Malmesbury /ˈmɑːlmzbri/ or /ˈmɑːmzbri/ is a market town and civil parish in the southern Cotswolds in the county of Wiltshire, England. Once the site of an Iron Age fort, in the Anglo-Saxon period it became the site of a monastery famed for its learning, Æthelstan, the first king of England, was buried in Malmesbury Abbey when he died in 939. The hilltop contains several freshwater springs, which helped early settlements and it was the site of an Iron Age fort, and in the Anglo-Saxon period it had a monastery famed as a centre of learning. The town is listed in the Burghal Hidage as one of Alfred the Greats defended burhs assessed at 1200 hides, the town was described in the Domesday Book as a borough. Alfreds grandson, Æthelstan, the first king of England, was buried in Malmesbury Abbey in 939, the Abbey was founded in 675 by Maildubh, Mailduf or Maelduib, an Irishman. Having founded other churches in the area, including at Bradford on Avon and its architecture is listed in the highest category and it is a Scheduled Ancient Monument. Across the River Avons Sherston branch via the footpath by 18 Gloucester Street is a depression Daniels Well and this derives from a monk called Daniel named after earlier Daniel of Winchester. This former bishop, on losing his sight, lived at the abbey briefly until death in 745AD and was educated there, the later monk is said to have submerged himself in the cold water every day for decades to quell fiery passions. The Abbey was the site of an attempt at human flight, when noted by historian William of Malmesbury in 1010. Eilmer flew over 180 metres before landing, breaking both legs, thus by the time of the Norman invasion in 1066, Malmesbury was one of the most significant towns in England. It is listed first in the Wiltshire section of the Domesday Book, King Henry Is chancellor, Roger of Salisbury, seized the monastery under his bishopric in 1118, and held it for 20 years. Renowned as a builder, he rebuilt the wooden town walls wholly in stone rather than wood. In 1220 this resulted in the construction of the Abbey guest house, the Abbeys spire collapsed in either the late 15th or early 16th century. Under his English Reformation, King Henry VIII, sold the substantial land, the extant part of the Abbey is now the parish church, with the remains containing a parvise which still holds some fine examples of books from the former Abbey library. Malmesbury natives can be nicknamed Jackdaws, originating from the colony of these that inhabit the Abbey walls. The location and defensive position of Malmesbury on the latterly important Oxford to Bristol route made it a military point. During the Civil War the town changed hands seven times, with the face of Malmesbury Abbey still today bearing pock-marks from cannon. In 1646 Parliament ordered that the walls be destroyed
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
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
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
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
Wiltshire is a county in South West England with an area of 3,485 km2. It is landlocked and borders the counties of Dorset, Somerset, the county town was originally Wilton, after which the county is named, but Wiltshire Council is now based in the new county town of Trowbridge. Wiltshire is characterised by its high downland and wide valleys, Salisbury Plain is noted for being the location of the Stonehenge and Avebury stone circles and other ancient landmarks, and as a training area for the British Army. The city of Salisbury is notable for its mediaeval cathedral, important country houses open to the public include Longleat, near Warminster, and the National Trusts Stourhead, near Mere. The county, in the 9th century written as Wiltunscir, later Wiltonshire, is named after the county town of Wilton. Wiltshire is notable for its pre-Roman archaeology, the Mesolithic, Neolithic and Bronze Age people that occupied southern Britain built settlements on the hills and downland that cover Wiltshire. Stonehenge and Avebury are perhaps the most famous Neolithic sites in the UK, in the 6th and 7th centuries Wiltshire was at the western edge of Saxon Britain, as Cranborne Chase and the Somerset Levels prevented the advance to the west. The Battle of Bedwyn was fought in 675 between Escuin, a West Saxon nobleman who had seized the throne of Queen Saxburga, in 878 the Danes invaded the county. Following the Norman Conquest, large areas of the country came into the possession of the crown, at the time of the Domesday Survey the industry of Wiltshire was largely agricultural,390 mills are mentioned, and vineyards at Tollard and Lacock. In the 17th century English Civil War Wiltshire was largely Parliamentarian, the Battle of Roundway Down, a Royalist victory, was fought near Devizes. The Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry currently lives on as Y Squadron, based in Swindon, around 1800 the Kennet and Avon Canal was built through Wiltshire, providing a route for transporting cargoes from Bristol to London until the development of the Great Western Railway. Information on the 261 civil parishes of Wiltshire is available on the Wiltshire Community History website, run by the Libraries and this site includes maps, demographic data, historic and modern pictures and short histories. The local nickname for Wiltshire natives is moonrakers and this originated from a story of smugglers who managed to foil the local Excise men by hiding their alcohol, possibly French brandy in barrels or kegs, in a village pond. The officials took them for simple yokels or mad and left them alone, many villages claim the tale for their own village pond, but the story is most commonly linked with The Crammer in Devizes. Two-thirds of Wiltshire, a rural county, lies on chalk. This chalk is part of a system of chalk downlands throughout eastern and southern England formed by the rocks of the Chalk Group, the largest area of chalk in Wiltshire is Salisbury Plain, which is used mainly for arable agriculture and by the British Army as training ranges. The highest point in the county is the Tan Hill–Milk Hill ridge in the Pewsey Vale, just to the north of Salisbury Plain, the chalk uplands run northeast into West Berkshire in the Marlborough Downs ridge, and southwest into Dorset as Cranborne Chase. Cranborne Chase, which straddles the border, has, like Salisbury Plain, yielded much Stone Age, the Marlborough Downs are part of the North Wessex Downs AONB, a 1,730 km2 conservation area
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
Wiltshire Football Association
The Wiltshire County Football Association is the governing body of football in the county of Wiltshire. Its headquarters are located in Swindon. Affiliated members pay a fee commensurate with the level of competition they play in, Affiliated members benefit from access to support and guidance on such areas as health and safety and access to finance or grants. The County FA is directly responsible for the governance of County Cup competitions, the Council has representation from the six geographic areas of the County, namely North Swindon, South Swindon, South Wilts, East Wilts, West Wilts and North West Wilts. Swindon Town F. C. are the highest placed affiliated club in the County, Chippenham Town F. C. are the next highest rank affiliate playing in the Southern Premier League followed by Swindon Supermarine in the Southern League Division 1 South & West. Salisbury City were removed from the Football Conference in June 2014 due to debts, the county is in the catchment area of the Wessex Leagues, Hellenic Leagues and the Western Leagues at Tier 9 to 11. The Wiltshire Football League founded in 1976 is also at Tier 11, the Wiltshire League is the Countys Senior League wholly in its control. Other leagues include Swindon & District League, Salisbury & District League, Trowbridge & District League, Wiltshire County Womens League, Nadder Valley League, the Wiltshire County Senior Cup founded in 1886 is the senior knockout competition in the county, competed by clubs at Tier 9-11. The Wiltshire Premier Shield was founded in 1927 and was contested by teams in higher leagues until recently when only the top four were invited. There are two other Cup competitions designated as being Senior, the Wiltshire League Senior Cup and the Salisbury Hospital Cup, there are 22 Junior Cup competitions and 4 League/6 Cup competitions at Youth Status. There are 4 League and 19 Minor cup competitions for Under 16s, in addition there are 3 Sunday Leagues and 9 Sunday Cup competitions. Also 2 Womens Leagues and 4 Womens Cup competitions
Wiltshire Football League
The Wiltshire Football League is a football league based in England. It has one division and was set up to consist of no more than 56 clubs, all clubs are affiliated to an affiliated County Football Association. The area covered by the competition is within the County of Wiltshire or within 15 miles of the Wiltshire County boundary, the League extended its boundaries this season and changed its name to The Wiltshire Football League. This season saw the League enter into a Pyramid of Football Agreement with the Western, a new logo was introduced, changing the design for the first time since the League was formed. With the introduction of new Senior Status standards by the Wiltshire County Football Association, an Intermediate Status was introduced, Division 1 became the Premier Division, Division 2 the Intermediate Division, Division 3 became Junior Division 1 and Division 4 became Junior Division 2. The Intermediate Division was sponsored by Plaister Auto Services, there were an insufficient number of Clubs at Intermediate Status this season, so the League reverted to two Junior Divisions. The League had new sponsors this season in Plaister Auto Services, there were an insufficient number of Clubs at Intermediate Status this season, so the League closed the Junior Division
Wiltshire County FA Senior Cup
The Wiltshire FA Senior Cup is the county cup in Wiltshire and has seniority over the Wiltshire Premier Shield according to the Wiltshire County FA Handbook. It is administered by the Wiltshire Football Association, clubs can be exempt upon payment of a fee. The most successful side is Devizes Town with 14 titles, Final Final Final Final Final Semi-final Final Semi-Finals Final Semi-finals Final Semi-finals Final
Pewsey Vale F.C.
