BURRIDGE AFC History
When the Club first began in 1989, we started with two youth teams and were known as Burridge Youth FC, changing the name to Burridge AFC one year later when entering into Adult Football.
The Club gradually started to prosper over the years and we found ourselves with teams in most of the Junior ages and two adult sides.
In the early nineties, the decision was made to split the Youth and Adult Football and fortunately we have gone from strength to strength whereas the original junior club eventually wound up.
The team that was playing on a Saturday, known as Burridge Sports, requested to come and join us under the name of Burridge AFC this was to avoid them winding up, and this was the time when we started playing on both Saturdays, and Sundays,eventually ending up with six teams - five adults teams and one youth team..
However at the present time we now have only three adult sides playing in The Drew Smith Saturday League, The Gosport & Fareham Football League and The Meon Valley Football League.
Every Wednesday we have a team that plays in the JD5 League in The Premier Division. This team has been very successful and have been League Champions on at leased seven occasions.
The Club House and Changing Rooms were built with the aid of a grant for £5000.00 obtained by our Football Club along with a interest free loan from The Sports Council obtained by The Burridge Social and Sports Club and Burridge AFC by using our Football Clubs Affiliation Number.
Final Sport Council approval for the interest free loan was given after inspection and recommendation by Southampton Football Association and assurance by us that it would be used by FOOTBALL.
Burridge Social and Sports Club are the owners of the building and grounds. Our Football Club actually lease our part of the ground from the Social Club which we are endeavoring to develop to a high standard. We also play on the Council Pitch which is adjacent to our ground, and sometimes on other FBC grounds in the area.
Meadowside at Whiteley is also used.
On New Years Eve 2004 at a party in the Talisman Pub Sandra, Barrie and some Burridge AFC players decided that a fund raising event would take place to aid the poor victims of the TSUNAMI DISASTER which happened on Boxing Day 2004.
In the New Year 2005 a fun day, a tea time auction and a social evening was organised.
The fun day was a great success with football matches and a Cross Bar Challenge creating loads of fun.
The Auction which was orchestrated by Dave Prutton consisted of Match Worn Signed Football Clothing donated by Southampton and Portsmouth football players.
The younger members of the Becheley Family Richard and Simon spent hours begging for items of clothing outside both Clubs Training Grounds.
The Social Evening which included a Local Live Band called Fortunate Son who gave there services free was also a brilliant success which was enjoyed by all.
Dave Prutton who help with the event all day could be seen sweeping and cleaning up the Hall at the end of the evening (Thank Prutts).
At the end of Fund Raising the money was counted and to everyone's amazement we had raised a staggering £4000.00, this was handed over to The Daily Echo TSUNAMI appeal which was run in conjunction with The Southampton Churches TSUNAMI appeal, This Presentation attracted a great deal of Publicity within the Local Press and Radio which did nothing but good for Local Parks Football.
In 2006 we won the HANTS CUP (Sunday "B" Cup) which is the greatest achievement in Cup Competitions so far, for our other Honors please see the Honors Page.
In 2009 our Sunday Morning team switches leagues from the Gosport and Fareham Football League to the City of Southampton Sunday Football League.
2011, (12/12/2011), Burridge AFC gained FA Charter Standard Adult Club Status.
Colin Plumhoff joins Burridge AFC as Saturday Team Manager Playing in The Drew Smith Southampton Football League (Senior Divion 1) 2012/2013 season.
Tom Sindall & Matt Emery take over the Management of our Meon Valley Football League Sideplaying in Division 1 2012/2013 season.
2013, Burridge AFC Passed Annual Charter Standard Health Check.
Burridge AFC succeed in obtaining a Grant for the purchase of a set Free standing Box Goals, The Grant was awarded by HCC & FBC each given £1400.00 each, making a total of £2800.00 and Burridge AFC having to find £314.00.
2014, Burridge AFC Passed. Annual Charter Standard Health Check..
2014, Our Saturday Senior 1 Side reaches The SFL Supp Cup Final but ended up runners up losing on Penalties.
May 2014 Our Saturday side gets promoted to the Premier Division.
May 2014 Our new Saturday Reserve Side go straight into Junior 1 Division.
Paul Crook Joins us to Manage our Saturday Reserve Team
Burridge AFC succeed in obtaining a grant for 2 Dug out. The grant was awarded by HCC/FBC These were assembled in September and look very impressive.
September 2014 Burridge AFC are forced to fence the pitch off with temporary equipment therefore delaying a more permanent solution because of wasted expense on what we have had to install.
2014/2015 Burridge AFC pass Annual Charter Standard Health Check.
December 2014 Our MVFL Side reach the League Divisional Cup Final.
December 2014 Our SFL Premier Side reach the Semi Final of League Divisional Cup.
March/April 2015 Paul Crook Leaves Burridge AFC
May 3rd 2015 Burridge AFC are accepted into the Hampshire Premier League
July 2015 Joey Grassick joins Burridge AFC as Manager of our Southampton Saturday Junior 1 Side.
October 2015 Chris Purchase joins Burridge AFC as Joint Manager with Joey for our Southampton Saturday Junior 1 Side
January 2016 Burridge AFC pass Annual Charter Standard Health Check