Laverstock & Ford F.C.

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Laverstock & Ford
Laverstock & Ford's logo
Full nameLaverstock & Ford Football Club
Nickname(s)Lavvy, The Bulldogs
Founded1956
GroundChurch Road, Laverstock
ChairmanJohn Pike
ManagerLiam McConnell
LeagueWessex League Premier Division
2021–22Wessex League Division One, 5th of 19 (promoted via play-offs)

Laverstock & Ford Football Club is a football club based in Laverstock, near Salisbury, Wiltshire, England. They are currently members of the Wessex League Premier Division and play at Church Road.

History[edit]

The club was established in 1956 and joined Division Three B of the Salisbury & District League.[1] They were runners-up in the division in their first season, earning promotion to Division Two.[1] Although the club were relegated at the end of the 1960–61 season, they were promoted back to Division Two at the first attempt.[1] The club were Division Two runners-up in 1962–63, securing a second consecutive promotion as they moved up to Division One.[1] The following season saw them finish as runners-up in Division One.[1] The club won the league title in 1970–71 and were runners-up the following season, also winning the Morrison Cup.[1]

Two seasons after winning Division One, Laverstock & Ford were relegated to Division Two at the end of the 1972–73 season. They won the Wiltshire Junior Cup in 1973–74,[2] and were promoted back to Division One in 1981–82, before moving up to the Premier Division in 1984. After winning the Stonehenge Cup and finishing as league runners-up in 1984–85,[1] the club moved up to Division Two of the Wiltshire League.[3] In 1986–87 the club were promoted to Division One, but they finished bottom of Division One in 1988–89 and were relegated back to Division Two.[3]

In 1991 Laverstock & Ford left the Wiltshire League and returned to the Salisbury & District League.[1] They joined Division Three of the Hampshire League in 1992, but left after a single season to return to the Salisbury & District League.[1] In 1996 the club rejoined Division Three of the Hampshire League.[4] League reorganisation in 1999 saw them placed in Division Two, and the club went on to win the Wiltshire Junior Cup again in 1999–2000.[2] They won Division Two in 2002–03, earning promotion to Division One.[4] In 2004 the Hampshire League merged into the Wessex League, with the club becoming members of the new Division Three.[4]

Laverstock & Ford were Division Three runners-up in 2005–06 and were promoted to Division Two, which was renamed Division One the following season.[4] They went on to finish as runners-up in Division One in 2007–08, earning promotion to the Premier Division. The club finished bottom of the Premier Division in 2011–12 and were relegated back to Division One.[4] In 2021–22 they finished fifth in Division One, qualifying for the promotion play-offs. After defeating Andover New Street 3–0 in the semi-finals, the club beat Newport (IOW) F.C. 3–2 (after extra time) in the final and were promoted to the Premier Division.

Ground[edit]

The club play at Church Road. Floodlights were installed during the 2005–06 season and a new 114-seat stand was installed in 2007–08.[1]

Honours[edit]

  • Hampshire League
    • Division Two champions 2002–03
  • Salisbury & District League
    • Division One champions 1970–71
    • Morrison Cup winners 1971–72
    • Stonehenge Cup winners 1984–85
  • Wiltshire Junior Cup
    • Winners 1973–74, 1999–2000[1]

Records[edit]

  • Best FA Cup performance: Second qualifying round, 2022–23[4]
  • Best FA Vase performance: First round, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2013–14, 2015–16[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Club History Laverstock & Ford F.C.
  2. ^ a b Junior Cup Wiltshire FA
  3. ^ a b Witlshire League 1976–1992 Non-League Matters
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Laverstock & Ford at the Football Club History Database

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°04′46″N 1°46′28″W / 51.079379°N 1.7744489°W / 51.079379; -1.7744489