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Foots Cray Lions
Foots Cray Lions
Junior Football Club

Club History

Foots Cray Lions played their first league game on 10th October 1977. The game was played at the old Foots Cray Outdoor Activity Centre football pitches in the U14 Division of the old Mercury Junior Football League against Bexley Colts - Foots Cray Lions running out 6-4 winners.

It had all started the previous year when boys on the Foots Cray and the North Cray Estates started kicking a football around in the Foots Cray Meadows. It wasn’t long before a dad, Alan Webster started coaching them. Alan and a friend (Bob Warner) then started organizing the boys as a proper team and through Alan’s footballing connections friendly games were organized though the summer.

After much argument the name Foots Cray Lions was agreed. Foots Cray because that’s where home games would be played and Lions as most of the boys supported Millwall. The newly formed club became affiliated to the LYFA with just one team in the U14’s division.
After a few years the opening of the Youth centre at Baugh Road saw more new junior football teams emerge under the banner of Foots Cray Lions and start competing in the local leagues. From this point on new players were recruited and the junior teams grew and grew. Baugh Road became the home of Foots Cray Lions JFC until issues with the pitches meant the club had to move away in 2005.

While the Club was playing away from Baugh Road we continued to grow and achieved Charter Standard Development Club status in 2008. The Club were awarded the title of London FA Charter Standard Development Club of the year in 2012 and with the help of Bexley Council we have now returned "home" to Baugh Road.
In 2016 the Club was was the FA National Award winner as Charter Standard Development Club of the Year.

Today Foots Cray Lions JFC has 25 junior teams catering for all abilities from Under 6 to Under 21 (including 5 Girls teams).