About Our Club
Bristol Manor Farm Football Club was formed for the 1960/’61 season before disbanding and reforming for the start of the 1962/’63 campaign.
Our ground here at ‘The Creek’ used to be the site of the Port of Bristol Authority Sports & Social Club. In 1965 when the authority moved to new premises, Manor Farm took it over, making it our permanent home.
Having a base of our own enabled the club to apply successfully to join the Somerset Senior League where we made good progress through the divisions. In 1977 the club decided to step up to the Western League, joining the First Division for the start of the 1977/’78 season.
The Club were crowned Division 1 Champions for 1982/’83 and since that promotion to the Premier Division of the Western League Bristol Manor Farm have played most of our football at that level.
The last decade at the club has certainly been the most ambitious period of our history.
An exciting run during the 2010/11 FA Cup competition saw us win a penalty shoot-out against Almondsbury Town and hold Basingstoke Town to a draw before being pipped by a single goal in the replay.
2011/’12 was the most successful season in the history of the club to that date. We won the GFA Challenge Trophy after beating Shortwood United 5-0 in a thrilling ﬁnal and this was followed three days later with another cup triumph when we beat Willand Rovers in extra time to finally lift the Les Phillips Cup.
We lost the GFA Trophy Final to Bristol Academy in 2012/’13 however and ﬁnished third from bottom of the Premier Division. After good service to the club, Manager John Black decided it was time to stand down.
The start of the 2013/14 season saw the beginning of a new era at Bristol Manor Farm FC when current boss Lee Lashenko took over the Manager’s job. Fresh from winning the title with Bishop’s Sutton, Lashenko quickly made an impact with Manor Farm.
An FA Cup run that saw us put nine goals past Oldland Abbotonians and then seven past Lymington Town quickly brought us to the attention of the national press. The tabloid photographers had a field day down at The Creek – photographing the team with the FA Cup and a variety of ‘farmyard’ accessories and costumes – it was a brilliant and fun day that everyone here will never forget. The First Round Qualifying Round tie against Corsham Town then ended in a 4‐4 draw with Manor Farm winning the hard fought replay 1-0. We then also held Bridgwater Town to a 4-4 draw in the next round before narrowly going out 2-1 in the replay.
The club continued to ﬁght for top spot in the league and also applied for promotion to the Southern League. We ﬁnished the league season as Runners-up but were unsuccessful in our promotion bid when Larkhall Athletic were accepted ahead of us. It was the highest-placed finish in the club’s league history, however, breaking club records for goals scored and fewest goals conceded.
In 2014‐2015 Bristol Manor Farm missed out on promotion to the Southern League by 3 points, allowing Slimbridge to go up instead. We did win the GFA County Challenge Trophy however with a 2‐0 win over local neighbours Shirehampton.
During an epic 2015/2016 season an heroic run in the FA Vase took us to within sniffing distance of Wembley with a notable comeback win in the fifth round, overcoming Sunderland RCA 3-2 and a long return trip to the North-East for a Quarter Final showdown with Morpeth Town. On a heavy pitch The Portwaymen were unlucky to go out with Morpeth scoring a breakaway goal in the dying seconds after Farm had laid virtual siege to The Highwaymen’s goal throughout the second half. Morpeth went on to beat Hereford FC 4-1 in the showpiece Wembley final.
We finished third in the Western Premier League – just missing out once again on promotion but won the GFA County Challenge Trophy for the second season in succession with a record 9-2 win over Lydney Town in the final. On a happy night at Ashton Gate our former Exeter City and Truro City striker Dean Stamp also won the Bristol Post ‘Footballer of the Year’ award for his astonishing tally of 59 goals in all competitions.
The many highlights of Manor Farm’s triumphant 2016/17 season will be forever woven into the fabric of the club’s history as we finally secured that elusive promotion to the Southern League in emphatic style, amassing 102 points and scoring over 100 goals on the way to being crowned as Western League Champions.
We also unluckily missed out on a second FA Vase Quarter Final in succession with another narrow 2-1 defeat in a fifth round tie in front of 1,500 partisan fans at Bromsgrove Sporting FC.
An extraordinary unbeaten league run of 21 games between September and March (19 wins and 2 draws) went a long way to securing the coveted league title for Manor Farm however, which was eventually clinched with three games to spare following a 2-0 win at local club Hallen on Good Friday.
Lee Lashenko and his squad of title winners were warmly acknowledged later in the year on another great night for the club at Ashton Gate – walking off with ‘Coach of the Year’ and ‘Team of the Year’ respectively at the Bristol Post Sports Awards.
Manor Farm hit the ground running during our dramatic, first Southern League campaign (‘17/18) – briefly leading in the pack in September and never out of the top six until the final agonising fortnight of the season. Despite the obvious disappointment of an eventual 9th placed finish the club was left to reflect on an exciting debut that proved our players were more than capable of competing at the higher levels we desire as a club.
“Our second season felt more like a first season” remarked Lee Lashenko at the end of year awards for the 2018/19 campaign. Beset by a plague of injuries and a rash of suspensions, The Farm failed to find the league consistency of our debut season but the club’s national profile was given another further boost by an extended run in the Emirates FA Cup – the best ever in the club’s history. We were literally inches and a game away from entering the First Round proper, finally falling to National League side Slough Town in a Third Qualifying Round replay after a valiant 2-2 draw in the original tie at their Arbour Park ground and a 5-2 thumping of Basingstoke Town at home in the previous round.