Our Club

Club History


Explorers FC were founded in 1994 by Bert Goodall when children at his Thursday Night Youth Club based at Harlington Baptist Church wanted to play football. Training began at William Byrd School ( Harlington ) on Saturday mornings , the team were entered into the Hayes and District Youth League and Berts daughter Valerie was at the forefront of developing the club.

The club stayed at William Byrd until 1997 when it moved to Cranford Park School and then a year later in 1999 returned to William Byrd. During June 2000 the club moved to West Drayton Cricket Club ( Cricketfield Lane West Drayton )and in April 2003 the club received its FA Charter Standard Award.

In May 2005 Explorers FC became West Drayton Explorers FC with Tracy Lobjoit taking on the role as as Secretary and Dave Chana as Chairman.

In July 2005 , after full time cricket wanting to return to West Drayton, manager Dave Fosh secured a move to Stockley Park (Chestnut Avenue , West Drayton) and then after ground rent rises and the club growing, on 8th October 2012 , Head Coach Brendan Rossiter made the move to our current home at Sipson Recreation Ground ( Sipson Way,
Sipson )

The 2013/14 season came with big changes, a whole new committee and Alison Rossiter and Simon Hughes taking the lead as Secretary and Chairman. The new committee had a vision, this club could grow … and grow it did!
The changes and the move has seen the club reach new heights, in 2014/15 Brendan Rossiter and now Vice Chairman and Development Officer Wayne Edwards produced the clubs Development Plan and thus the club were awarded FA Development Club Status. Since the recognition, the club have been awarded winners of Middlesex FA Development Club of the Year 2015/16 and retained the award in 2016/17.

The latter end of 2017/18 was greated by Simon Hughes retirement and a new chairman at the helm, Graham Aldred.
2018/19 sees more changes for the club with the introduction of a new badge a mini kickers academy and links with professional football clubs.

Club Achievements