FA Vase, Parkway Welcome Brislington
Plymouth Parkway FC at home this Saturday1st September in The Buildbase FA Vase against Brislington
Kick Off – 15:00
Adults – £6
Concessions – £4
Hot and cold snacks available
Brislington FC History
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.
AFFILIATED TO THE SOMERSET FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION
Members of: Somerset County League, Somerset Ladies County League, Bristol & Suburban League, Somerset
Youth Floodlit League
MEMBERS OF THE LEAGUE
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. The following year, 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, but resigned at the end of the season leaving way for ‘A’ manager – Kevin Hazell to step up with help from Brad Haynes.
Things remained mildly unchanged until season 2011/2012, which saw Brislington FC create our very first Ladies Team. This came as an agreed ‘natural progression’ from our partner Junior FC. The Ladies started in Division 2 of The Somerset County Women’s League – and won the league with a goal difference of +186 having won every league game. Managed by Steve Greenslade and Lee Williams, our U18 Youth Division were also champion of the league and gained promotion to the Premier Division of the Somerset Youth Floodlite League. With a new Assistant Manager – Lee Perks, assisting Jeff with the First Team, the side reached the semi-final of the Somerset FA Premier Cup where we were beaten by local side – Weston Super-Mare by a goal to nil.
Half way through season 2012/2013, the club was tested to the extreme with the sad sudden loss of Chairman Fred Hardwell, following a hard battle with Cancer. However, he was commemorated with a steam of success from our teams; The First Team become Western League Premier Division Runners-Up, but were rejected for promotion by the FA for ground standard issues. Our Reserves battled their way to the Somerset FA Senior Cup Final where they unfortunately lost 1 – 0 against Wincanton. Our Ladies didn’t fail to impress either and finished the season Somerset County League Champions and League Cup Winners as well as Somerset FA Junior Cup Winners. Vice Chairman – Phil Rex was elected as the new Chairman with former Reserve Team Manager Rich Chaffey taking the position of Vice Chair.
In 2013/2014, Brislington reached to furthest point yet in the FA Cup, following wins over; Barnstaple Town, St. Blazey, Wells City, Truro City and Weston-Super-Mare. Eventually we were knocked out at the last qualifying round by Conference Prem side Welling United 1 -0 at home with a record breaking attendance of 700 spectators. The prize money from winning five consecutive rounds allowed us to carry out essential upgrades to our floodlighting and pitch draining systems as well as erecting a new turnstile block. Our Ladies Team retained the title of Somerset FA Womens Junior Cup Champions as well as gaining promotion to the Premier Division of the South West Women’s Football League with a goal difference of +76 after losing only one game. The new season will see Paul Keen and Steve Jenkins take over the ‘A’ Team following the resignation of Jason Hughes, after managing to gain the team promotion to Prem 1 of the Bristol and Suburban League.
Brislington FC Squad 2018-2019
Lee Perks – Manager
In his 3rd season as manager and after a tough season last season has worked hard to bring in good young players this season. .Has bags of experience as a player at various clubs around Bristol. Has the respect of the players and has the contacts to attract good players to the club.
James Peart – Player assistant manager
Kevin Hazell – Assistant Manager / Physio / Secretary
Been at the club for 18 years as a player and manager for both the 3rd team and Reserves. Has great passion for the club which comes across in the teams that he has managed. Also the clubs secretary and looks after the kit. .
Chris Blammon – Goalkeeper
Has now established his self as our number 1. Confident and great shot stopper who scooped all the end of season awards. Has been known to have a bit of a moan during the game.
Kye Thomas – Defender
Signed from Yate Town who was previously at Bridgewater Town. Can play at full back or out wide strong player who likes to get the ball at his feet and play. A experienced and vital player to our young squad.
Jason Llama – Defender
In his second spell at the club after a spell at Bitton. Versatile defender who play anywhere across the back four who likes to get forward
Olly Crew – Defender
Only 16 but really impressed in pre season. Can play as a centre half or left back. Has shown he is confident and and looks to have the ability to player at a higher level.
Jason Hughes – Defender
His experience will be vital this season with such a young side. Leads from the front and will give 100%. Always arrives first for a game due to the fact he needs his ageing joints attended to.
Danny Barwood – Defender
Came through the clubs youth system. A strong no nonsense defender who is strong in the air. Left for a couple of seasons to go to Hengrove before returning to the club. Has been made captain for the coming season.
James Peart – Midfield
The teams longest serving player who progressed from the youth team. He is the work horse for the the team and never stops running. Can also fill in as a full back if needed. Starts his first full season as assistant manager.
Christian Ayaabah – Midfield
Came through our youth team and impressed in the games that he played last season. Strong player who likes to do the simple thing when he has the ball. Still only 17 and has the ability to go higher.
Sol Shearer – Midfield
Signed from Ashton & Backwell and Impressed in the centre of Midfield during pre season. Ball playing midfielder who likes to play also strong in a tackle.
Luke Meacham – Midfield
Played for the reserves as youngster before leaving. For his size he is great in the air and rarely loses a header also comfortable with the ball at his feet. Also the club comedian.
Mike Rimmer – Midfield
Apart from a season at Bradford has been at the club for a few seasons now. Ball playing midfield player and on his day not many better passers of the ball in this league.
Ricky Chandler – Midfield
His 4th season at the club after signing from Almondsbury UWE. Has a lot of pace and a good left foot. Has shown his versatility when playing at left back and gives us a good option because of ability to play with the ball at his feet.
Clarke Taylor – Midfield / Forward
Be an the club for years and one of the few players who has came through from the juniors. Been around the Reserves for a few seasons now due to his work commitments. Versatile player to have around the squad.
Louis Britton – Forward
Signed from Cadbury Heath has already shown he will be one to keep an eye on. Despite being only 17 has shown no fear at this level and scored some important goals already. Very good and strong in the air. On dual registration with Mangotsfield this season
Oaklan Buck – Forward
Returns to the club after a short spell with Bath City last season. Was top scorer at the club last season with over 30 goals for the first team and
Reserves in only half a season
Jimmy Woolland – Forward
Has come from our reserves and played a few games for the first team last year. Winger who has pace to burn a forwards dream with his crossing ability.
Conner Biggins – Forward
Another signing from Ashton & Backwell and one Perksy has been after for some time. Strong & skilful player who can play up front or on either wing. Has shown he will be an asset with his hard work
Dan Payne – Midfield / Forward
New signing from Hallen and another left footer. Can play wide or through the middle. Missed the vast majority of pre season but once he settles in will be a good asset to the squad.
Jonathan Invernizzi – Forward
Came to us late in pre season from Bath City Academy but has shown he could be an asset to the squad. Looks to be a good player with a good touch and crossing ability.