Brocton

Brocton

Brocton F.C. was founded in 1937 when Arthur Mayer the then owner of the Chetwynd Arms gave a football to the boys of Brocton and the neighbouring village of Bednall and asked them to form a football club.

With Charlie Holt as the driving force the club thrived and after the war Brocton won the Rugeley & District League in 1946-47 & again in 1947-48 before progressing to the Cannock Chase League where the title was won in 1954-55,1956-57,1957-58,1960-61,1973-74 & 1977-78.

Numerous Cups have also been won over the years including the Lichfield Charity Cup, Stafford Pageant Cup, Walsall Challenge Cup, Penkridge Charity Cup, Lichfield Premier League Cup, Staffordshire Senior League Cup, Leek Cup, Staffordshire FA Vase and the Midland League Cup.

After success in the Cannock Chase League Brocton moved up to the Staffordshire County League (South) and after finishing as Division One runners up in both 1982-83 and 1983-84 moved up to the Premier Division and made an impression by finishing runners up at the higher level in 1985-86.

It soon became clear that it was time to move up again and next stop was the Staffordshire Senior League. Although League success proved elusive in the Staffs Senior/ Midland League Brocton continued their tradition of Cup success winning 6 out of the 8 Cup Finals reached during the Staffs Senior/ Midland League years. The highlights being the Staffs FA Vase win over Adderley Green in 1997 and lifting that trophy again when Stafford Town were defeated in the final in front of a large crowd at Marston Road in 2000.

Joining the Staffs Senior/Midland League had necessitated the 1st team moving from the Chetwynd Arms Ground to Rowley Park Stadium in Stafford in order to meet league requirements. After a successful few years at Rowley Park in 2002 the decision was made to move again to Cannock Sports Stadium as this had the benefit of floodlights and a grandstand. These facilities were vital in ensuring the clubs election to the Midland Combination Premier Division for 2003-04.

Brocton finished 14th in their first season and one more win would have lifted the Badgers to 10th place. However after a fine run of 7 successive wins that saw them pick up the April Team of the Month award they peaked with a title denying win over Leamington and slumped to defeat in their last two games.

Then in the summer of 2004 there was a shock when the failure of Cannock Chase District Council to confirm the availability of Cannock Stadium for 2004-05 season left Brocton FC without a suitable ground. However moves were swiftly made to secure a ground share arrangement with Heath Hayes FC then of the West Midlands Premier League.This meant that the first team was able to continue in the Midland Combination Premier Division and home games took place at Newlands Road, Heath Hayes.

2004-05 Season saw the Badgers improve on the previous season’s 14th place with a final position of 7th. 2005-06 ended with the Badgers in 12th place but significant progress was made off the field.

Brocton FC is a registered Community Amateur Sports Club and in autumn 2004 the Club achieved The FA Charter Standard Adult Club Award. In September 2005 Brocton were named as Adult Charter Standard Club of the year by the Staffordshire Football Association.

Brocton’s long term aim had been to have its own ground. In late 2005 a Company Limited by Guarantee was formed and in January 2006 it entered into a 30 year lease in respect of the Old Police Sports Ground in Silkmore Lane Stafford. The site had become derelict after the Staffordshire Police stopped using it and the changing rooms, pavilion and spectator accommodation all had to be demolished. Brocton FC raised substantial funds to replace these facilities with a grant of £50,000 from the Big Lottery Fund after the club won a vote on the ITV Peoples Millions starting the ball rolling.

A poor 2006-07 season which did not produce a home win until February saw results pick up towards the end as the Badgers climbed clear of the drop zone to finish 15th. Player Manager Steve Kneller stepped down at the end the season and was replaced by Dave Berks who steered the club to 9th place. Berks’ side also came close to lifting the Staffs FA Vase as they led for most of the Final at Newcastle’s Lyme Valley Stadium before succumbing to 3 late goals from Wolstanton United.

Off the field further substantial grants from Staffs Environmental Fund, Football Stadia Improvement Fund, Stafford Borough Council and others combined with a lot of hard work by the Management Committee and particularly the Club’s Directors have seen the Silkmore Lane Ground declared fit for Midland Combination Premier Division Football in time for the 2008-09 season.

In the 2013/14 season Brocton secured the Midland Combination Premier Division title with a total of 81 points, securing promotion to the Midland Alliance (later renamed Midland Football League Premier Division). The club consolidated in 2014/15 and 2015/16 securing 13th and 15th place finishes respectively. A disappointing 2016/17 season saw Brocton struggle from the outset, but despite a late improvement in results the Badgers were unable to avoid falling through the trapdoor with relegation to the Midland Football League 1st Division confirmed for the 2017/18 season.

Name:- Brocton FC

Founded:- 1937

Nickname:- The Badgers

Ground:- Silkmore Lane

Capacity:- 1,500

Record Attendance:- 362 v Hereford

Best FA Cup Performance:- 1st Qualifying Round 2013/14

Best FA Trophy performance:- N/A

Best FA Vase Performance:- 4th Round 2014/15

2017/18 League Performance:- 17th Midland Football League 1st Division

2017/18 Top Scorer:- Joe Hartshorne (21 goals)

 

Brocton FC – The Last 10 seasons

Season League Pld W D L F A PTS Pos
2008-09 Midland Combination Premier Division 40 11 8 21 60 71 41 16th
2009-10 Midland Combination Premier Division 42 20 6 16 94 65 66 7th
2010-11 Midland Combination Premier Division 36 18 4 14 80 53 58 8th
2011-12 Midland Combination Premier Division 32 17 4 11 67 45 55 6th
2012-13 Midland Combination Premier Division 34 17 7 10 76 51 58 5th
2013-14 Midland Combination Premier Division 34 25 6 3 100 49 81 1st (P)
2014-15 Midland Football League Premier Division 42 13 12 17 73 84 51 13th
2015-16 Midland Football League Premier Division 42 15 8 19 75 88 53 15th
2016-17 Midland Football League Premier Division 42 10 4 28 50 112 34 21st (R)
2017-18 Midland Football League 1st Division 42 11 10 21 69 87 43 17th

Previous Meetings

16/09/2017 – Paget Rangers 3-2 Brocton (MFL 1)

27/02/2018 – Brocton 2-2 Paget Rangers (MFL 1)

21/08/2018 – Brocton 1-0 Paget Rangers (MFL 1)

02/10/2018 – Brocton 4-1 Paget Rangers (JW Hunt Cup)

Head-to-Head

Paget vs Brocton Played Paget Wins Draws Brocton Wins Paget Goals Brocton Goals
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