The Emirates FA Cup – Badgers v Stones – Sat 10 Oct

20151007_Brockenhurst_FC_Match_PosterWe travel to the New Forest on Saturday where we meet Sydenhams Wessex League team Brockenhurst FC in a  3rd Qualifying Round tie in the 2015/16 Emirates FA Cup competition kick off-off 3:00pm.

Founded in 1898 our hosts started out playing friendlies before eventually joining the New Forest League. The club moved up to the Hampshire League in 1924 but after only two seasons at the higher level dropped back into the New Forest League. Elevation to the Hampshire League was achieved in 1935, but again the stay was a short one and the Badgers fell back into the New Forest League in 1937. In 1947 the club again moved up to the Hampshire League and this time the promotion proved to be sustainable – the Badgers remaining a fixture in that league until 1986.

They became a founding member of the Wessex League and in 2002 the Badgers  finished 5th in the League but in in the following season relegation loomed as the club slumped to 21st with only a league re-structure saving them from the dreaded drop. The 2012–13 season saw the club finish as Champions of Division One and gain promotion to the Premier Division. The Badgers  are currently sitting in 16th place in the League having won 2, drawn 2 and lost 4 scoring 11 and conceding 18 goals thus far.

Away from league football the club has been a regular entrant in both the FA Cup and  FA Vase, reaching the third qualifying round of the FA Cup three times, the journey this season  started with a 2-0 win over Fareham Town in Extra Preliminary Round, then a 2-1 win over  Yate (Southern League South & West) in the  Preliminary Round, followed by a  3-0 win over  Mangotsfield United (Southern League South & West) in the 1st Qualifying Round and finally a 1-0 win over fellow League side AFC Portchester Town in the 2nd Qualifying Round to set-up Saturday’s tie with the Stones.  The best Vase run was in 1974–75, when the Badgers reached the fifth round (last 16).

Our hosts have confirmed that the Guest of Honour at the game on Saturday will be Jim Steele, Saints Man of the Match when then turned over Man Utd in the 1976 final, one of the biggest FA Cup final upsets ever…..

Match day Admission is £8 Adults, £4 Concessions and Under12’s FREE. Should a replay be necessary this will take place at The Vale on Tue 13 Oct KO 19:45 (Admission prices £12 Adult, £7 Concession & £2 Under 16’s).

Travel Directions to Grigg Lane can be found HERE. – Google Maps Info HERE

Enjoy the day,  be polite to our hosts and roar the lads on from the off……. remember the ground and immediate surrounding area are likely to be quite busy so please take time to read the info below, which if followed, will help the day run smoothly.

Any supporters coaches and private cars should park at Brockenhurst College located on the main A337 route through Brockenhurst. Access to the College car park is from North Road, turn left just before the Rose and Crown pub. Coaches/cars will be able to drop supporters at the club entrance then move to the College parking. The car park will close at 6.30pm.

The Clubhouse, open from 11.30am provides a selection of draught beers (plus a Cask Ale) at very reasonable prices along with bottled beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks. The club Tea Bar will provide hot and cold drinks, snacks, hot pies and hot dogs from 12 noon. A Burger bar is located at the rear of the clubhouse where there is also a smoking area.

In accordance with FA rules, alcohol is not permitted outside the Clubhouse during the match. With a large crowd expected, policing the rules will be difficult. The club has decided to stop the movement of alcoholic drinks to the outside areas from 2.30pm until after the match.

Have a safe journey one and all

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