Club History

Club History

The Club was started in March 1969 with a collection of youngsters who wanted to form a small team to play in local football. The first season proved so successful and the demand for youth football so great, that the Club expanded further the following year and has continued to grow in strength ever since.

By 1973, according to the ‘Observer’ newspaper, the Club was the biggest of its type in England and an emblem, chosen through a national competition, was presented to the Club by the Co—operative society.

The Club, a recognised youth organisation, is entirely self supporting and completely run on voluntary lines. The aim of the Club remains the same as at its inception, namely, to provide football and coaching for local youth within a club atmosphere.

Welwyn Garden City Panshanger Football Club is governed by a Management Committee, although, much of the detailed planning results from monthly meetings of all managers and officials.

Since September 1984, with the opening of the Moneyhole facilities, social events, fund—raising and maintenance have been taken over by a separate committee, with the aim of maintaining and expanding the facilities for the sole purpose of the boys and girls footballing activities, so if you feel that you could help to maintain this Clubs progress in any way, please contact any member of the Club.

Home Ground

In 1984 Welwyn Hatfield Council required the club to vacate and offered PFC a new home on land at Moneyhole Lane. The Council raised and levelled the ground and landscaped it and members of PFC spent many a day raking the fields to remove many tons of flint stone to make the pitches playable. The Club house was then built for the Club to move into, making the current premises and playing fields at Moneyhole Lane the permanent home for PFC. In 2010 the Club renewed its 30 year lease with WHBC and Finesse. The rest, as they say, is history!

The clubhouse is the property of the Council and is used for a range of purposes by the Council and the club. Panshanger Football Club is, however, the principal user of the clubhouse. The pitches and surrounding park area are a public space open to use by all, however during the playing season Panshanger Football Club hires the pitches from the Council and has first call on their use. The Council sets the rental charge on an annual basis and this is in line with pitch charges elsewhere in the district.

The club is ultimately run by the Moneyhole Lane Committee. All members of the football club management committee are automatically members of Moneyhole Lane. The football club is run by its management committee, which is advised, on developments by a monthly meeting with all team managers. Details of meeting dates and club officials are given elsewhere in this website. The club is run under a set of rules laid out in this website. These rules may only be changed by a majority vote at the AGM in June.

The Club moved to its new ground and facilities for the start of the 1985/86 season, after having had twelve very happy and successful seasons at Rowans where the foundations for these new facilities started under the drive and enthusiasm of John McConalogue, where a commemorative stone can be found in the entrance hall of the Club house, together with many photographs of present and past teams.