Club History

In the summer of 1995 the players and officials of Maccabi Association London (MAL) decided that they had reached the limits of Sunday football and that a new challenge was required. The Hertfordshire Senior County League was a popular choice and with the help of the League's management committee the Club made its debut in the 95/96 season and was renamed MALEX. Four years later the Club had made many friends in the League but had narrowly missed out on promotion from Division 1 in every season, finishing 6th, 5th, 7th and then 4th in the 98/99 season. However the Club was very proud to win the Sportsmanship Trophy in its inaugural season. An all-Jewish team, the squad during this period was based on MAL players who were generally playing in the Hendon and District Sunday League and the Maccabi Southern Football League.

As a Sunday side the Club has always been a strong representative of the community - in fact we have won the National Cup on numerous occasions - and have always attracted and welcomed not only the best players locally but also from abroad whether permanent or in transition. We currently have a number of Maccabiah (The Jewish Olympics) capped players and many of our squad represented Great Britain in the 2009 games in Israel as well as the 2007 European Games.

During the 1999 close season, the Club revised its management structure, and decided to change its name to LONDON MACCABI LIONS, whilst retaining its all-Jewish status. This brought in an influx of new players, from a number of Maccabi League Clubs, including champions Scrabble, and under the management team of Bobby Fisher and Adam Solomons the 1st team lost only three league games in their first season as they won the Division 1 title by 4 points. The side also reached the semi-finals of the Aubrey Cup.

Since that time, the two Herts County League sides have both thrived in the top divisions. The first team became recognised as one of the strongest outfits in the Premier League and landed its first silverware in 2007 when it beat Metropolitan Police to lift the Herts Centenary Trophy. This was supplemented by the Reserves who themselves have contributed to three cup final appearances winning one as recently as the 09/10 season and runners up in two others . In the 09/10 season the first team under the stewardship of Tony Gold and Steve Grenfell won the Herts Senior County League for the first time in the club's history, winning promotion to the South Midlands Division One League. In the 10/11 season Lions first in the South Midlands Division One league under Gold and Grenfell once again they added a second Herts Centenary Trophy beating Letchworth Garden City Eagles 3-2.

Having endured a peripatetic existence including homes at Little Bushey Lane, The American University in Bushey, Chase Lodge, two seasons of mud at Copthall Stadium and Old Cholmleians FC, 2002/3 saw the Lions in a permanent den at Rowley Lane, Arkley. Due to ground specification in order to gain promotion London Lions had to have a ground share in place for the 09/10 season due to Rowley Lane not having flood lights and a 100 seater stand. Lions spent the 09/10 season ground sharing with St Albans at Clarence Park. For the 10/11 season Lions agreed a new ground share with Broxbourne Borough Football Club.

Our Youth section set up in September 2000 by David Hyman and the late Philip Greenwold goes from strength to strength, from a beginning of 2 teams to now 22 with a playing membership of around 350 between the Under 7 and Under 18 age groups. We are one of the largest youth football Clubs in the Hertfordshire and London areas let alone the Jewish football set up. The Youth teams' success is built on a strong managerial and coaching foundation and this will continue to underpin our success!

We have always in the past tried to conduct ourselves with honour and pride and MACCABI LONDON LIONS is a continuation of this ethic in our striving for victory. We look forward to a long, healthy, and successful future.