Our history

A brief history of Purley Jubilee Football Club.

The origins of Purley Jubilee Football Club started with Saturday morning football training sessions at the Goosecroft Recreation Ground in 1976. These training sessions proved so popular that it was felt there was enough interest to form a Purley based junior football club to try and meet the needs of youngsters within Purley and its surrounding area.

Purley Jubilee Football Club was founded in 1977 and played its inaugural match as part of Purley’s celebration of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee; hence the significance of “Jubilee” in the club’s name.

The manager of that first ever Purley Jubilee team was Jack Mattison who is now regarded as the club’s “founding father” and who served as PJFC President from 1981 until his death in 2014. The club’s premier award is the Jack Mattison Trophy which was donated by his wife Diana in memory of Jack’s long association with the football club.

Purley Jubilee’s first ever home pitch was in a large field behind a house called “Hedgerows” which was formerly situated next to Long Lane Primary School. The field was converted to a football pitch by removing some dead trees and numerous small bushes. The club purchased an old set of gang mowers to cut the grass and obtained an old caravan to use as a changing room. From these humble beginings the club soon moved to its spiritual home at the Goosecroft Recreation Ground off Beech Road, Purley on Thames. The football club has made use of these excellent facilities for many years but has often had to make use of other local sports facilities for training or fixtures to meet the needs of all its various teams.

The club slowly expanded during its early years and by season 1982-83 had four junior and one men’s team. In the late 1980’s the club did decline in size but has since continued to grow in size over the last twenty years.

In 1982, Purley Jubilee entered their first men’s team into the Reading & District Sunday Football League. They remained in this league for twenty years before withdrawing in 2003 and then rejoining in 2009 before folding in 2015.

The Development Squad was originally started in 2000 by Steve Dee with the assistance of Steven Topazio and has operated for most of its existence in the Lower Goosecroft Field. In 2010, Mark Winchcombe revived the Development Squad and this has helped to grow the number of teams within the club.

In the 2012/13 season the u13 team completed a tremendous achievement by winning the Berks

and Bucks Cup, securing a 2-1 victory in the final played at Abingdon Town. Our one and only

county cup success.

2017 saw Purley Jubilee celebrate its 40th Anniversary season.

In the 2018-19 season Purley Jubilee has 19 teams playing in the a variety of local leagues.