History of the Club
Leominster Town Football Club was officially formed in 1893 as a founding member of the Herefordshire Football Association, although there are press records suggesting that it existed as an entity prior to this.
The Club won the first ever HFA Junior Cup beating Worcester Excelsior 5 – 2 at Edgar Street (Hereford United’s ground). The team travelled to Hereford by train and on its return was met by the Town band who led them in procession through the Town.
For its first 70 years the Club developed a stable base at its Worcester Road Ground to the south of the Town. It was also the home of the North Herefordshire League until it amalgamated to form the present Herefordshire League.
Unfortunately in the mid 1960s, the former Leominster Borough Council took its ground to develop as part of an industrial estate. Despite promises by the Council to find the Club a new home, this never materialised condemning a generation of Town footballers to play upon a farmer’s field and changing in a caravan with no water. The Club’s fortunes changed as it was forced to look for pitches around the town with very poor facilities.
With the increasing requirements for high standard facilities and the need to compete with other clubs in the County, principally in Hereford who were attracting the town’s best players, Leominster Town and Leominster United (formerly Dales United) decided to amalgamate in 1994 and 3 years later the new town facilities at Bridge Street Park opened.
Leominster Town Ladies are now part of the Club, forming in 2005 following an establishment period as a youth side in the Herefordshire Girls league. The Ladies play in the Kidderminster and District Ladies League and won honours in their second season when they beat Droitwich Spa ladies 2 – 1 in the final of the League Cup.
The Club’s Future development
The Club has set out its aim:
“To provide opportunities for men and women to represent Leominster and surrounding district at the highest possible level of football and support players and junior teams in the most effective way possible.“
To enable this it has set itself the following objectives
The Club will seek:
- To secure the support of the local community and businesses;
- To undertake fundraising;
- To support those involved in managing junior teams, taking on the role of provider where necessary;
- To promote the health benefits of active sport; and
- To maintain the highest level of sportsmanship.
At the top of the priorities for 2007/8 is the target to secure a long-term lease of the main pitch at Bridge Street Sports Centre in order to retain and enhance the facility for the town’s footballers. Also in 2007/8 it is intended to build up the base of players in order to run a Reserves side in the 2008/9 season.
We will continue to facilitate women’s and girl’s football through developing the links made over the past two years with Leominster Town Ladies and Leominster Town Girls.
The Club also intends to develop stronger links with youth teams, in particular the Under 18’s team run by Leominster Minors, to facilitate the retention of footballing talent within the Town and also with the Minster College.
The Club will also continue to assist the Leominster Cups Committee in organising the Senior and Junior Cup competitions.
The Club needs the support of its young players, supporters and the people of Leominster during this time and hopes that they will all support its efforts which should lead to a brighter future for all in the coming years.
L W Wickham, Chairman, Leominster Town Football club
President - Roger Weaver
Chairman - Wally Wickham
Vice Chairman - Eddie Clarke
Secretary/Treasurer - Bill Bloxsome
Committee - Ian Jones, Peter McCall, Tony Rocke, Mel Davies, Angela Roche, Adie Evans
First Team Manager - Dylan Barrington
Ladies and Girls Team Manager - Mandy Jones
Vice Chairman's comments:-
Looking forward to my second season with "The Town" I can see the various pieces of the puzzle that will put us back on the road to senior non league football, coming together. Key amongst these are the long term lease of the ground; links with local businesses and industry; support of the Town Council and collaboration with the youth football scene in the town. As Herefordshire's largest market town we should also have the strongest non league side. If we can build this success off the field we will see players, and supporters, come back to Bridge Street. If Gretna can, we can!!