U.C.L. Academicals Football Club

(The Accies)

SOL Senior 3 Winners 1986-87 - 1st XI                                 SOL Intermediate 3 Winners 1987-88 - 2nd XI                              SOL Junior 4 Winners 1987-88 - 3rd XI                                SOL Junior Cup Winners 1987-88 - 3rd XI                                     SOL Junior 3 Winners 1988-89 - 3rd XI                                 SOL Minor D Winners 1988-89 - 4th XI                                   SOL Intermediate Cup Winners 1991-92 - 2nd XI                                      SOL Minor A Winners 1993-94 - 4th XI                                       SOL Mander Cup Winners 1993-94 - 4th XI                                   SOL Senior 2 Winners 1998-99 - 1st XI                                AFA Senior Cup Winners 1999-2000 - 1st XI                                    AFA Senior Cup Winners 2000-01 - 1st XI                                   SOL Premier Winners 2000-01 - 1st XI                                      SOL Veterans Cup Winners 2000-01 - Vets XI                                 SOL Junior 3 North Winners 2001-02 - 6th XI                                        AFA Junior Cup Winners 2002-03 - 3rd XI                                         AFC 3 North Winners 2002-03 - 4th XI                                  AFC Intermediate North Winners 2003-04 - 2nd XI                                                                    AFA Junior Cup Winners 2003-04 - 3rd XI                                   AFC 6 North Winners 2003-04 - 5th XI                        LOB Junior Cup Winners 2003-04 - 3rd XI                                 AFC 1 North Winners 2003-04 - 3rd XI                                   LOB Intermediate Cup Winners 2004-05                                             LOB Junior Cup Winners 2004-05                                           LOB Junior Cup Winners 2005-06                                        LOB Senior Cup Winners 2007-08                                         AFC Senior 3 North Winners 2007-08                              LOB Senior Cup Winners 2008-09 - 1st XI                               AFC 7 North Winners 2009-10 - 5th XI                              AFC 9 North Winners 2009-10 - 6th XI                               AFC Senior One Winners 2010-11 - 1st XI

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The History of UCL Academicals

University College London (UCL) in sited just south of Camden Town, an area with a rich history.

It was in the first millennium that the Catalonian King Wilfred came upon a site by a water crossing, where he laid down the foundations for of a new city which was to become the envy of the Holy Roman Empire. With its ancient covered market, Romanesque brick towers inlaid with fine enamelled tiles, a Baroque Cathedral and a Summer Palace, housing the finest collection of Renaissance artworks in Northern Europe, there are few things finer than to spend an afternoon browsing amidst its remarkable Gothic splendour: a legacy owed to that Great King Wilfred of Catalonia. What a pity he never visited Camden Town.

UCL was founded in 1826 by Jeremy Bentham as a non-denominational rival to the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, which at that time were restricted to Church of England students. Upon his death, the founder, Jeremy Bentham by his own request was stuffed and mounted in a glass cabinet in the college cloisters. To this day the Academicals commemorate his memory by regularly getting stuffed on a Saturday afternoon. UCL today is a fascinating mixture of new and old buildings due to the large number of bombs dropped on it during the last War. 

UCL Academicals FC was founded in 1961 by college old boys. Even today the club still requires all members to have attended UCL, or know someone who did, or to have said they’d play “if you’re really short” the previous evening in the pub. Until the early 1980s the club played seasons of friendlies with the likes of the Russian Embassy and The Chelsea Pensioners (a team organised by football journalist Brian Glanville). They also played informal league football on Sunday mornings.

In 1984, encouraged by UCL and the Students Union, the club joined the AFA and the following year entered the Southern Olympian League. Since then the club has grown from two to six SOL teams.

In line with this growth “The Accies” have picked up a number of SOL league titles and cups but the 2000-2001 season was their best to date, retaining the A.F.A. Senior Cup and winning the Southern Olympian League. Their excellent facilities at London Colney, until recently Arsenal’s training ground and now used by Watford, are a significant factor in the club’s success. The 1999-2000 season also saw the emergence of the Accies vets team (“The Optimists”) who have shown no cause for optimism at all, and are now rumoured to be trying to arrange games against the REAL Chelsea Pensioners.

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