The Camrose

Basingstoke Town Football Club is an English football club based in Basingstoke, Hampshire. The club are currently members of the Conference South and play at the Camrose, named after their late benefactor, Lord Camrose. Their motto, 'Vestigia Nulla Retrorsum', means 'No stepping back'.


The club was established in 1896 by a merger of Aldworth United and Basingstoke Albion. They won the North Division of the Hampshire League in 1911–12 and 1919–20, but did not win another title until winning Division One in 1967-68, feat they repeated in 1968–69 and 1970–71, a year in which they were unbeaten in the league, and also won the Hampshire Senior Cup. At the end of the season they were promoted to the South Division of the Southern League South.

The club finished eighth in their first season in the Southern League, and they also reached the first round of the FA Cup for the first time. A then-record attendance of 3,400 saw them lose 5–1 at home to Northampton Town. In 1984–85 the club won the title, and were promoted to the Premier Division. In 1988 they switched to the Premier Division of the Isthmian League, where they were relegated in their first season. However, they made an immediate return to the Premier Division after finishing as runners-up. In their first season back in the division they won the Hampshire Senior Cup for a second time, and reached the second round of the FA Cup, losing 3–2 at home to Torquay United.

They were relegated to Division One again in 1993-94. In 1996 they won the Hampshire Senior Cup with a 2-0 win over Waterlooville, and retained it the following season with an identical result. That season the club finished second in the league to earn promotion to the Premier Division, and also reached the second round of the FA Cup, beating Wycombe Wanderers 5-4 on penalties in a first round replay, before losing 4-3 on penalties to Northampton Town in another replay. They reached the first round again the following season, but lost 2–1 at home to Bournemouth.

In 2003-04 they finished fourteenth in the Premier Division. Despite losing in the play-offs for a place in the newly-established Conference South, the club was placed in the league after Hendon chose not to join. In 2006–07 they reached the second round of the FA Cup again, beating Chesterfield 1–0 away from home, before losing 3–1 in a replay to local rivals Aldershot Town. In 2007-08 they won the Hampshire Senior Cup for a fourth time, beating Farnborough 1–0 in the final.


The club play at the Camrose, named after their late benefactor, Lord Camrose. The ground has a capacity of 6,000, with a 650-seat main stand. Its record attendance is 5,085 for a game versus Wycombe Wanderers in the first round of the FA Cup in November 1997.

Current squad

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Club staff

First team

  • Manager: Frank Gray
  • Assistant Manager: Gerry Murphy
  • First Team Coach: Jason Bristow
  • Goalkeeper Coach: Colin Barnes
  • Physio: Phizbiz


  • Academy Manager: Jason Bristow
  • Academy Coach (BCOT): Steve Allison
  • Hampshire League
    • Division One champions 1967–68, 1968–69, 1970–71
    • North Division champions 1911–12, 1919–20
  • Southern League
    • South Division champions 1984–85
  • Hampshire Senior Cup
    • Winners 1970–71, 1989–90, 1995–96, 1996–97, 2007–08
  • Remembrance Cup:
    • Winners 2005, 2006
  • Best league position: Third in Isthmian League Premier Division , 2000–01
  • Best FA Cup performance: Second round, 1989–90, 1997–98, 2006–07
  • Best FA Trophy performance: Second round, 2008–09
  • Record Goalscorer - Paul Coombs 164 (1991–99)
  • Record Appearances - Billy Coombs (1980s)
  • Biggest win - 10–0 vs. Chichester City, FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round, 1976
  • Biggest defeat - 8–0 vs. Aylesbury United, Southern League, 1979
  • Biggest home attendance - 5,085 vs. Wycombe Wanderers, FA Cup first round, November 1997
  • Biggest home league attendance - 2,810 vs. Aldershot Town, 26 December 1998


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