London Samurai Rovers Club Philosophy

“100% on the pitch / respect each other”

A club philosophy provides the direction where we go. On the pitch, we encourage our players to develop their technique, skill and understand the essence of football. A player’s enjoyment grows with an increase in their skills and technique. In addition, we believe that it is very important to improve discipline, courtesy and politeness in order to attribute in life and not just in sport. It sets club standards and a style of play.

Team Staff

Masakatsu Shibasaki

Club Manager

Fraser Gilmartin

Assistant Manager

Sadaharu Yoshida

Treasurer & Secretary

Key Members

Maya Yoshida
Principal / Shareholder
FC Schalke 04 #4
Japan National Team #22

Takehiro Tomiyasu
Vice Principal
Arsenal #18
Japan National Team #16

Takumi Minamino
Senior Vice Principal
AS Monaco #18
Japan National Team #9

Masashi Kitani
Head of Medical Department
My Natural Clinic

Maya Yoshida, who is a permanent resident of the UK, is a shareholder and principal of our club, while Takumi Minamino of Liverpool and Takehiro Tomiyasu of Arsenal are vice-principals of our club and are involved with SAMURAI in a variety of ways, including the club’s community relations, regular interaction with Japanese and local players. In addition, Masashi Kitani, who is a trainer for Yoshida, Minamino, Tomiyasu and many other Premier League players, has been appointed as Head of Medical department to support our academy players with injuries and various physical issues.

London Samurai Rovers (LSR) – History

2017 Launched as LONDON SAMURAI UNITED in the 2017/18 season. From the same year, he fought in the Middlesex County Football League Division 1 (equivalent to 12 divisions) and ranked 10th out of 12 teams in the first year.
2018 In order to win the Division 1 and be promoted to the Premier Division, he merged with J L Rovers, who was active in the same area and participated in league games, and changed his name to the current LONDON SAMURAI ROVERS.

In the 2018/19 season, he
fought Division 1 as a new tea
, and was promoted to the
Premier Division (11th division) in 4th place in the
league due to the promotion
of the team in the upper

2019 In the 2019 / 20-2021 season, he struggled in the Premier Division (11th division) with the aim of being promoted to the 10th division in order to achieve his dream FA CUP participation, but due to the influence of the coronavirus, the league match was canceled in the middle for two consecutive seasons.
2020 In May 2021, he was promoted to the long-sought Combined Counties Football League Division One (10th division) by organizing the league in consideration of the results of the last two seasons.
2021 In the 2021/202 season, we are struggling for the Combined Counties Football League Division One (10th division) with the addition of new members, aiming to be promoted to the 9th division.

Training Date & Time

Tuesday First Team Training Mens 20:00 – 22:00
Wednesday Reserve Team Training Mens 17:00 – 18:30
Thursday First Team Training Mens 19:30 – 21:30
Friday Academy Training U18 17:00 – 18:30
Saturday First Team League Match Mens 15:00 Kick off
Adult Mini Football 15:30 〜 17:00
Sunday Reserve Team League Match Mens Varied Times
*Summer holidays, Winter holidays including Christmas & New year are