Getting to Know: FC London Phoenix

Today’s ‘Getting to Know’ are a club that has a more traditional founding story compared to some of the more recent clubs we’ve covered.

FC London Phoenix like many Sunday League clubs, were founded when a few slightly intoxicated blokes decided to form a football team. From this original ‘meeting’, it was decided that the club would play in orange and even the clubs was name was settled upon. FC London Phoenix.

Formed in 2016, Phoenix have seen some silverware in their very short history, winning Division Four of the Southern Sunday’s League in their first campaign.

Due to this success a second team was set up as the league title attracted more players to the club, however just a couple of seasons later and Phoenix are back to being a singular mens team.

The 2018/19 season despite it seeing the folding of the second team, was a successful one in the history of FC London Phoenix as it saw the team finished comfortably mid-table, and the club reach its first ever cup final held at the home of Vanarama National League side Sutton United. The game was a tight affair but unfortunately Phoenix lost the game 3-2, however despite the result, it was a fantastic day for the club and their families.

As most Sunday League sides do, the club have regular socials where everyone connected to the club is invited and also your standard Christmas party and end of season awards night. Great for team bonding Im sure!

Despite last season being a mixed bag for the club, the team now have a full time manager and a squad of 20-25 lads week in week out and after an undefeated start to the 2019/20 season seem to be progressing as a club.

From everyone here at Climbing The Ladder, we’d just like to wish everyone at FC London Phoenix all the best for the future. We’d also like to say a big thank you to club captain and from what it seems Mr Injury Prone Simon for sending over heaps of information on the lads! All the best for the rest of the season.

Author: Alex Scott

Currently doing as much freelance journalism work as possible. Avid football fan and player currently at Penrith Academy.

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