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When the Red Red Robin.

I will try in this article to give you an insight of the club through the years. Dave Webb.

Some snaps of an article written by supporter Bert Earney back in the 1970s:

In the 1920s a rickety old De Dion Bouten bus with a bonnet shaped like a giant cocoa tin would rumble through the North Hants countryside taking the Stockbridge team and supporters to an away match. It seemed that half the village was there to see the team off especially if it was a long trip over the hills to such places such as Vernham Dean, and no one could be quite sure if they would ever make it back to Stockbridge ( A far cry from today when trips to such places such as The Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton are the norm.)

Stockbridge home games were played for most of the time at Little Dean situated at the far end of Old London Road. The pitch was famous for it’s huge slope, described by one reporter as the Atlantic roll of the turf. Next to the pitch on the west side ran the Sprat & Winkle railway line. If the team were desperately hanging on to the lead with a few minutes to go the supporters urged our players to kick the ball over the railway line to waste time.

The team had many successes through the 20s and 30s, and after World war 2 the club got back in action and 1952 saw a big game for the club when they reached the final of the Hants Junior cup, a competition in which hundreds of team from across the County entered. Imagine my joy as a 12 year old lad at the time when I heard that little old Stockbridge were to play at Fratton Park the home of Portsmouth Football club. What a tremendous day it was for the hundreds that travelled to the game that day, although we narrowly lost. The day lived long in the memory of those that were there.

In the 1950s and through to the 1970s a big event at the end of the season was the Fordingbridge six-a-side tournament. Up to half a dozen Stockbridge teams would compete in this event backed by a large number of supporters. With four or more games going on at the same time it was easy to hear how the Robins teams were getting on – if they were winning the joyous sound of “When the red red robin goes bob bob bobbin along” rang out and if a team were losing the refrain of “For those in peril on the sea” could be heard.



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Club Colours  (H) Red
Secretary  stockbridgefc@hotmail.co.uk -  Contact  Mrs Beverley Barker
Ground Address  The Recreation Ground  High Street   Stockbridge SO20 6EU
Telephone  01980 629781  Founded  1894  Nick name  The Robins