THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

Sporting Khalsa v Continental Star by David Bauckham

1 September ~ In the late 1980s around 20 teenagers, mostly from the local Sikh temple in Willenhall, West Midlands, organised regular Saturday afternoon kickabouts in a local park. By 1991 they had formed Sporting Khalsa FC and began to play in the Sunday Leagues. The club folded in 1996 after struggling a move to the West Midlands Regional League, but were re-formed in 2004 with a better structure that allowed them to reintroduce their youth policy and became the first Asian club to own their own ground.

This season in the Midland League Premier Division they played Continental Star, a social enterprise and registered charity who act as grassroots black and asians minority ethnic advisors to the FA and Kick It Out on grassroots. Photographer David Bauckham went to the match and has produced a photo essay detailing the histories and aims of both clubs, a small selection of which you can see below. The full gallery and article can be found here.

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