Southern Football League
Together with the Isthmian League and the Northern Premier League it forms levels seven and eight of the English football league system. The structure of the Southern League has changed several times since its formation in 1894, the Premier Division is at step 3 of the National League System, and is a feeder division, mainly to the National League South but also to the National League North. Feeding the Premier Division are two divisions, Division One South & West and Division One Central, which are at step 4 of the NLS. These divisions are in turn fed by various regional leagues, professional football developed more slowly in Southern England than in Northern England. Additionally, a league, the Southern Alliance was founded in 1892, with seven clubs from the region. Nonetheless, another attempt was made to form the Southern League, a competition for both professional and amateur clubs was founded in 1894 under the initiative of Millwall Athletic. Initially only one division was envisaged, but such was the enthusiasm, the sixteen founder members were, 2nd Scots Guards withdrew before the first season started and were replaced by Southampton St Marys. Woolwich Arsenal attempted to add their reserve side to the second division, the Southern League soon became the dominant competition below The Football League in Southern and Central England. By the turn of the century a few of the Southern League sides began to rival the Football League in the FA Cup, Two Southern League clubs, Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur reached the final of the FA Cup around the turn of the century. Tottenham Hotspur are the club from below the 2nd level of English football to have won the FA Cup. The champions of the two leagues during this period met in the annual Charity Shield, in 1907, it accepted Bradford Park Avenue, a northern club, as a member, reflecting its senior position at the time. In 1920, virtually the top division of the Southern League was absorbed by the Football League to become that leagues new Third Division. A year later the Third Division was expanded and regionalised, the Third Division clubs from the previous season became the Third Division South, with the addition of the Third Division North. Of the original members, six – Gillingham, Luton Town, Millwall, Reading. For the next six decades, the Football League and Southern League would exchange a number of clubs as a result of the older leagues re-election process. From 1920 onward, the Southern Leagues status as a league was firmly established. In turn, the APL would eventually succeed in becoming a feeder to the Football League, the league lost more of its top clubs in 2004 when the Conference added two regional divisions below the existing National League, the Conference South and Conference North. The first sponsor of the Southern League was Beazer Homes who sponsored the league from 1987–96, the sponsors after Beazer Homes to the present day are, Dr Martens, British Gas, Zamaretto, Evo-Stik, Calor Gas, and Evo-Stik
Bostik is an international adhesives company. The company was created as Bostik Findley in 2001 after the merger of Bostik and Ato Findley, following the merger of their parent companies, Total Fina, in 2015 Bostik was sold to Arkema from Total for a reported €1.71 billion. The owner of the Bostik brand began as the Boston Blacking Company, founded in 1889 in Chelsea, in 1929 the company was bought by the United Shoe Machinery Company. The Bostik brand name was first registered in the USA in 1930, in 1950 the company became the B. B. Chemical Co. and then Bostik, Inc and it then merged with Emhart Manufacturing in 1975, and Emhart was purchased by Black & Decker Corporation in 1989. Black & Decker then sold the Bostik businesses to Total in 1990, Bostik, Inc. then merged with Ato Findley, Inc. to become Bostik Findley, Inc. in 2001. In 2004, Bostik Findley changed its name back to Bostik, on February 2,2015, Arkema announced its acquisition of Bostik. Early in its history, Boston Blacking acquired a number of subsidiaries, such as the Boston Blacking Company, Ltd. in Leicester. By 1940 this had become known as the B. B, chemical Co. and by 1966 as Bostik Ltd. On 9 December 2005, Bostik Ltd. in the UK acquired Laybond Group for $21million, Laybond Ltd employs 120 people on a site near Chester, manufacturing adhesives and coatings supplied to builders merchants and flooring and roofing distributors in the UK, Ireland and export markets. The product portfolio includes water and solvent-based adhesives, cementitious powders, grab adhesives, Laybond holds leading UK positions in the grab adhesives segment with the Gripfill brand and in the flooring and roofing segments with the Laybond brand. On 16 January 2006 Bostik Ltd. acquired Biscem, on 13 July 2006 Bostik Ltd acquired Sealocrete PLA. Sealocrete PLA employed 64 people and manufactures and sells adhesives and coatings for the builders merchants, Sealocrete PLAs product portfolio includes tiling adhesives, cementitious powders, paints, sealants and bitumen-based weatherproofing products. The majority of products are manufactured in the companys factory in Stafford. On 3 September 2006, the relocation of products to Bostiks own sites caused job losses at Laybond, the Biscem site was also shut down, moving all products to Bostik Leicester, as was the Sealocrete site as products moved to Bostik Stafford. Between 2006 and 2010 the Chester site was decommissioned, some staff were reassigned to other departments at Bostik Stafford. In July 2010, the Chester site was completely decommission and all remaining equipment was moved to Bostik Stafford, Bostik is among the four top adhesives and sealants producers in the world. Bostik employs over 5,000 workers in 50 countries and five continents, Bostik has well recognized name in industrial markets
Brackley Town F.C.
Brackley Town Football Club is a football club based in Brackley, Northamptonshire, England. They are currently members of the National League North and play at St. James Park, established in 1890, the club spent much of the pre-World War I era in the Oxfordshire Senior League. After the war they switched to the North Bucks & District League, however, they rejoined the North Bucks League in 1974. In 1977 the club joined Division One of the Hellenic League and they won the leagues Knock-Out Cup in 1982–83, after which they switched to Division One of the United Counties League in 1983. They went on to win the division at the first attempt, although Brackley finished third-from-bottom of the Premier Division in their first season, the 1995–96 season saw them end the season as runners-up. The following season the club were champions, earning promotion to Division One Midlands of the Southern League. After one season they were transferred to Division One South, but were relegated back to the Hellenic League at the end of the 1998–99 season, which saw them finish bottom of the division. In 2003–04 Brackley won the Hellenic League for a time, as well as the Supplementary Cup, and were promoted back to the Southern League. A third-place finish in 2005–06 saw them qualify for the promotion play-offs, however, after beating Marlow 2–1 in the semi-finals, they lost 3–2 to Hemel Hempstead Town in the final. The club were transferred to Division One Midlands for the following season, in 2008–09 they reached the first round of the FA Cup for the first time, losing 2–1 at Eastwood Town. After finishing fifth in 2009–10 the club qualified for the promotion play-offs again, the 2011–12 season saw Brackley win the Premier Division, earning promotion to the Conference North. They finished third in their first season in the division, in the subsequent promotion play-offs, they beat Altrincham 4–2 on aggregate in the semi-finals before losing 1–0 to FC Halifax Town in the final. The following season the club reached the first round of the FA Cup again, in the second round the club lost 3–2 at Macclesfield Town. Brackley reached the first round again in 2015–16, losing 4–1 to Newport County in a replay after a 2–2 draw in the first match, the 2016–17 FA Cup saw the club reach the second round after again beating Gillingham in a first-round replay. The clubs reserve team play under the name Brackley Town Saints and they joined Division One East of the league in 2014 under the name Brackley Town Development. After finishing as runners-up in their first season, they were promoted to the Premier Division, the club played at Manor Road from their establishment until 1968, when they moved to Buckingham Road, where player changed in the nearby Plough pub. In 1974 they moved to St. James Park on Churchill Way, floodlights were installed during the 1988–89 season. During their first spell in the Southern League a 300-seat stand was built on one touchline, the ground currently has a capacity of 3,500, of which 300 is seated and 1,500 covered
Oxford City F.C.
