Club in the Spotlight
Biggleswade FC was formed in May 2016 from the very successful Biggleswade Town U18 side that were the East Anglian Champions for two seasons running. We are therefore a very young side and there is an energy, enthusiasm and team spirit about the club as a result which is very refreshing.
Our ethos is based on playing attractive, passing football and in the short time we have been formed, we have been very successful and have managed to do this whilst continuing to play in a way that has attracted many admirers locally and further afield.
Placed initially at Step 6 in the Spartan South Midlands League Division One, we won the title and achieved promotion in our very first season; we finished 5th in the Premier Division last season and at the time of writing, we are very well placed near the top of the table and are in the last 16 of a national competition, the FA Vase.
We aim to involve the local community and reach out to the people of Biggleswade and its environs, especially those who perhaps up to now have not followed any of their local non-league teams. Above all, we want to involve youngsters – both as spectators, following and getting excited about their local club – and also in terms of youth football. We came from this and want to give promising young players the opportunity to play and progress to higher levels. Having a background in education also is important to me, because it means that we can get the club known and involved with what local schools are trying to do with their pupils, in terms of their values and standards.
As a young club, we are ambitious – sustainably to develop our own identity and keep playing with our distinctive style, whilst achieving success. So many observers regularly comment on how our young team plays and we are getting increasingly prominent, very favourable coverage in the press and social media. Something very special is building with our club – I believe an encapsulation of how the game should be played – and big matches and high profile occasions, such as the recent FA Vase run are helping this still further.
We have an exceptionally large and committed group of committee members who are helping to build our club and we can reflect on how far we have come in such a short time. We always welcome new volunteers and any potential sponsors would be hitching themselves to a very bright star indeed in current non-league football. We would love to involve anyone who wishes to become part of the Biggleswade FC ‘Family’.
- Club: Biggleswade FC
- Founded: 2016
- Home Ground: Langford Road, SG18 9JT
- Club Colours: All Green
- League: Spartan South Midlands (Step 5)
The team was formed almost 3 years ago out of Biggleswade Town’s U18; a team I formed and coached for 2 seasons. In our last season, just by chance I bumped into Mark Inskip, whom I had played with and managed many years before. Mark like me was heavily involved with youth U18 football managing Eynesbury Rovers U18 at the time.
After a pre-season friendly Mark approached me about combining for an U21 side at Eynesbury. This was something I saw as a fantastic opportunity to introduce some of my youngsters into men’s football, helping them to fulfil their considerable talent. The team/club has now grown incorporating a reserve team full of young local players.
The great thing about Biggleswade FC is we feel we are giving youngsters a platform and opportunity to play locally at a good level. We now have 14 players spread across both sides who live in Biggleswade, something I am very proud about and a direction which is gaining us an ever growing local support.
After our first successful season as a club, we had the chance to add to our management team pro licence coach James Petty. This has given us possibly the best coaching set up possible and we feel James has now taken us to another level, bringing an extra dimension to our sessions. There are now youngsters from the second team introduced into the first team on a regular basis this season.
At 58 I’m not getting any younger, however I would like to think I could still be involved as a manager for a few more years yet.
From a personal point of view, whilst I have the players respect I hope to drive the side towards reaching step 3 which I believe we are capable of. When the day comes that I call it a day, I would like these lads to feel I gave them something and that people would always connect with me in a positive way.
That’s difficult but I would have said winning SSML Division 1 in our first season and one game in particular which was the game where we gained the win to claim the title. It was away to Wodson Park where we were reduced to ten men early in the second half only for Tom Cookman to score the only goal of the game in the last ten minutes.
I do have to say though that Sunday’s FA Vase game ran it very close!