History

Bromsgrove Sporting Football Club was formed in 2009 by a group of former Bromsgrove Rovers directors and supporters when the latter was in serious financial difficulty and facing closure. That would have meant the town having no football club playing at a serious non-league level.

The Club has an unusual management structure and constitution with a rule that nobody can own more than a 10% stake in the Club. This is to ensure that no one person ever gains overall personal control. In addition, the Bromsgrove Sporting Supporters Trust has a stake in the club and appoints three supporter directors.

Initially, Sporting prepared to play on a local park pitch but in 2010 with Rovers’ difficulties deepening, Sporting were offered the tenancy of the town’s Victoria Football Ground by the District Council, which was accepted.

Sporting played their first ever match (a pre-season friendly) away to Stratford Town in July 2010 and started the season a month later in the Midland Combination Division Two with another away match against Young Warriors in Coventry.

Until the end of October all home matches were played at the Beehive, home of Studley FC, as the pitch at the Victoria Ground had been left in an unplayable condition. However after a lot of hard work (and expenditure), Sporting were able to play their first match in Bromsgrove on 6th November in front of a crowd of 458 and ran up an impressive and unforgettable 7-0 win against Greenhill.

Up to that point Myles Day had been the manager but shortly after, he resigned owing to family and work commitments and was replaced by former Rovers legend Stewart Brighton.

After a shaky start to the season, Sporting climbed up the league and led for several weeks but lost their top spot as other clubs played (and won) games in hand.

There was disappointment at coming third and missing out on one of the two promotion places but a reorganisation of the Midland Combination saw Sporting move into Division One for season 2011/12.

Not long after the start of the 2011/12 season, Stewart Brighton stood down owing to work commitments and replaced by Keith Draper as manager with Ron Mellor as his assistant. Sporting improved their position gradually as the season progressed and finished third in the First Division.

Sporting also got to their first Cup Final at the end of the season narrowly losing the Evesham Hospital Junior Cup to Littleton (4-2 on penalties). Although missing out on the automatic promotion places, Sporting were promoted to the Midland Combination Premier Division when the league decided to increase the number of teams at the top level.

For season 2012/13, Graham Scott has been appointed joint manager sharing duties with Keith Draper.

As well as the first team, Sporting had a reserve outfit playing in the Midland Combination Reserve Division Two, a youth team in the Midland Floodlit Youth League Premier Division South. Two youth teams also play in Bromsgrove Sporting colours.

For a long period Sporting found themselves heading the division albeit having played more games, eventually finishing a creditable 6th. for their first season in the Premier Division. Joint Manager Keith  Draper stepped down from his position at the end of March with Graham Scott assisted by Ron Mellor taking up the reigns until the end of the season.

Sporting also claimed their first pieces of silverware with the Reserves winning the Midland Combination Reserve Division Two and the Under 18’s claiming County success in the Worcestershire F. A. Youth Cup with a 3-0 victory over Kidderminster Harriers at Evesham United’s Jubilee Stadium.

Season 2013/14 saw a new management team taking the helm with Graham Scott being assisted as joint manager by Adrian Mander who eventually took full control of first team affairs, under Mander The Rouslers finished runners up in the league and won the Smedley-Crooke cup.

For the 2014/15 season Bromsgrove Sporting will be playing in the newly formed Midland Football League Division One under the stewardship of Paul Smith who joined the club early in the season from Studley.