New Club Profiles
The Evo-Stik League South take a look at the new Clubs promoted to the Southern League this season.
Division One Central
Berkhamsted FC were founded very recently in 2009. Having won the Molten Spartan South Midlands League Division 2 title in their first season, they were promoted to Division 2. They again won the league at their first attempt which allowed them to gain promotion to the Premier Division, where they stayed up until the 2017/18 season. However in the 2010/11 season they set a record of 107 points which is the highest number of points ever achieved in a regular English football season. They entered the FA Cup for the first time in 2011 and this game produced the largest ever crowd Berkhamsted FC have ever seen. They have been in 5 cup finals consecutively in the past 5 seasons. They are nicknamed ‘the Comrades’ after the previous Berkhamsted team, the Berkhamsted Comrades which was formed by soldiers who returned home after fighting in WW1. However they folded due to financial reasons in 2009, which led to Berkhamsted FC being formed. They won promotion to the Southern League Division One East in the 2017/18 season when they came 2nd in the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division.
Bromsgrove Sporting were founded in 2009. The club was formed by worried supporters of Bromsgrove Rovers as the club was facing closure due to financial difficulties. The club started in the Midland Combination Division Two and have since worked their way up to the Southern League Division One East in which they will play in for the first ever time in the 2018/19 season. A record attendance was set in the 2017/18 season for Bromsgrove Sporting with a crowd of 3349 at home to Cleethorpes.
Coleshill Town were founded in 1885 however only started playing competitive football in 1894. Coleshill moved to Pack Meadow in 1974 after being refused promotion that season as their previous stadium did not meet the higher league standards. Coleshill Town have remarkably only been relegated once in the clubs history. This came in 2000 when they were relegated from the top flight of the now Midland Combination. Coleshill were first registered to play in the 1983 FA Cup but made headlines in the 2010/11 season as they reached the 3rd qualifying round, only to be beaten 6-0 by Nuneaton in front of a crowd of 965. 2017/18 saw Coleshill get promoted to the Southern League Division One East for the first time in the clubs history.
Welwyn Garden City
Welwyn Garden City Football Club is a football club based in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire. They currently play in the Southern League Division One East after being promoted in the 2017/18 season when they topped the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division. Welwyn Garden City Football Club were founded in 1921 and began their footballing adventure in the Mid-Hertfordshire League Division 2.
Yaxley F.C. is an English football club based in Yaxley, near Peterborough, in Cambridgeshire. The club are currently members of the Southern League Division One East and play their football at Leading Drove. The club was established in 1962 and started in the Division Three South of the Peterborough & District League. Yaxley gained promotion to the Southern League Division One West in the 2017/18 season after they won the United Counties League Premier Division.
By Charlie Pearce