Petersfield Town F.C.

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Petersfield Town
Full namePetersfield Town Football Club
Nickname(s)The Rams
Founded1993
GroundThe Southdowns Builders Stadium, Love Lane, Petersfield.
Capacity3,000
ChairmanNick Orr
ManagerConnor Hoare
LeagueWessex League Premier Division
2022–23Wessex League Division One, 5th of 20 (promoted via play-offs)

Petersfield Town Football Club are an English football club based in Petersfield, Hampshire, England. The club is affiliated to the Hampshire Football Association, and is an England Football Accredited Club.[1] They are currently members of the Wessex Football League Premier Division, playing home fixtures at The Southdowns Builders Stadium.

Southdown Builders Stadium - Love Lane
Southdown Builders Stadium - Love Lane

History[edit]

The club was founded by Peter De-Sisto in 1993 after the demise of Petersfield United (founded 1889).[2] The previous club folded after being denied permission to switch from the Isthmian League to the Wessex League and had serious debts.[3] The newly formed club took their place in Division One (now Premier Division) of the Wessex League, under the management of former England player Gary Stevens.[2]

For the first four seasons the club stayed in the Wessex League before being relegated to Division One of the Hampshire League.[4] The club only lasted one season in Division One and were relegated again to Division Two, where they stayed for a further season finishing as runners-up, however when the league was re-organised they were effectively promoted twice, as they now found themselves in the newly formed Premier Division.[5]

The club stayed in the Premier Division of the Hampshire League until the start of the 2004/05 season, when the Wessex League expanded and the club joined the newly formed Division Two.[6] The club remained in this Division - which was now called Division One, until the 2013/14 season when Petersfield Town became Wessex League Division One Champions.[7]

Under the stewardship of Ian Saunders, the club won the Wessex League Premier Division in 2014/15, becoming the first club to win back to back championships in the Wessex League and thus earned promotion to the Southern Football League.[8][9]

Numerous 'Team of the Month' awards were claimed during the campaign, with midfielder Ed Dryden catching the eye, earning a move to Stoke City.[10]

Season 2015/16 was another year of firsts for Petersfield – it was the first time they had played in the Southern League and they went on to finish in 13th place in Division One Central.

They played in the FA Trophy[5] for the first time too and had their best ever run in the FA Cup to date – reaching the third qualifying round before losing to National League South side St Albans City.

Saunders left the Rams a little over a week before the start of the 2016/17 campaign and Andy Neal and Gary Lines had short spells in charge of first team matters before John Robson was appointed manager in October 2016.

However, he could not reverse what had become a disastrous season and the Rams finished bottom of Division One Central, gaining only nine points all season.

It wasn’t all doom and gloom though – the first team reached the final of the Portsmouth Senior Cup at Fratton Park, home of Portsmouth FC, and the reserve team won the Wyvern League’s Division One East title and the Wyvern League Challenge Cup.

In the summer of 2017, Jim Macey was appointed first team manager and the Rams were placed back in the Wessex Premier Division following their relegation from Step 4 football. After a poor start to the campaign Macey resigned and Mark Summerhill took the helm. He worked tirelessly but could not turn around the season, and the club finished bottom of the Premier Division for a second successive relegation.

Back in Wessex Division One, the goal in 2018/19 was to stabilise the club both on and off the field, and this was achieved as Summerhill took the team to a 15th place finish on 40 points, plus a quarter-final appearance in the Russell-Cotes Cup.

Further progress was made in 2019/20 with the team on course for a top half of the table finish when the season was terminated due to Covid-19.

There was also cup success, the highlights being the club’s best ever run in the FA Vase reaching the second round proper,[5] and the third round of the Hampshire Senior Cup.

The pandemic once again brought season 2020/21 to a premature end, however the club was once again enjoying a solid campaign.

After the two curtailed seasons the club concluded 2021/22 in twelfth place.

A partnership with Gosport Borough saw Pat Suraci and Joe Lea join as Joint Managers, with Mark Summerhill becoming Head of Football.[11]

They brought instant success to the Club with promotion back to the Wessex Premier Division via the Division One play-offs[12] defeating New Milton Town, while also reaching the Wessex League Cup final.[13]

Their tenure was unfortunately short-lived with the trio departing for Privett Park in the summer of 2023,[14] however it gave opportunity for captain, Connor Hoare to step into the Manager's role for 2023/24, assisted by Callum Glen.[15]

Their appointment coincided with an exciting new era at Love Lane, following a summer merger with the highly successful Petersfield Town Juniors.[16]

Together, they formed one unified club to secure a bright and sustainable future for football in Petersfield, enabling player pathway at all age groups; the emergence of a Ladies side, and an increased volunteer workforce to take the club forward off the pitch.

