Mangotsfield United F.C.

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Template:Infobox football club Mangotsfield United F.C. is an English football club based in Mangotsfield, near Bristol, that currently plays in the Calor League Division One South and West. The club is affiliated with the Gloucestershire County FA and Somerset County FA.

The club's traditional nickname is The Field,[1] although in recent times they have been referred to as The Mangos given to them by local Radio Bristol presenter and ex-Bristol Rovers defender Geoff Twentyman. The home strip is Maroon/Sky Blue, and the away kit is Yellow/Black.

Mangotsfield United play their home games at The Glass Consultants UK Stadium, Cossham Street, which has also played host to Bristol Rovers F.C. Reserves and Bristol Academy W.F.C. home games in the past.

The club has an under 18's Youth Team who play in the Somerset Youth Floodlight League Premier Division which they have won for a record eleven times and the Somerset Youth Floodlight League Cup on five occasions.[no citations needed here] There are also various junior teams for both boys and girls ranging from Mini Mangos Under 6's, and over twenty four teams ranging from Under 7's to Under 16's plus three other Under 18's teams playing under the auspices of Mangotsfield United Juniors.

Several of the Youth Team have gone on to become full-time professional Football League players:

  • Steve White Mangotsfield United, Bristol Rovers(2), Luton Town, Charlton Athletic, Swindon Town, Hereford United, Cardiff City
  • Gary Megson Mangotsfield United, Plymouth Argyle, Everton, Sheffield Wednesday (2), Nottingham Forest, Newcastle United, Manchester City, Norwich City, Lincoln City, Shrewsbury Town.
  • Nicky Tanner Mangotsfield United, Bristol Rovers, Liverpool.
  • Gary Penrice Mangotsfield United, Bristol Rovers (2), Aston Villa, Q.P.R.(2).
  • Phil Purnell Mangotsfield United, Bristol Rovers, Swansea City.
  • Mike Hooper Mangotsfield United, Bristol City, Wrexham, Liverpool, Newcastle United.
  • Gary Warren Mangotsfield United, Team Bath, Newport County, Inverness Caledonian Thistle.
  • Darren Carr Mangotsfield United, Bristol Rovers, Newport County, Sheffield United, Crewe Alexandra, Chesterfield, Gillingham, Brighton & Hove Albion.
  • Steve Talboys Mangotsfield United, Wimbledon, Watford.

Club History

Mangotsfield United Football Club roots lay in the original football club that was formed 125 years ago. Mangotsfield F.C. was founded at a meeting in The Crown Hotel, St. James Street when Edward Alway Young of Rodway Manor House was appointed as Chairman and Jonathan Pendock of Dibden Farm as the Secretary. Initially the club played friendly matches against local opponents like Warmley and St. George. At that time their ground was situated behind the cottages and the Red Lion public house at the bottom of St. James Street: it is now a Council playing field. They later moved to some land on Pomphrey Hill near Shortwood and Mangotsfield North Railway station and as a consequence they were given the nickname of 'The Railway Men' by the local press.

In 1892 Mangotsfield F.C. was one of the founding members of the Bristol & District League which three years later became the Western Football League. Within one year of playing in the competition the club was relegated to Division 1 of the B&D League. Since its formation Mangotsfield F.C. experienced nothing but constant struggle and it came as no surprise that they finally folded after finishing bottom of the Western League Amateur Division 1 in season 1897-1898. Numerous attempts were made to reform the club over the next half century but due to financial difficulties it was to eventually fold once and for all in the early years of 1950.

By the end of the 1950-1951 season it had dispensed with the Reserve XI and as a consequence many local men found themselves without a club to play for so they decided to form a club of their own and thus Mangotsfield United F.C. came about. For season 1951-1952 the recently formed club was placed on the bottom rung of local football - the Bristol & District League, Division VII which they won at a canter only losing one of their games whilst amassing 144 goals for and just 21 against during their 34 matches. They were equally successful in 1952-1953 by winning the Bristol & District League VI and scoring a club record 172 goals. With the formation of the Bristol & District League Premier Combination Division 1 in the 1953-1954 season all of the divisions below this were subsequently renumbered upward; therefore that season Mangotsfield United started not in Division V but in Division IV which they also went on to win as they did in Division III and Division II. Season 1956-57 saw Mangotsfield United have something of a setback in their title winning run when finishing in fourth spot in Division I.

