Southam United

Bobby Hancocks Park, Saints Drive, Lark Road, Southam, Warwickshire, CV47 2WF

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Southam United was founded in 1905 following the amalgamation of two village teams. Southam United or "Saints" as they are known has a long and distinguished history. From 1947 to 1956 the club won most of the titles in the then prestigious Coventry and North Warwickshire League culminating in the Coventry Evening Telegraph Cup.

Saints moved into the Midland Combination in 1980/81 and immediately won the Division 3 title and completed the double by winning the Vase Final with a 3-1 victory over Kingsbury United. When the League was reorganised in 1983/84, United were invited into the Premier Division but after struggling for several seasons they were downgraded to Division 1 when it was discovered that their pitch was now too short owing to the construction of a bowling green next to it. It took until 1995/96 for United to get back into Premier Division football. In 1997/98 Saints enjoyed their most successful season in the Midland Combination finishing as Premier Division Runners Up and winning the Birmingham County FA Vase with a convincing 3-0 victory over Shirley Town.

All time leading goalscorer (over 1,000 goals) and also record appearance holder is Bob Hancocks who is still actively involved with the club as President. In 2002 Bob and his wife Anne received a presentation from the Club to mark their over 50 years of loyal service to Southam United and their contributions to the game were finally recognised by the FA Long Service Award in June 2012.

In 2001 the Club merged with Southam Town FC, a progressive junior club formed in 1972 which, amongst other things, has pioneered Ladies and Girls football in Warwickshire. Long-term development plans have now been put into place to strengthen the football base in Southam both on and off the field.

The Club is an FA Charter Standard Community Club and its Banbury Road headquarters now extends to some 15 acres in all with an increasing number of quality pitches and training areas and ground enhancements including more substantial car parking provision. Planning Permission for a new stadium pitch and purpose built multi-changing room and clubhouse / community hub to accommodate the ever increasing number of teams were approved in August 2014, and building is due to be complete during the 2016/17 season.

For season 2015/16 the Club's range of teams runs from the Mini Soccer School (boys and girls of 5 years upwards) being introduced to the game in a fun environment and playing friendlies); Under 8's, Under 9's, Under10's (playing mini soccer in the Coventry Minor League); two Under 11's / two Under 12's / Under 13's / two Under 14's / 15's / 17's teams (playing in the Coventry Minor League); an Academy Development section playing in the Midland Junior Premier League at Under 16's; Girls Under 12's; and the First Team with a mixture of experience and youth - some 250 players in all.

First Team results from 1998 to 2004 were largely disappointing. A sixth placed MidComb Premier Division finish in 2004/05 augured well for the future but could not be improved upon in season 2005/06 thanks to inconsistent league form. There was, however, some comparative success in Cup competitions, including an appearance in the first ever Cup Final at the Ricoh Arena, when Saints finished as Runners Up to Coundon Court in The Coventry Charity Cup.

Cup success was achieved in 2008/09 as the Club lifted the BCFA Midweek Floodlit Challenge Cup with a convincing 3 - 1 victory over Darlaston Town and again in 2010/11 with victory in the Telegraph Challenge Cup Final at The Ricoh Arena. Runners Up spot in the Premier Division was achieved in 2011/12.

In both 2012/13 and 2013/14 the Club were runners up in the BCFA Midweek Floodlit Cup; and in 2014/15 were beaten finalists in the Les James Cup at Walsall's Banks's Stadium and the Coventry Charity Cup at The Ricoh and finished seventh in the league.

Manager and former player, Quentin Townsend, is looking to improve things further in his second season in charge.


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