This is Evesham United FC

This is Evesham United FC

The Club Grounds

Evesham United currently play at The Spiers and Hartwell Jubilee Stadium in Evesham. The stadium has a 3000 capacity with 300 seats.

Fortunately for all us fans, it’s pretty easily accessible with a train station just 1.8 miles away – just a half hour walk through the town centre. It is also incredibly easy to get to in car also, where you can get there via the M5, M42 and A46 from Oxford.
There is certainly no excuse not to come and cheer on the Robins!

History of the Club

This is a club that dates all the way back to just after the Second World War and was founded by returning servicemen. Before this, it had been named Evesham Town and was a reasonably successful team – having managed to reach the FA Amateur Cup Final in 1923, ultimately losing 2-1 to Crystal Palace.

Their first step on the way up the footballing ladder was joining the Worcestershire League. Starting their real journey in the 1951/1952 season, they got off to a pretty impressive start – being league champions twice and runners-up twice in the first 5 years.

The success of the club saw them move out of the Worcestershire League and into the Birmingham League in 1956. Here they were coached by former Coventry City captain, Charlie Timmins. However, they weren’t there for long. In 1962 they left the Birmingham League to join the Warwickshire League, but soon after they re-joined the Worcestershire League which had been renamed the Midland Combination.

The success they experienced after re-joining the league was impressive. They won the league title an impressive four times – in the 1965/1966, 1967/1968, 1968/1969 and 1991/1992 seasons. As well as this, they managed to reach the Challenge Cup Final an impressive 6 times, being victorious twice – in 1988 and 1992.

As you can see, they had an amazing season in 1991/1992 where they completed the very memorable double of Midland Combinations Premier Division Champions and as such, they were promoted to the Southern League Midlands Division and the Combination Challenge Cup. To celebrate, they spent £50,000 on the club ground and came a decent 15th place in the first season.

Unfortunately, the next few seasons were not great for the club. However, this turned around in 2003 when David Busst took over the club. In his first full season with the club – 2004/2005, they took their place in Southern League Division One West and it turned out to be a year to remember. They earned a place in the play-offs. Despite some good results, there was a run of poor results and the team was eventually relegated, with Busst leaving.

Evesham Playing

Back on the Road to Success

To mark the clubs new start, the club ground was sold for housing developments and it relocated to a new stadium in the outskirts of Evesham. Paul West, Busst’s assistant, took over the helm and started steering the team in the right direction.

It didn’t take long to get back to winning ways. In 2006/2007 the club lifted the Worcestershire Senior Cup for the very first time. They also reached the play-offs but were pipped at the post by Bromsgrove.

This was just the start though and in 2007/2008 it started taking off. The club performed well in the F.A. Cup and made it to the 3rd qualifying round in the Carlsberg Trophy. However, the league performance was the club’s crowning glory. The club flew to the top of the British Gas Midlands Division. The team clinched the Championship with a game to spare. Evesham United earned 91 points, and boasted an incredible 22 clean sheets.

The success saw Evesham United back in the Premier Division for the 2008/2009 season – finishing in a pretty decent 9th spot. As well as this, the club reached the 1st Round Proper of the F.A. Cup for the first time in its history. It also completed its second Worcestershire Senior Cup win in three years.

The next season wasn’t so good. They had a disastrous run in the league with only 2 wins from 25 games and just managed to stay in the league and avoid relegation. The next season also saw a them off to a bad start, starting the season in the relegation zone. Fortunately, the club made some good signings in the January transfer window and ended up in a safe 12th place.

The seasons between 2011 to 2014 was littered with disappointments and poor form. This period saw West resigning and being replaced by Shaun Cunningham, who was soon replaced by Paul Collicutt.

Seasons in the Sun

Season 2014/2015 was one of mixed emotions for the club. Evesham United enjoyed a great run in the F.A. Cup. They also had a remarkable run in the league, with just one defeat in 28 games. Unfortunately, the club was pipped at the post in the play-offs.

The next season was another great one. Evesham United finished just 2 points short of the play-offs. This club is on the way up and look to be getting bigger and better. Us club fans definitely have something to look forward to.