BLACKFIELD & LANGLEY - CLUB HISTORY

Founded in 1935 Blackfield & Langley FC has progressed from the Southampton Junior League, through the Senior and Hampshire League to the Wessex League.

After playing in the war time Hythe and District League the Club joined the Southampton Junior League and in 1946 won the Division One title and appeared in the final of the Senior Cup losing to NDLC. However, the following season they won the Cup and were Southampton League West champions.

After this with progression in mind the Club applied to join the Hampshire League and when they were accepted made their debut in Division Three West in the 1950/51 season. Although they won the title the following season, the Club did not move into Division Two until 1956/57. They remained in this Division for the next four seasons but were relegated at the end of the 1959/60 season.

Bad fortune lasted for 15 years as the Club dropped into Division Four, were promoted in 1974/75 after finishing third but dropped back again in 1979/80. Then in 1981/82 the Hampshire League re-organised and Division Four was swallowed up by Division Three and as runners-up promotion was secured to Division Two.

After three seasons in Division Two, promotion was gained to the top Division, overhauling run away leaders Locks Heath, with a last match win at Cowes. In the first season in the top flight the Club finished a creditable tenth. In the following seasons the Club established itself as one of the most consistent teams n the League with eleven top ten finishes including, three second places and then won the elusive Championship in 1997/98.

With the establishment of the Wessex League in 1986/87 Blackfield & Langley recognised that to compete against the best in local football the long term aim had to be elevation to the new League. With the emphasis for entry into the League being on facilities as much as ability on the pitch negotiations were opened with Fawley District Council for a long lease on the ground which gave the Club the necessary security to develop it to the required standard.

The pitch at Gang Warily was identified and the Council provided a playing surface that is the envy of many teams.
The Chairman at the time, Hans McDonald, his sucessor Ian Hoare and an enthusiastic Committee set about bringing the ground up to standard. The best opportunity came in the Championship year 1997/98 but the funds ran out to complete the ground improvements, so second placed Moneyfields were promoted. The Clubs' chance for promotion came two years later when a last match win over West Wight Mayflower earned them the third place required and the dream had been realised after 50 seasons of Hampshire League Football.

After five years in Wessex Division One the Club were relegated to the newly formed Division Two.

Over the years Blackfield & Langley has had their fair share of Cup success. In the 1980/90's the Club made six appearances at The Dell in the Southampton Senior Cup to add to the two in the 1940's, ending up as winners in four of them. The last success in 1998 producing a League and Cup double. In the 2000 final the Club suffered the agony of losing 2-1 in a replay to AC Delco after a power failure lead to the abandonment of the first game with 15 minutes to go and with a 2-0 lead. The Club were losing finalists in the Russell Cotes Cup in 1986, the Hampshire Youth League Cup in 1991 and the Hampshire Youth Floodlit Final in 1998. The Club had two firsts in the season 2004-05 when they became only the second Club in Hampshire football to be awarded the FA Adult Standard Charter and the first Ladies team was started in the Hampshire Ladies County League.


BLACKFIELD & LANGLEY

BLACKFIELD & LANGLEY


?         Joined Hampshire League
1980      Division Four abolished, teams added to Division Three
1981-82   Hampshire League Division Three runner-up
          Promoted to Division Two
1983-84   Missed Division Two title and runner-up spot on goal difference
1985-86   Hampshire League Division Two Champions
          Promoted to Division One
1988-89   Hampshire League runner-up
1991-92   Hampshire League runner-up
1993-94   Hampshire League runner-up
1997-98   Hampshire League Champions
1999-00   Placed in Premier Division upon re-organisation
2000-01   Joined Wessex League
2004      Relegated to newly-formed Division Two
2006-07   Division Two renamed Division One
2008-09   Wessex League Division One runner-up
          Promoted to Premier Division
2012-13   Wessex League Champions

