Percey Mackrill FC was formed in July 1996 after a discussion in the Bull & Bush pub, in Torquay. A group of football mad friends, who had at one time regularly played five aside amongst themselves, decided that, once again they wanted to play regular football. A show of hands established that enough people were interested and it was decided that rather than playing each other, every week – a team would be formed and apply to enter the seven aside league that was based at Clennon Valley. The driving force behind the initial idea had been Steven Badcott, Mark Hirst and Martyn Clarke.
Once the application was underway it was necessary to give the fledgling team a name. As the majority of the team were Torquay United fans – and also to add a touch of comedy the name Percey Mackrill FC was chosen. Percy Mackrill was the manager of Torquay United when they entered the Football League in 1927. The slightly different spelling of the team comes from a spelling mistake that was not realised until the team had been registered with the seven a side league.
It was necessary to purchase a ste of kit. Initially black and white stripes was the preferred choice, to link with the colours that Torquay United wore when Percy Mackrill was their manager. However, the best kit available was the red and white stripes, which despite it’s Exeter City connetations, was chosen, along with blue shorts to give the team a continental feel. Hence our twinning with Athletico Madrid and the Paraguayan FA.
Therefore, with the new kit not yet ready, Percey Mackrill FC took the field in their first ever game, for a friendly, in borrowed kit, against Wargs on the 30th August 1996.
Percey Mackrill FC lined up as:- Colin Stych; Mark Hirst, Martyn Clarke, Mark Faulkner; David Hammond, Christopher Tookey; Steven Badcott; Starting as Sub:-Jon Coles;