Merstham FC 1924
Merstham Managers 1964-Present
1964-65 - Johnny Bangs
1965-66 - Johnny Bangs
1966-67 - Johnny Bangs
1967-68 - G. Burdett/Jimmy Paris
1968-69 - Jimmy Paris
1969-70 - Jimmy Paris/Tony Huggett
1970-71 - Tony Huggett
1971-72 - Tony Unwin
1972-73 - Fred Setters
1973-74 - Fred Setters
1974-75 - Fred Setters
1975-76 - Fred Setters
1976-77 - Ricky Johnson
1978-79 - George Curl
1979-80 - George Curl
1980-81 - Derek Parsons
1981-82 - George Curl/Micky Acland
1983-84 - Colin Humphreys
1984-85 - Colin Humphreys
1985-86 - Colin Humphreys
1986-87 - Derek Parsons
1987-88 - Derek Parsons
1988-89 - Derek Parsons
1989-90 - Derek Parsons
1990-91 - Derek Parsons
1991-92 - Derek Parsons
1992-93 - Joe McElligott
1993-94 - Joe McElligott/Brian Dennis
1994-95 - Joe McElligott
1995-96 - Joe McElligott
1996-97 - Joe McElligott
1997-98 - Joe McElligott
1998-99 - Joe McElligott
1999-2000 - Joe McElligott/Alan Gallagher
2000-01 - Alan Gallagher
2001-02 - Alan Gallagher
2001-02 - Mick Sullivan
2002-03 - Mick Sullivan
2003-04 - Mick Sullivan
2004-05 - Mick Sullivan
2005-06 - Mick Sullivan
2006-07 - Mick Sullivan
2007-08 - Mick Sullivan
2008-09 - Mick Sullivan
2009-10 - Graeme Banyard
2010-11 - Graeme Banyard/Andy Martin
2011-12 - Andy Martin/Hayden Bird
2012-13 - Hayden Bird
2013-14 - Hayden Bird
2014-15 - Hayden Bird
2015-16 - Hayden Bird
2016-17 - Hayden Bird
2017-18 - Hayden Bird
2018-19 - Hayden Bird
2019-20 - Frank Wilson
2020-21 - Frank Wilson
2021-22 - Frank Wilson
Merstham FC: History
In the early years of Merstham FC, matches were played at the old Merstham Lime Works known as Limeworks Meadow. The level of football played in the first five years is unclear. In 1897 the club were founder members of the Redhill & District League and playing in the Redhill & District League Division Two by the 1905/06 season. In the early 1920s, the club moved to its present location in Albury Road. The club’s first major success was winning the league in 1927, and in 1930 added the East Surrey Junior Cup to their trophy cabinet. In 1935 and 1936 Merstham won the Redhill League Premier Division back to back, a record later repeated in 1950 and 1951. The club applied for intermediate status and joined the Eastern Section of the Surrey Intermediate League. In the 1952-53 season, the club won the title at their first attempt.
In 1960, the changing room and tearoom were built and followed some years later by a small stand., Merstham continued to play in the Surrey Intermediate League until they gained senior status in 1964 and joined the Surrey Senior League. In 14 years in the Surrey Senior League, Merstham managed to win the title only once in 1971/72. In 1978 they joined the London Spartan League and finished third in their first two seasons. They also won the Surrey Senior Charity Cup and the London Spartan League Challenge Cup in the first season, adding the East Surrey Charities Cup the following year.
In 1984/85, Merstham joined the Combined Counties League and were runners-up in the league in 1987/88. The following year they reached the fourth round of the FA Vase losing to Billericay Town at home 2-3, but did win the League Cup beating Chipstead 2-1 after extra time. This was some consolation as Chipstead had pipped Merstham to the title by a point. The 1990/91 season saw floodlights erected and an official ‘Floodlight Opener’ against Crystal Palace, whose side included the current England Manager Gareth Southgate. Merstham again reached the League Cup final, but were beaten 1-0 by Frimley Green in a replay. The next few seasons saw Merstham generally settle for mid-table anonymity. The 1995/96 season brought some success to Merstham, as they finished fourth in the League, and the reserves won the Reserve League Challenge Cup, defeating Godalming. The FA Cup of 1996/97 saw Merstham’s biggest home defeat when they were crushed 8-1 by Aldershot in the 1st Qualifying Round.
