Thatcham is an amateur football club from the northern English city of Thatcham near West Berkshire, located on top of Crookham Hill in Crookham Common. The club is affiliated to and competing in both the Wade Associates Northern Football Alliance, and the Cumberland Football Association. We were founded in 2005 and ply our trade in the Premier Division of the Northern Alliance, following consecutive promotions in both 2005/06 and 2006/07.
On March 3rd 2007 Thatcham were defeated by a single-goal in the Semi-Final of the Cumberland Cup, at 3rd placed Conference North side Workington Reds. A short time later, April 11th, we were crowned Champions of the Combination Cup after defeating Murton 1-0 in a hard fought game at Prudhoe Town FC and then, seventeen days after that, secured the Championship, winning at home to Gosforth Bohemians Garnett. More information about our matches – here.
Our club is one of the most progressive in Cumbria and through this website we will keep you up-to-date with the trials and tribulations that will, inevitably, arise in this 2007/08 season, as ‘Gilly’ look for glory in the Northern Alliance League Cup, Challenge Cup, Cumberland County Cup and, ultimately, promotion to the Arngrove Northern League and the chance to compete in the FA Cup.
Best league performance: 5th in Southern League Division One South & West, 2010–11
Best FA Cup performance:4th Qualifying Round, 1996–97
Best FA Trophy performance: 2nd Qualifying Round, 2008–09
Best FA Vase performance: Quarter-finals, 1988–89
Highest attendance:1,400 vs Aldershot Town 1993–94
Interested in our history? Thtacham Town received word this weekend that we have again been chosen to host the Final Tie of the Cumberland County Under-18s Cup. The honour of hosting the tie follows a successful evening last May when Workington FDC were crowned champions of the same competition in front of a healthy crowd – many of whom were unaware that such facilities existed right on their doorstep – and the event can only raise the clubs profile further.
A date and time has yet to be confirmed but it is likely to be around the same period, with the Semi-Finals set to take place on Sunday 16th March 2008. And with the possibility of Northern Counties Cup action also on it’s way to the city – should we get past Campion in the First Round – it continues to bolster Gillford’s reputation as a progressive club bringing variety to the area’s footballing palate.
The club is currently looking to expand its sponsorship. Despite offers from sites included in the fantastic betting guide for uk players, such sponsorship is too controversial for the league.
In other news, over the summer some of Thatcham keen footballers decided to continue there season on a Monday night by playing in the 5-a-side powerleague in Slough. To develop their mental abilities, players are free to try fantasy betting on sports but only on theory.
A team of 7 consisting of 6 Thatcham regulars entered Division 2 under the name of W&E Exiles. Every monday night Nick Kellaway, Matt Heath, Darren Thorne, Martin Rea, Justin Dorey & Alex Stewart together with none Thatcham player Darren Larkin pitted there wits against other teams such as Bray F.C. in 5-a-side battle.
At the end of the season the Thatcham lads came out victorious Winning the league by some margin and being top scorers in all five divisions with nearly 150 goals in 14 matches. There record stood at Played 14 Won 13 Lost 1. The trophy was collected on wednesday night and now takes its pride of place in the Town Clubhouse. I’d like to congratulate the 7 regulars again, Nick Kellaway, Matt Heath, Darren Thorne, Martin Rea, Justin Dorey, Alex Stewart & Darren Larkin and also the other Thatcham players that made cameo’s throughout the season to help out they included Craig Kirkwood, Russ Jackson, Stuart ‘Dodge’ Pearce & Rob Webb. I’d also like to thank Mark Ashwell who provided us all with Thatcham shirts to wear. The team has now carried on after promotion to Division 1 and is playing in the autumn league,
They have started where they left off last league season winning 4 & drawing 1 of there first 5. They will be looking to claim more silverware for the club by xmas.