All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, also known as the All-England Club, based at Church Road, Wimbledon, London, England, is a private members club. It is best known as the venue for the Wimbledon Championships, initially an amateur event that occupied club members and their friends for a few days each summer, the championships have become far more prominent than the club itself. However, it operates as a members tennis club, with many courts in use all year round. To become a full or temporary member, an applicant must obtain letters of support from four existing full members, the name is then added to the Candidates List. Honorary Members are elected from time to time by the clubs Committee, membership carries with it the right to purchase two tickets for each day of the Wimbledon Championships. The patron of the club is Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and the President is The Duke of Kent. The Club was founded by six gentlemen at the offices of The Field on 23 July 1868 at the height of a croquet craze as the All England Croquet Club and its original ground was situated off Worple Road, Wimbledon. Croquet was very popular there until the then-infant sport of lawn tennis was introduced in 1875, the first tennis Gentlemens Championship in Singles was held in July 1877, when the Club changed its name to The All England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club. That year at Wimbledon service was underarm, the champion, Spencer Gore, opined that Lawn tennis will never rank among our great games. In 1878 the height of the net was altered to 4 feet 9 inches at the posts and 3 feet at the centre, in 1882, croquet was dropped from the name, as tennis had become the main activity of the Club. But in 1899 it was restored to the Clubs name for reasons. In 1884, the Club added Ladies Singles and Gentlemens Doubles, for the 1908 Summer Olympics, the venue hosted the Grass Courts tennis events. The early Club colours were found to be almost identical to those of the Royal Marines, so they were changed in 1909 to the present Club colours of dark green, the current Centre Court dates from that year. It has been improved and extended on several occasions, most recently a sliding roof was added in time for the 2009 Championships. In 1924 the old No.1 Court opened on the west side of Centre Court, at 5,20 p. m. on October 11,1940, five 500 pound German bombs struck the grounds, demolishing 1,200 seats in Centre Court. The old No.1 Court was replaced with the current No.1 Court in 1997, shortly afterwards, the Millennium Building, which houses facilities for players, press, officials and members, was built on the site of the old No.1 Court. The Church Road site initially extended only as far north as Centre Court, in 1967 the All England Club purchased 11 acres to the north. This was leased to the New Zealand Sports and Social Club and it is most commonly known as Henman Hill because of the popularity of former British tennis player, Tim Henman
The Championships, Wimbledon
The Championships, Wimbledon, commonly known simply as Wimbledon, is the oldest tennis tournament in the world, and is widely considered the most prestigious. It has been held at the All England Club in Wimbledon, London, Wimbledon is one of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments, the others being the Australian Open, the French Open and the US Open. Since the Australian Open shifted to hardcourt in 1988, Wimbledon is the only major still played on grass. The tournament takes place two weeks in late June and early July, culminating with the Ladies and Gentlemens Singles Final. Five major, junior, and invitational events are each year. Wimbledon traditions include a dress code for competitors and Royal patronage. The tournament is notable for the absence of sponsor advertising around the courts. In 2009, Wimbledons Centre Court was fitted with a roof to lessen the loss of playing time due to rain. The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club is a club founded on 23 July 1868. Its first ground was off Worple Road, Wimbledon, in 1876, lawn tennis, a game devised by Major Walter Clopton Wingfield a year or so earlier and originally given the name Sphairistikè, was added to the activities of the club. In spring 1877, the club was renamed The All England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club, a new code of laws, replacing the code administered by the Marylebone Cricket Club, was drawn up for the event. Todays rules are similar except for such as the height of the net and posts. The inaugural 1877 Wimbledon Championship started on 9 July 1877 and the Gentlemens Singles was the event held. It was won by Spencer Gore, an old Harrovian rackets player, about 200 spectators paid one shilling each to watch the final. The lawns at the ground were arranged so that the court was in the middle with the others arranged around it. The name was retained when the Club moved in 1922 to the present site in Church Road, however, in 1980 four new courts were brought into commission on the north side of the ground, which meant the Centre Court was once more correctly defined. The opening of the new No.1 Court in 1997 emphasised the description, by 1882, activity at the club was almost exclusively confined to lawn tennis and that year the word croquet was dropped from the title. However, for reasons it was restored in 1899
Colliers Wood United F.C.
