Bristol is a city and county in South West England with a population of 449,300 in 2016. The district has the 10th largest population in England, while the Bristol metropolitan area is the 12th largest in the United Kingdom, the city borders North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, with the cities of Bath and Gloucester to the south-east and north-east, respectively. Iron Age hill forts and Roman villas were built near the confluence of the rivers Frome and Avon, Bristol received a royal charter in 1155 and was historically divided between Gloucestershire and Somerset until 1373, when it became a county of itself. From the 13th to the 18th century, Bristol was among the top three English cities after London in tax receipts, Bristol was surpassed by the rapid rise of Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham in the Industrial Revolution. Bristol was a place for early voyages of exploration to the New World. On a ship out of Bristol in 1497 John Cabot, a Venetian, in 1499 William Weston, a Bristol merchant, was the first Englishman to lead an exploration to North America. At the height of the Bristol slave trade, from 1700 to 1807, the Port of Bristol has since moved from Bristol Harbour in the city centre to the Severn Estuary at Avonmouth and Royal Portbury Dock. Bristols modern economy is built on the media, electronics and aerospace industries. The city has the largest circulating community currency in the U. K. - the Bristol pound, which is pegged to the Pound sterling. It is connected to London and other major UK cities by road, rail, sea and air by the M5 and M4, Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway mainline rail stations, and Bristol Airport. The Sunday Times named it as the best city in Britain in which to live in 2014 and 2017, the most ancient recorded name for Bristol is the archaic Welsh Caer Odor, which is consistent with modern understanding that early Bristol developed between the River Frome and Avon Gorge. It is most commonly stated that the Saxon name Bricstow was a calque of the existing Celtic name, with Bric a literal translation of Odor. Alternative etymologies are supported with the numerous variations in Medieval documents with Samuel Seyer enumerating 47 alternative forms. The Old English form Brycgstow is commonly used to derive the meaning place at the bridge, utilizing another form, Brastuile, Rev. Dr. Shaw derived the name from the Celtic words bras, or braos and tuile. The poet Thomas Chatterton popularised a derivation from Brictricstow linking the town to Brictric and it appears that the form Bricstow prevailed until 1204, and the Bristolian L is what eventually changed the name to Bristol. Iron Age hill forts near the city are at Leigh Woods and Clifton Down, on the side of the Avon Gorge, a Roman settlement, Abona, existed at what is now Sea Mills, another was at the present-day Inns Court. Isolated Roman villas and small forts and settlements were scattered throughout the area. Bristol was founded by 1000, by about 1020, it was a centre with a mint producing silver pennies bearing its name
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
Kit (association football)
In association football, kit is the standard equipment and attire worn by players. The sports Laws of the Game specify the minimum kit which a player must use, footballers generally wear identifying numbers on the backs of their shirts. Professional clubs also usually display players surnames or nicknames on their shirts, Football kit has evolved significantly since the early days of the sport when players typically wore thick cotton shirts, knickerbockers and heavy rigid leather boots. The Laws of the Game set out the equipment which must be worn by all players in Law 4. Five separate items are specified, shirt, shorts, socks, footwear, goalkeepers are allowed to wear tracksuit bottoms instead of shorts. While most players wear studded football boots, the Laws do not specify that these are required, shirts must have sleeves, and goalkeepers must wear shirts which are easily distinguishable from all other players and the match officials. Thermal undershorts may be worn, but must be the colour as the shorts themselves. Shin pads must be covered entirely by the stockings, be made of rubber, plastic or a similar material, and provide a reasonable degree of protection. The only other restriction on equipment defined in the Laws of the Game is the requirement that a player must not use equipment or wear anything that is dangerous to himself or another player. In the event of a match between teams who would wear identical or similar colours the away team must change to a different colour. The England national team plays in red shirts even when it is not required. Many professional clubs also have a kit, ostensibly to be used if both their first-choice and away colours are deemed too similar to those of an opponent. Most professional clubs have retained the basic colour scheme for several decades. Teams representing countries in international competition generally wear national colours in common with other sporting teams of the same nation, shirts are normally made of a polyester mesh, which does not trap the sweat and body heat in the same way as a shirt made of a natural fibre. Depending on local rules, there may be restrictions on how large these logos may be or on what logos may be displayed, competitions such as the Premier League may also require players to wear patches on their sleeves depicting the logo of the competition. The captain of team is usually required to wear an elasticated armband around the left sleeve to identify him as the captain to the referee. Most current players wear specialist football boots, which can be either of leather or a synthetic material. Modern boots are cut slightly below the ankles, as opposed to the high-ankled boots used in former times, studs may be either moulded directly to the sole or be detachable, normally by means of a screw thread
Away colours are a choice of coloured clothing used in team sports. They are required to be worn by one team during a game between teams that would wear the same colours as each other, or similar colours. This change prevents confusion for officials, players, and spectators, in most sports it is the visiting team that must change – second-choice kits are commonly known as away kits or change kits in British English, and road uniforms in American English. Some sports leagues mandate that teams must always wear an alternative kit. In some sports, conventionally the home team has changed its kit, in most cases, a team wears its away kit only when its primary kit would clash with the colours of the home team. However, sometimes teams wear away colours by choice, occasionally even in a home game, at some clubs, the away kit has become more popular than the home version. Replica home and away kits are available for fans to buy. Some teams also have produced third-choice kits, or even old-fashioned throwback uniforms, in American sports, road teams usually wear a change uniform regardless of a potential colour clash. Further, almost all road uniforms are white in American football, in the National Basketball Association, home uniforms are white or yellow, and visiting teams wear a darker colour. In the United States, color vs. color games are a rarity, most teams choose to wear their color jerseys at home, with the road team changing to white in most cases. White road uniforms gained prominence with the rise of television in the 1950s, a white vs. color game was easier to follow in black-and-white. According to Phil Hecken, until the mid 1950′s, not only was color versus color common in the NFL, even long after the advent of color television, the use of white jerseys has remained in almost every game. The NFLs current rules require that a home jerseys must be either white or official team color throughout the season. If a team insists on wearing its home uniforms on the road, the road team might instead wear a third jersey, such as the Seattle Seahawks Wolf Grey alternate. According to the Gridiron Uniform Database, the Cleveland Browns wore white for home game of the 1955 season. The only times they wore brown was for games at Philadelphia and the New York Giants, in 1964 the Baltimore Colts, Browns, Vikings and Rams wore white regularly for their home games according to Tim Brulias research. The St. Louis Cardinals wore white for several of their home games, until 1964 Dallas had worn blue at home, but it was not an official rule that teams should wear their colored jerseys at home. The use of white jerseys was instigated by general manager Tex Schramm, the Cowboys still wear white at home today
England is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It shares land borders with Scotland to the north and Wales to the west, the Irish Sea lies northwest of England and the Celtic Sea lies to the southwest. England is separated from continental Europe by the North Sea to the east, the country covers five-eighths of the island of Great Britain in its centre and south, and includes over 100 smaller islands such as the Isles of Scilly, and the Isle of Wight. England became a state in the 10th century, and since the Age of Discovery. The Industrial Revolution began in 18th-century England, transforming its society into the worlds first industrialised nation, Englands terrain mostly comprises low hills and plains, especially in central and southern England. However, there are uplands in the north and in the southwest, the capital is London, which is the largest metropolitan area in both the United Kingdom and the European Union. In 1801, Great Britain was united with the Kingdom of Ireland through another Act of Union to become the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. In 1922 the Irish Free State seceded from the United Kingdom, leading to the latter being renamed the United Kingdom of Great Britain, the name England is derived from the Old English name Englaland, which means land of the Angles. The Angles were one of the Germanic tribes that settled in Great Britain during the Early Middle Ages, the Angles came from the Angeln peninsula in the Bay of Kiel area of the Baltic Sea. The earliest recorded use of the term, as Engla londe, is in the ninth century translation into Old English of Bedes Ecclesiastical History of the English People. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, its spelling was first used in 1538. The earliest attested reference to the Angles occurs in the 1st-century work by Tacitus, Germania, the etymology of the tribal name itself is disputed by scholars, it has been suggested that it derives from the shape of the Angeln peninsula, an angular shape. An alternative name for England is Albion, the name Albion originally referred to the entire island of Great Britain. The nominally earliest record of the name appears in the Aristotelian Corpus, specifically the 4th century BC De Mundo, in it are two very large islands called Britannia, these are Albion and Ierne. But modern scholarly consensus ascribes De Mundo not to Aristotle but to Pseudo-Aristotle, the word Albion or insula Albionum has two possible origins. Albion is now applied to England in a poetic capacity. Another romantic name for England is Loegria, related to the Welsh word for England, Lloegr, the earliest known evidence of human presence in the area now known as England was that of Homo antecessor, dating to approximately 780,000 years ago. The oldest proto-human bones discovered in England date from 500,000 years ago, Modern humans are known to have inhabited the area during the Upper Paleolithic period, though permanent settlements were only established within the last 6,000 years
Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played between two teams of eleven players with a spherical ball. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies making it the worlds most popular sport, the game is played on a rectangular field with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by getting the ball into the opposing goal, players are not allowed to touch the ball with their hands or arms while it is in play, unless they are goalkeepers. Other players mainly use their feet to strike or pass the ball, the team that scores the most goals by the end of the match wins. If the score is level at the end of the game, the Laws of the Game were originally codified in England by The Football Association in 1863. Association football is governed internationally by the International Federation of Association Football, the first written reference to the inflated ball used in the game was in the mid-14th century, Þe heued fro þe body went, Als it were a foteballe. The Online Etymology Dictionary states that the word soccer was split off in 1863, according to Partha Mazumdar, the term soccer originated in England, first appearing in the 1880s as an Oxford -er abbreviation of the word association. Within the English-speaking world, association football is now usually called football in the United Kingdom and mainly soccer in Canada and the United States. People in Australia, Ireland, South Africa and New Zealand use either or both terms, although national associations in Australia and New Zealand now primarily use football for the formal name. According to FIFA, the Chinese competitive game cuju is the earliest form of football for which there is scientific evidence, cuju players could use any part of the body apart from hands and the intent was kicking a ball through an opening into a net. It was remarkably similar to football, though similarities to rugby occurred. During the Han Dynasty, cuju games were standardised and rules were established, phaininda and episkyros were Greek ball games. An image of an episkyros player depicted in low relief on a vase at the National Archaeological Museum of Athens appears on the UEFA European Championship Cup, athenaeus, writing in 228 AD, referenced the Roman ball game harpastum. Phaininda, episkyros and harpastum were played involving hands and violence and they all appear to have resembled rugby football, wrestling and volleyball more than what is recognizable as modern football. As with pre-codified mob football, the antecedent of all football codes. Non-competitive games included kemari in Japan, chuk-guk in Korea and woggabaliri in Australia, Association football in itself does not have a classical history. Notwithstanding any similarities to other games played around the world FIFA have recognised that no historical connection exists with any game played in antiquity outside Europe. The modern rules of football are based on the mid-19th century efforts to standardise the widely varying forms of football played in the public schools of England
Gloucestershire County Football Association
The Gloucestershire County Football Association, also simply known as the Gloucestershire FA or GFA, is the governing body of football in the county of Gloucestershire. The Gloucestershire County Football Association has developed from beginnings in 1886 into an Association of more than 2000 affiliated teams and 20 affiliated Leagues. Gloucestershire’s first President was the famous cricketer Dr W. G. Grace who was also an active Referee, 1889–90,33 Clubs had affiliated to the County, which enabled a delegate to be sent to the Football Association. 1892, The Association was running two Cup Competitions and playing five or six County matches a season with the first League commencing operations,1898, The Associations Management Committee became the Council with representatives from 15 Clubs and a representative from each League affiliated to the Association. 1919–20, A major change in the structure of the Council occurred when Northern Council was formed from areas north of Thornbury, however all decisions still had to be sanctioned by the full Council. 1927, The County Minor Association was formulated,1933, The responsibilities of the County Minor Association were assumed by the Main Council. 1946, The County Youth Association was revived following its demise in 1933,1967, Moves were made to form an entirely separate Council in the North. But at a meeting in December it was agreed that two separate Associations were impractical, the immediate result was that a joint annual meeting was introduced in addition to the A. G. M. 1976, The last independent North and South Council meetings took place,1999, The County took the significant step of becoming a Limited Company becoming known as Gloucestershire Football Association Ltd. 2000, The development of Oaklands Park that included the addition of a Floodlit All-Weather Pitch and these facilities are now being extensively used for training groups from local junior clubs and disabled organisations. 2001, The development of the All-Weather Pitch and Dressing Rooms released capacity within the building for the development of office space. 2002, The County Youth Association ceased to be a semi- autonomous Association when it was incorporated into the main Association as the Youth Committee,2006, David Neale was appointed Chief Executive following the death of Paul Britton in December 2005. Almondsbury Town FC became tenants at Oaklands Park in 1995 until May 2010, and in addition to using the pitch, in addition to accommodating their staff, the GFA also needed training facilities to assist the development of clubs, coaches and referees. The situation has resulted in damaging publicity for the GFA in the local press, the Association have reiterated that their main purpose as an organisation is to drive increased participation in football. As a direct result of the Oaklands Park refurbishment programme, were able to host a team of four FA Tesco Skills Coaches, the GFA expressed disappointment that the club were unsuccessful in their discussions with other parties
Somerset County League
The Somerset County League is a football competition based in England. It sits at step 7 of the National League System, the league has a total of five divisions – a Premier Division, two regional Division Ones, and two regional Division Twos. It is affiliated to the Somerset County FA which was formed in 1885, the Somerset County League, also known as the Somerset Senior League, was founded in 1890. Westland-Yeovil eventually folded after leaving the County League for the Western League but they reformed as Westland Sports
Western Football League
The Western Football League is a football league in South West England, covering Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, western Dorset, parts of Gloucestershire and Wiltshire. The leagues current main sponsor is Toolstation, so it is known as the Toolstation League. The champion club may apply for promotion to a Step 4 league, below the Western League are four local leagues covering smaller areas, the Gloucestershire County League, the Somerset County League, the Dorset Premier League and the Wiltshire League. The South West Peninsula League Premier Division is also a feeder to the Western League but due to having Step 6 status, Premier Division, Division One, The league was formed in 1892 as the Bristol & District League, and became the Western League in 1895. In the years before World War II, many teams played in both the Southern and Western Leagues, the Western League was considered as secondary to the Southern League. On four occasions, member clubs have lifted the FA Vase, Tiverton Town twice, Taunton Town once and most recently Truro City, totton in 2007 at the first final to be held at the new Wembley Stadium before a competition record crowd of 27,754. Truro City were the one of the three to win the FA Vase while in Division One, while none are current members of the Western League. Bedminster | Clevedon | Clifton Association | Eastville Rovers | Mangotsfield | St. George | Trowbridge Town | Warmley | Wells Official Site Western League -Fixtures, Results and Tables
Hellenic Football League
There is also one team each from Hampshire and Northamptonshire The league was established in 1953. In the 2000–01 season the Hellenic League absorbed the Chiltonian League and now has a Premier Division, Division One East, Division One West and three divisions for reserve teams. In the 2006–07 season the Hellenic League absorbed the Banbury District, starting with the 2004–05 re-organisation the Hellenic League became a step 5 and 6 league in the National League System. Premier Division clubs play at Step 5 level, which offers progression to the Southern Football League Division One for Premier Division winners who have the required ground status. Acceptance to HL Division One is also offered to teams playing in the various Step 7 County Leagues of the related Hellenic League area,50 teams play in the Hellenic Premier and Division Ones. 18 teams play at Veterans level The league started with only a Premier Division, for the 1971–72 season, Division One was split into Division One A and Division One B. The following season, Division One A and B were merged, after the 1999–2000 season, Division One was regionalised into East and West. The Hellenic League football cups are the Floodlit Cup, the Supplementary Cup and the Challenge Cup
Shortwood United F.C.
Shortwood United Football Club is a football club based in Nailsworth, Gloucestershire, England. The club are members of Division One South & West of the Southern League. Established in 1900, in Shortwood, Nailsworth, the club was promoted from the Stroud and District League to the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League in the early 1970s, before joining the Gloucestershire County League in 1975. After finishing as runners-up in 1979–80 and 1980–81, the won the league in 1981–82 and were promoted to the Premier Division of the Hellenic League. After finishing second bottom of the division in their first season in the league, however, they returned to the Premier Division at the first attempt after finishing as Division One runners-up in the 1983–84 season. The club went on to win the Premier Division in their first season back in the division, the club finished as runners-up the following season and again in 1989–90 before winning their second Premier Division title in 1991–92. Another second-place finish was achieved in 1993–94, but the club underwent several seasons of decline, finishing in the half of the division every season. However, finishing second in 2008–09, 2009–10 and 2011–12, the club were promoted to the Southern League in 2012, the 2013–14 season saw the club reach the first round of the FA Cup for the first time in their history. After beating Football Conference club Aldershot Town away from home in the qualifying round. The 4–0 home defeat saw a new attendance of 1,247 set
Mangotsfield United F.C.
Mangotsfield United Football Club is an English football club based in Mangotsfield, in Bristol, that currently plays in the Southern Football League Division One South and West. The club is affiliated with the Gloucestershire County FA and Somerset County FA, the home strip is Maroon and Sky Blue, while their away kit is White and Black. Mangotsfield United play their games at Cossham Street, also known as the Doug Hillard Sports Ltd. Mangotsfield United Football Club roots lay in the football club that was formed 125 years ago. Initially the club played matches against local opponents. At that time their ground was situated on St. James Street, Mangotsfield and they later moved to some land on Pomphrey Hill near Shortwood and Mangotsfield North Railway station and as a consequence they were given the nickname of The Railway Men by the local press. In 1892 Mangotsfield F. C. was one of the members of the Bristol & District League which three years later became the Western Football League. Within one year of playing in the competition the club was relegated to Division 1 of the B&D League. Numerous attempts were made to reform the club over the half century but due to financial difficulties it was to eventually fold once. They were equally successful in 1952–1953 by winning the Bristol & District League VI, season 1956–57 saw Mangotsfield United have something of a setback in their title winning run when finishing in fourth spot in Division I. The next three seasons saw the club finish just above the relegation zone although season 1961–1962 saw a significant improvement in form by climbing to 7th place. For the next five campaigns Mangotsfield United did not finish outside of the top eight in the Premier Combination, from 1965–1968 the team remained in the top eight but 1968–1969 proved to the most successful yet by completing the League and Cup double. In addition to winning the Premier Combination, Division 1 the club also defeated Hanham Athletic 4–1 at Eastville Stadium to win the Gloucestershire F. A, senior Amateur Cup for the first time. Former Bristol Rovers full back and Taunton Town boss Doug Hillard was appointed the manager in preparation for its first season in the Western League. The clubs first match was at Avon, by the end of the 1972–1973 season Mangotsfield United finished in a third spot. The following season the club went on to win the Western League Challenge Cup, nicky Tanner Mangotsfield United, Bristol Rovers, Liverpool. Gary Penrice Mangotsfield United, Bristol Rovers, Aston Villa, Q. P. R, phil Purnell Mangotsfield United, Bristol Rovers, Swansea City. Mike Hooper Mangotsfield United, Bristol City, Wrexham, Liverpool, gary Warren Mangotsfield United, Team Bath, Newport County, Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Bristol City F.C.
