Hook Norton F.C.

Hook Norton Football Club is a football club based in Hook Norton, near Banbury, Oxfordshire England. They are currently members of the Witney & District League Division Two and play at the Bourne.

Hook Norton
Full nameHook Norton Football Club
Nickname(s)Hooky, The Brewery Boys
Founded1898
GroundThe Bourne, Hook Norton
ChairmanChris Tate-Davies
ManagerJason Corley
LeagueWitney & District League Division Two
2018–19Witney & District League Division Three, 3rd of 10 (promoted)

History

The club was established in 1898, and was initially a works team for the Brymbo Ironstone Company.[1][2] In the 1980s they were playing in the Banbury & District League and were Premier Division champions for the first time in 1984–85.[2] After winning the league on four more occasions, the club moved up to the Oxfordshire Senior League in 1998. They were promoted to the Premier Division at the first attempt, and went on to win the Premier Division in 1999–2000.[2]

After winning the Oxfordshire Senior League Premier Division again the following season, Hook Norton were promoted to Division One West of the Hellenic League.[1][3] The club won Division One West at the first attempt, earning promotion to the Premier Division,[3] although they had to move to Banbury United's Spencer Stadium in order to play at that level as their Bourne ground did not meet the ground grading regulations.[4]

Hook Norton finished in the Premier Division relegation zone at the end of the 2003–04 season and were relegated back to Division One West.[3] A third-place finish in Division One West in 2006–07 saw the club promoted to the Premier Division again. However, they finished bottom of the Premier Division in 2009–10 and were relegated to Division One West for a second time.[3] In 2014–15 the club won the league's Supplementary Cup.[5]

In June 2017 Hook Norton withdrew from the Hellenic League and disbanded due to a lack of committee members. However, the club reformed in 2018 and joined Division Three of the Witney & District League. In 2018–19 they won the league's Supplementary Cup, beating Wootton 4–1 in the final.[6] The club also finished third in Division Three, earning promotion to Division Two.

Honours

  • Hellenic League
    • Division One West champions 2001–02
    • Supplementary Cup winners 2014–15
  • Witney & District League
    • Supplementary Cup winners 2018–19
  • Oxfordshire Senior League
    • Champions 1999–2000, 2000–01
  • Banbury & District League
    • Champions 1984–85

Records

References

  1. Mike Williams & Tony Williams (2016) Non-League Club Directory 2017, Tony Williams Publications, p428 ISBN 978-1869833695
  2. Commercial Section Hook Norton F.C.
  3. Hook Norton at the Football Club History Database
  4. Hooky set for move to the Stadium Banbury Guardian, 4 April 2002
  5. 2015–16 Handbook Hellenic League
  6. Hook Norton and Charlbury win silverware Witney Gazette, 1 May 2019
  7. FOOTBALL: Battling Hook Norton give Weston a run for their money in FA Cup Oxford Mail, 28 September 2015

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