Tytherington Rocks F.C.

Tytherington Rocks F.C.

Football club infobox
clubname = Tyhtherington Rocks | [http://www.hellenicleague.co.uk/images/clubs/tytherington/Tytherington_logo.gif]
fullname = Tytherington Rocks Football Club
nickname = The Rocks
founded = 1932
ground = Hardwicke Playing Field,
chairman = Ted Travell
manager = Barry Grainger
league = Hellenic Football League
Division One West | season = 2007-08
position = Hellenic Football League
Division One West, 8th

Tytherington Rocks F.C. is a football club based in Tytherington, near Thornbury, Gloucestershire, England. They joined the Gloucestershire County League in 1998. For the 2008-09 season, they are members of the Hellenic Football League Division One West.



Tytherington Rocks FC Early Days - Bristol Suburban League

In 1932 Tytherington Rocks F.C. was formed and joined The Bristol Suburban League, playing mostly in the second and third divisions until the beginning of the Second World War. Despite a shortage of kit and supplies Tytherington managed to raise a team during those years, playing in the Iron Acton & District League and later in the Wotton & District League. Ambrose Johnson was a Rock player in the 1930s and later in the 40s. He is the only one left alive from the 30s team to tell the story.

In 1944-45 the club won the League & Cup double in the Iron Acton & District League. In 1945-46 Tytherington played in the Wotton & Dursley League and finished runners-up in the league and won the Berkeley Hospital Cup, beating Chipping Sodbury 5-4 in the final at Charfield. When the Bristol & Suburban League restarted in 1947-48 the Rocks Applied and was accepted into the First Division. This gave them Senior Amateur status in the Cup Competitions and they performed very well until being eliminated by one of Bristol’s top clubs Bristol St George. Rocks were leading 4-0 at half-time but eventually lost 5-4.

In 1947-48 Tytherington formed a youth team who were called the Pebbles. They played in the Gloucestershire Junior Boy’s Association Football League. They played in this league until it disbanded in 1954-55. In the six years they were in the league, they reached the final of the Cup in 1952-53 but lost to Winterbourne Juniors 3-2 at Alveston. The next season they finished League Champions.

In 1948-49 Rocks were drawn home to Thornbury Town in the G.F.A Senior Amateur Cup, there were 400 spectators at the game but Rocks were firmly beaten 4-0.

Rocks struggled in the first two seasons back in the Suburban League and were relegated on both occasions, but they bounced back in 1949-50 winning promotion back to Division two after finishing runners-up to St Aldhelms.

In the early 50s Tytherington ran a Reserve side in the Stroud League but it only ran for a couple of seasons due to alack of players. They did however reach the final of the Berkeley Hospital Cup in 1953, beating Wickwar 5-4 in extra time. This had been the second attempt to run a Reserve side; the other was before the war, when they played in the Wotton & Dursley League.

In 1956-57 Rocks reached the final of the G.F.A. Minor Cup but went down 5-1 to De-Veys at the Electricity Sports ground at St. Phillips. Through the 60s the club played most of the time in Division Three but by the end of the decade they had gradually slipped down the league to Division Five.

In 1973-74 Rocks gained promotion from Division Five when they finished runners-up to Barton Hill Rangers. The highlight of the season was beating Barton Hill 3-2 at home after having a player sent-off early in the first half. Tytherington played the next four seasons in Division Four before being relegated back to Division five in 1977-78. After a long struggle to get the facilities upgraded a new shower / toilet and storage area was eventually completed and opened for the start of the 1979-80 season. This had been a joint effort between the Football Club the Cricket Club and the Parish Council the latter providing the finance for installation of the electricity supply. This was the end of candlelight and the old tin bath for which Rocks had become famous throughout the league.

Most of the enthusiasm for the project stemmed from Ron Holpin on the practical side, Tony Hennessy on the financial side and Dave Kemp from the Cricket Club installed the plumbing. This coincided with the formation of a Reserve side that were elected to Division Seven of the Bristol & Suburban League. In 1982-83 Rocks first team were promoted to Division Four, they had finished fourth in Division five, but the league restructured their divisions and put Rocks up.

Jack Parr was appointed manager in 1983-84 and he was to transform the club, leading them to promotion from Division Four to Division One and the Rocks kicked of season 1987-88 in that division. He also took Rocks to the G.F.A. Intermediate Cup Semi-final but lost to Fishponds Athletic 5-1.

Under the management of Ron Holpin and later Mike Lee the Reserves followed with promotion in three consecutive seasons between 1985-1987 and reached the final of the G.F.A. Primary Cup in 1986-87 but lost 2-0 to Ibstock in extra time.

In 1987-88 saw the formation of the third team playing in Division Seven of the Bristol Suburban League. The team had been Streamside U16s the previous season and in their first season in senior football finished fourth in the division and were promoted to Division Five missing out the Sixth Division.

This season also seen the club adopt Streamside Junior Football Club and they became known as Tytherington Rocks Juniors.

In 1987 the new floodlight training area was opened; this was an area to the right of the pavilion that had been covered in brambles and was very uneven ground. It was levelled with the hire of a J.C.B. and volunteer labour from the club. It was very hard work but has been beneficial to the club throughout the years. Three ex-Rocks old boys Ted Oakey, Ted Pitt and Ambrose Johnson officially opened it.

Brian Lansdown took over the manager’s job in 1988-89 and led the team into Premier Division Two. The first team hovered around mid-table for a couple of seasons, before being promoted to Premier Division One in 1993-94. The club started to improve the ground at this stage, erecting a rope around the pitch on first team match days and also provided dugouts for substitutes and managers to sit in if required. In 1994-95 the club finished third in the Premier Division and further improvements were made to the perimeter fence around the pitch in the form of steal tubing to replace the rope on three sides.

