Bognor Regis Town F.C.

Bognor Regis Town F.C.
Bognor Regis Town
Nickname(s) The Rocks
Founded 1883 (as Bognor F.C.)
Ground Nyewood Lane, Bognor Regis
(Capacity: 4,000 approx (350 seated))
Chairman Dominic Reynolds
Manager Darin Killpartrick
League Isthmian League Division One South
2010–11 Isthmian League Division One South, 2nd
Home colours
Away colours

Bognor Regis Town Football Club is an English football club based in Bognor Regis, West Sussex. The club are currently members of Isthmian League Division One South and play at Nyewood Lane.



Bognor F.C. were founded in 1883 and joined the West Sussex League in 1896. They won the championship of this league for five successive years in the early 1920s, after which they joined the Brighton & Hove District League in 1926. Just one year later, however, they joined the Sussex County League where they were to remain until 1972. The club became Bognor Regis F.C. in 1929 after King George V added the suffix 'Regis' to the seaside resort.

The club won the Sussex County Division One championship in the 1948–49 season. At the end of that season, they added "Town" to their name so as not to be confused with the local rugby club.

At the end of the 1969–70 season they were relegated, but won Division Two at the first attempt. The club won the Division One championship title the following season and were promoted to Division One South of the Southern League. In 1972–73 they reached the first round of the FA Cup for the first time, losing 6–0 at Colchester United. In 1976 Jack Pearce became manager at the age of just 26, and went on to hold the position until 2007.

In 1981 the club were transferred to Division One of the Isthmian League, and were promoted at the end of the 1981–82 season after finishing second. In 1984–85 they reached the first round of the FA Cup again, beating Swansea City 3–1 in a replay after a 1–1 draw at the Vetch Field. In the second round they lost 6–2 at Reading. They reached the second round again the following season, beating Enfield in the first round, before losing 6–1 at Gillingham. They went on to reach the first round again in 1986–87 (losing 1–0 in a replay to Slough Town) and 1987–88 (losing 3–0 at home to Torquay United). In 1988–89 they beat Football League opposition again, defeating Exeter City 2–1, before losing to Cambridge United.

In 1991–92 Bognor finished in the relegation zone, but were reprieved after Dagenham and Redbridge Forest merged. However, the following season they finished bottom of the Premier Division, and were relegated to Division One. In 1995–96 they reached the second round of the FA Cup for a fourth time, before losing 4–0 at Peterborough United.

In 2002–03 they finished second in Division One South, and were promoted back to the Premier Division. After finishing tenth the following year, the club were placed in the newly-established Conference South. They were relegated back to the Isthmian League Premier Division at the end of the 2008–09 season, and were relegated again the following season.

Season 2010–11 saw the club compete in the Isthmian League Division One South and they missed out on promotion to the Premier Division by the tightest of margins. Having finished with a club record total of 96 points, they lost out in the title race to Metropolitan Police on goal difference by just one goal, having led the table by two points, going in to the last fixture. As a result they found themselves having to participate in the end-of-season play-offs, where they lost at home to Dulwich Hamlet who had finished 31 points behind.


The club play at Nyewood Lane, which has a capacity of 4,000, of which 350 are seated. There is covered accommodation on three sides. The ground's first set of floodlights, were bought from Wembley Stadium and fitted onto telegraph poles. In the 1970s, the current floodlight pylons were added, with four along each touchline, before two of these were removed on each side, in the early 1990s.

On 15 August 2008 a fire destroyed the clubhouse, and was suspected to be arson.[1] Work on a brand new social club, named 'Seasons', commenced during the summer of 2009 and opened in November the same year.

The playing surface is arguably one of the finest in non-league football and won an award for the best in all three divisions of the Conference in 2008. Season 2010/11 also saw the pitch win an award, this time voted the best in all three divisions of the Isthmian League, in a poll of referees. The club also won an award two seasons running – 2007/08 and 2008/09, for the best canteen, as voted by supporters of rival Conference South clubs.

