SATURDAY, 25 OCTOBER
THE FULL STORY OF THE FOXES
Brislington Football Club was reformed in 1956 when an under 16 team was formed under the name of Brislington FC and entered in the Bristol Church of England League. The team was managed by one of the clubs pre war players, Bill Parsons, and they found a pitch at Arnos Court Park.
Brislington’s first major honour came in 1961-62 when they won the Somerset Intermediate Cup, which was retained the following year. In 1963-64 they won the Somerset Junior Cup.
The team had been steadily moving up through the leagues progressing to the senior division of the Bristol and Suburban League by 1965. In 1966-67 they ‘came of age’ reaching the final of the Somerset F. A Senior Cup, losing 3-1 to Chard Town.
The 1970’s saw the side move on again to the Somerset Senior League, winning the League Cup in 1976-77 and were Premier Division runners up in 1979-80.They were to finish runners up again in 1984-85 but their greatest season came in 1988-89, winning the Somerset Senior League Premier Division championship, the Somerset FA Senior Cup, the Reserves finishing runners up in the Somerset Senior League First Division and the A team winning the Bristol and Avon League. The achievement ensured promotion for the club to the Great Mills Western League with the Reserves moving into the Somerset Senior League Premier Division and the A team moving up into the Bristol and Suburban League.
In 1994-95 the club achieved the double, winning the Great Mills League First Division by a clear 11 points and in a repeat of the previous years Senior Cup Final overcoming Bridgwater Town on penalties.
The installation of floodlights and the construction of the Park Pets Stand enabled promotion to the Premier Division of the Great Mills League and a new era for the club.
Season 1999-2000 saw the clubs best season to date, reaching third place in the Screwfix League behind Taunton Town and Mangotsfield United, only to be surpassed in season 2001-2002 when they again reached third place, missing out on goal difference to Taunton Town and only recording 3 league defeats in 38 games. The reserves also won the Fry Club Cup and the Premier Division Championship of the Somerset County League by a margin of 15 points. The youth team were runners up in the Somerset Floodlit Youth League.
In 2002-2003 this was again surpassed when the first team were runners up in the Premier Division and reached the final of the Les Phillips Cup.
Season 2003-2004 was welcomed with great expectations but early exits in both F.A. cup and vase caused strain which eventually led to manager Nigel “Badger” Webb standing down the Chairman moved swiftly to replace him with Tony Cornelius from neighbours Keynsham Town who led the team to the Somerset premier cup final against Bristol City; who were winners 5-0.
The next season 2004-2005 began in chaos, when the manager resigned 3 weeks before the season began, again the chairman moved quickly to secure the services of Nigel Gillard an ex- Brislington player who somehow managed to get a squad together and after six games were top of the table, the side progressed to the quarter final stages of the F.A vase losing 1-0 at Enfield with about 8 weeks to go Nigel decided to stand down, many players left but with Gary Kemp taking the reigns with the help of Steve Jenkins a mixture of those left and an excellent crop of youngsters from the youth the club finished half way.
2005/2006 saw many changes Chairman Mike Richardson has left to take up the same role at neighbours Mangotsfield United, Mike has been a tremendous influence to Brislington F.C. and they would not find their selves in the position they are now without his drive and commitment The First Team will be managed by Jamie Patch who begins his second spell with the club and with Fred Hardwell taking the top job of Chairman.
Season 2007/2008 saw the club enter its 50th year. To mark this occasion The First Team wore a kit in the colours worn by the first side ever to represent Brislington F.C. Jeff Meacham and his assistant Paul Sainsbury who toke over from the outgoing Jamie Patch lead the team.
This remained unchanged until season 2008/2009 when The Reserves had a new management duo of Dave Payne and Steve Baddock who managed to gain the team promotion back to the Premier Division of the Somerset County League as runners-up.
Again this remained unchanged until season 2010/2011 which began with the First Team being managed by Jeff Meacham and new 'Playing' Assistant, Brad Haynes following the departure of Paul Sainsbury. Luckily Brislington FC managed to refrain from entering into the Relegation Zone, considering at times, it was close.
Our Reserve Team however, were in the Relegation Zone for the majority of the season after having points deducted which resulted in the team being in minus points. This proved to be a challenge for new Manager - Darren Paul, who became The Reserve Team Manager after the previous duo left during pre-season preparations. The team, looking to face relegation, saw Darren leave the club half-way into the season. It fell on 'A' Team Manager - Kevin Hazell to step up to the job. Kev and the team did Brislington proud as despite their disappointing start, managed to not get relegated.
2011/2012 season will start with Vice Chairman - Phil Rex acting as Chairman in Fred's absence due to illness. It is planned that The First Team Management and Reserve Team Management are set to stay the same as of the previous season. This season will see Brislington FC create our very first Ladies Team. This comes as an agreed 'natural progression' from our partner Junior FC. The Ladies will start in Division 2 of The Somerset County Women's League. Having not satisfied for less than winning their league for the last 5 years, we are sure the Girls are going to make Brislington FC proud!