Crest of Bristol Manor Farm Football Club

Bristol Manor Farm

The Farmy Army

The Creek - home ground of Bristol Manor Farm Football Club. Taken during an FA Cup extra preliminary round match against Gillingham Town.
© Steve Gregory, licensed under CC BY SA 4.0

Bristol Manor Farm Football Club, nicknamed “The Farmy Army,” is a non-league football club based in Bristol, Bristol.

Established in 1960, 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 The Creek their home ground.

The club was established in the 1960/61 season, disbanded, and reformed for the 1962/63 campaign. The club’s ground, The Creek, was formerly the Port of Bristol Authority Sports & Social Club, which became their permanent home in 1965. Joining the Somerset Senior League, the club progressed through the divisions, moving to the Western League in 1977 and earning promotion to the Premier Division in 1982/83. Geoffrey Sellek, a founding player, became Chairman in 1998, guiding the club towards future promotions.

Under Geoffrey Sellek’s leadership, the club experienced significant successes, including an impressive FA Cup run in 2010/11. The 2011/12 season was historic, with victories in the GFA Challenge Trophy and Les Phillips Cup. The appointment of Lee Lashenko in 2013/14 marked the start of a successful era, with the team achieving record league positions and scoring feats. Despite narrowly missing out on promotions, the team won several trophies and made notable FA Cup and FA Vase runs, drawing national attention.

The club’s pinnacle came in the 2016/17 season with promotion to the Southern League, amassing 102 points and over 100 goals. Despite challenges in subsequent seasons, including a difficult 2018/19 campaign and the disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic, the team continued to perform admirably in the FA Cup and other competitions. The 2021/22 season was emotionally charged, with a strong push for promotion following the terminal illness and subsequent passing of Geoffrey Sellek, culminating in a dramatic play-off semi-final victory before a loss in the final.

Bristol Manor Farm AFC is a registered company in England and Wales under company number 10874504 .