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BISHOPS CLEEVE AFC :

Formed in 1905, Bishop's Cleeve played in the Cheltenham League until 1967, winning the Division Two title in 1925 and the Division One title in both 1935 and 1967, after the latter of which they stepped up to the Gloucester Northern Senior League. In this league they were Division Two champions in 1968 and again in 1969, and Division One champions in 1970 and 1973.
When the Hellenic League was formed in 1983, they became founder members, initially in Division One. Promotion to the Premier Division came in 1987 but after five seasons in the top flight the club was relegated in 1992. In 2001 Bishop's Cleeve won the now-regionalised Division One West to return to the Premier Division, where they remained until a reorganisation of the English football league system saw them placed in the new Southern League Division One Midlands.

Ground - The club originally played on a ground in Stoke Road. The facilities at this ground were completely refurbished in 1971 but in 1995 their landlords the Church Commissioners sold the land off for housing. The club spent a number of years sharing the grounds of other local teams such as Forest Green Rovers until approval for a new site at Kayte Lane was given in 1997, although for the 2001-02 season a temporary sharing of the ground of Evesham United was required whilst extra work was carried out after the club's promotion.The club was able to return to Kayte Lane for the 2002-03 season after the new stand and floodlights were approved,
to be followed in 2004 by a new clubhouse and changing rooms.

Club records


Best league performance: 13th in Southern League Division One Midlands, 2006-07
Best FA Cup performance: 4th qualifying round, 2005-06
Best FA Trophy performance: 1st qualifying round, 2006-07
Best FA Vase performance: 3rd round, 2005-06

1983-84 Joined Hellenic League Division One
1986-87 Hellenic League Division One Champions
Promoted to Premier Division
1992 Relegated to Division One
2000-01 Hellenic League Division One West runner-up
Promoted to Premier Division
2005-06 Hellenic League runner-up
2006-07 Joined Southern League Division One Midlands
2008-09 Switched to Division One South & West

BISHOPS CLEEVE FOOTBALL CLUB
 
Founded 1905
County Members - Gloucestershire Football Association
Hellenic League from 1983 to 2005-06
Other League History Cheltenham League & Gloucestershire Northern Senior League

Principle Honours
1924-25 Cheltenham Division Two Champions
1933-34 Gloucestershire Junior Cup North Winners
1934-35 Cheltenham Division One Champions
1936-37 Cheltenham League Senior Charity Cup Winners
1964-65 Gloucestershire Senior Amateur Cup North Winners
1966-67 Cheltenham Division One Champions
1967-68 Northern Senior League Division Two Champions
1968-69 Northern Senior League Division One Champions
Gloucestershire Senior Amateur Cup North Winners
1969-70 Northern Senior League Division One Champions
1972-73 Northern Senior League Division One Champions
1986-87 Hellenic League Division One Champions
Gloucestershire Senior Amateur Cup North Winners
1987-88 Hellenic League Premier Division Cup Winners
2000-01 Hellenic League Division One West Runners-Up
2005-06 Hellenic League Premier Division Runners-Up
 
In their long history Bishops Cleeve have wandered about more than most clubs but at long last they have their very own new stadium. For many years they played on a ground in Stoke Road facilities were all rebuilt and re-opened in 1971 by Ted Croker, the then Secretary of the Football Association. However, in 1995 their landlords the Church Commissioners sold the land for housing and so BISHOPS CLEEVE AFC became homeless. On the field of play Cleeve soon became regular champions. When they left their Cheltenham League roots for the first time they won four championships in their six seasons in the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League.
After dropping back to the Cheltenham League Cleeve gained promotion to the Hellenic League in 1983. They quickly established themselves as a force to be reckoned with, finishing fourth in their first two seasons in Division One. They followed this by finishing third and then finished as Champions. The five seasons in the Hellenic League Premier Division were a struggle though they did win a trophy, the Premier Division cup during that time. Returning to Division One Cleeve then had a period of rebuilding both on and off the field. In order to preserve their Hellenic League status the club entered into several ground sharing agreements and the grounds of Moreton Town, Wollen Sports at Highworth, and Forest Green Rovers, were all called home at one time or another. During this difficult time the club was kept alive by the efforts of a few devoted members spearheaded by former Cheltenham Town legend Dave Lewis whose efforts were recognised by Carling Brewery who awarded him their national title of Club Man of the Year.
Approval for a new site at Kayte Lane was given in 1997, and members built a new clubhouse and changing rooms using materials donated by local employer Smiths Aerospace. Once this approval was given there was tremendous transformation in results on the field and they were duly promoted in 2001. In order to take up this promotion opportunity one final ground sharing agreement was arranged with Southern League club Evesham United.
For season 2002-03 the team made a triumphant return to their own ground after the new stand and floodlights were approved. The F.A. Charter for Football in the Community was awarded to the club in December 2002, thanks to the efforts of Club Chairman Dave Walker, in partnership with Cleeve Colts Youth Team and the local council.
2004 saw the completion of the magnificent new clubhouse and changing rooms which benefit the community as well as the club.
2006 saw the club gain promotion to the Southern League, something that looked like a pipe dream 10 years ago. In their first season the club finished a creditable 13th place and are looking to improve on that this season.