Pewsey Vale F. C. are a football club based in the village of Pewsey, Wiltshire, England. They play in the Wessex League Division One, the club was formed in 1945 as Pewsey Y M but changed its name to Pewsey Vale FC in 1948. There is also evidence that there was a six a side group that played under the name of Pewsey Boys as early as 1921, the Club immediately won promotion to the Premier League after finishing runners up to Hook Norton, before being relegated back to Division One West. The 2009/10 season resulted in the winning of the Wiltshire Premier League Cup, the next season Pewsey Vale successfully applied to join the Wessex League structure and in the 2010-11 season started playing in the Wessex League Division One. As Pewsey Y M, the club were able to enter the FA Cup for a few seasons just after World War II, but never progressed past the First Qualifying Round. In recent years, the team has been eligible for the FA Vase, the Club play their home games at the Recreation Ground, Kings Corner, Ball Road, Pewsey, SN9 5BS. The ground was improved with the help of FA grants in the close season of 2002 to meet Hellenic Premier League standards. This included floodlighting, undercover seating for 50 people and hardstanding all round the perimeter of the playing area
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
International Standard Book Number
The International Standard Book Number is a unique numeric commercial book identifier. An ISBN is assigned to each edition and variation of a book, for example, an e-book, a paperback and a hardcover edition of the same book would each have a different ISBN. The ISBN is 13 digits long if assigned on or after 1 January 2007, the method of assigning an ISBN is nation-based and varies from country to country, often depending on how large the publishing industry is within a country. The initial ISBN configuration of recognition was generated in 1967 based upon the 9-digit Standard Book Numbering created in 1966, the 10-digit ISBN format was developed by the International Organization for Standardization and was published in 1970 as international standard ISO2108. Occasionally, a book may appear without a printed ISBN if it is printed privately or the author does not follow the usual ISBN procedure, however, this can be rectified later. Another identifier, the International Standard Serial Number, identifies periodical publications such as magazines, the ISBN configuration of recognition was generated in 1967 in the United Kingdom by David Whitaker and in 1968 in the US by Emery Koltay. The 10-digit ISBN format was developed by the International Organization for Standardization and was published in 1970 as international standard ISO2108, the United Kingdom continued to use the 9-digit SBN code until 1974. The ISO on-line facility only refers back to 1978, an SBN may be converted to an ISBN by prefixing the digit 0. For example, the edition of Mr. J. G. Reeder Returns, published by Hodder in 1965, has SBN340013818 -340 indicating the publisher,01381 their serial number. This can be converted to ISBN 0-340-01381-8, the check digit does not need to be re-calculated, since 1 January 2007, ISBNs have contained 13 digits, a format that is compatible with Bookland European Article Number EAN-13s. An ISBN is assigned to each edition and variation of a book, for example, an ebook, a paperback, and a hardcover edition of the same book would each have a different ISBN. The ISBN is 13 digits long if assigned on or after 1 January 2007, a 13-digit ISBN can be separated into its parts, and when this is done it is customary to separate the parts with hyphens or spaces. Separating the parts of a 10-digit ISBN is also done with either hyphens or spaces, figuring out how to correctly separate a given ISBN number is complicated, because most of the parts do not use a fixed number of digits. ISBN issuance is country-specific, in that ISBNs are issued by the ISBN registration agency that is responsible for country or territory regardless of the publication language. Some ISBN registration agencies are based in national libraries or within ministries of culture, in other cases, the ISBN registration service is provided by organisations such as bibliographic data providers that are not government funded. In Canada, ISBNs are issued at no cost with the purpose of encouraging Canadian culture. In the United Kingdom, United States, and some countries, where the service is provided by non-government-funded organisations. Australia, ISBNs are issued by the library services agency Thorpe-Bowker
Abingdon United F.C.
Abingdon United Football Club is a football club based in Abingdon-on-Thames, England. The club are members of the Hellenic League Division One West. The club was founded in 1946 by ex-servicemen as a rival to the already existing Abingdon Town at the Anchor pub on the bank of the River Thames. The new club joined Division One of the North Berks League, despite finishing ninth out of twelve clubs in Division One in 1947–48, they were relegated to Division Two. They went on to win Division Two in 1952–53, and were promoted back to Division One. In 1958 they moved up to the Hellenic League, where for the next 19 seasons the club remained in the division of the Hellenic League. After finishing third in 1976–77 they were promoted to the Premier Division and they stayed in the premier division until the 1980–81 season, in which they finished bottom and were relegated back to Division One. However, after a season in Division One, they made an immediate return. The club then remained in the Hellenic premier Division for another 24 seasons, the 1996–97 season saw the club win three trophies, the Hellenic Leagues Floodlit Cup, the Hellenic – Hungerford Cup and the Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy. They retained the Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy the following season, in 2005–06 the club finished third in the Premier Division, and were promoted to Division One South & West of the Southern League. The club remained in the Southern League Division One South & West until the end of the 2012–13 season, at the end of the 2015–16 season they were relegated to Division One East. Abingdon United play their games at the Northcourt Stadium in Northcourt Road. It has a capacity of 2,000, of which 158 is seated and 258 covered. C
Ardley United F.C.
Ardley United Football Club is a football club based in Ardley, near Bicester in Oxfordshire, England. They are members of the Hellenic League Premier Division and play at the Playing Fields, in 1988 they moved up to the Oxfordshire Senior League and won Division One at the first attempt, gaining promotion to the Premier Division. The 1990–91 season saw the win the Premier Division and the Archie Goddard Cup. In 1993 they were promoted to Division One of the Hellenic League, in 1994–95 they won the Division One Cup, retaining it the following season. In the 1996–97 season they won both Division One and the Division One Cup, a feat repeated the following season. In 2000, league reorganisation saw the club placed in Division One West, following improvements to their ground to allow promotion to the Premier Division, a fifth-place finish in 2003–04 led to their moving up to the Premier Division, where they have remained since. In 2006–07 they won the Supplementary Cup, and in the 2009–10 season they won the League Cup, in 2013–14 they won the Oxfordshire Senior Cup for the first time, beating Kidlington 4–0 in the final. Ardley United play their games at the Playing Fields on Oxford Road. The ground has a capacity of 1,000, of which 100 is seated and 200 covered. C, players Ardley United F. C. managers Official website Ardley United F. C. on Twitter
Ascot United F.C.
