Ground Number: 960
Monday 31st May 2021
Mortimer 1-1 Berks County
Thames Valley Premier
MORTIMER FC - A BRIEF HISTORY
The club was established in 1934 but there is very little information about the club's early years online. The club was a founder member of the Reading League in 1989 and they won the Division 1 Kennet title in their first season here. They then went on to finish as runners-up to Broadmoor Staff in the Premier Division in 1991 and since then have been continuous members of the top tier Senior Division. The league was renamed the Thames Valley League Premier Division in 2014 and the league sits at step 7 of the non-league pyramid. The club's most successful period was in the mid-1990s and they were champions in 1994, 1995, 1997 and 2002. The club also has a reserve team, a ladies team and a number of kids teams.
The village of Mortimer or Mortimer Common is situated seven miles southwest of Reading. The population is just under 4,000 and the village got its name from the Mortimer family. The family were given the manor, along with Wigmore Castle by William I shortly after the Norman Conquest and held it throughout the Middle Ages, as recorded in the Domesday Book. Roger de Mortimer, 1st Earl of March was for three years de facto ruler of England after leading a successful rebellion against Edward II, before being overthrown and executed in 1330 by Edward III, with his lands (including Mortimer) seized by the crown. There are also cricket and tennis clubs in the town as well as a decent range of other amenities. The most famous person to come from Mortimer is the footballer David Tuttle. He played in the football league, most notably for Sheffield United and Crystal Palace. He has also managed Millwall and a host of non-league teams.
With me keen to see a game on every day of the year, these times were the ideal opportunity to get some of the missing dates filled. Due to work, I'd been unable to find a game on May 30th as it was a Sunday. I thought I was out of luck on Monday too, as I was working until 4 and it was a Bank Holiday. But the Thames Valley League had scheduled fixtures and Mortimer fitted the bill. I'd actually seen Mortimer on Saturday as they played in a drab 0-0 at Reading City. They battled hard for their point, the hosts having a lot of possession, but no serious attempts at goal. It was my first 0-0 for two years and both teams first of the season, so maybe it was just bad luck. I was supposed to be going to Hurst v Wargrave in the first place, but the hosts pulled out the day before the game. It was a good day otherwise, going to see my brother and his family for my nephew's first birthday. It was a good day, but not the healthiest. I sank a fair few drinks and was glad to be taking my usual midweek abstinence. I also watched the Champions League final between Chelsea and Manchester City. This wasn't much better than my afternoon game as Chelsea won a dull contest 1-0.