Oxford City Football Club is an English football club based in Marston, Oxford. They currently compete in the National League South, the tier of English football. The club were formed in 1882 and soon became the leading club in Oxfordshire, winning the FA Amateur Cup in 1906. In the latter half of the 20th century, the club went into decline, the club reached its lowest point in 1988 when they were evicted from their White House Ground by their landlords Brasenose College, who sold it off for housing. They returned to the Isthmian League in 1993 when they moved to their current ground. The club continued to climb through the divisions of that League during the 1990s and this rule change also means that Citys other FA Cup record – the six games needed before losing to Alvechurch in 1971–72 – will probably never be beaten. In 2005 the club were relegated back to the South Midlands League, in November 2006 Lyne resigned as manager to become the clubs Director of Football. He was succeeded by Justin Merritt as Player Manager with former Oxford United player Mike Ford as his assistant, Merritt subsequently stepped down in August 2009 and Ford took over as manager. On 3 May 2008, Oxford City were promoted from the Southern League Division One South, in their first season in the Premier Division they finished in 6th place, narrowly missing out on the playoffs. In 2011–12 Oxford City finished 2nd after narrowly missing out on the title and they won the playoff final against AFC Totton to gain promotion to Conference North for the first time in their history. The club enjoyed a successful first season in the Conference North, Mike Ford left the club shortly after the season ended. City are an FA Charter Standard Community Club and field more than 40 teams, with sides for men, women, boys, for 2015–16, they moved from Conference North to Conference South – the division was renamed National League South. Oxford City play their games at Marsh Lane, Marston, Oxford, Oxfordshire. Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality
Cirencester Town F.C.
Cirencester Town Football Club is a football club based in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, England. Affiliated to the Gloucestershire County FA, the club are members of the Southern League Premier Division. The club was established in October 1889 and they played in the Cheltenham League, winning the Division One title in 1927–28 and again in 1929–30. They joined the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League in 1935, but left after two season, returning to the Cheltenham League, they were Division One champions again in 1948–49, before winning back-to-back titles in 1954–55 and 1955–56. In 1957 they rejoined the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League, but left again after finishing second-from-bottom in 1960–61, however, they returned for the 1962–63 season. They left the league again at the end of the 1963–64 season, in 1968 Cirencester were founder members of the Gloucestershire County League, but after a single season in the new league they moved up to the Premier Division of the Hellenic League. They were relegated to Division One at the end of the 1971–72 season, the club returned to Division One after finishing bottom of the Premier Division in the 1977–78 season. The 1990–91 season saw the finish as Division One runners-up. They were Premier Division runners-up the following season, and won the league in 1995–96, the season also saw them win the Gloucestershire Senior Cup, beating Endsleigh 2–1 in the final. The division was renamed Division One West in 1999, and after finishing third in 2003–04 and they were relegated again at the end of the 2011–12 season after finishing bottom of the Premier Division, but returned to the division after winning Division One South & West in 2013–14. They won the Gloucestershire Senior Cup again in 2014–15, beating Shortwood United 2–0 in the final, in their debut season, the reserves won the division. In 2011 the team moved out of the reserves into Division One West, however, they withdrew at the end of the season and were replaced with a development team in Division Two West. In 2013–14 the team won Division Two West, and were promoted to Division One West, the club has played at the Corinium Stadium since moving from the Smithfield ground in 2002. The ground has also used by Gloucester City and Wootton Bassett Town. It has a capacity of 4,500, of which 550 is seated and 1,250 covered, note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. C, players Cirencester Town F. C. managers Official website
Evesham United F.C.
Evesham United Football Club are an English football club based in Evesham, Worcestershire. They reached the First Round Proper of the FA Cup for the first time in the 2008–09 season, in 2005, they entered the Southern League Premier Division for the first time in their history but were relegated after just one season. They are affiliated to the Worcestershire County Football Association, Evesham United FC was founded shortly after World War II by returning servicemen, replacing the towns earlier club Evesham Town, who had reached the FA Amateur Cup final in 1923. The new club started life in the Worcester League before switching to the Worcestershire Combination in 1951, after a second title win in 1955 they switched to the Birmingham & District League where they were coached by former Coventry City captain Charlie Timmins during the 1960–61 season. During this time they claimed three league titles, after the last of which they stepped up to the Southern League. In the 2004–05 season former Coventry City player David Busst led them to promotion to the Premier Division, in 2008 the club reached the FA Cup first round for the very first time. They eventually lost 2–0 away to Torquay United, earlier in the competition they defeated Rushden and Diamonds of the Conference 2–0 with a brace from Danny Scheppel. The club initially played at Crown Meadow but in 1969 moved to Common Road, in 2006 they sold this ground off for housing and ground-shared with Worcester City while a new purpose-built stadium was constructed on the outskirts of the town. In March 2011 the new ground was completed, but due to safety, therefore, the club continued to play at St Georges Lane for the 2011-12 season. On 7 July 2012 the clubs new ground was opened by former Manchester United and Aston Villa manager Ron Atkinson. The first match played there took place between a Manchester United Legends side and Evesham United Old Boys, 1991–92 Midland Combination Division One Winners. 1953–54, 1987–88, 1991–92 Worcestershire Senior Urn Winners, 1976–77, 1977–78 Worcestershire Senior Cup Winners. General Evesham United at the Football Club History Database Specific Official website
Swindon Supermarine F.C.
Swindon Supermarine Football Club are a semi-professional football club based in Swindon, Wiltshire, that plays in the Southern League Division One South & West. The club is affiliated to the Wiltshire Football Association, the club plays at the Webbs wood stadium situated close to the Honda Plant in Swindon. The club was established in 1992 as a merger between two clubs in the Hellenic Football League, Supermarine F. C. and Swindon Athletic F. C. So the two decided to merge and took Swindon Athletics place in the Hellenic League Premier Division. Supermarine F. C. was originally set up in 1946 from the Social club associated with the Supermarine aircraft company, the club was originally called Vickers Armstrong and then shortened to Vickers FC. The club during their time in the division also won the Wiltshire Senior Cup in the 1985–86 season. After being relegated from the Premier Division the club struggled in Division One and at the end of the 1991–92 season, Swindon Athletic F. C. were established in 1968 and were originally called Penhill, until 1989. Like Supermarine they were members of the Wiltshire Football League in 1976. That season saw the club promoted and become Wiltshire Junior Cup winners, the next season saw them become Senior Division 2 champions and went on to Become Senior Division 1 champions in the 1982–83 and 1983–84 campaigns. At the end of the 1984–85 competition they were promoted to the Hellenic Football League Division one and they then remained in the Premier Division of the Hellenic league. During the 1980s the club also had some cup success, winning the Wiltshire Senior Cup three times and finishing runners-up twice, in 1997–98 the new club won the Hellenic League championship, but were not promoted due to ground requirements. The championship was won for the time in 2000–01 and this time they were accepted into the Southern League. In 2006–07 they again reached the promotion play-offs, where this time they were successful after beating Burnham in the semi-final and this earned them a place in the Southern League Premier Division. That season also produced the clubs last trophy win to date, at the end of the 2009–10 season, the club announced that it was facing a financial shortfall of £50,000, which would affect its immediate position in the Southern League. Part of the sponsorship drive included the ground sponsorship which was taken up by local company H J Webb & Son, the 2010-11 season saw them narrowly miss a lucrative FA Cup third round tie, though this was still the clubs best ever cup run. Season 2011–12 kicked off with Horgan and Robinson now as permanent managers, in May 2012 the management team stepped down and Highworth Town manager Dave Webb was offered and accepted the managers position. At the start of the 2001–02 season, the club was to no longer wear the traditional blue, the badge was adjusted slightly in the next decade in a shape. The merger between the two Hellenic League clubs saw the new club adopt a new hooped blue and white Umbro kit, after three years of the clubs existence Wemyss Lodge took over as sponsor, and remained a part of the hooped shirt until 2001
Bedford Town F.C.
