Shoreham Football Academy (SFA) has been launched by Shoreham Football Club co-owners Stuart Slaney and Ralph Prodger with Ian Gilmour heading up the academy to bring young players through the ranks of the youth football and give potential players the pathway to a high level opportunity of non-league football and beyond.
Our History that no other academy can boast:
The club was established in 1892 and were one of the founding members of the West Sussex Football League in 1892. The 1901–02 season saw the club achieve their first senior honours when they beat Hailsham Town 3–0 in the final to lift the Sussex Senior Challenge Cup. More success followed the season later when the club won the West Sussex Football League and the Sussex RUR Cup. We repeated the league success two seasons later, but had to settle as runners up in the Sussex RUR and challenge cups. The 1905–06 campaign saw the club achieve a treble of competition wins when they took the league title, and both the Sussex RUR and challenge cups.
After the first World War the club played in the Brighton, Hove & District Football League, until the end of the 1919–20 season when they became one of the founder members of Sussex County Football League. After hostilities had ceased the club rejoined the Sussex County League, when it resumed for normal competition in the 1946–47 season. That season also saw the club make their debut in the FA Cup.
The 1951–52 season, saw the club become champions of the Sussex County League for the first time, and they successfully defended their title the following season.
Four seasons after their Championship win, the club were relegated back to Division two, the club was a yoyo club up until the 2004–05 season, where they were in Division two but promoted immediately back to Division one. In 2013 Shoreham had a new owner, Stuart Slaney, who oversaw the club trebling in size with its own youth section, giving the club over twenty different age group teams and becoming one of the largest football clubs in the area. In 2015 Ralph Prodger joined Stuart Slaney as joint owner and chairman. In 2016–17, having led the league for most of the season, the club finished as runners-up in the Premier Division to Haywards Heath Town. However, after Haywards Heath were penalised with a nine points deduction for fielding an ineligible player, Shoreham became champions and were promoted to Division One South of the Isthmian League.
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