Penryn Athletic Football Club will celebrate their 56th anniversary this weekend, and will mark it with a half-time cup of tea.

Members and spectators have been invited to mark the club’s milestone at the first team’s game at home to Perranporth on Saturday and enjoy a half-time cup of tea and a bun in the clubhouse.

Penryn founder Mike Young said the club had decided to celebrate this year before his fellow clubmen "get too close to 'harp land'".

Mr Young submitted the club’s first letter of application to the Truro & District Junior Football League to league secretary Len Murton on October 11, 1963, so the club have chosen to count that date as their birthday.

The club played in the County Youth League for two seasons before applying to join the Falmouth-Helston Football League, which merged with the Mining League to become the Trelawny League in 2012, in February 1965, and were accepted to join division two the following season.

They joined the Cornwall Combination League in 1977, winning the title in 1982, 1983 and 1985 before spending a solitary season in the South Western League, finishing 15th before returning to the Combination League.

Athletic stayed in the division for 15 years, winning the title on six more occasions before returning to the SWL in 2000.

They remained there for the final seven seasons of the league’s existence before it was replaced by the South West Peninsula League in 2007.

They made their FA Vase debut in the same season, winning two matches before losing in the first round proper, before playing their one and only FA Cup match, a 3-2 defeat at home to Slimbridge, the following season.

A successful ten-year spell in SWPL Division 1 West followed, in which the team finished in the top five on nine occasions, before the club withdrew from the division prior to the start of the 2017/18 season.

That left the reserve team to assume the role of first team in the Combination League, finishing ninth in 2018 before a new-look squad, managed by Harry Pope, were pipped to the title by Perranporth last season.

The same team will provide the opposition at Penryn’s Kernick Road home on Saturday, as Athletic look to earn their tenth consecutive win at the start of their debut St Piran League campaign.

Penryn have won all nine of their league games this season to sit five points clear at the top of the table, and have also secured progression to the Cornwall Senior Cup third round.

Their sparkling early season form made them early favourites to land the inaugural St Piran West crown, with promotion to the SWPL Premier West at Step 6 of the National League System a distinct possibility.

That would be the highest level at which Penryn has ever played, which would be a fitting way to celebrate their anniversary.