League, graced at that time by Ipswich Town.
In 1904 the football club won its first trophy - the Premier division of the North London League. When the Amateur Football Alliance was formed in 1906 the club became one of its founding members. During 1923 and 1925 the club suffered only two defeats.
The cricket club also had a ‘golden age’ in the 1920s as it established itself as one of the strongest clubs in London. The administration of both clubs was strong enough to keep them playing fixtures throughout WW2 and this helped them to hit the ground running when hostilities ceased. Following the War APFC achieved the ultimate prizes in AFA football by winning the SAL 1st Division Championship in 1954. and followed up with the AFA Senior Cup in 1955. Meanwhile, APCC were becoming a match for most clubs in the London area, achieving a Kemps Cup final appearance at the Oval in 1968.
In 1972 the two clubs amalgamated. The new administration comprised a management committee, overseeing independent football and cricket committees. In 1995 the AP Youth FC formed. The Club first achieved FA Charter Standard status in 2005 and has expanded considerably since then. In 2015 it formally joined forces with the AP Club, with its own committee operating under the oversight of the parent club
In 2022, the club is the largest cricket and football club in the borough of Haringey and probably the largest combined football and cricket club in London, with around 700 playing members.