SYCOB CLUB HISTORY
Beaconsfield SYCOB FC was founded as recently as 1994 following an amalgamation between Beaconsfield United and Slough Youth Centre Old Boys (hence the “SYCOB” in the Clubs name).
United dated back to 1921 and were themselves a coming together of two local teams. Initially competing in the Maidenhead League and then the Wycombe & District League they made steady progress that led to them joining the London Spartan League in 1979. A couple of promotions followed until they achieved their highest ever league placing with a sixth spot in the Premier Division in 1986.
Slough Youth Centre formed their first football team in 1938 and entered the Slough & District Minors League. The advent of the Second World War meant that when many of the players returned from National Service they were no longer boys so hence the additional ‘Old Boys’ tag was added to their name. Stints in the Windsor, Slough & District League, the East Berkshire League and then the Chiltonian League saw them make solid progress on the pitch but off it, due to a lack of ground provisions, they were unable to advance further so sought a ground sharing agreement with Beaconsfield United at Holloways Park. With United themselves struggling on and off the field at the time the decision was taken to amalgamate the two clubs and so Beaconsfield SYCOB as we know it today was born.
Initially playing in the London Spartan Premier Division, and with Fred Deanus as Chairman SYCOB chalked up a series of Top Five finishes before finally winning the league in 2000 / 01 under the guidance of Simon Delahunty. However they were refused promotion to the Isthmian League due to some harsh technicalities over the terms of their lease with Hall Barn Estates. A further three seasons were spent in the Spartan South Midlands Premier Division before SYCOB again won the league in 2003 / 04 and this time gained promotion to the Southern Football League (Division One East).
With a brand new clubhouse and a strong committee SYCOB made solid progress in their early years at Step 4 and over three seasons played in three different leagues – Division 1 East, Division 1 West and finally Division 1 South & West from where they were relegated in 2006 / 07. However the appointment of ex-player Jamie Jarvis, ably assisted by Peter Scott and with Bob Breen as Chairman, saw The Rams not only win the Spartan South Midlands Premier Division at the first attempt but also win the Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy and the Premier Division Cup, a fantastic treble of silverware.
Promoted to Division 1 South & West, the club finished a highly creditable fourth place and made the Play Offs before losing out to AFC Totton. Moving to the Southern League Midland Division for 2009 / 10 and with Fred Deanus returning as Chairman, SYCOB then went through a succession of managers, players, highs and lows until finishing in bottom place in 2010 / 11. Only a reprieve and a league restructure saved The Rams from the drop but since then they have gone on to over achieve for a club of its size. Under the guidance of Byron Walton they finished fifth in the 2011-12 season and lost out in the Play Off Final to Bedworth United. The following season and with James Pritchard at the helm they again finished fifth but lost out to Rugby Town in a Play Off Semi-Final though the season did finish with some silverware following a fine win over Chesham United in the Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy.
2013-14 saw Gary Meakin take over as manager just five days before the start of the season and with only five players on the clubs books – to finish 8th and reach the Quarter Finals of the League Cup was a fine achievement as was a runner up spot in the Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy, Chesham United gaining revenge for defeat twelve months earlier.
The 2014-15 season saw SYCOB begin a partnership with the FAB Academy who provided the bulk of the teams players under the stewardship of Andy Hurley and Nas Bashir. That partnership continues into 2015-16 season with Geoff Warner as manager and with a new Chairman in Andy Agar as The Rams continue to build and develop both on and off the field.
Cup History is in the Information...Documents section of the website.
Come On You Rams!