Brocton FC - Club History

Brocton was formed in 1937 when Arthur  Mayer, landlord of the Chetwynd Arms pub in Brocton Village donated the original match ball and provided the field beside his pub as the pitch.

 

Until 1979, the Club fielded 1st and 2nd teams in the Rugeley and District League, Cannock Chase League and Lichfield League. The Club won a plethora of trophies.

 

Between 1979 and 1991, the 1st team competed in the Staffordshire County League (South) before gaining a much prized place in the Staffordshire Senior League (at one point called the Midlands League). This necessitated a move to Rowley Park Stadium in Stafford for the 1st team whist the 2nd team played on ‘the Chet’ until 2013/4.

 

In 2003 an application to the Midlands Football Combination was successful, the Club having moved to the excellent facilities at Cannock Stadium the season before. After a year, however, Cannock Stadium was no longer available (it was shortly to be demolished and sold for housing) so a further move was made to the Newlands Lane ground of Heath Hayes for a 4 year period by which time Brocton had secured a 30 year lease on a former sports field belonging to Staffordshire Police at Silkmore Lane, Stafford and had developed it to a standard for the Midland Combination in just 18 months.

 

In 2013/14 Brocton, under Manager John Berks, were the last winners of the Midland Combination League before this competition merged into the Midland Alliance to form the Midlands League.  Brocton achieved the highest league status in their history – membership  of the Midland League Premier Division (Step 5). 

 

After 3 years in that division, Brocton were relegated to Division 1 (Step 6) where they remain after achieving a promotion place in the 2019/2020 season truncated by the Coronavirus pandemic after 80% of the season had been completed.  The FA decided , however, to declare the season null and void and expunge the record of the season.

 

A full history of the Club for its past 76 years can be found in the book ‘Brocton Football Club 75 years and beyond’  ISBN 978-1-910090-45-19