It all started in June 1969 when the players of the under 15 team from Fishponds School, Alexandra Park wanted to stay together as a team when they left school. The team had just won the Bristol Schools under 15 league to go with the under 13 shield which they had previously won. It proved a good move because that year they won the Bristol Under 16 Junior League and Cup and represented the league in the inter league competition, followed by the Church of England under 17 title the following year.
In 1971 at a meeting of the players and helpers, Alexandra Park teacher Alan Evans, Don Bradford (brother of Geoff Bradford ex-Bristol Rovers centre half and father of one of the players) and Fred Smith, decided to venture out into adult football resulting in being accepted into the Suburban League in 1971. After a shaky start the team settled and promotion was achieved to Division 5, playing over 30 matches that season, a big step up for the players.
At the end of season 1973 half the team were 'scouted' and left to join other clubs. The remaining players decided that they wanted to stay together. The only solution was amalgamation and, as Fishponds 'A' from the Bristol & Avon League had already approached us it seemed the best option.
After quite a successful season the first proper committee, consisting of founder Alan Evans, John Potter (our former Life President), Ray Cardwell and Pete Wilson (who were later joint sponsors from Good Morning Foods), and Dave Bracey (also an Alexandra Park teacher), decided to re-form as Fishponds Old Boys and join the Regional Saturday League. It proved a successful move, because we attracted some quality players who were 'persuaded' to join for what was to be an exciting period in the club's history.
In the next three seasons (1974-77) we won the Third, Second and First Division titles, as well as finishing runners-up in the League Cup. With success came more players, so a second team was formed in 1976 proving equally successful, winning the Second and First Division titles two seasons running and also finishing runners-up in the League Cup.
It was obvious that the teams needed stiffer opposition, so in 1977 we decided to rejoin the Suburban League. The first team being accepted into Division 3, later to be joined by the reserve side in Division 6 in 1978.
The 80’s proved to be successful, not only in the growth of the club, but with the honours won. In 1981/82 the first team won the Glos. Junior Cup, beating Henbury O B 2-1 in the final at Ashton Gate.
In 1983 a third team was introduced. Initially playing in the Bristol and Avon League before joining the Suburban League in 1987.
This season saw the second team gain promotion as runners up from Division 4.
The 90’s proved a decade of stability. The first team were promoted in 1992/93, giving us teams in Premier 2, Division 3 and Division 5/6 where we spent the remaining seasons. A Colts team was introduced in 1995, but sadly only lasted three years and proving to be of little benefit to the senior teams.
Into the new millenium and things started to move again. The first team, after challenging for promotion from Premier 2 finishing 6th, 6th, 5th, and 3rd, were eventually promoted as champions in 2004-05. The season before, they had lost in the Bosley Cup final 0-3 to Astra Zeneca.
The second team were promoted to Division 2 in 2001/02 and Division 1 in 2007/08, while the third team finished as champions of Division 6 in 2002/03, gaining promotion again into Division 3 in 2007/08. 2002 saw a fourth team introduced, making us the only club with four teams in the same league in the whole of Bristol.
In our fortieth year the first team appeared in another Bosley Cup final only to lose narrowly to champions St. Aldhelms 0-1, a game most people agreed we should have won. With divisional restructuring for the 2010/11 campaign our 4th Team moved up to Division 4, after narrowly missing out when finshing as runners-up a few seasons earlier.
However, they had to be disbanded after only a few games of the following season due to a shortage of players within the club.
2013/14 saw the first team achieve their best finish since promotion to Premier One when finishing an impressive fourth in the table.
This was followed in 2014/15 with the reserves being promoted to Division 2 after a successful campaign saw them finish third.
The 2015/16 campaign saw several Managerial and Committee position changes. The 3rd Team suffered, this again due to a lack of player availability, sadly resulting in them too being disbanded after more than thirty years. A hard season, both on and off the pitch culminated with the 1st Team being relegated to, unfortunately lose their proud Premier Division One status.
Big changes are afoot for the new 2016/17 season which will hopefully see the club as a whole, bounce back immediately.
We are proud to be one of the Suburban Leagues longest established clubs, and have also won many off pitch awards through the years, thanks in no small part to always having the backbone of a strong Committee which, largely unseen strives to ensure the club runs as smoothly and efficiently as possible.
With a good mixture of youth and experience at all levels, we see ourselves as a forward thinking proactive club which is always looking for ways to improve, both on and off the football pitch.