1983-84   Joined Hellenic League Division One
1986-87   Hellenic League Division One Champions
          Promoted to Premier Division
1992      Relegated to Division One
2000-01   Hellenic League Division One West runner-up
          Promoted to Premier Division
2005-06   Hellenic League runner-up
2006-07   Joined Southern League Division One Midlands
2008-09   Switched to Division One South & West

SEASON    LEAGUE     P    W    D    L    F    A    P      POS

1983-84   HELL-1    34   19    6    9   59   43   63      4/18
1984-85   HELL-1    32   19    6    7   66   35   63      4/17
1985-86   HELL-1    30   17    6    7   72   45   57      3/16
1986-87   HELL-1    34   23    3    8   62   34   72      1/18
1987-88   HELL-P    34    7   11   16   42   70   32     16/18
1988-89   HELL-P    32   12    5   15   32   54   41     10/17
1989-90   HELL-P    34    7    9   18   33   61   30     16/18
1990-91   HELL-P    34    9    8   17   43   79   35     14/18
1991-92   HELL-P    34    2    6   26   25   96   12     18/18
1992-93   HELL-1    30    9    3   18   44   76   30     13/16
1993-94   HELL-1    34   17    8    9   79   54   59      5/18
1994-95   HELL-1    38   13    6   19   84   86   45     13/20
1995-96   HELL-1    34   10    9   15   50   65   39     12/18
1996-97   HELL-1    32    7    9   16   39   66   30     13/17
1997-98   HELL-1    32   12    3   17   42   63   39     12/17
1998-99   HELL-1    32    9    7   16   55   66   34     12/17
1999-00   HELL-1    28   12    8    8   44   43   44      5/15
2000-01   HELL-1W   30   22    3    5   70   36   69      2/16
2001-02   HELL-P    42   19    8   15   79   51   65     10/22
2002-03   HELL-P    40   19    7   14   68   50   64      9/21
2003-04   HELL-P    42   27    8    7   94   36   89      3/22
2004-05   HELL-P    42   25   11    6   86   30   86      3/22
2005-06   HELL-P    40   29    5    6  108   45   92      2/21
2006-07   SOUTH-1M  42   17    5   20   68   66   56     13/22
2007-08   SOUTH-1M  40   17    7   16   63   61   58     12/21
2008-09   SOUTH-1SW 42   10   13   19   51   71   43     18/22
2009-10   SOUTH-1SW 42   15   13   14   64   64   58     11/22
2010-11   SOUTH-1SW 40   10   12   18   47   59   42     15/21
2011-12   SOUTH-1SW 40   16   11   13   40   42   59     11/21
2012-13   SOUTH-1SW 42   10    7   25   49   66   37     21/22
2013-14   SOUTH-1SW 42   11    1   30   52   94   34     20/22

 

 

 