Ascot United Football Club is a football club based in Ascot, Berkshire, England. They are currently members of the Hellenic League Premier Division and play at Ascot Racecourse, in 2001 they joined the Senior Division of the Reading League, going on to win the league in 2006–07. The club made its debut in the FA Vase in the 2010–11 season and their first match was against Wembley, which was the first-ever FA Cup match streamed live on Facebook. The game also led to Ascots record attendance of 1,149, in 2013–14 the club won the Hellenic League Challenge Cup, defeating Ardley United 2–1 in the final. The club originally played matches at Sunninghill, but were given permission by the Ascot Racecourse trustees to build a ground on land to the north of a coach park at the racecourse. A clubhouse was built, which was replaced in 1990, two years later floodlights were also installed. The ground now has a capacity of 1,150. C, players Official website Ascot United F. C. on Twitter
Binfield Football Club is a football club based in Binfield, near Bracknell, Berkshire, England. Affiliated to the Berks & Bucks Football Association, the club are members of the Hellenic League Premier Division. The club was established in 1892 by employees at the local brickworks and they initially played in the Ascot & District League, before joining the Great Western Combination in 1946. They won the Combination at the first attempt and finished as runners-up the following season, however, they left the league at the end of the 1950–51 season, joining the Reading & District League. In 1971–72 the club were promoted from Division One to the Premier Division and they won Division One in 1975–76 to earn promotion back to the Premier Division. However, by the mid-1980s they had been relegated to Division Two, consecutive Division Two and Division One title-winning seasons in 1986–87 and 1987–88 saw them return to the Premier Division. In 1989 Binfield transferred to Division One of the Chiltonian League and they finished as Premier Division runners-up in 1991–92 and won the division in 1995–96. In 2000 the league merged into the Hellenic League, with Binfield placed in Division One East, in 2001 they absorbed junior club Binfield Forest. In 2008–09 they won Division One East and were promoted to the Premier Division and their second season in the division saw them finish as runners-up. In 2011–12 they won both the Hellenic League Floodlit Cup and the Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy, the club played at the Forest Road ground during the mid-20th century, a ground which was shared with the local cricket club. In 1980 they moved to their current ground, Stubbs Lane, floodlights were installed in the 2000s. C
Bishop's Cleeve F.C.
Bishops Cleeve Football Club is a football club based in Bishops Cleeve, near Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England. They are currently members of the Southern League Division One South & West, nicknamed The Mitres, the club are affiliated to the Gloucestershire County FA. Formed in 1905, the club played in the Cheltenham League. They won Division Two in 1924–25 and again in 1930–31, after being promoted to Division One, they won the league title in 1931–32 and 1934–35. After World War II they won Division Two in 1958–59, before going on to win Division One in 1961–62, following back-to-back titles in 1965–66 and 1966–67, the club moved up to Division Two of the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League. They won Division Two at the first attempt, and after earning promotion to Division One, went on to win titles in 1968–69. A third Division One title was won in 1972–73, in 1983 Bishops Cleeve moved up to Division One of the Hellenic League. They won the division in 1986–87, earning promotion to the Premier Division and they won the Premier Division Cup in 1987–88, but were relegated back to Division One after finishing bottom of the Premier Division in 1991–92. League restructuring in 2000 saw them placed in Division One West, in 2005–06 the club finished as Premier Division runners-up, earning promotion to Division One Midlands of the Southern League. They were transferred to Division One South & West in 2008, the club originally played at a ground on Stoke Road. It was redeveloped in the early 1970s, and was reopened by FA Secretary Ted Croker in 1971. Permission was given for a new ground at Kayte Lane in 1997 and following a new stand and floodlights being installed, a new clubhouse was completed in 2004. It has a capacity of 1,500, of which 50 is covered seating. C, players Bishops Cleeve F. C. managers Official website
Brackley Town F.C.
Brackley Town Football Club is a football club based in Brackley, Northamptonshire, England. They are currently members of the National League North and play at St. James Park, established in 1890, the club spent much of the pre-World War I era in the Oxfordshire Senior League. After the war they switched to the North Bucks & District League, however, they rejoined the North Bucks League in 1974. In 1977 the club joined Division One of the Hellenic League and they won the leagues Knock-Out Cup in 1982–83, after which they switched to Division One of the United Counties League in 1983. They went on to win the division at the first attempt, although Brackley finished third-from-bottom of the Premier Division in their first season, the 1995–96 season saw them end the season as runners-up. The following season the club were champions, earning promotion to Division One Midlands of the Southern League. After one season they were transferred to Division One South, but were relegated back to the Hellenic League at the end of the 1998–99 season, which saw them finish bottom of the division. In 2003–04 Brackley won the Hellenic League for a time, as well as the Supplementary Cup, and were promoted back to the Southern League. A third-place finish in 2005–06 saw them qualify for the promotion play-offs, however, after beating Marlow 2–1 in the semi-finals, they lost 3–2 to Hemel Hempstead Town in the final. The club were transferred to Division One Midlands for the following season, in 2008–09 they reached the first round of the FA Cup for the first time, losing 2–1 at Eastwood Town. After finishing fifth in 2009–10 the club qualified for the promotion play-offs again, the 2011–12 season saw Brackley win the Premier Division, earning promotion to the Conference North. They finished third in their first season in the division, in the subsequent promotion play-offs, they beat Altrincham 4–2 on aggregate in the semi-finals before losing 1–0 to FC Halifax Town in the final. The following season the club reached the first round of the FA Cup again, in the second round the club lost 3–2 at Macclesfield Town. Brackley reached the first round again in 2015–16, losing 4–1 to Newport County in a replay after a 2–2 draw in the first match, the 2016–17 FA Cup saw the club reach the second round after again beating Gillingham in a first-round replay. The clubs reserve team play under the name Brackley Town Saints and they joined Division One East of the league in 2014 under the name Brackley Town Development. After finishing as runners-up in their first season, they were promoted to the Premier Division, the club played at Manor Road from their establishment until 1968, when they moved to Buckingham Road, where player changed in the nearby Plough pub. In 1974 they moved to St. James Park on Churchill Way, floodlights were installed during the 1988–89 season. During their first spell in the Southern League a 300-seat stand was built on one touchline, the ground currently has a capacity of 3,500, of which 300 is seated and 1,500 covered
Brimscombe & Thrupp F.C.
