Brading Town F.C.

Brading Town Football Club is an English football club based in Brading, Isle of Wight. They are currently members of the Isle of Wight League Division One and play at the Peter Henry Ground.

Brading Town
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Full nameBrading Town Football Club
Nickname(s)The Romans
Founded1871
GroundPeter Henry Ground, Brading
ChairmanGeoff Ruck
ManagerSteve lawton
LeagueIsle of Wight League Division One
2021–22Isle of Wight League Division One, 4th of 13

HistoryEdit

Established in 1871, the club initially played home matches at Vicarage Field and Beech Grove. They were founder members of the Isle of Wight League in 1898. They won Division Two several times in the 1920s and 1930s, and were promoted to Division One in 1948.[1] During the 1950s they won Division One eight seasons in a row. In 1958 they purchased the Vicarage Lane ground, later renamed after club stalwart Peter Henry.[1]

In 1973 the club joined Division Four of the Hampshire League. Three successive promotions culminated in the club reaching Division One in 1976 after winning the Division Two title and the Hampshire Intermediate Cup. In 1991–92 they finished second bottom of Division One and were relegated.[2] They returned to the top division as Division Two runners-up in 1996–97.

 
View of the club's ground from a passing Island Line train

Despite finishing bottom of the Premier Division in 2003–04, the club joined the newly established Division Two of the Wessex League in the close season. In 2005–06 they won the Isle of Wight Gold Cup and finished third in the league, earning promotion to the Premier Division. They won the Gold Cup again in 2009–10.

In June 2012 the club announced it was withdrawing from the Wessex League "due to the ever increasing cost of mainland travel and League administration fees, which makes it unviable to continue in the present economic climate.". The club announced it planned to instead concentrate on the Isle of Wight League.[3]

HonoursEdit

League honoursEdit

Cup honoursEdit

  • Isle of Wight Senior Cup[5]
    • Winners (5): 1966–67, 1969–70, 1976–77, 2005–06, 2009–10
  • Hampshire Intermediate Cup
    • Winners (2): 1975–76, 2019–21
  • Isle Of Wight Challenge Cup[6][7]
    • Winners (6): 1948–49, 1954–55, 1963–64, 1968–69, 1969–70, 1971–72
    • Runners-up (1): 2012–13
  • Isle Of Wight Memorial Cup[4][6]
    • Winners (9): 1950–51, 1951–52, 1955–56, 1959–60, 1965–66, 1967–68, 1971–72, 1986–87, 2013–14
  • Isle of Wight Jubilee Cup[8][9]
    • Winners (10): 1948–49, 1950–51, 1951–52, 1953–54, 1954–55, 1955–56, 1965–66, 1967–68, 2011–12, 2013–14
    • Runners-up (1): 2014–15

RecordsEdit

  • FA Cup best performance:[2] First Qualifying Round 2009–10, 2010–11
  • FA Vase best performance:[2] Second round 2010–11

Former playersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Club history Brading Town FC
  2. ^ a b c d Brading Town at the Football Club History Database
  3. ^ "Brading Withdraw From Wessex League". NonLeagueDaily.com. Archived from the original on 18 June 2012. Retrieved 22 June 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Isle of Wight 2013/14". Rsssf.com. 11 June 2015. Retrieved 21 March 2016.
  5. ^ "Isle Of Wight Football Focus - Isle Of Wight Senior Gold Cup". Islandfootballfocus.com. Archived from the original on 13 April 2013. Retrieved 21 March 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Isle Of Wight Football Focus - Isle Of Wight Memorial Cup". Islandfootballfocus.com. Archived from the original on 12 March 2016. Retrieved 21 March 2016.
  7. ^ "Northwood lift challenge cup". Iwcp.co.uk. Retrieved 21 March 2016.
  8. ^ "Isle of Wight 2014/15". Rsssf.com. 11 June 2015. Retrieved 21 March 2016.
  9. ^ "Isle Of Wight Football Focus - Isle Of Wight Jubilee Cup". Islandfootballfocus.com. Archived from the original on 16 September 2013. Retrieved 21 March 2016.

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 50°41′04.84″N 1°08′25.27″W / 50.6846778°N 1.1403528°W / 50.6846778; -1.1403528