Bishops Waltham Town football club

The Sporting Bishops Waltham Football Club is a football club formed in 2009 with the merging of Sporting BTC and Bishop's Waltham Town. The merge actually took place in 2008, but the Hampshire Premier League rules deadline for name changes had already passed, meaning the name change had to wait until 2009. This club has had a rich history, however, and has been playing football for over 100 years.

Based in Bishop's Waltham, Hampshire, England, this football club was formally not associated with Sporting BTC Football Club. Originally their name was actually Bishop's Waltham Town, which was established way back in 1901. It was in 1986 that they joined Division Two of the Hampshire League, and were promoted to the Hampshire Premier League in 1999. They joined division 2 of the Jewsons Wessex League in 2004, but due to their poor play pulled out of the league in the middle of the 2006-2007 season. Bishops Waltham then reformed for the 2007 season, and, along with Sporting BTC, was one of the founding members of a newly organized Hampshire Premier League.

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In 2004, Sporting BTC was one of the founding members of the Hampshire Premier League, and even won the league that season. After that season, however, Sporting BTC's finishes were mid-table while Bishop's Waltham finished near the bottom of the league. The two teams merged in 2008 and played under the Sporting BTC name, and the results were mixed. They finished near the bottom of the table, but also played in the semi finals of the Hampshire Intermediate Cup and the Southampton Senior Cup. Currently, they are part of the Hampshire Premier Football League for the 2009-2010 football season. They play in the Saturday Hampshire Premier League, while also competing in the Southampton Senior Cup and Hampshire Intermediate Cup on a yearly basis.

In 2009 came the announcement that Sporting Bishops Waltham had acquired a local youth team that was to play in Hampshire Youth League in 2009/2010. This is a good sign that the Sporting Bishops Waltham Football Club could have a bright future. For a team that has had a long history in English football, it appears the merger with Sporting BTC will only add to their great tradition.

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