Fairford Town Youth Football Club was formed in 1976 by Vince Saunders and Ricky Tailford. Their sons were have to travel to Faringdon to play youth football and they decided the town needed its own club to satisfy the needs of the local youth. Two teams, an Unders 12s and Under 14s, were duly formed and entered into the Cirencester and District Youth League.
The Under 12s wore a Leeds United kit as Ricky’s son Mark was a Leeds fan, while the Under 14s wore the red of Manchester United, as this was the team that Quentin, Ricky’s eldest son supported the Red Devils.
The Club’s first match was an Under 12s match, played on Saturday 4th September 1976, with Fairford Town YFC beating Ashton Keynes in a comfortable 5-0 victory. The Under 14s would kick off their campaign with an even more comprehensive victory, demolishing Crudwell 8-1 in Sunday 5th September 1976.
The Under 12s would play their games on Saturday, with the Under 14s competing on Sunday.
That first season would be a successful one for the newly-formed Club – the Under 12s would go on to win their league, while the Under 14s would enjoy a league and cup double.
Much has happened in the Club’s near-40 year history – too much to detail here, however the enjoyment of football has always been at the heart of the Club, and will remain so.
In 2015, the Club took the decision to offer youth football to young boys and girls not only in Fairford, but also in Lechlade and is now officially named Fairford and Lechlade Youth Football Club.