Crest of Bishop's Cleeve Football Club

Bishop's Cleeve

The Mitres

Bishop's Cleeve Football Club, nicknamed “The Mitres,” is a non-league football club based in Bishop's Cleeve, Gloucestershire.

Established in 1905, they currently compete in the Pitching In Southern Football League Division One South, which is part of the eighth tier of English football. The team calls Kayte Lane their home ground.

The club has experienced significant changes in its history, marked by relocations and developments. Initially playing at Stoke Road, they were forced to vacate in 1995 when the land was sold for housing. Despite this setback, they had notable successes, including four championships in six seasons in the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League and a subsequent promotion to the Hellenic League, where they achieved further accolades, including a Premier Division cup win. However, their time in the Premier Division was challenging, leading to a drop back to Division One and a series of ground-sharing arrangements to maintain their league status.

A pivotal moment came in 1997 with the approval of a new site at Kayte Lane, leading to the construction of a new clubhouse and changing rooms, significantly improving their facilities. This development spurred on-field success, culminating in promotion in 2001. A ground-sharing agreement with Evesham United allowed them to accept this promotion. By the 2002-03 season, Bishops Cleeve returned triumphantly to their own ground, further boosted by receiving the F.A. Charter for Football in the Community, thanks to Chairman Dave Walker’s efforts.

The completion of new facilities in 2004 marked a new era for the club. By 2006, they were promoted to the Southern League Division One Midland and continued to build on this success with solid league finishes, including a highest-ever 11th place in 2009-10.