Fleet Town FC

Our History

Fleet Town FC was officially formed in 1890, nicknamed ‘the Blues’ FTFC is the oldest sports club in the town. The centenary was celebrated in 1990 with a commemorative scroll being presented by the Football Association to the club, together with a plaque from the Hampshire FA.

Most recently we celebrated being at the same ground for 100 years. 2023 also saw the club join forces with local charity Mustard Seed Autism Trust and the renaming of the ground from Calthorpe Park to The Mustard Seed Stadium, which has a capacity of 2000 with 250 seats.


Wessex League

  • Champions 1994–95

Hampshire League

  • Division Two champions 1965–66
  • Division Three champions 1961–62

Hampshire Senior Cup

  • Winners 2008–09

Russell Cotes Cup

  • Winners 1997–98, 2002–03, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09

North Hants FA Cup

  • Winners 2008–09, 2009–10

Basingstoke Senior Cup

  • Winners 2005–06, 2007–08, 2009–10

Aldershot Senior Cup

  • Winners 1992–93, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1999–00, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10
  • Runners Up (5): 1996–97, 1998–99 2000–01, 2002–03, 2010–11, 2021-22

Southern Counties Midweek Floodlit Cup

  • Winners 1994–95, 2001–02

Simpsonair Challenge Shield

  • Winners 1991–93, 1993–94

North Hampshire Women’s Divisional Cup

  • Winners 2023-24

ADFA Mike Smith Memorial Cup

  • Winners 2023-24


  • Best FA Cup performance: Third qualifying round, 2007–08, 2008–09
  • Best FA Trophy performance: First round, 1998–99, 1999–00
  • Best FA Vase performance: Second round, 1974–75, 1977–78, 1979–80
  • Biggest victory: 15–0 vs Petersfield United, Wessex League, 26 December 1994
  • Heaviest defeat: 7–0 vs Bashley, Southern League Eastern Division, 12 April 2004
  • Record Attendance: 1,336 vs AFC Wimbledon, Isthmian League Division One, 8 January 2005
  • Most appearances: Mark Frampton, 428
  • Most goals: Mark Frampton, 250
  • Record transfer fee paid: £3,000 to Aldershot for Mark Russell


Comprehensive Club History


Fleet FC played at the bottom of the Views where Campbell Close is today. Later they moved to Watsons Meadow in Fleet Road, roughly opposite where Travis & Perkins now stands, at the station end of Fleet Road. It was during this time that a young, future Prime Minister, Clement Atlee played for the club, his aunt living in a house that backed onto this original ground.


Lord Calthorpe of Elvetham Hall made available the site of the present ground in Crookham Road, and the club moved to its new home playing their first match on 3rd March 1923. The ground was subsequently bequeathed to the District Council and later Fleet Town Council, with the proviso that it would continue to be for the use of the Town’s football club.


Floodlights were installed for the first time.


The club entered the Hampshire League. From then, Fleet Town FC gradually moved through the Divisions.


The club changed its name from Fleet FC to Fleet Town FC, and a third-place finish in 1963–64 saw the club promoted back to Division Two of the Hampshire League at the first attempt.


Fleet were Division Two champions, earning promotion to Division One.


The club make its debut in the FA Cup, reaching the second qualifying round, before losing 3–0 to Horsham.


They were Hampshire Division One runners-up.


Relegated to Division Two.


The club were Division Two runners-up.


Joined the Athenian League.


Due to difficulties meeting the ground grading regulations, the club dropped into the Combined Counties League in 1984.


After finishing bottom of the league for two consecutive seasons, we dropped into the Surrey Premier League and again finished bottom of the table.


Fleet then joined the Premier Division of the Chiltonian League. After two seasons in the Chiltonian League, they moved up to the Wessex League.


Joined the Wessex League.


After six years of steady progress, the club gained promotion to the Southern League as Wessex League Champions.


In its fifth season in the Dr Martens Southern League, the club finished bottom and returned to the Wessex League.


The club were Wessex League runners-up and were promoted back to the Eastern Division of the Southern League under player/manager, Steve Beeks.


Now playing in the Ryman League the season began with a new management team of ex-England International Andy Sinton assisted by Steve Mellor. In their second season together this new team saw their side top the table at Christmas before they finally finished in 5th place. In a pulsating play-off semi-final, they lost 2-1 to Tooting & Mitcham, with the London side scoring twice in added-on time.


