New Club Profiles
The Evo-Stik League South take a look at the new Clubs promoted to the Southern League this season.
Division One South
Blackfield & Langley
Blackfield & Langley Football Club is a football club based in the village of Blackfield, near Southampton, England. Founded in 1935 Blackfield & Langley FC has progressed from the Southampton Junior League, to the Southern League Division One West after being promoted in the 2017/18 season when they won the Wessex League Premier Division. After playing in the war time Hythe and District League they joined the Southampton Junior League in 1946. The club moved to the Gang Warily Recreation Ground as it was a suitable ground for the Wessex League standard. Blackfield & Langley’s best ever FA Cup performance came in the 2012/13 season where they reached the 4th qualifying round.
Highworth Town Football Club was formed in 1893. The club joined the Cirencester & District League and have since been promoted to the Southern League Division One West. It took some time however for the club to record their first honours, until 1909-10 in fact, when the club won both the Swindon Junior Cup and the local Advertiser Cup. The 1950s saw the club make a dramatic rise through the local football ranks. The club then went on to win the Premier Division title in 1957-58 and 1958-59 after having won the Swindon & District League Third Division, Second Division and Division One in only a matter of years. However, their greatest achievement to date was in reaching the Semi-Final of the FA Vase in 2015, where they were knocked out by eventual winners, North Shield.
Melksham Town Football Club is a football club based in Melksham, Wiltshire, England. They are currently members of the Southern League Division One West and play at the Oakfield Stadium. The club was established in 1876 and their best ever FA Cup performance was reaching the 3d qualifying round in 1954-55 but also in 1957-58. Melksham Town’s record attendance came against Trowbridge Town in 1957 with a number of 2,821.
Street Football Club are a football club based in Street, near Glastonbury, in Somerset, England. They are currently members Southern League Division One West after having started in the Somerset Senior League when they were established in 1880. Street FC earned the nickname the cobblers because of their rich shoe-making history and are one of the oldest clubs in Somerset. Streets joint best ever FA Cup run came when they reached 1st round for the second time after knocking out Yeovil Town 2-1 along the way in front of a crown of 5000 at The Victoria Field. However their party was soon spoiled as they were beaten 5-0 by Cheltenham Town in the next round.
Thatcham Town Football Club is a semi-professional English football club based in Thatcham, Berkshire. It is a member of the Southern League Division One West after having won the Hellenic League Premier Division in the 2017/18 season. Thatcham play their home matches at Waterside Park. Thatcham were founded in 1894 and joined the Reading Temperance League in 1896 where they remained for the next fifty-seven years. The 2017–18 season saw Thatcham win the FA Vase, beating the club's previous best performance in the competition.
By Charlie Pearce