In 1888, a group of stock exchange workers founded Wingfield House; a home for working boys in Blackfriars. In its early years, the club would compete in friendly matches as Wingfield House, with the team consisting mostly of young locals.
Wingfield House made its FA Amateur Cup debut in 1904, before merging with Honor Oak F.C and relocating to South East London. Following the merger, the team would change its name to Nunhead Football Club, entering the Isthmian League in the 1908/09 season and beginning a new chapter in the club's history.
NUNHEAD'S GOLDEN GENERATION
Continuing the traditions of Nunhead founder, C.A Stein, the club launched the careers of a number of young players who would go on to play professionally at the highest level, including Albert Cadwell (West Ham) and Sidney Pugh (Arsenal).
In the 1933/34 season, a 16-year-old, Denis Compton made his first team debut, stealing headlines and taking the Isthmian League by storm. Just two years later, aged 18, he would join Arsenal alongside his brother Les.
Despite winning the First Division and FA Cup with the Gunners, football would take a backseat to cricket, as Compton split his time between captaining Middlesex and touring with England.
A true all-rounder, who began his career on the playing fields of Nunhead, Compton earned international caps for his country in football and cricket respectively. He is still regarded as one of the country's greatest ever sportsmen.
A LOCAL RIVALRY
Throughout the club's history, Nunhead enjoyed a competitive rivalry with their nearby neighbours. Based just two miles away, Dulwich Hamlet's Champion Hill Ground was one of the largest in amateur football, hosting international matches with attendances often reaching 20,000.
Dulwich joined the Isthmian League in 1907 and claimed their first Isthmian League title in 1919/20, winning the league on goal average against Nunhead. During this period, The Hamlet produced England internationals Bert Coleman and local legend, Edgar Kail, who became the last non-league player to play for the full England team.
A NON-LEAGUE TRAILBLAZER
Yuno Kalemba Dimmock was the first East African to play first class English football. A pacy Ugandan winger, Dimmock played for the club from 1927 and 1930, while studying at University. Winning consecutive Isthmian League titles, Dimmock was a true trailblazer in the men's amateur game.
THE FINAL YEARS
Following the expiration of their lease at Brown's Ground, Nunhead agreed to a temporary ground share at Champion Hill – the home of their local rivals. The team managed to fulfill the remainder of its fixtures during the 1940/41 season, finishing second from bottom in seventh place in a league that had been depleted by war.
A FUTURE WORTHY OF ITS PAST
Continuing the legacy of Nunhead Football Club and its founder, C.A Stein, we are supporting another organisation founded in 1888 to support young people within the local community.
From pin badges and patches to football scarves, you can now celebrate the legacy of Nunhead's famed footballers, while raising vital funds for Westminster House Youth Club.