Buckland Athletic

Kingskerswell Road, Newton Abbot, Devon TQ12 5JU

From club website:

The club was formed in 1977 purely as a junior club. We started life in the Torbay Pioneer League and Sandringham Park was our home pitch. As a junior club it was the biggest in the area, running a total of six sides in six different age groups for several seasons.
We won many titles over the years including the Devon Youth Cup.

In the season of 1987-88 we were accepted into the Devon and Exeter League and started our senior football life in Senior Division Three playing home games at Coach Road with Roy Holmes still in charge. In our first season we won the Championship and were promoted into Senior Two in 1988-89. Well, in the 1989-90 season we gained promotion once more into Senior One these two promotions were gained with a very youthful side. In 1990-91 we were on the move again this time to Decoy and this season saw us win the Wheaton Trophy.
We finally achieved our dream of being promoted to the Premier Division in 1992-93, having now moved to our old ground at Homers Lane and the club hasnt looked back since that move took place.

In 1994-95 season saw Roy Holmes step down as first team manager and Nigel Holmes and Roger Madge took the job on. This was the season we won our first Premier Division Championship, a crowning glory to our rise up through the divisions in what seemed to be double quick time. The following season saw us pick up the East Devon Cup after beating our biggest rivals Exeter Civil Service.

Nigel and Roger both stepped down as managers in 1998-99 season and were replaced by Shaun Bartlett and in his first season we retained the Premier Division Cup defeating Seaton Town 2-1. In 1999-2000 Shaun was joined by Phil Bayliss as his assistant and this was to prove our year when we won the Premier Championship for a second time and realized a club dream of being promoted to the Westward Developments Devon League. We only lost three games this season winning the title by 14 points scoring 108 whilst only conceding 16 in 18 league games, a record to be proud of. Now in our first season in the Devon League Shaun stepped down at the start of the season and Phil was joined by Gary Taylor as his assistant, we had been knocked out of the Devon Premier Cup at the semi-final stage and we finished runners-up in the league, we also picked up the Sportsmanship Cup and Programme Award.

2001-2002 was great season for the club as the Reserves went through the season undefeated in the Devon and Exeter Senior Division Two and were promoted to Senior One. The first team ended the season in sixth place in the league table and were beaten finalists in the Throgmorton Cup.

2002-2003 was another successful season in the life of Buckland, the Reserves won the Devon FA Senior Cup at Coach Road, beating Princess Yachts International 3-0. They were also promoted to the Premier Division of the Devon and Exeter League after finishing in third place, that was only decided on their last game of the season when the top three sides were all in with a chance of securing the title. The First team finished up third in the table which at the start of the season was, as many supporters said beyond them but the managers got good players in at the right times through the season. We also won the Devon League programme award and finished 29th out of a total of 1100 non league programme in the renowned Wirral awards.

2003-2004 was a new era in the clubs history, a third senior side was established and went on to win The South Devon League Division Seven Championship with ease. The First team finished in eighth place, with Gary Taylor stepping down from his assistant manager position, their lowest position since joining the Devon League. The Reserves finished in fourth spot in The Devon and Exeter Premier Division, Manager Simon Glanfield stood down as manager. The programme finished first in the Devon League section of the Wirral programme awards and 11th out of 1100 non-league programmes.

2004-05 we did better than the previous season by finishing in 7th place. Throughout this season the new ground was being worked on by a loyal band of club people. In the final year of the Wirral programme awards we finished in our highest position of sixth out of 1100, winners were Exeter City.

For the 2005-06 season we started life playing our games at our new permanent home, Homers Heath on the Kingskerswell Road. The move went very well, and the ground was opened on Saturday 13th July when an estimated 300 + people turned out to see Steve Perryman cut the ribbon to open the pitch. Plymouth Argyle bringing a team up on Wednesday 13th July followed this up. And Argyle Chairman Mr Stapleton officially opened the clubhouse. Paul Feasby and Andy Paddon were in charge of the First team and we finished in our lowest league position of 13th.

In the 2006-07 season all the talk was about the re-structuring of the Devon League and South Western League. One League with three Divisions was being formed called the South West Peninsula League. We managed to finish the season in 12th place under the leadership of Phil Bayliss and Gary Taylor and we had done just enough to meet our goal of qualifying for the SWPL Premier Division along side the topsides in both the South Western and Devon Leagues.

The 2007-08 season was an extremely successful one for the club, the first team finished in 14th place in the new South West Peninsula League Premier Division. We won the SWPL Premier Division best ground award, which is voted by the other clubs visits to Homers Heath we also won the SWPL Programme award. The Reserves won the South Devon League Division 3 title, were runners-up in the prestigious Herald Cup, Devon Intermediate Cup Winners and Divisional Cup winners. The 3rd Team won the SDL Division 6 title, the Fred Hewings Cup and their Divisional Cup Final.

