Award winning Estate Agents Smart Homes are delighted to announce their Sponsorship of Wake Green Amateur Football Club. The club, which is based in Drawbridge Road, Shirley, was formed in 1925 and will be celebrating their 90th anniversary in 2015. Smart Homes Director, Jamie Smart said “ We are proud to give our help and support to this local football club and would like to take this opportunity of congratulating everyone associated with the club on this milestone occasion and wishing them many more years of success “ .
Wake Green AFC was founded in September 1925 in a house on Wake Green Road, Moseley,
Birmingham and only played friendly matches until joining the Birmingham and District Amateur Football Association in 1928. In the first three seasons of league football the club made good progress winning the 3rd. Division Championship in their first season and gaining first division status in 1931/32 when they also reached the semi final of the Senior Cup. This period produced many outstanding characters and personalities who went on to form the foundations for the club’s future.
The post war years of 1947 – 1975 brought virtual collapse to the club. The task of bringing the club back to life with no ground, no members and no funds was immense but for the hard work of Max Holloway and his deputy and friend Tom French, who by example and leadership inspired a few old members to resurrect the club.
After several moves to different grounds in the area, the club has now established itself at Drawbridge Road, Majors Green and named it “The Holloway” in recognition of the contribution and commitment of Max Holloway who was chairman from 1947 – 1990 and served Wake Green for 75 years , until his death in 2014. In 1996 Max was awarded a medal from the Football Association in recognition of his 50 years service to Amateur Football.
The ground has been regularly improved and developed and now has some of the best facilities in amateur football in the Midlands. All achieved by the hard work of club members and all self financed apart from three very welcome grants from the Sports Council.
An important event in the development of the club took place in the 1975/76 season when the club joined forces with Leafield Athletic Boys Club. Leafield played in the Central Warwickshire Youth and Boys League on Sundays, providing football for 11 to 18 year olds. The association went from strength to strength , with many of the Leafield boys and officials contributing to the successes enjoyed through the eighties and nineties. Many are still at the club, having formed lifelong friendships through a common love of football.
Wake Green’s first success in winning the Premier Division of The Birmingham and District AFA came in 1987/88. “Wakes” were hungry for further success and went on to win the Premier Division four years in succession and six times in nine years, with the added bonus of wining the Senior Cup on four occasions. Success breeds success and during this period all teams in the club won leagues and cups , but more important than trophies was the lasting friendships that built up through being part of the club either as an official, player or social member.
Wake Green AFC continue to field 5 teams in the Birmingham AFA each week and have this season been joined by a Sunday junior outfit called “ Inter-Volante” who have now changed their name to Wake Green Juniors. It is anticipated that this new liaison will strengthen the club for many years to come both on and off the field.
A spokesman for the club said “ We owe a debt of gratitude to our founder members of 1925 and to those who followed, maintaining and developing the vision and values of amateur football. We can honour them by taking the club to its’ centenary with the same integrity and responsibility.
Jamie Smart added “ I personally have a close affinity with the club, as my son plays for the under twelve’s league”. “ I am therefore delighted Smart Homes now have this platform to continue with our aim to become a community agent”.