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Thundersley Rovers Profile

Thundersley Rovers Sports Club was formed in 1963 by local football fan Keith Walker.

Rovers were founder members of the Thundermite League in 1966, in which our only team at the time - an Under 12s junior side featuring Mr Walker's son - participated. (It is from Thundersley Rovers that the Thundermite League took its name.)

From those early beginnings the Club grew exponentially and within a decade Rovers boasted no less than three Senior teams (two Saturday, one Sunday) plus six youth teams (Under 10s through to Under 15s), all of whom played in the now-defunct Southend Junior League.

In 1977, Rovers found a permanent home at Thundersley Common having played at various venues (including St Peter's Church, the John Borrows Ground, Dark Lane and Scrub Lane) both before and after.

Tony Osbourne's under 10 side welcomes a touring team from the USA in 1979

Thundersley Common, now synonymous with the Club, has remained our home ground ever since and has been home to both our Senior and Junior teams since the beginning of the 2012/13 season. Thundersley Rovers Sports Club continued to blossom throughout the next two decades and both Junior and Senior Rovers teams frequently travelled abroad to destinations as varied as France, Scotland, Trinidad, Germany and Antigua.

In 1986 a touring Thundersley Rovers XI team beat a President's XI - including future Aston Villa and Manchester United star Dwight Yorke - in Barbados during a three-week Caribbean tour, which included additional whistle-stop visits to Antigua, Tobago and Trinidad.

A good haul: Rovers pictured with various trophies, Summer 1975

In recent years, Rovers' representation at junior level has decreased although plans are well under way to bring the glory days back to Thundersley. Those plans began with the introduction of an Under 10s team in summer 2012, which was followed within a year by three further Junior teams and a third Senior team.

In January 2013, Thundersley Rovers were delighted to be awarded Charter Standard status - a kitemark which recognises and rewards high quality levels of provision in club and league football. The kitemark is only awarded to clubs that are well run, sustainable and which place child protection, quality coaching and safety paramount.

2013 also marked Thundersley Rovers' 50th anniversary - an achievement that all of us involved with the Club are immensely proud of.

Class of 2013: TRSC's Under Sevens, the latest addition to our junior stable
Club Honours Include...
  • Southend & District League Division 4 Champions: 1974/75
  • GJJ Matthew Cup Winners: 1974/75
  • Southend & District League Division 3 Champions: 1976/77
  • Ramuz Cup Winners: 1987; 2009
  • Essex Games Winners (as representatives of Castle Point): 1988
  • Mick Hayward Cup Runners-Up: 2012
  • AYFC 7s Tournament Winners: 2012
The Club have also won a string of trophies in the Sceptre League, The Southend Sunday League and the Essex County Junior Trophy and previously represented Essex in national tournaments.
For further information, contact us via email at info@thundersleyrovers.co.uk, visit our website at http://www.thundersleyrovers.co.uk/ or drop by our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Club Contact Details

Chairman: Graeme Howlett

Website: http://www.thundersleyrovers.co.uk
Thundersley Rovers is a Charter Standard Club.
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