information about Warmley FC
The Warmley Football Club was founded in
1882 and is recorded as taking part in the very first organised match in
the Bristol region against St. George.
The following year three more clubs
joined the League, Wotton-under-Edge, Clifton and the Black Arabs.
In 1886 the Gloucestershire Football Association was founded.
The first four clubs being Clifton, St. George, Warmley and Eastville Rovers.
The last club was originally known as the Black Arabs who then changed their
name again to Bristol Rovers. (Bristol City Football Club had yet to be
Warmley, who played in white shirts and blue shorts, are still,
even one hundred years later, remembered with some pride in the East Bristol
region and quite rightly so. In the season of 1897/8 they actually won the
Southern League title against some remarkable opposition.
Until this time their
home ground was behind the Tennis Court Inn at the bottom of Warmley Hill but
with their new found fame they moved to the Chequer’s ground behind the public
house in Ingleside Road.
This move saw a drastic change of fortune for Warmley and that
season they incurred debts of £900 and were losing £22 each playing week. Any
hope of saving Warmley F.C. vanished following an F.A. meeting at the Royal
Hotel, Bristol, banning the club from using its own ground for four weeks due to
an incident against Millwall on 7th January 1899.
The last match of this great
side was on 21st January that year when the club was disbanded.
A fixture list exists of their final season 1898/99,
Tottenham Hotspurs Home Lost 5-1;
Oxford Cyguets Away Won
F.A.C., 1st qualifying round Swindon Town Home Won 1-0;
3rd qualifying round Bristol City Away Lost 4-2 (5,000
Southampton Home Won 1-0;
Millwall Home Athletic Away Lost
Reading Away Draw 1-1 (9,000 crowd).
This should have been Warmley’s Home match but they accepted
payment to change venue.
Brighton United Away Lost 3-2 (3,000 crowd).