Crest of Sandhurst Town Football Club

Sandhurst Town

The Fizzers

Photo of Bottom Meadow pitch and Club House October 2022. Home of Bracknell Town and Sandhurst Town.
© John Leakey, licensed under CC BY SA 4.0

Sandhurst Town Football Club, nicknamed “The Fizzers,” is a non-league football club based in Sandhurst, Berkshire.

Established in 1910, they currently compete in the Cherry Red Records Combined Counties Premier Division South, which is part of the ninth tier of English football. The team calls Bottom Meadow their home ground.

The club initially competed in the Reading & District League, with a brief period in the East Berkshire Football League, until 1979. That year, the club joined the Aldershot & District Football League and became a founding member of the Chiltonian Football League in 1984, marking its progress toward senior club status. The club’s peak performance in the Chiltonian League was in the 1986-87 season, finishing second. In 1990, Sandhurst FC joined the Combined Counties Football League and earned senior status from the Berks & Bucks County Football Association. Despite initial struggles, the club improved significantly under managers Peter Browning and John Underwood, achieving cup and league successes.

The club originally played on a field near the Bull & Butcher pub before moving to the Memorial Park, with a brief relocation in the 1950s to St. John’s Road. In response to the introduction of the National Lottery, Sandhurst FC successfully secured funding for a new ground, Bottom Meadow, adjacent to Memorial Park, with additional support from Bracknell Forest Borough Council and Sandhurst Town Council. The new facilities, costing £265,000, opened in August 1997. The club celebrated its centenary in the 2010/11 season by winning the Combined Counties League Cup and reaching two other semi-finals.

In 2020, the club embarked on significant upgrades to Bottom Meadow, aiming to ensure its longevity and enhance its community impact, with a focus on education and social value. Work on these improvements began in 2020, and the team returned to an improved home ground for the 2021/22 season. In 2022, under Gareth Price’s leadership, the team aimed to secure promotion to step 5 after narrowly missing a play-off spot in the previous season. Despite challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Sandhurst FC continued to celebrate over 110 years of football and community engagement.