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Pitstone & Ivinghoe FC


Website last updated: 19 Apr, 2015 @ 11:44



The club was formed in 1957/58 after the demise of Ivinghoe & Pitstone F.C. due to financial difficulties. Records show that Ivinghoe F.C. were playing before the 1900s with their home ground being in Station Road, Ivinghoe. It was shortly after World War II when football moved to Pitstone Recreation Ground our present home.

We started life playing in the West Herts League winning silverware in our first season with the West Herts Challenge Cup beating Berkhamsted Rangers Reserves 2 - 1. The side that day would include a player/goalscorer who would have continued association with club until the present day, David "Wig" Hawkins. In the early days the club played in Blue & White striped shirts before returning to our present Blood & Thunder colours of Red & Black as worn by the Ivinghoe & Pitstone side. In the early 1960's the club would join the Aylesbury & District League where we had a brief spell.

In 1966 the club returned to the West Herts League with a much younger side. The bulk of which would remain together for over a decade of which proved to be a successful period. Amongst the successes would be the Marsworth Cup twice and both the Apsley Junior and Senior Cups before we would move leagues again by joining the now disbanded Dunstable Alliance League in 1970 where equal success would be enjoyed. None more so than in 1976/77 when the club would achieve an amazing treble of both Premier Division/Premier Division Cup and also the Reading Junior Cup. With improved facilities at the Recreation Ground we were accepted into the South Midlands League in 1977/78. and in doing so gained Intermediate status with the Berks & Bucks F.A.

We remained an average side until the arrival of manager Ian Magill in the close season of 1987. In the first season under his guidance we won the Division One title by a clear 15 points and also lifted the Division One Cup. Promotion to the Premier Division was gained and we was soon to lift the coveted S.M.L. Challenge Trophy, by beating Welwyn Garden City 1 - 0. However our finest achievement to date was in 1988/89 when we won the S.M.L. Premier Division by a handsome margin, a tremendous acheivement winning senior honours like this whilst we was stilll recognised as an Intermediate club. We spent five years in the top flight before floodlights became a minimum requirement for Premier status. We were therefore placed into the newly formed Senior Division along with several other clubs in a similar position. The club struggled for a couple of seasons and briefly gained Senior status with the Berks & Bucks F.A before being relegated to the old Division One.

With the return of Ian Magill in 1997/98 of which coincided with the merger of both the S.M.L and Spartan Leagues, our performances improved dramatically, and promotion back to the Senior Division, (now Division One) was achieved in 2000/01. By lifting the title. In addition the club enjoyed its first County Cup success when we beat Hellenic League side Finchampstead 2 - 0 in the Berks & Bucks Intermediate Cup Final at Abingdon Town F.C.

Season 2002/03 saw Ian Magill stand down and he was replaced by Sean Downey. It proved a successful one winning the Division One title by a ten-point margin. Then history started to repeat itself and we were unable to gain promotion due to our facilities not fulfilling the leagues requirements. In the Summer of 2004, we found ourselves placed back into the bottom tier due to our facilities again and our fortunes since then have been rather lean after a succession of managers.

Over the past few season the successes within the club have been few and far between, until the reformation of our Reserve side of which we entered the West Herts Saturday League Division Two in 2011/12 season where we won the title by a 11 point margin.

The 2012/13 Season was one of our most succesful in recent times with the First Team winning the Berks and Bucks County Cup (Intermediate) in a thrilling tie v Aston Clinton. The Final saw Pitstone & Ivinghoe win 3-2 at Chesham Utd's ground with goals from Tom Elliott (2) and Paolo Aquila. The Reserves won The West Herts Division One title by a seven point margin and were West Herts Senior Charity Cup Runners Up.

The 2015/16 season sees a reformation of a Reserves Team, this time residing in the same League as our First Team (Spartan South Midlands) and for the first time a Under 21 Development side in the Bedford & District Sunday Football League.

As a club we are thankful for the continuing support of players, helpers and supporters who have contributed to the successes over the years. The late Alan Howson is still regarded as the player and manager, who had the driving force to bring success to the club. His untimely death at the age of 32, was shortly before the club reached the goal he was striving to achieve, acceptance into the South Midlands League.


West Herts Challenge Cup 1958
Apsley Junior Cup 1966/67
Marsworth Cup 1966/67 - 67/68
Rosebery Bowl 1967/68
Apsley Senior Cup 1968/69
Dunstable Alliance Premier Division 1973/74 - 75/76 - 76/77
Dunstable Alliance Premier Division Cup 1974-75 - 76/77
Reading Junior Cup 1976/77
South Midlands League Division One 1987/88
South Midlands League Division One Cup 1987/88
South Midlands League Challenge Trophy 1988/89
South Midlands League Premier Division 1989/90
Berks & Bucks Intermediate Cup 2000/01 - 12/13
Spartan South Midlands League Division Two 2000/01
Spartan South Midlands League Division One 2002/03
West Herts Division Two (Reserves) 2011/12
West Herts Division One (Reserves) 2012/13

West Herts Division One 1966/67
West Herts Premier Division 1968/69
Watford Peace Memorial Shield 1968/69
Dunstable Alliance Premier Division 1970/71 - 74/75
Leighton Challenge Cup 1971/72 - 00/01
Dunstable Alliance Division One (Reserves) 1974/75
Dunstable Alliance Division One Cup (Reserves) 1974/75
Reading Junior Cup 1975/76
Berks & Bucks Junior Cup (Bucks Area Final) (Reserves) 1979/80 - 86/87
South Midlands League Reserve Division Two 1985/86
South Midlands League Premier Division Cup 1989/90
Spartan South Midlands League Reserve Division Three 1999/00
Capital Counties Feeder Leagues Trophy 2001/02
West Herts Senior Charity Cup (Reserves) 2012/13