CLUB HISTORY

Balham FC is run by a Board of Directors: Mike Allen, Greg Cruttwell, Derek Fordham and Jennie Molyneux.

The club was founded as Balham Blazers FC by Greg Cruttwell in 2001. It started with one Under 10 team in 2001/02 playing in the London County Saturday Youth Football League.

Following on from their success more age group teams have gradually been added and the club now offers a direct pathway from Under 7s up to Senior First Team semi professional football at Step 5 in the football league ladder.

Following a playing ethos of trying to bring a bit of Barcelona to Balham the age group section of the club has been extremely successful to date, winning or being runners up in 251 League and Cup Competitions.

The club has also been an unprecedented three-time winner of both the London FA Charter Standard Community Club of the Year Award and Wandsworth Sports Club of the Year Award.

Following the launch of the Under 18 team in 2010 the First team was founded as Balham FC in 2011.

Having won back-to-back promotions in 2011/12 and 2012/13, Balham did the league and cup double in the Surrey South Eastern Combination in 2013/14.

In 2014/15 Balham finished in a promotion position again, in the Surrey Elite Intermediate Football League, however promotion was denied due to Combined Counties League facility requirements not being met.

Having moved to ground share with Cobham FC, in order to meet the facility requirements, Balham finished as runners up in the SEIFL in 2015/16 and as a result were promoted to Division One of the Combined Counties League for the 2016/17 season.
The club had an exceptional first league campaign at Step 6, finishing in a promotion position for the sixth consecutive season and winning the London Senior Trophy. In 2017/18 Balham will be playing at Step 5 in the CCL Premier Division.

Having begun on Wimbledon Extension, before moving to Cobham, Balham are currently ground sharing with Colliers Wood United at their Wibbandune Stadium.

The Balham FC Under 18 team played for six seasons in the Southern Youth League, until it folded in 2017.
* In 2010/11 they were Central Division Runners Up.
* In 2011/12 they were SYL Invitational Plate Winners.
* In 2013/14 they were SYL Challenge Cup and SYL Invitational Plate Runners Up.
* In 2014/15 they were Central Division Winners, overall SYL Champions and SYL Challenge Cup Runners Up.
* In 2015/16 they were West Division Winners and overall SYL Runners Up.
* In 2016/17 they were West Division Runners Up.

In 2017/18 the BFC U18s team will be playing in the newly formed Combined Counties League Youth Section. The Balham Panthers FC Womens team, formed in 2014/15, will be playing for the fourth season in the Greater London Womens Football League Division 2 South.

For the 2017/18 season the age group section have dropped the name Balham Blazers FC to bring the whole club in line under the single name of Balham FC.
The club’s nickname will remain “The Blazers.”