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1928 to 1995
Southern Railway Football Section - Raynes Park FC
Raynes Park FC used to be based at Taunton Avenue, SW20 at the Raynes Park Recreation Ground until the 1995/96 merger.
Raynes Park FC originally was the Southern Railways Football Section (formed 1928) and were known as Southern Railway until they changed name to Raynes Park FC in 1964.
The Southern Railway Team was a victim of the notorious 1963 Beeching spending cuts, a national review into modernising the UK's railways. Southern Railways 1950's home kit was Gold and Green quarters, the company colours. Raynes Park FC home shirt colours were Red and Black stripes (similar to AC Milan). Another home kit was light blue shirts and white shorts.
Raynes Park FC ran five senior teams on Saturday's. The 1st and 2nd XI's played in the Surrey Premier League. The 3rd team played in the Surrey South Eastern Combination while the 4ths and 5ths played in the Kingston & District League. They also ran an over 35's team and youth teams aged 14 to 18.
Source: Former RPV FC President, Robert Hallett Senior, who was instrumental in the formation of both the Raynes Park and Raynes Park Vale football clubs.
1995 to Present
The new merged club immediately joined the Combined Counties Football League and currently play in the league's Premier Division. Step 9 in the national league pyramid.
Their best finish was in 1997–98 when they finished in fourth place at step 9. They have participated in both national Cup competitions apart from a brief period at the start of the 2000s. The club's reserve team won the Combined Counties Reserve League in 2002–03 and 2005–06 before it joined the Suburban League for the 2006–07 season. The reserve team was disbanded for financial reasons before rejoining the combined counties reserve league for the 2011-12 season under the management of Terry Tuvey.
In the 2012-13 season the reserves achieved the league & cup double. The cup being won with a 2-0 win against Worcester Park Reserves in the final. The Reserves also won the fair Play award in both 2011/12 & 2012/13, the 1st team winning the Premier award in 2011//12. The combined counties league took the decision to disband the reserve league at the end of the 2012/13 season so for the 2013/14 season they have re-joined the Suburban League.
Midway through 2013/14 Lee Dobinson stepped down as 1st Team Manager to take over as Club Chairman from Fred Stevens. Former AFC Wimbledon Player Gavin Bolger stepped up to take over as 1st team Manager. Gavin Bolger played 107 times for AFC Wimbledon from 2002 to May 2005 scoring 27 goals from midfield.