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Bitton
AFC Bitton logo.png
Full name Bitton Association Football Club
Nickname(s) The Ton, The Boyds, The River Boys
Founded 1892
Ground Recreation Ground, Bitton
Ground Capacity 1,000 (48 seated)[1]
Chairman John Langdon
Manager Dan Langdon
League Western League Premier Division
2017–18 Western League Premier Division, 10th of 20

Bitton Association Football Club is a football club based in the South Gloucestershire suburb of Bitton, in England. Affiliated to the Gloucestershire County Football Association, they are currently members of the Western League Premier Division and play at the Recreation Ground on Bath Road.

History

The club was established in 1892.[2] They were members of the Bristol & Suburban League, before joining the Bristol & District League in the late 1920s. The club were relegated to Division Four in the early 1950s, but a fourth-place finish in 1954–55 saw them promoted to Division Three, and they went on to win Division Three the following season. The club switched to the Bristol Premier Combination in the late 1950s, but returned to the Bristol & District League in 1960. They then joined the Bristol Church of England League, before returning to the Bristol Premier Combination, now renamed the Avon Premier Combination, during the 1970s. Bitton were promoted to the Premier Division in 1990–91, and in 1994–95 they won the Gloucestershire Senior Amateur Cup and were runners-up in the Premier Division,[2] earning promotion to the Gloucestershire County League.[3]

In 1996–97 Bitton were runners-up in the Gloucestershire County League and were promoted to Division One of the Western League.[3] The 2003–04 season saw the club finish second in Division One, resulting in promotion to the Premier Division. They went on to win the league's Les Phillips Cup and the Gloucestershire Challenge Trophy in 2007–08.[1][4] The club retain the Challenge Trophy as well as winning the Premier Division title the following season;[3][4] however, they were unable to take promotion to the Southern League as their ground did not meet the requirements. They went on to finish as runners-up in 2010–11 and 2011–12.[3]

Ground

The club has played at the Recreation Ground since their establishment.[2] A seated stand and cover for 150 was installed after joining the Western League, with floodlights erected in 2001.[2] The ground currently has a capacity of 2,000, of which 48 is seated and 200 covered.[1]

Bitton Ladies

Bitton Ladies were established in 2007 and joined the Gloucestershire County Women's League.[2] They won the league title and League Cup in 2012–13,[5] and were promoted to the Eastern Division of the South West Regional Women's League. However, they folded at the end of the following season.

Honours

  • Western League
    • Premier Division champions 2008–09
    • Les Phillips Cup winners 2007–08
  • Bristol & District League
    • Division Three champions 1955–56
  • Gloucestershire Challenge Trophy
    • Winners 2007–08, 2008–09
  • Gloucestershire Senior Amateur Cup (South)
    • Winners 1994–95

Records

  • Best FA Cup performance: Second qualifying round, 2005–06, 2008–09[3]
  • Best FA Vase performance: Fifth round, 2003–04[3]
  • Most goals: A. Cole[1]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d Mike Williams & Tony Williams (2016) Non-League Club Directory 2017, Tony Williams Publications, p568 ISBN 978-1869833695
  2. ^ a b c d e History Bitton A.F.C.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Bitton at the Football Club History Database
  4. ^ a b GFA Cup competition winners Gloucestershire FA
  5. ^ 2012–2013 Gloucestershire County Women's Football League

External links

Coordinates: 51°25′41.689″N 2°28′18.239″W / 51.42824694°N 2.47173306°W / 51.42824694; -2.47173306