Ground Number: 937
Saturday 17th October 2020
Southam United 5-0 Risborough Rangers Development
Hellenic Chairmans Challenge Cup
SOUTHAM UNITED FC - A BRIEF HISTORY
The club was established in 1905 following the amalgamation of two local village teams. They played in local leagues for the first 75 years of their history, including a very successful period in the Coventry & North Warwickshire League between 1947 & 1956. In 1980, Southam United joined the Midland Combination. Starting in Division 3, they were champions in their first season and runners-up in Division 2 in their second. The following season, they finished 3rd and were promoted to the newly-renamed Premier Division. They struggled at this level but it was not down to the playing side that they suffered a double relegation in 1987. It was discovered that the pitch was too short following the construction of a bowling green at one end of the ground and Southam United were relegated to Division 2. They spent a couple of seasons here before 4th place was good enough for promotion in 1989. In 1995, they finished in 3rd place in Division 1 and were promoted back to the Premier Division. They'd remain in the Midland Combination for around 20 years, the best finish coming in 1998 (the club's all-time record finish behind Worcester Athletico who would later merge into Pershore Town) and 2012 as they finished as runners-up to Continental Star. In 2014, the league was merged into the Midland League with Southam United placed in Division 1 (step 6). Despite a 7th place finish in their first season, two consecutive bottom-placed finishes in the next two seasons saw the club leave the Midland League and the adult team disband. It was also during this time that they left their previous ground, selling it to Bloor Homes and moving into a more community-based facility. It was named Bobby Hancocks Park in honour of their record appearance make who scored over 1,200 goals for the side. Last season the club re-emerged in the Hellenic League Division 2 North and were top of the league by 15 points when the season was abandoned back in March.
In the FA Cup, Southam United exited at the first hurdle in 8 of the 9 seasons that they competed. In the other, 2008/09. they beat Boldmere St Michaels, Lye Town & Gornal Athletic prior to losing to Atherstone Town in a 2nd Qualifying Round Replay. 2012 saw them reach the FA Vase 2nd Round - beating Continental Star and Pegasus Juniors before a defeat to Long Eaton United. Local cup wins include Midland Combination Challenge Vase in 1981, the Birmingham FA Vase in 1998, the Birmingham Midweek Floodlit Cup in 2009 and the Coventry Evening Telegraph Cup in 2011. The market town of Southam has a population of 6,500 and was home to a short-lived RAF base that saw service during World War 2. It is home to the computer games publisher Codemasters who started out in 1986 publishing games for the ZX Spectrum and are still going to this day. There is also an excellent cider firm, Napton cider, based in nearby Napton on the Hill. Famous people to live in the town include Eastenders actor Adam Woodyatt and former football manager Arthur Cox.