Club History

Club History



BERKHAMSTED FOOTBALL CLUB HISTORY

The club was formed in 2009 and won the Molten Spartan South Midlands League Division 2 title in its first season, losing only once each at home and away. Winning division 2 by 9 points led to promotion to division 1. The team were again champions in 2010-11, this time by 15 points and were unbeaten at home in the league. This earned the team a second successive promotion and movement up to the Premier division, where the club stayed for 6 years. The total of 107 points was the highest in the season for any club in the non-league pyramid, prompting the Herts. FA to award the club the prestigious Sir Stanley Rous Memorial Trophy. It is named after a former local referee and administrator who rose all the way from West Herts. football to the top job at FIFA. The team won promotion to the Southern League by finishing as Premier division runners up in 2018. The attendance for the league game at Bromsgrove Sporting of 823 is the highest for the new club to date.

2011’s FA Cup tie with St Albans City was goalless at Clarence Park, but an exit came at Broadwater in the replay. In 2012 they went out to Metropolitan Police in the 2nd qualifying round of the FA Cup, having knocked out Hoddesdon Town, Hadley and Uxbridge. 2013 brought home wins over AFC Dunstable and Harefield United, but defeat at Daventry Town. In 2014 Ashford Town eliminated the club in the first match and in 2015 the Comrades won against Hanworth Villa but went out to Barton Rovers. In 2016 Berko went out to Cogenhoe United before the league season had started. In 2017 they overcame Crawley Green but went out 4-1 at home to Slough Town in front of 366 fans-the best yet at home. Last season saw wins at Tring Athletic and Thame United but defeat to Coggeshall Town in a home replay.

Last season’s debut in the FA Trophy brought a 5-1 win over South Park but defeat at Chipstead. Four years ago Berkhamsted reached the last 16 of the FA Vase, going out 2-1 at home to the eventual winners Morpeth Town. They got there with six wins earning the club the Houghton Regis Trophy. There were four home wins over United Counties League sides: Woodford United, Northampton ON Chenecks, Northampton Spencer and AFC Kempston Rovers and a 3-2 win at Saffron Walden Town. That was followed by a 4-2 win at home to Hullbridge Sports, a side they lost to away after extra time in 2013.

Berko have reached cup finals in each of the last seven seasons. Last season they won the St Marys Cup with a 1-0 win over Oxhey Jets but lost the Herts Charity Shield final 1-0 to Colney Heath. The previous year they lost the St Marys Cup final to Leverstock Green. In 2016, they beat Tring Athletic 3-2 in the Herts Charity Shield final. They won their first cup in 2013 by also beating Tring Athletic at home in the St Marys Cup final. In 2015 they landed the Premier Division Cup, beating Colney Heath after a penalty shoot-out in the final. 2014/15 featured their best run in the Herts Senior Cup when they beat three fellow SSMFL Premier division sides before going out in the semi- final 2-1 at home to Conference South side Hemel Hempstead Town.

The club nickname is the Comrades, after Berkhamsted Comrades which was the name of the football club formed in the town by servicemen returning from the First World War 100 years ago. It later changed its name to Berkhamsted Town, but that club folded for financial reasons in early 2009.

The club run an under 18 side midweek in the Southern Counties Floodlit Youth League and have three Sunday youth sides in the Eastern Junior Alliance at under 13,14 and 16 levels.

Steve Bateman returned to Broadwater as manager in 2017. He took Berkhamsted Town to the 2001 FA Vase final. In the semi-final a Broadwater record attendance of 1,732 was recorded for the win over Bedlington Terriers. Steve went on to manage Chesham United, Slough Town and Aylesbury. His playing career included spells with Everton, Harrow Borough and Chesham United.

Lee Bircham, joint manager, who managed Bovingdon to the Herts County League title in 2018. His playing career was with Aylesbury United, Leverstock Green, Kings Langley, Beaconsfield SYCOB, Ruislip Manor, Fisher Athletic & Greenwich Borough.

Dan Jones player/coach who lives in the town and is in his fourth season at Broadwater. He played over 100 matches for Aylesbury United and has also played for AFC Dunstable

Kim Harris physio who joined last season from Hendon.

Records to date include:

Highest final league placing 6th at step 4 in 2019.
Biggest home league win 10-0 v Kent Athletic in SSMFL Division 2 in 2009-10
Biggest away league win 11-0 away to Hatfield Town in the SSMFL Premier division in 2013-14
Biggest cup win 12-1 at Stotfold in the FA Cup in 2017
Highest aggregate score 10-3 win at Mursley United in SSMFL division 2 in 2009-10
Heaviest league defeat 1-7 at Hanwell Town in the SSMFL Premier division in 2011-12
Heaviest cup defeat 0-6 at Hemel Hempstead Town in the St Marys Cup 2011-12
Best attendance at home 366 against Slough Town in the FA Cup in 2017-18
Most goals in a season 44 Matt Bateman-transferred to Royston Town in the summer.
Player progressing to the Football League: Connor Calcutt-Stevenage (now at Hendon)