The history of organised football in Burnham goes back to  Burnham Albion AFC in 1890, however there was a break in continuity during the early 20th century

Date unknown but probably pre-WWI. Photo courtesy of Catherine Poarch.


Local Press annual retrospective.


1907 TEAM

The Burnham Gazette of 25th May 1907 reported on the annual dinner of Burnham Albion Football Club (Hon. Secretary W.H. Luxon).

Photo courtesy of Nick Tolley

Other reports of games in the same journal during 1906 -7 named a number of players:

 E. Wallace – Goal keeper
A. Bellringer – Full back
A. Hayes – Full back
A. C. Baker – Half back
W. Hancock – Half back (Captain)
E. A. Luxon – Half back
W. Hurley – Forward
A. Bishop – Forward
H. Palmer – Forward
E. Russell – Forward
H. Gard – Forward.
Occasional players in the 1st XI photograph might be
F. D.Churchill
L. Lakeman
E. Clapp
P. G. Edwards
E .J. Lee
L. Ash
A. Pill
Rev Ker Thompson on the extreme left, curate of St Andrews and was presided at the Annual Dinner.


The records of Burnham United go back to 1912.

1914 TEAM


1921-22 TEAM


1926-27 TEAM

A retrospective article in the Burnham and Highbridge Weekly  News (date unknown) described this team as “possibly the most successful football side Burnham United have fielded in their 75 year history. This smart looking side swept the boiard in the 1926-27 season – winning the Weston League Division One, the Weston Knockout Cup and the Weston Charity Cup.



Speaking to Ivor Punnett in the Burnham & Highbridge Weekly News in 1992, ex-chairman and referee Mike Mansfield recalled:

“I joined the YMCA team in 1944 and moved over to Burnham when the men started coming back from the war and the club got back on its feet again. I remember one game against a team of German POWs from a camp at Wells. The ground was packed to see that match and we won four goals to three. Those were the days when we took three coach loads of supporters to Bristol for a match and one coach would stay late for those who wanted to enjoy a bit of night life. We were on a high then, winning lots of matches and dooing very well. We had a ground at Pillsmouth and we were doing so well we bought an old hut from the ROF at Puriton for our headquarters. We put it up together and I installed guttering all round to catch rainwater which we heated in old copper boilers for the showers. But these showers were a bit of a joke at first  because we didn’t have a drop of rain until the last match of the season when it bucketed down. [Jack Turner was] a real bundle of energy and a great worker for the club.”

“At one time we used to hold a Saturday skittles tournament for local people and tourists outside the Royal Clarence Hotel and Jack used to set up the portable wooden alley and often run it himself. And many will also remember ‘Saddler’ Lee who had saddlers shops in Burnham an d Highbridge and who used to collect the balls after every game, pump them up, repair them and grease them with dubbin. We also had plenty of characters on the field., like ‘Gentleman’ Bill Gadd, so called because he always wore gloves in the cold weather, and my father who was known to everyone as ‘over the bar Bailey’. “


1963-6 The Reformation of  Burnham United (account by John Ingram).


Back Row: Rich Haines (manager); Nigel Picton; Kim Brockhurst; Alan Coombes; Karl Bidgood; Ian McKen; Gavin Morris.  Front Row: Nigel Streeter; Derrick Mullins; Richard Coulson; Trevor Ford; Bob Peace.


Back Row: Nick Burke (joint manager); Bob Skidmore; Clive Fursland; Dave Brooks; Chris Hembery; Roger Broom; Rich Haines (joint manager). Front Row: Justin Burke (mascot); Derrick Mullins; Richard larance; Bob arson; Mike Driscoll; Bob Peace; Nicky Clarke.

7 thoughts on “Football”

  1. Hi again Guys.
    Research has now reached 1919 and Burnham and Highbridge RFC are playing on the Love Lane ground and enjoying a good start after the Great War.

    1. Hi Kerry,
      I can remember there being fields of grass in the area where St Peter’s road , Salisbury road is now. I don’t remember them being used for football but I do remember watching a motor bike scrambling event there.
      I will ask some of my colleagues if they know more.

  2. Thanks for all this guys. Since posting I have done some further research and have just chalked off another sports venue – Coronation Field in Oxford Street which was a football and cricket ground more or less where Lidl’s is now. Any ideas when it ceased to be a sports field ?
    I have the bound volumes of the Bridgwater Mercury from 1897 to 1935 here at home at the moment and although Burnham news is sometimes thin, if anybody has anything they would like researched, if I can I will.

    1. Hello Kerry,
      Coronation Field was where St Andrews School is now – off Dunston Road and behind the east side houses in Kingsway Road. It was so called because that is where the town’s residents gathered for each of the coronations. It later became used by the USA army and was left as a waste ground. I can remember using it for motorbike scrambling in my early teens.
      There was also a sports ground at what was Pillsmouth Farm. Have a look under Technical School.

  3. I am researching sport using the Bridgwater Mercury and in 1896 Burnham Albions FC were said to be playing on a meadow opposite Helen’s Cottages in the town. Does anyone know where they were, or are by any chance?
    I shall continue to post on here anything I find that is relevant

    1. Hello Kerry,
      I know St Dunstan’s school sports field was near what is now Rectory Road area. We have had several comments posted of ex pupils and you can read their comments via this link. there were several schools in this area so it might have been one of these sports fields. I do have more to add about these schools and also early sports team members so please keep an eye for updates.
      It might be that more information is posted there about this school.
      I hope this helps and thanks for your interest.

    2. Hi Kerry,
      Thanks for your comment. I would like to add to John’s reply that I have consulted colleagues in the Local History Group and we wonder whether ‘Helen’s Cottages’ is in fact ‘Ellen’s Cottages’, the alms houses on the Berrow Rd, opposite the end of Stoddens Rd (see the ‘Places’ menu on this site). The land opposite would have still been open land in the 1890’s. We would welcome further information from you as your research continues.

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