Bashley F.C.

Bashley F.C.

Football club infobox
clubname = Bashley

fullname = Bashley Football Club
nickname = The Bash / The Stags
founded = 1947
ground = The Recreation Ground,
Bashley, Hampshire
capacity = 4,250
mgrtitle = Manager
manager = flagicon|England Steve Riley
league = Southern League
Premier Division
season = 2007-08
position = Southern League
Premier Division, 5th

Bashley F.C. is a football club based in Bashley, near New Milton, Hampshire, England. It was established in 1947 and is currently a member of the Southern Football League Premier Division.

They are nicknamed "The Bash" (or official "The Stags"). Their ground is colloquially known as "Bashley Road", but its official name is The Recreation Ground.


Bashley Football Club was founded in 1947 and joined the Bournemouth League in 1950, progressing through the ranks before leaving in 1983 to join the Hampshire League. In 1986 they became founder members of the Wessex League and won the title for the first three years they took part, 1986/87, 1987/88 and 1988/89. In the 87/88 season, Bashley came to national prominence after a run to the FA Vase semi-finals, losing 1-0 to Emley in the second leg of the semi-final after a 1-1 draw at the Recreation Ground. Following their third Wessex League title, the club were accepted into the Southern Football League Southern Division and won the title in their first season, gaining promotion to the Premier Division where they played for four seasons before being relegated.

In the 1994/95 season, Bashley reached the First Round proper of the FA Cup for the first time, and won 1-0 at Chesham United to set up a second round tie with Swansea City at the Recreation Ground which they narrowly lost 1-0.

Bashley established themselves as a mid-table Southern Division side until the 1997/98 season when ex-European Cup winner Jimmy Case was appointed as manager and led them to a third-place finish, although this level of success has not been duplicated since. The 2001/2002 season saw the club's best ever FA Trophy run, ending in a fourth round defeat to Stevenage Borough.

For the 2004/05 season the club moved to the Isthmian League Division One due to league re-structuring, but in 2006 they were moved again, this time to the Southern League. Bashley were promoted to the Southern League Premier Division at the end of the 2006/7 season, after notching up a record 102 points in the Southern League South and West Division.

Former players

Burnley's Wade Elliott formally played for Bashley.
Jimmy Case, winner of four First Division, three European Cup, one League Cup and one UEFA Cup Winners' medals was a player-manager at The Bash.


*Southern League
**Division One South & West Champions 2006/07
**Southern Division Champions 1989-90
*Wessex League
**Champions 1986-87, 1987-88, 1988-89
*Hampshire League
**Division Three Champions 1984-85

Club records

*Best league performance: 4th in Southern League Premier Division, 1991/92
*Best FA Cup performance: 2nd round, 1994/95
*Best FA Trophy performance: 4th round, 2001/02
*Best FA Vase performance: Semi-finals, 1987/88



External links

* [ Official Club Website]

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