In the 2008-09 season, the club enjoyed another successful season, the 1st team finished the season in 3rd place in the SWPL Premier Division, and for the second season running we won both the ground and programme award for the Premier division. The 2nd Team had a highly successful season, winning the South Devon League Division Two title and getting promoted to Division One, they also won the Devon Senior Cup with a 1-0 win over Lifton at Coach Road, this for the second time in the clubs history. However, 2nd Team manager Ian Miller decided it was time to step down and concentrate on his now role as the clubs commercial agent having enjoyed huge success with the 2nd Team. The 3rd Team finished in second placed in the SDL Division Five and gained promotion to Division Four. Our Under 14 side also were very successful, winning their league title and league cup and winning the Devon FA County Cup at Coach Road with a fine 4-1 win over Plymouth Kolts.

Buckland had a phenomenal season in 2009-10, the 1st team did the double, winning the SWPL Premier Division title and the Throgmorton Cup pipping Bodmin Town to both, in what was manager Phil Baylis last season in charge. They lost just three times in the league and were unbeaten in all their 19 home games. Also played in the famous FA Cup competition for the first time in the clubs history. They actually won the league on goal difference from Bodmin Town and they also beat them 2-1 after extra time in the Throgmorton Cup final played at Cullompton’s Speed Meadow. This was a wonderful way for Phil to hand over control to new manager Steve Massey for the 2010-11 season. The 2nd Team had a very successful season once again, this time they won the SDL Division One league title and they retained the Devon Senior Cup Final beating Elburton Villa Reserves at Coach Road 3-1. Again the 2nd Team manager Jim Barrett also decided to resign at the end of the season and Adam Castle will now be in charge of their new quest in the SDL Premier Division. The 3rd Team won the SDL Division Four league title, and they will be managed again this coming season by Scott Chisholm, who has guided them to many successes over a number years. The club continues to thrive both on and off the field of the play and this is due to the hard working ethics of all the volunteers within the club.

The success kept coming in the 2010-11 season, the 1st Team retained the SWPL Premier Division title, by a eight point margin, they also became the lowest ranked club to win the Devon St Lukes Bowl when they defeated Tiverton Town on penalties in that final. The 2nd Team finished in 3rd place in their first season in the SDL Premier Division, and they did win the George Belli Cup, defeating Totnes & Dartington 2nds 4-2. The 3rd team also finished in 3rd place in SDL Division 3, are they achieved promotion. They also won the Fred Hewings Cup for the second time, when they defeated WBB 2nds 1-0. The Junior side of the club continues to grow, but we have lost both Under 16 sides, but a lot of those players were now signing senior forms for the club, so hopefully we will find a number of young stars for all three senior sides.

The 2011-12 season was another significant one in the history of Buckland Athletic. Although the 1st team relinquished their grip on the SWPL Premier Division title, beaten into second place by a very good Bodmin Town side, we had done enough to secure promotion to the Toolstation Western League Premier Division at Step 5. We were also beaten finalists in the Throgmorton Cup, again losing out to Bodmin Town, but we did retain the prestigious Devon St Lukes Bowl, again we played Tiverton town (Step 4) in the final, this time at the Heath, but this season we ran out worthy winners in 90 minutes, 4-0. The 2nd Team finished as runners-up in the SDL Premier Division, but they did win the Herald Cup for the first time in the clubs history, berating Watcombe Wanderers in that final 3-2 after extra time. They also made it through to the semi-finals of the Devon Premier Cup, beaten by eventual winners and SWPL Division One East winners Liverton United. The 3rd Team didnt win any silverware this season, but they had a great season, finishing in fourth place in the SDL Division Two table, and were beaten finalists in the LIdstone Cup. But the most pleasing part for the 3rds were the amount of the previous seasons Under 16s side made it into the side throughout the season.
Manager Scott Chisholm has now decided to stand down as 3rd Team manager, he has been in charge of them since the teams formation in 2003, and had won promotion every season, until this one. Scott will be missed but he will remain involved with the club off the field, with former 1st team stalwarts Neil Montandon and Ben Williamson taking on the manger role with help from Nigel Holmes for the 2012-13 season. Antony Lynch will again lead the 1st Team, alongside his assistant Tom Kelly, but we have lost another stalwart for the new season, as assistant manager Jaimie Carwardine has now moved away from the area and has had to stand down, and again he will be sorely missed. Adam Castle will once again be in charge of the 2ndTeam assisted by Paul Tucker, Simon Dungey and Steve Giles.

The 1st Teams first season in the Toolstation Western League ended in a tenth place finish, but the club did the Hospitality award and programme award in this first campaign. The 2nd Team won the South Devon League Premier Division title for the first time in its history, they also lost out in the finals of both the Devon Premier Cup and Herald Cup to Exmouth Town and Watcombe Wanderers respectively. The 3rd Team finished in third place in SDL Division Two, and were promoted to Division One, they also won the Fred Hewings Cup beating Totnes & Dartington 3rds. For the 2013-14, our highly successful 2nd Team manager, Adam Castle will now be in charge of the 1st Team for its second season in the Western League Premier Division. There is a new man in charge of the 2nd Team, Simon Dungey will be the man to lead them in this campaign, while the 3rd Team will be once again lead by Neil Montandon. In his first season in charge of the 1st Team, Adam Castle led them to an 11th place finish in the Toolstation Western League Premier Division. The club retained the Premier Division Programme award. The 2nd Team finished in 4th place in the South Devon League Premier Division, and were beaten finalists in the Herald Cup, going down 3-1 to Watcombe Wanderers. The 2rd Team finished as runners-up to Dartmouth in the South Devon League Division One, but they retained the Fred Hewings Cup by beating Watcombe Wanderers 2nds 2-1, this was their third win of this trophy in the last four seasons.

