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THE HISTORY OF HORRABRIDGE FOOTBALL CLUB

 

 

 

The club started at the turn of the century and played at Pound Corner. Teams came out on the train and walked up across the moor; a wooden hut in the corner of the field was the only shelter and the players changed behind the gorse bushes. A rough time, the people worked hard and played hard. The club colours were old gold and black, the club has now reverted to these same old colours. After World War 1 they continued to play at Pound until Sargent's Field was acquired on 1926. With a great deal of work and effort from the club's benefactor, Mr. Walter Youlden, Fillace Park Recreation Field came into being.

Winners of the West Devon League in 1927/28, local players included Gawman, Hicks, Toop, May, Frise, Northey and Crossman. The crowds were starved of entertainment and the football teams were always well supported. 1 say teams because the second team was formed and was known as the 'Robins', because of their red shirts. Around 1929/30 season the 'Robins' played at Pound. This team consisted of youngsters from the village who met in the back room of The Shrubbery in Bedford Road in order to pick the team from Bill and Jim Dawe, Dave Rush, Paddy Toland, Cliff Cann, Bill Crossman, Bob Halfyard, Fred Pollard, Joe Brown, Ted and Fred Berryman and Ginger Oliver.

Wednesday halfday closing saw Horrabridge form their Devon Wednesday Team and the kids at the school would spot the players from the playground and make a beeline to the park to watch the second half. Towards the end of the 30's the 'Robins' disbanded and reformed as the Crusaders. Most of the players had nicknames, Poet, Dabtoes, Chic, Ganger, to name but a few, also John Martin, Horace Davie, Jim Dawe, Cyril Berryman and a young chap called Lionel Baker who was bald at 16, the team had many complaints about playing overage players.

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Horrabridge Rangers Team 1909-10 - Click for Enlargement

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2003 - 2004

More recently, the senior Team won the DEVON INTERMEDIATE CUP in 2004. The score was 4-1 and goalscorers were Charlie Blair 2 Chris Richardson 1 & Neill Travers 1.
 
  • During the 2003-2004 season the team also were also the winners of Division 2 by 14 points and Beaten Finalists in the Challenge Bowl 4-3.
  • Records were also broken with Chris Richardson scoring 56 league & cup goals and Charlie Blair scoring 44 league & cup goals.

3 Additional awards presented at League AGM. These were HIGHEST GOALSCORERS(136), LEAGUE MERIT AWARD, and SECRETARY OF THE YEAR AWARD - CUP plus Decanter, with glass & tray engraved, and league tie.

This made a total of 9 AWARDS THROUGHOUT THE CLUB.

  • SENIORS HIGHEST GOALSCORERS(136)
  • SENIORS LEAGUE MERIT AWARD
  • SECRETARY OF THE YEAR AWARD
  • U15'S ROYAL OAK DJM ( WINNERS )
  • U15'S CUP ( FINALIST)
  • OVER 35'S CANN HOUSE ( FINALIST)
  • DIVISION TWO: LEAGUE WINNERS
  • DEVON INTERMEDIATE CUP ( WINNERS )
  • CHALLENGE BOWL.( FINALIST )

A great season, by any standards.

Junior Soccer had mini Soccer at U9 and U10, boys teams playing at U11, U12, U13 and U15 and U11 Girls.

 

 

 

 

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