Basingstoke Town

We renewed acquaintance with Basingstoke Town last season, for the first time in over a decade as The Stoke adjusted to life in the Evo Stik League Southern Division.

A single Brett Donnelly goal clinched our home fixture while the away match saw a 1-1 draw (Matt Lench) at the end of the regular season. At that point it appeared that would be our last ever visit to the Camrose as Basingstoke looked to sell the ground and share with Farnborough, reflected by the fan protests that held up the match's kick off. However in a subsequent last minute twist, they have been allowed to continue playing at their home since 1946.

While the Canaries went straight into the play-offs after that game, Basingstoke had a Hampshire Senior Cup Final against AFC Bournemouth and they overcame the Premiership side's U21 team at St Marys Stadium.

Basingstoke's aim last season under experienced boss Terry Brown was to be full-time, placing an emphasis on bringing through academy players first and supplementing them with young players who have been released from local Premier, Championship and League clubs. After a shaky start, the Stoke finished the season in a comfortable mid-table position.  

They will now be looking to return to Step 2, following their relegation from the National League South at the end of 2015-16 (having finished 3rd - their best ever finish - in the previous campaign).

Nickname: The Stoke

Colours: Blue with yellow trim
Change colours: White with blue trim

Address: The Ark Cancer Charity Stadium, The Camrose, Western Way, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG22 6EZ

Last 5 seasons:
2012-13 Conference South 14th
2013-14 Conference South 14th
2014-15 Conference South 3rd (lost in play-offs)
2015-16 National League South 22nd (relegated)
2016-17 EvoStik League Southern Premier 12th

Recent previous encounters (home side's score first):
2016-17 W1-0 (H), D1-1 (A)
2003-04 D2-2 (H), W2-3 (A)

A full list of results against Basingstoke can be found on Fishponder's statistical site here.

Page last updated by Colin_Ridgway on Monday, June 5 2017

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