are a semi-professional football
club based in Whyteleafe
. The club was established in 1946 and joined the Athenian League
in 1981. They are currently members of the Isthmian League Division One South
. Whyteleafe's manager is former Crystal Palace
and Oxford United
player Stuart Massey who replaced Dave Swindlehurst
at the end of the 2007/08 season. This is Massey's second spell in charge of the team.
Whyteleafe F.C. was formed in 1946, replacing another club, Whyteleafe Albion, which had existed before World War II
. The new club initially played junior football in such local leagues as the Thornton Heath & District League, before gaining senior status and joining the Surrey Senior League
in 1958, at which time they moved to the Church Road ground where they play to this day.
Whyteleafe were Surrey Senior League champions on at least one occasion in the 1960s before switching to the London Spartan League
in 1975. In 1981 they switched to the Athenian League
and then in 1984 to the Isthmian League
. In 1989 they were promoted to Division One
, a level at which they have played ever since (albeit with league reorganisations placing the team in Division One South from 2002 to 2004 and again in 2006). In 1999, they reached the First Round Proper of the FA Cup
for the first time in their history and held Chester City
to a 0-0 draw before losing the replay.