The team also reached the final of the Hampshire County Cup, losing 2-1 to Aldershot, the game played at AFC Bournemouth.


The Club were moved by the FA to the BGB Southern League, South & West Division, and again had a record-breaking season. Right up until the last few games they were in with a chance of automatic promotion but eventually had to accept 2nd spot behind Farnborough. This however was their highest ever non-league finish and again played in front of record crowds. It was heartbreak in the play-offs though as the team again lost in the semi-final, this time to an injury-time penalty that gave Uxbridge a 2-1 victory. Fleet also went their furthest in the FA Cup before losing 2-1 at Havant & Waterlooville in the 3rd Qualifying Round.


On the move yet again with promotions/relegations elsewhere meaning that Fleet returned to the Ryman League, South Division. Andy Sinton’s side again broke more records as the team won four cups, including the prestigious Hampshire Senior Cup when over 1,200 witnessed victory over VTFC at St Marys Stadium, Southampton, to send the cup to Fleet for the first time. In addition, the team also won the Russell Cotes Cup, Aldershot Senior & North Hants Cups. The FA Cup run again went to the 3rd Qualifying Round before losing 5-2 in a bruising encounter at AFC Totton.


This year saw major changes at the club with Chairman Graham Smith stepping down and this was shortly followed by manager Andy Sinton resigning to join AFC Telford United. For the new season, Steve Mellor stepped into the Manager’s shoes. A largely new Blues side finished a credible 13th in the league.

Season 2011–12

Fleet Town were switched back to the Southern League after a three-year absence, this time placed in the Div One Central. However, results were poor and after a run of defeats and exiting the major cup competitions, Steve Mellor left in November 2011 to be replaced by Craig Davis as player/manager. Despite some improved displays, the Blues faced relegation after ending the season in the 21st spot. However, due to circumstances elsewhere in the Football pyramid Fleet Town gained an FA reprieve and retained their place as a Southern League club.


Steve Cantle became Chairman and with Craig Davis bringing in a new back-room staff, and a host of new players, the club enjoyed an improved Southern League season, finishing with 4 teams behind them, in 18th spot. Following the end of the season Fleet Town were again moved, this time within the Southern League to the Div One South & West.


After several difficult seasons, the 2015/16 season saw Fleet moved back to the Division One Central, where they enjoyed 2 successful seasons.


Aldershot Senior Cup and the North Hants Senior Cup Winners. The Club however suffered the devastating loss of Chairman Steve Cantle who died just before Christmas. Manager Craig Davis moved on in March.


Our 16th consecutive season at Step 4. Steve Dormer and Andy Hunt managed to keep us there through a difficult season. However both managers resigned at the end of the season, and the club moved to the Southern League South Division.


Koo Dumbuya and Sam Waters take charge with a completely new squad after the whole squad left at the end of  2017/18. A season to forget, after just managing to stay up the year before we managed to go through 4 managers, 2 chairmen and a number of players! With much long-distance travel, a very young team and no money the team battled all season but unfortunately finished bottom, this resulted in relegation to the Wessex Premier League.


A new board were put in place to support new manager Dave Kelly and his management team as they aimed to develop young players and re-establish Fleet as a strong team in North Hampshire. Many improvements and changes were carried out to the Calthorpe Park ground.


The club were transferred to the Premier Division South of the Combined Counties League.


On the pitch, a new Management Team led by former professional player Jermaine McGlashan and a host of new players saw us narrowly survive an epic relegation battle. Off the pitch, the club made a real leap forward and was restructured to bring the Women, Boys and Girls section under a community club structure, with the 3 Executive Committees coming together every month to work on initiatives and projects together for the good of all. To mark the new direction and step forward into the modern, gender-equal era of football, the club teamed up with local design agency Brandtastic to create a new club badge under which all sides now play. In 2023 The club celebrated being at the same ground for 100 years. This year also saw the club join forces with local charity Mustard Seed Autism Trust to which we are now residing at The Mustard Seed Stadium.


During the season the club was proud to launch the provision of Pan Disability football for 5-15 year old children and successfully achieved the FA 3 Star Accreditation, which means accredited pathways for both male and females and offering disability football. The management of the men’s 1st team squad was changed and saw Elliott Hunt step up as first team manager replacing Jermaine McGlashan. During this year a men’s reserves team was set up and the U18’s competing in the Allied Counties League was reintroduced.

Our Women’s first team were crowned winners of the North Hants Divisional Cup.

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