Brimscombe and Thrupp Football Club is a football club based in Brimscombe, Gloucestershire, England. Affiliated to the Gloucestershire County FA, they are members of the Hellenic League Premier Division. Brimscombe Football Club was established in 1886, in 1894 they were founder members of the Mid-Gloucestershire League, and played the first match in the leagues history on 29 September against Stroud. In 1902 they switched to the new Stroud & District League and were its inaugural champions and they finished as runners-up in 1903–04, 1904–05 and 1905–06 before winning it again in 1906–07 and 1907–08. After twice finishing third, Brimscombe were runners-up again in 1910–11 and they won a fourth league title in 1912–13. After World War I Brimscombe competed in the North Gloucestershire League and they were founder members of the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League in 1922, and its first champions. They won the league again in 1930–31, having finished second-bottom of the table the previous season, in 1946–47 they finished as runners-up, and were champions the following season. In 1968 the club switched to the Gloucestershire County League, finishing bottom of the table in their first season, after finishing bottom again in 1972–73, the club left the league. In the 1970s the club merged with Thrupp to form Brimscombe & Thrupp and they rejoined the Gloucestershire County League in 1985, but left after finishing bottom in 1988–89. The club returned to the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League, and after finishing as Division One runners-up in 2008–09, after winning the County League in 2010–11, the club were promoted to Division One West of the Hellenic League. They won the division in 2012–13, earning promotion to the Premier Division, the following season saw them win both the Supplementary and Floodlit cups
Fairford Town F.C.
Fairford Town Football Club is a football club based in Fairford, Gloucestershire, England. Affiliated to the Gloucestershire County Football Association, they are members of the Hellenic League Division One West. The club was established in 1891 and prior to World War II they played in the Cirencester, after the war they switched to the Swindon & District League, going on to win the Premier Division title and Advertiser Cup double in both 1964–65 and 1968–69. In 1970 the club moved up to Division One of the Hellenic League, in their first season in the league, the club finished third, missing out on promotion on goal average, also losing in the Division One Cup final. The following season they were placed in Division One A as league expansion led to there being two Division Ones, the club went on to win the title and the Division One Challenge Shield, earning promotion to the Premier Division. At the end of the 1973–74 season Fairford were relegated to Division One, however, after finishing as Division One runners-up in 1975–76, they were promoted back to to the Premier Division. They finished as runners-up in 1978–79, also winning the Premier Division Cup and they were runners-up again the following season, which also saw them win the Gloucestershire Challenge Trophy. The club finished as Premier Division runners-up for a time in 1990–91. They remained in the Premier Division until finishing second-from-bottom of the division in 2011–12 season, players Fairford Town F. C. managers Official website
Flackwell Heath F.C.
Flackwell Heath Football Club is a football club based in Flackwell Heath, near High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire, England. Affiliated to the Berks & Bucks Football Association, they are members of the Hellenic League Premier Division. The club was established in 1907 and joined the High Wycombe and they went on to win the league twelve times, as well as winning the High Wycombe Senior Challenge Cup twelve times. In 1950 the club moved up to Division Two of the Great Western Combination and this was renamed the Premier Division in 1954, and the club were runners-up in 1956–57 before winning the league in 1957–58. They were champions again in 1962–63, however, the league folded at the end of the 1963–64 season, resulting in the club returning to the High Wycombe and District League. In 1974–75 Flackwell Heath won both the Reading Senior Cup and the Berks & Bucks Intermediate Cup, in 1976 they moved up to Division One of the Hellenic League and were runners-up in their first season in the division, earning promotion to the Premier Division. In 1982 they switched to the Athenian League, but it folded at the end of the 1983–84 season, at the end of the 1984–85 season they were transferred to Division Two South, where they remained until league restructuring saw them placed in Division Three in 1991. The 2006–07 season saw Flackwell Heath finish bottom of Division One North and they won the league in 2014–15 and were set to be promoted to Division One Central of the Southern League. However, after Clevedon Town were demoted, they were placed in Division One South & West. In 2015–16 the club won the Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy, prior to World War II the club played at the Recreation Ground, but moved to Wilks Park after the war. A seated brick stand was built on one side of the pitch in 1984 when the club joined the Isthmian League, the extended roof changing rooms provides cover on the other side of the pitch, with covered standing areas behind both goals. Floodlights were installed during the clubs first spell in the Hellenic League Premier Division in the late 1970s and it currently has a capacity of 2,000, of which 150 is seated. C. Players Flackwell Heath F. C. managers Official website
Holmer Green F.C.
Holmer Green Football Club are an F. A. Charter Standard football club based at Holmer Green near High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire, the club is affiliated to the Berks & Bucks Football Association. They were established in 1908 and were members of the Chiltonian League in 1984. They are members of the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division and they are currently managed by Chris Allen. Holmer Green F. C. was founded in 1908 and started playing in the Chesham & District League, in 1934 the club switched to the Wycombe Combination League, as it was known then. In 1953 the club won its first major trophy – the Berks & Bucks Junior Cup, the 1960s saw success again in the Berks & Bucks Junior Cup as well as three further victories in the Chesham Charity Cup. Under Norman Kings managership the Wycombe League title was won in 1972 and 1974, in 1975 the club moved its headquarters to the new H. G. S. A. This move coincided with victory in the Wycombe Senior Cup, and this victory gained the club senior status and in 1981, with Pete Eyres as manager the Wycombe League and League Cup was won. In 1984 Holmer Green were founder members of the new Chiltonian League, winning the Premier Division in 1984–85, in 1991 with new manager Barry Hedley they finished third in the league, won the Wycombe Senior Cup and also reached the semi-finals of the Berks & Bucks Intermediate Cup. At the beginning of the 1993–94 season Barry Hedley returned north and Ian Sheill took over as manager, the Centenary Wycombe Senior Cup was also won for the second time in three years. At the end of the 1994–95 season the club tried to move up to the league of the English football league system into the South Midlands League. In this season won the Senior Division title and also reached the semi-finals of the Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy. In the 1996–97 season, Jez Hodges was installed as player-manager, and this season also saw them play their very first FA Vase game, away to Carterton Town. They retained the Senior Division Cup in the season and finished in fourth place in the league. Promotion to the Premier Division was achieved as the club had floodlights installed that season to them to play at that standard. In the 2000–01 season the club played its first ever FA Cup game, in 2008 Holmer Green commemorated their centenary year with a friendly at Watchet Lane against Wycombe Wanderers in front of a record crowd in excess of 800 people. Holmer Green play their games at Airedale Park, Watchet Lane, Holmer Green, Buckinghamshire. The club has been playing at Airedale Park since 1975, moving from their old ground at The Common, in 1995 a covered stand was built in late September and in the same year Football League club, Wycombe Wanderers, decided to use Holmer Green as their training headquarters
Longlevens A. F. C. is a football club based in Longlevens, Gloucestershire, England. They compete in the Hellenic League Premier Division, Longlevens AFC were long time occupiers of the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League 1 until 2011 when they finally achieved promotion to the Gloucestershire County League. Longlevens managed to win this league on their 2nd attempt in the division narrowly beating Tuffley Rovers to the title, in their 3rd season of the County league they retained the title and also won League Cup completing an excellent league and cup double. After a tremendous bout of work by the players and staff at Saw Mills End, Longlevens managed to win this league on their 1st attempt again narrowly beating Tuffley Rovers FC and Lydney Town FC to the title. Longlevens were again promoted, this time to the Hellenic Premier League which is the highest level that the club as ever achieved, Longlevens made their 1st appearance in The FA Vase trophy losing narrowly to Hartley and Whitney FC 3-2. They were promoted to the Hellenic Football League in 2014, the club were champions of the Gloucestershire County League in 2012–13 and 2013–14, and were subsequently Hellenic Division One West champions in 2014–15
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
Royal Wootton Bassett Town F.C.
