Bishop's Cleeve F.C.

Bishop's Cleeve Football Club is a semi-professional football club based in Bishop's Cleeve, near Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England. They are currently members of the Hellenic League Premier Division and play at Kayte Lane. Nicknamed 'The Mitres', the club are affiliated to the Gloucestershire County FA.

Bishop's Cleeve
Official crest
Full nameBishop's Cleeve Football Club
Nickname(s)The Mitres
Founded1905
GroundKayte Lane, Bishop's Cleeve
Capacity1,500 (50 seated)[1]
ChairmanDavid Walker
ManagerPaul Collicutt
LeagueHellenic League Premier Division
2020–21Hellenic League Premier Division (season curtailed)

HistoryEdit

Formed in 1905,[2] the club initially played in the Cheltenham League. They won Division Two in 1924–25 and again in 1930–31.[3] After being promoted to Division One, they won the league title in 1931–32 and 1934–35.[4] After World War II they won Division Two in 1958–59,[3] before going on to win Division One in 1961–62 and 1963–64.[4] Following back-to-back titles in 1965–66 and 1966–67,[4] the club moved up to Division Two of the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League. They won Division Two at the first attempt, and after earning promotion to Division One, went on to win back-to-back titles in 1968–69 and 1969–70.[5] A third Division One title was won in 1972–73.[5]

In 1983 Bishop's Cleeve moved up to Division One of the Hellenic League.[6] They won the division in 1986–87, earning promotion to the Premier Division. They won the Premier Division Cup in 1987–88,[7] but were relegated back to Division One after finishing bottom of the Premier Division in 1991–92.[6] League restructuring in 2000 saw them placed in Division One West, and after finishing as runners-up in 2000–01, they were promoted back to the Premier Division.[6] In 2005–06 the club finished as Premier Division runners-up, earning promotion to Division One Midlands of the Southern League.[6] They were transferred to Division One South & West in 2008.[6] After finishing bottom of the division in 2017–18, the club were relegated to the Premier Division of the Hellenic League.

GroundEdit

The club originally played at a ground on Stoke Road. It was redeveloped in the early 1970s, and was officially reopened by FA Secretary Ted Croker in 1971. However, by the 1990s the club were required to leave Stoke Road to maintain their Hellenic League status, resulting in them spending several seasons groundsharing at Moreton Town, Wollen Sports, Forest Green Rovers and Evesham United.[8] Permission was given for a new ground at Kayte Lane in 1997 and following a new stand and floodlights being installed, the club returned to the town in 2002.[8] A new clubhouse was completed in 2004.[8] It has a capacity of 1,500, of which 50 is covered seating.[7]

HonoursEdit

  • Hellenic League
    • Premier Division Cup winners 1987–88
    • Division One champions 1986–87
  • Gloucestershire Northern Senior League
    • Division One champions 1968–69, 1969–70, 1972–73
    • Division Two champions 1967–68
  • Cheltenham League
    • Division One champions 1931–32, 1934–35, 1961–62, 1963–64, 1965–66, 1966–67
    • Division Two champions 1924–25, 1930–31, 1958–59
    • Senior Charities Cup winners 1928–29, 1936–37, 1962–63, 1964–65, 1966–67[9]

RecordsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Bishop's Cleeve Non-League Club Directory
  2. ^ Club History Bishop's Cleeve F.C.
  3. ^ a b Division 2 winners Cheltenham League
  4. ^ a b c Division 1 winners Cheltenham League
  5. ^ a b Previous NSL Seasons Gloucester Northern Senior League
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h Bishops Cleeve at the Football Club History Database
  7. ^ a b c d e Mike Williams & Tony Williams (2012) Non-League Club Directory 2013, p507 ISBN 978-1-869833-77-0
  8. ^ a b c Bishop's Cleeve Pyramid Passion
  9. ^ Senior Charities Cup winners Cheltenham League

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