Bristol City Football Club is a professional association football club based in Bristol, England. Their ground is Ashton Gate, located in the southwest of the city and they currently play in the Championship, the second tier of English football, after winning League One during the 2014–15 season. In sealing the League One title, Bristol City became only the team to win both the third-tier championship and Football League Trophy double during the same season. Bristol City won the Welsh Cup – despite being an English club – in 1934, in 1907 they finished runners-up in Football League Division One, which is their highest ever final position. In 1909 they lost the FA Cup final to Manchester United, since relegation in 1911, however, they only returned to the top division from 1976 to 1980 and did not contend for any honours then. In 1982, Bristol City became the first English club to three consecutive relegations. With victories in 1986,2003 and 2015, Bristol City are now the most successful team in the Football League Trophy, the clubs nickname is The Robins, and a robin featured on the clubs badge from 1976 to 1994. Official club merchandise, including replica kits, still has a showing a robin. An attempt by the club to alter the badge was abandoned after it was criticised fiercely by fans, the teams main rivals are Bristol Rovers in the Bristol derby and Cardiff City in the Severnside derby, along with other regional teams in the West Country derby. Bristol Citys current manager is Lee Johnson, a former Bristol City player who made 199 appearances for the club. Coincidentally, he is the son of former City manager Gary Johnson, who took City to the Championship play-off final in 2008, where they eventually lost 0–1 to Hull City. The club was founded in 1894 as Bristol South End and changed their name to Bristol City on adopting professionalism three years later when they were admitted into the Southern League. Finishing as runners-up in three of the first four seasons, in 1900 the club amalgamated with local Southern League rivals Bedminster, City joined the Football League in 1901 when they became only the third club south of Birmingham to perform in the competition. Their first game in the Football League was on 7 September 1901 at Bloomfield Road, nicknamed the Bristol Babe at this time, they finished as runners-up in their inaugural First Division campaign. Unfortunately, there was no such award to help them in the Final at the Crystal Palace as Manchester United took the honours 1–0. The 1920s were a time as City bounced between the Second Division and the Southern Section of the Third Division. By the 1930s they had slumped into the division. Harry Dolman became chairman in 1949, a post he would hold for over 30 years, an engineer who had bought out the firm he worked for, he designed the first set of floodlights installed at Ashton Gate in the early 1950s
Clevedon Town F.C.
Clevedon Town Football Club are an English semi-professional football club based in the village of Kenn outside of Clevedon, Somerset. The club is affiliated to the Somerset County Football Association and is an FA chartered Standard club They are currently members of the Western League Premier Division, Clevedon FC was formed in 1880, making the club one of the oldest clubs in the West Country. They were founder members of the Western League in 1892 although their stay only lasted three seasons, after dropping back into local football they re-joined the Western League in the 1910–11 season. They initially played at Dial Hill, still the home of the cricket club, but they moved to a new site at Old Street in 1895. After the War the club returned to the Western League. However the club became known for their runs in the FA Amateur Cup. This cup success, however, was not matched in the league and Clevedon spent several years in Division 2 before resigning, for financial reasons, the clubs name was later changed to Clevedon Town to reflect their new status. Clevedon joined the ranks in 1974 when Ray Mabbutt, father of future Spurs star Gary Mabbutt became their first paid player. The 1980s also saw the club pick up their first Somerset Premier Cup in the 1986–87 season, the protest was upheld and the tie ordered to be replayed. In their first season at their new home in 1992–93, the gained promotion to the Southern League for the first time. Promotion to the Premier Division followed in 1998 and, although Town were relegated again in 2000–01, in 2006 they reached the first round proper of the FA Cup but went down 4–1 to Football League opposition Chester City. The club at the end of the 2009–10 season suffered relegation, Clevedon Town have a fierce rivalry with neighbours Weston-super-Mare, who are situated in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset. However, the rivalry has been put on the back-burner as of late since Weston-super-Mare was promoted to the Southern League Premier Division in 2002–03 after winning promotion at Clevedon Town 1–0, the two have not played in the same league since. Clevedon Town play their games at The Hand Stadium, Davis Lane, the Hand Stadium took its name from the Hand family, successive generations of which were involved in running the club for nearly 100 years. The facility includes a pitch, training facilities, a 300-seater stand, tiered terracing around the whole ground. The complex also includes function/conference facilities as well as Vibe, Clevedons only nightclub, the record attendance of the Hand Stadium is 2,261, when the club played Chester City in a First Round FA Cup tie on 11 November 2006. Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Players that have achieved success in other sports
However, a caretaker may also be appointed if the regular manager is suspended, ill or unable to attend to their usual duties. Caretaker managers are appointed at short notice from within the club, usually the assistant manager. In other sports, the interim manager is more commonly used. Tony Barton was appointed manager of Aston Villa after the departure of Ron Saunders, if a caretaker proves to be particularly successful during their spell in charge, they are sometimes given the managers job full-time. Glenn Roeder was appointed manager of Newcastle United after having taken over as caretaker following Graeme Souness dismissal in 2006. This also occurred when Ricky Sbragia got the Sunderland job permanently after Roy Keanes resignation in November 2008 but he resigned himself at the end of the season 2008–09. This also happened in the 2010–11 Premier League, on 8 January 2011, Roy Hodgson was sacked by Liverpool after a run of poor results, kenny Dalglish was appointed the caretaker manager of Liverpool for the remainder of the season. After an impressive run of results, which saw Liverpool rise to 6th on the table, Dalglish was appointed the manager of Liverpool. In Norway, a notable example occurred in 2006 when Rosenborg BK manager Per-Mathias Høgmo announced he was taking a leave of absence in mid-season, at the time, Rosenborg were ten points behind leaders SK Brann. His assistant Knut Tørum was appointed on a basis, and proceeded to lead Rosenborg to a furious comeback. Høgmo announced his resignation two days after Rosenborg clinched, and Tørum was named permanent manager after the season. On the other hand, Tony Parkes was named manager of Blackburn Rovers on six separate occasions between 1986 and 2004, without ever being given the role in a full-time capacity. He is still yet to be given a full-time managerial role, in November 2007, Sandy Stewart led St Johnstone to victory in the final of the Scottish Challenge Cup in his only game in charge as caretaker manager. In the 2007–08 season, Cevat Güler won Süper Lig as Galatasarays caretaker manager and he was in charge for the last five matches of the season due to Karl Heinz Feldkamps resignation. In the 2007 Hazfi Cup final, Sepahans head coach, Luka Bonačić had travelled to his country, mansour Ebrahimzadeh who was assistant to Bonačić served as caretaker manager for that match. Sepahan won the match and the title, roberto Di Matteo won the Champions League and FA Cup as caretaker manager of Chelsea in 2012, leading to him being appointed permanent manager on a two-year contract. Benítez was not offered a contract as permanent manager, instead being replaced by José Mourinho who went back to Chelsea for a second term
Paulton Rovers F.C.
Paulton Rovers Football Club are an English football club based at the Athletic Field on Winterfield Road in the growing village of Paulton near Bristol. They were established in 1881 and currently play in the Southern Football League Premier Division, the club is affiliated to the Somerset County FA. Paulton Rovers their first played football in the Western Football League. After World War II, Rovers were placed in the top division of what was now a two-division league but were relegated to Division Two in 1953. In 1960 Division Two was scrapped and for the fourteen years the team played in the Somerset County Football League. When the league expanded back to two divisions in 1976 they were placed in the Premier Division but were relegated in 1981, only to bounce back three years later. A series of finishes in the late 1990s and early 2000s eventually saw them promoted to the Southern League in 2004 in the Division One South. Paulton Rovers had reached the Division One South and West play-off semi-finals in 2006–07 losing 1–4 at home to Taunton Town, the official match attendance was 2,070. Harrington took over a manager in June 2011 with Milsom as his assistant, when Milsom resigned due to personal reasons on 8 December 2011 former Rovers centre half Nick Bunyard replaced him. At the beginning of the 2012–13 season Harrington stepped down with Bunyard taking over the reins, Paulton Rovers play their home games at The Athletic Ground, Winterfield Road, Paulton, Bristol, BS39 7RF where they have played for over 50 years. Previous grounds include Chapel Field, the Cricket Ground, and the Recreation Ground, the ground as it is now began to take shape in 1967, when the club bought an old RAF hut and re-erected it on the ground. Plans were drawn up to obtain a mortgage to fund the building of bigger premises, to achieve this necessitated rotating the pitch through 90 degrees to its present position and relocating the clubhouse. A new changing room block was built in 1972 and the clubhouse has been extended several times to two large function rooms as well as a substantial bar area. In 2004 a second stand was and terracing covered on two sides, along with training facilities include a floodlit court and two mini soccer pitches for youth football. Mike Trought Jason Drysdale Andy Bell Dick Sheppard Andy Sandell Ben Cleverley Steve Phillips Ashley Barnes Michael Meaker Paulton Rovers at the Football Club History Database Club website
Barnstaple Town F.C.
