SPOTLIGHT ON HANHAM ATHLETIC FC
One of Bristol's oldest clubs
HANHAM Athletic FC are believed to be one of Bristol's oldest football clubs.
Established in 1896 and originally called Hanham Football Club, they changed their name to Hanham AFC in 1919.
Based at Vicarage Road in Hanham, the club currently run four teams: the 1st team which play in the Gloucestershire County League; Reserves in Bristol & District Division 1; 3rd team in Bristol & District Division 5 and an U18 team in the Bristol Under 18 Combination League Division 2.
Hanham have a playing staff of 56, ranging in ages from 15-45, along with eight coaching staff and 14 committee members who assist in the day to day running of the club.
This season sees a new management team comprising Paul Dingley and Chris Strawford.
The club has recently negotiated a new lease with the council giving them security for the next 25 years at Vicarage Road and are now very much looking to the future.
Club chairman Bob Sperring said: “We have plans in place to develop the site to become a “go to” venue on match days and a social outlet for sporting events during the week. We plan to offer food and drink to all on matchdays with a welcoming atmosphere for players, spectators, parents and children to enjoy.
“The clubhouse will be initially smartened up with new tables, chairs and lighting but the long term aim is to expand the first floor club area into the existing balcony and glassing this area giving additional social space together with extending the clubhouse on the ground floor area and including an new patio, kitchen, laundry and storage area and improving the bathroom facilities to the highest standard.
“The club hopes to become a venue that people hire for parties and other social events and a hub for Hanham residents to utilise on a seven day a week basis.
The pitches, changing rooms, playing facilities and kits will be improved with the help of the Football Association and sponsors to make the club an attractive proposition for young players to aspire to improve their game and enjoy social opportunities outside of football.”
HANHAM Athletic picked up three valuable points at home with a 2-1 win over Hardwicke. The home side got off to a flying start after just 3 minutes when Sam Brown’s shot on goal was handled, he took the spot kick himself to give them a 1-0 lead. Hardwicke had a great chance to level on 10 minutes when Tobie Webb was brought down in the box but Bamford saved Paul Carters spot kick. Hardwicke were awarded a second penalty on 39 minutes after Bamford brought down Steve Bick and this time Carter made no mistake with the penalty. The home side grabbed the winner on 85 minutes Jack Fry slotting home after Luke Corbiere’s shot had been saved by the visitors' keeper.