Royal Wootton Bassett Town Football Club are an English football club based in the town of Royal Wootton Bassett in Wiltshire. The club has three senior, one ladies,19 youth and mini soccer and one girls teams and is affiliated to the Wiltshire County Football Association, the record match attendance was 2,103 versus Swindon Town in July 1991. The clubs first team are members of the Hellenic League Premier Division at level nine of the English football league system. Since 1930, when the club was reformed after a two decade hiatus, Bassett have played at the Gerard Buxton Sports Ground at Rylands Way, the ground was donated by local dignitary Major Gerard Buxton for sporting activities within the town and opened in May 1930. Currently the club is preparing to relocate and their first team home games at the Corinium Stadium. The ground at Rylands Way was still used by the clubs Reserve, Development, after one season in the Vale of the White League, Bassett entered the Swindon & District League in 1899. Progress made there culminated in the entering the Wiltshire County League in 1903-04. Bassett made the final of the Wiltshire Senior Cup again during its first year playing at county level, at the time, the County League featured clubs such as Melksham Town, Devizes Town and Chippenham Town as well as – from further afield – Bath City and Yeovil Casuals. Bassett had mixed fortunes during its spell in this division, coming last in 1904/05 before finishing runners-up a year later. During this period, the home games took place at ‘The Close’, upon which Tanners Close now stands. However, owing to the opening of the Gerard Buxton Sports Ground in May 1930 and the desire for it to have tenants alongside the cricket club. Starting in the Calne & District League, Bassett had much early success, the division featured teams from numerous surrounding villages such as Clyffe Pypard, Bushton and Lyneham – a stark contrast to the sides Bassett competed against three decades earlier. Re-election to the now expanded Wiltshire League followed, but Bassett struggled to compete with the likes of Westbury United, Devizes, Bassett steadily rose up the Wiltshire League Division One table during the 1950s. After narrowly missing out on the two seasons earlier, they were crowned as champions in 1958-59. The club generally found the going tough in its new league surroundings, restructuring of the County League came at the end of the 1960s. This saw Bassett enter the Wiltshire Combination and pitted them against more local sides, during the eight years of this competition, Bassett’s best finish was fifth in 1969-70. In 1976 the Wiltshire County Football League was established after another reorganisation of the game in the county, Bassett were placed in Division One but lasted two seasons before being relegated. They secured promotion a year later, but immediately went back down in 1979-80, steady progress eventually led to Bassett winning the Division Two title in 1984-85
Shrivenham F. C. is a football club based in Shrivenham, an Oxfordshire village, near Swindon, England. They play in the Hellenic League Division One West and they were established in 1900 and joined the Hellenic League Division One West in 2001 from the North Berks League, having won it for a second time in the 2000–01 season. They were Division One West Champions in 2004–05 and were promoted to the Hellenic League Premier Division, Shrivenham play their home games at Barrington Park, Highworth Road, Shrivenham, Wiltshire, SN6 8BJ. Players that have played/managed in the league or any foreign equivalent to this level. Players that hold a club record
Tuffley Rovers F.C.
Tuffley Rovers F. C. are a football club based in Tuffley in Gloucester, England. The club is playing in the Hellenic League Premier Division, the 9th level of the English football league system, the club is affiliated to the Gloucestershire County FA. The club operates four adult sides, the Reserve team won the Stroud and District Division One title in 2011/12, securing promotion to the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League structure. In the 1988–89 season, they joined the Gloucestershire County League and were champions in 1991, in 1993, they were Hellenic League Division One champions and were promoted to the Premier Division. Under the management of Doug Foxwell they regularly finished in the top half of the Hellenic League, however, during the 2005–06 season, they resigned from the Premier Division and their record was expunged. Doug Foxwell returned to manage the side for the 2011/12 season, note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality, Hellenic Football League Division OneChampions 1992–93 Gloucestershire County LeagueChampions 1990–91 Tuffley Rovers have not had much success in the national FA competitions. Their best result in the FA Cup was a 2nd qualifying round defeat in 1999–2000 to Lymington & New Milton, official website Tuffley Rovers F. C. on Facebook
Wantage Town F.C.
Wantage Town Football Club is a football club based in Wantage, Oxfordshire, that currently play in the Southern Football League Division One South & West. The club is affiliated to the Berks & Bucks Football Association The club was formed in 1892. The club started playing in the Swindon & District League, winning the Swindon Advertiser Cup in the 1903–04 and 1907–08 seasons, in 1909 they became one of the founder members of the North Berks Football League. After the First World War in the 1919–20 season, the club became joint winners of the North Berkshire league, with Abingdon Town, two seasons later the club would go on to win the league again, but this time without having to share the honour. After the Second World War the club continued to compete in the Swindon & District League, after their second league win the club joined the premier division of the Hellenic Football League. They remained in the Premier division until the end of the 1963–64 competition, the club regained promotion back to the Premier Division, when they finished as runners up in Division One at the end of the 1969–70 campaign. In the 1974–75 season the club made their debut in the FA Vase reaching the round before being knocked out by Clanfield. The club was relegated at the end of the 1975–76 campaign, and it took the club until the 1980–81 season to regain their Premiership status. From the 1981–82 to 1993–94 season they remained in the Premier Division except for the 1987–88, despite finishing fourth at the end of the 1993–94 campaign, the club was demoted to Division one as a result of their ground failing to have floodlights. The club two seasons later finished as runners-up in Division one and subsequently erected floodlights to allow them to be promoted back to the premier Division, the club then remained in the premiership until the end of the 2002–03 season when upon finishing bottom were relegated to Division one east. The 2002–03 season also saw the club enter the FA Cup for the first time, when they met Gosport Borough in the preliminary round, the following season the club bounced back up as Champions. The 2010–11 season saw the club become Hellenic league Premier Division champions, following a rocky start to life in the Southern League, in October 2014 long-standing Chairman Tony Woodward stood down for personal reasons. Club stalwarts Glyn Austin and John Culley were put in charge of the running of the club. Gary Ackling, Andy Lyne and their team followed Woodward out of the club. Reserve team Manager Daniel Barry and his Assistant Ian Lovegrove were promoted to undertake the job at the top. Wantage Town play their games at Alfredian Park, Manor Road. Oxford United Club website Club history
Windsor Football Club is an English football club formed in 2011 after Windsor & Eton folded. The club are current members of the Combined Counties League Premier Division, the club is affiliated to the Berks & Bucks Football Association. The new club was founded in 2011 and placed into the Combined Counties Football League Premier Division. In their first season Windsor FC finished as runners up, only one point behind champions Guildford City, the following season chairman Kevin Stott made the decision to remove the playing budget for the foreseeable future, stating the club had already lost its way. The decision was made after Stott attended the 2012 London Olympic Games and was humbled by the determination and passion of the Olympians. Stott decided that the focus had to be shifted from paying players to win games at grass-roots level to inspiring youth to be determined to win through passion and loyalty. With the budget removed the manager Keith Scott, his assistant Jim Melvin, mick Woodham stepped into the management void and began to build a squad. After steadying the ship Woodhams young squad finished 8th in the table, the following season Woodhams boys finished in the top six and won Windsor F. C. s first ever trophy, beating Reading Town 3–0 at Chesham United to lift the Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy. Season 2015–16 is seen as a season with many of Woodhams original team moving to Step 4 clubs. Windsors home ground is Stag Meadow, St Leonards Road, Windsor, Berkshire, the football ground was placed there in 1911 following an order from the Monarchy that an area of The Great Park should have an area for football. The ground was leased to Windsor & Eton until their demise on 2 February 2011, Stag Meadow is a traditional non-League football ground with terraces all around the pitch and a small stand on one side. There is capacity for 4,500 inside the ground with 450 of these seated and 650 covered, there is also an officials bar and a supporters bar as well as a tea hut and club shop. The pitch is tended to by head groundsman Ian Gould whose company is in charge of the maintenance, bullivant had spent three seasons with Windsor and Eton FC and previously represented the British Universities. Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. In 2012 he finished out of 47 runners at the Mascot Grand National at Kempton Park Racecourse. Scotty has also completed the Windsor Half Marathon, walked 26 miles from Windsor Castle to White City and has also climbed Mount Snowden – all in aid of Thames Hospicecare and it is estimated Scotty has raised well in excess of £10k for charities. Season 2015–16 has seen Scotty laid low with a back injury. Windsor FC became the first football club in history to make their kit available on a car in 2014
Abingdon Town F.C.
