Binfield F.C.

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Binfield
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Full nameBinfield Football Club
Nickname(s)The Moles
Founded1892
GroundHill Farm Lane, Binfield
ChairmanBob Bacon
ManagerCarl Withers and Jamie McClurg
League Isthmian League South Central Division
2020–21 Hellenic League Premier Division (promoted)

Binfield Football Club is a football club based in Binfield, near Bracknell, Berkshire, England. Affiliated to the Berks & Bucks Football Association, [1] the club are currently members of the Isthmian League South Central Division and play at Hill Farm Lane. Their nickname is the Moles. [2]

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History

The club was established in 1892 by employees at the local brickworks and farm labourers. [3] They initially played in the Ascot & District League, before joining the Great Western Combination in 1946. [4] They won the Combination at the first attempt and finished as runners-up the following season. [4] However, they left the league at the end of the 1950–51 season, [4] joining the Reading & District League. [3]

In 1971–72 the club were promoted from Division One to the Premier Division, but were relegated at the end of the 1973–74 season. 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. [3]

In 1989 Binfield transferred to Division One of the Chiltonian League, which they won in their first season, earning promotion to the Premier Division. [5] They finished as Premier Division runners-up in 1991–92 and won the division in 1995–96. [5]

In 2000 the league merged into the Hellenic League, with Binfield placed in Division One East. [5] In 2001 they absorbed junior club Binfield Forest. [3] In 2008–09 they won Division One East and were promoted to the Premier Division. Their second season in the division saw them finish as runners-up. [5] In 2011–12 they won both the Hellenic League Floodlit Cup (beating Shortwood United 2–0 in the final) [6] and the Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy (winning 9–8 on penalties against Abingdon Town after a 1–1 draw). [7] The club won the Floodlit Cup again in 2017–18 with a 2–1 win over Thatcham Town in the final. [8] In 2020–21 they reached the final of the FA Vase for the first time. They were also promoted to the South Central Division of the Isthmian League based on performances over the abandoned 2019–20 and 2020–21 seasons.

Ground

The club played at the Forest Road ground during the mid-20th century, a ground which was shared with the local cricket club. [3] In 1980 they moved to their current ground, Hill Farm Lane. [3] Floodlights were installed in the 2000s. [3]

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References

  1. FA Community Clubs Berks & Bucks FA
  2. Binfield Hellenic League
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 About Binfield FC Binfield F.C.
  4. 1 2 3 Great Western Combination 1939-1964 Non-League Matters
  5. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Binfield at the Football Club History Database
  6. Binfield FC 2 Shortwood United FC 0 Get Reading, 13 April 2012
  7. Berks & Bucks Football Club History Database
  8. Perpetua Press Floodlit Cup Final Archived 21 July 2018 at the Wayback Machine Hellenic League, 30 April 2018

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