Hungerford Town F.C.

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Hungerford Town
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Full name Hungerford Town Football Club
Nickname(s) The Crusaders
Founded 1886
Ground Bulpit Lane, Hungerford
Ground Capacity 2,500
Chairman Steven Skipworth
Manager Bobby Wilkinson
League Southern League
Premier Division
2014–15 Southern League
Premier Division, 4th

Hungerford Town F.C. is a football club based in Hungerford, Berkshire, England. They are currently members of the Southern Football League, and play in the Premier Division. The club is affiliated with the Berks & Bucks Football Association.

History

Hungerford Town was founded in 1886 initially playing friendlies as there was no local league or cup competitions available to join.[1] Their first record of a fully competitive game was when the club in the 1901–02 season reached the final of the Newbury Cup, losing 2–0 to Newbury Town, but they won the competition three seasons later. The club joined the Hungerford League and then became founding members of the Newbury league in 1909.[1] In their first season they won the Newbury Challenge cup, four seasons later they won the league and retained the league title in the 1913–14 season. After the First World War the club reformed in 1919 and went on to win the Newbury league again that season and in the 1921–22 season.

After the second world war the club was playing in the Newbury & District League and also the Swindon & District League. At the start of the 1958–59 season the club joined the Hellenic Football League starting in the Premier Division.[2][3] The club then spent seven seasons in the top division of the Hellenic league before being relegated to Division one at the end of the 1964–65 season. The club came back in style at the end of the 1970–71 season by winning Division one and the Hellenic league cup.[2][3] The next seven seasons saw the club remain in the Hellenic Premier Division, during this period the club made its debut in the FA vase in the 1973–74 season, and the FA cup a season later.[3]

At the end of the 1977–78, after coming 3rd in the Hellenic league and reaching the Semi-final of the FA Vase of the second time, the club got elected to the Isthmian league, under Manager Jim Kelman, who had joined the club in 1975.[2][3] In the 1979–80 season, they reached the First Round Proper of the FA Cup. In the 1981–82 season Jim Kelman saw the club clinch the Berks and Bucks Senior Cup at their fourth final appearance, beating Wycombe Wanderers 1–0. After the Berks and Bucks success the club then spent the next 21 years in the Isthmian league in Division two. At the end of the 2002–03 season the club had to leave the Isthmian league as their ground did not meet the leagues standards, so they rejoined the Hellenic league again, and were back in the Premier Division.[2][3]

In the 2008–09 season, the club started to carry out improvements off the pitch, with a refurbishment program for the clubs facilities and there was improvements on the pitch as well, under manager Alan Clark.[4] The club went on a 22 match unbeaten run which took the club to the top of the league, where the lead swapped between them and Shortwood United, a last day draw at Hook Norton enabled the club to clinch the Hellenic League championship on goal difference and promotion to the Southern League. The club also made it to the Floodlit Cup final where they lost 2–3 after extra time to Marlow United.

At the end of their first season in the Southern League Division One South & West, the club parted company with manager Alan Clark, and replaced him with Bobby Wilkinson from Kintbury Rangers.[4] The club were promoted to the Southern League Premier division via the 2012–13 play-offs, winning both games against Paulton Rovers and Merthyr Town after extra-time.[5][6]

Club honours

League honours

  • Southern League Division One South & West:[3]
    • Play-off winners: 2012–13
  • Hellenic League Premier Division:[3]
    • Winners: 2008–09
  • Hellenic League Division One:[3]
    • Winners: 1970–71
  • Newbury League:[1]
    • Winners: 1912–13, 1913–14, 1919–20, 1921–22

Cup honours

  • Hellenic League Supplementary Cup:[2]
    • Winners: 2004–05
  • Hellenic League Floodlit Cup:[2]
    • Runners-up: 2008–09
  • Hellenic League Benevolent Cup:[2]
    • Winners: 1960–61
  • Berks & Bucks Senior Cup:[2]
    • Winners: 1981–82
    • Runners-up: 1975–76, 1976–77, 1978–79
  • Linaker Brokers Challenge Cup:[2]
    • Winners: 2006–07, 2007–08
  • Newbury Challenge Cup:[1]
    • Winners: 1904–05, 1908–09
    • Runners-up: 1901–02
  • Hungerford Cup:[2]
    • Winners: 2003–04
  • Basingstoke Senior Cup:[7]
    • Winners: 2012–13

Club records

  • Highest League Position:[3] 5th in Southern League Division One South & West 2011–12
  • FA Cup best performance:[3] First round 1979–80
  • FA Vase best performance:[3] Semi-Final 1977–78, 1979–80, 1988–89

Current staff

As of 11 October 2011.[8]

Players

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
England GK Paul Strudley
England DF Jon Boardman
England DF Matty Day
England DF Diak John
England DF Mark Hughes
England MF Scott Rees
England MF Ian Herring
England MF Luke Brewer
Wales DF Matthew Collins
No. Position Player
England MF Gary Horgan
England MF Dean Stow
Republic of Ireland FW Mark Draycott
England FW Harry Goodger
England FW Carl Davies
England FW James Clark
Greece FW Alexandros Tsagkaratos
Republic of Ireland FW Alan O'Brien

Management

  • Manager: Bobby Wilkinson
  • Assistant Manager: Ben Ashby
  • First Team Coach: Lea Barkus
  • Goalkeeping Coach: Ian Hobbs

Ground

Hungerford Town play their games at Town Ground, Bulpit Lane, Hungerford RG17 0AY.[9]

Former players

1. Players that have played/managed in the football league or any foreign equivalent to this level (i.e. fully professional league).
2. Players with full international caps.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 History-2 Hungerford Town FC
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 History 1 Hungerford Town FC
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 HUNGERFORD TOWN at the Football Club History Database
  4. 4.0 4.1 Wilkinson in for Clark at Hungerford Monday, 17 May 2010 newbury today
  5. "Paulton beaten in promotion play-off at Hungerford". This is Bristol. 29 April 2013. Retrieved 22 June 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Hungerford 3 - 1 Merthyr Town (AET): Martyrs' promotion dreams ended". Wales Online. 6 May 2013. Retrieved 22 June 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Basingstoke Senior Open Cup Final(Fleet Town v Hungerford Town) 072 (640×591)". NewburyToday.co.uk. 2 May 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "First Team – Players & Coaches". Hungerford Town F.C. Retrieved 11 October 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. HTFC Info Hungerford Town FC

External links

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