Barnstaple Town Football Club is a football club based in Barnstaple, Devon, England. They are currently members of Division One South & West of the Southern League, the club was established in 1904 as Pilton Yeo Vale, and were founder members of the North Devon League in the same year. They played in the leagues first match, hosting Ilfracombe on 1 October, however, that was to be the only defeat all season in the league and club went on to win the inaugural league title. At the end of the season they adopted their current name, after winning a second North Devon league title in 1908–09, they club switched to the Exeter & District League, where they remained until World War I. After the war returned to the North Devon League, before rejoining the Exeter & District League. They won the title in 1946–47 and were runners-up the following season. In 1949–50 Barnstaple won Division Two, earning promotion to Division One, in 1951–52 they reached the first round of the FA Cup for the first time, losing 5–2 to Folkestone in a replay. The club were champions in 1952–53, and reached the first round of the FA Cup again in 1954–55. They reached the first round of the FA Cup for a time in 1959–60. The league was reduced to a division in 1960. The league expanded back to two divisions in 1976, with Barnstaple placed in the Premier Division, in 1979–80 they won their second Western League title, and finished as runners-up in the following two seasons. After finishing second-from bottom in 1990–91, Barnstaple were relegated to Division One, three seasons later they won Division One, earning promotion back to the Premier Division. They remained in the Premier Division until being relegated again at the end of the 2012–13 season, however, they made an immediate return to the top division after winning Division One in 2014–15. The following season saw the finish as runners-up in the Premier Division. The club play their games at Mill Road in Barnstaple. It has a capacity of 5,000, of which 250 is seated and 1,000 covered. C, players Barnstaple Town F. C. managers Official website
The Football Association Challenge Vase, usually referred to as the FA Vase is an annual football competition for teams playing below Step 4 of the English National League System. For the 2013–14 season 535 entrants were accepted, with two qualifying rounds preceding the six rounds, semi-finals and final to be played at Wembley Stadium. The 2016 winners were Morpeth Town, who beat Hereford 4–1 at Wembley Stadium, until 1974, football players were either professionals or amateurs. Professionals were paid to play by their clubs, and the cup competitions such clubs were allowed to enter were the FA Cup and after 1969, for clubs outside The Football League. Amateurs, on the hand, did not get paid by their clubs, and such clubs had their own cup competition. In recent years, entry to the FA Vase has been restricted to clubs in the ninth, reorganization of the National League System for 2004 onwards moved the dividing line down to the new Step 5. Clubs from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man also entered the Vase in the past, guernsey F. C. who were formed in 2011 and played in the Step 5 Combined Counties League, gained entry for the 2012–13 season and reached the semi-finals. Eligible teams who played in the FA Trophy the previous season and were relegated from a Step 4 league are exempt from qualifying and start play in the First round Proper of the Vase as well. Clubs that played in the 4th round or later of the previous seasons FA Vase are exempt from qualifying, only six teams have managed to win the FA Vase more than once. Whitley Bay are the team to win the FA Vase three times in successive seasons. Two FA Vase winners, Forest Green Rovers and Tamworth, have gone on to play in the National League at the top level of the non-league pyramid, billericay Town won three times in the mid to late 70s. BT Sport showed the 2016 FA Vase Final between Hereford and Morpeth Town live on 22 May as part of a double-header along with the 2016 FA Trophy Final, the FA Vase at the FA website
Fareham Town F.C.
Fareham Town F. C. is a football club based in Fareham, Hampshire, England. The club is affiliated to the Hampshire Football Association, and is an FA Charter Standard club and they play in the Wessex League Premier Division. The club joined the Portsmouth League and started playing their games at Beaconsfield Meadow, at the end of the 1948-49 season the club gained promotion to Division 3 of the Hampshire League, and gained promotion to Division Two as champions at the first attempt. The club made progress in the 1952-53 season when they finished as Runners-up in Division Two to gain promotion to Division One. Three seasons later the club made its debut in the FA Cup. The club in the 1959-60 competition won Division One for the first time, further success would follow when the club won Division One, five times in a row from the 1962-63 campaign. The club would go on to win the league twice more during the 1970s, in 1975 the club then moved to its present home of the Cams Alders ground. With the club finishing runners up in the 1978-79 campaign the club joined the Southern Football League. In the 1982-83 season the club was placed in the Premier Division of the league, at the end of the 1988-89 campaign the club finished 19th and were relegated to the Southern Division, where they would then spend the next nine seasons. During this time the club would win the Hampshire Senior Cup for the fourth time, at the end of the 1997-98 season the club, decided to move down to the Wessex League, due to the finances involved in staying in the Southern League. Since then the club has remained in the top division of the Wessex League, Fareham Town play their home games at Cams Alders Football Stadium, Cams Alders, Palmerston Drive, Fareham, Hampshire, PO14 1BJ. Cams Alders has a stand seating 450 people, whilst the rest of the ground is reserved for standing spectators. They have recently refurbished their club house, the ground has floodlights, allowing evening games to be played. Managers/Coaches that have played/managed in the league or any foreign equivalent to this level. Mark Chamberlain Ray Crawford Jon Gittens Joe Laidlaw Richie Reynolds Official website Up The Creek Forum
The FA Cup, known officially as The Football Association Challenge Cup, is an annual knockout association football competition in mens domestic English football. First played during the 1871–72 season, it is the oldest association football competition in the world and it is organised by and named after The Football Association. For sponsorship reasons, from 2015 through to 2018 it is known as The Emirates FA Cup. A concurrent womens tournament is held, the FA Womens Cup. A record 763 clubs competed in 2011–12, the tournament consists of 12 randomly drawn rounds followed by the semi-finals and the final. The last entrants are the Premier League and Championship clubs, into the draw for the Third Round Proper, in the modern era, only one non-league team has ever reached the quarter finals, and teams below Level 2 have never reached the final. As a result, as well as who wins, significant focus is given to those minnows who progress furthest, especially if they achieve an unlikely giant-killing victory. Winners receive the FA Cup trophy, of which there have two designs and five actual cups, the latest is a 2014 replica of the second design. Winners also qualify for European football and a place in the FA Community Shield match, in 1863, the newly founded Football Association published the Laws of the Game of Association Football, unifying the various different rules in use before then. On 20 July 1871, in the offices of The Sportsman newspaper, the inaugural FA Cup tournament kicked off in November 1871. After thirteen games in all, Wanderers were crowned the winners in the final, Wanderers retained the trophy the following year. The modern cup was beginning to be established by the 1888–89 season, following the 1914–15 edition, the competition was suspended due to the First World War, and did not resume until 1919–20. The 1922–23 competition saw the first final to be played in the newly opened Wembley Stadium, due to the outbreak of World War II, the competition was not played between the 1938–39 and 1945–46 editions. Having previously featured replays, the modern day practice of ensuring the semi-final and final matches finish on the day, was introduced from 2000 onwards. Redevelopment of Wembley saw the final played outside of England for the first time, the final returned to Wembley in 2007, followed by the semi-finals from 2008. The competition is open to any club down to Level 10 of the English football league system which meets the eligibility criteria, all clubs in the top four levels are automatically eligible. Clubs in the six levels are also eligible provided they have played in either the FA Cup. Newly formed clubs, such as F. C. United of Manchester in 2005–06 and also 2006–07, all clubs entering the competition must also have a suitable stadium
Bicester Town F.C.
Bicester Town Football Club is a football club based in Bicester, Oxfordshire, England. They are currently members of the Hellenic League Division One East, the club was established in 1873, a merger of Bicester Rovers and Bicester Harriers. They joined the Oxfordshire Senior League after winning the County Shield in 1903 and they won the Oxfordshire Senior Cup in 1930 and again in 1939. In 1953 they were members of the Hellenic League, finishing as runners-up in its second season. They were placed in the Premier Division when the league gained a second division in 1956, the club were relegated to Division One after finishing bottom of the Premier Division in 1975–76, but returned to the Premier Division after winning Division One in 1977–78. They went on to win the Premier Division in 1979–80, the 2004–05 season saw the club relegated to Division One East. However, they finished as runners-up the following season, earning promotion back to the Premier Division and they were relegated again at the end of the 2009–10, and despite finishing second in Division One West the following season, folded after a dispute with their landlords. The club was reformed in 2015, and rejoined the Hellenic League Division One East for the 2015–16 season, until World War I the club played at several different grounds, starting at the Cricket Field in 1896 before moving to Banbury Road, then Station Road and London Road. Following the war the club returned to the Cricket Field, before moving to a new ground on Oxford Road that had formerly used as a golf course. A stand was built in the early 1930s and later extended, with a clubhouse, by 2004 the ground had a capacity of 2,000, with 250 seated, the record attendance was 955, set for a game against Portsmouth in 1994. A dispute with Bicester Sports Association, the owners, forced the club to fold in 2011. When they reformed in 2015, the club started playing at Ardley Uniteds Playing Fields ground. C, players Bicester Town F. C. managers Official website
Oldland Abbotonians F.C.
