Binfield FC first played in 1892, during the reign of Queen Victoria, making it one of the oldest Association Football clubs in the world!
The team comprised young men from the local brickworks and those who worked on the land around Binfield. The club’s early years were spent in the Ascot and District League, where we enjoyed many successful seasons winning the Fielden Cup for the first time in 1924 and on eleven further occasions since.
During the 2nd World War, Binfield FC joined the Great Western Combination League, winning the championship in 1947. Also during that period Binfield FC also won the Berks and Bucks Junior Cup and the Maidenhead Norfolkian Cup and it was not unusual to see crowds in excess of 1,000 at the club's Forest Road ground. The picture on the left shows the 1947 team.
In 1950 Binfield FC joined the Reading and District League, where they remained for the next forty years. In 1972 Binfield won promotion to the Premier Division for the first time and although relegated two years later, returned in 1976 as 1st Division Champions. A huge crowd, reminiscent of the 1940’s, packed Forest Road to witness the promotion. In 1980, the club made an important decision to move from Forest Road, where facilities were shared with the cricket club, to the current site in Hill Farm Lane. Turning the field into the football ground you see today was a massive task. Thanks to an enormous amount of physical work by the members of the club the area was levelled and drained within three years. The members then set about building the club house.
This progress off the field was matched on it when in 1987 and 1988 Binfield FC won Division 2 and then Division 1 of the Reading and District League.
In 1989, the team joined the high-profile Charrington Chiltonian League, winning the Division 1 title at the first attempt – a feat repeated in 1996 as well as reaching the final of the League Cup. The following year the team finished runners-up to Peppard, despite remaining unbeaten from November until the end of the campaign.
In 2001 Binfield FC merged with Binfield’s Junior club - Binfield Forest FC. In doing so significantly increased the membership, with over 20 teams playing every weekend – nowadays fielding on average up to 30 teams each week. The Junior part of the club is very important to Binfield with FA Charter status having been achieved and are constantly striving to improve player coaching and club facilities.
Binfield FC also in their second season of a partnership scheme with Reading FC where some of the younger players have the opportunity to train with Reading FC. In 2003 Binfield FC added an Allied Counties Youth team which is now providing a steady stream of talented young players for the First Team and this season sees the advent of a youth development side to bridge the gap from junior football into the Allied Counties team.
The Reserves side are a vital and successful part of our club, providing progression from the youth team into senior football. During the 2011/12 season the Reserves team regularly provided players for the First Team squad, whilst also winning the uhlsport Hellenic Division 2 East and coming runners up in the Reserves Challenge Cup. Half a dozen players during the 2011/12 season progressed from the Youth team into the Reserves team and four of those went on to make First Team appearances – with three of those "home-grown" players starting with the First Team squad in the 2012/13 season.
Since 2005, progress at the club has been swift, with the addition of floodlights and later a seated stand, continuing to improve the facilities with the car park and changes to the club house.
Binfield FC constantly strive to improve all elements of the facilities from changing rooms to a playing surface, that they are are extremely proud of, to benefit everyone playing from Under 6's up to First Team and Veterans. Binfield FC won the FTL Hellenic League Division 1 East title in 2008-09 and gained promotion to the next level of English football, where they finished runners up in the 2010/11 uhlsport Hellenic Premier Division.
August 15th 2009 will long be remembered as Binfield’s first game in the legendary FA Cup – and have enjoyed some good runs reaching the First Qualifying Round in both 2010/11 and 2011/12 seasons with 400 supporters enjoying the visit of Margate in 2010 and a trip to Slough Town and narrow defeat in 2011.
Binfield entered the FA Vase for the first time in season 2008-09 and enjoyed three rounds, before last season reaching the 4th Round (last 32) in an incredible season of cup success. The 2011/12 team is the most successful in the club's history, winning both the Berks & Bucks FA Senior Trophy and the AM Print & Copy Floodlit Cup in five glorious April 2012 days. also reached the final of the Hellenic Challenge Cup.
Ultimately the step up to the next tier of English non-league football is the club's aim.
Berks and Bucks Affiliation for 2012/13 is KSD00393
The 2011/12 Commemorative Poster is now available to purchase, please refer to the table below for sizes and prices;
|Size (cms)||Size (inches)||Print Only||Framed Print|
|50 x 40||12 x 10||£18||£35|
|40 x 30||16 x 12||£22||£45|
|30 x 24||20 x 16||£25||£50|
To purchase a copy of the 2011/12 CLICK HERE to email Colin Byers with your order.
All proceeds will go to Binfield FC.
And a big thank you goes to Micky Baldry and Bob Ellis, who continue to improve the playing surface and have turned out a fantastic pitch for the start of the 2011 to 2012 season, that will be the envy of many visitors!