Current squad

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
England GK Craig Stoner
England GK Josh James (dual registration)
England DF Jon Marzetti
England DF James Crane
England DF Tim Bond
England DF Matt Whitehead
England DF Stuart Axten
England DF Daryl Wollers
No. Position Player
England MF Chris Breach
England MF Kane Wills
England MF Dan Beck
England MF Jack Blatchford
England MF Lewis Ide
England MF Ben Johnson
England MF Jamie Howell (joint-manager)
England FW Jason Prior
England FW Luke Nightingale
England FW Terry Dodd

Club management

As of 1 October 2011

Position Name
General Club Manager Jack Pearce
Joint 1st Team Manager Darin Killpartrick
Joint 1st Team Manager Jamie Howell
Goalkeeping Coach Lee Conway
Fitness Coach/Kit Manager Neil Cockroft
Physiotherapist Alan 'Fish' Robertson
Physiotherapist Edith Sikorska
Under 18s Manager Mike Wood


As of 1 August 2011. Statistics below are League matches only (Sussex County/Southern/Isthmian/Conference South).

Name Nationality Period G W D L Win %
Darin Killpartrick England January 2009–Present 103 43 28 32 -
Jamie Howell England June 2009–Present 84 38 23 23 -
Mick Jenkins England June 2008 – January 2009 23 2 7 14 -
Michael Birmingham England October 2007 – May 2008 30 9 10 11 -
Jack Pearce England June 1994 – October 2007 566 227 144 195 -
Mick Pullen England June 1992 – May 1994 84 20 24 40 -
Jack Pearce England March 1976 – May 1992 672 254 163 255 -
Derek Edwards England June 1970 – March 1976 208 86 50 72 -

Club records and honours

  • Record victory 24–0 v Littlehampton, West Sussex Senior League, 1913–14
  • Record defeat 0–19 v Shoreham, West Sussex Senior League, 1906–07
  • Record attendance 3,642 v Swansea City, FA Cup first round replay, 1984–85
  • Appearances: Mick Pullen, 967, 1976–96
  • Goalscorer: Kevin Clements, 216, 1978–89
  • Best league performance: Ninth in the Conference South, 2004–05
  • Best FA Cup performances: Second round, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1988–89, 1995–96. First round, 1972–73, 1986–87, 1987–88.
  • Best FA Trophy performance: Last 32, 1995–96
  • Most points in a season: 96 points in season 2010/2011, in the Isthmian Division One South
  • West Sussex League Winners – 1920/21, 21/22, 22/23, 23/24, 24/25.
  • Sussex County League Div. 1 Winners – 1948/49, 71/72.
  • Sussex County League Div. 2 Winners – 1970/71.
  • Southern League Southern Division runners-up – 1980/81.
  • Isthmian Division One runners-up – 1981/82.
  • Isthmian Division One South runners-up – 2002/03 (promoted), 2010/11 (not promoted)
  • Isthmian League Cup winners – 1986/87
  • Sussex Senior Cup winners – 1954/55, 55/56, 79/80, 80/81, 81/82, 82/83, 83/84, 86/87.

Team colours

The club's home strip consists of green and white, of which in the past, combinations have varied including green and white striped shirts, green and white halved shirts, green and white quartered shirts and plain green shirts with white shorts. Since the mid-1970s, the strip has mostly consisted of white shirts, green shorts and white socks, as is the case in 2011. Like most clubs, away colours have varied over the years, although the current away strip (2011) consists of blue shirts and shorts with white socks, which has proved very popular with the supporters.

Shirt sponsors and manufacturers

Season Kit Manufacturer Main Shirt Sponsor
1979–1980 Adidas Hago Plastics
1980–1981 Umbro
1981–1983 No Shirt Sponsor
1983–1985 Hamilton Lines
1985–1987 New Olympic West Sussex Contractors
1987–1989 Puma Butlins (FA Cup ties only)
1989–1991 New Olympic Adcocks Suzuki
1991–1992 Hall Signs
1992–1993 Bukta Spindlers Lamps & Lights
1993–1994 Diadora Reynolds Furniture Store
1995–1996 ICIS
1996–1997 Esprit Accountants
1997–1998 Butlins Bognor Regis
1998–1999 Vandanel Sports Competitive Cleaning
1999–2000 Reynolds Furniture Store
2000–2001 Spall Finest Windows
2001–2002 Express Printing
2002–2003 Wayne Windows
2003–2005 GX Aldersmead
2006–2007 KFC
2007–2008 VRV Autos
2008–2009 Apogee Corporation
2009–2010 Erreà
2010–2011 Keith Jay Carpets
2011–2012 Chestnut Tree House

See also

Category:Bognor Regis Town F.C. players


  1. ^ Fire hits Bognor Regis Town

External links

Coordinates: 50°47′13.16″N 0°41′24.84″W / 50.7869889°N 0.6902333°W / 50.7869889; -0.6902333

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