Tuktuk Day 50

Some clubs consistently punch above their weight. In the Premier League you could probably think Bournemouth and Luton are doing well. Other clubs always surprise you. You look at their history, attendances, potential and wonder why they are where they are. I’d think Sunderland, the Bristol Clubs and Notts County fall into that category. One club that DEFINITELY punches above its weight is Caversham United from Reading. Obviously they are in the shadows of Reading FC but there are other bigger local clubs that can attract both fans and players – Bracknell, Sandhurst Town, Reading City etc etc

So, on my recent visit to Woodley who groundshare with Reading City at Tilehurst I decided to catch up with Caversham United to see what makes them tick.

The first thing you notice is 20,000 Twitter followers! Impressive. Join them here

Caversham United Football Club

Hi thanks for agreeing to this Q&A. I have to say I am impressed with everything I see. Let me know a little more, please. Let’s start with an easy one.

Who are you?

Caversham United Football Club is an amateur football club based in Reading, Berkshire. We now boast three teams at the club, including two men’s sides in the Reading and District Sunday League, Divisions 1 and 4 respectively, and a women’s side in the sixth tier nationally, in the Southern Regional Division 1 North.

Our club is affiliated to the Berks & Bucks Football Association. Caversham United Football Club was founded under current ownership in June 2015, having been most recently known as AFC Palmer. Previous entities of the club include RBC Unison, FC Brettle and Miah’s. This is all history now and prior to the current ownership.

Any famous players?

Probably nobody you’ve ever heard of! We had an Isle of Man “international” in our ranks previously and have been coached by ex-Premier League striker Dave Kitson. A few professional footballers have a Caversham United shirt including Adam Le Fondre and Fran Kirby (“local girl done good.”)

Any famous cup run?

Our Women’s Team were beaten finalists in the Berks and Bucks FA Women’s Trophy in 2022, whilst facing QPR away in the Women’s FA Cup that same season. On the Men’s side, a penalty shootout in the league cup final last season.

Your nickname is The Goats. Why?

Goats because ….? The Goats? Following a Twitter Campaign in November 2018 the club adopted a new nickname of The Billy Goats, decided by the Twitter public. The nickname was not the only thing devised by our 15,000+ Twitter followers though! The current club crest was chosen, as was the club’s kit… and since then we have held an annual #CavUtdKitCompetition where designers can create a new kit and Twitter followers can vote for their favourite!

Those numbers are really impressive. I remember sharing the competition last season. I did not entere because I have literally zero design skills. I am mocked in the shirt community because I love the Windsor shirts!

Any quirky facts?

Quirky fact about us ….? Other than reinventing ourselves on social media!? Caversham United has a number of famous friends on Social Media including Bayern Munich, Bayer Leverkusen, Manchester City, AS Roma, Benfica, Hashtag United, John Cena, Shaun Goater and so many more!

Shirts, Favourites, stories etc etc. Please?

Our shirt situation is pretty unique, with the general public designing each of our last 5 shirts. Every year around March time, we put a request out to our followers to send in their kit designs. In 2023 we received nearly 200 entries! Once the entries are in, a panel of club members pick their favourites and they are set against each other in a World Cup style vote on X/Twitter. The club’s home colour is navy, with the current away kit being white. Will the #CavUtdKitCompetition be back this season….? It might just be! Watch this space!

Thanks, you are another club whose results I will look out for. I wish you every success both on the field and with all your social media efforts. Please do keep in touch.

Home 23/24 (above), Away 23/24 (below)

I love the designs and LOVE the mantra!

I hope that everybody is enjoying my tour through the clubs of the UK. Caversham United may be the “smallest” I have spotlighted but absolutely the most “successful. “Congratulations. I hope readers will consider a donation however small to support FC Deportivo Galicia and/or Prostate Cancer UK If everybody chipped in £1 I would easily hit my target of £10,000 and life would be easier in West London whilst the charity continued their great work. A HEARTFELT thanks, if you can. If you can’t you can still help massively by sharing this page about the work of Prostate Cancer. Thanks, Steve

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