Immediately after the club was formed in 1886, there were no organised leagues or cup competitions and there were only friendly matches, indeed the first record of participation in a trophy was the Newbury Challenge Cup, the famous Graystone Cup, and in 1901/02 Hungerford reached the final, where they lost 2-0 to Newbury, but in 1904/05, we were the winners, defeating Newbury Union Jack 2-1 in the final, our first recorded trophy.
For several years, the club took part in the Hungerford League and then entered the Newbury League after its formation in 1909, the Hungerford League having been disbanded in 1912..The trophy, now well over 100 years old, subsequently became the trophy for the Hungerford Cup.This remained a popular competition until well after World War 2, but the entries gradually fell away and we defeated Newbury Town in the last final to be played,traditionally at Hungerford. and the trophy is rtill in our possessiion.
In 1909 we defeated Thatcham 2-1 in the final of the Newbury Challenge Cup. whilst we were champions of the Newbury in 1912/13, and retained the trophy the following year.
All competitive football ceased during World War 1, but re-started in 1919, when there was obviously an influx of new players, and they were immediately successful, winning the league in 1919/20 and again in 1921/22, with the resreves proviong equally strong, winning the Newbury League Division 2 in 1921/22.
It is interesting that the team included many names still familiar in the town, Messrs. New, Wells, Bailey, Huntley, Rolfe, Walter, Bull and Cox. It also marks the appearance of some players later to be famous in local football; Rev Denning, kown as "the old man" who was the driving force, and benefactor of the club, along with his sons, for many years. Two other players were "Sonner" and Jack North a family which was to play a signifcant role in Hungerford football.
The other famous name is that of Bill Champ, who captained the club, later became a referee, and then a prominent figure in Berks & Bucks football administration.