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Cheddar FC Sports and Social Club


Website last updated: 23 Mar, 2015 @ 20:40



Cheddar Football Club was established in 1892, playing at the local cricket ground near the then Railway station on The Strawberry line.

The Cheddar Valley League was formed in the early 1900’s, to which The Cheesemen were one of the founders, going on to win the league in 1911. The league winning team contained brothers Sid and Harry Hardridge who were great, great Uncles of current first team manager - Tim Richens, great uncle of current clubman of the year - Donald White and also great uncle of first team keeper in the 70's and 80's - Dickie Day.

After 15 years, the club joined The Weston and District League, and moved to a new ground where The Kings of Wessex school playing fields are now situated. A 4-3 win over Brent Knoll initiated the club into their new league.

Cheddar rejoined the Cheddar Valley League after the war in 1948, which was one of the most successful seasons in their history. A clean sweep of the Tweentown Rosebowl, The Crease Cup and The Charity Cup ensured they won every competition they entered. This feat was repeated in 1950.

Shortly after, a historic £1,500 move in 1952 allowed the club to relocate to current ground Bowdens Park. Various Football League clubs have played at Cheddar including Sheffield Wednesday, Portsmouth, Bristol City, Bristol Rovers, all of whom beat The Cheesemen on their visit.

 The ‘shack’ then opened in 1981 as a licensed facility on the premises. This provided the foundation for future Somerset County League success, and was converted into the current clubhouse in 1987. Manager Mike Brown lead the club into The Somerset County League for the first time in 1982.

Individual history was made in 1990 when current first team manager Tim Richens, became the first man to lead three different Cheddar teams to promotion, when the first team went up to The Somerset County League Division One.

To coincide with their centenary year in 1992, the club built new changing rooms and installed floodlights, allowing the club to host night matches at Bowdens Park.

Cheddar then advanced to the Somerset County League Premier Division in 2004, and last year achieved promotion to The Western League Division 1 for the first time in their history.

Plans are underway to relocate Cheddar Football Club to a new site providing brand new state of the art facility, proving that the club continues to move in the right direction.


Cheddar Valley League Winners 1910/1911

Cheddar Valley League Runners up 1949/1950

Cheddar Valley knockout cup winners 1911/1912

Cheddar Valley charity cup winners 1947/1948, 1949/1950

Somerset Senior League Premier Division Winners 2011/2012

Weston Super Mare and District Football League Charity Cup winners 1927/1928

Weston Super Mare and District Football League Knockout Cup winners 1927/1928, 1935/1936

Somerset Junior Cup Runners Cup 1930/1931

Crease Cup winners 1936/1937, 1947/1948, 1949/1950, 1968/1969

Tweentown Rosebowl winners 1947/1948, 1949/1950

Hospital Cup winners 1967/1968

Somerset Senior League Division 2 Cup winners 1988/1989

Somerset Senior League Cup Winners 1999/2000

Somerset Senior Cup Runners up 2009/2010