With a heavy heart, Bristol Manor Farm Football Club announces that its longest-serving player and club captain, Lloyd Mills, will depart The NL Services Stadium after 11 years with the Portwaymen.

Lloyd was named Club Captain earlier this season, but has led by example on and off the pitch for much longer. His time at the Farm was certainly trophy-laden, helping Manager Lashenko to not just a Western Premier division triumph in 2017, but also three extra domestic titles at Step 5. Lloyd was also part of the club’s incredible charge to success in the 2021/22 season, which saw them overcome Frome Town at Badgers Hill to face Winchester City in the final. Lloyd always managed to pop up with a goal or two at the creek, and his flying header against Malvern Town last month was one of the best we’ve see from our skipper.

From the football club’s staff through to the Farmy Army, we have all shared many great personal and collective moments with Lloyd during his time here, but arguably none more so than Manager Lee who signed him from their previous club, Bishop Sutton AFC.

Speaking to the club on Tuesday evening, Lashenko commented: “Words will never be enough to describe the impact that Lloyd has had here at Bristol Manor Farm. He’s a fantastic person and a true professional in how he conducted himself at training and on matchdays. The football club has seen many great players come and go over the years, which I think is a real testament to Lloyd who has stuck with us and helped us reach new heights that hadn’t been seen before at Bristol Manor Farm.

“Unfortunately in football, and in life itself, there comes a time when players depart to seek pastures new. From all of us here at Manor Farm, we would like to wish him all the best in his new career move.”

Thank you, Millsy, for your unwavering dedication to our club, and we wish you nothing but the best in your new adventures. Once a Farmer, always a Farmer.