For the 2014-15 season, Adam Castle is in charge of the 1st Team, but the 2nd Team have a new manager in Neil Snell, whilst the 3rd Team are also under new management, and it is one of our old 1st Team bosses taking the helm, vice-chairman Nigel Holmes. What another great season for the club was 2014-15, the 1st Team managed by Adam Castle finished as runners-up in the Western League Premier Division (Step Five), which was a great achievement, we also won the Premier Division programme award for the third consecutive season. The 2nd Team led by Neil Snell ended this season as Champions of the South Devon League Premier Division, and our 3rd Team managed by club stalwart Nigel Holmes also finished as champions, this time of the South Devon League Division One, and they also retained the Fred Hewings Cup winning it for the fifth time, they also introduced a few of our talented Under 16s players into senior football.

Now onto the 2015-16 season, firstly there was substantial drainage work done to the playing surface during the summer, and we must thank Viridor Credits for their help in funding these works. Onto the football, the 1st Team managed by Adam Castle finished in 4th Place in the Western League Premier Division, but not good enough to reach our goal of promotion. The 2nd Team managed again by Neil Snell retained the South Devon League Premier Division title, and were beaten finalists in the Herald Cup. Our 3rd Team finished the season in the South Devon League Division One as runners-up, in what was manager Nigel Holmes last season in charge. The club fielded its first Ladies team managed by Grant Fisher, in the Devon Womens League Division One, and they did not drop a point when winning the league title, and they then added the League Cup, in what was a fantastic season for them. Also during the season a lot of work was carried out at Homers Heath, including a new covered standing area, which incorporates two new turnstiles. The ground was fenced in, and an impressive outside toilet block was built. This work allowed the club to achieve a D Ground Grade which is good enough for Southern League football.

As the 2016-17 season gets underway, we have three new senior managers in place, the 1st Team has Ellis Laight in charge, the 2nd Team Lee Chapman and Ben Robinson, and the 3rd Team Phil Bearne. Our Ladies 1st Team have been promoted and will play in the South West Womens League managed by Grant Fisher, and another new side starts life, the Ladies Development team will play in the Devon Womens League Premier Division, and they are managed by Alan Wyatt and Rob Hill.

The club continues to thrive both on and off the field of the play and this is due to the hard working ethics of all the volunteers within the club.


Toolstation Western League Premier Division Runners-Up 2014-15
SWPL Premier Division Champions 2009-10, 2010-11
SWPL Premier Division Runners-Up 2011-12
Devon St Lukes Bowl Winners 2010-11, 2011-12
SWPL Charity Bowl Winners 2010, 2011
Devon League Runners-up 2000-01
Throgmorton Cup Winners 2009-10
Throgmorton Cup Runners-up 2001-02, 2011-12
Devon League Sportsmanship Cup 2000-01
D & E Premier Division Champions 1994-95, 1999-00
D & E Premier Division Runners-up 1998-99
D & E Premier Division Cup Winners 1997-98, 1998-99
D & E Senior Two Division Winners 2001-2002
D & E Senior Three Division Winners 1987-88
East Devon Senior Cup Winners 1995-96
Devon FA Premier Cup Finalists 2012-13
Devon FA Senior Cup Winners 2002-03, 2008-09
Devon FA Intermediate Cup Winners 2007-08
Herald Cup Winners 2011-12
George Belli Cup Winners 2010-11
SDL Charity Shield Winners 2012
SDL Herald Cup Runners-up 2007-08, 2012-13, 2013-14
Fred Hewings Cup Winners 2007-08, 2010-11, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15
SDL Premier Division Champions 2012-13, 2014-15, 2015-16
SDL Premier Division Runners-Up 2011-12
SDL Division 1 Champions 2014-15
SDL Division 1 Runners-Up 2013-14, 2015-16
SDL Division 2 Champions 2008-09
SDL Division 3 Champions 2007-08
SDL Division 4 Champions 2006-07
SDL Division 6 Champions 2007-08
SDL Division 7 Champions 2006-07
Devon League Programme Award Winners 2000-01, 2002-03, 2004-05, 2005-06
SWPL Programme Winners 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12
Western League Premier Division Programme Winners 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15
Western League Premeir Division Programme Runners-Up 2015-16
SWPL Ground Award Winners 2007-08, 2008-09
SWPL Ground Award Runners-up 2009-10, 2010-11
Western League Hospitality Winners 2012-13


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