In 1996-97 Rocks finished Champions of the Bristol & Suburban Premier League and applied for promotion to the Gloucestershire County League but were rejected and this was a big disappointment to all concerned at the club.

Mean while the Reserves team had been doing very well gradually climbing the league, they finished runners-up in Division Two.

With all the success on the field something needed to be done to upgrade the facilities to accommodate the higher grades of football. The outer appearance of the Pavilion remains the same, but inside there has been a transformation. A bar has appeared together with separate home and away changing facilities, which includes showers for both teams and separate changing facilities for referees both male and female. All this had to be achieved to gain entry into the Gloucestershire County League. This was achieved through the efforts of builders, plumbers, fundraisers and just plain labourers from within the club. An estimate £10,000 was spent over two years. During that time the players were still paying a £20 signing on fee and £2 a week match fee. They also erected a small stand on the halfway line for spectators to stand under in bad weather conditions.

Organisations like Nuclear Electric gave £500 towards the cost of the fencing around the playing area and Mother India Restaurant sponsored the playing kit to the tune of £600. Karly Kars took on the sponsorship of the kit for the next five seasons investing £500 a season.

1997-98 saw another successful season for all three teams all winning promotion. The First team won the Premier Division 1 of the Bristol & Suburban League for the second season running, the Reserves were Champions of Division One and the ‘A’ team were promoted from Division Five.

Gloucestershire County League 1998-2004

The club applied to the Gloucestershire County League again and this time they were accepted. 20 seats were fixed permanently in the stand. These seats were purchased by Keith Cameron an ex-player, whose playing days were brought to an end when he broke his ankle and had to have pins inserted. He is still with the club today.

The first season in the Gloucestershire County League was a struggle and a new manager Shaun Honour was appointed and in the end the club survived, finishing in sixteenth place but clear of relegation. In 1999-2000 a mid-table position was achieved. 2000-01 under the management of Mikey Jefferies the Rocks saw their best season so far, finishing fourth in the league and reaching the G.F.A. Challenge Trophy final at Oaklands Park Almondsbury. Leading 2-1 at one time against Hellenic Premier League rivals Yate Town; the Rocks conceded three goals to eventually lose 4-2. In 2001-02 they achieved fifth place in the table. Season 2003-04 under the management of Andy Mathias, the club had a very successful season in their long history. They finished runners-up in the Gloucestershire County League and were losing finalists in the League Cup Competition.

Hellenic League 2004-Present Day

Having applied for promotion to the Hellenic League and their facilities passing the Ground Grading Criteria the club decided to take the opportunity to play at a higher level of football.

The first season 2004-05 in the Hellenic League Division 1 (West) was very successful, challenging for the title with three other teams for most of the season. The team eventually finished in fourth position after losing at home to Clanfield on the last day of the season. Nevertheless the clubs committee was very pleased with the outcome of the first season at the higher level of football.

Season 2005-06 under the new management of Jamie Burton and Barry Granger was the most successful to date finishing third in a promotion place and reaching the semi-finals of the Challenge Cup losing to Ardley United over two legs.

Season 2006/2007 was the third season in the Hellenic league and the team were striving for a top three position all season, however they finally finished 5th again under the guidance of Jamie Burton and Barry Granger. Congratulations to the Reserves Managed by Andy Jarvis who gained promotion to Div 1 of the Bristol Suburban League.

In 2007/08 Rocks had a good start to this season maintaining a run of good form leading up to the new year, when they were in 6th position and decided to apply for promotion to the Premier League, however over the course of the remaining season we were drawing too many matches and with only four matches left the Manager Jamie Burton resigned and Barry Granger took over the reigns for the remainder of the season. 'The Rocks' finally finished in eighth position.


Average League Home Attendences

2004-2005 - 54
2005-2006 - 56
2006-2007 - 59
2007-2008 - 73


Club Records

Highest Attendance - 424 vs. Winterbourne United 28/8/2007

Most Successful Season - 2005-2006 3rd Hellenic Division 1 West and League Cup Semi-finalists

1944-45 Iron Acton & District League Champions
1944-45 Iron Acton & District Cup Winners
1945-46 Berkeley Hospital Cup Winners
1952-53 Berkeley Hospital Cup Winners
1996-97 Bristol and Suburban Premier League Champions
1997-98 Bristol and Suburban Premier League Champions


League Records

1998-99 Joined Gloucestershire County League 2000-01 Three points awarded For Forfeited Match Denoted with *2003-04 Gloucestershire County League Runners-Up 2004- Joined Hellenic League Division One West


1998-99 GLOS 34 7 10 17 47 63 31 16/18 1999-00 GLOS 34 17 3 14 67 60 54 8/18 2000-01 GLOS 34 17 7 10 75 48 61 * 4/18 2001-02 GLOS 32 10 8 14 35 49 38 9/17 2002-03 GLOS 34 18 3 13 72 57 57 5/18 2003-04 GLOS 34 20 9 5 81 47 69 2/18 2004-05 HELL-1W 34 20 4 10 91 54 64 4/18 2005-06 HELL-1W 34 19 5 10 79 54 62 3/18 2006-07 HELL-1W 34 15 10 9 71 48 55 5/18 2007-08 HELL-1W 34 15 11 8 70 38 56 8/18 2008-09 HELL-1W

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External links

Official Website - [http://www.freewebs.com/tytheringtonrocksfootballclub]

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