Milton United F.C.

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Milton United
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Full name Milton United Football Club
Nickname(s) Miltonians
Founded 1909
Ground Potash Lane, Milton Hill
Ground Capacity 1,500 + 50 seated
Chairman Andy Burchette
Manager Paul Bedwell
League Hellenic Football League
Premier Division
2013–14 Hellenic Football League
Division One East, 1st (Promoted)

Milton United F.C. is a football club based in Milton, near Didcot in Oxfordshire, England. They were established in 1909 first noted as competing in the North Berks League in 1926, joining the Hellenic League Division One in 1989, currently manager by Paul Bedwell assisted by Ian Concanon and Marcus Brown. They are currently members of the Hellenic Football League Premier Division. The club is affiliated to the Berks & Bucks Football Association and is a FA Chartered Development club[1]

History[edit]

The club was a founder member of the North Berks Football League when it was first formed in 1909 and played under the name Milton Hill.[2][3] The club played in the North Berks league for two seasons before returning again for the 1920–21 season, under the nameMilton and finally 'Milton United' in the following season.[4][5] In 1926 Milton gained their first trophy for beating Aston Tirrold by 8 to 2 in a playoff for the Division 2 (Abingdon) league title.[6] Milton United continued after the war but folded in the early 1950s. The club reformed in 1958 and regained entry to the North Berks League.[3]

Milton became champion of the Northe Berks league for the first time in the 1962–63 Season.[3] The club would then enjoy more league title success during the sixties with three further successes in the 1963–64, 1965–66 and 1969–70 seasons.[3][7][8] While the club remained in the top flight throughout most of the seventies, the club suffered relegation to the second tier of the North Berks league at the end of the 1978–79 season.[9] Two seasons later the club bounced back to the top flight when they finished as Champions of Division Two, at the end of the 1980–81 season.[10]

After being promoted back to the top division in the league the club, then went on to win the league a further three times, during the eighties, in the 1985–86, 1987–88 and 1988–89 seasons.[11][12][13] The club also ended as runners-up in the Berks and Bucks intermediate cup in 1984.[3] In 1989 they applied to join the Hellenic Football League. The application was successful and finished as runners up in their first season in both the first division & the Division One Cup, and winning the Berks and Bucks Intermediate cup.[3][14] As a consequence of their runners-up position they were promoted to the premier league and became champions of the premier league at their first attempt. They also retained the Berks and Bucks intermediate trophy.

The Season after winning the Premier Division, the club made its debut in the FA Vase reaching the first round before being knocked out by Thame United.[14] The club stayed in the premier Division until the end of the 1993–94 season, when the club was demoted to Division one because of the club not having floodlights.[14] In 1998 the club moved to their current home of Milton Heights with floodlights being installed and the clubhouse was erected.[3] The club in its first season at the new ground was immediately promoted back to the Premier Division, however after finishing bottom of the premier division in the next two seasons the club was relegated to Division One East.[14] The club gained promotion again three seasons later at the end of the 2003–04 season.[14] That season also saw the club reach the final of the Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy, but losing in the final on penalties.[3][15] The club stayed in the Premier division until the end of the 2008–09 season when they were relegated back to Division one East, where they have remained ever since.

Season 2013/14 saw the appointment of Paul Bedwell as First Team Manager, assisted by Marcus Brown as Asst Manager and Ian Concacnon as Coach and Director of Football, to bring local football back to the community. Milton believe that football is not about money, but having the passion to play for a club that is willing to develop into something big.[14]

Ground[edit]

Milton United play their games at Potash Lane, Milton Heights, OX13 6AG.

The Grounds highest crowd is 608, when it hosted the League Challenge Cup Final in 2005 between Carterton and Cirencester Town.[1]

Current squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
England GK Theo Dalton
England GK Phil Gregory
England GK Ashley Stuart
England DF Steve Mundy
England DF Carl Bolton
England DF Callum McMahon
England DF Guy Swain
England DF Kieran Hughes
England DF Matthew Midwinter
England DF Shaun Baker
England DF Barry Johnson
England DF Matthew Sammons
England DF John Slater
England DF Carl Bolton
England DF Joshua Hammond
No. Position Player
England MF James Robins
England MF Drew Fowler (captain)
England MF Matthew Nathaniels
England MF Conor Hunt
England MF Declan Hartigan
England MF Peter Lamont
England MF Dan McMiffe
England MF Adam Felix
England MF Bradley Hammond
Jamaica MF Gary Austin
Jamaica MF Daniel Osbourne
England FW Simon Vaisey
England FW Dean Parrot
England FW Jack Alder
England FW Dan McCullough

Honours[edit]

League honours[edit]

  • Hellenic League Premier Division:[14]
    • Winners (1): 1990–91
  • Hellenic League Division One:[14]
    • Runners-up (2): 1989–90, 1994–95
  • Hellenic League Division One East:
    • Winners (1): 2013-14
  • North Berks Football League Premier Division:[3][7][8][11][12][13][16]
    • Winners (4): 1962–63, 1963–64, 1965–66, 1969–70
    • Runners-up (1): 1984–85,
  • North Berks Football League Division Two:[10]
    • Winners (1): 1980–81
  • North Berks Football League Division 2 (Abingdon):[6]
    • Winners (1): 1922–23
  • North Berks Football League Division 2 (Wantage):[5]
    • Runners-up (1): 1922–23

Cup honours[edit]

  • Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy:[15]
    • Runners-up (1): 2006–07
  • Berks & Bucks Intermediate Cup:[3]
    • Winners (2): 1989–90, 1990–91
    • Runners-up (1): 1983–84
  • Hellenic League Division One Cup:[3]
    • Runners-up (1): 1989–90

Records[edit]

  • Highest League Position:[14] 1st in Hellenic premier Division 1990–91
  • FA Cup best performance:[14] Preliminary round 2009–10
  • FA Vase best performance:[14] Second round 1993–94, 1994–95, 2004–05

Former players[edit]

  1. Players that have played/managed in the football league or any foreign equivalent to this level (i.e. fully professional league).
  2. Players with full international caps.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Uhlsport Hellenic Football League | Club Details | Milton United". Hellenicleague.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-09-19. 
  2. ^ "North Berks Football League". Nbfl.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-09-17. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "History – Milton United F.C". Pitchero.com. Retrieved 2012-09-17. 
  4. ^ "North Berks Football League". Nbfl.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-09-17. 
  5. ^ a b "North Berks Football League". Nbfl.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-09-17. 
  6. ^ a b "North Berks Football League". Nbfl.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-09-17. 
  7. ^ a b "North Berks Football League". Nbfl.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-09-17. 
  8. ^ a b "North Berks Football League". Nbfl.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-09-17. 
  9. ^ "North Berks Football League". Nbfl.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-09-17. 
  10. ^ a b "North Berks Football League". Nbfl.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-09-17. 
  11. ^ a b "North Berks Football League". Nbfl.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-09-18. 
  12. ^ a b "North Berks Football League". Nbfl.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-09-18. 
  13. ^ a b "North Berks Football League". Nbfl.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-09-18. 
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k MILTON UNITED (OXON) at the Football Club History Database
  15. ^ a b "Uhlsport Hellenic Football League | Statistics | Season 2006–2007". Hellenicleague.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-09-19. 
  16. ^ "North Berks Football League". Nbfl.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-09-18. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°36′54.16″N 1°18′17.95″W / 51.6150444°N 1.3049861°W / 51.6150444; -1.3049861