Bognor Regis Town Football Club, nicknamed “The Rocks,” is a non-league football club based in Bognor Regis, West Sussex.
Established in 1970, they currently compete in the Pitching In Isthmian League Premier Division, which is part of the seventh tier of English football. The team calls Nyewood Lane their home ground.
At the time of writing, Robbie Blake is the current manager.
Founded in 1883, Bognor, later known as Bognor Regis F.C., has a rich history in non-league football. The club, initially part of the West Sussex Football League, achieved early success in the 1920s before moving to the Sussex County League, where they remained until 1972. Their achievements include winning the Sussex County Division One championship in 1948-49 and subsequent promotions to higher leagues. Notably, Jack Pearce managed the club from 1976 to 2007, a significant period in the club’s history.
Bognor experienced various league changes and successes in the subsequent decades. They moved to the Isthmian League in 1981, achieving promotion in their first season. The club also had notable FA Cup runs, including victories over Football League teams such as Swansea City and Exeter City. However, they also faced relegations, notably in 1991-92 and again in the late 2000s, followed by a drop to the Isthmian League Division One South.
In more recent years, Bognor has continued to compete in non-league football with mixed fortunes. They narrowly missed promotion in the 2010-11 season but succeeded in the 2011-12 season. The following seasons saw them fluctuating in league standings and experiencing both promotion and relegation. Their highlight in recent times includes winning the Sussex Senior Cup in 2018. In 2022, Robbie Blake, a former Premier League striker, took over as manager, guiding the team to the Sussex Senior Cup final and a mid-table league finish in the 2022/23 season.
Current management and coaching staff