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"A Coin Toss decides the clubs name"


The club was founded in 1973 by Ken Timberlake and David Gale

Ken Timberlake

Ken used to Manage a team along with running the club and as the club teams grew so did the committee. Ken passed away 2015 and it was clear at his funeral Gadeside was a big part of his life for which we are forever grateful to him

David Gale

The club now been in contact with David who assisted Ken in the early years. David will provide us with more information about our club in the early years.

How it began

The club was formed in 1973 by Ken Timberlake and David Gale who merged Watford Colts and Holywell FC into a single youth team.

The name Gadeside arose because one lived in Gade Avenue and the other in Swiss Avenue. So by the toss of a coin the name was decided. "Gadeside was born"

Ken Timberlake and David Gale are both Founders of our great club.

The first official pitch used by Gadeside was at Holywell school in Tolpits Lane. As their was only one pitch at Holywell School and the club's teams were expanding it needed more pitches so the club moved to Westfield School. Now the club had 4 full size pitches and soon had to add mini soccer pitches for 7 a side games for the Under 8 to Under 10's

The expansion continued when an under 18's team wanted to stay part of the club they had all grown up with, so it was decided that the club would have an adult side in the Olympian Sunday Football League so the 1st XI started.

With more and more players coming through the club and moving onto adult football the club created a 2nd XI team.

Following two winning seasons with the 1st XI team winning the league and cup twice. It was decided to move the teams to the Watford Sunday Football League for 2009/2010 Season.

The club is linked to Westfield Academy, Westfield Community Sports Centre, West Herts Youth League, Watford Sunday League and Hertfordshire FA.

All our managers are qualified FA coaches and volunteer their skills for children in the local area to enjoy and participate in the sport we love.

Present Day

The club suffered a major set back 7 years ago when its then Chairman and Treasurer used the clubs bank account and finances for purposes of their own resulting in the club being bankrupt financially. Younger players age 5-7 were not developed into U8 teams during this time. which accounts for our youngest team now is Under 12 and we only have a Under 15's, so only two teams survive now

"For this club to survive it needs to start attracting players aged 5 to 7 years old and encourage parents to become team coaches under the support and guidance of the committee" Darren Hufford (President)

What We Offer for Team Coaches

FA Coaching Courses fully paid by the club

Coaches Jacket and Tracksuit

All Training Equipment provided

Great Match and Training Facilities

Loyalty Awards each season

Note: First Season the Whole Team of players pay no subscriptions

Historical Facts

Over the years many of our teams have been league champions and continue to do so, Under 14's in 2018 never lost a game. Only one team however has won the Herts FA County Cup and that was back in 1980.

Under 16's win County Cup in: 1980 The late Ken Timberlake took his Under 16's to a nail biting Herts County Cup final against Hoddesden, this was documented in the local newspaper "Watford Observer" click read more for the full article. READ MORE

The club has had many different colour kits since 1973 and at one point it was impossible to know which team was playing at home. In the early 90's the then club's committee through sponsorship purchased two kits for each of it's teams Red & Black for Home Kit, a White & Black for Away Kit. From 2017 the Club home kit became Red & Black Stripes and Yellow & Black stripes for away.


Teams & Players needed

The club is looking for more players to start up teams at U7, U8 & U9. Use our contact page to Contact us for more information.


Respect The Ref

The club ask coaches, players & parents to respect the Referee at all games. The club will take action against individuals who don't.



Committee meetings are held to inform its members of all the club and league information. Parents are always welcome at these meetings.
Meeting dates will be placed here.


Presentation Night

Each year the club has a Presentation Night at HolyRood Social Club and reward players and parents.