Oldland Abbotonians Football Club is a semi-professional football club based in Oldland Common South Gloucestershire, England. They are currently members of the Western League Division One and play at the Aitchison Playing Fields, the club is affiliated to the Somerset County FA and Gloucestershire County FA. The club was founded as St. Annes in 1910, the current incarnation of the club was formed from a merger between Oldland and Longwell Green Abbotonians in 1998. Oldland had played in the Gloucestershire County League on-and-off since 1974, meanwhile, Longwell Green Abbotonians had been playing in the Somerset Senior League since 1985, winning Division One in 1993–94
Sherborne Town F.C.
Sherborne Town Football Club are a football club based in the town of Sherborne, Dorset, England. They are currently members of the Western League Premier Division and play at Raleigh Grove, the club is affiliated to the Dorset County Football Association and is a FA chartered Standard club. The club was founded in 1894 and played their matches at Marston Road, just before the Second World War the club moved to the Terrace playing fields. The club then moved again in 1985 to their present home of Raleigh Grove. In 1962, they joined the Dorset Combination, in the season 2003-4 the club had improved its facilities off the pitch, with floodlights and a 150-seater stand being installed. They also finished fourth in the league season and won the Dorset Senior County Cup. An application was made to join the Western League but the Dorset Premier League refused to grant consent, the 2005–06 campaign saw the club able to re-enter the FA Vase again. At the end of the season finished second in the Dorset Premier Football League. After finishing 4th in 2006–07, they finished runners-up in 2007–08 – gaining promotion to the Western League Premier Division. That season also saw the club make its debut in the FA Cup, the club remained in the Premier Division until the end of the 2011–12 season, when they finished second from bottom, forcing them to be relegated back to Division one. The club bounced back up to the Premier Division at the first attempt when they finished as Champions of Division one, Sherborne Town play their home games at Raleigh Grove, Terrace Playing Fields, Sherborne, DT9 5NS. The Raleigh Grove site was built on a field with a pond in the far right corner of the ground. The pitch also had four drains laid to aid the playing surface, the record attendance at the ground is 1,000 versus Eastliegh, in the Andy Shephard Memorial match on 27 July 2003. Four Football League clubs have played at Raleigh Grove, Plymouth Argyle, Torquay United, Swindon Town, 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. Chris Giles Official Website Sherborne Town at the Football Club History Database
Melksham Town F.C.
Melksham Town Football Club are a football club based in Melksham, Wiltshire, England. They are currently members of the Western League Premier Division and play at the The Oakfield Stadium, the club is affiliated to the Wiltshire Football Association The club was formed as Melksham F. C. in 1876 and in 1894 became founding members of the Wilts League. They entered the FA Cup for the first time in 1946, in 1951 the club changed their name to their current one. They joined the Western Football League in 1974, Melksham won Division One in 1979–80, gaining promotion to the Premier Division. They stayed in the division until they were relegated in 1988, the club left the Western League in 1993, when they were relegated to the Wiltshire County League after finishing in bottom position. However they returned to the Western league in just one season when under manager Mel Gingell, the club three seasons later in the 1996–97 campaign under manager Darren Perrin, were promoted to the Premier Division One, as champions. The club then spent the next thirteen seasons in the top division of the Western league before being relegated to Division One again at the end of the 2009–10 campaign. At the end of the 2011–12 season the club gained prmotion back to the Premier Division when they finished as runners-up in Division one. In the 2014–15 season Melksham won the Western Football League Premier Division, until 2017, Melksham Town played their games at The Conigre, Market Place, Melksham, SN12 6ES. The club had played at the Conigre ground since 1926. C. in the FA Vase, andy Sandell Murray Fishlock David Seal club website
Whitehawk Football Club is a semi-professional English football club based in Whitehawk, a suburb of Brighton in the city of Brighton and Hove. The club participates in the National League South, the tier of English football. The team play their matches at the Enclosed Ground, situated in East Brighton Park. During this time the club won its first major honour. In 1961–62 Whitehawk won the first of four Division One titles, as well as the Sussex Senior Cup, the following season the competition was abandoned due to bad weather, but 1963–64 the Hawks retained the championship, finishing three points clear of second-placed Lewes. The next three seasons were not as successful and the club found itself relegated at the end of the 1966–67 season, only to make an immediate return as Division Two champions in 1968. The next nine years saw Whitehawk continue to compete in the top division, the Hawks were relegated for a second time in 1976–77. This time they were to spend four seasons in Division Two, 1986–87 saw the Hawks finish as runners-up to Arundel. Former Brighton & Hove Albion striker Gerry Fell scored the first equaliser in the away game, the home attendance record of 2,100 for the replay stood for 27 years and was only bettered in 2015 for the FA Cup replay with Dagenham and Redbridge. The Hawks won the Sussex RUR Charity Cup in 1990–91, beating Peacehaven & Telscombe in the final 2–1, 2002–03 saw the club under manager Ian Chapman once again finish in second place, this time to runaway winners Burgess Hill Town. The two sides met in the final of the John OHara League Cup and the Hawks emerged as 4–3 winners. However, they were found to have played an ineligible player in substitute Bertie Foster. The Hawks could only manage third place again in 2005–2006 but reached both the League Cup and RUR Charity Cup finals, losing to Shoreham and Hailsham Town respectively. In 2006–07 The Hawks reached the final of the FA Vase. The Hawks also reached the semi-final of the FA Vase, losing 1–4 on aggregate to Wroxham of the Eastern Counties League Premier Division. In their first season at the new level Whitehawk were in the race but eventually had to settle for third place. The game at the Enclosed Ground ended 1–1 but the visitors won 4–3 on penalties and they followed this up later by winning the 2012 Sussex Community Shield in August, with a 4–1 win against Three Bridges. The club achieved back to back promotions in the 2012–13 season by winning the Isthmian League Premier Division at the first attempt to earn a place in the Conference South
Torpoint Athletic F.C.
Torpoint Athletic F. C. are a football club based in Torpoint, Cornwall, England, in the UK. They play in the South West Peninsula League Premier Division, players within the club wanted to compete at a higher level and Torpoint applied to join the South Western League. The club has been a member of this ever since. Season 1962/63 saw Torpoints’ first campaign in the league, the club was fortunate to have many local players within the team John Bolton, Lou Dearden, Ben Lines, Malcolm Prout, Gary Selley and Barry Stephens. In addition there was also Brain Mallett and Mike Waterfield who moved to Torpoint to live, Torpoint returned to the winning ways of the pre war years winning the South Western League Championship on two occasions 1964/65 and 1966/67. The club won the Charity Cup on three occasions 1966,1967 and 1968, Torpoint Athletic lost in the final of the South Western League Cup in 1965/66 and the Cornwall Senior Cup in 1967/68. The club competed in the FA Amateur Cup reaching the round on several occasions. In this competition the club played teams from the London Athenian League, some of the teams they played were Corinthian Casuals, Cray Wanderers, Harwich and Parkstone, Leyton and Walton and Hersham. Altogether eleven enjoyable years were spent at Defiance Field, the ground had an end to end slope with good playing surface that encouraged good football. The support was good with crowds often of over a thousand watching matches, however, it was always a wish of the club to return to what many considered to be the traditional home of local football in Torpoint The Mill. In 1970 the option to buy The Mill was offered to the club, the committee led by Chairman Mr Reg. Devonshire and Secretary Keith Lillyman formed the Two Hundred Club and this weekly and monthly draw helped the club raise the finance required. In 1971 Torpoint Athletic purchased The Mill, the grand opening of the pitch took place on Wednesday August 11,1971. Torpoint Athletic played a County Eleven losing the match by three goals to two. The move back to its traditional home did not bring a host of trophies, in 1972/73 they lost one nil to Wadebridge Town in the Cornwall Charity Cup. Torpoint finished third in 1977/78 and fourth in 1978/79, george Preece won the clubs’ award for most goals in both seasons. During the seventies many local lads represented the club, Phil Cardew, Steve Cardew, Neil Edwards, Terry Metters, Ritchie Roberts, Alan Shannon and Mike Vigus to name but a few. One such player, Roy Carter went on to league football for Hereford, Swindon, Exeter. Robbie Russell went on to make the professional ranks with Cowdenbeath, in 1980/81 the club again lost in the final of the Cornwall Charity Cup by three goals to one to Truro City
Almondsbury Town A.F.C.
Almondsbury Town Association Football Club was a football club based in Almondsbury, near Bristol, England. Their colours were sky blue and white shirts, with blue shorts and socks. Although Almondsbury boasts a team dating from the 1870s, the date of formation was not known. A local football reporter, David Hughes, from the Evening Post and this discovery came from the Gloucestershire Football Associations list of teams for the 1899–1900 season of which Almondsbury were at the top. The Club colours then were Light and Dark Blue, the original base for the Club which is still there was The Swan Hotel. In 1974 Almondsbury merged with local club, Greenway Sports. It was a merger of convenience for both parties, with the formation of a new club, Almondsbury Greenway, they immediately gained election to the Gloucestershire County League, where they finished runners up in their first season. Five successive championships followed before they were again runners up in season 1981–82. It was during this period that the club achieved its greatest moment, reaching the final of the FA Vase at Wembley Stadium in 1979, season 1982–1983 saw the club promoted to the Hellenic League where, in their first season, they finished a worthy second to Moreton Town. The following year the roles were reversed, with Almondsbury Greenway not only winning the championship, after ten seasons of finishing in the top two of any league in which they competed, a lean spell inevitably followed. After relegation to the Hellenic League Division One it was realised that total independence was essential to the future progress. The new ground was completed for the 1988–89 season and the off the efforts were rewarded by clinching the Division One title. At the end of season 1992–1993, following a period of financial difficulties and it was, however, allowed to continue under yet another name, Almondsbury Town Football Club. After a period of eighteen months, Oaklands Park was finally purchased by the Gloucestershire Football Association for their new headquarters. With new appointments made to the management team in 2005, the club progressed both on and off the field. In 2007–08 the club had very successful season but lost out on promotion to the Southern League to North Leigh by a goal difference of two after both teams finished on 96 points. Runners up spot was achieved in the Hellenic League Cup Final after a 2–1 defeat by Hungerford Town. 2008–09 saw The Almonds finish in 4th position,6 points behind the eventual League Champions Hungerford Town and this time though, the Almonds went one better than last season and secured the SBJ Insurance Brokers League Challenge Cup with a 1–0 victory over Carterton
Basingstoke Town F.C.