Bedford Town Football Club is a football club based in the Borough of Bedford, England. The club are members of the Southern League Division One Central and play at the Eyrie in Cardington. They are full members of the Football Association and affiliated to the Bedfordshire County Football Association, a Bedford Town Football Club was in existence by 1884, although it changed its name to Bedford Association in 1887. As there were no leagues at the time, the club played matches in cups, including the Kettering Charity Cup. The name Bedford Town reappeared in 1894 when Swifts, a club founded in 1890, were renamed and they absorbed Bedford Rovers in 1896, and although local leagues had been formed, the club continued to play only cup matches and friendlies. However, the club disappeared around the turn of the century, on 31 July 1908 a new Bedford Town was formed at the Association Rooms on Harpur Street. They joined Division One of the Northamptonshire League, finishing bottom of the table in their first two seasons, but avoiding relegation to Division Two. They went on to finish as runners-up for three seasons between 1911–12 and 1913–14 before the league closed down due to World War I. They also won the Northamptonshire Senior Cup in 1912–13, after the war the club continued in the league, finishing as Division One runners-up in 1929–30 before winning the title in 1930–31. The following season saw them finish in place again, after which they won back-to-back titles in 1932–33. The league was renamed the United Counties League, with Bedford finishing as runners-up in 1934–35 and reaching the first round of the FA Cup for the first time. They finished as runners-up again in 1936–37, remaining in the league until World War II, in 1945 Bedford joined the Southern League. They reached the first round of the FA Cup several times in the early 1950s, losing 2–0 at Swindon Town in 1951–52, 4–0 at Weymouth in 1953–54 and 2–0 at Dorchester Town in 1954–55. In 1955 they applied for election to the Football League after finishing eighteenth in the Southern League, the 1955–56 season saw them reach the first round of the FA Cup again, and for the first time they progressed to the next round after beating Leyton 3–0. The second round saw them defeat Football League opposition for the first time as they won 3–2 against Watford, the first match at Highbury ended 2–2, with Arsenal winning the replay 2–1. They applied for election to the Football League again following a third-place finish in the Southern League, in the following season the club again beat Football League opposition in the FA Cup, defeating Norwich City 4–2 at Carrow Road before losing 1–0 at Reading. They finished as runners-up in both 1956–57 and 1957–58, again applying unsuccessfully for Football League membership, although they received one vote in 1957, despite winning their division, they failed to receive a single vote in the 1959 Football League elections. The following season saw further league re-organisation, with Bedford placed in the new Premier Division, however, the mid-1960s was an extremely successful period for the club in the cup, in 1962–63 they reached the second round where they were again beaten by Gillingham
St Albans City F.C.
St Albans City Football Club is a football club based in St Albans, Hertfordshire, England. It was founded in 1908 and plays its matches at Clarence Park. The club is in the National League South, citys most famous match was on 22 November 1922 in a fourth round qualifying FA Cup match. Having been held by Dulwich Hamlet to a 1–1 draw at Clarence Park on 18 November, citys New Zealand-born goalkeeper W. Tennant did not appear, his place taken by Alf Fearn who was usually a half-back with the reserves. Dulwich put eight goals past him, the goal coming in near darkness at the end of extra time. What put the game in the books was that City scored seven times. His feat remains the highest tally by a player on the side of an FA Cup tie. Founded in April 1908, the period in the history of St Albans City Football Club came during the 1920s. In February 2002, with the club having made one visit to the High Court in London. Since that time the Saints have existed very successfully within their financial means although the rise into the Nationwide Conference has been far from smooth, midway through the following campaign City were rooted to the foot of the table and facing an immediate return to the Isthmian League. Football had been played at the Saints Clarence Park home for 14 years prior to the formation of the present day club. The original St Albans, which played home matches at three other venues within the old Roman stronghold, met its demise in 1904 having come into existence back in 1881. After a four-year lapse a senior club bearing the name of the city again in 1908 and during its formative years competed in the Herts County. A move to the Athenian League heralded the start of the Saints halcyon days as that championship was won twice in three years paving the way for election to the Isthmian League. St Albans City won the Isthmian at the first attempt and followed it with two further successes before the decade was out, City remained in the Isthmian League until 2003 but never again did the title return to Clarence Park. When an extra Division was added in 1973 St Albans, along with Corinthian Casuals, had the honour of being the first club to be relegated within the Isthmian League. When a second relegation followed 12 years later the club turned to its former player John Mitchell, whose semi-final goals took Fulham to the 1975 FA Cup final, Mitchell duly obliged with two promotions in three years. In 1998 the diseased tree was felled, along with the Saints five championship successes in eight years during the 1920s the club also enjoyed its greatest days in the Amateur Cup
Barwell Football Club is a football club based in Barwell, near Hinckley in Leicestershire. They are currently members of the Northern Premier League Premier Division, in 1994 Barwell were founder members of the Midland Alliance, and went on to win the League Cup in 2005–06, beating Leamington 3–1 in the final. After finishing as runners-up in 2008–09, they won the league the following season and their first season in the division saw them win the title, earning promotion to step three of the National League System. Instead of playing in the Northern Premier Leagues Premier Division, the club were moved to the Premier Division of the Southern League, however, two seasons later, they were transferred back to the Northern Premier League. In 2015–16 the club reached the first round of the FA Cup for the first time, the club play at Kirkby Road in Barwell. The sports complex also incorporates bowling facilities and a cricket pitch, floodlights were installed prior to the 1992–93 season, and a number of seats were obtained from the old main stand at Leicester Citys Filbert Street ground. A new covered stand to accommodate five hundred spectators was built prior to the 1996–97 season, towards the end of the 2000–01 season, a new 256 seater cantilever stand was erected, and the club have made further improvements to allow them to progress up the pyramid. The ground currently has a capacity of 2,500, of which 256 is seated and 750 covered. C, players Barwell F. C. managers Official website
Weymouth Football Club is an English football club based in the town of Weymouth, who currently play in the Southern League Premier Division. The club is affiliated to the Dorset County Football Association and is a FA chartered Standard club, Weymouth Football Club were founded in 1890 and played their first game on 24 September of that year. Nicknamed The Terras due to their terracotta strip, the won the Dorset Junior Cup for the first three seasons, becoming a senior club as the team rose in stature. Founder members of the Dorset League, Weymouth joined the Western League in 1907–08, the club embraced full-time professionalism in 1923 after winning the Western League, joining the Southern League in the process. By 1928–29, with debts mounting, the club withdrew from the Southern League to become once again. They climbed back up the table and reached the Premier League and then folded for five years, the Second World War saw an end to football in Weymouth as the Recreation Ground was requisitioned for the War effort in 1939. The club reformed in 1947 on a basis, and soon achieved promotion back into the Southern League. The club suffered a tragedy on 28 February 1967 when player Dick Keith was killed in a building site accident at the age of 33. Keith had previously played in the Football League for Newcastle United and Bournemouth, Weymouth have enjoyed considerable FA Cup success since first entering in 1893–94. They first reached the stages in 1905–06 when they were thrashed 12–1 by Gainsborough Trinity. In 1949 they lost 4–0 at Maine Road to Manchester United in the Third round, in 2005, the team held former European Champions Nottingham Forest to a 1–1 draw at the City Ground, before losing 2–0 in the replay. In the 2006–07 FA Cup, Weymouth held Bury to a 2–2 draw at home, on 21 October 1987, Manchester United came to play against Weymouth on the night of the stadium unveiling by Ron Greenwood. Weymouth won 1–0 against Manchester United which included such as Remi Moses. Peter Conning scored the goal for the Terras, within a season they had turned the club around from relegation fodder to just missing out on promotion to the Conference. Gates also increased from around 500 to 1,200, Harrison sacked Claridge within a month. When the team dropped down the league, Johnson was sacked by Harrison in March 2005 with Garry Hill taking over. The club won promotion to the Conference in May 2006 but at a heavy price with large loans from Harrison to meet soaring wage bills of around £20,000 a week. At the clubs 2005 AGM, Harrison confirmed plans, pending local authority approval, to re-develop the Wessex Stadium and this now looks very unlikely with local planners opposed to such a deal
Totton is a football club based in Totton, Hampshire, England. The club is affiliated to the Hampshire Football Association and is an FA Standard Chartered club and they are currently members of the Southern League Division One South & West. The club was formed in 1886 and originally known as Totton Football Club and they then became a founding members of the Hampshire F. A. when it was inaugurated the following year. In 1904 they became members of the New Forest League. After the First World War they entered the Southampton Senior League, for the 1920–21 campaign they joined the Divisional Section of the Hampshire League. In 1922–23 they played in both the East and West sections, after which they remained in the West Section, winning it in 1924–25, League reorganisation saw Totton playing in the Divisional Section in 1928–29, with the club finishing as runners-up. Further reorganisation saw them placed in Division Two for the following season and they went on to win Division Two in 1930–31, earning promotion to Division One. On 30 December 1933 the club moved their ground to Testwood Park. Despite finishing bottom of Division One in 1934–35, they were not relegated to Division Two, in 1952–53 the club was relegated to Division Two after finishing bottom of Division One, but were promoted back to the top division in 1959–60 despite only finishing fourth. In 1975 the club amalgamated with Totton Athletic, the club were promoted to Division One when they finished as runners up in Division Two in the 1979–80 season. The following season saw the club make their debut in the FA Cup, the club went on to win the Hampshire league again in the 1984–85 season, and followed this up the following season with their fourth runner up spot. Totton became one of the members of the Wessex League for the 1986–87 season. Although the league title eluded the club for years, they still performed well in cup competitions. The next twenty seasons saw the club maintain their status in the Wessex league top division, during time they won the Wessex League Cup twice in the 1989–90, 2002–03. The club also finished as runners-up to Southern League Bashley in the Russell Côtes Cup in 1990–91, the 2006–07 campaign saw the club finish runners up just behind Gosport Borough on goal difference. The main highlight of the season though, was their run in the F. A. Vase, in front of a record crowd of 27,754 for a Vase final, the team had to settle for runners-up after losing to Truro City 3–1. The following season saw the seal its first ever Wessex League Championship. The championship win also enabled promotion to the Southern League, again in the following season the club, after finishing as runners-up, were in the play-offs this time losing to Cirencester Town in the semi-final
Arlesey Town F.C.