 
2004-05   EP    MINEHEAD TOWN                       H    7-0
          PRE   BRISLINGTON                         A    1-0
          1Q    HIGHWORTH TOWN                      A    5-3
          2Q    A F C TOTTON                        H    4-1
          3Q    HALLEN                              A    2-3
2005-06   EP    CORSHAM TOWN                        H    1-0
          PRE   BIDEFORD                            H    3-1
          1Q    FAIRFORD TOWN                       A    1-0
          2Q    BITTON                              H    3-0
          3Q    A F C TOTTON                        H    1-1
          3Qr   A F C TOTTON                        A    4-0
          4Q    EASTBOURNE BOROUGH                  H    0-1
2006-07   PRE   STREET                              A    1-0
          1Q    BISHOP SUTTON                       A    0-0
          1Qr   BISHOP SUTTON                       H    5-1
          2Q    OXFORD CITY                         H    3-1
          3Q    NEWPORT COUNTY                      A    2-4
2007-08   PRE   DAWLISH TOWN                        A    2-1
          1Q    HAMWORTHY UNITED                    A    3-3
          1Qr   HAMWORTHY UNITED                    H    0-1
2008-09   PRE   BITTON                              A    1-2
2009-10   PRE   READING TOWN                        H    3-1
          1Q    BROCKENHURST                        H    5-2
          2Q    WEYMOUTH                            H    3-0
          3Q    BATH CITY                           H    1-4
2010-11   PRE   WESTBURY UNITED                     H    4-0
          1Q    NEWPORT I O W                       A    3-0
          2Q    WOKING                              H    1-2
2011-12   PRE   WELLS CITY                          H    0-1
2012-13   PRE   ASCOT UNITED                        H    2-1
          1Q    BRACKNELL TOWN                      H    6-0
          2Q    CHIPPENHAM TOWN                     H    1-2
2013-14   PRE   ASHFORD TOWN (MIDDX)                A    0-0
          PRE   ASHFORD TOWN (MIDDX)                H    0-1
2014-15   PRE   ASCOT UNITED                        H    1-0
          1Q    BANBURY UNITED                      H    0-1

F.A. TROPHY

2006-07   PRE   NEWPORT I O W                       H    1-0
          1Q    BATH CITY                           A    1-2
2007-08   PRE   OXFORD CITY                         H    0-4
2008-09   1Q    MERTHYR TYDFIL                      A    1-4
2009-10   PRE   YATE TOWN                           H    1-2
2010-11   PRE   CLEVEDON TOWN                       A    1-0
          1Q    TRURO CITY                          A    0-1
2011-12   PRE   PAULTON ROVERS                      H    0-1
2012-13   1Q    CHESHAM UNITED                      H    1-2
2013-14   PRE   PAULTON ROVERS                      H    1-4

 

 

 

 
2006-07   PRE   NEWPORT I O W                       H    1-0
          1Q    BATH CITY                           A    1-2
2007-08   PRE   OXFORD CITY                         H    0-4
2008-09   1Q    MERTHYR TYDFIL                      A    1-4
2009-10   PRE   YATE TOWN                           H    1-2
2010-11   PRE   CLEVEDON TOWN                       A    1-0
          1Q    TRURO CITY                          A    0-1
2011-12   PRE   PAULTON ROVERS                      H    0-1
2012-13   1Q    CHESHAM UNITED                      H    1-2
2013-14   PRE   PAULTON ROVERS                      H    1-4

 

 

 

1988-89   PRE   BRISTOL MANOR FARM                  H    1-0
          1     DEVIZES TOWN                        A    0-5
1989-90   EP    CHRISTCHURCH                        A    0-0
          EPr   CHRISTCHURCH                        H    2-1
          PRE   THAME UNITED                        A    0-2
1990-91   EP    SWINDON ATHLETIC                    A    4-2
          PRE   NEWBURY TOWN                        A    1-0
          1     HAVANT TOWN                         A    0-4
1991-92   EP    A F C LYMINGTON                     A    0-5
2003-04   2Q    CULLOMPTON RANGERS                  A    1-0
          1     WIMBORNE TOWN                       A    3-2
          2     KEYNSHAM TOWN                       H    3-4
2004-05   1     BRISLINGTON                         A    0-3
2005-06   1     SHORTWOOD UNITED                    A    3-0
          2     NEWTON ABBOT                        H    3-0
          3     WIMBORNE TOWN                       A    1-4