Stonehouse Town F.C.

Stonehouse Town Football Club is a football club based in Stonehouse, Gloucestershire, England. They are currently members of the Hellenic League Division One West and play at the Magpies Stadium.

Stonehouse Town
Full nameStonehouse Town Football Club
Nickname(s)Magpies
Founded1898
GroundMagpies Stadium, Stonehouse
ChairmanNige Sanders
ManagerPhil Orsborn
LeagueHellenic League Division One West
2018–19Gloucestershire County League, 3rd of 15 (promoted)

History

The club was established in 1898.[1] They joined the Dursley & District League, and were champions in 1900–01.[1] After moving to the Stroud & District League, the club were champions in 1908–09. After World War I they also entered a team in the North Gloucestershire League. In the Stroud & District League the club were champions in 1919–20 and 1920–21,[1] whilst in the North Gloucestershire League they won the title in 1919–20 and finished as runners-up in the next two seasons.[2] In 1922 the club were founder members of the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League, which they played in until 1927.[2] After winning the Stroud League title again in 1927–28,[1] the club returned to the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League in 1931 and were champions in 1934–35, 1935–36 and 1936–37 (also winning the Gloucestershire Senior Amateur Cup in the latter season),[1] before finishing as runners-up in 1938–39.[2]

In 1947 Stonehouse moved up to Division Two of the Western League.[3] They were Division Two champions in 1950–51, earning promotion to Division One. However, after finishing second-from-bottom of Division One in 1953–54, the club were relegated back to Division Two. Despite finishing as runners-up in the division in 1959–60,[3] the club dropped into Division One of the Wiltshire League.[4] They were Wiltshire League champions in 1967–68,[4] after which the club became founder members of the Gloucestershire County League.[5]

Stonehouse were the inaugural champions of the Gloucestershire County League and won the Gloucestershire Senior Amateur Cup in 1972–73,[1] but finished bottom of the league in 1975–76, 1976–77, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1982–83 and 1983–84.[3] After finishing last for a sixth time in 1987–88, the club left the league and returned to the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League. In 2008–09 they were Division Two champions, earning promotion to Division One.[6] The club were Gloucestershire Senior Amateur Cup winners and Division One runners-up, earning promotion back to the Gloucestershire County League.[7] Following a third-place finish in the Gloucestershire County League, they were promoted to Division One West of the Hellenic League.[8]

Ground

The club originally played at the Recreation Ground on Regent Stret. In 1949 they moved to Oldends Lane, with the ground officially opened on 25 August 1949 by England captain Billy Wright prior to a friendly match against Cheltenham Town.[9]

Honours

  • Western League
    • Division Two champions 1950–51
  • Gloucestershire County League
    • Champions 1968–69
  • Wiltshire League
    • Division One champions 1967–68
  • Gloucestershire Northern Senior League
    • Champions 1934–35, 1935–36, 1936–37
    • Division Two champions 2008–09
  • North Gloucestershire League
    • Champions 1919–20
  • Stroud & District League
    • Champions 1908–09, 1920–21, 1927–28
  • Dursley & District League
    • Champions 1900–01
  • Gloucestershire Senior Amateur Cup
    • Winners 1936–37, 1972–73, 2015–16
  • Gloucestershire Northern Senior Challenge Cup
    • Winners 1953–54[1]

Records

  • Best FA Cup performance: Second qualifying round, 1950–51, 1958–59, 1965–66, 1966–67, 1969–70, 1971–72, 1973–74[3]
  • Best FA Trophy performance: First round, 1969–70[3]
  • Best FA Vase performance: Second round, 1975–76[3]
  • Record attendance: 5,500 vs Gloucester City, FA Cup second qualifying round, 29 September 1951[9]

References

  1. Roll of Honour Stonehouse Town F.C.
  2. Gloucestershire Northern Senior League 1919–1939 Non-League Matters
  3. Stonehouse at the Football Club History Database
  4. Wiltshire League 1955–1976 Non-League Matters
  5. Gloucestershire County League 1968–1992 Non-League Matters
  6. Gloucestershire Northern Senior League 2006–2012 Non-League Matters
  7. IN FOCUS: Stonehouse Town are on the up Tround News and Journal, 7 October 2016
  8. Stonehouse Town and Quedgeley Wanderers promoted after restructure Gloucestershire Live, 3 June 2019
  9. History Stonehouse Town F.C.

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