Corsham Town FC
Corsham Town FC
Founded: 1884

CORSHAM TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB - HISTORY
Corsham Town Football Club was formed in 1884 and affiliated to the Football Association in 1893, with one of the earliest games on record being against the local village of Chapel Knapp. Apart from a few distant memories most of the club’s history has been lost in the past, but it can be assumed that until 1998 Corsham played its football at county level.


Before moving to the club’s present home at Southbank, Corsham played on an area of land adjacent to the present day Recreation Ground. After the Second World War council houses were built on the pitch and after missing the opportunity to relocate to the Grove Field, opposite the cricket ground, the club was relocated down the Lacock Road, on land leased from the Methuen Estate.

 

The first known major honour was won in 1976 by winning the Wiltshire Senior Cup, the same year promotion was achieved to the Wiltshire County League Division One. Incidentally the team contained a certain Colin ‘Nobby’ Bush, who would go on to manage the team to their first Western League title some 30 years later.
Over the next 20 years the club produced some fine players but was never able to retain them for long with local Western League clubs snapping up the best talent Corsham had to offer.

 

Off the pitch under the guidance of Dick Brown, a new clubhouse was built and the facilities were improved to Western League standard. Promotion was achieved in 1997 after winning the county league by goal difference from Devizes Town Reserves.

 

After 5 years in the Western League Division One, Colin ‘Nobby’ Bush was appointed manager and in his first season in charge finished 5th and reached the final of the Wiltshire Senior Cup, losing on penalties to Trowbridge Town.

 

With the restructuring of the league, 2004/05 saw Corsham Town in the Western League Premier Division, finishing runners up at the first attempt and also winning the Wiltshire Senior Cup by defeating Bemerton Harlequins in the final.

 

Once again ground improvements continued, this time under the chairmanship of Colin Hudd. Floodlights were installed, a 112 spectator stand erected and hard standing laid around the pitch perimeter.
The success was to continue, the 2005/06 season finished with Corsham once again runners up, another Wiltshire Senior Cup win, this time over Melksham Town and a Les Phillips Cup Final victory over Willand Rovers.

 

2006/07 season saw Corsham Town winning the Western League Premier Division, which was hotly contested by a number of teams, including Bridgwater Town and Frome Town. The league was finally won in the second half of the clubs final fixture at home to Radstock Town. The club also added a third successive Wiltshire Senior Cup victory, again over local rivals Melksham Town.

 

Following his successes, five trophies in 4 years, Colin Bush choose to move on at the end of the season and former Wiltshire Youth Team manager Mel Gingell was appointed as his successor. With a number of key players retiring Mel had to rebuild the squad over a very short period of time.
In 2007/08, despite the difficulties, Corsham got off to a flying start and although the season finished without any silverware, the team pushed Truro City all the way, a poor run in the last month saw the club finish a respectful 5th.


Mel Gingell’s next three seasons in charge were full of difficulties both on and off the pitch, with financial pressures taking their toll on the playing budget, the club finishing 19th, 17th and 10th. On the eve of his 5th season in charge Mel parted company with the club and Trevor Rawlings was appointed his successor.
With little time to prepare for the new season Corsham struggled for long spells, and despite a late season mini revival the club finished bottom of the league and were relegated to Division One for the 2012-2013 season.
After three seasons in Division One, finishing 4th, 7th and 9th respectfully, it was agreed to part company with Trevor.


Jeff Roberts was appointed as Trevor successor for the 2015-16 season. After a ‘roller coaster’ season, with some notable victories but also some disappointing defeats Jeff accepted a position at Highworth and moved on at the end of the season.


Nigel Tripp was put in charge for the 2016-17 season with a long term mandate to build for the future. Unfortunately despite some notable results, off the pitch issues derailed the club and Nigel was relieved of his duties before being reinstated three weeks later. He done a great job at rebuilding the team and managed to finish 4th from bottom. Nigel decided to move on at the end of the season.


Former player Jamie Harrison was appointed for the 2017-18 season.

Our Roll of Honour [here]
Western League record [here]