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Fleet Town Info and History
Vice Chairman:Colin Sturgess
149 Aldershot Road, Church Crookham,
Fleet, Hants GU130JS
Assistant Manager:Jess Bone
Sponsors:Hart Dist Council
Colours:Navy & sky/sky/navy & sky
Change:Yellow & red/yellow & red/yellow
Ground:Calthorpe Park, Crookham Road, Fleet, Hants Tel: 01252 623804
Capacity:2,000 Seats:200 Cover:250 Floodlights:Yes
Clubhouse:Yes. Hot & cold food served
Leagues:Hampshire 61-77, Athenian, Combined Co's, Chiltonian, Wessex 89-95
Transfer fee paid:£1,500 to Farnborough, 1991
Career Goalscorer:John Smith
Career Appearances:Steve Hodge/Paul Dear
Honours:Wessex Lg 93-94, Lg Cup R-up 92-93, Hants Lg Div 2 R-up 61-62 (Div 1 R-up 60-61), Aldershot Snr Cup 92-93, Simpsonair Challenge Shield 1993, Hants Yth Lg Div 3 92-93
Although it is believed that a gentleman by the name of Edwin Edwards formed a football team in Fleet well before, Fleet Town F.C. was officially formed in 1890 when the club was simply called Fleet F.C. The centenary was celebrated in 1990 with a Centenary Scroll being presented by the Football Association and a commemorative plaque by the Hampshire F.A.
The club's first ground was in Watson's Meadow, which was roughly opposite where Travis Perkins now stand in Fleet Road. In 1923 Lord Calthorpe of Elvetham Hall made available the site of the present ground and the Club moved to its new home in March of that year. The ground was subsequently bequeathed to the council with the proviso that it would continue to be for the use of Fleet Football Club. The ground was given the name of Calthorpe Park. It is not for the use of Fleet Football Club. The ground was given the name of Calthorpe Park. It is not known precisely when the club actually became Fleet Town F.C., but it is believed to be around this time. From 1923 up until World War II, Fleet ran two Saturday teams and a Wednesday XI in the Aldershot and Basingstoke Leagues when hostilities ceased. At this teime Army teams in the Aldershot Senior League were very strong, fielding many professionals, because of the War and then National Service.
In 1953 the Supporters' Club was formed, which was instrumental in the laying of the new pitch, the building of the Pavilion and the subsequent installation of floodlights. All this being carried out prior to 1990.
The club entered the Hampshire League in 1961 and in 1963 were Division III champions with a victory in the very last game of the season. Promoted to Division II, Fleet more than held its own and it was no surprise when the league was won in 1966 and promotion to Division I secured. Up until 1977 the Club was always in contention for honours without ever clinching the Division I championship.
In 1977 the Club entered the Athenian League but did not achieve great success and when the League was extended in 1984-1985, as the new ground requirements could not be met, Fleet moved into the Combined Counties for a time, followed by spells in both the Surrey Premier and Chiltonian Leagues. This heralded a very poor period in the Club's history and had it not been for the arrival of a new Chairman who revitalised the Club and Committee there might not have been a Fleet Town F.C. today. Basic improvements to the ground and facilities followed an a tremendous step forward was made when the Club gained acceptance to the Wessex League. During the summer of 1991 further considerable improvements were carried out with the Club House being completely refurbished, the pitch totally re-seeded, the floodlights upgraded and the perimeter of the ground fenced.
The fire which totally destroyed the stand in the 1991-1992 season failed to dampen the enthusiasm which prevailed and for 1992-1993 a new complex was built to include a 200 seat capacity stand, a toilet block with facilities for the disabled, turnstiles, in-ground refreshment facilities and an ambulance bay. The Club's most successful season was achieved in 1994-1995 when as champions of the Jewson Wessex League they were promoted to the Beazer Homes League, now the Dr. Martens League.
The following four season have seen the Club finish 19th, 20th, 13th and 18th, but considering the lack of support from the residents of Fleet and the surrounding area and the consequent small budget compared with certain other club's, then this has been no mean achievement. During season 1997-98 the Russell-Cotes Cup was won for the very first time.
The current committee and staff are committed to the furtherance of Fleet Town Football Club at all levels.