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Jan 24, 2017, 8:18 PM
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Upton Park (despite the name they had no connection with West Ham United other than that some players also played for Thames Ironworks), were founded in 1866 in the Forest Hill area of London and were one of the 15 teams to play in the first F.A. Cup in 1871–72 and reached the quarter-finals four times. They were also the first winners of the London Senior Cup in 1882–83.
Staunch amateurs with their players having professions, many in "The City" they caused the legalisation of professionalism after complaining about Preston North End's payments to players after the two met in the F.A. Cup in 1883-84.
Preston were disqualified but the F.A. had to face the problem, as a breakaway was threatened, and player payments were allowed the following year.
The club was in abeyance 1887-91 but were founder members of the Southern Alliance in 1892, a competition which did not last the season.
They regularly travelled to Dorset to play at Easter before going on to play in the Channel Islands. To celebrate 10 consecutive trips, in 1906, they presented the Upton Park trophy for competition between the champion (civilian) sides of each Island, which is still played for today.
Their amateur status led to them being offered the chance to represent G.B. in the 1900 Paris Olympic Games and they fitted this in around one of their Channel Island tours. Three teams played and they beat the French team 4-0 to win the "gold" (although not awarded until many years later).
The club was wound up in 1911.
(This post was edited by John Treleven on Jan 24, 2017, 8:19 PM)