Bognor Regis Town F.C.

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Bognor Regis Town
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Nickname(s)The Rocks
Founded1883;138 years ago (1883) (as Bognor F.C.)
Ground Nyewood Lane, Bognor Regis
Capacity4,500 (350 seated)
ChairmanDominic Reynolds
ManagerJack Pearce / Simon Cook
League Isthmian League Premier Division
2020–21 Isthmian League Premier Division (season curtailed)
Website Club website

Bognor Regis Town Football Club is an English football club based in Bognor Regis, West Sussex. Nicknamed 'The Rocks',the club is an FA Chartered Standard Community club affiliated to the Sussex County Football Association. [1] They currently compete in the Isthmian League Premier Division.

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History

Bognor Regis Town F.C. were founded in 1883 and the club became founding members of the West Sussex Football League in 1896, joining the Senior Division. [2] They won the championship of this league for five successive years in the early 1920s, after which they joined the Brighton & Hove District League in 1926. Just one year later, however, they joined the Sussex County League where they were to remain until 1972. The club became Bognor Regis F.C. in 1929 after King George V added the suffix 'Regis' to the seaside resort.

The club won the Sussex County Division One championship in the 1948–49 season. At the end of that season, they added "Town" to their name so as not to be confused with the local rugby club.

At the end of the 1969–70 season they were relegated, but won Division Two at the first attempt. The club won the Division One championship title the following season and were promoted to Division One South of the Southern League. In 1972–73 they reached the first round of the FA Cup for the first time, losing 6–0 at Colchester United. In 1976 Jack Pearce became manager at the age of just 26, and went on to hold the position until 2007.

In 1981 the club were transferred to Division One of the Isthmian League, and were promoted at the end of the 1981–82 season after finishing second. In 1984–85 they reached the first round of the FA Cup again, beating Swansea City 3–1 in a replay after a 1–1 draw at the Vetch Field. In the second round they lost 5–2 at Reading. They reached the second round again the following season, beating Enfield in the first round, before losing 6–1 at Gillingham. They went on to reach the first round again in 1986–87 (losing 1–0 in a replay to Slough Town) and 1987–88 (losing 3–0 at home to Torquay United). In 1988–89 they beat Football League opposition again, defeating Exeter City 2–1, before losing to Cambridge United.

In 1991–92 Bognor finished in the relegation zone, but were reprieved after Dagenham and Redbridge Forest merged. However, the following season they finished bottom of the Premier Division, and were relegated to Division One. In 1995–96 they reached the second round of the FA Cup for a fourth time, before losing 4–0 at Peterborough United.

In 2002–03 they finished second in Division One South, and were promoted back to the Premier Division. After finishing tenth the following year, the club were placed in the newly established Conference South. They were relegated back to the Isthmian League Premier Division at the end of the 2008–09 season, and were relegated again the following season.

Season 2010–11 saw the club compete in the Isthmian League Division One South and they missed out on promotion back to the Premier Division by the tightest of margins. Having finished with a club record total of 96 points, they lost out in the title race to Metropolitan Police on goal difference by just one goal, having led the table by two points, going in to the last fixture. As a result, they found themselves having to participate in the end-of-season play-offs, where they lost at home to Dulwich Hamlet who had finished 31 points behind.

In 2011–12 they again finished second in Division One South. They won the end-of-season play-offs, defeating Godalming Town in a thrilling semi-final, before beating Dulwich Hamlet 1–0 in the final, and thus gaining promotion to the Premier Division. The 2013-14 season started slowly with just one point from the opening four matches. However they soon rose up the table, eventually finishing in third place and qualified for the end of season play-offs, although this ended in defeat in the semi-final at home to Lowestoft Town.

Season 2015-16 saw them miss out on the Premier Division title by one point and then lose in the play-offs to Dulwich Hamlet. They did however, also enjoy their best ever run in the FA Trophy by reaching the semi-finals. They beat a number of teams from higher divisions along the way, including Bath City, Maidstone United, Altrincham, Sutton United and Torquay United. But hopes of an appearance at Wembley Stadium were dashed when they were defeated in the semi-final by Grimsby Town, losing 1-0 in the first leg at Nyewood Lane, before also losing the second leg 2-1 at Blundell Park (3-1 on aggregate), despite putting up spirited displays in both legs.

Season 2016-17 saw them finish in second place for the second season running, but this time they triumphed in the play-offs, beating Wingate & Finchley in the semi-final, before victory over Dulwich Hamlet in the final, to win promotion to the National League South for season 2017-18. However, despite a promising start to life in the Vanarama South in 2017-18, they eventually finished bottom of the table and as a result, returned to the Isthmian Premier for season 2018-19. They spent much of the 2018-19 in play-off contention but a dip in form in the last couple of months saw them eventually finish in 14th place. However, there was something to celebrate at the end of the season as they won the Sussex Senior Cup for the first time in 32 years, defeating Burgess Hill Town in the final played at Falmer Stadium, Brighton.

