Cinderford Town football club was first established back in 1922 when they played in the Bristol Charity League. This was a league established just before World War 2 broke out and only lasted for about two weeks. Then they moved to division two in the Western League and went on to win the championship twice in 1956/57 with a home crowd of 4850.
However, after three sessions, they left division two due to financial issues. It became too expensive and now, they play in the Gloucester Northern Senior League. More success came in 1963/64, they succeeded in winning the double, the League and the Championship cups. This gave the club a huge boost in terms of popularity.
The next session, after winning the double, they moved up to the West Midland League facing clubs such as Bromsgrove Rovers and Kidderminster Harriers, however, it was never easy staying in the West Midland’s league, the funding requirement was really high and they were struggling, however, they did draw with Kidderminster back in 1968 and became joint winners of the league, both teams got to share the cup for 6 months.
Then eventually, it became too much and in 1969/70, it saw them move back into the Gloucester Northern Senior League for 5 years. However, they were always looking for more opportunities and in 1990, the club moved to the Hellenic League, going on to win the championship in their first attempt, giving them access to the premier division. They’ve played in many divisions but these days, they play in the Southern League Division One.
So many people think running a successful football club is all about money when that’s not the case, it’s about respect and team-work. For instance, Cinderford Football Club is always supportive of not just its players, but also their supporters and fans.