Basingstoke Town Football Club is a football club based in Basingstoke, Hampshire, England. The club are members of the Southern League Premier Division. Their motto, Vestigia Nulla Retrorsum, means No stepping back, the club was established in 1896 by a merger of Aldworth United and Basingstoke Albion. They joined the Hampshire League in 1901, and when the league was split into divisions in 1903, were placed in the North Division. They finished bottom of the division in both 1903–04 and 1904–05, and again in 1906–07 and 1907–08, however, after consecutive second-bottom finishes and then finishing fifth out of seven clubs in 1910–11, they were North Division champions in 1911–12. Finishing as champions resulted in promotion to the County Section, although the continued to play in the North Division. They won the North Section again in 1919–20, After league reorganisation in 1929 Basingstoke were placed in Division One and they finished as runners-up in 1965–66 and 1966–67, before winning the league in 1967–68. After finishing as runners-up again in 1968–69, they won titles in 1969–70 and 1970–71. After their third Hampshire League title, Basingstoke moved up to Division One South of the Southern League and their first season in the Southern League saw them reach the first round of the FA Cup for the first time, eventually losing 5–1 to Northampton Town. The club remained in Division One South until 1979, when league restructuring saw them placed in the Southern Division and they won the division in 1984–85, earning promotion to the Premier Division. Two seasons later they were transferred to the Premier Division of the Isthmian League, although they were relegated to Division One at the end of the 1987–88 season, they made an immediate return to the Premier Division after ending the following season as runners-up. The 1989–90 season saw the club reach the first round of the FA Cup again, after beating Bromsgrove Rovers 3–0, they lost 3–2 to Torquay United in the second round. In 1993–94 they were relegated to Division One, returning to the Premier Division after finishing as Division One runners-up in 1996–97 and they then took Northampton to a replay in the second round, before losing 4–3 on penalties. They reached the first round again in 1998–99, losing 2–1 to Bournemouth, in 2003–04 the club finished fourteenth in the Premier Division, entering a play-off against Lewes for a place in the new Conference South. Although they lost 4–1, they gained a place in the new league after Hendon decided against promotion. The club made another appearance in the FA Cup first round in 2006–07, a fifth-place finish in 2011–12 saw the club qualify for the promotion play-offs. However, they lost the two-legged semi-final to Dartford 3–1 on aggregate, losing 1–0 at home and they also reached the FA Cup first round again, losing 1–0 to Brentford. They qualified for the play-offs for a time in 2014–15 after finishing third
Ilfracombe Town F.C.
Ilfracombe Town Football Club is a football club based in Ilfracombe, Devon, England. They are currently members of the North Devon League Premier Division and play at Marlborough Park, the club was founded in 1902 as Ilfracombe F. C. and became a founder member of the North Devon League in 1904. In 1920, the Town suffix was added to the clubs title, in 1922, the club switched to the East Devon League. The club in 1923 then acquired its present ground of Marlborough Park, the 1949–50 season also saw the club make its debut in the FA Cup. After only two seasons, they were relegated and after four seasons in Division Two, left the Western League in 1959. With relegation the club stopped playing in the FA Cup having to wait until 1989 before entering it again. After a quarter of a back in local football in the North Devon League, they re-joined the Western League in 1984 as members of Division One. The club gained promotion in 2007 to the Western Football League Premier Division, in 2014 the club withdrew from the Western League and returned to the more local North Devon League. In 2016 the clubs record goal scorer Toby Reed transferred to local rivals Combe Martin FC, Ilfracombe Town play their games at Marlborough Park, Ilfracombe EX34 8PD. The ground has 1500 seats in two covered stands, the clubhouse has a fully licensed bar with catering and function rooms, available to hire. The ground has six pylons to enable evening games to be played
Willand Rovers F.C.
Willand Rovers Football Club is a football club based in Willand, near Exeter, in Devon. They are currently members of the Western League Premier Division and play at the Stan Robinson Stadium, the club is affiliated to the Devon County Football Association Willand Rovers Football Club was formed in 1946, after the financial collapse of Willand Wanderers FC, during the Second World War. The club moved to their present home of The Stan Robinson Stadium, in the 1950s and were playing in the Devon and Exeter Football League. The club in 1990 was relegated to the Senior Division of the Devon, however, the club went back to the premier division for the 1991–92 season. For the start of the 1992–93 season they were among the members of the Devon League. They went on to win the winning that league twice before gaining promotion to the Western League Division One in 2001. Willand Rovers made it to the Les Phillips Cup Final in 2006, losing to Corsham Town and they reached the Fifth Round of the FA Vase in 2009–10. Willand Rovers play their games at The Stan Robinson Stadium, Silver Street, Willand, Cullompton. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality, richard Pears Headley Steele Official Club website
Lymington Town F.C.
Lymington Town Football Club is a football club based in Lymington, England. Known as The Linnets, they were founded in 1876 and played in the Hampshire League for many years, as of the 2014–15 season, they played in the Wessex League Premier Division. In 1986 they became members of the Wessex League and two years later merged with local rivals Wellworthy Athletic to become AFC Lymington. The new club enjoyed success, winning the Wessex League title before joining forces with local rivals New Milton in 1998 to become known as Lymington & New Milton. However, many people were opposed to the merger so they reformed Lymington Town, the new club joined the Hampshire League Division Three in 1998 and soon progressed to the top division. They are currently members of the Wessex League Premier Division, which they reached after winning the Wessex League Division One title in the 2004–05 season, former players include Jason Stride, John Bailey, Russell Perrett and David Peach. They won the Wessex League Cup in 2007, beating Bournemouth on penalties, in the 2007–08 season, they reached the fourth round of the FA Vase, which is their best ever performance in the competition. The 2009–10 season started with Jeremy Stagg as manager, Stagg re-signed with the club in eighth place in the Wessex League Premier Division table. Dave Morris took over and the eventually finished a disappointing 20th. Morris resigned from the post on 23 April, leaving Mick Cuffie, the 2010–11 season new managers Stuart and Matt Hussey took charge. They had been with Wessex League Premier Division side Winchester City, first team coach Darren Burdle left to join bitter rivals Winchester City for the 2011–12 season. Lymington Town play their games at the Sports Ground, Southampton Road, Lymington. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality
Corsham Town F.C.
Corsham Town Football Club is a football club based in Corsham, Wiltshire, England. The Western League Division One and play at Southbank, Corsham Town was founded in 1884 and affiliated to the Football Association in 1893. The club had to wait just over sixty years before it had won anything, winning the Wilts Junior Cup in the 1946–47 season. Four seasons later the club entered the FA Cup for the first time making it to the first qualifying round in its first attempt, in the 1960–61 season the club won its second honour winning the Wiltshire League Division two, fourteen years after their first honour. In 1976 they became founding members of the Wiltshire Football League, during their first Season in the new county league the club won the Wiltshire Senior Cup and were promoted to the top division in the league. His was a short tenure, and Lock was followed by Peter Tripp who led the club to becoming champions for the first time in 1997–98, in an impressive first season, Gingells young charges finished fifth in the league, despite a lengthy touchline ban for the new manager. The club then remained in the Premier Division until the 2011–12 season where upon finishing 18th they were relegated back to Division One under new manager Trevor Rawlings. Rawlings led the club to a finish in their first season back in the First Division. Corsham Town play their games at Southbank Ground, Lacock Road, Corsham, SN13 9HS. A Cup best Performance, Second qualifying round 2004–05. Vase best performance, Third round 2006–07 Official Site Corsham Town at the Football Club History Database
Bridgwater Town F.C.