Colliers Wood United Football Club is an English semi-professional football club based in West Wimbledon in the London Borough of Merton. The club is affiliated to the Surrey County Football Association, the club are currently members of the Combined Counties League Premier Division and play at the Wibbandune Sports Ground. The club, one of the oldest in the country, collliers Wood United FC was founded way back in 1874 and the early years of their existence were spent in the Wimbledon and Sutton leagues before moving on to the Surrey Intermediate League. During the late sixties and early seventies, the club were members of the Surrey Senior League for a short time, the reserves won their division in 1970/71 going undefeated. Over the years, “The Wood” have reached a number of Surrey FA Cup Finals, in 1988/89 they lost 1-2 to Bradbank Sports in the Intermediate Cup Final. In 1991/92 they beat Woking & Horsell 4-0 in the final of the same competition, the reserves reached the final of the 1988/89 and 1989/90 Lower Junior Cup but were beaten on both occasions. The local recreation ground prevented the progress of the due to the limited facilities. Adequate facilities were found at Wibbandune Sports Ground in 1991 and the ground has steadily improved since then, 2001/2 saw the club enter the Surrey County Senior League where they finished a creditable 5th. The following season, they finished as runners up, in 2004/5, they finished 14th of the 24 clubs. The following season, they finished fourth and had a fine FA Vase run, beating Chichester City United, Raynes Park Vale and Greenwich Borough, in 2006/7 they entered the FA Cup for the first time, defeating Chipstead after a replay before succumbing to Worthing 0-3. After a brief ground share at Croydon FC, the club moved back to Wibbandune where ground improvements included the addition of excellent flood-lighting, a new covered terrace and a 120-seat stand. Following a second renovation of the pitch in April, the returned to Wibbandune in July 2013. In 2014/15, Wood reached the FA Vase 4th round and the Surrey Senior Cup quarter finals for the first time in their history. They reached the final of the League Cup once again in 2014/15 but, once again, they lost in extra time, on March 8,2016, the club were awarded the FA Charter Standard accreditation by the Football Association. The club won the CCL Sportsmanship Award for 2015/16 having received just 32 cautions throughout the season, colliers Wood United play their home games at Wibbandune Sports Ground, A3 Southbound, Opposite 199–213 Robin Hood Way, Wimbledon, SW20 0AA. The ground has a 102-seater covered stand
Mitcham Cricket Green
Mitcham Cricket Green is a cricket ground in Mitcham, south London. It is the home of Mitcham Cricket Club and is reportedly the oldest cricket ground still in use, in the 19th century, the Australian cricket team would stay at The Cricketers pub which overlooks the green and practise on the green whilst on tour. The pub also held the changing rooms for the club during the late 18th century, the present pavilion was built in 1904 and is rare in being one of only a few cricket pavilions to be separated from the ground by a road. Surrey County Cricket Club first used the ground in 1949 for a match in the Minor Counties Championship, surrey continued to use the ground for 2nd XI matches until 1973. Its first usage in the Second XI Championship was for a match in 1959, surrey has never used Mitcham for a first-class match. Ian Botham made a guest appearance with the Queens Jubilee Baton, the match was a two innings affair. The Cricket Green also lends its name to the nearby area, fresh Light on 18th Century Cricket. From Lads to Lords, The History of Cricket,1300 –1787, archived from the original on June 29,2011. CS1 maint, Unfit url Mitcham Cricket Green
Plough Lane was a football stadium in Wimbledon, south west London. Both clubs reserve teams then used Plough Lane as their ground until 1998. Whilst site redevelopment plans were negotiated, the stadium remained derelict for years until it was finally demolished in 2002. The site then became a housing development known as Reynolds Gate. The leasehold on the disused swampland at the corner of Plough Lane, the pitch was consequently fenced in and the playing surface improved, while a dressing room was built. A stand holding 500 spectators was erected, and Wimbledon played their first match at the ground on 7 September 1912, a friendly match against Carshalton Athletic which was drawn 2–2. Improvements continued to be made to the ground during the First World War, gill Knight boasted that the club had the finest ground in the southern district. During the 1920s, crowds were regularly taken at between five and eight thousand, the South Stand was added in 1923, purchased from Clapton Orient. The terrace