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History Of Brocton Football Club

Brocton F.C. was founded in 1937 when Arthur Mayer the then owner of the Chetwynd Arms gave a football to the boys of Brocton and the neighbouring village of Bednall and asked them to form a football club.

With Charlie Holt as the driving force the club thrived and after the war Brocton won the Rugeley & District League in 1946-47 & again in 1947-48 before progressing to the Cannock Chase League where the title was won in 1954-55,1956-57,1957-58,1960-61,1973-74 & 1977-78.

Numerous Cups have also been won over the years including the Lichfield Charity Cup, Stafford Pageant Cup, Walsall Challenge Cup, Penkridge Charity Cup, Lichfield Premier League Cup, Staffordshire Senior League Cup, Leek Cup, Staffordshire FA Vase and the Midland League Cup.

After success in the Cannock Chase League Brocton moved up to the Staffordshire County League (South) and after finishing as Division One runners up in both 1982-83 and 1983-84 moved up to the Premier Division and made an impression by finishing runners up at the higher level in 1985-86.

It soon became clear that it was time to move up again and next stop was the Staffordshire Senior League then sponsored by Sportscene and later when it had changed its name to the Midland League by Refuge Assurance and in Brocton's later seasons in it by Springbank Vending.

Although League success proved elusive in the Staffs Senior/ Midland League Brocton continued their tradition of Cup success winning 6 out of the 8 Cup Finals reached during the Staffs Senior/ Midland League years. The highlights being the Staffs FA Vase win over Adderley Green in 1997 and lifting that trophy again when Stafford Town were defeated in the final in front of a large crowd at Marston Road in 2000.

Joining the Staffs Senior/Midland League had necessitated the 1st team moving from the Chetwynd Arms Ground to Rowley Park Stadium in Stafford in order to meet league requirements. After a successful few years at Rowley Park in 2002 the decision was made to move again to Cannock Sports Stadium as this had the benefit of floodlights and a grandstand. These facilities were vital in ensuring the clubs election to the Midland Combination Premier Division for 2003-04.

Brocton finished 14th in their first season and one more win would have lifted the Badgers to 10th place. However after a fine run of 7 successive wins that saw them pick up the April Team of the Month award they peaked with a title denying win over Leamington and slumped to defeat in their last two games.

Then in the summer of 2004 there was a shock when the failure of Cannock Chase District Council to confirm the availability of Cannock Stadium for 2004-05 season left Brocton FC without a suitable ground. However moves were swiftly made to secure a ground share arrangement with Heath Hayes FC then of the West Midlands Premier League.

This meant that the first team was able to continue in the Midland Combination Premier Division and home games took place at Newlands Road, Heath Hayes.

2004-05 Season saw the Badgers improve on the previous season's 14th place with a final position of 7th. There was success off the field too with the Brocton programme being the highest placed of the Mid Comb clubs in the 30th Annual Wirrall Programme Club Awards and the Club winning the hospitality award for the Premier Division.

2005-06 ended with the Badgers in 12th place but significant progress was made off the field.

After the 2005 success of the inaugural 5 a side tournament for juniors at Staffordshire University another successful tournament was held in May 2006 and it has now become an annual event.

Brocton FC is a registered Community Amateur Sports Club and in autumn 2004 the Club achieved The FA Charter Standard Adult Club Award. In September 2005 Brocton were named as Adult Charter Standard Club of the year by the Staffordshire Football Association.

Brocton's long term aim had been to have its own ground. In late 2005 a Company Limited by Guarantee was formed and in January 2006 it entered into a 30 year lease in respect of the Old Police Sports Ground in Silkmore Lane Stafford. The site had become derelict after the Staffordshire Police stopped using it and the changing rooms, pavilion and spectator accommodation all had to be demolished. Brocton FC raised substantial funds to replace these facilities with a grant of £50,000 from the Big Lottery Fund after the club won a vote on the ITV Peoples Millions starting the ball rolling.

A poor 2006-07 season which did not produce a home win until February saw results pick up towards the end as the Badgers climbed clear of the drop zone to finish 15th. Player Manager Steve Kneller stepped down at the end the season and was replaced by Dave Berks who steered the club to 9th place. Berks' side also came close to lifting the Staffs FA Vase as they led for most of the Final at Newcastle's Lyme Valley Stadium before succumbing to 3 late goals from Wolstanton United.

Off the field further substantial grants from Staffs Environmental Fund, Football Stadia Improvement Fund, Stafford Borough Council and others combined with a lot of hard work by the Management Committee and particularly the Club's Directors have seen the Silkmore Lane Ground declared fit for Midland Combination Premier Division Football in time for the 2008-09 season.

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