A small booklet written by Frank Horwood in 1961 which tells of the earliest days of the club when it was formed in 1886 called "75 years Football" which may be of interest. Frank Horwood was a player, and later treasurer of the club, long since passed on, although his widow Fresa (nee Giles) is still alive and living in Newbury. Freda was a Hungerford girl who was I believe, Hungerford's first Carnival Queen, and whose father Harry ran a business as a carrier, based in the High Street.
Hungerford's first reported game was a practice match "on the downs" (presumably the Common), on October 9 1886 and another match was arranged on October 30 berween teams selected by the captain and the secretary,and this was followed by the first match against another club,Earley F.C. on November 6 which resulted in a 6-2 defeat. Hungerford's team was,:L.Rosier,S.Crumpler,L.McAllum,A.Hogg,R.P.Blake,R.Richens, W.Clifford,S.Blackmore,W.Benjamin,H.Woods, and I.Beard and it is interesting that the team contained several names still familiar in the town today.
On December 11, Hungerford challenged Newbury, who had no club at that time, and for whom Mr.H.Pocock raised a team.
The game, our first-ever local derby, was played at Hungerford before a large crowd and Hungerford won 4-3.The game was reported in the Newbury Weekly News and it was suggested that Hungerford's training was in their favour.Hungerford's team was J.Beard, Crumpler,Hogg, Andrews,Richens, Rosier,Blackmore,Blake, Woods, Cave, & Booth.The return match was played at Newbury on January 22 1887 when Newbury won 1-0, although the Newbury Weekly News reported that Hogg would have scored several goals for Hungerford, but for one of his own side continually taking the ball from him !