Flackwell Heath FC A Brief History
Flackwell Heath FC was founded in 1907 and the club joined the High Wycombe and District League for its inaugural season.
The Heathens proved to be a major force in local football, having won twelve Wycombe League championship titles and the High Wycombe Senior Challenge Cup on a record twelve occasions.
In the 1950s Flackwell joined the Great Western Combination League and won this league twice before returning to the Wycombe League.
In the 1970s they continued their success and the clubhouse was built as the first stage of their rise into senior football. The clubhouse was opened in 1974.
In 1975 The Heathens won the Berks and Bucks Intermediate Cup and the Reading Senior Cup. In 1977 the club achieved Senior status and moved up into the Hellenic League Division One.
Promotion to the Premier Division was achieved at the first attempt.
After five seasons in this league, during which time floodlights were installed at Wilks Park, Flackwell were elected into the Athenian League. In 1984 they joined the expanding Isthmian League.
The clubs first season in this competition saw them playing in Division Two (North) and against some tough opposition they finished in a respectable eighth position. The following season Flackwell was switched to Division Two (South) where life turned out to be even tougher.
At the end of season 1990-91, after finishing below mid-table, The Heathens found themselves placed in the newly formed Ryman League Division Three.
In 2002/03 Flackwell reached the 4th qualifying round of the FA Cup, losing 4-1 at home against Crawley and finished third in the newly formed Ryman League Division Two, the highest position achieved to date.
The Youth team also won the Allied Counties League Southern Division in this year.
The High Wycombe Senior Challenge Cup for a record twelfth time in 2003/04, beating Prestwood 4-0 in the final at Adams Park, the home of Wycombe Wanderers.
In season 2004/05 The Heathens reached the 4th Qualifying Round of the FA Cup for the second time in three years, this time losing 3-0 at Ryman Premier Division Billericay Town and were runners-up in the Ryman League Associate Members Cup, losing 2-1 after extra time to Division Two champions Ilford on their own ground.
The veterans team won the FA Umbro Sunday Cup, a feat which was repeated in 2006 and 2007. After winning the first final the lads went to The Bernabeu Stadium and played against Real Madrid veterans for the European Cup and lost by 3-1.
Flackwell finished fourth in Ryman League Division Two in 2005/06, narrowly missing out on promotion.
After the end of 2006/07 the FA reorganised the non-league pyramid and we were due to be placed into the South Midlands Spartan League until Barking and East Ham United went out of business and we were given the opportunity to take their place in the Ryman Division One (North).
Unfortunately we finished bottom of the league and were relegated into the Hellenic Premier Division for season 2007/08.
Byron Walton led the club in its first season back in the Hellenic League but following his resignation in January 2008 the team plummeted down the table but made a late recovery under the tutelage of Terry Glynn to finish in 9th position and also reach the final of the High Wycombe Senior Challenge Cup where they were beaten 2-1 by Chalfont Wasps.
Season 2008/09 was another one full of inconsistency and Terry Glynn resigned at the end of October 2008 and was replaced by one of our former club captains, Matt Flint.
Matt brought in the experienced ex-Marlow and Slough Town midfielder James Pritchard at Christmas time in the capacity of player/assistant manager along with Graham Malcolm as head coach and James took on the role of Flackwell Heath manager when Matt resigned in 2010.
In his first full season James led the club to two cup finals but both were lost on penalties, the Berks and Bucks Trophy to Newport Pagnell Town and the Reading Senior Cup to Newbury.
Ex-Slough Town and Yeading striker Matt Miller joined the club as joint manager at the start of 2011/12 season and the team finished the season in 4th position.