Blunsdon FC have been around since the early 1900’s but we’re formally known as “Blunsdon United FC”. The club has enjoyed many ups over the years including promotions and cup finals but also some downs.
Manager: Ian Rosewell – has been in charge since 2015 and is just about to go into his 5th season in charge.
Assistant Manager: Anton Ponting – Is also our back up goalkeeper and is now in his second season with us, after joining us at the start of 2018/19 campaign
Secretary: Martyn Rosewell – Also been with the club as it is known today for 1 full season again joining back at the start of the 2018/19 campaign but does have a history with the youth team set up back in the early 2000’s
Home kit: Gold and Black striped shirts, Black shorts, Black socks
Away Kit: Pink shirts, Black shorts, Black socks
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In 2007/8 season sadly Blunsdon United folded for a number of reasons and the village were without an adult team for almost 6 years until in 2013 Dwayne Fisher approached Blunsdon Colts(the youth team set up) about restarting the adult team and under the guidance of then Chairman Ian Dowdell, Dwayne got the Adults back up and running and the whole club rebranded as Blunsdon FC (as we know them today).
After reforming Blunsdon Adults had a short spell in Division 1 of the Wiltshire Football League, before joining the Cirencester and District League in 2014, Blusndon played for 4 season’s in the Ciren League before joining the Swindon and District League in 2018.
In 2016/17 Blunsdon won a league and cup double The Cirencester and District Division 2 Championship and Alexcars Cirencester Junior Charities Cup winners.
Blusndon also won silverware last season(2018/19 campaign) being crowed Swindon and District Division 1 Champions, also reaching the Swindon Advertiser Cup Semi Final and the Wilts FA Junior Cup Semi Final, sadly just falling short in both.
Leaving the Cirencester and District league proved a successful move as in their first season in the Swindon and District Blunsdon lost just 3 times in 27 games in all competitions and have gained promotion to the Swindon and District Premier Division.
How has preseason gone?
Pre season has gone very well, it’s always a difficult time of year due to players taking their summer holidays and so on, but we are very pleased with the quality of the football that has been on display and we have had the opportunity to really rotate the squad and get everyone some game time.
New Signings, Key Players and ones to watch
We have added 5 new faces this season and 1 old face who has been out for almost 2 full seasons after a back operation.
Will Gage (Goal keeper)
Joel Swann (Defender)
Jack Newton (Full/Wing back)
Max Harrison-Tosatto (Midfielder)
Nick Craft (Attacker)
Jamie Pidgeon (Attacker)
This really adds some quality in depth to our squad, with 2/3 good options for almost every position.
Key players: Skipper Tom Glass when he plays well the whole team plays well, Eliot Wheatley who is deadly around goal finishing top goal scorer in our division last season, Ben Hillerby Mr consistent, a real Rolls Royce of the game.
Ones to watch: Striker Josh Skeates who is in phenomenal form during pre season if he stays fit josh will be a key player for us and new signing Jack Newton very exciting young player with bags of energy.
Expectations for the season
We will be aiming to win the Swindon District Premier Division, also competing to win at-least one of the league cups or the Wilts FA Junior Cup, we would be very disappointed with ourselves if we don’t bring home any silverware.
Long Term Plans
We really want to gain promotion to the Wiltshire Premier League and establish ourselves there. Once we achieve this we will see what other avenues, opportunities and options are available to us, but we will take each season as it comes, we want to walk before we can run.
Predictions for league winners
We certainly want to be potential contenders ourselves, Ruby’s Removals will surly be up there, especially as reigning champions.
You would expect Ashton Keynes, Bakers Arms and Nalgo to be very strong and all wanting to win the league. Also having played Globe FC during preseason we would be surprised if they were not up there challenging for the title.