Beacons Bottom Football Club
Football has officially been played on the Studley Green Playing field for over 50 years. Formed in the early 60’s the club known as Beacons Bottom FC enjoyed many successful years in the Saturday High Wycombe & District league. Such was their success, they won many trophies and progressed from Division 5 to Division 1 in as many seasons, finally reaching the echelon of the Senior League,where they rubbed shoulders with the likes of Burnham, Flackwell Heath & Beaconsfield FC
Changing room facilities were somewhat very basic in those days. ‘Beacons’ however were very lucky. Mr.Cyril Butler former owner of ‘The Black & White Café’(immediately opposite the ground in the present Garden Centre Car Park) and club founder member, offered his services. In the luxury ‘gastronomic’ surroundings showers were totally off the agenda! Cyril’s wife Ruby however, supplied a tin bath with piping hot water from her ‘Burco’ boiler. This was fine, but it was essential to get in early, otherwise you were submerged in a muddy sediment. In these times the club played in a’ all white strip’ so Ruby’s day had only just begun.
Eventually they had to move from the ‘Café’ to a much humbling new facility. A garage! Yes a garage. This was positioned on the present site of the Sport storage container. You can imagine the delight on hearing the news of a Community Centre being constructed on site. Brand new changing rooms & a licensed bar. With the attraction of the super new surroundings, the club went from strength to strength.
However, like all good things, with the disappearance of the bar, the club took a downturn and in 1995 folded.
Many of the players continued to play elsewhere. The older players in their retirement were encouraging their own young children into the game.
In 1993, Stokenchurch under 8’s was formed. Enthusiasm had never been greater. Dads reforming with their sons, and once again enjoying continuing success. Matches were played in Stokenchurch until 2000. With the lads keen to progress and keep together they turned to ‘The South Bucks Youth League ‘ (for 16-18year olds). Success emulated in winning the League & League Cup in their final year.
What next! So, keen to keep together, the youngsters turned to the abandoned ground & changing rooms at ‘Studley Green’ With the changing rooms in total need of refurbishment, and the local ‘Parish Council’ unable to help financially, it was left to a work party of local dads to restore and fund the facilities to their former glory. Reward for their efforts came from a substantial grant aid from ‘The National Football Foundation Trust’ and help from local charities.
In 2001 it was time to join adult football and the lads joined the ‘High Wycombe Sunday Football Combination’ Division 5. Keeping together the team continued to succeed and progressed to the top division –Premier Division.
Where next! Alas, most of the team, approaching their late 20’s had other distractions. Slowly nearly all the team fell away. Although a new breed took over, within a year ‘Beacons Bottom F.C’. ceased and folded once more.
Such was the dismay, the original team were mortified, and having had a year away, enthusiastically in 2012 reformed. Rising from ‘the ashes’ saw the arrival of ‘Beacons Phoenix’ F.C .
Although 3 years on, few of the original ‘Class of 93’ have moved on to further ventures and commitments, some remain, but with age also catching up on them, it has been necessary to cast the net further apart.
Still enjoying ‘Sunday’ football, maybe it is now time for a new era to take on ‘The Mantle’. Although not officially training during the week, the club would welcome any new prospective players / committee members to join us and help the club to continue and move in the right direction’
If interested please contact Hon. Secretary: Nigel North Tel: 01494 482200 or 07795 345220 alternatively our Manager: Stuart Maclellan mobile: 07841 382965