The 2000/01 season was Merstham's most successful for nearly a decade. They reached the Second Qualifying Round of the FA Cup and finished eighth in the league, after being in the top six for most of the season. The 2002/03 season saw AFC Wimbledon join the league and their visit to Merstham attracted 1,582 fans, a record home attendance for a league game. A successful application to the FA Stadia Fund enabled the club to build new changing rooms and add a perimeter fence. Silverware returned to Merstham in the 2004/05 season when they beat AFC Guildford 3-0 in the final of the Premier Challenge Cup and they also won the East Surrey Hospitals Charity Cup (ESHCC) with a victory over Redhill. But a poor run of results saw them finish 16th in the league.
The 2005/06 was a case of so close yet so far. Beaten finalists in the Premier Challenge Cup and ESHCC, and runners-up in the Combined Counties Premier Division, with keeper Colin Harris returning an incredible 19 clean sheets in the league. However, disappointment followed when they were denied promotion to the Ryman League because their stand was delivered two weeks late. For the 2006/07 season manager, Mick Sullivan, along with assistants Micky Stratford and Rhys Williams built a side that again finished second in the league, but won the Premier Challenge Cup beating North Greenford Utd 4-1 in the final. In the league, they notched 100 goals, nearly a quarter of which were scored by striker Kwabena Agyei. The Southern Combination Cup was shared between Merstham and Staines Lammas when a fixture date couldn’t be agreed. The final of the ESHCC against Redhill was delayed until the start of the 2007/08 season which Merstham won 3-2.
The 2007/08 season, Mick Sullivan’s seventh, brought the Club into a new era with a treble winning side, a fantastic run in the FA Vase and, more significantly, promotion to the Isthmian League South as they finally finished top of the CCL after two seasons as runners up. After losing on the opening day of the season, Merstham then went undefeated for the rest of the season, winning 35 times and drawing six, finishing with 111 points and 114 goals. The dream of a Wembley final in the FA Vase ended in the Quarter Final when they lost at home to Needham Market 2-3 in extra time, watched by 841 fans. Merstham successfully defended the Premier Challenge Cup beating Bedfont Green 4-2 in the final. In the Surrey Senior Cup semi-final, they beat Redhill 4-3 with the help of a hat-trick from Mark Simmons. The final against Whyteleafe, saw the Moatsiders twice come from behind to win 3-2 in extra time.
In 2008/09, Merstham’s first season in the Isthmian League Division One South, they finished 8th, narrowly missing out on the play-offs. In the Surrey Senior Cup, they went out to Conference side Woking in the semi-final. However, the club suffered a real shock when Sullivan announced that he was leaving to join Leatherhead. Former Banstead Athletic Manager Graeme Banyard was appointed in his place.
Merstham’s second season in the Ryman League was far more challenging than their first, not helped as many of the previous season’s team left to join Sullivan at Leatherhead. New players came and went as Merstham struggled in the league. In the 2010/11 season Banyard resigned and Andy Martin took over as caretaker with Merstham sliding towards relegation. Martin managed to keep the side in the division despite being deducted a point and was appointed Manager for the 2011/12 season.
After just twenty games in charge, Martin left the club and Antony Williams and Rob Smith took over as caretakers. In January 2012, it was announced that former Bromley boss Hayden Bird would be the new Merstham manager with immediate effect. Bird rang the changes and Merstham finished a creditable 9th place. The 2012/13 season didn’t live up to expectations with Merstham finishing 12th and without a cup run. Bird again rang the changes for the 2013/14 season bringing in more experienced players with the goal of a play-off position. At Christmas Merstham were languishing in 18th place with just 25 points from 21 games. However, after a humiliating 1-4 defeat at home to Chipstead, Merstham went on an unbeaten 13-game run, winning 11 and just missing out on the play-offs.
