Crest of Sherborne Town Football Club

Sherborne Town

The Zebras

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Sherborne Town Football Club, nicknamed “The Zebras,” is a non-league football club based in Sherborne, Dorset.

Established in 1894, they currently compete in the Velocity Wessex Football League, which is part of the ninth tier of English football. The team calls Raleigh Grove their home ground.

The club oasts a long and evolving history, with early records suggesting football activity as far back as 1888. Initially playing at Marston Road, the club joined the Dorset Football League shortly after its creation and participated in various local competitions. By the pre-WWII era, Sherborne had moved to the Terrace playing fields, eventually settling at Raleigh Grove in 1985, a site developed with foresight into a notable non-league ground, complete with supporter amenities and advanced facilities for its time.

Over the years, the club has shown ambition and progress, both on and off the pitch. The early 2000s were marked by significant developments at Raleigh Grove, including infrastructure enhancements like a grandstand and floodlights, reflecting a strategic vision for growth. On the field, under various managers, Sherborne consistently challenged in the Dorset Premier League, culminating in a move to the Western League thanks to solid performances and strategic management, highlighted by promotion and memorable cup runs, including a significant FA Cup appearance in 2010.

Recent years have seen further evolution, with managerial changes, league transitions, and facility upgrades shaping the club’s journey. Despite the challenges of relegation and league restructuring, Sherborne has maintained its competitive edge, achieving promotion and looking forward to new challenges in the Wessex League. The club’s narrative is one of resilience, community support, and a persistent drive toward footballing excellence at the non-league level.