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The First team travel to Abingdon United on Tuesday night.

8 years ago By Matt Robinson

Alan Clarke will make the short trip along the A34 to Abingdon on Tuesday night where he will be looking for more points to maintain Souther league status.

United's Manager Steve Melledew's team crushed his former colleagues at Andover on Saturday 4-1 with a hat trick coming from John Mills.

Abingdon currently sit in 11th place this season winning 13 drawing 5 and losing 12 and are 7 points clear of Hungerford with three more games to play.

The two sides have not met this season and the return leg is as soon as the 5th of April, which team will be fighting for revenge?

History:
The club was formed in 1946 when a group of ex-service men decided that the town could support two football clubs. The first meeting to form the club was held in the local Anchor Public House on the bank of the River Thames, as there were no club facilities. They joined the North Berks League and within two seasons had won its Charity Shield. The following year 1953/54 they won the league and cup finalists.

The club had its sights on higher things and five years later entered the Hellenic League. Since then it has remained in this league and during this time had success in the lower divisions. In 1965/66 they won the Division One Challenge Cup and the following season were the cup finalists.

No further honours came the clubs way until winning promotion in 1976/77 to the Premier Division. After a struggle at this level, relegation back to Division One came after four seasons. With a more ambitious approach, the club bounced back into the Premier League where it has remained ever since. It also won the Division One Cup in the same promotion year. Senior status was achieved in 1985 allowing it to be eligible for the F.A. Vase, County Senior Cup and in 1989 entered the F.A. Cup for the first time.

A Members Room, Function Room, Covered Stand and Floodlighting have been completed in recent years to improve the off pitch facilities. 1996/97 has seen the club complete its 50th season and it’s most successful. United won the final of the Berks and Bucks Senior Trophy and also winning the League’s Floodlit Cup. The highest ever league position was attained when finishing as Runners Up in the Hellenic Premier Division. The following season again saw success come to Northcourt Road with retaining the County Senior Trophy, Hellenic League Reserve Championship and Allied Counties Youth League winners.

2001 saw the construction of new changing rooms, together with turnstiles, to the Northcourt Road Ground and 2005 saw the construction of a new 150-seater stand and a covered stand.

PROFILE

Founded : 1946

County Members:

Berks and Bucks Football Association

League Members:

The Southern League Hellenic Reserve Football League Allied Counties Youth League.
Honours:

1952/53 North Berks Charity Shield Winners1953/54 North Berks League Champions.1965/66 Hellenic Division One Cup Winners1966/67 Hellenic Division One Cup Finalists.1981/82 Hellenic Division One Champions

1983/84 Berks & Bucks Senior Cup Finalists.1989/90 Hellenic League Premier Cup Finalists1993/94 Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy Finalists

1996/97 Hellenic Premier League Runners-up1996/97 Hellenic - Hungerford Cup Winners.1996/97 Hellenic League Floodlit Cup Winners1996/97 Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy Winners1997/98 Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy Winners1997/98 Allied Counties Youth League Winners1997/98 Hellenic League Reserve Champions1998/99 Hellenic League Reserve Cup Winners2001/02 Jim Newman Memorial Cup Winners2001/02 Hellenic - Hungerford Cup Winners2004/05 Berks & Bucks Senior Cup Finalists2005/06 Promoted to Southern League Div 1 south & West2005/06 Berks & Bucks U16 Youth Cup Winners

Kick Off 7.45pm

Address:
Northcourt Road
Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX14
01235 522 022

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