Uxbridge FC are a non league football club who are based in West Drayton in the far west of London close to Heathrow Airport. The club are one of the oldest in southern England, having been originally formed in 1871.
The club started out playing friendly games and entering the FA Cup for the first time in 1883. The following year the club folded owing to financial difficulties before reforming in 1879. The club were successful with Hubert and Francis Heron both making full appearences for England. In 1886 the club merged with Uxbridge Crescents FC, taking their name for a year before reverting back, but keeping Crescents red and white colours.
In 1894 Uxbridge became founder members of the Southern League and they then reached the FA Amateur Cup Final of 1898 where they were defeated by Middlesbrough at Crystal Palace. The following season 'The Reds' left the Southern League to join the Middlesex League, where they lasted just one season before folding once again with a debt of £130.
In 1902 the club reformed once more and joined the West Middlesex League and then the Great Western Combination League two seasons later. After World War One Uxbridge entered the Athenian League from where they were relegated but promoted again. After World War Two The Reds became members of the Corinthian League, moving into a new ground on Cleveland Road called Honeycroft.
Uxbridge were crowned Corinthian League champions in 1959-60, but when that league disbanded three seasons later, the club rejoined the Athenian League. In 1966 the team faced a full England side at Wembley in their World Cup preparations, losing 8-0. Once again financial worries troubled the club as Honeycroft was mortgaged.
In 1978 Uxbridge moved into a new ground a few miles south in West Drayton,which they also called Honeycroft. The old ground became part of the Brunel University. After a third place league finish in the 1981-82 season The Reds were promoted to the Isthmian League. They were promoted to Division One, the leagues second tier, in 1985 and they remained there for twenty seasons.
Following the re-organisation of the non league pyramid, Uxbridge were placed in the Southern League in 2004. In their debut season they lost in the semi finals of the play offs to Maldon Town. Before the start of the next season, Honeycroft had its floodlight system upgraded, but they didn't lighten the teams performances. As a consequence George Talbot departed as manager after a spell of fifteen years to be replaced by former player Tony Choules.
In 2007-08 Uxbridge lost to Oxford City in the Play Off Final, and then went out to Bedworth United at the semi final stage in 2011-12.
Uxbridge FC will play in the Southern League Division One Central in the 2013-14 season.
Wednesday 6th April 2005
I was using a day off from work to visit several clubs in Middlesex and to do some walking. After returning to Uxbridge bus station from Harefield, I embarked on a bus ride down to West Drayton railway station and then walked the mile or so along Horton Ground past light industries to Honeycroft.
The car park was being used by workers but the gate was opened. I found quite an impressive venue inside, which had a small cover and terracing behind both goals, with seated stands facing each other across the touchlines. There were a couple of steps of open terracing around much of the ground. The clubhouse was outside the ground, but the board room and refreshment hut were across some grass behind the Main Stand inside.
I left the ground having finished my days groundhop and took a bus to Boston Manor tube station for a ride home via central London.