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Letcombe F.C. are a football club based near Wantage in Letcombe, England. The earliest recorded mention of a football club at Letcombe Regis shows that the village team played in the Wantage section of the North Berks League in 1910-11. They won this section in 1912-13 and then drew 1-1 with Radley, the Abingdon Division champions, to share the trophy.


Letcombe remained in the North Berks League without much success until the Club was wound up in the fifties. Members of the village reformed the Club in 1961, but it was in the eighties that the Club started to taste success. They won the North Berks Cup in 1988, beating Saxton Rovers 1-0 in the final. They won the North Berks League Premier Division in 1989-90, going through the entire 22 match programme unbeaten. The War Memorial Cup (for players under 23) and A G Kingham Cup (for reserve teams) were won in the same season, and the Club joined the Chiltonian League as part of the FA pyramid system.


Letcombe won Division One of this League in their first season and finished fourth in the Premier Division the following year. They successfully applied to join the Hellenic League in 1993. With a very young side, the Club struggled for the first few years, but then began to reap the rewards of their youth policy. With a number of youngsters moving to other areas, 2001-2 was another testing time for the Club, but new young talent saw a better season in 2002-3. The following season was their most successful ever, with the Club securing second place in Division One East, but were denied promotion because of lack of floodlights.


At the end of the 2006 season manager Matt Goddard stepped down after three successful years at the helm. The highlight being the runners up finish in the Hellenic Division One East League in 2004-2005.


After the resignation of Matt Goddard from the managers post, the club looked within and appointed Kevin Baley as first team manager. Kevin immediately called upon good friend and life long Letcombe player Brian Monnery to assist him.


Letcombe again changed their first team management for the 2007-2008 season with the previous seasons reserve team manager and Letcombe FC legend Des Williams taking over the responsibility of the first team. He was able to guide the squad to a 3rd place finish in a very tight league and felt agrieved that they didn't walk away with the league title; Kevin Bailey returned to manage the reserve team. The 2008-09 season saw Des joined by Alan Gifford as assistant manager. The Reserve side was managed by young Tom North following 3 seasons as a player; he was assisted by Neil Cheshire.

When Des stepped down as Manager Alan took over the reins, in a role reversal. David Richardson became Alan's assistant in 2011/12. Meanwhile Tom North left his role as reserve team manager and Stuart 'Fred' Wright replaced him. It has been tough times for the management team as fielding two sides on a weekly basis has become a struggle. However Letcombe's reputation for giving youngsters a chance still holds good with a number of 16 and 17 year old players on the books. The key to the Club's future is keeping them together for a number of years.

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