Arlesey Town Football Club is a football club based in Arlesey, Bedfordshire, England. They are currently members of the Central Division of the Southern League Division One Central, the club is affiliated to the Bedfordshire County Football Association. The club was formed in 1891 and they initially played in the Biggleswade & District League, before joining the Bedfordshire County League in 1922. They left the league in 1926, but returned for a season in 1927. They subsequently played in the Parthenon League for four seasons, before joining the London League in 1958, after leaving the London League in 1960, the club became a member of Division One of the South Midlands League in 1961. In 1982–83 the club moved to the United Counties League, winning the Premier Division in 1984–85, rising costs forced Arlesey to resign from the United Counties Football League, moving back to the Premier Division of the South Midlands League in 1991–92. The 1994–95 season saw the win the Premier Division with a record 107 points. In 1999–2000 they won the Premier Division, earning promoted to Division Three of the Isthmian League, in 2006 the club were moved transferred to Division One North of the Isthmian League, before being transferred back to the Midland Division of the Southern League in 2008. In 2010–11 the club won Division One Central of the Southern League, in 2011–12 the club reached the first round proper of the FA Cup for the first time, where they lost 3–1 at Salisbury City. They repeated the feat the following season, losing 3–0 to Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena, after four years in the Premier Division, Arlesey Town were relegated at the end of the 2014–15 season, finishing in 22nd place. Arlesey Town play their games at Hitchin Road. The ground has a capacity of 2,920, of which 150 is seated and 600 covered. C, players Arlesey Town F. C. managers Club website Arlesey Town F. C. on Twitter
Frome Town F.C.
Frome Town Football Club is an English football club based in Frome, a town in the county of Somerset. They play in the Southern Football League Premier Division, the clubs nickname is the Robins and they play in a predominantly red kit. After the league successes the club made its debut in the FA cup in the 1911–12 season reaching the fifth qualifying round before losing 4–1 to Southport Central. The club then joined the Western league in the 1919–20 season starting in Division two, where won the division at their first attempt. However they did not gain promotion and stayed in the league for a two seasons before leaving, only to return to Division two for another three seasons at the beginning of the 1924–25 season. The club returned to the Western league in the 1931–32 season and stayed there for eight seasons, during this time the Club had success in the Somerset Senior FA Cup, winning it in the 1932–22 and 1933–34 seasons. The club also played its first FA cup game for 35 years in the same season. The 1953–54 season, saw the club reach the First round of the FA cup where they were defeated by Football League side Leyton Orient in front of a crowd of 8,000. The same season saw the club gain promotion to Division one. The club however was relegated back to Division two four seasons later and left the Western league, at the end of their first season back in Division two to join the Wiltshire League. The club once again joined the Western league in the 1963–64 season, the club spent the next 32 seasons in the top division during which time they went on to become champions once during the 1978–79 season. At the end of the 1995–96 season the club was relegated to Division One, at the end of the 1999–00 season the club finished bottom of Division one but were spared relegation as the league was restructured that season. Two seasons later at the end of the 2001–02 campaign the club were Division One champions, in the 2003–04 campaign the club gained media attention when they asked local white witch Titania Hardie, to help improve their home form as they struggled at Badgers Hill. The witch blamed the Decor of the rooms, and once the club changed them the team won eight of their nine remaining home games. The club also achieved cup success that season when they beat Paulton Rovers 3–1 to win the Somerset Premier Cup. In their second season in Division One South and West the club gained promotion to the Premier Division when they beat Sholing 1–0 in the play-off final, the club has since remained in the Premier Division of the Southern Football League. Frome Town play their games at the Special Effect Stadium, Berkley Road, Frome, in 2012 the club added a new 250 seater stand to Badgers Hill, so that their ground would meet the requirements set out for the Southern Football League Premier Division. Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality
Hitchin Town F.C.
Hitchin Town Football Club is an English semi-professional football club based in Hitchin, Hertfordshire. They will compete in the Southern Football Leagues Premier Division for the 2016–17 season and their most recent league honour has been the Southern League Division One Central, finishing play-off winners in 2010–11, their second season in the competition. The original Hitchin club, Hitchin F. C. were formed in 1865, the club took part in the inaugural FA Cup competition in 1871–72, reaching the quarter-finals before losing to runners-up Royal Engineers. In 1905, Hitchin defeated Chelsea 3–2 to become the first away team to win at Stamford Bridge, Hitchin turned professional during the early years of the 20th century, but following financial difficulties and a fire at their ground, the club folded in 1911. Hitchin Town F. C. were formed in 1928, the club colours were settled as yellow and blue, replacing the old clubs white and magenta — green replaced blue after only a few seasons. The new club were admitted to the Spartan League, and their first season, 1928–29, was a success — Hitchin won the Herts Charity Shield, promotion to the top flight of the Spartan League was won in 1930–31 and Hitchin won the AFA Senior Cup a year later. Reg Smith, a future England player, led Hitchin to the Spartan League championship in 1934–35 before moving on to Millwall a year later. The club moved from the Spartan League to the Athenian League for the 1939–40 season, the Athenian League returned for 1945–46, and Hitchin finished 10th out of 14 clubs. The next season saw an improvement to sixth, but Hitchin did not achieve a higher than mid-table until the 1953–54 campaign — Hitchin finished as runners-up. The club reached the quarter-finals of the FA Amateur Cup, two years later, Hitchin beat Wycombe Wanderers 1–0 in the same competition in front of 7,878 spectators, but the club once again failed to progress beyond the quarter-finals. Peter Hammond became the first Hitchin player to represent his country in 1958, former Arsenal player and England international Laurie Scott was appointed manager the same year. Scott worked to bring the club more into line with their professional counterparts. The club met Football League opposition in the FA Cup for the first time during 1958–59, Hitchin travelled to Crystal Palace two years later in the same competition and lost 6–2. Meanwhile, Scott prepared his team for an assault on the Athenian League title, scotts team finished fifth during 1960–61, and lost in the semi-finals of the Cup. Hitchin came sixth the year, and 1962–63 saw another fifth-place finish. The move to the Isthmian League coincided with a time of financial strife at the club, the club finished in the bottom half of the division during their first five seasons in the league, as the club struggled to attract players of a sufficient quality. The club were not helped by corruption behind the scenes — some supposedly amateur players were receiving salaries, and when this emerged and it took some time for the clouds to disperse, and the result was the departure of Scott. The late 1960s saw the arrival of Vince Burgess as manager, led by Burgess, Hitchin finished as Isthmian League runners-up in 1968–69 and won the London Senior Cup a year later
Redditch United F.C.