Ground[edit]

The club play their home games at The Southdowns Builders Stadium, Love Lane, Petersfield, Hampshire, GU31 4BW.

The stadium has hosted Petersfield Town and previously Petersfield United since 1948. Prior to this the club played at Princes Road on land subsequently owned by Hampshire Cattle Breeders.[3]

A latter-day attendance record of 1,615 was set on December 28, 1992 for an Isthmian League Division Three fixture with Aldershot Town. The visitors recording a 3-0 victory in what was to be The Rams last season under their former guise as Petersfield United. The stadium is situated opposite Churcher's College.

Management Team[edit]

  • 1st Team Manager – Connor Hoare
  • 1st Team Manager Assistant – Callum Glen
  • 1st Team Goalkeeper Coach – George Davis
  • 1st Team Coach – Steve Weston
  • 1st Team Physio – Amy Weston
  • Under 23 Team Manager – Kristian Stephens
  • Under 23 Assistant Manager – Aaron Ramsey
  • Under 18 Team Manager – Aaron Ramsey
  • Under 18 Assistant Manager – Steven Matile
  • Executive Committee
  • Chairman – Nick Orr
  • Vice Chairman – Dave Bourton
  • Youth Secretary – David Wands
  • Treasurer – Jimmy Balogun
  • Media Officer – Dean Tricker
  • Accreditation Officer – Nigel Gardner
  • Health & Safety Officer – Lucie Attwood
  • Adult Development Officer – Gez Llewlyn
  • Youth Development Officer – Mark Garrett
  • Youth Operations – Keiran Earl
  • Stadium Groundsman – Ian Noble
  • Projects – Ben Bentley

Notable Managers of Petersfield Town and players who have joined professional clubs include:

Honours[edit]

League Honours[edit]

Cup Honours[edit]

  • Hampshire Youth Cup
    • Winners: 1994

Records[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Clubs". HampshireFA. Retrieved 24 December 2012.
  2. ^ a b Wessex Football League - Petersfield Town - History (3 February 2024). "Petersfield Town – History". WessexLeague.co.uk. Retrieved 3 February 2024.
  3. ^ a b "The Onion Bag: Petersfield Town". Onion-bag.blogspot.co.uk. 20 April 2013. Retrieved 19 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Petersfield Town". Pyramidpassion.co.uk. Retrieved 19 March 2016.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i PETERSFIELD TOWN at the Football Club History Database
  6. ^ "Football Club History Database – Wessex League 2004–05". Fchd.info. Retrieved 19 March 2016.
  7. ^ "League one team short (From )". Dailyecho.co.uk. 27 June 2014. Retrieved 19 March 2016.
  8. ^ "Petersfield edge past Lymington to claim the Sydenhams Wessex crown (From)". Dailyecho.co.uk. 13 April 2015. Retrieved 19 March 2016.
  9. ^ "Petersfield Town stand and hopes up in the air". Haslemere Herald. 7 January 2016. Retrieved 19 March 2016.
  10. ^ "Stoke City: Ed Dryden joins Potters from Wessex League". BBC.co.uk. Retrieved 19 March 2015.
  11. ^ "Progressive coaching pair land first roles in senior management". Portsmouth.co.uk. Retrieved 14 April 2022.
  12. ^ "Petersfield Town promoted to Wessex League Premier Division". Portsmouth.co.uk. Retrieved 1 May 2023.
  13. ^ "Petersfield Town suffer Wessex League Cup final heartbreak". WokingNewsAndMail.co.uk. Retrieved 12 May 2023.
  14. ^ "Former Petersfield Town boss Pat Suraci 'just had to take' Gosport job". WokingNewsAndMail.co.uk. Retrieved 25 June 2023.
  15. ^ "Petersfield Town confirm new managerial team". LiphookHerald.com. Retrieved 22 May 2023.
  16. ^ "Merger with Petersfield Town Juniors goes through". PetersfieldPost.co.uk. Retrieved 14 July 2023.
  17. ^ "Petersfield Town FC | Sydenhams Wessex League". Wessexleague.co.uk. 3 January 2016. Retrieved 19 March 2016.
  18. ^ Wendy Gee. "Alresford Town lift Sydenhams Wessex League Cup (From )". Dailyecho.co.uk. Retrieved 19 March 2016.
  19. ^ "Petersfield Town hope to progress in Russell Cotes Cup". Horndean Post. 9 February 2016. Retrieved 19 March 2016.
  20. ^ "Hawks lift Portsmouth Senior Cup – Portsmouth News". Portsmouth.co.uk. 13 April 2015. Archived from the original on 30 March 2016. Retrieved 19 March 2016.
  21. ^ "Bradbury: Hawks must keep up hard work – Portsmouth News". Portsmouth.co.uk. 24 July 2015. Archived from the original on 30 March 2016. Retrieved 19 March 2016.

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