Easington Sports F.C.

Easington Sports Football Club is an amateur football club based in the Easington ward of Banbury, Oxfordshire, England. They are currently members of the Hellenic League Premier Division and play at Addison Road.

Easington Sports
Full nameEasington Sports Football Club
Nickname(s)The Clan
Founded1946
GroundAddison Road, Easington
ChairmanRichard Meadows
ManagerMatt Giles
LeagueHellenic League Premier Division
2018–19Hellenic League Division One West, 1st of 12 (promoted)

History

The club was established in 1946 and initially played in the Oxfordshire Junior League.[1][2] In the late 1950s the club joined the Oxfordshire Senior League and went on to win back-to-back Premier Division titles in 1957–58 and 1958–59.[2] After their second title, the club joined the Warwickshire Combination.[3] When the league was split into two division in 1960, they were placed in the Eastern Division, where they played until leaving the league the end of the 1963–64 season.[3] They subsequently rejoined the Oxfordshire Senior League and were Division One champions in 1965–66,[2][1] earning promotion to the Premier Division. The following season saw them finish as Premier Division runners-up.[2] In 1969–70 they won the league's Ben Turner Trophy.[2]

After winning the Ben Turner Trophy for a second time in 1970–71,[1] Easington moved up to Division One A of the Hellenic League.[4] League reorganisation in 1972 saw them placed in Division Two, which was merged into Division One the following year. The club remained in Division One until 2000, when league reorganisation saw the division split into eastern and western divisions, with Easington placed in Division One West.[4] They were transferred to Division One East in 2012, back to Division One West in 2013, to Division One East again for the 2014–15 season and then back to Division One West again the following season.[4] In 2018–19 Easington entered into the FA Cup for the first time.[5]

In 2018–19 Easington were Division One West champions, earning promotion to the Premier Division.

Ground

The club initially played on farmland west of Wykham Lane with no changing rooms. After fundraising efforts, they were able to purchase land on Addison Road to create a new ground.[6] Although a clubhouse was built, the only cover for spectators is provided by an overhang of the clubhouse roof.[6] In April 2015, the club were granted permission to install floodlights. A 50-seat stand was erected in 2016 and the floodlights installed in June 2017,[7] allowing them to enter the FA Vase.

Honours

  • Hellenic League
    • Division One West champions 2018–19
  • Oxfordshire Senior League
    • Premier Division champions 1957–58, 1958–59
    • Division One champions 1965–66
    • Ben Turner Trophy winners 1969–70, 1970–71

Records

  • Best FA Cup performance: Preliminary round, 2018–19[4]
  • Best FA Vase performance: First qualifying round, 2017–18[4]
  • Record attendance: 305 vs Banbury United, Oxfordshire Senior Cup, 30 January 2018 [8]

References

  1. Mike Williams & Tony Williams (2012) Non-League Club Directory 2013, p671 ISBN 978-1-869833-77-0
  2. Club History Easington Sports F.C.
  3. Warwickshire Combination 1954–1967 Non-League Matters
  4. Easington Sports at the Football Club History Database
  5. FA Cup: Rose and Stidder earn Sports a replay Banbury Guardian, 11 August 2018
  6. Easington Sports Pyramid Passion
  7. Floodlight upgrades complete Easington Sports F.C.
  8. Easington Sports vs Banbury United match report Banbury United F.C.

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