Redditch United Football Club is an English football club based in Redditch, Worcestershire. The club participates in the Southern League Premier Division, and play their games at The TRICO Stadium. Redditch Town were established in 1891 and immediately joined the Birmingham Combination, the club achieved its first success by winning the Worcestershire Senior Cup in 1894 and becoming runners-up in 1898. In 1914 they won the Birmingham Combination Championship for the first time and, finally, the 1930s were a much more rewarding period for the club and its supporters, starting by winning the Worcestershire Senior Cup and the Birmingham Senior Cup in successive seasons. Reds almost achieved a double in 1932–33 when, having won the Combination. Apart from an appearance in the Birmingham Senior Cup final just before the World War. In 1953 Redditch regained the Combination Championship and were runners-up in the Worcestershire Senior Cup and this Championship success was repeated in 1955. In 1957 they were runners-up in the Birmingham Senior Cup, in 1971–72 the club reached the first round of the FA Cup for the first time, losing 6–0 in the replay at Peterborough United after a 1–1 draw at home in front of a crowd of 4,500. At the end of the season they finished sixth in the West Midlands League Premier Division and they won the Worcestershire Senior Cup in 1974 and 1975. The following season they won Division One North and were promoted to the Premier Division, in 1978–79 they finished eighth in the league, and became founder members of the Alliance Premier League. However, they finished bottom in its first season, and dropped into the Southern Leagues Midland Division, after finishing as runners-up in 1985–86, the club were promoted to the Premier Division, where they remained until relegation in 1989. The following season, they reached the first round of the FA Cup, at the end of the season they beat Northwich Victoria 4–3 over the two-legged final of the Staffordshire Senior Cup. In 1997–98 the Reds reached two cup finals, the Southern League Cup and the Birmingham Senior Cup, both were lost, and the cup run caused a large fixture backlog that resulted in the club having to play nine matches in nine days at the end of the season. In 2003–04 the club won the Southern League Western Division, due to league reorganisation caused by the establishment of the Conference North and South, the club entered play-offs to be promoted to the new leagues. After beating Kings Lynn 1–0 and Merthyr Tydfil 3–0, the club were promoted to the Conference North, after a ninth-place finish in 2004–05, Redditch struggled in 2005–06, only avoiding relegation on the final day of the season. After a very difficult 2010–11 campaign in the Conference North, Redditch were relegated to the Southern League Premier Division where they remain currently, on 17 March 2011, businessman Chris Swan took over the club, after a previous attempt to purchase Kidderminster Harriers fell through. This is 5 recent Redditch United seasons for a full history look List of Redditch United F. C. seasons Note, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Players with international caps in bold See Redditch United F. C
National League North
The National League North, formerly Conference North, is a division of the National League in England, taking its place immediately below the top division National League. Along with the National League South, it is at Step 2 of the National League System and it consists of teams located in Northern England, Norfolk, the English Midlands and North Wales. From the start of the 2015–16 season, the league has been known as the National League North, as part of a sponsorship deal with Vanarama, the National League North is now known as the Vanarama National League North. The Conference North was introduced in 2004 as part of a restructuring of English non-League football. The champions are promoted to the National League. A second promotion place goes to the winners of play-offs involving the teams finishing in second to fifth place, the three bottom clubs are relegated to Step 3 leagues. Teams from this division, as well as from the National League South, for sponsorship reasons, the division was known as the Nationwide North from its formation in 2004 until 2007, when it was renamed the Blue Square North. In 2010 it was renamed the Blue Square Bet North, when Blue Square sponsorship ended in 2013, it was renamed the Skrill North until the 2014–15 season, when it was renamed the Vanarama North. A further name change followed in 2015, when the division was renamed the Vanarama National League North
Chesham United F.C.
Chesham United Football Club is a football club in Chesham, Buckinghamshire, England. Nicknamed the Generals, they are members of the Southern League Premier Division. The club was established in 1917 by a merger of Chesham Town, the new club joined the Spartan League in 1919, which the Generals had been members of prior to World War I. They won back-to-back league titles in 1921–22 and 1922–23, and were again in 1924–25. League reorganisation in 1928 saw them placed in Division One West, however, the following season saw them placed in the Premier Division after further reorganisation, and they were league runners-up in 1929–30, before going on to win the league in 1932–33. During World War II they played in the Great Western Combination, when the league resumed after the war, Chesham were placed in the Western Division of the Spartan League for the 1945–46 season. The league was reduced to a division for the 1946–47 season. In 1966–67 the club reached the first round of the FA Cup for the first time, the following season saw them reach the final of the FA Amateur Cup, losing 1–0 to Leytonstone at Wembley Stadium. Another FA Cup first round appearance in 1968–69 ended with a 5–0 defeat at Colchester United, in 1973 Chesham switched to Division Two of the Isthmian League, which was renamed Division One in 1977. They reached the FA Cup first round again in 1976–77, losing 2–0 at Brentford, a fifth appearance in the first round in 1982–83 resulted in a 1–0 defeat by Yeovil Town. The club were relegated to Division Two North at the end of the 1985–86 season, the 1990–91 season saw Chesham win Division One, earning promotion to the Premier Division. They went on to win the Premier Division in 1992–93, but were denied promotion to the Football Conference due to their failing to meet the necessary criteria. The club were relegated back to Division One at the end of the 1994–95 season, although they did reach the FA Cup first round. However, they returned to the Premier Division after winning Division One in 1996–97, Chesham finished bottom of the Southern League Premier Division in 2005–06, resulting in relegation to Division One South & West. After one season in the division they were transferred to Division One Midlands, a fifth-place finish in 2008–09 saw them qualify for the promotion play-offs, in which they lost 2–1 to Nuneaton Town in the semi-finals. The club went on to qualify for the Premier Division promotion play-offs in 2011–12, the following season resulted in another play-off qualification, this time losing 2–0 to Hemel Hempstead Town in the semi-finals. The following season saw them reach the first round of the FA Cup for the first time since 1994, in 2016–17, another first round appearance resulted in a 2–1 defeat at Peterborough United. As of 19 November 2016 Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality
Cambridge City F.C.
