Crest of Egham Town Football Club

Egham Town

The Sarnies

Egham Town Football Club, nicknamed “The Sarnies,” is a non-league football club based in Egham, Surrey.

Established in 1963, they currently compete in the Cherry Red Records Combined Counties Premier Division North, which is part of the ninth tier of English football. The team calls Runnymede Stadium their home ground.

Tracing its origins to Runnymede Rovers, founded in 1877 and later reformed as Egham FC in 1905, the club had a fluctuating early history, participating in leagues like the Surrey Senior League and the Spartan League, and disbanding during World War II. The present club was established in 1963, with the local council providing a recreation ground which evolved into the current Runnymede Stadium. Egham Town navigated various leagues, achieving notable successes such as winning the Athenian League Second Division Championship in 1974-75 and a strong FA Cup run in the 1990-91 season, although they faced challenges including a significant relegation in 1997-98.

The club experienced numerous managerial changes and league transitions in the early 2000s, with fluctuating success. After struggling in the Southern League in 2004, they moved to the Combined Counties League in 2006, where they faced relegation battles but also celebrated league cup runs. The club saw a resurgence under managers like Steve Baker and John Hamsher, who led the team to high league finishes and historic milestones, including reaching significant league goal tallies. The management strategy emphasized blending youth with experience, which brought promising performances from both the senior team and the newly established Under 18s.

From 2013 onwards, Egham Town aimed for stability and success in various leagues. They achieved a record 14 consecutive home wins in the 2012-13 season and secured the Combined Counties League Premier Division title. Despite managerial turnovers, the club remained competitive, reaching play-offs and setting club records. Under Gary Meakin’s management, the team finished third in the 2015-16 season but fell short in the play-offs. The subsequent seasons saw fluctuating fortunes, with management changes and squad rebuilds leading to mixed results.