Bourne Town F.C.

Bourne Town Football Club is a football club based in Bourne, Lincolnshire, England. They are currently members of the United Counties League Division One and play at Abbey Lawn.

Bourne Town
Bourne Town F.C. crest
Full nameBourne Town Football Club
Nickname(s)The Wakes
Founded1883
GroundAbbey Lawn, Bourne
Capacity2,000[1]
ManagerSteve Wilson
LeagueUnited Counties League Division One
2020–21United Counties League Division One (season curtailed)

HistoryEdit

The club was established in 1883 and joined the Peterborough & District League in 1911.[2] Although they left the league in 1929, they returned the following season and were Division One champions in 1933–34.[3] They left the league again in 1935, but returned in 1937 and went on to win the league for a second time in 1939–40.[2] After World War II the club were champions in 1945–46 and 1946–47,[3] after which they joined the United Counties League. However, they struggled in the new league, finishing second-from-bottom in 1948–49 and 1949–50, bottom in 1953–54 and second-from-bottom again in 1954–55 and 1955–56.[4] After leaving the league in 1956, they rejoined the Peterborough & District League, before switching to Division One South of the Central Alliance in 1958.[5]

Bourne won Division One South in 1959–60,[5] and in 1961 they joined the newly-reformed Midland League.[4] After finishing second-from-bottom in 1964–65, they returned to the United Counties League, and were placed in Division One. They finished as runners-up in their first season back in the league, and went on to win back-to-back league titles in 1968–69 and 1969–70, also winning the Knock-Out Cup in the latter season. A third title was won in 1971–72, after which Division One was renamed the Premier Division.[4] The club won the league for a fourth time in 1990–91, a season which also saw them win the league's Benevolent Cup. They remained in the Premier Division until the 2009–10 season, when they were relegated to Division One.[4]

GroundEdit

The club plays its home fixtures at Abbey Lawn on Abbey Road.

HonoursEdit

  • United Counties League
    • Premier Division champions 1965–66, 1968–69, 1969–70, 1971–72, 1990–91
    • Knock-Out Cup winners 1969–70
    • Benevolent Cup winners 1990–91
  • Central Alliance
    • Division One South champions 1959–60
  • Peterborough & District League
    • Champions 1933–34, 1939–40, 1945–46, 1946–47
  • Lincolnshire Senior A Cup
    • Winners 1971–72, 2005–06
  • Lincolnshire Senior B Cup
    • Winners 1960–61
  • Lincolnshire Intermediate Cup
    • Winners 1985–86

RecordsEdit

  • Best FA Cup performance: Third qualifying round, 1961–62, 1962–63, 1965–66
  • Best FA Trophy performance: First round, 1972–73
  • Best FA Vase performance: Fourth round, 1989–90
  • Record attendance: 3,000 vs Chelmsford City, FA Trophy, 1970[1]
  • Most goals: David Scotney[6]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b History Bourne Town F.C.
  2. ^ a b A Celebration of 100 years 1902–2002, Peterborough & District League
  3. ^ a b Peterborough & District League champions Non-League Matters
  4. ^ a b c d Bourne Town at the Football Club History Database
  5. ^ a b The Central Alliance 1947-1962 Non-League Matters
  6. ^ Mike Williams & Tony Williams (2012) Non-League Club Directory 2013, p797 ISBN 978-1-869833-77-0

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Coordinates: 52°46.0080′N 0°22.326′W / 52.7668000°N 0.372100°W / 52.7668000; -0.372100