Mens History

Toller FC was founded in 2012 by Akif Khan with the hope of giving the local community’s talented footballers a platform to showcase their abilities and provide a stepping stone for them to higher levels of competition. Akif’s own promising career was cut short due to suffering a horrific ligament injury. A product of the famed Fairbank Utd academy before moving on to captain Albion sports U17s/U18s teams, he was a tenacious and determined midfielder with potential to play at a very good level.

In 2017 Toller FC played vs Kensington Fields from Liverpool in the FA Sunday cup. The tie was held at Campion, a fantastic occasion with hundreds of local fans and family attending the game. Despite taking an early lead and the game set to go to penalties until the 83rd minute, Kensington scored a quickfire double to win the tie.

 

Early Years – 2012/2018

Toller FC enjoyed success straight away, finishing second in their first season in the Bradford Sunday Alliance League, losing the title on the last day but gaining promotion at the first time of asking. In the second season, promotion was secured again by finishing second. In the third season the team finished third securing a hattrick of promotions, gaining Championship status within three years of forming the team. In the next couple of seasons, Toller finished in a respectable fourth followed by a third place finish, whilst also getting to the quarter final of the County Cup.

Saturday Football – 2018

In 2018, Toller FC were accepted into the West Riding County Amateur Football League (WRCAFL), moving into Saturday football for the first time. Toller FC finished in a respectable midtable finish in their first season despite a huge step up in the standard of football.

Only a season later, WRCAFL was merged into the Yorkshire Amateur League (YAL) with the creation of a new Supreme division at the summit of YAL. The new Supreme Division would become a Step 7 FA Regional Feeder League, Toller FC being one of the founder members of the division. Over the course of the next two seasons Toller FC finished midtable, placing 7th and 9th out of 16 teams.

New Era – 2022

In the summer of 2022, Toller FC joined force with local powerhouse Phoenix FC to form Bradford United. Phoenix FC, fresh from gaining promotion to the Supreme Division at the first team of asking strengthened their presence in the division immediately by teaming up with Toller FC. With both clubs having two adult teams each they merged to create three teams, providing a huge pathway for the local community’s talented footballers. The first team playing in the Supreme Division with the U23s and U21s contesting the Championship and Division 4.

Between the Phoenix junior teams and Bradford United, the club is providing a full pathway from the age of five to open age football. The future is bright, the future is united, Bradford IS UNITED!

 

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