Cambridge City Football Club is an English football club based in Cambridgeshire, currently playing in the Southern League Premier Division. Formed in 1908, as Cambridge Town, the club have spent their whole history as a club, and have operated as amateur, professional. The club does not own its own ground and currently plays its games at Westwood Road in St Ives. For most of their history, between 1922 and 2013, they played in Cambridge at the City Ground and their home colours are white and black, leading to the clubs nickname of The Lilywhites. The club was founded in 1908 as Cambridge Town F. C. as Cambridge had not been granted city status at that point, the club competed in the Southern Amateur League, developing a fierce rivalry with Ipswich Town that was evident both on and off the pitch. In 1936 the club were invited to apply to the Football League, however, City declined in order that the club should uphold its amateur nature, though Ipswich took up the offer and were elected in 1938. Cambridge was formally granted city status in 1951, both Cambridge Town and their neighbours Abbey United applied to change their name to Cambridge City. The club went on to make five applications to join the Football League between 1959 and 1974, all of which were unsuccessful and they were Southern League Champions in 1962–63 and stayed in the Leagues top division until 1968, when they were relegated and turned semi-professional. They were promoted back to the Premier Division after finishing in the Division One runners-up spot in 1969–70, 1975–76 saw the second relegation in the clubs history, into the Southern Leagues Division One North. They remained here until 1979–80, when a re-organisation of the structure, in order to become a feeder to the newly formed Football Conference. The then board announced that it was to scrap the first team and this prompted the formation of a supporters trust, who within weeks had taken over the running of the club. Though the original deal was not overturned, in May 2008 City were demoted from the Conference South, after their ground failed an FA inspection, to the Southern League Premier Division for the 2008–09 season. Cambridge City have traditionally played in shirts, leading to the club being nicknamed The Lilywhites, they currently play in white shirts, black shorts. Their current away strip is sky blue shirts, sky blue shorts, the clubs badge is a simplified version of the crest of the city of Cambridge, featuring a fortified bridge over a river. The City Ground, was Cambridge Citys home ground from 29 April 1922 until 27 April 2013 and it is located in the Chesterton area of the city, approximately 0.62 miles north of the city centre. In the mid 80s, part of the land the original ground stood on was sold for redevelopment, the capacity of the second ground was approximately 3,000 with 700 seats. The club was in a dispute with their landlords over the ground. The High Court ruled that the club had been misrepresented
Stourbridge Football Club is an English association football club based in the town of Stourbridge, West Midlands. The club currently plays in the Northern Premier League Premier Division, the club was founded in 1876 and was originally known as Stourbridge Standard. The 1923–24 season was one of the best in the history, as they clinched the Birmingham League championship. The club returned to the Birmingham League in 1954 on the disbanding of the Birmingham Combination and were runners-up in 1955–56. The Birmingham Senior Cup was won for a time in 1958–59. Twin strikers Ray Haywood and Chic Bates each notched 50 goals that season and were transferred to Shrewsbury Town, where Bates served 13 years as both player and manager. Another highlight in 1973–74 was a run in the Welsh Cup. A record crowd of 5,726 saw the Glassboys lose the home leg 1–0, Stourbridge were one of the first English semi-professional clubs to tour the South East of the USA in the early Eighties. In 2000 a new owner came to the club, and swiftly appointed Mark Serrell as chairman, along with FA Qualified coach and ex-Birmingham City player Mark Harrison as manager. Despite an influx of new players, continued poor results meant Stourbridges 29-year spell at Southern League level ended with defeat in the last game of the season at Hinckley United in May 2000. With many players moving on, the new management team had to rebuild the side from scratch, the following season saw a memorable run in the FA Vase, culminating in a quarter-final defeat at A. F. C. Sudbury in the quarter-final before finally succumbing to a 4–1 defeat after extra time, in May 2005 Hackett took sole charge of the team after Ford decided to step down due to work and family commitments. After a poor start, a run of 14 league games unbeaten was enough to clinch a runners-up spot and with it promotion back to the Southern League. Victories over Burton Albion and Moor Green also saw the team reach the Birmingham Senior Cup Final for the first time in 30 years, Stourbridges first season back in the Southern League Midlands Division in 2006–07 saw them finish in seventh place. The 2007–08 season saw Stourbridge seal a third-place finish in the Midlands Division to reach the play-offs, however Stourbridge once again suffered heartbreak in the final as Hednesford Town defeated the Glassboys 2–0 at Burton Albions Pirelli Stadium. In the 2009–10 season, Stourbridge reached the FA Cup first round for the first time in their 133-year history and were drawn at home to Walsall, the game ended in a 1–0 defeat for Stourbridge in front of 2,014 fans. In the 2011–12 season, the club won their way through four qualifying rounds to reach the first round of the FA Cup. They were drawn away to League Two side Plymouth Argyle where they drew 3–3 at Home Park to earn themselves a replay, the replay at the War Memorial Ground was chosen for live coverage by ESPN, netting the club over £33,000
Leamington Football Club is a football club in Whitnash, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, England, who are currently playing in the Southern Football League. The club was founded in 1933 as Leamington Borg & Beck, known as Lockheed Borg & Beck, the team soon became Lockheed Leamington, and then in 1973, as the works team for Automotive Products. In 1985 the club returned to their name, but within three years the ground had been sold and the club went into hiatus until re-emerging in 2000. With the club at its pinnacle, Automotive Products decided to sell the Windmill Ground in Tachbrook Road for housing. The last match was played in April 1988, three years later Leamington gained promotion to the Midland Alliance. At the start of the 2008–09 season the team became affiliated with Leamington Lions, the ladies team. The 2012/13 season saw the win the Southern Football League title. The 2014/15 season saw the club get relegated from the Conference North to the Southern Football League, famous ex-players include former Coventry City captain Charlie Timmins, George Green, who won the 1925 FA Cup Final with Sheffield United and Harry Redknapp. Leamington FCs colours are gold shirts, black shorts and yellow stockings, the Leamington FC badge shows a windmill and a football. The windmill image has been associated with the club for a long time, the away kit for 2015–16 is royal blue with a yellow stripe down the arms and around the collar. Home to Leamington Town, Lockheed Leamington, AP Leamington and Leamington FC the Windmill Ground was situated on the Tachbrook Road, in 1937 Leamington Town fell foul to money matters, the club was voluntarily wound up, and the Windmill Ground was sold to Coventry City. Coventry paid £1,739 6s and 8d for the ground which was to be used for their A team, during the 2nd World War the ground also hosted Forces matches and Birmingham City matches. Lockheed, the company situated opposite the Windmill Ground, saw their social club form a club in 1946 called Lockheed Leamington and it was after this time that the ground saw most of its development work – stands, terracing, etc. The floodlights were installed in 1965, by its demise it boasted a 440-seater stand running half the length of the Tachbrook Road side. At the left side were the changing rooms. To the right, and extending behind the goal, was terracing. The terracing gradually faded into a gently sloping gravel bank that continued round the other 2 sides of the pitch, the north end was covered, as was a very small section of the embankment opposite the stand. The stated capacity of the ground was 5,000 – with cover for 1,600 spectators, the clubhouse sat behind the stand, up towards the northern end of the ground
Chippenham Town F.C.
