Bristol Manor Farm F.C.

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Full name Bristol Manor Farm Football Club
Nickname(s) The Farm, Farmy Army, The Portwaymen
Founded 1960
Ground The Creek, Bristol
Ground Capacity 2,000 (200 seated)
Chairman Geoff Sellek
Manager Lee Lashenko
League Southern League Division One South
2017–18 Southern League Division One West, 9th of 22

Bristol Manor Farm Football Club is an English football club based in Bristol, England. They are currently members of the Southern League Division One South and play at The Creek. The club is affiliated to the Gloucestershire County FA.

History[edit]

Bristol Manor Farm's ground, The Creek, in 2015

Bristol Manor Farm Football Club was formed for the 1960/61 season.[1] After just one season, the club was disbanded but was reformed and began playing again in the 1962/63 season. Their current home The Creek used to be the site of the Port of Bristol Authority Sports & Social Club but when they moved to new premises 1965, Manor Farm took it over. The pitch at the Creek was once notorious for its sloping surface but work has been undertaken in recent years to eliminate the slope. With seating and floodlights added since 1980, the club now boasts excellent facilities alongside a spacious clubhouse.[2]

Having a permanent base enabled the club to apply successfully to join the Somerset Senior League where they were to progress rapidly through the divisions before deciding to advance further to the Western League in 1977.[3]

The club joined the First Division for the 1977/78 season and remained there until the 1982/83 season when they won the First Division championship and gained promotion to the Premier Division. They remained there until relegation under Pete McCall's management team in 2001/02 but regained their Premier status just two seasons later in 2003/04 under Shaun Bond and Nicky Johns. In 1983/84 they reached the final of the G.F.A. Challenge Trophy where they lost to then Hellenic League side Shortwood United. The trophy did make its way to the Creek in 1987/88[4] and has been won on a further three occasions by the club.

Main stand at The Creek.

The 2011/12 season saw the club win it's first double when they took both the GFA Challenge Trophy and the Toolstation League Les Phillips League Cup back to Sea Mills.[5]

Lee Lashenko become the new manager at the start of the 2013/14 season and quickly made an impact in the FA Cup, overcoming Oldland Abbotonians, Lymington Town and Corsham Town to reach the Second Qualifying Round, equaling their best ever performance in the competition. Unfortunately they were unable to go one better and lost to Bridgwater Town 1-2 in a replay at Fairfax Park. The club continued to fight for top spot in the league and applied for promotion. The club finished second but were unsuccessful in their promotion bid when Larkhall Athletic were accepted into the Southern League. The second-placed finish was the best in the club's history. It also saw the team break the club records for the most goals scored in a season and the least goals conceded.[6]

The 2015/16 season left the club with mixed feelings as on one hand they managed to get to the Quarter-Final of the FA Vase narrowly going out away to eventual winners Morpeth Town.[7] On the other hand, whilst they finished 3rd in the Western League, again they just missed out on promotion to the Southern League by one place.[8] They did however win the GFA County Challenge Trophy for the second time in succession and the fourth time overall with a record 9-2 win over Lydney Town.[9]

In the 2016/17 season, Bristol Manor Farm were finally successful in gaining promotion to the Southern League, winning the Western League by quite a distance.[10] They also had another successful run in the FA Vase where they went out in the Fifth Round Proper to Semi-Finalists Bromsgrove Sporting.[11]

The Farm finished their first season in the eighth tier with a very respectable 9th placed finish, falling away towards the end after troubling the top six places all season.[12]

Staff[edit]

  • First team manager: Lee Lashenko
  • Assistant manager: Iain Harvey
  • Physio: Stephen Carter
  • Coach(s): Chris Bailes, Terry Buffrey, Mike Mahoney

Reserve and youth teams[edit]

The reserve team has played in the Bristol & Suburban League since gaining promotion to the Premier Division 2 in the 2004–05 season. The youth team, which was formed in 2003, achieved promotion in their inaugural season to the Somerset Floodlight Youth League Premier Division and were beaten Somerset Cup finalists in 2005. The youth team won the Somerset Cup the following year, beating Mangotsfield United in the Final.

Having spent two seasons in the Gloucestershire County Youth League, the team moved back to the Somerset Floodlight Youth League for 2009–10 under new manager Richard Trott.

Honours[edit]

Cup Honours[edit]

Records[edit]

  • FA Cup[13]
    • Second Qualifying Round 1982–83, 2010–11, 2013–14
  • FA Trophy
    • First Round Qualifying 2017-18
  • FA Vase[13]
    • Quarter Finals 2015-16
  • Biggest victory
    • 10–0 versus Devizes Town in the Les Phillips Cup. Saturday 19 November 2016.[17]
  • Biggest Defeat
    • 0-11 versus Bristol City in the annual Community Match at The Creek on Sunday 9 July 2017.[18]
  • Record Attendance
    • 1417 versus Bristol City in a pre-season friendly. Sunday 9 July 2017[18]

Notable Past Players/Staff[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Club History". Bristol Manor Farm FC. Archived from the original on 2011-07-08. 
  2. ^ "About Us". Manor Farm Online. 2018-04-16. Retrieved 2018-08-17. 
  3. ^ "Football Club History Database - Bristol Manor Farm". www.fchd.info. Retrieved 2018-08-17. 
  4. ^ "About Us". Manor Farm Online. 2018-04-16. Retrieved 2018-08-17. 
  5. ^ "About Us". Manor Farm Online. 2018-04-16. Retrieved 2018-08-17. 
  6. ^ "Toolstation Western League | Tables". www.toolstationleague.com. Retrieved 2018-08-17. 
  7. ^ "Football (Sky Sports)". SkySports. Retrieved 2018-08-17. 
  8. ^ "Toolstation Western Football League". fulltime-league.thefa.com. Retrieved 2018-08-17. 
  9. ^ "Bristol Manor Farm 9 vs. 2 Lydney Town AFC - 21 April 2016 - 1st Team - Lydney Town AFC". www.pitchero.com. Retrieved 2018-08-17. 
  10. ^ "Football Club History Database - Bristol Manor Farm". www.fchd.info. Retrieved 2018-08-17. 
  11. ^ "Football (Sky Sports)". SkySports. Retrieved 2018-08-17. 
  12. ^ "Football Club History Database - Bristol Manor Farm". www.fchd.info. Retrieved 2018-08-17. 
  13. ^ a b c Bristol Manor Farm at the Football Club History Database
  14. ^ Association, The Football. "The website for Gloucestershire FA". www.gloucestershirefa.com. Retrieved 18 April 2018. 
  15. ^ Association, The Football. "Cups & Competitions". www.gloucestershirefa.com. Retrieved 18 April 2018. 
  16. ^ "Les Phillips Cup Winners". Toolstation Western League. Retrieved 9 September 2017. 
  17. ^ "Bristol Manor Farm : Les Phillips League Cup". Football Mitoo. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 11 October 2015. 
  18. ^ a b "Report: Bristol Manor Farm 0-11 Bristol City". Bristol City. Retrieved 18 April 2018. 
  19. ^ "Spokeo People Search | White Pages | Find People". Spokeo. Retrieved 2018-08-17. 
  20. ^ "Marek Piszczek". 90minut.pl. Retrieved 6 April 2017. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°28′53.52″N 2°39′02.48″W / 51.4815333°N 2.6506889°W / 51.4815333; -2.6506889