AFC Stoneham

Ground: The Elliotts Arena


  • Formed:1919 & joined Wessex League:2015
  • Clubhouse: Yes
  • Midweek: Tuesday
  • Colours: Purple shirts, Purple shorts, Purple socks
  • Alt. colours: Pink shirts, Black shorts, Black socks
  • Sat Nav: SO50 9PF

Wetherspoons: "The Wagon Works" 28 Southampton Road, Eastleigh, SO50 9FJ

  • AFC Stoneham,The Elliotts Arena,SO50 9PF

History:

The club was founded in 1919 as the Royal Engineers (Ordnance Survey Office) FC by soldiers returning from the First World War. However there is a record of matches being played by Ordnance Survey Royal Engineers against The Gentlemen of Tenby.

The Club joined the Southampton Junior League in 1919. They won the Junior ‘B’ Cup in 1920/21 and were admitted to the Hampshire League Divisional Sections which was the Junior League with no automatic right for promotion. They were runners-up to Cowes in their first season but no promotion.

The Divisional Section was split into East & West sections the following year and the Club finished mid-table in the East Division. Around that time the Club began a long association with the Civil service Ground. Nicknamed ‘The Mapmakers’ it’s believed that they merged with the Post Office team when they moved to the Civil Service Ground they formed a new Club, Southampton Civil Service in 1923/24 and finished fourth in the West Division.

The Royal Engineers (OSO) split form the Civil Service side the following year but the Engineers certainly found their bearings in the west Division in 1924/25 by finishing runners-up, a point behind Totton. Again there was no automatic entry to the Hampshire County Division to the frustration of both Clubs.

The Royal Engineers (OSO) and Southampton Civil Service continued to use the Civil Service Ground and developed a rivalry in the western Division with the ascendancy shifting one way and then the other. The Club simplified its name in 1929 to Ordnance survey but the side struggled in the bottom three or four places in the League, reaching rock bottom of Division Two in 1930/31, but sixth out of fourteen the following season. Finishing third from bottom in 1933/34 the Club slipped out of County football for what proved to be sixty four years, returning to the Southampton Senior League.

Success became hard to come by although the reserves won the Southampton Junior ‘B’ Cup in 1937.

The Club switched to Sunday football from 1960 to 1966 then returned to Saturday’s rejoining the Southampton Junior Division 8. The Club swiftly worked their way through the junior ranks and achieved promotion to the Premier Division for a short period in 1973. The Club won the Senior Division One title twice in 1982/83 and 1992/93 and the Reserves lifted the Junior ‘A’ Cup in 1993.

The Club grew in size from that year with a 3rd XI and a Veterans XI being formed. The Veterans side has had much success winning the Junior 6 in 1998 and gained successive promotions before becoming founder members of the now very popular Veterans League.

The first team won the Premier Division of the Southampton Senior League in1996/97 which took them back into the County fold. The Club just missed what would have been a unique treble, each time they have joined the League in their own right they have finished runners-up in their first season. In both the 1921/22 and 1924/25 seasons this feat was accomplished but they were just two points short of repeating this in 1997/98. However, this was put right the following season as they finished runners-up to Clanfield in 1998/99 and gained promotion to the newly formed Hampshire League Division One.

By now the Club had realised that a stable future lay in the hands of young players and so set up a youth policy starting with an under 16 side in the first year and an under 18 side starting in 1998. This proved a great success as the under 18’s side won the Southampton Youth Division Three at the first attempt gaining promotion to Division Two. In this season the Vets gained promotion to Division Two in addition to winning the Veterans Cup.

Even though the 1998/99 season was a great success for the Club on the field an era ended as the Civil Service Ground was closed at the end of that season. Fortunately, with help of the local council, ‘Survey’ were relocated to Lordshill Recreation Ground. The Club knew that this was to be a temporary arrangement and moved to their new home ground at Stoneham Park in 2002.

The First Division of the Hampshire league proved to be too strong and the Club were relegated in their first season at the higher level (1999/00). Positions of 11th, 8th, 4th and 6th were attained before the formation of the Sydenhams Football League Third Division in 2004/05. The team finished 13th and 12th in that League before opening a new chapter in the Clubs history by changing its name to Stoneham in 2006.

After finishing 14th in the Sydenhams Football League in 2006/07 the Club along with sixteen other teams became founder members of the newly formed Hampshire Premier League which was set up following dissolution of the Sydenhams Football League’s bottom Division. During the 2007 close season the Club decided to enhance its name by adding ‘AFC’ to Stoneham which had an immediate effect with AFC Stoneham winning the Hampshire Premier League in the 2007/08 season and reaching the final of the Leagues Senior Cup, just missing out on an impressive double. 2009/10 saw the Senior League Cup added to the honours list while the under 16 team won Division 3 of the Hampshire Youth League.

Further success followed in 2011/12 having moved again to Jubilee Park the previous season with the Reserves completing a League and League Cup double and the under 16 team winning their League for the third season in a row.

The first team also went to St Mary’s in the Southampton senior Cup Final for the first time and beat Bush Hill to achieve their highest honour to date.

The Club also combined with Granley Rovers FC incorporating a complete youth set up into the Club which now provided football from Minnows through to Veterans.

The success of the previous season was continued into 2012/13 with the Club joining an elite list of teams who have retained the Southampton Senior Cup with a win against Brockenhurst on penalties.

The Southampton under 18 team won Division Two and many of the Clubs now 17 teams reached finals and semi-finals and finished in high League positions.

In 2015 the Club earned promotion to the Sydenhams Football League whilst winning the Hampshire Premier League for the second time.