Who are the Wimbledonians?
Wimbledonians started life in the 1950’s as the hockey team at Cherry Blossom Boot Polish in Chiswick. It was called Masonian Hockey Team as the Sports Club was named after Sir Dan Mason, one of the Directors of Reckitt and Colman.
Two former employees from the 1970’s are still involved with the team – Phil Kemball , now 70 and still the top scorer most years, and Mike Causer whose hips have let him down so he has continued to be the organiser and fixture secretary for the team.
Originally a grass based team, as with all others of that era, once the ground was sold at Chiswick we have had various other temporary homes prior to moving to Wimbledon – British Airways at Northolt, Southern Railway at Raynes Park, the Maori Club at Worcester Park and NPL at Teddington. The transfer to Wimbledon was facilitated by Chris Baker, who at the time was captaining a Wimbledon grass based team and pitch sharing was possible. It has always been a one team club which has avoided leagues in order to be able to give anybody a game regardless of age and standard. We also have a strong touring ethos in the UK and on the continent.
Many of the opposing teams we play we have been playing for over 20 years and it is great to meet up with old friends each year. It is now predominantly a vets team with ages ranging from early 20’s to early 70’s – with an octogenarian David March having just hung up his stick.
As the bottom team at Wimbledon with no age restrictions we can offer a game to anybody! Our squad has recently been bolstered by some of the legends from the Vintage Masters squad. We try to play most home games still on grass but most of our oppositions in Kent, Surrey and the Thames Valley are now based on astro. We generally win more games than we lose which makes for enjoyable close encounters and the facilities at Wimbledon are always appreciated by our oppositions.
2016/17 Record to date: Played 11, Won 6, Lost 4, Drawn 1. Goals: For - 25, Against - 21.
Ashford 2 Wimbledonians 1
Fortunately the rain had stopped by the time we started but it was still a misty atmosphere not helped by erratic floodlights!
Due to Trump's influence on US air … more
Wimbledonians 4 Wrinklies 2
Another pleasant outing on the grass at HQ. The organisation of the side was a bit more complicated than usual as we had two players doubling up from the Masters 2nds. … more
Camberley 2 Wimbledonians 0
After a very delayed start due to a serious head injury in the previous game, we set about a game reduced to 30 minutes a half.
Camberley were much quicker off the … more
Wimbledonians 4 Maidenhead 2
On a delightfully warm day at Wimbledon we were able to give the grass pitch a go for the first time this year.
With half the pitch in absolutely perfect condition ( … more
British Airways 7 Wimbledonians 5
This was an enjoyable, closely contested, see-saw game which we ultimately lost 7-5. We also sustained a couple of significant injuries to Paddy Bowes ( … more