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Milborne Port Football Club is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year

Saturday 8 April 2017, 09:35
By Simon Fox

A team from Milborne Port Football Club.

The village of Milborne Port punches above its weight when it comes to football.

In 1890 a change in the working pattern of local men employed in the Messers Ensors and Dykes glove factories meant no work on Saturday afternoons. Mr Hampden Blandford proposed that organised football be played so that the young men of the village could “dispose of their excess energy by playing football in a sporting and decorous manner”. In 1891 with the permission of Sir Edward Medlycott a playing pitch was set up near to Ven House on the A30 and the club was born.

Since the mid-1950s the club has been playing at the Memorial Playing Fields and currently there are three adult teams and five youth teams (Under 16s, 15s, 11s, 10s and 9s) playing in various leagues within Somerset and Dorset. This season the club is celebrating its 125th year as it goes from strength to strength.

I am really pleased that we can celebrate this landmark and continue to provide the opportunity for many youngsters to play football. Our First XI is now playing Senior level football which is a terrific achievement.

 - Steve Davis, Club Chairman

“we are just the custodians of this great club and we hope its goes onto to celebrate its double centenary. Running a football club at any level is not easy but we are grateful to all our managers, supporters and sponsors.”

 - Simon Fox, Club Secretary

The club is holding an Anniversary Dinner on Friday 2nd June at the Village Hall, 7:00pm. The club is appealing to all former players and those supporters of local football to attend to reminisce and celebrate this milestone. The event will also be attended by a special star guest, a former England international and Southampton FC legend turned Sky Sports pundit. Tickets are available via or 07791 991 980 / 07773 234 169.


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