1860 – 1889

1st January 1860

The club emerged from lunchtime kick-abouts between St. Mary Cray villagers and labourers constructing a railway viaduct across the Cray Valley in north-west Kent. Soon a ground was laid out – on what is now Star Lane Cemetery – and matches were played against Army teams and other local villages. The players would change into… Read more

1890 – 1914

1st January 1890

Cray Wanderers were a strong force in senior county football at the turn of the century. After being Kent Junior Cup semi-finalists and finalists in 1890/91 and 1891/92 we entered the first ever FA Amateur Cup competition in 1893/94. We also had a spell as a professional club between 1895 and 1907, and were a… Read more

1918 – 1949

1st January 1918

After World War One, the club switched to the London League where we remained till 1934, winning the Kent Amateur Cup in 1931. We rejoined the Kent League in 1934/35 but our stay in that league came to grief when, in 1936, we lost out Fordcroft ground and were forced to drop into a lower… Read more

1950 – 1969

1st January 1950

The 1951/52 season heralded a new era, and an upturn in the club’s fortunes, when local businessman Mick Slater took over at the helm. The club was elected to the London League and regained its senior status. We moved to a new ground at Grassmeade in 1955. Our stay there was a very successful period… Read more

1970 – 1989

1st January 1989

We lost our Grassmeade ground in in 1973 when our landlord sold the ground for redevelopment. We moved to Oxford Road in Sidcup, in time for the 1973/74 season. The 70’s proved to be a golden period for us. In 1974/75 Cray won the Met London League and the League Cup. We then joined the… Read more

1990 – 2012

1st January 1990

After finishing Kent League runners up in 1990/91 the club entered a lean period, with the exception of 1992/93 when we won the Kent Senior Trophy. A new club chairman, Gary Hillman, arrived in 1994/95 and Ian Jenkins, a Cray player since 1993, was appointed manager in 1999. By now the club was tenants of… Read more