Nonetheless in 1957-58 the club continued its upward climb by gaining promotion to the Bristol & District League Premier Combination, Division 1; with the higher level competition the club could only finish in 15th place. The next three seasons saw the club finish just above the relegation zone although season 1961-1962 saw a significant improvement in form by climbing to 7th place. For the next five campaigns Mangotsfield United did not finish outside of the top eight in the Premier Combination, with season 1964-1965 being notable by seeing them finish in runner-up spot. From 1965-1968 the team remained in the top eight but 1968-1969 proved to the most successful yet by completing the League and Cup 'double'. In addition to winning the Premier Combination, Division 1 the club also defeated Hanham Athletic 4-1 at Eastville Stadium to win the Gloucestershire F.A. (South) Senior Amateur Cup for the first time.

Under the guidance of Chairman Bert Hill, Mangotsfield United remained in the forefront of the local Bristol football scene and being an ambitious club applied for membership of the Western Football League in 1972 which was subsequently accepted by the League's management committee. Former Bristol Rovers full back and Taunton Town boss Doug Hillard was appointed the club's manager in preparation for its first season in the Western League. The club's first match was at Avon (Bradford); by the end of the 1972-1973 season Mangotsfield United finished in a creditable third spot, missing out on the runner-up place on goal difference to Taunton Town. The following season the club went on to win the Western League Challenge Cup and also install floodlights together with a start on a large clubhouse at their Cossham Street ground.

Club records

Honours

  • Promoted to Southern League Premier Division - 2005-2006
  • Southern League Division 1 West champions – 2004–05
  • Promoted to Dr Martens Southern League Western Division – 2000–01
  • Great Mills Western Premier Division Champions – 1990–91
  • Western League Challenge Cup Winners – 1973–74
  • Western League Challenge Cup Finalists – 1986–87
  • Great Mills Western League Division 1 Runners Up – 1982–83
  • Somerset Premier Cup Winners – 1987–88
  • Somerset Premier Cup Finalists – 1988–89, 1995–96, 2005–06
  • Gloucestershire Senior Challenge Cup Winners – 2002–03, 2012-2013
  • Gloucestershire Challenge Trophy Winners – 1984–85, 1986–87, 1990–91, 1993–94, 1996–97, 1999–2000
  • Gloucestershire FA (South) Senior Amateur Cup Winners – 1968–69, 1975–76
  • Gloucestershire FA (South) Senior Amateur Cup Finalists – 1972–73
  • Rothmans National Cup Finalists – 1977–78
  • Hungerford Invitation Cup Winners – 1974–75
  • Hanham Invitation Charity Shield Winners – 1984–85, 1985–86
  • Somerset Senior League Premier Division Champions – 2004–05
  • Somerset Senior League Cup Winners – 1998–99
  • Somerset Senior League Division 1 Runners Up – 1982–83
  • Somerset Senior League Division 2 Winners – 1975–76, 1997–98
  • Somerset Senior League Division 3 Winners – 1974–75
  • Somerset Combination Cup Winners – 1974–75
  • Bristol & District Premier Combination Division 1 Winners – 1968–69
  • Bristol & District League Division 2 Winners – 1955–56
  • Bristol & District League Division 3 Winners – 1954–55
  • Bristol & District League Division 4 Winners – 1953–54
  • Bristol & District League Division 6 Winners – 1952–53
  • Bristol & District League Division 7 Winners – 1951–52
  • Gloucestershire FA Youth Shield Winners – 1981–82, 1984–85, 1999–2000
  • Gloucestershire FA Youth Shield Finalists – 1982–83
  • Somerset FA Floodlit Youth League Winners – 1981–82, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1984–85, 1987–88, 1998–99, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2004–05,
  • Somerset FA Floodlit Youth League Winners (cont) – 2008-2009, 2011-2012
  • Somerset FA Floodlit Youth League Cup Winners – 1998–99, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2007–08, 2011-2012
  • Somerset FA Floodlit Youth League Cup Finalists – 2001–02, 2005–06
  • Somerset FA Youth Shield Winners – 1976–77
  • British Gas Business National Youth Cup Winners 2008–09

Current squad

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Former Managers

  • 1972-1980 Doug Hillard
  • 1980-1987 Ralph Miller
  • 1987-1988 Les Alderman
  • 1988-1989 Martin Wheeler/Bob Boyd/Keith Fear/Harold Jarman
  • 1989-1992 Harold Jarman & Terry Rowles
  • 1992-1994 Bobby Jones
  • 1994-1995 Graham Bird & David Payne
  • 1995-1999 Terry Rowles
  • 1999-2000 Nicky Tanner/Andy Black
  • 2000-2004 Andy Black
  • 2004-2006 Martyn Grimshaw
  • 2006-2007 Lee Howells
  • 2007-2008 Frank Gregan
  • 2008-2009 Paul MIlsom
  • 2009-2012 Phil Bater & Andy Eisentrager
  • 2012-2015 Richard Thompson & Lee Barlass

References

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