For a full list of club honours, click here.
For a full and complete history of the Polytechnic club, including all sports and eras, click here. Below is a short overview of the football club:
The club was originally formed in 1875 as the Hanover Football Club by the philanthropist Quintin Hogg (1845-1903). It played on Primrose Hill and on the neighbouring pitch played the team which later developed into Tottenham Hotspur FC. Hogg was convinced of the health-giving and character-building qualities derived from organised sport, and was himself a keen footballer. He saw sport as an integral part of the work of his foundation, the Youths’ Christian Institute, and its successors the Young Men’s Christian Institute and Polytechnic Institute, later Regent Street Polytechnic.
Both Hogg and his friend Arthur Fitzgerald Kinnaird (1847-1923, 11th Baron Kinnaird) played for the Hanover Football Club. Kinnaird was a famous gentleman footballer and President of the Football Association in the 1890s and early 1900s who, with Hogg, organised the first unofficial England – Scotland international matches. The two had played together at Eton at a period when the game, until then limited to public schools playing to their own rules, was first being organised. On leaving school, both continued to play for the Wanderers, a team of public school old boys which won five of the first seven FA Cup finals. Kinnaird in fact played in nine cup finals with Old Etonians and Wanderers the most appearances of any player. Kinnaird was involved with Hogg’s charitable foundations and retained his connection with their football teams. Hogg’s Institute encompassed members who were not students, but were involved in its other activities.
Following the removal of Hogg’s foundation to premises in Regent Street, formerly home of the Royal Polytechnic Institution, in 1882, the club became the Polytechnic Football Club. It had grounds in Barnes and Wimbledon but in 1906 moved to the Polytechnic’s Quintin Hogg Memorial Ground at Chiswick.
The club joined the Spartan League, one of the original London amateur leagues, in 1911 finishing 10th in their first season. The League has since merged with the South Midlands League, in 1997, forming the Spartan South Midlands League which is at Step 5 in the Football Association National League Pyramid. In 1952 the Club were promoted from the 1st Division to the Premier Division but went straight back down, playing one more season in the Spartan League until 1954 when it joined the Southern Amateur League.
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