in front of the North Stand was improved during 1932–33, the ground was even used as the site of an amateur international match, when England took on Wales on 19 January 1935. Half-time collections were taken to keep Wimbledon going, the South Stand was restored to its former glory in 1950, and 1950–51 saw the capacity back around the 25,000 mark. Glass panels were fitted at each end of both two years later, at the cost of £90, 8s — a sum equivalent to £1,882 in 2009. Floodlights were purchased in July 1954, and the North Stand was completely rebuilt before the 1957–58 season, the grounds freehold was purchased from Merton Borough Council by chairman Sydney Black for £8,250 in November 1959, and then donated to the club. Black announced at the time that the floodlights purchased five years earlier would be erected on eight pylons the next year at the cost of £4,000. The first match under the new floodlights took place on 3 October 1960, the ground remained largely unchanged until the clubs election to the Football League, though during 1971–72 an attempt was made to start a market on the clubs grounds to raise funds. Despite election to the Football League in 1977 and subsequent success, to try and ease the strain on the club, in April 1983 Wimbledon bought out the preemption clause inserted back in 1959 for £100,000. A year later, they sold the ground to Sam Hammam for £3 million, the work required to modernise Plough Lane would have been difficult and expensive, but not impossible as the board claimed. A supposedly temporary groundshare with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park was announced the same year, wimbledons final first team match at Plough Lane came on 4 May 1991, ironically against new landlords Crystal Palace. 10,002 spectators saw Crystal Palace beat Wimbledon 3–0, before swarming onto the pitch to bid farewell to the ground, Plough Lane continued to be used by both Wimbledon and Crystal Palace as the home ground for their reserve teams home matches
Radio Wimbledon was the official radio station to the annual Wimbledon Tennis Championships at the AELTC in Wimbledon. It has now replaced by the similar Live@Wimbledon station. Radio Wimbledon broadcasts daily on 87. 7FM between 8 am and approximately 10 pm during the Championships at Wimbledon. wimbledon. org, launched in 1992 it provides extensive commentaries for matches using a team of reporters around the ground. More recently, the service has been extended to provide dedicated commentaries for Centre Court on 96. 3FM, due to the use of lower powered frequencies, these services are only available by radio for visitors in the stadiums, but are also available online. Radios are available in the grounds, though visitors are asked to use headphones at all times, since the station has been available online, the number of listeners has increased dramatically around the world to a peak of 600,000. It is perhaps the only station with such extensive ball by ball coverage that is available internationally, particularly as the BBC doesnt own the rights to broadcast through radio worldwide. However, a relationship between BBC Radio 5 Live and Radio Wimbledon has meant that material is sometimes shared between the two stations. Radio Wimbledons reporting style is more impartial than the BBC, but there is still some patriotic support shown for British players such as Tim Henman, in the United States, Radio Wimbledon coverage is distributed nationally via Sirius XM Satellite Radio. Wimbledon was the first Grand Slam tournament to offer coverage of this type. Other events have followed such as the Australian Open which launched a radio station in 2000, Radio Wimbledon broadcasts live commentaries from matches all around the ground, as well as frequent updates of scores, results and news. The reporters often report from the Crows Nest or from locations around the ground. It plays popular music, provides local news, weather reports. The presenters are joined by guests to discuss the tennis. These regular guests have included Nick Bollettieri and Judy Murray, Radio Wimbledon often asks for listeners to contribute interesting questions which can be discussed on air. These can be sent through e-mail or, in 2007, SMS, listeners can also send comments using these methods. In the evenings, press conferences are often broadcast as well as a summary of the days play, the order of play for the following day is often announced when it becomes available. When the station is off-air, a loop containing a summary of the days matches is played along with Radio Wimbledons distinctive theme tune. From 2007, these summaries have been available on www. wimbledon. org as downloadable podcasts, on Middle Sunday, the 9,30 am Sung Eucharist service is usually broadcast from the nearby St Marys Church
Tooting & Mitcham United F.C.
