History of AFC Portchester
In April 1971 Loyds sports formed, entering the City of Portsmouth Sunday League Division 6 under the guiding hand of "BOB" AR Sansbury. In 1973/74 Colourvision Rangers with a reserve team carried our flag up to Senior Division 2.1976 saw BOB retire and Colin Brans took over the reigns as secretary and Wicor Mill formed. In 1983/84 the reserves played in the Royal dockyard League before joining the Gosport & Fareham Sunday League the following season. By 1986/87 Wicor Mill Football Club was the largest pub club in Hampshire running seven teams in total, three Saturday and Four on Sunday. During our years in the various Leagues we were rarely out of the honours as far as promotion and cup success are concerned.
It has long been our ambition to continue to be the most successful side in Portchester and have consistently applied to be in the Saturday Hampshire League. We are proud to say that in 1998/99 we were accepted in to Hampshire League Division 3. The club then gained successive promotions to Hampshire Division 1 becoming champions in 2001/02.
The season of 2002/03 saw a big change to Portchester football with the merge of AFC Portchester and Castle Royals. AFC Portchester now has teams from under 7's to senior level. The club colours are Orange shirts, Black shorts and Orange socks, which is worn by the under 7's to the senior team. With the merge of the clubs we now have approximately 500 members, made up of around 80 men, 250 Youth team and up to 200 members in the mini soccer school, this has made us one of the biggest clubs in Hampshire.
We aim to offer qualified training by FA/UEFA qualified coaches also the club has a qualified child protection officer.
Within the club we have several generations of families managing, refereeing or playing. Some managers have played for the senior sides in the past and are looking to pass on their expertise to the boys and girls of Portchester. Whereas before if you wanted to play a higher standard of football you had to travel out of the area now we don't, AFC Portchester Senior first team play in a high standard of football, and it is the clubs aim to good a lot further.
The Club now fully comply with the F.A.s Child Protection Policy. We do not only take an active part in our own children’s football, but we also care about youth football as a whole, which is why all managers will be attending the F.A.s Child Protection course, made available by the Hampshire Football Association. We have recognized that the youth of today are the future and we must do our up most to ensure that their future means being protected.
We are also looking to build on our mini-soccer, which will lead to at least one team in each age group, from the under 7s, up to and including under 10s, We will always welcome along new children to our fold, numbers permitting! We would also like to be able to bring in more girls to play football and introduce them to the leagues, both in their own teams and also with the lads!
June 2011 was a historic month as the Queens Honoured the Club with the The Queens's Award for Voluntary Service - MBE for Groups which is a great achievement and an honour.
The 2011/12 Season was a successful season with the 1st team gaining promotion to the Sydenham’s (Wessex) Premier Division after securing the runners up position, and the reserves also taking runners up spot in the newly formed Wyvern combination East Division gaining promotion to the Wyvern Premier league, the reserves also won the Hampshire Intermediate Cup at Aldershot Town ground on Friday 11th May 2012 winning 3-1 on Penalties against Colden Common after coming from 4-2 down to draw the game 4-4 AET.
The 2012/13 Saw AFC Portchester play in the Wessex Premier division for the first time in his history finishing 15th, in Feb 2013 saw the arrival of ex Arsenal & England player Graham Rix as head coach, the reserves finished the season winning the Wyvern Shield and finishing 4th in the Wyvern Combination Premier league.