Chippenham Town Football Club is a football club based in Chippenham, Wiltshire, England. They are currently members of the Southern League Premier Division and play at Hardenhuish Park, the club was established in 1873. They joined the new Wiltshire League in 1901, and finished joint top of the table with Warminster Town and they joined Division Two of the Western League in 1904, but also continued to play in the Wiltshire League. The 1904–05 season saw them bottom of the Western League. At the end of the 1905–06 season the club withdrew from the Western League and they were runners-up again in 1912–13, 1921–22 and 1922–23, before winning the league in 1928–29. In 1930 Chippenham rejoined Division Two of the Western League, the league was reduced to a single division in 1939, and the club were runners-up when the league resumed in the 1945–46 season. The 1951–52 season saw them win the Western League for the first time and they were Western League runners-up again in 1954–55. However, they left the Western League at the end of the 1964–65 season, in 1968 the club joined the Premier Division of the Hellenic League, where they played until rejoining the Western League in 1973. When the league gained a second division in 1976, the club were relegated to the new Division One and they were Division One champions in 1980–81, earning promotion to the Premier Division. In 1999–2000 the club reached the final of the FA Vase, after finishing as runners-up in 2000–01, Chippenham were promoted to Division One West of the Southern League. Their first season in the division saw them finish as runners-up, in 2004–05 they were Premier Division runners-up, qualifying for the promotion play-offs. However, after beating Bedford Town 5–4 on penalties following a 2–2 draw in the semi-finals, the following season saw them reach the first round of the FA Cup for a second time, eventually losing 1–0 at Worcester City in a replay. They also qualified for the promotion again after finishing fourth. Another fourth-place finish in 2007–08 led to another campaign, this time ending with a 2–1 defeat to Halesowen Town in the semi-finals. In 2009–10 the club finished third, and after beating Hednesford Town 2–0 in the play-off semi-finals, the club moved to Hardenhuish Park in 1919, having previously played at at least four other grounds. A main stand was erected and subsequently added to on several occasions, a new clubhouse was opened in 1979 and floodlights were installed in 1986. Covered standing is provided behind one goal and along the side of the pitch to the main stand. This was built in 1993, replacing an earlier stand that had been damaged by storms, the pitch at Hardenhuish Park has a noticeable slope, downwards towards the Bristol Road end
Bashley Football Club is a football club based in Bashley, near New Milton, Hampshire, England. It was established in 1947 and is currently a member of the Wessex League Premier Division, Bashley is a small village near New Milton and the team is based on Bashley Road. Their ground is known as Bashley Road, Bashley Football Club was founded in 1947 and joined the Bournemouth League in 1950, progressing through the ranks before leaving in 1983 to join Division Three of the Hampshire League. In the 1984–85 season the club gained promotion to Division two and in the season aftwerwards added more silverware by winning the Russell Cotes Cup. In 1986 they became members of the Wessex League and won the title for the first three years they took part, 1986–87, 1987–88 and 1988–89. In the 1987–88 season, Bashley came to prominence after a run to the FA Vase semi-finals. Bashley established themselves as a mid-table Southern Division side until the 1997–98 season when ex-European Cup winner Jimmy Case was appointed as manager, the 2001–02 season saw the clubs best ever FA Trophy run, ending in a fourth round defeat to Stevenage Borough. For the 2004–05 season the club moved to the Isthmian League Division One due to league re-structuring, but in 2006 they were moved again, this time to the Southern League. Bashley were promoted to the Southern League Premier Division at the end of the 2006–07 season, after notching up a record 102 points in the Southern League South and these are 5 recent Bashley seasons. Bashley play their games at Bashley Road, Bashley, New Milton BH25 5RY, note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality, players that have played/managed in the football league or any foreign equivalent to this level
Banbury United F.C.
Banbury United Football Club is a football club based in Banbury, Oxfordshire, England. They are currently members of the Premier Division of the Southern League, the club was established in 1931 as Spencer Sports Club, a works team of the Spencer Corsets factory. They initially played matches, with their first match against St Johns of the Oxfordshire Junior League played on 29 August 1931. In 1933 they joined the Banbury division of the Oxfordshire Junior League, later in the season they were renamed Banbury Spencer, and went on to win the league title in their first season. They then joined the Oxfordshire Senior League for the 1934–35 season, after winning the league at the first attempt, they were elected to the Birmingham Combination. After World War II the club turned professional, the 1947–48 season saw them finish as runners-up in the Combination and reach the first round of the FA Cup for the first time, where they lost 2–1 at Colchester United. The league was reduced to a division in 1960. The 1961–62 season had seen the club reach the FA Cup first round again, in 1965 the club was renamed Banbury United after a change in ownership, and at the end of the 1965–66 season they transferred to Division One of the Southern League. When Division One was split into two divisions in 1971, the club was placed in Division One North, in 1972–73 they reached the first round of the FA Cup for a third time, this time losing 2–0 at home to Barnet. The following season saw them repeat the feat, this time losing 3–2 at Northampton Town in a replay after a 0–0 draw at home, after winning the Premier Division in 1999–2000, Banbury were promoted to Division One East of the Southern League. An eighth-place finish in 2003–04 was enough to be promoted to the Premier Division after the creation of the Conference North and South led to clubs being moved up a division. The season also saw the win the Oxfordshire Senior Cup. They remained in the Premier Division until the end of the 2014–15 season, in August 2015, a supporter-led Community Benefit Society took formal control of the club. Their first season in Division One South and West saw them finish as runners-up, after beating Winchester City 1–0 in the semi-finals, they defeated Taunton Town 2–0 in the final to earn promotion back to the Premier Division. The club has played at the Spencer Stadium on Station Approach since the start of the 1934–35 season, when the club joined the Southern League in 1966, floodlights were installed and a new clubhouse was built to replace the railway carriages that the club had used for changing rooms. Financial problems led to the deteriorating, and the main stand was closed in 1985 before being demolished in 1990. A new stand was built on the touchline in the summer of 2000. Both ends of the ground had uncovered terracing installed, with the other touchline having terracing along half its length, the ground currently has a capacity of 6,500, of which 250 is seated and covered. C
Hemel Hempstead Town F.C.
Hemel Hempstead Town Football Club is an English semi-professional football club based in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire. They currently compete in the National League South, the tier of English football. The club is affiliated to the Hertfordshire Football Association, the club was formed in 1885 as Apsley End F. C. and first played in the West Herts League, before joining the Herts County League in 1899 and competed until 1922. The club joined the Spartan League in 1922 and competed until 1952 when they joined the Delphian League, in 1955 the name was changed once again to Hemel Hempstead Town F. C. In 1962, with the dissolution of the Delphian League, the joined the Athenian League in its new Division Two. They were promoted twice in consecutive seasons to reach the Premier Division, in 1972 the club merged with Hemel Hempstead United, with the merged club reverting to being called simply Hemel Hempstead. In 1977 the Tudors joined the Isthmian League, where they were to play for over 25 years. They found success hard to come by in this league, even dropping to Division Three for one season, but since the arrival of new chairman Dave Boggins in 1997 their fortunes improved slightly. In 1997–98 the club won the Isthmian League Division Three title, followed by the Division Two title in 1999–2000, hemels first season in the Southern Premier was a disappointing one, as they finished fourth from bottom and were relegated. A long campaign took its toll as Hemel lost 3–1 in the semi-final to Team Bath, Hemel made the playoffs again in the 2008–09 season, going through a succession of managers in the process. Another fifth-place finish saw them pitted against Farnborough in the semi-final, Hemel had a poor 2009–10 season, eventually finishing in 19th position. They were spared relegation by virtue of clubs from further up the pyramid being reprieved, demoted or ceasing to exist, during pre-season Colin Payne was appointed manager as they prepared for another season in the Southern League Premier Division. In September 2011, due to a start to the season. Tommy Widdrington then left the club in March 2012, replaced by former Aylesbury management duo Mark Eaton, after finishing 19th, Mark and Alan left the club and were replaced by Dean Brennan and Stuart Maynard. On May 25, the Football Associations proposed constitution for the Southern League Premier Division indicated a reprieve for Hemel Hempstead Town and this was ratified at the Southern League AGM on June 16,2012, earning the Tudors a second reprieve in as many years. A turn of fortune followed in the 2012/13 season, with Dean Brennan and Stuart Maynard leading the Tudors to 4th place in the league, the clubs highest ever finish. Hemel beat Chesham United 2–0 in the playoff semi-final, before losing 5–4 in a penalty shootout to Gosport Borough in front of a home league crowd of 2,840. The season also saw Hemel beat Potters Bar 2–0 to lift the Hertfordshire FA Senior Challenge Cup, in June 2013, members of the Hertfordshire FA Competitions Committee voted Hemel Hempstead Town FC as the 2013 winners of the Sir Stanley Rous Memorial Trophy
