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Season Preview - Heather St. John's

11 months ago By Web Master

Today's team in focus is Heather St. John's

Heather St. Johns

Heather St. John’s was formed in 1949 and was named after the local church. Starting in the Coalville and District League until 1972 before joining the Leicester and District League. The club won Division 2 in 1955/56 and Division 1 in 1965/66, 1969/70 and 1971/72. Upon joining the Leicester and District League the club won the Three Sons Cup in 1986/87 and the Saturday Shield in 1997/98.

At the end of the 1980s it was clear that the council owned ground in Swepstone Road required improvements to the facilities to enable the club to proceed. Attempts were made to gain planning permission for new dressing rooms but were declined, the decision was then made to look for a new location for the club. In September 1993, a field was purchased and plans put in place to get planning permission and funding for the facilities that now form St. John’s Park.

The main floodlights were installed in 1997 with a game against Leicester City organised to commemorate the occasion. The floodlights were then further upgraded in 2015. The development of St. John’s Park owes much to the efforts of long serving club trustees David Bindley and John Shaw.

In seasons 2001/02 and 2002/03 the club were runners up in the Premier Division of the Leicester and District League which saw the club move into the Midland Combination.
During the 2008/09 season the club finished in a creditable 5th position in the Midland Combination Premier Division. The following season was even more successful as the senior team finished runners-up in the league and beat Coventry Copsewood 4-0 in the final of the Les James Challenge Cup at Walsall’s Banks’s Stadium, whilst in the final of the Leicester Senior Cup, Heather beat Thurmaston one nil.

The 2010/11 season was the best in the club’s history. Under the management team of Miles Warriner and Andy Gray, with coach Jose Ascensao the senior team finished as champions of the Midland Combination Premier Division and with it earned promotion to the Midland Football Alliance. Heather also won the Tony Allden Memorial Cup and the Leicestershire County Cup.

The 2011/12 season in the Midland Alliance proved to be a challenging one, with the club only narrowly avoiding relegation. To meet the requirements for the new league, a new stand with 209 seats was erected. Despite a change in manager, the 2012/13 season also proved to be extremely challenging as the club narrowly avoided relegation. After three seasons in the Midland Alliance the club was relegated back into the Midland Combination Premier Division which had now been renamed as the Midland Football League 1st Division.

The following three seasons proved to be a challenge, six different managers attempted to improve performances whilst the club finished towards the bottom the table each time narrowly avoiding relegation. In December 2015 Stephen Rigby was appointed manager and this led to an improvement in fortunes with the club securing a top 8 finish in 2016/17. At the end of the season Rigby resigned and was replaced by former Coleshill Town manager Simon Lyons.

Founded:- 1949
Nickname:- The Saints
Ground:- St. John’s Park
Capacity:- 1,500
Record Attendance:- ??
Best FA Cup Performance:- Preliminary Round (2009/10, 2010/11)
Best FA Trophy performance:- N/A
Best FA Vase Performance:- 3rd Round (2010/11)
2016/17 League Performance:- 8th Midland Football League 1st Division
Top Scorer:- Joel Ambalu (16 goals)

Heather St. John’s – Last 10 seasons

2007/08MFC P421910138064677th
2008/09MFC P401812106845665th
2009/10MFC P422610611942882nd
2010/11MFC P36256511234811st
2011/12MID AL421382156734719th
2012/13MID AL421172449834020th
2013/14MID AL427926561163022nd
2014/15MFL 1381271963854316th
2015/16MFL 13810325561153316th
2016/17MFL 138174176769558th

Updated 11:57 - 16 Jul 2017 by Web Master

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