Boldmere St. Michaels
Boldmere St Michaels crest
Full nameBoldmere St. Michaels Football Club
Nickname(s)The Mikes
Founded1883
GroundTrevor Brown Memorial Ground, Boldmere
Capacity2,500 (230 seated)[1]
ChairmanRob Mallaband
ManagerNeil Kitching
LeagueNorthern Premier League Division One Midlands
2021–22Midland League Premier Division, 2nd of 19 (promoted via play-offs)
Boldmere (white shirts) in action in 2008
Boldmere (white shirts) in action in 2008

Boldmere St. Michaels Football Club is a football club based in Boldmere, Sutton Coldfield, England. They are currently members of the Northern Premier League Division One Midlands and play at the Trevor Brown Memorial Ground.

History

The club was established in 1883 as a youth football team attached to the local church.[2] After playing friendly matches against other church teams for the next 29 years, they joined a league for the first time in 1912.[2] The club subsequently progressed through several leagues before joining the Birmingham AFA League.[2] They won the league's Senior Cup in 1928–29 and the Junior Cup in 1933–34.[3] In 1937 the club joined the Central Amateur League, and were league runners-up in 1938–39,[4] before winning the league in 1946–47.[5]

In 1947–48 Boldmere reached the semi-finals of the FA Amateur Cup, eventually losing 2–0 to Barnet in front of 26,000 spectators at Highbury.[6] They were also Central Amateur League runners-up and reached the final of the AFA Senior Cup, drawing the final with Cambridge Town 2–2, with the clubs jointly awarded the trophy.[7] They subsequently hosted the Indian Olympic team in a friendly match following the 1948 Summer Olympics, losing by a single goal.[7] The following season saw Boldmere win the Central Amateur League,[2] after which they joined the Birmingham & District League. Deciding to remain amateur in a largely semi-professional league,[2] the club's performances began to decline and they finished second-from-bottom of the league in 1952–53 and 1953–54.[8]

When the Birmingham & District League merged with the Birmingham Combination in 1954, Boldmere were placed in the South Division for a transitional season, in which they finished bottom of the table. As a result, the club became members of Division Two the following season. The league was subsequently reduced to a single division in 1960 and renamed the West Midlands (Regional) League in 1962.[8] In 1963 the club dropped into Division One of the Worcestershire Combination.[8] The league was renamed the Midland Combination in 1968 and the club were Challenge Cup winners in 1977–78 before winning the league's Tony Allden Cup in 1978–79.[9] Division One became the Premier Division in 1983 and the club were league champions in 1985–86, and after finishing as runners-up in 1987–88, they won a second league title in 1988–89. The 1989–90 saw them win the treble of the league, the League Cup and the Tony Allden Cup.[9] They went on to retain both cups the following season, and won the Tony Allden Cup again in 1991–92.[9]

In 1994 Boldmere were founder members of the Midland Alliance, and were league runners-up in 2013–14, the league's final season. When it merged with the Midland Combination to form the Midland League, the club became members of the Premier Division.[8]

Ground

The Trevor Brown Memorial Ground
The Trevor Brown Memorial Ground

Originally named Church Road, the ground was renamed in 2004 after former chairman Trevor Brown. The ground currently has a capacity of 2,500, of which 230 is seated and 400 covered.[1]

Honours

Records

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Mike Williams & Tony Williams (2016) Non-League Club Directory 2017, Tony Williams Publications, p437 ISBN 978-1869833695
  2. ^ a b c d e Detailed Club History Boldmere St. Michaels F.C.
  3. ^ 2016–2017 Handbook Archived 2017-08-01 at the Wayback Machine Birmingham & District League
  4. ^ 1938/39 Central Amateur League Leics Football
  5. ^ 1946/47 Central Amateur League Leics Football
  6. ^ New book tells the story of Boldmere St Michaels FC Birmingham Mail, 29 July 2008
  7. ^ a b What Provincial Members are Doing The A.F.C. Record, October 1948, p15
  8. ^ a b c d e f g Boldmere St Michaels at the Football Club History Database
  9. ^ a b c d e f g Honours Boldmere St. Michaels F.C.

Coordinates: 52°32′30.300″N 1°50′32.690″W / 52.54175000°N 1.84241389°W / 52.54175000; -1.84241389