Odd Down F.C.

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Odd Down
Odd Down F.C. logo.png
Full name Odd Down Football Club
Nickname(s) The Down
Founded 1901
Ground Lew Hill Memorial Ground,
Bath
Ground Capacity 1,000 (160 seated)
League Western Football League
Premier Division
2013–14 Western Football League
Premier Division, 4th

Odd Down F.C. are a football club based in Bath, England. They play at the Lew Hill Memorial Ground, Combe Hay Lane, Odd Down. The club is affiliated to the Somerset County FA.

History[edit]

As far as can be traced the club was founded in 1901 by Fred Weaver and brothers Walt and Stan Noad. Odd Down, then a self-contained village on the outskirts of Bath in Somerset, played in the Bath and District Football League. In 1920 Odd Down won the Bath City Knockout Cup, but in all its playing years the club has had little success in winning cups. Odd Down FC spent their formative years on pitches at Stirtingale Farm and at the Quarr Ground, before moving to Combe Hay Lane in the 1930s. The club was finally able to purchase the ground in 1952 and it was renamed in memory of long-serving former President Lew Hill

During the 1920s the club played in the Wiltshire Football League, but prior to World War II had graduated to playing in the Somerset Senior 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 Football League that season, a league formed to make up for the shortage of Somerset Senior League fixtures at that time.

Following a bad report into the facilities at Odd Down the club were expelled from the Somerset Senior League, whereupon an application to join the Wiltshire Football League was accepted. A few years later the Wiltshire League voiced disapproval of Somerset based teams competing in their league and Odd Down found themselves re-admitted to the Somerset Senior League.

From 1967 to 1972 the club formed a steering committee which worked hard to provide a social club, eventually opening one on April 5, 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 Senior Cup, and further success was to come the following season as the club won promotion to the 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 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 club’s Huish Park home.

They remained in the Premier Division until relegation to Division One in 2008, but were promoted back to the Premier Division in 2010, where they remain to this day.

Ground[edit]

Odd Down play their home games at Lew Hill Memorial Ground, Combe Hay Lane, Odd Down, Bath, Somerset, BA2 8AP.

Honours[edit]

  • Somerset FA Senior Cup Winners 1991–92[1]
  • Somerset FA Premier Cup runner-up 2000–01, 2004–05
  • Western League Division One Winners 1992–93
  • Somerset Senior League Division Two Winners (reserves) 1993–94, 2002–03

Records[edit]

  • FA Cup best performance: second qualifying round – 1992–93
  • FA Vase best performance: fourth round – 1981–82

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Senior Cup". SomersetFA. 2012-04-19. Retrieved 2013-04-04. 

External links[edit]

Sources[edit]

  • Club website
  • Western League website

Coordinates: 51°21′07.64″N 2°22′53.62″W / 51.3521222°N 2.3815611°W / 51.3521222; -2.3815611