Why hold a Brazilian Festival in Tolworth?

It all started with the Corinthian-Casuals Football Club.

England’s Most Famous Amateur Football Club. Based in Tolworth, South London.


Corinthian FC was founded in 1882 with the aim of bringing together the best amateur footballers from England’s schools and universities. Within four years there were nine Corinthians in the England team and on two occasions, the national first XI consisted entirely of Corinthian players. They also took football round the world, helping to popularise the game throughout Europe, South Africa, Canada, the USA and South America.


In 1910, after a visit to Sao Paulo in Brazil, the locals were so impressed they founded a Corinthians club of their own. Today, Corinthians Paulista is one of the most successful clubs in South America!


In 1988, Corinthian-Casuals were invited to Brazil by Sao Paulo Athletic Club (SPAC) to help celebrate their centenary. SPAC had been the club of former Corinthian Charles Miller, the man credited with introducing football to Brazil. It was Corinthian's game against SPAC during their Brazilian tour in 1910 that had led to the formation of Sport Club Corinthians Paulista.


The Casuals were founded in 1883 with membership restricted to the Old Boys of three public schools, Charterhouse, Eton and Westminster, although this was soon changed to include all ex-public school and university players. Casuals were a strong force in the early amateur game - runners up in the first FA Amateur Cup Final in 1894, founders members of the Isthmian League in 1905, and winners of the FA Amateur Cup in 1936.


In 1939, these two great clubs merged to form Corinthian-Casuals FC. The club has always maintained its 100% amateur policy and continues to promote the proud traditions of fair play and sportsmanship. They currently compete in the Isthmian League Premier Division and are the highest ranked amateur football club in England.

Notable Facts:

  • The only football club to have provided the entire starting XI for England (on two occasions)

  • No other club has provided more players for the England team (86)

  • Britain’s first black footballer, Andrew Watson played for Corinthian FC in 1884-85

  • In 1902, Real Madrid, inspired by Corinthians, adopted their white strip, and continue to wear the colour to this day.

  • In 1904, Corinthians defeated Manchester United 11-3. A record defeat for the Red Devils which still stands to this day.

  • Corinthian FC’s 1910 tour to Brazil inspired the foundation of Brazillian side SC Corinthians Paulista, one of the largest football clubs in South America. Such greats as Rivelino, Dunga, Rivaldo, Roberto Carlos, Socrates (who once turned out for CCFC in 1988), Ronaldo and Tevez played for SCCP.