South London Sharks Football Club, commonly referred to as the Sharks, are based in Hackney, London, and play in the Hackney & Leyton Football League, the most widely recognised grassroots football league in the UK. The club's home ground is the 336-acre Hackney Marshes, where they have played since their establishment, which has an almost limitless capacity in theory but crowds are often hampered by a lack of parking combined with a genuine apathy towards the football on display.
The Sharks were founded in 2014 following a number of high-powered murky bar-room discussions between 3 founder members of the infamous 5aside team FC Dad. Indeed the club name itself is a nod to the proud footballing heritage of the club, referencing the Dad’s official nickname. Whilst tentative interest was registered on a succession of late Tuesday evenings in the White Lion, sadly no longer with us, it came as a surprise to most when the Sharks lined up on Wormwood Scrubs against a Dave Crewdson invitational XI on a damp Saturday morning for their first ever friendly match on the 28th June 2014.
The team kicked off its first ever competitive match in the now famous red & black, courtesy of lifetime-vice-captain Stuart Leslie’s ebay expertise, against Dynamo Gobbler on Sunday 14th September 2014 and embarked on a remarkable and never-repeated 6 game winning run. The first season was unanimously regarded a success, with promotion achieved at the first time of asking, a cup semi-final reached, Dodds taking home the prestigious and in no-way embarrassing “Hackney & Leyton league Secretary of the Year 2014/15” award and Alawi voted d!ck of the season by an overwhelming majority. Now into their second season the club continues to attract a dedicated following of circa one fan per month, largely as a result of their holistic approach to social media engagement with the footballing community.