Buckingham Athletic F.C.

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Buckingham Athletic
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Full name Buckingham Athletic Football Club
Nickname(s) The Ath
Founded 1933 (as Buckingham Juniors)
Ground The Stratford Fields
Buckingham
Manager Eddie Nix & John Prpa
League Spartan South Midlands League
Division One
2014–15 Spartan South Midlands League
Division One, 15th

Buckingham Athletic F.C. are a football club based in Buckingham, Buckinghamshire, England. They are currently members of Spartan South Midlands League Division One.

History

The club was formed in 1933 as Buckingham Juniors , but it was three years before a ground was found, allowing the club to enter the Brackley and District League.[1] When they got their ground it was originally called Timm's Meadow, later chgning its name to Stratford fields. In 1939 the club changed its name to Buckingham Athletic F.C.[1] It took the club 27 years to win their first piece of Silverware, winning the North Bucks League Shield in the 1960–61 season.

They joined the Hellenic League Division One for the 1965–66 season, and at the end of this season they managed to win the Bucks Junior Cup.[1] After three more seasons,they gained promotion to the Premier Division at the end of the 1968–69 season.[2] They stayed in the Premier Division for three seasons, during this period picking up the Buckingham Senior Charity Cup, before being relegated back to Division one.[1] For Seven more seasons they remained in Division One before leaving the Hellenic League and dropping down a level to the North Bucks & District Football League for the start of the 1979–80 season.[2][3] The time spent in the North Bucks league was rewarded with the NBL Premier Division Shield in the 1983–84 season, and the North Bucks & District League Championship a season later, winning it while remaining undefeated.[1] At the start of the 1985–86 season the club joined the South Midlands League Division One, and were champions of the division at the end of the season. However the club had to wait another five seasons before it was promoted to the Premier Division, as their ground did not meet league requirements at the end of their first season, when they finished as Runners-up in the 1990–91 season.[1][2]

The club stayed in the top division of the South Midlands League, and then the Spartan South Midlands League, when the South Midlands League merged with the London Spartan league, for eight seasons. During this period when manager Jim Gunn joined the club in the 1995–96 season, the club went on to win several cup competitions, and see the club reach its highest ever position of 5th place in the league.[1] However when Jim Gunn left in the 1997–98 season, the club started to struggle and eventually they voluntarily dropped into Division One in 1999, after encounting some financial difficulties.[1][2] During this period the club also made its debut in the FA Vase in the 1998–99 season and had Floodlights in stalled in 1993.[1][2] The club only lasted two seasons in Division one before being relegated to Division two. However they only spent a further two seasons in Division two before being promoted back to Division One as Champions, under manager Steve Cole and achieving the double of winning the Berks and Bucks Intermediate cup.[1][2] The club in their first season back in Division one also went on to retain the Berks and Bucks trophy as well as reach the final of the league cup. The club have remained in Division one since.[2]

For the 2011–2012 season the club appointed Eddie Nix & John Prpa as the first team joint management team.

Club honours

League honours

  • Spartan South Midlands League Division One:[2]
    • Runners-up (1): 2004–05
  • Spartan South Midlands League Division Two:[2]
    • Winners (1): 2002–03
  • South Midlands League Division One:[2]
    • Winners (2): 1985–86, 1990–91
    • Runners-up (1): 1988–89
  • Hellenic Football League Division One:[2]
    • Runners-up (1): 1968–69
  • North Bucks League Premier Division:[1]
    • Winners (1): 1984–85
  • Brackley and District League:[1]
    • Runners-up (1): 1961–62

Cup honours

  • Berks & Bucks intermediate Cup:[1][4]
    • Winners (2): 2002–03, 2003–04
  • Berks & Bucks Junior Cup:[1]
    • Winners (1): 1965–66
  • Spartan South Midlands League Division One Cup:[5]
    • Runners-up (1): 2003–04
  • Spartan South Midlands League Division Two Cup:[6]
    • Runners-up (1): 2002–03
  • South Midlands Floodlight Trophy:[1]
    • Winners (1): 1996–97
  • North Bucks League Premier Division Shield:[1]
    • Winners (2): 1960–61, 1983–84
  • Buckingham Senior Charity Cup:[1]
    • Winners (1): 1969–70
  • Stantonbury Charity Cup:[1]
    • Winners (2): 1995–96, 1996–97
  • Challenge Trophy:[1]
    • Winners (1): 1996–97

Club records

  • Highest League Position:[2] 5th in outh Midlands League premier Division 1996–97
  • FA Vase best performance:[2] Second round 1998–99

Ground

Buckingham Athletic play their games at Stratford Fields, Stratford Road, Buckingham MK18 1NY.[7]

The ground has railings, and stand which was installed during the 1990–91 season and floodlights which were added in 1993.[1]

References

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  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 BUCKINGHAM ATHLETIC at the Football Club History Database
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  7. England (2010-07-13). "Venue - Buckingham Athletic FC, Stratford Road, Buckingham, MK18 1NY". Plings. Retrieved 2012-11-11.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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