Plymouth Parkway FC kick off the season this weekend with the visit to Bolitho Park from Odd Down
Kick Off – 15:00
Adults – £6
Concessions – £4
Hot and cold snacks available
Odd Down AFC Club History
Odd Down (Bath) AFC was founded in 1901 by Messrs. Fred Weaver and brothers Walt & Stan Noad. Odd Down, then a self-contained village on the outskirts of Bath in Somerset, played in the Bath & District Football League in its formative years.
During the 1920’s the Club found itself playing in the Wiltshire Football League and prior to World War II had graduated to playing in the Somerset Senior Football League. Re-grouping after the war, Odd Down started off again in the Somerset Senior League and in the 1946-47 season finished as runners-up to Somerton. They also won the Mid-Somerset League that season, a league formed to make up for the shortage of Somerset Senior League fixtures at that time.
From 1967 to 1972 the Club formed a steering committee which worked hard to provide a social Club, eventually opening one on 5th April 1972. The hard work paid off as Odd Down gained admittance to the Western Football League for the start of the 1977-78 season.
However, it was to be season 1991-92 before the Club won its first major honour, lifting the Somerset FA Senior Cup, and even more joy was to come the following season as the Club won promotion to the Great Mills Western League Premier Division, finishing as the 1992-93 Division One Champions.
In their centenary year of 2001 Odd Down reached the final of the Somerset FA Premier Cup for the first time, losing 1-0 to Southern League side Clevedon Town. The feat was repeated in 2004, this time going down 5-0 to Yeovil Town at the Clubs Huish Park home. The same season the Club were awarded the Western League’s Vice President’s Trophy, for the team with the best sportsmanship record.
During the last decade Odd Down has seen great change both on and off the field. The club entered the new century with three main officials off the pitch. The ‘Odd Down Triangle’ of Mike ‘Tini’ Mancini, Eric Clarke and Michael Russell. Unfortunately ‘Tini’ passed away a couple of games into the 2006-07 season, shortly after being awarded the great honour of being made a life member of the Toolstation Western league.
Tini’s sad passing caused great problems off the pitch, which were only compounded when the greatly respected General Secretary of the main Odd Down Club, Steve Keen, also passed away during the season.
On the field of play the club has gone through lots of change in terms of management and playing personnel. In the 2007/08 season after a period of instability in terms of management and leadership Odd Down found themselves relegated to the first division. However, in the 2009/10 season Chairman Dave Loxton, Treasurer Paul Gover and the New Football Committee appointed Lee Burns as Manager. Lee had previously played over 300 games for the club and is well known in the Western League circuit after playing over 28 seasons. He immediately appointed Odd Down legend Mark Keen as his Assistant and Alan Moxham as Director of Football.
Lee, Mark and Alan worked extremely hard to turn the fortunes of the club around. They created a new exciting squad, with a blend of youth and experience. In deed their hard work paid off handsomely as the new look team produced some outstanding results and finished runners up in the Toolstation League First Division gaining promotion back to the Premier League. Dave Loxton and his team worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make sure the work was completed in time. The club has definitely got the feel good factor with exciting times ahead.
In the early part of 2012-2013 season, work commitments led to Lee Burns stepping down as manager, however his then assistant manager Terry Moore took up the reign and in 2013 – 2014 season with Ray Johnston as his assistant steered Odd Down FC to fourth place in the Premier League.
2014-2015 season saw the resignation of Terry Moore, but Ray Johnston was ready to step up to the challenge and appointed Lee Rendell as his assistant. Ray and Lee proved to be a winning partnership and in their first season in management roles achieved 5th spot in Toolstation Western League Premier Division.
2015 – 2016 has seen Ray retain all but one member of last season’s squad, and with a successful preseason campaign behind them the coming season looks promising for Ray, Lee and their squad.
What a season 2015 -2016 turned out to be for the club, Over the closed season a mixture of 1st Team, Reserve Team and U18s players secured the title in the Fry Club Tournament which gave them a good preseason workout and set the scene for the coming season culminating in Odd Down being crowned the Western League Champions for the first time in the club’s history,
2016 – 2017 With Ray Johnston and Lee Rendall still at the helm, it wasn’t such a good season however the 1st team and reserves both finished 7th in their respective leagues, with the U18s taking runners up spot for the second successive season.
The crowning of Odd Down Reserves as Somerset FA Senior Cup Champions was to a terrific end to the season.
2017-2018 The team of Ray and Lee continue with the first team again for this season, Jason Maggs has a new side kick in Richard Griffith well known around the local football scene, and Stewart Bradley & Shaun Wiles- Richards have taken over the reins for the U18s team. Jason Maggs resigned early into the current season and Rich Griffiths (Griff) stepped up to the plate with assistance from Dave Cooper and Terry Wade, in November Ray Johnson decided to leave the club to concentrate on his new home, leaving Lee Rendall to take over the reins of the 1st Team, Lee lost no time in recruiting Dean Horseman from Thornbury Town as his No2. The U18s had a great season North Division Winners with promotion to the premier Division and League Cup runners up. The 1st team finished 14th in their league with the Reserves a credible 9th in theirs, so the coming 18-19 season should only get better for all 3 teams.
Odd Down Squad 2018-2019
Manager/Coach Lee Rendall
Assistant Dean Horseman
Physio Everett Welch
GK Dan O’Brien
GK Cameron Shipway
Martin Stowell (Capt)
John (Jake) Elliott
Charlie Wiles Richards