Loughborough University has two established Football Clubs
The Women’s Club (very much like the Women’s FA) was established in the 1970s, and then steadily evolved in the 1980s and 90s until firmly establishing itself in the 2000s.
The Men’s Club is the British Universities’ most successful competitor winning the overall championship 35 times in just over 60 years.
The earliest records of Loughborough Men’s football date-back to the 1919-20 side, under the name of Loughborough Technical Institute and guidance of Principal Herbert Schofield based in town. In 1920 it became a college of Technology, with the football side winning its first silverware on record in the Northern Junior Cup in 1922. Loughborough Men won their first UAU Championship in the 1938/39 season and Leicestershire Senior League in 1940, after the war they returned to winning ways in the UAU competition in 1947, 1948 and 1949.
Loughborough Men’s Football was transformed beyond recognition under Schofield’s leadership until 1950. In the 1950s Loughborough won in the UAU in 1951, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1957 and 1959. Many Loughborough Football graduates and staff also started to carve extremely successful Coaching roles in the Professional Game – a trend that continues to this day. The 1960s saw even more success with wins in 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1966 and 1969. In 1966 Loughborough became a University and also competed in the Leicestershire Senior League Division Two until 1972.
The 1970s was an extremely important decade for both Clubs. Women started studying for Sports Science degrees in the mid 70s, and this started the journey for the Women’s Club at the University. For the Men’s Team, 3 more University titles followed in the 1970s, and former student and then lecturer, Mike Holliday, took up the reigns of Head Coach, a role he would continue into the mid 90s. Early signs of Mike’s rein included an away victory over a Manchester United XI.
The 1980s started slowly for both clubs, with the Woman’s Team predominantly playing 5 a Side games and the Men’s Club not recording any title wins. But by the mid 80s the Woman’s team formed XI as side teams and started successfully competing in the UAU, winning it 3 times and the Men’s Team started an amazing run of consecutive titles with 4 more in the late 1980s – saw Loughborough Men firmly established as the premier University for football. The wins just kept on coming for both Teams (and the men in 1990, 1991, 1992 and 1993), in a decade when Loughborough’s male and female football graduates also started to make their mark too in Sports Science roles in the professional game.
The new millennium also brought with it more University titles for both Women’s and Men ( with 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2010 all Loughborough Men’s wins). The Men’s side waited 35 years for a return to non-league football, entering the Midland Combination for the first time in 2007-08 .After silverware in their first season, in 2009; Loughborough won promotion as champions to the Midland Football Alliance.
The Women’s team in the 2010s have a number of Super League players within the squad connected to Chelsea, and Arsenal. They have 3 BUCS and also play in Midland Women’s Combination League and also have a 4th development squad within the club. The Men’s Team now have begun to establish themselves in the Alliance finishing 13th in 2009/10, 4th in 2010/11 and 5th in 2011/12. With the brand new, purpose built Loughborough University open in the 2012/13 season, the lads will be looking to push up the non-league structure and continue to win the BUCS Championship Trophy.
What have some former Loughborough Colleges and University Footballers gone on to achieve?
1. Some of the LSAFC Players who went on to play Professionally (and just some of their clubs)
(50s) Tony Waiters (England, Blackpool, Burnley), Hugh Barr (GB Olympics, Coventry, Cambridge), Mike Greenwood (GB Olympics, Bishop Auckland), Brian Moore (Doncaster, Notts County), Ollie Owen (Notts Forest), Ken Bowron (Berwick Rangers, Mansfield), Ray Long (Lincoln), Terry Casey (Barnett, Notts Forest), Billy Russell (Sheffield United, Bury), Tony Brimacombe (Plymouth, Barnett) & Kevin Verity (Halifax)
(60s) Bob Wilson (Scotland & Arsenal) & Alan Bradshaw (Crewe)
(70s) Lawrie Sanchez (Northern Ireland, Wimbledon, Reading)
(80s) Sian Williams (England & Arsenal Ladies), Greg Fee (Sheff Wed), Rob Matthews (Blackpool, Hull, Notts County, Bury, Stockport, York City), Lee Howarth (Peterborough, Barnet, Mansfield), Paul McGuinness (Man Utd, Crewe, Chester)
(90s) Abigail Walsh (England & Millwall Lionesses ), Tom Curtis (Chesterfield), Sharon Dixon (England U21s)
(00s) Cristina Torkildsen (Birmingham Ladies), Robbie Simpson (Oldham, Coventry), Bradley Pritchard (Charlton), Danny Sleath (Nuneaton), Antony Church (Grimsby) & Rob Edmans (Dagenham & Redbridge)
2. Some of the LSAFC Players/LU Lecturers who excelled in Coaching, Administration, Fitness and Human Performance, Physiotherapy
(50s) Clive Bond(FA, Ugandan FA), Allen Wade (FA), Charles Hughes (FA, England Amateurs), Terry Casey (FIFA ,Welsh FA), Jack Detchon (FA), John Hunting (FA, FIFA) & Kevin Verity (Trinidad & Tobago)
(60s) Dario Gradi (Crewe, Crystal Palace), Ted Powell (FA, Spurs), Keith Blunt (Malmo) & Bob Wilson (Arsenal)
(80s) Andy Cale (FA, TNS), Paul McGuinness (Man Utd), Tom Statham (Man Utd), Jon Gregory (FA, Fulham) & Sian Williams (Watford)
(90s) Kunle Odetoyinbo (FIFA, Reading, Wolves, Spurs), Rich Hawkins (Man Utd, West Brom, Sheff Utd), Darren Robinson (Notts Forest, Coventry, Hull, Huddersfield), Tony Strudwick (Man Utd, Blackburn, West Ham), Sam Erith (Spurs, Man City), Mark Hulse (Bolton, Newcastle, Liverpool, Man Utd) & Tom Curtis (Antigua, Bristol City)
(00s) Chris Jones (Chelsea), Matt Birnie (Chelsea), Nathan Gardner (Spurs), John Urwin (West Ham), Dave Hunt (Birmingham), Will Royal (Sunderland), Gary Walker (Man Utd), Gary Phillips (FA), Dan Micciche (MK Dons), James Ellis (GB Students) & Matt Reeves (Hull)
3. Some of the LSAFC Players who achieved great success in other areas
(50s) Barry Hines (Kestrel for a Knave, Threads, Looks & Smiles)
(80s) Dave Reddin (OBE Fitness Coach English Rugby World Cup win in 2003)
4. Players who played & coached Semi-Pro or Grass Roots Football and Forged Careers in Education, Sports, Commerce etc.
The vast majority of football graduates go one to work, coach and play successfully in many walks of life outside elite sport. For example @ Global organisations such as KMPG, Adidas, Nike, Procter&Gamble, Accenture, Coca-Cola, Barclays, HBOS. As Lecturers, and Directors of Sport @ Universities, Head Teachers and Directors of Sport @ Schools.
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