Abingdon Town F. C. is an English football club based in Abingdon in Oxfordshire. The team plays in the North Berks Football League Division One, Abingdon Town is affiliated to the Berks & Bucks Football Association They are rivals with Abingdon United. The club was formed in 1870, as Abingdon FC and originally started playing friendlies until they joined the Oxford & District League for the 1892–93 season, in 1899 the club amalgamated with local side St. Michaels and lost the FC in their name and were just called Abingdon. The amalgamation instantly saw success with the going on to win the Oxford & District League in the 1899-00. After the First World War the club joined the North Berks Football League for the 1919–20 season, winning it at their first attempt, immediately after the North Berks league win the club then joined the Reading & District League. In 1928 the club changed its name to Abingdon Town FC, in 1930 the club purchased their Culham Road ground for the sum of £300 from Mrs G. Herbert Morrell of the Oxford brewing family. For the 1937–38 season the club moved to the Oxfordshire Senior Football League, after the Second World War the club rejoined the Reading & District League, and winning the title in the 1947–48 season. That season also saw the club make their debut in the FA Cup, the club then left the Reading league to join the Spartan League in 1950. However, after three seasons the club left the Spartan league to become members of the Hellenic Football League for the 1953–54 season. Abingdon Town then went on to win the Hellenic premier division in the 1956–57 season, the 1958–59 campaign also saw the club make it a double winning season as they won the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup as well, beating Aylesbury United in the final. The 1965–66 season saw the club relegated to the first division, the club went on to win the Hellenic premier Division again at the end of the 1986–87 season. After finishing as Runners up of the Hellenic league in the 1987–88 season the club returned to the Spartan league and this win plus improvements made to their ground enabled the club to join the Isthmian League and started in Division two South. In their second season in Division two they gained promotion to Division one as champions, the club then managed to spend seven seasons in Division one before being relegated back to Division two at the end of the 1997–98 season. The club then suffered consecutive relegations when they finished bottom of Division two in the 1998–99 season, the decision to leave the Isthmian league for the Hellenic league was in the hope it would boost attendances. The club has gone through problems off the pitch in recent seasons, Abingdon Town play their home games at Culham Road, Abingdon, OX14 3HP. The ground was purchased for £300. The first stand on the ground was erected in 1928, but was burned down after an Easter Monday fixture shortly after the Second World War, with its replacement built in 1948. The ground at Abingdon Town holds 2,000 and the highest ever attendance was in the 1950s when 4,000 turned up to watch a memorial match
Aldermaston is a football club based in Aldermaston, Berkshire, England. The club is affiliated to the Berks & Bucks Football Association, the club has played at AWE Aldermaston since its establishment in 1952. The club motto, Facta Non Verba, comes from a Latin phrase meaning deeds, the players were also responsible for the pitch, and would mow and mark out the pitch before the match started. The club received support from William Penney during his work at AWRE on the Operation Hurricane project, in the late 1960s/early 1970s, the club was asked to change its name, and became AFC Aldermaston. In 1979 they were promoted from the Reading & District League into Division One of the Hellenic League, from 1986 until 1991 the club played in local football leagues, including the North Hampshire League, before joining Division Three of the Hampshire League in 1991. They finished fifth in their first season, earning promotion to Division Two, however, they were relegated back to Division Three the following season, where they remained until 1999. Upon reorganisation of the Hampshire League prior to the 1999–2000 season, Aldermaston were placed in the Premier Division, when the Hampshire and Wessex Leagues merged in 2004, Aldermaston became members of Division Two of the Wessex League. They were relegated to Division Three at the end of the 2004–05 season, the division was renamed Division Two in 2006, and was disbanded at the end of the 2006–07 season, with Aldermaston moved up to Division One. During the 2009–10 season, the club lost 40 consecutive games, breaking the record of 39 straight losses held jointly by Stockport United. The 40th defeat came on 8 April 2010, a 2–0 loss to Downton and this led to news reports proclaiming them the worst English football team in history as well as gaining international attention. The losing streak ended on 10 April 2010, when the club drew 1–1 against Warminster Town, after finishing seventh in the Premier Division in 2015–16, the club were promoted to Division One East of the Hellenic League. The club play at the Recreational Society at the Atomic Weapons Establishment in Aldermaston, until 1990, the societys Head Groundsman was Eddie Seaward. After leaving Aldermaston, Seaward became Head Groundsman at Wimbledons All England Lawn Tennis Club, facilities at the Rec Soc include railings, training facilities, floodlights, a club shop and a clubhouse. There are also facilities, including cricket pitches, squash courts. Highest league position, 7th in Hellenic League Division One, 1979–80 Record attendance,150 Official website A. F. C
Burnham F. C. is a non-League football club from Burnham in Buckinghamshire, near Slough. They currently compete in the Hellenic League Premier Division, the team play in blue and white shirts and white shorts. The clubs chairman is Gary Reeves, home matches are played at The Gore. The Gore has been redeveloped, with a new stand. The club was founded in 1878, and so Burnham FC is the second oldest club in Buckinghamshire, the club spent its first years in various local leagues, and then joined the Great Western Combination league in 1948. 16 years later moved to the Wycombe Combination in 1964. In 1975–76 they were Premier Division champions, in 1977 they switched to the Athenian League, where they achieved two runners-up finishes, and also reached the semi-finals of the FA Vase. In 1984 Burnham switched leagues to the London Spartan League, where they were champions at the first attempt, the following year the club merged with Hillingdon Borough to form Burnham & Hillingdon F. C. taking over Hillingdons place in the Southern League. In 1987 the clubs name reverted simply to Burnham F. C. but performances on the pitch declined, Burnham have had modest success in cup competitions. Their best run in the FA Vase came in the 1982–83 season where they lost to Halesowen Town in a two legged semi-final, in 1999–2000 they reached the 4th round of the FA Trophy where they drew Scarborough, then residing in the Conference. Burnham managed a 1–1 draw at home before losing 6–0 in the replay, in the 2005–06 season Dave Mudges Burnham side achieved their best run in the FA Cup, losing 3–1 at home to Aldershot Town in the 1st round proper. The game was watched by one of the biggest crowds at Burnham in recent years, Burnham completed one of their best seasons in recent memory when they finished 3rd in the Southern League Division One South & West in 2006–07. Due to this position they entered the promotion playoffs but lost at home in the semi-final 1–2 to eventual playoff winners Swindon Supermarine. This outcome was mirrored three seasons later, when, under the guidance of Jamie Jarvis, the Blues again lost out in the semi-final of the play-offs. Martin Stone was appointed manager in December 2011 and under his stewardship the club enjoyed its most successful period. After winning the Wycombe Senior Cup in 2011-12 the 2012–13 season saw the club promotion to the Southern League Premier Division when they finished as champions of the Division One Central. This was to be the first time Burnham had ever played at level of football, but they had to reckon without top scorer Ryan Bird. Martin Stone resigned in January 2014 with the club 8th in the Southern League Premier Division, byron Walton, who most recently served as SYCOB manager before leaving in 2012, joined as General Manager
Chinnor Football Club is a football club based in Chinnor, Oxfordshire, England. They are currently members of the Hellenic League Division One East, the club was originally established in 1884, before being reformed in 1970. The new club joined the Wycombe & District League, where they played until joining Division Two of the Chiltonian League in 1985 and they finished third in Division Two in their first season, earning promotion to Division One, which was renamed the Premier Division in 1987. After finishing bottom of the Premier Division in 1990–91, they were relegated to Division One, at the end of the 1993–94 season they left the Chiltonian League to play in the Oxfordshire Senior League. After finishing as Oxfordshire Senior League runners-up in 2002–03, Chinnor were promoted to Division One East of the Hellenic League. Best FA Cup performance, Extra-preliminary round, 2013–14, 2015–16 Best FA Vase performance, First round, 2014–15 Record attendance,306 vs Oxford Quarry Nomads,29 August 2005 Official website
Didcot Town F.C.
