The club was founded in 1993 as Super Strikers Girls Football Club, playing in a local six a-side league at Under 11. The founder members were all from a local school, Chandag Primary and came to the current manager with a request to help them start a football team, as their sports teacher uttered the classic comment: ' I'm far too busy with the boys team on a Saturday and girls can't play football anyway' The rest, as they say, is history!
We continued playing only six-a-side for about three years and then attracted some additional players to enable us to start playing occasional eleven-a-side friendlies. Meanwhile, we attracted some sponsorship from a local Telecoms company. Protel and changed our name to Protel Super Strikers. We also adopted our current 'Celtic' style Green and White playing kit. When most of our players reached 14 years of age, the amazingly low entry level for women's football, we took the view that playing competitively at that age against opponents in their 20s is difficult enough as an individual, but particularly tough if all your players are that age. Therefore, for the next twelve months we continued playing friendlies, but against lower standard women's teams to become more accustomed to the physical challenge involved.
The next season, 1998/99, we entered the South West Women's League in Division Two and came in third place. At the same time we changed our name to Keynsham Town LFC and became closely affiliated to Keynsham Town men's club, sharing their clubhouse and facilities. Keynsham Town's senior side play in the Western League and have a strong community ethos, involving 16 junior boy's teams.
In our second season, we finished third in the new Division One (South) and started a Reserve team, which came 9th in the Gloucestershire County Women's Football League. Our Kit sponsor became Connaught PLC; the Exeter based property services company. Having been a junior club, where the players just got old enough to play senior football, we have continued to develop most of our own players from our junior section, supplemented by a small number of players who have playing experience elsewhere.
For 2000/01, our First team again had a successful playing season and finished in fourth position, while the Reserve side moved up to 7th place in the Gloucestershire County League.
For the 2001/02 season our Reserve team moved to the Wiltshire County League, but honours went to the First team which won outright promotion to the South West Women's League Premier Division. The league championship was only missed on goal difference in what was the club's most successful season ever. Furthermore, there was an excellent Cup run in the FA Cup, with the team winning both its preliminary ties, including defeating a regional Premier League side and reached the Ist round proper for the first time. The next season, 2002/2003 was a challenging one for the First team, as we establish ourselves at the higher playing level, but we more than held our own, finishing in third position.
We were encouraged by our new First team sponsor, Mears Group, which has provided new playing kit and is following progress closely. As a prelude to this important season, following the pre-season tour of West Wales, the club introduced a rewards by results Players' Pool.
The 2003/2004 campaign saw us striving to make further progress and the omens were positive from the start.
In August 2003, the club celebrated its 10 Year Anniversary with a special fixture against Tottenham Hotspur,
in a match attended by over 200 people and featuring an exceptionally skillful and exciting contest, which Tottenham just shaded 4-3 on the day.
The season was marked by the winning of the South West Premier Division,with the statistics telling the story, with the club having the best defence and the highest scoring record.
The season, 2004-05 saw us playing at our highest level ever, having been promoted to the South West Combination league, just one step below the National league.This was the season that Keynsham embarked upon their first overseas tour for pre-season training. The first task was to secure our position at this standard. Meanwhile, our improving Reserve side, finished runners up in the Wiltshire County league in 2003-04 and has progressed to the South West Regional League (Division One South. They also prepared well for the challenge of this step up. The season was a real success with the First Team finishing in 4th place at this higher level. The Reserves matched that with a similar ranking in the South West Regional League.The club reache.ed the final of the Somerset county Cuyp for the first time ever, narrowly losing 2-3.
The hard work preparing for the season 2005-06 brought the club its greatest success to date.An early pre-season fitness programme was supplemented by an excellent overseas tour and the season began well for all senior sides, including the new Development Squad, which became founder members of the new Somerset County League. The season brought a rich return. The Development Squad were runners up in their section and the Reserves were Champions of the South West Regional league, Division One South. They scored most goals , conceeded least and supplied the League's top goalscorer.There was major news at First team Level that saw the club promoted to the FA Nationwide Women's Premier League as South West Combination Champions. Whats more, the club was undefeated all season, exception an FA Cup loss away at Cardiff, Again, scoring more and conceeding least. The top scorer, Sheila Rocha also broke the Combination goalscoring record. To cap a great season, Keynsham Town also won the Somerset County cup for the first time and reached the final of the Combination's Ambassador Cup, where the final was deferred until the next pre-season.
The club's junior section has always ben a firm base for the senior section it evolved. In 1999/2000, our under 14 squad were runners up in the Westward Developments League and League cup winners. The following year, they went one better by winning the League championship, the only Somerset based side to win the Devon League.
For the 2001/2002 season, our U14s moved to the Wiltshire County Girls League , to reduce traveling and again achieved honours, as both League and League Cup winners. The next season, 2002/2003, saw us also enter an U12 team in the County league and they responded by winning the League and Cup double. The following season, 2003-04, this age group also saw a League Cup success together with the League runners up spot
For season 2004-5, our teams made their final appearance in the Wiltshire league, with the U14s again collecting silverware in the League Cup final and the U10s winning their league. The U12s did remarkably well as almost all the team were U11.
The next campaign, 2005-06 saw all our Junior sides playing in the Bristol Girls'league and again being very successful. All 4 teams ended in the top three of their leagues. The U14s were runners up and undefeated, the U12As were league Champions, while both the U12b side and U10s were each in third place.
Many players from our Junior section have moved up to our Senior teams and severl will now be playing First team football at Premier League level. At Under 12 and under 14 level, the club has been consistently successful in both the earlier competitions entered, the Bristol & Somerset Junior and the Bristol Girls Sunday Soccer Leagues. No doubt there will be more exciting times on their way for what is now Somerset's oldest affiliated and highest ranked Ladies and Girls football club.
Keynsham Town LFC before the FA Cup win at Launceston in Season 2000-2001
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