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

First Team manager

Fraser Gilmartin

First team Coach

Mx. Secretary

Club secretary

Mx. Treasurer


Key Members

Maya Yoshida

Principal / Shareholder

LA Galaxy #4

Takehiro Tomiyasu

Vice Principal

Arsenal #18

Takumi Minamino

Senior Vice Principal

AS Monaco #18

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 AS Monaco 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. Competed in the league and ranked 10th out of 12 teams in the first year Middlesex County Division 1 – Level 12
2018 Merged with JL Rovers to form Samurai Rovers, consequently promoted to next division and finished 4th Premier Division – Level 11/Step 7
2019 Aim to be promoted to the next division, season effected by the pandemic Middlesex County Premier Division – Level 11/Step 7
2020 Promotion to the next division Combined Counties Division 1 – Level 10/Step 6
2021 Stayed in the division Combined Counties Division 1 – Level 10/Step 6
2022 Aim for promotion scoring the 2nd most goals in the league and the best away defence, finishing 3rd and knocked out in the playoffs Combined Counties Division 1 – Level 10/Step 6
2023 Stayed in the division and reaching the trophy final Combined Counties Division 1 – Level 10/Step 6

Training Date & Time

Monday OFF OFF
Tuesday 20:00 – 22:00 First team practice
Wednesday 17:00 – 18:30 Reserve team practice
Thursday 19:30 – 21:30 First team practice
17:00 – 18:30 Under 18 practice
Friday OFF OFF
Saturday ~15:00 KO First team match
15:30 ~ 17:00 Adult Mini Football
Sunday Varied times Reserves team match