Over six million people in the Far-East will soon learn about London’s oldest football club when it stars in Unseen Football, a sports documentary produced by one of Thailand’s main television broadcasters.
On 12 August, a production team from Thai TV 3 filmed Cray Wanderers at their home ground, heard about its history and learned about its latest plans for a new stadium.
Krisdin Suwanbubpa, the documentary’s co-producer, said: "It's an honor to visit and learn about London's oldest football club. It is a chance to educate our viewers on an important part of English football history. I really appreciate Mr. Hillman and his team for their kind support"
The documentary, which airs this winter across Thailand and neighbouring countries, will also feature the history of two of the Premier League’s biggest clubs, Arsenal and Chelsea.
Last year the documentary team filmed various clubs in North West England, including Preston, Liverpool and Manchester United, for its first documentary series.
Gary Hillman, Cray Wanderers chairman, was very pleased that this historic club has attracted interest from the other side of the world.
He said: “The interest shown by a media company from nearly 6,000 milesaway is fantastic and demonstrates how this great club’s name and history is being recognized and appreciated by those far from these shores.”
TV3 filmed at Bromley FC where the Wands plays its home games. The filming included the changing rooms, club shop, trophy room and interviews with club secretary Kerry Phillips, Match-Day Secretary Mark Simpson, Chairman Gary Hillman, and the club’s historian Jerry Dowlen.
The TV crew then visited St. Paul’s Cray, where they filmed the club’s original changing rooms, the railway viaduct that some of the original team were building in 1859-60, and Star Lane Cemetery, the site of the club’s first ground.
Jerry Dowlen, as club historian was again interviewed at the cemetery, explaining how the club came into being.