Tooting & Mitcham United Football Club is a semi-professional association football club based in the London Borough of Merton and playing at Imperial Fields in Morden. Their nickname is the Terrors or occasionally Stripes or the Jail birds, the club currently plays in Division One South of the Isthmian League having been relegated from the leagues Premier Division after finishing 21st in the 2011/12 season. In the 2012/13 season the club finished 16th in Division One South, in 1932, Tooting FC and Mitcham Wanderers FC quite literally united to become the modern club representing the two areas. Their merger had been mooted for two previously, but it was only after it became clear that the area couldnt host two competitive teams that anything happened to advance it. Originally playing in white shirts, in 1956 the broad black, the club has reached the FA Cup proper on 10 occasions, the last time being the 2009–10 season. It has also won the Isthmian League twice, in 1958 and 1960, other honours include the Surrey Senior Cup and the London Senior Cup which the club has won six times. Forest won the replay 3–0 in front of a crowd of 42,362, a British Pathe newsreel features this game. Alex Stepney, who was born in Mitcham in 1942, joined the club in 1961, in 1963 he signed for Millwall and later played for Chelsea, Manchester United and England. Dario Gradi, who spent more than twenty four years as manager of Crewe Alexandra, Tooting enjoyed a more sustained period of FA Cup glory in the 1970s. The game was played at Tooting’s tiny Sandy Lane ground on 27 November 1974, attendance figure from The Times, via The Times Digital Archive 1785–1985. A Crystal Palace side which included Terry Venables, Peter Taylor, Tooting’s goal was scored by Steve Grubb. In 1975-76, Tooting went three steps further reaching the fourth round proper, the last 32 and they beat Romford 1-0 in the first round proper and Leatherhead 2-1 after a replay in the second. In the third round they triumphed over Football League opposition defeating Swindon Town of Football League Division 3, after a 2-2 draw at Swindon, Tooting won 2-1 at Sandy Lane with goals from Dave Juneman and Alan Ives. On 24 January 1976, the team and its supporters made the journey to Bradford City of Football League Division 4. Although they did get on the scoresheet through Dave Juneman, they went down 3-1, after the game, Bradford City’s Don Hutchins, who scored two of his side’s goals, said he thought ‘the game was tougher than Rotherham and Shrewsbury’. ‘Tooting put up a good fight, in 2000–01 Keith Boanas led the club to the Isthmian League Second Division title, before leaving to manage Charlton Athletic Ladies. In the Isthmian League First Division, the club were managed by Richard Cadette, whose lengthy list of clubs include Falkirk, Millwall. The team played a consistent first half of the 2005–06 season but injuries
AFC Wimbledon is a professional association football club based in Kingston upon Thames, Greater London, England. After the 2016 League Two play-offs, the club was promoted to League One of the English Football League and they play at Kingsmeadow, in Kingston upon Thames, a ground which is shared with Isthmian League club, Kingstonian. Wimbledon F. C. physically moved in 2003 and then changed the name of the club to Milton Keynes Dons in 2004. In its short history, the club has been successful, being promoted six times in 13 seasons. They also hold the distinction of being the first club formed in the 21st century to make it into the Football League, on 13 June 2002, a new manager, kit, crest and stadium were unveiled to fans and the media at the packed out Wimbledon Community Centre. The event attracted 230 hopeful players, from whom the clubs squad for their season was eventually chosen. The first ever game, a friendly against Sutton United on 10 July 2002. In 2003–04, AFC Wimbledon won their first 21 league games before a 2–2 draw against Sandhurst Town on 10 January 2004, assistant manager Nick English took charge with immediate effect. In spite of everything, the team went on to finish as champions of the Combined Counties League with a record for the season of 42 wins. AFC Wimbledon also won the leagues Premier Challenge Cup after beating North Greenford United 4–1 in the Final on 30 April 2004, Dave Anderson was appointed as new manager on 11 May 2004. The Dons secured another double by defeating Walton & Hersham 2–1 in the Final of the Surrey Senior Cup on 3 May 2005. Over the course of the season, AFC Wimbledon set a new record for the longest run of league games at any level of senior football in the United Kingdom. The team remained unbeaten for 78 league matches between 22 February 2003 and 4 December 2004, the 2005–06 season proved far more competitive than previous seasons – as after winning their first few games, AFC Wimbledon found themselves struggling to remain in the play-off places. After fluctuating form they eventually reached the play-offs after a 1–0 win against Andersons former club, however, a 2–1 defeat at Fisher Athletic on 2 May 2006 prevented the club from achieving three back-to-back promotions. The Dons once again reached the final of the Surrey Senior Cup, however, however, this punishment was eventually reduced to a three-point deduction and a £400 fine on appeal after the FA finally acknowledged that the club had made a simple administrative error. The Darlington affair also resulted in expulsion from the Surrey Senior Cup, although AFC Wimbledon did enough to qualify for the play-offs, they once again missed out on promotion, this time as a result of losing 1–0 to Bromley in the play-off semi-final on 1 May 2007. Manager Dave Anderson subsequently left the club by mutual consent on 2 May 2007, Terry Brown was appointed as the new AFC Wimbledon manager on 15 May 2007. The Dons made steady progress throughout the season, qualifying for the play-offs after finishing third in the League, AFC Wimbledon beat AFC Hornchurch 3–1 in the play-off semi-final on 29 April 2008 and went on to triumph 2–1 over Staines Town in the play-off final on 3 May 2008