Wednesday 25th October 2017
SSMFL Premier Division
Crawley Green FC
Kick Off 7.45pm
Biggleswade FC needs you!
After a hugely successful first season, Biggleswade FC will be launching a second side, in 207-18 playing at Step 7.
We are very keen to hear from anyone who would like to help on the committee for our club and to get involved in any way with either or both of our sides. We need all the help we can get and will try and accommodate any offers – whether you would like a full role on the committee or can help out in different ways before or on match days. You can be assured of a warm welcome to our ‘football family’ and will enjoy being part of our new and vibrant club. You too can be part of our exciting football journey!
Please contact the Chairman Jeremy Reynolds on 07719 636170 if you are interested and prospective new players contact Dave Northfield on 07718 736920 or Mark Inskip on 07787 173876.
FC have been drawn against Premier Division rivals and opponents in Wednesday's league fixture Crawley Green in a remarkable coincidence.
Kick off at Crawley Green on Wednesday 25th October is at 7.45pm.
Biggleswade FC was formed in May 2016 from the very successful Biggleswade Town Under 18s side that competed in the Thurlow Nunn Youth League. In the season 2014/15, the Biggleswade Under 18s won the northern division, losing just one league game all season. The young Waders, along with all the other area league champions in the Thurlow Nunn Leagues entered the Champions Trophy which is a knockout competition, where after defeating Brightlingsea in the semi-final, they won a thrilling final beating Woodbridge Town 4-2 in extra time with goals coming from Keinan Davis, Lee Northfield, Zac Tyrell and George Bailey. Keinan was later to secure a five year professional contract with Aston Villa – a magnificent achievement for both himself and the Under 18s side.
The following season, after league changes, the Waders were placed in the Cambridge Division which provided a number of different opponents to the previous season. The team again won both the title and the Champions Trophy, beating Sudbury Town Academy, whose side contained many ex Ipswich Town and Colchester United Academy players, in the final. Champions of East Anglia once again, the young Waders also entered the FA Youth Cup in the season 2015/16, where they reached the second round proper after winning 4 previous rounds, in a completion eventually won by Chelsea FC.
It was after this victory and with no further pathway with Biggleswade Town available, that the decision was taken to form the new club. After forming the new side and with a ground share agreement in place with Biggleswade Town and their fantastic facilities, Biggleswade FC applied to enter the Spartan South Midlands Football League Division One and Step 6 football. After two meetings and a successful appeal at Wembley with the FA, on June 7th 2016 Biggleswade FC was awarded Step 6 and the new side was officially able to take its place in the league for season 2016/17.
In their very first season in senior football in 2016-17, Biggleswade FC’s squad of young, talented players won the SSMFL Division One title with 99 points, 6 clear of Harpenden in second place and was duly promoted to the Premier Division. Totally vindicating the decision to start off by being placed at Step 6 football, the new club made a huge impact on and off the pitch and succeeded in doing things the right way. The players, under the astute management of Dave Northfield and Mark Inskip, deserved a huge amount of credit, not only for playing football as it should be played, but also for working and bonding so well together – a real team in every respect. Some of the performances were breathtaking - the 8-1 destruction of Langford at Christmas and the 4-2 away win at previously unbeaten Baldock were both particular highlights. Others saw the team digging in and keeping going to the very last minute to secure vital wins, such as the matches at Risborough and Hillingdon Borough, when the group of young players truly matured into senior footballers. Setbacks such as against Kensington at home and the unexpected loss at Bedford merely served to galvanise the players and they then went on subsequent runs of wins to get back on course. The sheer excitement of the journey during this season was fantastic to experience by everyone connected with the club and its growing band of supporters and football ‘family’. No-one there will never forget the excitement of the thrilling FA Vase run – again the last minute winner against Takeley and the extraordinary see saw game down in London as FC beat Canning Town 5-4 in extra time in a match that some social media sites called the match of the season at Step 6 – this to go with the statistic that we were also the leading goal scorers in the country at this level – what an achievement and all the more remarkable when one considers that the team’s goals were shared around so many members of the team.
On and off the field, Biggleswade FC won a lot of friends over the 2016-17 season. Crowds increased, more supporters and sponsors came on board and the club set out to cultivate links with the local community, especially children and their families.
Everyone connected with Biggleswade FC is looking forward to the new challenges that await in the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division in the 2017-18 season.