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Non league club who dissolved in 2011 plot comeback in derelict stadium

Non league club Leyton Football Club, who dissolved in 2011, plot to make a big comeback in the derelict stadium Hare and Hounds Ground.

Leyton Football Club was an English association football club based in Leyton, in the London Borough of Waltham Forest, but withdrew from the Isthmian League Division One North in January 2011 due to severe financial difficulties, and the eventual disbanded.

The first club to go by the name was founded in 1868, and the last incarnation of the club, which began playing in 1997, won a High Court action in 2002 in support of its claim to be a continuation of the original team, making it at that stage the second oldest existing club in Greater London, after Cray Wanderers.

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The team played in white shirts with blue shorts and white socks and were nicknamed the Lilywhites or Lillies. The club were unrelated to their Football League neighbours Leyton Orient.

In January 2011, and after a short suspension from the league for not paying its subscription, the club was forced to withdraw from the league due to debt.

Following this, the chairman, secretary, management and players all left the club, effectively ending its existence.

Leyton played at the Leyton Stadium (previously known as the Hare and Hounds, and before that as the Wingate-Leyton Stadium).

At its height the club had ten youth teams, ranging in age from under nines to under eighteens, and ran a Football in the Community scheme for local schools.

The club was originally founded in 1868, and disbanded several times (late 1890s, 1911, 1914 and 2011) during its history. In 1975, the club merged with Wingate FC to become Leyton-Wingate FC until 1992 when the two clubs parted company and the name reverted to Leyton. In 1995 the club merged with Walthamstow Pennant and moved away from Leyton Stadium to become Leyton Pennant FC, who are now known as Walthamstow.

A new Leyton Football Club was established in 1997, and following a High Court case in 2002, won the right to be recognised as a continuation of the original club.

A statement by lawyers Richard West Freeman Christofi reads: “…by Order of the High Court Chancery Division dated 26 July 2002, in an action brought against Leyton Pennant Football Club and the Football Association, Leyton Football Club (now incorporated as a Limited Company) of Wingate Stadium Lea Bridge Road Leyton has effectively been restored as Leyton Football Club, the unincorporated club formed in 1868; has had its membership to the FA restored; has had its history dating back to 1868 restored and the order also requires Leyton Pennant to refrain in any way from holding itself out to being Leyton Football Club.”

Fast forward to today and it would seem that the non league club who dissolved in 2011 plot a comeback in the derelict stadium.

A Twitter page under the club’s name was created this week, and posted the link to a petition page, urging for signatures to save the Hare and Hounds Ground.

The tweet read: “Bring back Leyton FC is a campaign Facebook page that has been set up for the purpose of returning local football to the Hare and Hounds ground and hopefully reform Leyton FC as a local community-run football club.”

The Hare and Hounds Ground is a former local football ground that is in Lea Bridge Road, Leyton in East London.

The aim of this petition is to save the Hare and Hounds Ground for local football to return to the local community and also hopefully to reform Leyton FC (1868 – 2011) as a local community run football club. This will help and develop local grassroots football and to allow the community to watch football at an affordable price.

It would be appreciated to have your support by signing this petition. You may also keep updated by following the ‘Bring back Leyton FC’ facebook page.


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As Leyton FC (founded 1868)
Athenian League: 1928–29, 1965–66, 1966–67
Runners-up: 1945–46, 1964–65
Essex Senior Cup: 1896–97, 1897–1898, 1899–1900, 1900–01, 1902–03, 1929–30, 1930–31, 1934–35
FA Amateur Cup: 1926–27, 1927–28, 1951–52
Runners-up: 1933–34, 1936–37
London Charity Cup: 1934–35, 1936–37
London League: 1923–24, 1924–25
London Senior Cup: 1903–04, 1925–26
South Essex League: 1895–96, 1899–1900
South East League: 1896–97

As Leyton Wingate FC (renamed 1975)
Athenian League: 1976–77, 1981–82
Runners-up: 1977–78
Essex Thamesside Trophy: 1981–82
Isthmian League Division Two North: 1984–85
Runners-up Isthmian League Division One: 1986–87

As Leyton FC (renamed 1992)
Essex Thamesside Trophy: 1992–93

As Leyton FC (reformed 1997)
Essex Senior League: 2001–02
Essex Senior League Cup : 2001–02
Runners-up Isthmian League Division Two: 2002–03
Isthmian League Associate Members Cup : 2002–03
Runners-up Isthmian League Division One North: 2003–04


@JohnstonLew10: Be great to have this football club back.

@KemzcC: Childhood club ⚽️❤️ Good old days.

@aylesford_fc: Good luck. If you need anything from a fellow community club just let us know 😉.

@stevedeltasix: I’ve played there back in the day 😎⚽️⚽️⚽️

@mattyhanning: It’s a travesty that football isn’t still being played here. I grew up round the corner from here and have nothing but wonderful memories of this place.

@NLChronicles: We’d certainly like to see this happen – another club playing in the Leyton area would be fantastic for the local community I’m sure. Give em a follow!

@Gowerspurs: Was a great little ground in the 90’s. Shame it’s being used as a car park now.

@doctorkevinmoo1: The very best of luck! #football #grassrootsfootball

@MottysMic: It’d need alot of work and money spent on it as its fallen into disrepair and I think the lights have gone too. Who would do it?

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