Tuktuk Day Eight

Well, one week done and probably another twelve to go. One of the highlights was a Twitter from Mick Harford at Luton inviting me there for a coffee and chat. Mick is a great supporter of Prostate Cancer UK and an inspiration to many …including me! Another highlight was meeting Andy Phillips who is a HUGE Charlton fan but has a very interesting way of watching football. He chooses a cup competition, attends a first round game and then goes all the way to the final by watching the winning team of each round! Now that IS random! Respect.

By absolute chance he was in Liverpool for the Liverpool FC v Fulham game in the League Cup and was kind enough to allow me to use a huge number of photos he took at the ground and in the club museum. I am DREADFUL with a camera and in awe of people who can take a great photo. Arise Sir Bobby and Sir Keith …and Arise twice Sir Russ who is ALSO a poet! Russ, check these murals. Class!

What a fantastic gallery. Thanks, kind sir and I hope you enjoyed your trip. My bet? Fulham in the final. Klopp will be 100% focused on the Premier League. Thanks also for the offer to help me re your beloved Charlton. As a Gillingham fan we have had some great games with you over the years and who can ever forget Sir Keith?

The rest of the gallery is HERE – thanks again, Andy

So, it’s Saturday which can only mean FOOTBALL. Today I am off to Bagshot FC who play in Camberley, Surrey where they groundshare with hosts, Camberley Town FC. I have been a few times before. I remember it is a LONG walk to the nearest station but there is a good chippy nearby so I may just abuse my body!

Who are Bagshot FC? Well, according to their website

The football club was established in 1906, and for many of the early years the team played in the local Ascot and Woking district leagues. In that period the club played matches at Pennyhill Park and Connaught Park in the village. (See team photo from 1953-54.)

In the late 1970s the club were permanently based at the Pennyhill Park ground, College Ride.
In 1982 the club were promoted to the Surrey Intermediate League, and each year won successive promotions. The club won the Senior Division championship in 1986-87 and were then promoted to the Surrey Premier League (later to become the Surrey Elite League). The club were also Surrey County cup semi finalists in 1985 and 1986.

After more successful seasons in the Surrey Intermediate League the club then moved to the Berks and Bucks league, with the highlight winning the Maidenhead Norfolkian cup in 2007 before leaving for the Aldershot & District League.

After winning Division Two in 2005–06 they were promoted to Division One, which they won in 2008–09, earning promotion to the Senior Division. They subsequently won the Senior Division and the Surrey Intermediate Cup in 2011–12, before going on to win both the Senior Division and Senior Division Cup double in both 2012–13 and 2013–14, along with the Aldershot Cup.

After winning the Senior Division again in 2015–16, they were promoted to Division One of the Combined Counties League for the first time in the club history. This is all due to the hard work and time that the Wickens family have put into the club over the last 40 years.

More recently, the FA have announced that Bagshot have avoided relegation from the Combined Counties Division One after finishing second bottom in the 2022/23 season.

When the 2023/24 league allocations were announced the FA included Bagshot as being relegated to step 7 along with bottom placed CB Hounslow. This was despite previously announcing that only the bottom placed club would be relegated. Bagshot will now retain their place in Combined Counties Division One, which has increased in size to 22 teams. This season has not been any easier and as I write, they have only one two league games and lost seven out of the last eight. The beauty of football is that the ONLY thing that matters is what happens today!

…and what happened? We were a goal down in 30 seconds! Much of the first 45 minutes we were under the hammer but turned things round for an honourable 2-2 draw. Honourable but I think neither team would be happy. Bagshot obviously smelled blood and the away side would have looked at the stats and thought, “Three points.” As I say, the beauty of football is that history will recall the 2-2 draw and both clubs will have to wait until the next match for a three points’ haul. Good luck to both.

Nice facilities and good people at Bagshot – why we love non league.

Obviously, please do not forget what we are all trying to achieve and consider supporting FC Deportivo Galicia and/or Prostate Cancer UK


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