Basingstoke Town F.C.

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Basingstoke Town
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Full nameBasingstoke Town Football Club
Nickname(s)Dragons [1]
Founded1896
GroundWinklebury Sports Complex, Basingstoke
Capacity2,000 [2]
ChairmanJack Miller
ManagerDan Brownlie
League Isthmian League South Central Division
2020–21 Southern League Division One South (transferred)

Basingstoke Town Football Club is a football club based in Basingstoke, Hampshire, England. The club are currently members of the Isthmian League South Central Division (the eighth level of the English football league system) and play at the Winklebury Sports Complex. Their motto, 'Vestigia Nulla Retrorsum', means 'Never a step backward'.

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History

The club was established in 1896 by a merger of Aldworth United and Basingstoke Albion. [3] They joined the Hampshire League in 1901, and when the league was split into geographical divisions in 1903, were placed in the North Division. [4] They finished bottom of the division in both 1903–04 and 1904–05, and again in 1906–07 and 1907–08. However, after consecutive second-bottom finishes and then finishing fifth out of seven clubs in 1910–11, they were North Division champions in 1911–12. [4]

Finishing as champions resulted in promotion to the County Section, although the club continued to play in the North Division. [4] They won the North Section again in 1919–20, [5] After league reorganisation in 1929 Basingstoke were placed in Division One. [6] They finished as runners-up in 1965–66 and 1966–67, before winning the league in 1967–68. [7] After finishing as runners-up again in 1968–69, they won back-to-back titles in 1969–70 and 1970–71, remaining unbeaten in the latter season. [7] [8]

After their third Hampshire League title, Basingstoke moved up to Division One South of the Southern League. [9] Their first season in the Southern League saw them reach the first round of the FA Cup for the first time, eventually losing 5–1 to Northampton Town. [9] The club remained in Division One South until 1979, when league restructuring saw them placed in the Southern Division. [9] They won the division in 1984–85, earning promotion to the Premier Division. [9] Two seasons later they were transferred to the Premier Division of the Isthmian League. Although they were relegated to Division One at the end of the 1987–88 season, they made an immediate return to the Premier Division after ending the following season as runners-up. [9]

The 1989–90 season saw the club reach the first round of the FA Cup again. After beating Bromsgrove Rovers 3–0, they lost 3–2 to Torquay United in the second round. In 1993–94 they were relegated to Division One, returning to the Premier Division after finishing as Division One runners-up in 1996–97. [9] The following season saw them reach the first round of the FA Cup and defeat Football League opposition for the first time, beating Wycombe Wanderers 5–4 on penalties after a 2–2 draw in a replay; [9] the attendance of 5,085 was a new record for the club. [3] They then took Northampton to a replay in the second round, before losing 4–3 on penalties. [9] They reached the first round again in 1998–99, losing 2–1 to Bournemouth. [9]

In 2003–04 the club finished fourteenth in the Premier Division, entering a play-off against Lewes for a place in the new Conference South. Although they lost 4–1, [9] they gained a place in the new league after Hendon decided against promotion. [3] The club made another appearance in the FA Cup first round in 2006–07, beating League One club Chesterfield 1–0 at Saltergate before losing 3–1 to local rivals Aldershot in a second round replay. [9] A fifth-place finish in 2011–12 saw the club qualify for the promotion play-offs. However, they lost the two-legged semi-final to Dartford 3–1 on aggregate, losing 1–0 at home and 2–1 away. [9] They also reached the FA Cup first round again, losing 1–0 to Brentford. They qualified for the play-offs for a second time in 2014–15 after finishing third, but were beaten 2–1 on aggregate by Whitehawk in the semi-finals. [9]

The following season saw Basingstoke make another appearance in the FA Cup first round, a 1–0 defeat at Cambridge United; [9] however, after finishing bottom of the renamed National League South, they were relegated to the Premier Division of the Southern League. The club were placed in the Premier South division at the end of the 2017–18 season as part of the restructuring of the non-League pyramid. They went on to finish third-from-bottom of the division in 2018–19 and were relegated to Division One South. At the end of the 2020–21 season the club were transferred to the South Central Division of the Isthmian League.

Ground

The main stand at the Camrose. Camrose Main Stand.JPG
The main stand at the Camrose.

The club played at Castlefields from their establishment until 1945, when a site for a new ground was offered to them by Lord Camrose. The new ground was initially known as Winchester Road, and consisted of a small wooden stand together with grass banking with some terracing. [10] The first match was played on 1 December 1945 against Southampton Borough Police, and the ground was later renamed after Lord Camrose. [10]

A new clubhouse was built in 1969 and a new main stand in 1970. Terracing was also added to the ground and floodlights erected. [10] A roof was later installed over the terracing opposite the stand, with another terrace built next to the stand. [10] The ground's record attendance of 5,085 was set in 1997 for an FA Cup first round match against Wycombe Wanderers. [3] It currently has a capacity of 6,000, of which 651 is seated and 2,000 covered. [1]

During the 2014–15 season it was known as the Soccer AM Stadium due to a sponsorship deal with the Sky Sports show, [11] before becoming the Ark Cancer Charity Stadium for the 2016–17 season. [12]

In 2019 the club was forced to relocate to Winchester City's City Ground as former chairman Rafi Razzak attempted to sell the Camrose for development. [13] In October 2020 the club returned to Basingstoke, at the upgraded FA Winklebury Sports Complex in the Winklebury area of the town. [14]

Club staff

First team

Academy

Honours

Records

See also

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Mike Williams & Tony Williams (2012) Non-League Club Directory 2013, p257 ISBN   978-1-869833-77-0
  2. Winklebury Football Complex Soccerway
  3. 1 2 3 4 History Archived 16 August 2016 at the Wayback Machine Basingstoke Town F.C.
  4. 1 2 3 Early Hampshire League 1896-1914 Non-League Matters
  5. Hampshire League 1919-1929 Non-League Matters
  6. Hampshire League 1929-1939 Non-League Matters
  7. 1 2 Hampshire League 1960-1970 Non-League Matters
  8. Hampshire League 1970-1980 Non-League Matters
  9. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Basingstoke Town at the Football Club History Database
  10. 1 2 3 4 Basingstoke Town Pyramid Passion
  11. Introducing the Soccer AM Stadium - Basingstoke Town change name of ground’ Sky Sports, 15 August 2014
  12. The Camrose renamed ‘The Ark Cancer Charity Stadium’ Basingstoke Town F.C., 10 May 2016
  13. Basingstoke Town Football club future in doubt over stadium row BBC News, 31 July 2019
  14. Basingstoke Town to play first Winklebury stadium match TODAY Gazette, 24 October 2020

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