What another fantastic season the whole club has enjoyed in the 2016-17 season, and now we need to bear in mind that the upcoming 2017-18 season will celebrate our 40th as a club (yes, there was a club named Buckland Athletic before this club started but was disbanded at least two seasons before this was formed just as a junior club on the Buckland Estate).
Well in forty years the club has certainly grown and have progressed at just the right times in its history, which has seen many highs for the club. The 2016-17 was another high light across the club as a whole.
The 1st Team although falling just short of our ultimate goal of promotion to the Southern League, they had a great season, getting to the last eight (quarter-finals) of the FA Vase competition, having to play five ties away from home and notching up 1600 miles in the process.
There won’t be many supporters and players that will forget this run, starting in the 1st Round away Sholing 3-0, then our one and only home tie, against Newport IOW 1-0. In the 3rd Round we were away at Horsham YMCA 3-0, with a 4th Round tie seeing us travel to Chichester City 3-1. Then came the game of the run away at Hinckley AFC 4-3, before bowing out of the competition away at Bromsgrove Sporting 2-0 played in front of a crowd of 2984 spectators.
We must say they we took plenty of support to our away ties, which is impressive with the amount of miles involved.
It was a 4th place finish in the Western League Premier, but we accumulated our highest points total in our five seasons at Step Five, and this is a very competitive league to try and achieve our ultimate goal. We managed to get 83 points from 38 games, which was five points more than the previous seasons 4th place finish, and when we finished as runners up we secured 71 points from 36 games, so this season is definitely one to build on, and great a first season in charge for our manager Ellis Laight. We attracted 2289 spectators to our nineteen home league games at an average of 120.47, with our highest attendance being 211 when Willand Rovers were visitors, our lowest crowd was 96 when Longwell Green Sports came to the Heath. The club also won the Western League hospitality Award and the Programme Award.
End of season players awards:
Supporters Player – Richard Groves
Managers Player – Lloyd Gardner
Players Player – Jared Lewington
Young Player – Charlie Johansen