Rocester

Rocester Football Club was formed in 1876 and for over a century played in various local leagues including the Stafford Amateur League and Uttoxeter and District League until they became founder members of the Staffordshire Senior League in the 1984. Under manager Alan Beaman, the club’s first senior honours saw them win the double of the Staffordshire Senior League title and the Staffordshire F.A. Vase in 1986.

The following year, the club reached the last sixteen of the FA Vase (despite having to play all their “home” games at the grounds of teams with better facilities), knocking out the holders Halesowen Town before succumbing to Garforth Town. In 1987 the team moved from their original and by now rather run-down ground to a new home at Hillsfield and at the same time switched to the West Midlands (Regional) League Division One, which they won at the first attempt. The new ground was further developed with the addition of floodlights and a stand to enable the club to take its place in the Premier Division.

In 1994, following several successful seasons, Rocester became founder members of the new Midland Football Alliance. After a second-place finish in the 1997/98 season, they went one better in 1998–99, winning the league title and claiming promotion to the Southern League Midland Division. They were to find life harder at this level, however, and after two consecutive last-place finishes the Romans were relegated back to the Alliance in 2002. Rocester soon recovered, however, and were champions at the first attempt in 2003–04. However, due to the re-organisation of the non-league pyramid, The Romans were placed in the Northern Premier League Division One, where they endured a disastrous season, picking up only 6 points from 42 games to finish rock-bottom.

The following season back in the Alliance saw the team continue their terrible run, their first win not coming until January, finally ending a run of 67 league matches without a win. After finishing bottom of the Midland Alliance the club only avoided a second successive relegation due to league restructuring.

However, within two years Rocester were back among the leading clubs in the Midland Alliance, finishing 12th in 2007 and 5th in 2008. The Romans recorded a 3–0 win over Kidsgrove Athletic at Vale Park in April 2008 to win the Staffordshire Senior Cup for the first time.

Rocester suffered a poor season in 2017/18 and were relegated from the Midland Football League Premier Division in last position after accumulating only 22 points from their 42 league games. For the 2018/19 season Rocester are members of the Midland Football League 1st Division.

Name:- Rocester FC

Founded:- 1876

Nickname:- The Romans

Ground:- Hillsfield

Capacity:- 4,000

Record Attendance:- 1,026 v Halesowen Town (FA Vase 4th Round 1986/87) *Played at Leek Town

Best FA Cup Performance:- 3rd Qualifying Round (1997/98 & 2006/07)

Best FA Trophy performance:- 2nd Round (1999/00, 2000/01 & 2004/05)

Best FA Vase Performance:- 5th Round (1986/87)

2017/18 League Performance:- 22nd Midland Football League Premier Division

2017/18 Top Scorer:- Martin Smyth (26 goals)

Rocester – The Last 10 seasons

Season League Pld W D L F A PTS Pos
2008-09 Midland Alliance 42 8 9 25 49 88 33 20th
2009-10 Midland Alliance 42 14 6 22 65 79 48 16th
2010-11 Midland Alliance 44 16 5 23 57 73 53 14th
2011-12 Midland Alliance 42 20 7 15 77 58 67 6th
2012-13 Midland Alliance 42 13 13 16 66 66 52 13th
2013-14 Midland Alliance 42 7 9 26 43 95 30 21st
2014-15 MFL Premier 42 17 4 21 59 93 55 12th
2015-16 MFL Premier 42 17 7 18 67 82 58 12th
2016-17 MFL Premier 42 13 13 16 71 86 52 16th
2017-18 MFL Premier 42 5 7 30 65 119 22 22nd (R)

Previous Meetings

23/08/1988 – Rocester 2-1 Paget Rangers (WMRL Premier Division)

20/09/1988 – Paget Rangers 2-2 Rocester (WMRL Premier Division)

03/03/1990 – Rocester 3-0 Paget Rangers (WMRL Premier Division)

10/03/1990 – Paget Rangers 3-3 Rocester (WMRL Premier Division)

17/11/1990 – Rocester 2-1 Paget Rangers (WMRL Premier Division)

20/04/1991 – Paget Rangers 0-2 Rocester (WMRL Premier Division)

17/08/1991 – Rocester 1-5 Paget Rangers (WMRL Premier Division)

28/12/1991 – Paget Rangers 3-3 Rocester (WMRL Premier Division)

19/09/1992 – Rocester 3-0 Paget Rangers (WMRL Premier Division)

09/01/1993 – Paget Rangers 3-4 Rocester (WMRL Premier Division)

16/10/1993 – Paget Rangers 1-3 Rocester (WMRL Premier Division)

22/01/1994 – Rocester 1-3 Paget Rangers (WMRL Premier Division)

10/12/1994 – Paget Rangers 0-0 Rocester (Midland Alliance)

06/04/1995 – Rocester 0-1 Paget Rangers (Midland Alliance)

04/09/1999 – Rocester 2-0 Paget Rangers (Southern League Western Division)

27/12/1999 – Paget Rangers 2-4 Rocester (Southern League Western Division)

06/03/2001 – Paget Rangers 0-2 Rocester (Southern League Western Division)

07/04/2001 – Rocester 1-0 Paget Rangers (Southern League Western Division)

27/10/2018 – Rocester 2-3 Paget Rangers (Midland Football League 1st Division)

Head-to-Head

Paget vs Rocester Played Paget Wins Draws Rocester Wins Paget Goals Rocester Goals
19 5 4 10 29 39