SEASON    LEAGUE     P    W    D    L    F    A    P      POS

1979-80   HANTS-4   22   10    2   10   42   50   22      7/12
1980-81   HANTS-3   32   15    6   11   62   48   36      4/17
1981-82   HANTS-3   30   19    6    5   66   34   44      2/16
1982-83   HANTS-2   36   15    7   14   46   51   37      8/19
1983-84   HANTS-2   34   24    5    5   61   24   53      3/18
1984-85   HANTS-2   34   22    5    7   66   31   49      1/18
1985-86   HANTS-1   38   15   11   12   60   51   41     10/20
1986-87   HANTS-1   34   15    4   15   55   52   34      8/18
1987-88   HANTS-1   34   20    7    7   77   26   47      3/18
1988-89   HANTS-1   32   19    9    4   70   29   47      2/17
1989-90   HANTS-1   34   16    8   10   51   38   56      5/18
1990-91   HANTS-1   34   21    6    7   74   34   69      3/18
1991-92   HANTS-1   34   20    8    6   70   32   68      2/18
1992-93   HANTS-1   32   16    9    7   63   40   57      6/17
1993-94   HANTS-1   38   23    8    7   91   48   77      2/20
1994-95   HANTS-1   38   14    6   18   59   71   48     10/20
1995-96   HANTS-1   38   18    5   15   85   71   59      8/20
1996-97   HANTS-1   40   23    5   12  105   56   74      3/21
1997-98   HANTS-1   38   31    5    2  146   47   98      1/20
1998-99   HANTS-1   36   18    3   15   89   81   57      4/19
1999-00   HANTS-P   42   25    4   13  108   60   79      3/22
2000-01   WESSEX    44    7    8   29   32   95   29     21/23
2001-02   WESSEX    44   16    5   23   82  121   53     17/23
2002-03   WESSEX    42    4    6   32   37  134   18     21/22
2003-04   WESSEX    42    7    7   28   51   99   28     21/22
2004-05   WESSEX-2  42   20    9   13   90   62   69      7/22
2005-06   WESSEX-2  42   14   13   15   81   69   55     14/22
2006-07   WESSEX-1  36    9    5   22   66  104   32     16/19
2007-08   WESSEX-1  40   18   10   12   70   57   64     10/21
2008-09   WESSEX-1  40   28    7    5  102   35   91      2/21
2009-10   WESSEX-P  42   20    6   16   74   68   66      8/22
2010-11   WESSEX-P  42   16    7   19   55   62   55     14/22
2011-12   WESSEX-P  42   12    7   23   63   79   43     16/22
2012-13   WESSEX-P  40   31    6    3  100   31   99      1/21
2013-14   WESSEX-P  42   23    9   10   81   57   78      6/22
2014-15   WESSEX-P  40   21   10    9   83   44   73      5/21
2015-16   WESSEX-P

F.A. CUP

2001-02   PRE   CHERTSEY TOWN                       H    2-5
2002-03   PRE   NEWPORT I O W                       A    1-1
          PREr  NEWPORT I O W                       H    0-3
2003-04   PRE   THAMESMEAD TOWN                     H    1-3
2009-10   EP    SHORTWOOD UNITED                    A    0-1
2010-11   EP    HAYLING UNITED                      A    2-1
          PRE   ALMONDSBURY TOWN                    H    0-2
2011-12   EP    G E HAMBLE                          H    3-1
          PRE   WINCHESTER CITY                     A    3-1
          1Q    SHOLING                             A    1-2
2012-13   EP    A F C PORTCHESTER                   H    6-1
          1Q    ALMONDSBURY U W E                   H    4-0
          2Q    FAREHAM TOWN                        A    2-0
          3Q    SHOLING                             A    3-1
          4Q    HASTINGS UNITED                     A    0-3
2013-14   EP    PETERSFIELD TOWN                    A    3-4
2014-15   EP    BITTON                              A    2-1
          PRE   HIGHWORTH TOWN                      H    4-0
          1Q    SHERBORNE TOWN                      H    3-2
          2Q    WILLAND ROVERS                      H    0-0
          2Qr   WILLAND ROVERS                      A    0-1
2015-16   EP    TEAM SOLENT                         A    4-3
          PRE   BEMERTON HEATH HARLEQUINS           H    1-0
          1Q    CHELTENHAM SARACENS                 A    2-1
          2Q    WIMBORNE TOWN                       A    6-1
          3Q    MAIDENHEAD UNITED                   H    0-1

F.A. VASE

1998-99   1Q    EASTLEIGH                           H    1-4
1999-00   2Q    FAVERSHAM TOWN                      A    2-3
2000-01   1Q    WHITSTABLE TOWN                     H    1-1
          1Qr   WHITSTABLE TOWN                     A    0-3
2001-02   1Q    CORINTHIAN-CASUALS                  A    2-4
2002-03   2Q    EASTLEIGH                           H    1-7
2003-04   1Q    RAMSGATE                            H    1-3
2004-05   2Q    MILTON UNITED (OXON)                H    2-3
2005-06   2Q    ABINGDON TOWN                       H    4-5
2006-07   2Q    SHRIVENHAM                          H    0-1
2007-08   1Q    BUCKINGHAM TOWN                     A    2-0
          2Q    LYMINGTON TOWN                      A    1-2
2008-09   1Q    CORSHAM TOWN                        H    2-1
          2Q    LONGWELL GREEN SPORTS               H    0-1
2009-10   1Q    HARROW HILL                         H    W/O
          2Q    BEMERTON HEATH HARLEQUINS           A    0-1
2010-11   1Q    HASSOCKS                            H    3-2
          2Q    FAREHAM TOWN                        H    3-2
          1     CAMBERLEY TOWN                      A    1-2
2011-12   1Q    FLEET SPURS                         A    6-1
          2Q    G E HAMBLE                          H    4-1
          1     BROCKENHURST                        H    2-1
          2     V C D ATHLETIC                      H    2-3
2012-13   1Q    PEWSEY VALE                         H    4-1
          2Q    BRISTOL MANOR FARM                  H    3-2
          1     WESTBURY UNITED                     H    5-1
          2     BOURNEMOUTH                         H    1-0
          3     G E HAMBLE                          A    2-0
          4     BEMERTON HEATH HARLEQUINS           A    2-3
2013-14   2     OXFORD CITY NOMADS                  H    1-0
          3     A F C PORTCHESTER                   A    2-1
          4     LARKHALL ATHLETIC                   A    0-3
2014-15   2     BEMERTON HEATH HARLEQUINS           H    5-0
          3     HIGHWORTH TOWN                      H    0-1
2015-16   1Q    ALRESFORD TOWN                      A    5-0

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