Stadium

The club play at Nyewood Lane, Bognor Regis, PO21 2TY. The ground has a capacity of 4,500, most of which has covered accommodation. The clubhouse end of the ground saw the addition of an unusual 'beach brolly' style terrace cover in 2018, although this was severely damaged and as a result pulled down due to Storm Ciara in 2020. The summer of 2020 saw the construction of a new 367 seated stand, with the roof at the clubhouse end set to be replaced in October 2020. The ground's first set of floodlights were bought from Wembley Stadium and fitted onto telegraph poles. In the 1970s the current floodlight pylons were added, with four along each touchline, before two of these were removed on each side in the early 1990s.

On 15 August 2008 a fire destroyed the clubhouse, and was suspected to be arson. [3] Work on a new social club, named 'Seasons', commenced during the summer of 2009 and opened in November the same year.

The playing surface won an award for the best in all three divisions of the Conference in 2008. Season 2010/11 also saw the pitch win an award, this time voted the best in all three divisions of the Isthmian League, in a poll of referees. The club also won an award two seasons running – 2007/08 and 2008/09, for the best canteen, as voted by supporters of rival Conference South clubs.[ citation needed ]

Current squad

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

No.Pos.NationPlayer
GK Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  CIV Amadou Tangara
DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Joe Cook
DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Thomas Cooney
DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Calvin Davies
DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Chad Field
DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Ashton Leigh
DF Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  CAN Gavin McCallum
DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Ethan Robb
DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Keaton Wood
MF Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  WAL James Crane
No.Pos.NationPlayer
MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Tommy Leigh
MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Ben Mendoza
MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Harvey Whyte
FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Sam Dowdridge
FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Jake Flannigan
FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Bradley Lethbridge
FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Alfie Lis
FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Jordy Mongoy
FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Jason Parish

Club management

As of 03 August 2018

PositionName
General Club ManagerSimon Cook
First team CoachRobbie Blake
1st Team ManagerJack Pearce
Goalkeeping CoachWes Hallett
Fitness Coach/Kit ManagerNeil Cockroft
PhysiotherapistCosimo Simeone
Sports TherapistHollie Charles
CoachLuke Cooper

Managers

As of 1 May 2012. Statistics below are League matches only (Sussex County/Southern/Isthmian/Conference South).

NameNationalityPeriodGWDLWin %
Jack Pearce Flag of England.svg May 2017–Present
Jamie Howell Flag of England.svg June 2009–May 201712464332751.61%
Mick Jenkins Flag of England.svg June 2008 – January 20092327148.70%
Michael Birmingham Flag of England.svg October 2007 – May 2008309101130%
Jack Pearce Flag of England.svg June 1994 – October 200756622714419540.10%
Mick Pullen Flag of England.svg June 1992 – May 19948420244023.81%
Jack Pearce Flag of England.svg March 1976 – May 199267225416325537.78%
Derek Edwards Flag of England.svg June 1970 – March 197620886507241.35%

Honours

League Honours

Cup Honours

Club records

(Post-2004) Ninth in the Conference South, 2004–05

Team colours

The club's home strip consists of green and white, of which in the past, combinations have varied including green and white striped shirts, green and white halved shirts, green and white quartered shirts and plain green shirts with white shorts. Following King George V's decision to add the suffix 'Regis' to the town's name in 1929, the club wore a blue and gold strip for a period in the 1930s, before reverting to green and white some time later that decade. Since the mid-1970s, the strip has mostly consisted of white shirts, green shorts and white socks, as is the case in 2020. Like many clubs, away colours have varied over the years, although blue shirts (various shades) were worn from 1998 to 2016. Since season 2016-17, the club have worn maroon and white strip on their travels when there is a kit clash.

Shirt sponsors and manufacturers

SeasonKit ManufacturerMain Shirt Sponsor
1979–1980 Adidas Hago Plastics
1980–1981 Umbro
1981–1983No Shirt Sponsor
1983–1985Hamilton Lines
1985–1987New OlympicWest Sussex Contractors
1987–1989 Puma Butlins (FA Cup ties only)
1989–1991New OlympicAdcocks Suzuki
1991–1992Hall Signs
1992–1993 Bukta Spindlers Lamps & Lights
1993–1994 Diadora Reynolds Furniture Store
1994–1995
1995–1996ICIS
1996–1997Esprit Accountants
1997–1998 Butlins Bognor Regis
1998–1999VandanelCompetitive Cleaning
1999–2000Reynolds Furniture Store
2000–2001SpallFinest Windows
2001–2002Express Printing
2002–2003Wayne Windows
2003–2005GXAldersmead
2005–2006homes2buy.co.uk
2006–2007 KFC
2007–2008VRV Autos
2008–2009Apogee Corporation
2009–2010 Erreà
2010–2011Keith Jay Carpets
2011–2012Chestnut Tree House
2012–2013Havant Motor Factors
2013–2014Viessmann
2014–2015FRH Machinery
2015–2016Gilbert & Cleveland
2016–2017Concise Surfacing Ltd
2017–2018Buildbase
2018-2019Woods Travel

See also

Category:Bognor Regis Town F.C. players

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