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Club History

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Chinnor Football Club was originally formed in 1884, making it one of the oldest clubs in Oxfordshire, and then reconstituted in 1970 playing in the Wycombe & District League, the Chiltonian League and subsequently the Oxfordshire Senior League.

In 2003 the club finished runners up in the Oxfordshire Senior League & took the decision to make the step up to the Hellenic League Division 1 East. The first two seasons saw steady progress finishing 11th & then 9th. The only real highlight of the next three years was an excellent run in the Oxfordshire Senior Cup with the club reaching the semi-final for the first time in 2007 only to lose to the eventual winners Banbury United. The highest placed Hellenic finish the club has to date was the 5th place achieved in seasons 2013/14 and 2014/15.

In 1971 two parents wanted to provide football for the younger players who didn't want to wait until they were old enough to play in men's football. As a result they set up two teams and overnight Chinnor Boys Football Club was established. In 1987 after sixteen years of growth there were eight league teams covering boys from nine to sixteen years of age. At that time as a part of bringing the club image more up to date its name changed to Chinnor Youth Football Club. (This also helped to cover the fact that some of the girls of the village had joined teams at younger ages).

The club has continued to go from strength to strength attracting more boys and girls and fielding more teams each season. We now have teams at every age group from under 7 to under 16, and also at youth level at under 17/18 and under 21. In order to meet League rulings for playing two teams in one age group Chinnor Boys was reconstituted in 1988 but was changed to Chinnor Colts in 2001. League rulings once again forced two major changes within the club. Firstly the introduction of non-competitive football for the younger age groups hence our under 7 to under 10 age groups playing small sided soccer at a very high standard. Secondly, mixed football not being allowed after under 12 meant that the club was about to lose some very talented lady footballers. Luckily for Chinnor the girls stuck together and with some excellent support from parents Chinnor Ladies was formed in 2001.

For the 2015/16 season the club continues with David Ridgley as first team manager with Lewis Craker and Craig Williams as his assistant. This trio will be hoping to build on last season’s joint highest finish of 5th place with a top four position firmly in their ambitions. The club will be running three Saturday teams this season with two in the Uhlsport Hellenic League & the other in the Wycombe Senior League. The club will also be running two Veterans sides in the Hellenic Veterans Premier & Division One. Off the field the club has seen massive changes as following on from being awarded FA Community Club of the year by Oxfordshire FA through their partnership with Chinnor Youth the ground has seen the installation of floodlights & stands bringing it up to the required FA ground grading.

Off the field the club has seen massive changes as following on from being awarded FA Community Club of the year by Oxfordshire FA through their partnership with Chinnor Youth the ground has seen the installation of floodlights & stands bringing it up to the required FA ground grading. On top of this the Parish Council are confident of securing the necessary funding to allow a new clubhouse to be built on the field. Hopefully this project will be complete at the beginning of 2016. Also within the Ladies section we are running three very successful sides at under 12, under 14, and under 16, With teams representing the club in The South Bucks Mini Soccer Conference, The South Bucks Minor League, The South Bucks Youth League and the Oxford Ladies League we are one of the largest Youth Football Clubs in Oxfordshire.

Two big milestones for the club was to apply for the FA CHARTER STANDARD AWARD, and in November 2002 the club was pleased to announce that they were successful in their application and then applied for the FA Charter "Community" status which is the highest accolade a club can receive of which Only a handful of Village clubs in Oxfordshire have been awarded. This is something we at Chinnor Football Club are very proud of. With the safety of your children paramount, the club now has 25 FA Qualified Coaches, Emergency First Aiders and also a registered Child Protection Officer in place.

The future is looking good for our 400 plus members. Training and matches for our 11 a side teams takes place at Playing Fields (Station Road - Mens) and Whites Field (Mill Lane-Youth & Ladies), with its floodlit training area and purpose built changing rooms, and the small sided matches take place at our permanent pitches at the Playing Fields in Station Road. The club also runs many fundraising and family social events throughout the season. The likes of Race Nights, Quiz Nights, Dances and Discos are very popular, but our main Fundraiser being our well established 6 a side tournament in May which attracts around 140-160 teams over the weekend making it one of the biggest tournaments in Oxfordshire.

Chinnor Football Club is a very busy and exciting place to be so come along and give us a try.

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