Didcot Town Football Club are a football club based in Didcot in Oxfordshire, England. The first team is managed by Andy Ballard The club was founded in 1907. They left the North Berks league at the end of the 1927–28 campaign and later joined the Reading League and they then became founder members of the Hellenic League in 1953, where they won the championship at the first attempt. Although they returned to the Metropolitan League for the 1957–58 season they rejoined the Hellenic League Premier Division in 1963. F. C, sudbury to claim the FA Vase. In May 2009 they gained promotion to the Southern Football League Premier Division, Didcot reached the play-offs after finishing fifth in the league and, in consecutive matches, beating the first-, second- and third-placed teams, all away from home. The 2010–11 season saw long-term manager Stuart Peace leave the club in January, to be replaced by Adrian Williams, however, he could not save them from relegation. Manager Ady Williams then resigned in May 2011 to be replaced by Francis Vines, elkins was replaced by former Didcot FA Vase winners Ian Concannon and Jamie Heapy, who were appointed as joint managers in November 2013. The football club gained nationwide attention when it reached the FA Cup First Round Proper in season 2015–16 and was awarded a home tie with Exeter City, Didcot Town play their home games at the Draycott Engineering Loop Meadow Stadium, Bowmont Water, Ladygrove, Didcot, OX11 7GA. Didcot have played at the Loop Meadow Stadium on the towns Ladygrove estate after the sale of their former Station Road ground in 1999, the ground boasts a main pitch and a training pitch, with the main pitch having a 150-seat main stand and a covered standing area. Their previous ground is now the site of a car park for the towns recently built shopping centre. Loop Meadow attracted its biggest crowd of 2,707 in 2015 when Football League League Two side Exeter City visited in The FA Cup 1st Round, the ground has been upgraded to meet FA Ground Specifications. Two 175 standing terraces have been erected to the Railway End and 100 seats have been added into the Main Stand. For those players also played for the club but did not meet the criteria above. Peter Foley Adrian Williams npower Official website Facebook page Twitter page
Holyport F. C. are a football club based in Holyport, near Maidenhead, England. Currently they are members of the Hellenic League Division One East, the club was founded in 1934 and was refounded after World War 2 in 1956. After the club re-founded Holport played in the Maidenhead and District League, on leaving the Maidenhead & District League, Holyport joined the Hayes and Giles League where they played their home games at Braywick Park. Two seasons later the club also left Braywick Park and moved to their present home of Summleaze Village in North Maidenhead, the club then spent the 2007–08 season upgrading their facilities, with floodlights and fencing being installed at their new home. This work enabled the club to enter the FA Vase for the first time in its history, two seasons later with some further improvements the club then made their debut in the FA cup competition. Since then further improvements have occurred with a new stand and hard standing being build. However, at the end of the 2014/15 season Holyport F. C. were relegated due to ground requirements not being met for Hellenic Premier division football, Holyport play their games at Summerleaze village Cricket Club, Blackamoor Lane, Maidenhead, Berkshire SL6 8SP. The ground has a covered stands for a 100 people, floodlights and it complies with Grade F of the National Ground Grading Criteria
Milton United F.C.
Milton United F. C. is a football club based in Milton, near Didcot in Oxfordshire, England. They were established in 1909 first noted as competing in the North Berks League in 1926 and they are currently looking for a new Manager. They are currently members of the Hellenic League Division One West, the club played in the North Berks league for two seasons before returning again for the 1920–21 season, under the nameMilton and finally Milton United in the following season. In 1926 Milton gained their first trophy for beating Aston Tirrold by 8 to 2 in a playoff for the Division 2 league title, Milton United continued after the war but folded in the early 1950s. The club reformed in 1958 and regained entry to the North Berks League, Milton became champion of the Northe Berks league for the first time in the 1962–63 Season. The club would then enjoy more league title success during the sixties with three successes in the 1963–64, 1965–66 and 1969–70 seasons. While the club remained in the top flight throughout most of the seventies, Two seasons later the club bounced back to the top flight when they finished as Champions of Division Two, at the end of the 1980–81 season. After being promoted back to the top division in the league the club, the club also ended as runners-up in the Berks and Bucks intermediate cup in 1984. In 1989 they applied to join the Hellenic Football League, the application was successful and finished as runners up in their first season in both the first division & the Division One Cup, and winning the Berks and Bucks Intermediate cup. As a consequence of their position they were promoted to the premier league. They also retained the Berks and Bucks intermediate trophy, the Season after winning the Premier Division, the club made its debut in the FA Vase reaching the first round before being knocked out by Thame United. The club stayed in the premier Division until the end of the 1993–94 season, in 1998 the club moved to their current home of Milton Heights with floodlights being installed and the clubhouse was erected. The club gained promotion again three seasons later at the end of the 2003–04 season and that season also saw the club reach the final of the Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy, but losing in the final on penalties. The club stayed in the Premier division until the end of the 2008–09 season when they were relegated back to Division one East, Milton believe that football is not about money, but having the passion to play for a club that is willing to develop into something big. Milton United play their games at Potash Lane, Milton Heights, the Grounds highest crowd is 608, when it hosted the League Challenge Cup Final in 2005 between Carterton and Cirencester Town. Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Colin Askey Paul Bannister Peter Griffiths Official website League Website Milton Hill Bowls
Penn & Tylers Green F.C.
