Fred Bellinger writes
Brize Norton Football Club 1940's to date
Brize has had a Football team on & off since around 1900 playing
in a "Shi|ton" League
although there doesn't seem to be any details other than a few faded
pictures & some medals.
The Witney & District F A started in 1908 but Brize didn't
join until the 1923/4 season and then only
sporadically up to the second world war.
Brize rejoined the League when it reformed for the 1946/7 Season.
Home matches were played in "Gassons” field (opposite the ”Manor")
which is big field & must have
been very bleak on a cold winters day.
Where they changed ,l don't know, probably in one of the "Manors"
During this period the Parish council was looking to rent "Benny"
field opposite the Chequers to use
as a recreation & sports field & the football pitch moved here
although there were no changing
rooms and the Chequers barn (not there now) was used for changing
The Football team was a mixture of all ages and achieving little
success & in 1959 the club lacked
enthusiasm and folded,
However in 1963 the club was reformed & rejoined the Witney League,
later adding a reserve team.
Although there was still no proper changing facilities on the rec,
this was rectified in the late 60's by
the building of the pavilion thanks to the generosity of a local
builders merchant whose firm have
also sponsored the club over the years
Success came slowly but the club thrived & although not having much
success in the early years it
became one of the Counties top clubs in the 80's, 90's & into the new
century, moving up through
the divisions finally becoming WDFA Premier League Champions on
several occasions, winning most
of the WDFA Cups & the prestigious Oxfordshire Junior Shield &
In the 80's and 90's Brize had 2 Saturday teams & a Sunday Friendly
team plus the “Chequers” had a
Team playing in the Sunday League.
Also 2 other teams played at Brize (both semi-offshoots of Brize)
Haddon Utd played in the field next to the RAF dogpound.
Brizedean played off the Lower Haddon Road
A very busy time for football in Brize Norton
Fred Bellenger 2020