Club NameOakwood Youth FC

Club Founded1962

Club NicknameThe Oaks

Club Colours (Home Kit)
ShirtBlack & Red Stripes

Club Colours (Away Kit)
ShirtBlue & Black Stripes

Club HistoryFounded in 1962 by pupils from St Wilfrids School which traditionally favoured Rugby football, Oakwood FC took its name from the estate where the school was situated.  Three seasons after playing against other local school teams, the club applied to join the Crawley and District Football League for the 1966–67 season.  After five years the club had reached C&DFL Division One. During the 1972–73 season the club reached the Sussex FA Junior Cup Final losing 1–0, and were again runners up in the same competition the following season to the same score-line.  However by the time they had reached their second consecutive County Final, they had been crowned Crawley League Division One champions and Winners of the Crawley Senior Cup.  By 1980 the club was beginning to re-structure and joined the Southern Counties Combination League, where they finished fourth in the first season, and incredibly runners up the following year also winning the league Cup.  In 1983 the club purchased its present home at Tinsley lane, Oakwood Park. With the extension of the Sussex County Football League by introducing a Third Division for season 1984–85, the club were accepted on application and emerged as Champions at the first attempt.  After promotion and adjusting to life in Division Two the club finished third during their third year, and should have missed promotion as the old ruling was two down two up. However promotion was granted to Division One as Bexhill Town, who had finished as runners up, did not have adequate facilities for the top Division at that time. Unfortunately the Oaks were relegated after just one season.  The 1989–90 season saw the installation of the floodlights at Oakwood Park, and the club finishing the season as runners up to Bexhill Town. This season also saw first senior trophy for the club in the shape of the Division Two cup, where they defeated Stamco 2–1 in the final. 1993–94 saw the club reach the final of the Sussex Senior Cup, played at the old Goldstone Ground, former home to Brighton & Hove Albion, losing to Wick 3–1.  After six years in the top Division of the Sussex County League the 1996–97 season saw the club relegated back to the second division. They remained in the second division until the end of the 2005–06 when they went back up as champions.  The committees efforts off the field were recognised with the granting of the English National FAs Club Charter Standard award in 2009

Club PhilosophyTo provide a safe, friendly and positive learning environment where children can develop their game in all aspects of the FA Four Corner model. To deliver consistent and effective practices focussing on individual and team development. Support and inspire through practice and games

Club ChairmanMark Gilbert

Club SecretarySarah Daly
Telephone07762 508 889

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