Bridgwater Town Football Club is a football club based in Bridgwater, Somerset, England. Affiliated to the Somerset County FA, they are members of the Southern League Division One South & West. Bridgwater Association Football Club were established at a meeting in the Cross Rifle pub on 28 January 1898 and they joined the Somerset Senior League later in the year, and in their first full season they won the Somerset Senior Cup, beating Yeovil Casuals 1–0 in a replay. However, the club disbanded after four seasons in the league, in 1903 a new Bridgwater A. F. C. was formed. They subsequently joined the Clevedon & District League for the 1905–06 season and they won Division Two of the Weston & District League in 1908–09, but finished bottom of Division One the following season and were relegated back to Division Two. This was repeated when they won Division Two again in 1911–12, the club subsequently folded during the 2013–14 season. In 1921, Highbridge League club Wills Athletic, the team of the Wills Engineering company. The level of interest in the led to the club being transformed into Bridgwater Town during the 1921–22 season. After being rejected by the Somerset Senior League in 1923, they joined both the Mid-Somerset and West Somerset leagues, following World War II Crown Dynamos were formed in 1946 and joined the Bridgwater & District League. They moved up to Somerset Senior League in 1947, and after finishing third in their first season, the first season under the new name saw the club finish as runners-up, resulting in a successful application to join Division Two of the Western League. They finished as runners-up in Division Two in 1951–52, earning promotion to Division One, the 1957–58 season saw them finish second in Division One, as well as winning the League Cup. They repeated the feat the following season, beating Weston-super-Mare 1–0 in a first round replay, in 1963–64 another first round appearance resulted in a 3–0 defeat at home to Third Division Luton Town, they were beaten in the same round by Reading in 1971–72. The club went on to win the league in 1980–81, after winning the League Cup the following season, they moved up to the Midland Division of the Southern League. However, after two seasons the club resigned from the league and folded due to problems caused by the additional travelling, falling attendances. A new Bridgwater Town was established, taking over from the clubs reserves in Division One of the Somerset Senior League. They went on to win three successive Premier Division titles in 1989–90, 1990–91 and 1991–92, and after finishing as runners-up in 1993–94, were promoted to Division One of the Western League, in 1995–96 they won Division One and were promoted to the Premier Division. After finishing as Premier Division runners-up in 2006–07, Bridgwater were promoted to Division One South & West of the Southern League, a third-place finish in 2009–10 saw them qualify for the promotion play-offs. Although the club defeated VTFC 3–0 in the semi-finals, they lost 4–3 to Cirencester Town in the final, the original Bridwater club played at field that later became the British Cellophane factory
The Sun (United Kingdom)
The Sun is a tabloid published in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Since The Sun on Sunday was launched in February 2012, the paper has been a seven-day operation, as a broadsheet, it was founded in 1964 as a successor to the Daily Herald, it became a tabloid in 1969 after it was purchased by its current owners. It is published by the News Group Newspapers division of News UK, the Sun had the largest circulation of any daily newspaper in the United Kingdom, but in late 2013 slipped to second largest Saturday newspaper behind the Daily Mail. It had a daily circulation of 2.2 million copies in March 2014. Approximately 41% of readers are women and 59% are men, the Sun has been involved in many controversies in its history, including its coverage of the 1989 Hillsborough football stadium disaster. Regional editions of the newspaper for Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland are published in Glasgow, Belfast, on 26 February 2012, The Sun on Sunday was launched to replace the closed News of the World, employing some of its former journalists. Roy Greenslade issued some caveats over the May 2015 figures, the Sun was first published as a broadsheet on 15 September 1964, with a logo featuring a glowing orange disc. It was launched by owners IPC to replace the failing Daily Herald, the new paper was intended to add a readership of social radicals to the Heralds political radicals. Supposedly there was an immense, sophisticated and superior class, hitherto undetected and yearning for its own newspaper. As delusions go, this was in the El Dorado class, launched with an advertising budget of £400,000, the brash new paper burst forth with tremendous energy, according to The Times. Its initial print run of 3.5 million was attributed to curiosity and the advantage of novelty, by 1969, according to Hugh Cudlipp, The Sun was losing about £2m a year and had a circulation of 800,000. Seizing the opportunity to increase his presence on Fleet Street, he made an agreement with the print unions and he assured IPC that he would publish a straightforward, honest newspaper which would continue to support Labour. IPC, under pressure from the unions, rejected Maxwells offer and he would later remark, I am constantly amazed at the ease with which I entered British newspapers. Murdoch found he had such a rapport with Larry Lamb over lunch that other potential recruits as editor were not interviewed, Lamb wanted Bernard Shrimsley to be his deputy, which Murdoch accepted as Shrimsley had been the second name on his list of preferences. Lamb hastily recruited a staff of about 125 reporters, who were selected for their availability rather than their ability. This was about a quarter of what the Mirror then employed, Murdoch immediately relaunched The Sun as a tabloid, and ran it as a sister paper to the News of the World. The Sun used the printing presses, and the two papers were managed together at senior executive levels. The new tabloid Sun was first published on 17 November 1969, with a front page headlined HORSE DOPE SENSATION, an editorial on page 2 announced, Todays Sun is a new newspaper
A newspaper is a serial publication containing news about current events, other informative articles about politics, sports, arts, and so on, and advertising. A newspaper is usually, but not exclusively, printed on relatively inexpensive, the journalism organizations that publish newspapers are themselves often metonymically called newspapers. As of 2017, most newspapers are now published online as well as in print, the online versions are called online newspapers or news websites. Newspapers are typically published daily or weekly, News magazines are also weekly, but they have a magazine format. General-interest newspapers typically publish news articles and feature articles on national and international news as well as local news, typically the paper is divided into sections for each of those major groupings. Papers also include articles which have no byline, these articles are written by staff writers, a wide variety of material has been published in newspapers. As of 2017, newspapers may also provide information about new movies, most newspapers are businesses, and they pay their expenses with a mixture of subscription revenue, newsstand sales, and advertising revenue. Some newspapers are government-run or at least government-funded, their reliance on advertising revenue, the editorial independence of a newspaper is thus always subject to the interests of someone, whether owners, advertisers, or a government. Some newspapers with high editorial independence, high quality. This is a way to avoid duplicating the expense of reporting from around the world, circa 2005, there were approximately 6,580 daily newspaper titles in the world selling 395 million print copies a day. Worldwide annual revenue approached $100 billion in 2005-7, then plunged during the financial crisis of 2008-9. Revenue in 2016 fell to only $53 billion, hurting every major publisher as their efforts to gain online income fell far short of the goal. Besides remodeling advertising, the internet has also challenged the business models of the era by crowdsourcing both publishing in general and, more specifically, journalism. In addition, the rise of news aggregators, which bundle linked articles from online newspapers. Increasing paywalling of online newspapers may be counteracting those effects, the oldest newspaper still published is the Gazzetta di Mantova, which was established in Mantua in 1664. While online newspapers have increased access to newspapers by people with Internet access, literacy is also a factor which prevents people who cannot read from being able to benefit from reading newspapers. Periodicity, They are published at intervals, typically daily or weekly. This ensures that newspapers can provide information on newly-emerging news stories or events, currency, Its information is as up to date as its publication schedule allows
Larkhall Athletic F.C.
Larkhall Athletic Football Club are a football club based in Larkhall, in Bath, Somerset, England. From 2014–15 they have playing in the Southern Football League Division One South & West. The club is affiliated to the Somerset County FA, the club was founded in 1914, and played local football until joining the Western League when it expanded to two divisions in 1976. They won promotion to the Western Football League Premier Division from the First Division for the first time in 2008–09 as champions and they had previously won the Division One title in the 1988–89 season but remained in Division One. In 2010–11, in only their second season at Premier level. They remained in the Premier Division for the 2011–12 season however, in 2014 they won the Western League double and progressed to the Southern League for the first time in club history. The Larks best FA Vase runs before the 2008–09 saw them reach the Second Round on three occasions, in the 2011–12 season, the surpassed their 2008–09 season by reaching the Fifth Round, but lost to Herne Bay. They equalled this feat in 2012–13, losing in the round to the eventual finalists Tunbridge Wells, and in 2013–14. Larkhall Athletic play their games at Plain Ham, Charlcombe Lane, Larkhall, Bath. The Larks also run a side, who play in the Somerset County League
Promotion and relegation
In sports leagues, promotion and relegation is a process where teams are transferred between two divisions based on their performance for the completed season. In some leagues, playoffs or qualifying rounds are used to determine rankings. This process can continue through several levels of divisions, with teams being exchanged between levels 1 and 2, levels 2 and 3, levels 3 and 4, the number of teams exchanged between the divisions is almost always identical. Such variations will almost inevitably cause an effect through the lower divisions. Even in the absence of such circumstances, the pyramid-like nature of most European football league systems can still create knock-on effects at the regional level. The system is said to be the characteristic of the European form of professional sports league organization. Promotion and relegation have the effect of allowing the maintenance of a hierarchy of leagues and divisions and they also maintain the importance of games played by many low-ranked teams near the end of the season, which may be at risk of relegation. In contrast, a low-ranked US or Canadian teams final games serve little purpose, although not intrinsic to the system, problems can occur due to the differing monetary payouts and revenue-generating potential that different divisions provide to their clubs. For example, financial hardship has sometimes occurred in leagues where clubs do not reduce their wage bill once relegated, some leagues offer parachute payments to its relegated teams for the following year. The payouts are higher than the money received by some non-relegated teams and are designed to soften the financial hit that clubs take whilst dropping out of the Premier League. However, in many cases these parachute payments just serve to inflate the costs of competing for promotion among the lower division clubs as newly relegated teams retain a financial advantage. If these are not satisfied, a team may be promoted in their place. While the primary purpose of the system is to maintain competitive balance. On several occasions, the Italian Football Federation has relegated clubs found to have involved in match-fixing. This occurred most recently in 2006, when the initial champions Juventus were relegated to Serie B. An exception is the proposed UEFA Nations League, which will feature promotion and relegation across four levels, in tennis, the Davis Cup has promotion and relegation where each group uses a knockout tournament format in which first-round losers play off to avoid relegation. In the United States, Canada, and Australia, teams are not promoted or relegated. The USL set up two leagues, now known as the United Soccer League and the Premier Development League, although the system is now in place, it is not compulsory and is rarely used
