Chalvey Sports Football Club is an England Accredited football Club with a rich history that can be traced back to 1885.
We currently run two adult football teams that cater for different abilities with future plans to provide youth team football that offers a pathway for players to progress to different levels of adult football.
Our first team currently play at Step 7 of the NLS and play in The Thames Valley Premier Division.
Our Reserve side play in Premier Division of the East Berkshire Football League.
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The “Stabmonks” were founded in 1885 and apart from a brief break in the early 1980’s Derek Macklin reformed the club in 1986.In the early days Chalvey used to play in the Great Western Combination although little is known about the club’s progress back then.
From 1950's up until the early 1990’s, Chalvey competed in the now defunct Slough & District League & over that time the club registered several wins in various senior cup competitions including The Slough Town Senior Cup and The Norfolkian Senior Cup.
In the 1980’s the club were based in the Garibaldi Pub in Chalvey. After a change in landlord, the football club moved to Chalvey Working Men’s Club and we then added the W.M.C. to the club name for sponsorship reasons.
The Slough & District League folded after the end of the 1991/92 season and merged with The East Berks Football League and Chalvey were placed in Division 1. Chalvey won Division 1 at the first attempt and were then promoted to the Premier Division for the 1993/94 season and won the title 1996/1997. During this period the club had more success in cup competitions and won the East Berks League cup on three occasions and runners up three times. Chalvey have also won the Norfolkian Senior Cup, Ascot & Fielden cup and were runners up twice in the Slough Town Senior Cup.
In season 2016/2017, the first team moved to compete in the Hellenic Football League in Division 2 East in a season that saw the first team win its first league championship in 20 years with 4 matches to spare. It was a feat that was repeated in season 2017/2018 when we retained the League championship we won the year before and were runners up in the Slough Town Senior Cup.
From season 2017/2018 until season 2021/2022 he first team played at Step 6 of the NLS & groundshared with both Slough Town FC and Burnham FC at Arbour Park and The Gore repectively. These moves allowed the club to play at step 6 of the National League System for five seasons in both the Hellenic and Combined Counties Leagues.
After relegation from The Combined Counties League at the end of the 2021/2022 season, Chalvey Sports were placed in the Thames Valley Premier division at Step 7 for the 2022/2023 season.
Chalvey Sports Reserves gained promotion after the 2021/2022 season and will play in The East Berkshire Football League Premier Division for the 2022/2023 season.
Chalvey Football Club would not be able to exist without sponsorship from local businesses and we would like to thank all of our sponsors for season 2018/2019 as we embark on another new adventure playing at the highest level the club has played at in a generation.Big thank you to our sponsors Omni Customs Solutions, Checkout Superstore, Chalvey Working Men's Club, CCC Roofing, La Indika Restaurant for their support this season.
What is a Stabmonk?
This story dates back to the mid- 19th century. The most common version recounts the death of an organ-grinders monkey. The monkey bit the finger of a child who was teasing it & the child's furious father stabbed the monkey to death (hence Stabmonk).
The organ-grinder was very upset and therefore the villagers took pity on him and made a collection. This raised enough money to buy a new monkey & have a funeral for the dead animal and hold a wake involving free beer for the whole village.
This proved so successful that the villagers decided to repeat the event the following year (without killing another monkey first of course). A plaster monkey was made which was given a mock funeral & wake, during which a man fell, or was pushed into Chalvey Brook.
This then became an annual event and on each occasion the man falling in Chalvey Brook was declared 'The Mayor of Chalvey' for the following year.
In 1919, The Stabmonk ceremony formed part of the victory celebrations marking then end of World War I. Almost inevitably, given the alcoholic nature of events, the Stabmonk was cited in a court case. George Holdway, the publican of the 'Cape of Good Hope', was summoned when revellers were found on his premises drinking after closing time.
The story of the Stabmonk was told as part of his defence, as he had called in the funeral procession as they were passing his pub and invited them in for a drink to celebrate the end of the war. Mr Holdway won his case but had to pay the court costs.
The ceremony became a less regular event during the last century and more recently the Stabmonk has only appeared on rare occasions & usually for charitable causes.
The legend survives and the term Stabmonk is used to describe any man born and bred in Chalvey, who at some time has either called, or been pushed into Chalvey Brook.
The Chalvey Stabmonk is the clubs crest and is proudly worn on the front of all of our team kit.
We are proud to work within the local community of Slough and run various football related community events throughout the football season. For information about this or anything Chalvey Sports related then please feel free to get in touch.
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