The project that has led to the reformation of the Wanderers began in October 2008.
Mark Wilson, the current Club Secretary, contacted Mrs. Karen Gunnell - having discovered a message board conversation searching for information on Charles William Alcock, the founder of the original Wanderers.
Mrs. Gunnell is CW Alcock’s great-niece and her grandfather was John Forster Alcock (1841-1910), Charles’ brother, attendee at the first meeting of the Football Association and a co-founder of Forest FC, the precursory team to Wanderers. JF Alcock played at least four times, scoring four goals, for Forest - but when Wanderers began in earnest, he decided not to play.
Mrs. Gunnell, pictured at the unveiling of a plaque for her grandfather in Sunderland her son and Wanderers player, Johannes Gunnell, has offered her support - and that of her family, the descendants of the Alcock brothers;
The aim of the reformation project is to ensure that the legacy of the original club lives on and to raise money for worthy causes - the club has raised over £3'000 for charity so far.
On the 7th of November 2010, the legacy of the Alcock brothers to football came full circle as the great-great-grandson of JF Alcock, Johannes ‘Jojo’ Gunnell, pulled on the legendary pink, black and gold shirt and played his first game for Wanderers.