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Tony Incenzo's Ground of the Week - AFC Aldermaston

We follow groundhopper, Tony Incenzo, as he visits AFC Aldermaston.

AFC Aldermaston 1 Overton United 2

Basingstoke Senior Open Cup Second Round

Attendance 47

A.F.C. Aldermaston was founded in 1952 by Charles Green BEM, Ted Hall, Gordon Carter, and Don Sharp. The team - then known as AWRE Football Club - were nicknamed "The Atom Men" after the newly founded Atomic Weapons Research Establishment.

As the AWRE complex was still under construction when the team was established, the players used empty contractors' huts as changing rooms - carrying the tin bath into whichever building was designated for that day's football. The players were also responsible for the pitch, and would mow and mark out the pitch before the match started.

The club received support from William Penney during his work at AWRE on the Operation Hurricane project.

In the late 1960s/early 1970s, the club was asked to change the name to "AFC Aldermaston" - which, when fully abbreviated, caused confusion over whether the "A" stood for "Aldermaston" or "Association".

In the 1970s, Aldermaston moved from the Reading & District League to the Hellenic Football League Division One - spending seven seasons in that league. From 1986 until 1991, the club played in local football football leagues, including the North Hampshire League. For the 1991-92 season, Aldermaston joined the Hampshire League Third Division, finishing fifth in their first season. The team spent one season in the second division, before returning to the third division for the rest of the 1990s. Upon reorganisation of the Hampshire League for the 1999-00 season, Aldermaston were placed in the premier division - effectively being promoted two divisions.

When the Hampshire and Wessex Leagues merged in 2004, Aldermaston became members of the Wessex League which they remained part of until 2010. The club and will begin the 2010/11 season in the Hampshire Premier League, having finished the 2009/10 season in 21st (bottom) place.


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