History

We have come a long way since our humble beginnings back in 1997. Below is some of the significant milestones we have achieved since then.

1997

This is where it all began...

Abbeymead Rovers Football Club was formed in 1997 by a group of local parents who decided to train at on the playing fields off of Lobleys Drive and officially formed Abbeymead Rovers.

The age groups back then consisted of Under 7, Under 8 and Under 9 with about 80 members.

2001

Four years on from it's formation, the club continues to grow.

A significant achievement in 1997 was the first ever end of season presentation event with all our teams together. It's been this way every since.

2004

It was 2004 when Abbeymead Rovers established their own mens teams after a local football team then known as Patriots merged to become part of the club.

In another significant milestone, we had our first ever girls team in this year too and the number of girls teams at Abbeymead Rovers continues to grow to this day!

And to top off 2004, the club achieved FA Charter Standard for the first time and we have held this status ever since.

2008

Four years after our first girls teams were formed, we were able to create our first ever Ladies team who continue to this day.

We also offered community football, allowing those with disabilities to participate and be apart of the club and it still remains as popular as ever.

2011

Five years after the club were initially awared the FA Charter Standard award, we were awarded FA Charter Community Club - the highest possible classification that can be achieved.

Our mens 1st team won the Stroud & District Football League Divison 1 and secured promotion to the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League where they remain to this day.

2014

A third mens team was added to the adult set-up to accomodate increasing player numbers at the time. They began life in the Stroud & District League Division 8 at the time and continued right the way up until 2019 where a general decline in player numbers in football led to the 3rds withdrawing from the league.

The youth section continues to grow to record numbers and the club won the Gloucestershire FA Community Club of the Year.

2015

It all started from a Barclays advert and our chairman at the time, Stuart Langworthy, jumped upon the oppourtunity to create one of the first walking football teams in the country.

A mens team were entered into the Gloucester & District Sunday League in 2014 where they remained until withdrawing from the league in 2018.

2016

The success of walking football since it's formation in 2015 led to the creation of a Super-Vets team.

2017

The success of the walking football teams were recognised nationally with them being awarded the FA Mars "Just Play" Walking Football Centre of the Year.

2018

The club were awarded the Gloucestershire FA Charter Standard Club of the Year in 2018. A great achievement for the club.

In addition, Abbeymead Rovers were awarded the Community Club of the Year at the Gloucestershire Live 2018 Sports Awards.

2019 and beyond...

Longstanding Chairman, Stuart Langworthy and his wife Judith Langworthty step down from club after 20 brilliant years. They were awarded the honorary positions of President and Vice-President of the club.

Stuart went on to become the England Over 60s Walking Football Manager and continues to promote the sport around the world.

The club now have over 50 teams spanning all age ranges and abilities.