Slimbridge Association Football Club are an English football club representing the village of Slimbridge, near Dursley, Gloucestershire, currently playing in the Southern League. The club is affiliated to the Gloucestershire County FA, in 1951 the club moved to their current ground at Wisloe Road after Evi Thornhill, a former player bequeathed the land to the club in his will. From then until the 1990s the club competed in the Stroud and District League. They won the league at the first attempt, and were promoted to the Gloucestershire County League where the club maintained back to back promotions by winning back to the Hellenic League. In 2013 they transferred to the Western League Premier Division, after securing a 3rd-place finish in the Western League Premier Division at the end of the 2014-15 season, it was confirmed that the club had earned promotion to the Southern League. The record attendance at Wisloe Road is 525 for a game against Shortwood United in 2003, slimbridges second highest ever attendance was in a pre season friendly with Forest Green Rovers in August 2011. It is situated not in Slimbridge but just over the A38 in nearby Cambridge, the ground also plays host to the home games of the ladies team at Forest Green Rovers. On 26 July 2016 the grounds name was changed to Thornhill Park, the change in name was to honour former chairman Evi Thornhill who gave the land to the club in 1960
Where more than two competitors can play in each match, such as in a shootout poker tournament, players are removed when they can no longer play until one player remains from the group. This player moves on to the next round, some competitions are held with a pure single-elimination tournament system. Others have many phases, with the last being a final stage called playoffs. The round before the quarterfinals is sometimes called the round of sixteen, Last Sixteen, or pre-quarterfinals, earlier rounds are typically numbered counting forwards from the first round, or by the number of remaining competitors. If some competitors get a bye, the round at which they enter may be named the first round, with the matches called a preliminary round. Many Olympic single-elimination tournaments feature the bronze medal if they do not award bronze medals to both losing semifinalists. The FIFA World Cup has long featured the third place match, the number of distinct ways of arranging a single-elimination tournament is given by the Wedderburn–Etherington numbers. Brackets are set up so that the top two seeds could not possibly meet until the round, none of the top four can meet prior to the semifinals. If no seeding is used, the tournament is called a random knockout tournament. One version of seeding is where brackets are set up so that the quarterfinal pairings would be the 1 seed vs. the 8 seed,2 vs.7,3 vs.6 and 4 vs. This may be done after each round, or only at selected intervals, in American team sports, for example, the MLS, NFL and WNBA employ this tactic, but the NBA does not. MLB does not have teams in its playoff tournament where re-seeding would make a large difference in the matchups. In international fencing competitions, it is common to have a group stage, participants are divided in groups of 6–7 fencers who play a round-robin tournament, and a ranking is calculated from the consolidated group results. Single elimination is seeded from this ranking, the single-elimination format enables a relatively large number of competitors to participate. There are no dead matches, and no matches where one competitor has more to play for than the other, the format is less suited to games where draws are frequent. In chess, each fixture in a single-elimination tournament must be played multiple matches, because draws are common. In association football, games ending in a draw may be settled in extra time, another perceived disadvantage is that most competitors are eliminated after relatively few games. Variations such as the tournament allow competitors a single loss while remaining eligible for overall victory
Morpeth Town A.F.C.
Morpeth Town Association Football Club is a football club in Morpeth, Northumberland, England, which plays in the Northern League Division One. Their home ground is Craik Park, the clubs traditional colours are amber and black stripes. Morpeth Town were founded in 1893 following the amalgamation of Morpeth United and they played their home matches at Stobhill Cricket Field. They joined the Northern Football Alliance in the 1936–37 season, the club moved to Storey Park in 1954. In the 1983–84 season they were the Northern Football Alliance champions and they won the Northern Alliance Challenge Cup in 1986 as well as the Benevolent Bowl. In 1994 the club moved to Craik Park and again won the Northern Alliance title, the following season they were promoted to Division One as champions. In the clubs first season in Division One they finished in place and were runners-up in the Northumberland Senior Cup. In 2007 Morpeth beat Blyth Spartans to win the Northumberland Senior Cup at St James Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and they beat Hereford 4–1 in the 2016 FA Vase final. Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Chairman, Ken Beattie Club & Match Secretary, Andrew McDonnell Commercial Manager, John Richardson Morpeth play at Craik Park and it has 100 seats in a small stand and is surrounded by a 400-metre cinder track. The track was built in 1972 and is used for training by Morpeth Harriers Athletics Club. Morpeth Town moved to the stadium in 1994 and named the stadium Craik Park after father, since then the club has built a covered stand, a new clubhouse, installed floodlights and erected a high fence around the ground
Sunderland Ryhope Community Association F.C.
Sunderland Ryhope Community Association Football Club are an English association football club, based in Ryhope, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, currently playing in the Northern League Division One. Sunderland RCA FC started its life as Ryhope Youth Club and its first season was in the Seaham & District League in 1963. The first game was against Seaham UDC at the Seaham CW ground, now home to Seaham Red Star, the first seeds had been sown three years earlier, in 1960, when the Ryhope Youth Club Centre opened in the Welfare Hall. In 1965 the club moved to the Colliery Welfare ground and in 1971 changed its name to Ryhope Community Association, competing in the Seaham, then Houghton & District Leagues, the club enjoyed success with eight cup wins and four league titles. Rejected by the Wearside League because a Ryhope team already played in it, re-formed three years later, the club joined the Northern Alliance in 1978 and won the League Challenge Cup at St James Park in Newcastle, in only their third season. Ryhope CA were also runners up that year, even though they were reduced to playing on a school field. After some persuasion, the club convinced the council to lease then some derelict land - Meadow Park was underway, financial help was obtained from Sunderland and Tyne and Wear Councils and the Sports Council to build a football ground. The club members and community joined together to carry out the building work, in 1982 the club was a founder member of the Northern League Second Division, achieving promotion as runner up in the 1983–84 season. Despite achieving a league placing of tenth the season, survival proved difficult. In 1999 a new era commenced with the amalgamation with Kennek Roker of the Wearside League to form Kennek Ryhope Community Association. The seasons from 2003 onwards were tough, but for the season 2006–07, the joined forces with Springboard Sunderland. Progress continued to be made both on and off the pitch and after finishing fourth in the two seasons Sunderland RCA FC were promoted as runners-up to Stokesley FC in season 2009–10
Lydney Town A.F.C.
Lydney Town A. F. C. are a football club based in Lydney, Gloucestershire, England. They are currently member of the Hellenic League Premier Division, the club is affiliated to the Gloucestershire County FA. The club was formed in 1911 and played in local leagues until 1952 when they joined the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League, the club played in this league until 1969, when due to a lack of a committee the club folded, but was reformed again two seasons later. The club won the Senior League Division One Championship in the 1979–80 season, four seasons later they left the league and rejoined the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League. In the 2005–06 season, they won the Gloucestershire County League title, Lydney Town play their home games at Lydney Recreation Ground, Swan Road, Lydney GL15 5RU
Bromsgrove Sporting F.C.
Bromsgrove Sporting F. C. are a football club based in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, England. The club was founded in 2009 and played their first season, 2010–11, the club currently play in the Midland League Division One. Bromsgrove Sporting was founded in 2009 as a consortium with the plan to buy Bromsgrove Rovers. When another owner was found for Rovers it was decided to create a new club instead, on 2 June 2010 Sporting were offered the lease of Victoria Ground after they had promised to make the ground available to Bromsgrove Rovers too. In August 2010, Bromsgrove Rovers were expelled from the Southern League and were dissolved, in 2012–13 Bromsgrove Sporting was promoted to the Midland Football Combination Premier Division due to a reorganisation of that league. As of 2014-15 the league was rebranded Midland Football League First Division after the Midland Combination merged with the Midland Alliance, Bromsgrove have gained a reputation for being the perennial bridesmaids, finishing 2nd for three consecutive years in a league that offers just the one promotion place. Being the in-spirit replacement of Bromsgrove Rovers, Sporting have a higher average attendance than the other teams in their league. Their inaugural season had an average attendance of 293. As of 4 January 2017 their average for 2016–17 stands at 590, sportings record home attendance was on 11 March 2017 where 3,349 attended a FA Vase Semi-Final first leg match against Cleethorpes Town. Sportings record home attendance was on 25 February 2017 when 944 saw them beat Heath Hayes 2-1 in the Midland Football League Division One. Sporting currently play at step six of the pyramid, and have the highest average attendance of any team at this level in the country. Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality
Bristol and Suburban Association Football League
The Bristol and Suburban Association Football League is a football competition in England. The league has a total of seven divisions, the highest of which, the league is affiliated to the Gloucestershire County FA. It is one of three feeders to the Gloucestershire County League, the Bristol and Suburban Association Football League was formed in 1894 under the name North Bristol and District Association Football League. The inaugural meeting of the League was held on September 14,1894 at the Phoenix Coffee Palace and this meeting was attended by representatives of the following Clubs who were responsible for setting up the working arrangements and funding of the new League. It was not until 1906 that the Leagues current name first appeared, norman Goulding Memorial Cup – competed for each season since 1984–85 by senior teams of the Clubs playing in Division two and below. Tom Pitts Memorial Cup – presented annually since 1984 to the Club Secretary who has administered the affairs of his/her Club with outstanding efficiency, Greenway Sports won the Bristol Premier Combination on a number of occasions in the early 1970s. The clubs amalgamated as Almondsbury Greenway in 1974 and reached the final of the FA Vase at Wembley Stadium in 1979, the club changed its name to Almondsbury Town and in the 2010/11 season played in Southern Football League Division One South & West where they finished eighth. However, following the loss of their Oaklands Park home venue the club dropped to the Bristol & Suburban League, and after one season back in the league, sadly folded altogether