Marston is a village in the civil parish of Old Marston about 2 miles northeast of the centre of Oxford, England. It was absorbed within the city boundaries in 1991 and it is commonly called Old Marston to distinguish it from the suburb of New Marston that developed between St. Clements and the village in the 19th and 20th centuries. The A40 Northern Bypass, part of the Oxford Ring Road forms a long north-west boundary of the village and parish and a limb, namely a distributary, of the Cherwell forms the western boundary. The toponym is said to come from Marsh-town, because of the nature of the land, still green space, near the River Cherwell. The parish used to be part of the manor of Headington, the Church of England parish church of St Nicholas began as a chapel, first mentioned in a charter of 1122 by which it was granted to the Augustinian canons of St Frideswides Priory. The building dates from the 12th century, and has additions in the 15th century. The village played an important part in the Civil War, during the siege of Oxford, in the 20th-century expansion of Oxford, new housing followed the Marston Road from St Clements towards Marston, which was soon absorbed by the city. New Marston became a parish in the 1950s. Old Marston parish become part of the City of Oxford in 1991, Marston has had a number of notable residents, including members of the Oxford penicillin team, Howard Florey and his second wife Margaret Jennings, and Norman Heatley. The village has been associated with the origin of the Jack Russell breed of terrier and it is also possible to walk on footpaths across the meadows to the Parks, either via Mesopotamia Walk or Rainbow Bridge. Victoria Arms, Marston Lobel, Mary D, ed, a History of the County of Oxford, Volume 5, Bullingdon Hundred. Marston section on Headington community website Blue plaque marks Civil War surrender Oxford Mail article on 19 June 2013
Totton and Eling
Totton and Eling is a town and civil parish in Hampshire, England, with a population of around 29,000 people. Surrounding towns and villages include Ashurst, Marchwood, Cadnam and Ower, Totton claimed to be the largest village in England until it was made a town in 1974. This is backed up by the presence of several areas of shops, which served their respective villages in the past. Until the 1967 forest perambulation fencing, New Forest ponies were free to roam its streets, at their closest points, Totton and Ashurst are less than 0.4 km apart, if measured from the closest buildings. Tottons town centre has changed little since the 1970s, commercial Road and the A35 causeway are the main exit routes from the town. The areas behind Calmore Industrial Estate by the River Test have been regenerated with lakes for boating, there is also the Testwood Lakes Centre, with walks along the Test Way running from Totton to Inkpen Beacon in Berkshire, via Romsey in Hampshire. Eling can be accessed by crossing the line which divides the original old village of Totton and the areas of Eling. This goes to Brokenford which has some pathways from Totton to the A35 Bypass road at Eling recreation ground, the villages name is pronounced the same as that of the London town and borough of Ealing. The construction of Testwood Lakes revealed a treasure-trove of ancient artefacts including one of the oldest known bridges in England, believed to date to around c.1, the areas history is inevitably closely connected with ship and boat building but more with its timber trade. It was the site of much illegal dealing in the timber obtained from the New Forest. Elings attractions include the church and The Eling Experience. St Marys is a Norman church built on Saxon foundations with registers dating back to 1537, the Eling Experience is Eling Tide Mill and heritage centre, and the outdoor walks around the mill pond at Bartley Water and the Solent Water shoreline at Goatee Beach. Eling Tide Mill is one of the few working tide mills in the UK. Hampshires only surviving medieval toll bridge is here, across Bartley Water by the side of the Tide Mill and this has been in use since at least 1418 and still charges users today. The Eling Experience is currently closed for refurbishment but the walks remain open, the original village of Totton can be described as the areas of Totton, Testwood and the Salmon Leap, dissected by the A36 and the A336 and bordered by the River Test. From this, many new developments were made to expand the town, the Calmore estate was built in the early 1970s to the north of the town, and subsequent housing has merged the estate to the town as a whole. Extended housing to the Hounsdown region also occurred during the 1970s, with the construction of the school, in the late 1980s and 1990s, more housing was built to the west of the town towards Netley Marsh and along Ringwood Road. These developments, collectively referred to as West Totton, consisted of a new area and church
Steven Brian Basham is a retired English footballer. Basham began his career at Southampton, playing nineteen Premier League games for the club, Bashams only goal for Southampton came in a 2–0 win away to Blackburn Rovers in November 1998. This result led to the resignation of then Blackburn and future England manager Roy Hodgson and he then transferred to Preston North End for £200,000 after a successful loan spell. He won promotion to Division One with Preston in the 1999–2000 season, a series of injuries, including a broken leg, limited Bashams playing opportunities at Preston, and he was released from the club in the summer of 2002. Shortly after his release, Basham signed for Oxford United, over the course of five seasons, Basham made 187 appearances for the club, scoring 49 goals. He was part of the side that was relegated to non-league football at the end of the 2005–06 season and his final season at the Kassam Stadium was blighted by a set of serious injuries, resulting in Oxfords decision not to offer him a new contract. Having been released, he signed a contract for Oxfords Conference Premier rivals Exeter City in the summer of 2007. With Basham as a squad member, Exeter were promoted to League Two via the play-offs in 2007–08. At the end of the 2008–09 season, Exeter announced that Bashams contract was not to be extended, on 6 August 2009, Basham signed for Conference side Luton Town on a one-year contract. He scored three goals in seven games, and, during the January transfer window, Bashams loan at Hayes was extended to the end of the 2009–10 season. Over the next seven games, Basham scored five goals, including two in a 2–1 victory over former club Oxford United. On 6 May 2010, it was announced that Basham had refused an offer from Hayes & Yeading. He was released from his Luton contract a day later, in June 2011 he joined Oxford City. brackleytownfc. com/_html/_squad/
Penalty kick (association football)
A penalty kick is a method of restarting play in association football, taken from 11 metres out from the goal, on the penalty mark. Penalty kicks are performed during normal play and they are awarded when a foul that is punishable by a direct free kick is committed within the offending players own penalty area. Similar kicks are made in a penalty shootout in some tournaments to determine which team is victorious after a drawn match, in practice, penalties are converted to goals more often than not, even against world class goalkeepers. This means that penalty awards are often decisive, especially in low-scoring games, the referee gives the ball to the non-offending team. The goalkeeper must stand on the line between the post until the ball is kicked. Lateral movement is allowed, but the keeper is not permitted to come off the goal line by stepping or lunging forward until the ball is in play. When the goalkeeper indicates to the referee that they are ready, once the shooter has started their approach to the ball, they are not permitted to interrupt it. The ball must be stationary before the kick, and must be struck forwards, violation of these rules will result in a re-kick. After the penalty is taken properly, the ball may be played by any player except the one who executed the penalty kick. The kicker may not play the ball again until it has touched or played by another player on either team. For penalties taken near the end of time, play may be extended so that the penalty kick may be taken. A two-man penalty, or tap penalty, occurs when the penalty-taker, instead of shooting for goal, taps the ball slightly forward so that a team-mate can run on to it and shoot. The team-mate, like all other players, must be at least ten yards from the penalty mark when the ball is initially kicked and this strategy depends on the element of surprise, so that the team-mate can reach the ball ahead of any defenders. There is no requirement for the penalty taker to shoot for goal, the first recorded tap penalty was taken by Jimmy McIlroy and Danny Blanchflower of Northern Ireland against Portugal on 1 May 1957. Another was taken by Rik Coppens and André Piters in the World Cup Qualifying match Belgium v Iceland on 5 June 1957, arsenal players Thierry Henry and Robert Pirès failed in an attempt at a similar penalty in 2005, during a Premier League match against Manchester City at Highbury. Lionel Messi tapped a penalty for Luis Suárez as Suárez completed his hat-trick on 14 February 2016 against league opponents Celta De Vigo, in the case of a player repeatedly infringing the laws during the penalty kick, the referee may caution the player for persistent infringement. Note that all offences that occur before kick may be dealt with in this manner, as with a direct free kick, the kicker may not touch the ball a second time, until another player has touched the ball. Another example of an infringement is when a player will run up, stop directly at the ball and this gives the goalkeeper no chance at saving it, and the result of this would be a free kick for the opposing team