Penn & Tylers Green F. C. are a football club based in Penn, near Beaconsfield, England. They were established in 1905 and were the members of the Chiltonian League in 1984. Currently they are members of the Hellenic League Division One East, the club is affiliated to the Berks & Bucks Football Association The club was formally established in 1905 when it is believed that it adopted its first formal constitution. The club joined the Wycombe League and achieved its first success in winning it in the 1911–12 season, the team remained in the Wycombe leagues, winning the league on several occasions until they became founder members of the Chiltonian league in 1984. During this period the club moved to their home of French School Meadows, prior to the building of the club house the HQ for the club was the Horse & Groom Public House. The club then spent the ten seasons in the top division of the Chiltonian league before suffering relegation to Division one at the end of the 1993–94 season. However the club spent a single season in Division one gaining promotion to the Premier Division at their first attempt. The club then remained in the Premier Division until the end of the 1999–2000 season, when the merged with the Hellenic Football League. The club has remained in Division one East of this league finishing Runners-up once in the 2002–03 season. Penn & Tylers Green play their games at French School Meadows, Elm Road, the Ground takes its name from the long since demolished 18th century School catering for orphans of the French Revolution. The pupils wore a uniform with white feathers in their hats giving rise to the clubs blue and white strip. The ground has had several improvements since they purchased it in 1949 with showers being installed in the 1960s, Penn & Tylers Green have many youth groups through their system but the most notable age group is the under 14s. After securing the title the team are on a high. Few players have been highlighted as potential stars and academies will be on the look out
Wallingford Town F.C.
Wallingford Town Football Club are a football club based in Wallingford, Oxfordshire, England. In 1997–98, they were champions of the Chiltonian League, gaining the promotion to the Combined Counties League. In 2001–02, AFC Wallingford won the Combined Counties League championship, however, their facilities at their ground, Hithercroft, did not meet the standards of the Isthmian League and thus they were denied further promotion. A grant of £100,000 was used to ground improvements which would make promotion possible if they were to again win the Combined Counties League. However, after heavy player turnover, the 2004–05 season saw AFC Wallingford unable to avoid last place, in 2011 Wallingford set up its first junior teams. In 2013 the still merged clubs name was changed to Wallingford Town, Wallingford Town play their home games at Hithercroft, Wallingford Sports Park, Hithercroft Road, Wallingford, Oxfordshire, OX10 9RB
Wokingham & Emmbrook F.C.
Wokingham & Emmbrook F. C. are a football club based in Wokingham, Berkshire, England. The club was formed in 2004, as a merger of Wokingham Town and their nickname is The Satsumas, a reference to the teams colours. They currently play in the Hellenic League Division One East, the club was formed in 2004 when Wokingham Town Merged with Emmbrook Sports. Among their former players were Darren Barnard, Terry Brown, Paul Bence, established in 1989, Emmbrook Sports had a much more modest history, being long-term members of the Reading League. Wokingham & Emmbrook started in Division one east of the Hellenic Football League for the 2004–05 season, in November 2007, Wokingham Borough Council submitted a planning application to improve the facilities at Wokingham & Emmbrooks Cantley Park home. This would include a small stand accommodating 250 people and also flood lighting, at the end of the 2008–09 season the club won its first silverware by picking up the Reading Senior Cup with a 3–0 win over Woodley Town at the Madjeski stadium. At the start of the 2011–12 season the club made its debut in the FA Cup reaching the First Qualifying round, during October 2011 Woodley Town announced plans to join forces with Wokingham and Emmbrook to create a super-club for the region. However the plan was not fully confirmed, on 22 May 2012 Wokingham and Emmbrook F. C. won the Reading Senior Cup 2012 defeating Highmoor Ibis 3–1 at the Madejski Stadium On 21 May 2013 Wokingham and Emmbrook F. C. As a result of great form, in the end of the season Wokingham ended up 2nd place in the Hellenic Division One East. On 15 May 2014 Wokingham were able to retain the Reading Senior Cup for the 3rd season running with an emphatic 5–0 win against local rivals Finchampstead at the Madejski Stadium. In May 2015 the Sumas won the Reading Senior Cup for the 4th time on the bounce, the season was a historic one for Wokingham & Emmbrook, winning the Hellenic Division One east securing their first ever league title. Wokingham and Emmbrook play their games at Lowther Road, Wokingham, Berkshire. 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
Woodley United F.C.
Woodley United F. C. is a football club based in Woodley, Berkshire, England. The club can trace its history back to 1904 although it is thought that it existed in the 19th century, currently it is a member of the Hellenic League Division One East having won promotion by winning the Reading Football League Senior Division in the 2008–09 season. Each of the clubs ran teams at a single age group in isolation of one another. They were formed at U12 level and played in the Bracknell Boys League, the name Woodley Hammers came as a result of the kit that Brian obtained for the boys to play in – an old West Ham United kit. The club has grew continuously throughout the years and celebrated its Silver Jubilee in February 1999, Woodley Hammers Football Club had teams ranging from U7 to U18 and senior mens teams. Those children were given the chance to continue to represent the club at older levels and become more and more successful in winning local competitions. Winning was not always the aim for the club, it was more about participating in an enjoyable atmosphere at a friendly club. The efforts of the club to local football are dedicated to all members past and present. The club forged an association with The Bulmershe School, Woodley who are a specialist school for sport. Woodley Hammers were best known for their annual small sided tournament which was held at The Bulmershe School. The tournament continues to run under Woodley United FC, Woodley Town FC was formed in 1904 and competed in the Wargrave & District League. The club achieved in the 1909–10 season the ‘double’ of Champions, fourteen seasons later in the 1923–24 season they won the Reading Junior Cup. The club were the last team to win the Wargrave and District League in the 1926–27 season, with the club in the Reading & District League they had to wait 31 years until the 1957–58 season to win any Silverware by winning the Premier Division. They then won it the season afterwards but would have to wait thirty years to win anything again. However, an exodus of players saw the First Team fold mid season leaving just the Division four team in operation, the club won Division four that season and Division three the following season. However it took the club another five season to gain promotion to Division one kennet when they finished as runners-up in Division two kennet in the 1997–98 campaign, during their time in Division Two the Club also changed their name from Woodley to Woodley Town. In their first two seasons in Division one Kennet the club won the Reading Evening Post Junior Cup in 1999, a season later in the 2000–01 campaign the club gained promotion to the Reading League premier Division as runners-up. Next Season the club gained promotion to the Senior Division but could only last a season at the top, however the club bounced back up the next season and then managed to stay in the Senior Division
Almondsbury UWE Football Club are English association football club based in Almondsbury, near Bristol, England. They are currently members of the Western League Division One and play at The Field, the current team name was adopted in 2009, when an agreement with the University of the West of England led to the name being changed from Almondsbury to Almondsbury UWE. The club is affiliated to the Gloucestershire County FA, the club were founded in 1969 as Patchway North End, but changed their name to Patchway Old Boys in 1971, when they were playing in the Bristol Suburban League. Almondsbury were champions of the Gloucestershire League in 2004 and won promotion to Western League Division One, a tie-in with the University of the West of England was announced in 2009, resulting in the club changing its name to Almondsbury UWE. In this year the Club also made its debut in the FA Vase losing to Cowes Sports in the First Qualifying Round 1–0. Following the resignation of neighbours Almondsbury Town from the Southern Football League Division One South & West in 2010–11, in this year the club also made its début in the FA Cup competition, making it to the Preliminary round. Almondsbury at the Football Club History Database Official club website Web-teams homepage
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