The 2014/15 season was to be the best in the Club’s history. Merstham gained promotion to the Ryman Premier Division by winning the play-offs in style and were also runners-up in the Surrey Senior Cup. Merstham finished fourth in the Ryman League Division One South, with 93 points and scoring 107 goals. In the Play-Off Semi-Final after a 0-0 deadlock after extra time, Merstham won on penalties 5-4 with keeper Brannon Daly making the all-important save. At Folkestone in front of 1465, Merstham won promotion beating the home side 3-0 with goals from Taurean Roberts, Tutu Henriques and skipper Fabio Saraiva. Just four days later, a tired-looking Merstham lost 2-0 in the Surrey Senior Cup final to Met Police.
The 2015/16 season saw Merstham attaining their highest position in the Football Pyramid finishing 10th in their first season in The Isthmian Premier. This was helped by 20 goals from Charlie Penny and 14 from Fabio Saraiva, who were both snapped up by Conference side Woking after the Moatsiders beat them in the semi-final of the Surrey Senior Cup. The season finished on another high when they trounced Godalming Town 4-1 in the final.
Merstham’s second season in the Ryman Premier League was full of drama. The Moatsiders reached the First Round Proper of the FA Cup for the first time in their history. They achieved this with some of the finest football ever seen at the Moatside. They beat East Preston (4-1), Colliers Wood Utd (2-1 in a replay), Thamesmead Town (5-1) and Ebbsfleet Utd (2-1) before facing League One side Oxford United. The loss of skipper Fabio Saraiva and Charlie Penny to Woking was a blow, but Bird was determined to build on the success of the previous season. He brought in experienced goalkeeper Phil Wilson and Tom Kavanagh was given the skipper’s armband. Prolific goalscorer Charlie Penny returned to the Moatside and scored twice in his first game back. However, a serious injury during the FA Cup game against Ebbsfleet finished his season. The obvious highlight of the season was facing Oxford United which saw a record-breaking crowd of 1,920 packed into the Moatside. Unfortunately, Merstham seemed a little overwhelmed by the occasion losing 5-0. After the euphoria of the cup run, Merstham’s season went downhill, losing games they should have easily won and the club only just avoided relegation, not helped by the loss of three points for fielding an eligible player.
During the close season Manager Hayden Bird made wholesale changes to his squad. Assistant Manager Mick Sullivan left the club and was replaced by Merstham player/coach Tutu Henriques. In 2017/18, Merstham celebrated their 125th anniversary, finish 12th in the league and for the second time in four years won the Surrey Senior Cup, beating Leatherhead 3-1 at Gander Green Lane.
The 2018/19 season saw the club just miss out on promotion to the Conference South. A strong league campaign saw the Moatsiders qualify for the play-offs with a fifth-place finish. In the play-off semi-finals they produced a superb performance to beat Carshalton away 2-1 and reach the play off final away to Tonbridge. In a scrappy, niggly game, which saw two players sent off, the Moatsiders went down 1-0.
Hayden Bird, after the play-off final defeat decided to join Kingstonian, taking the entire first team squad with him. Former Tooting & Mitcham Manager Frank Wilson was appointed in June 2019 and set about building a brand-new team. The new team struggled to maintain their Premier League status and when the season was finally brought to a premature end, with all records being expunged, Merstham were in a relegation dog fight.
First Team Honours
Redhill & District League: Division Two Champions 1927
East Surrey Junior Cup: Winners 1930
Redhill & District League: Premier Division Champions 1934-35, 1935-36, 1949-50, 1950-51
Surrey Intermediate League: Champions 1952-53
Surrey Senior Charity Cup: Winners 1976-77
London Spartan Challenge Cup: Winners 1979-80
East Surrey Charities Cup: Winners 1980-81, 1998-99, 2004-05, 2006-07
Dan Air Class Elite Cup: Winners 1989-90
Surrey Veterans County Cup: Winners 1995-96
Premier Challenge Cup: Winners 2004-05, 2006-07, 2007-08 Runners-Up 2005-06
Combined Counties Premier Division: Champions 2007-08
Surrey Senior Cup: Winners 2007-08, 2015-16, 2017-18
Ryman League Division One South Fair Play Award: Winners 2010-11
Ryman League South Play-Off: Winners 2014-15