Chertsey Old Salesians
The team was set up in 1970 after ex-pupils of Salesian School (formerly Salesian College) wanted to continue to play football together, and at their peak in the ’80s and ’90s they ran seven sides. True to their roots, they still encourage Salesian alumni to join the club, although they welcome anyone to play.
Chertsey’s Salesian School was established in 1921 by Salesian Brothers, a Roman Catholic institute that was formed in the late 1800s with a view to helping disadvantaged children during the industrial revolution. They have several notable alumni, including film director John Boorman, actor Martin Freeman and former Arsenal and England U21 player Ian Selley.
The club have a history of attracting higher-level players to take a step down from semi-professional level as they are impressed by their values and the way the club is run, something that Old Salesians are very proud of.