Sun Sports F.C.

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Sun Sports
Sun Postal Sports F.C. logo.png
Full name Sun Sports Football Club
Nickname(s) The Sun
Founded 1901 (as Sun Sports)
Ground The Sun Postal Sports & Social Club
Ground Capacity 500(35 seated)
Chairman Jim Kempster
Manager Tim O'Sullivan
League Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division
2016–17 Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division, 10th of 22

Sun Sports Football Club are a football club based in Watford, Hertfordshire, England. They were established in 1901 and joined the Herts Senior County League in 1947. They are currently members of the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division.

History[edit]

Founded as Sun Engraving in 1898, the club then went under the name Sun Sports FC in 1901[1] and played in the Watford & District League and West Herts League.[2]

The club joined Herts County League Division Two in 1947–48 and were promoted to the division one in 1955–56. A season later they were in the premier division as a result of a league restructure, relegated a year later, but returned again the following season. They then spent their time in the premier division when they were relegated in 1980, three seasons after making their debut in the FA vase. Once again on the first time of asking they were promoted back to the top division.[3] Eleven seasons later in the 1992–93 season the club won the league and repeated this feat a season later.

In 1995 club changed its name to Sun Postal Sports when they amalgamated with local football team Watford Postal Services F.C. After finishing runners-up for two seasons in a row the club joined the Spartan South Midlands League Division One in the 2003–04 season.[4]

The 2013–14 season saw the club finish as champions of Spartan South Midlands League Division One and gain promotion to the Premier Division. At the same time they reverted to their current name.[5]

Stadium[edit]

Sun Sports play their games at Sun Postal Sports & Social Club, Bellmountwood Avenue, Watford, WD17 3BN.

The ground was developed to senior status in December 2003 and was officially opened by local MP Claire Ward.[2]

Honours and achievements[edit]

League honours[edit]

  • Spartan South Midlands League Division One:[5]
    • Winners (1): 2013–14
  • Herts Senior County League:[3][4]
    • Winners (2): 1992–93, 1993–94
    • Runners Up (4): 1967–68, 1994–95, 2001–02, 2002–03
  • Herts County League Division One:[3]
    • Runners Up (2): 1959–60, 1980–81

Cup honours[edit]

  • Herts Intermediate Cup:[6]
    • Winners (1): 1925–26
  • Herts Junior Cup:[6]
    • Winners (1): 1938–39
  • Aubrey Cup:[7][8][9]
    • Winners (1): 1994–95
    • Runners-up (2): 1999–00, 2001–02
  • Apsley Senior Cup:[6]
    • Winners (1): 1981–82
  • Apsley Junior Cup:[6]
    • Winners (2): 1982–83, 1992–93

West Herts St Marys Cup:

Runners Up (2): 1998–99, 2015–16

Records[edit]

  • Highest league position:[4] 5th in Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division: 2014–15
  • FA Vase best performance:[3][4] First Round: 1978–79, 1989–90, 2007–08
  • FA Cup best performance: First Round Qualifying: 2016–17

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pieman, Simple (2008-03-08). "Pie and Mushy Peas: Sun Postal Sports FC". Pieandmushypeas.blogspot.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-11-25. 
  2. ^ a b "History – History 1 – Sun Postal Sports FC". Pitchero.com. Retrieved 2012-11-25. 
  3. ^ a b c d SUN SPORTS at the Football Club History Database
  4. ^ a b c d SUN POSTAL SPORTS at the Football Club History Database
  5. ^ a b "Sun clinch Division One title (From Watford Observer)". Watfordobserver.co.uk. 2014-04-28. Retrieved 2014-05-05. 
  6. ^ a b c d "History – History 2 – Sun Postal Sports FC". Pitchero.com. Retrieved 2012-11-25. 
  7. ^ "football.mitoo". football.mitoo. Retrieved 2012-11-24. 
  8. ^ "football.mitoo". football.mitoo. Retrieved 2012-11-24. 
  9. ^ "Sun Postal Sports clinch Spartan South Midlands Division One title (From Watford Observer)". Watfordobserver.co.uk. 2014-05-01. Retrieved 2014-05-05. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°40′10.32″N 0°25′27.57″W / 51.6695333°N 0.4243250°W / 51.6695333; -0.4243250