Next up......Alton Away

Next up......Alton Away

By Ian Saunders
20 September
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The Harlies travel to Alton for their latest league encounter

Bemerton are on the road tomorrow as they head to North Hampshire to face Alton on their excellent 3G surface. The hosts have got an excellent home record so the Harlequins, with a depleted squad will certainly have their work cut out.

The Bemerton team are depleted tomorrow with a number of regular first choice players unavailable, but the management team are hoping that the remaining players can take up the challenge and compete for the 3 points.

Alton Town - History

Alton Town Football Club was established in 1947. They joined Division Two of the Hampshire League and won the division in 1948–49, resulting in promotion to Division One. The 1950–51 season saw them finish as runners-up in Division One. Although they were relegated at the end of the 1953–54 season, the club were Division Two champions the following season, earning an immediate promotion back to Division One. They were Division One runners-up in 1956–57 and league champions in 1957–58.

Alton were Division One runners-up again in 1962–63. In 1972–73 the club reached the first round of the FA Cup for the first time, losing 5–1 at Fourth Division Newport County. At the end of the season they left the Hampshire League to join Division Two of the Athenian League. After winning Division Two at the first attempt, there were promoted to Division One. The league was reduced to a single division in 1977, and after finishing bottom of the league in 1980–81, the club switched to the expanded Combined Counties League, where they were placed in the Western Division. They were Western Division runners-up in 1981–82 and the following season the league reverted to a single division.

After finishing second-from-bottom of the Combined Counties League in 1983–84, Alton dropped into Division Three of the Hampshire League. They finished bottom of the division for the next two seasons, but after it was disbanded in 1986 they were moved up to Division Two. They went on to win the Division Two title in 1986–87 and were promoted to Division One. In 1989–90 they were Division One runners-up.


The club play at Anstey Park, which was the home ground of the original Alton Town club. The merged club played at the Bass Ground before moving to Anstey Park in 2015 as its owners, Coors Brewers, sought to use the site for redevelopment. Coors funded a refurbishment of the Anstey Road ground, which included a new grandstand (replacing an older one), new floodlights and an artificial pitch. A new covered stand was opened in 2017, replacing one that had been removed during the redevelopment work.

Ground: The Enclosure, Anstey Park, Anstey Road, Alton GU34 2NB
Sat Nav: GU34 2NB
Directions: Leave the A31 at the B3004 signed to Alton. Follow the road round to the left passing Eggars School and the Queens Head on the right. Anstey Park is on the right - turn into the park entrance and the enclosure is 400m on the left.

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