Leamington Football Club is the main football club in Whitnash, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, England, currently playing in the Southern Football League Premier Division.
In 2005 the team beat 5 teams (with 2 replays and penalty shoot-outs) to make excellent progress in the FA Cup, gaining significant national media coverage, culminating in a 9–1 defeat to Colchester United, a professional team six leagues above Leamington, in the First Round Proper. To celebrate the cup run the Warwickshire Beer Company created a bespoke beer called Brakes Fluid, only available from the club shop. At the start of the 2008–09 season the senior team became affiliated with Leamington Lions, the ladies team and the Leamington Junior Brakes teams.
The club was founded in 1891 as Leamington, and became known as Leamington Town the following year. In 1937 they sold their ground to Coventry City and did not then re-form until 1944 when they became known as Lockheed Borg & Beck, as they became associated with a local works. The team soon became Lockheed Leamington, and then AP Leamington in 1973, as the works team for Automotive Products. In 1985 the club returned to their original name, but within three years the ground had been sold and the club went into hiatus until re-emerging in 2000.
With the club at its playing pinnacle, Automotive Products decided to sell the Windmill Ground in Tachbrook Road for housing. The last match was played in April 1988.
The club was relaunched in 2000 playing at the New Windmill Ground in Harbury Lane, Whitnash, (a small town adjoining Leamington to the south), and winning two successive promotions: the Midland Football Combination Division Two title in the first year and as runners-up in Division One a year later. Three years later Leamington gained promotion to the Midland Alliance
Famous ex-players include former Coventry City captain Charlie Timmins (1958–1961), and George Green, who won the 1925 FA Cup Final with Sheffield United.
Leamington FC's colours are gold shirts, black shorts and black stockings.
The Leamington FC badge shows a windmill and a football. The windmill image has been associated with the club for a long time, since both the old Windmill Ground and the current New Windmill Ground were near iconic windmills.
The away kit for 2011–12 is royal blue with a yellow flash across the chest.
The Windmill Ground
Home to Leamington Town, Lockheed Leamington, AP Leamington and Leamington FC the Windmill Ground was situated on the Tachbrook Road, Leamington Spa.
The ground began its life known simply as the "Tachbrook Road Ground" with the first "Leamington FC" match taking place in late September, 1891, between "Leamington Association Football Club" and Queen's College, Birmingham.
By 1913, when Leamington Town moved back to the ground (after using various sites around the town), it had been renamed as "The Windmill Ground", the name reflecting the fact that there was a derelict windmill (which was domolished in 1968) adjacent to the site on the Tachbrook Road.
In 1937 Leamington Town fell foul to money matters, the club was voluntarily wound up, and the Windmill Ground was sold to Coventry City. Coventry paid £1,739 6s and 8d for the ground which was to be used for their 'A' team. During the 2nd World War the ground also hosted Forces matches and Birmingham City matches.
Lockheed, the company situated opposite the Windmill Ground, saw their social club form a club in 1946 called Lockheed Leamington and bought the ground back from Coventry City to house their team.
It was after this time that the ground saw most of its development work – stands, terracing, etc. The floodlights were installed in 1965. By its demise it boasted a 440 seater stand running half the length of the Tachbrook Road side. At the left hand side (looking from the pitch) were the changing rooms.
To the right, and extending behind the northern goal, was terracing. The terracing gradually faded into a gently sloping gravel bank that continued round the other 2 sides of the pitch. The north end was covered, as was a very small section of the embankment opposite the stand.
The stated capacity of the ground was 5,000 – with cover for 1,600 spectators. The clubhouse (built in the late 1970s) sat behind the stand, up towards the northern end of the ground.
A First Round FA Cup tie, vs Stafford Rangers in the 1975–76 season, saw the largest attendance at the ground. 3,200 turned up to see Stafford triumph 3–2.
With the ground's owners, Automotive Products, struggling financially, property developers AC Lloyd purchased the ground in 1985. The downfall of the club could be said to have started two years previously. Despite winning the Southern League championship in 1983, the club was denied promotion to the Football Conference due to the condition of the ground. Kidderminster Harriers were promoted instead, and a sad downward spiral was put in motion.
The final league match at the ground was on 16 April 1988 against Walsall Wood. The very last match played at the ground was between teams managed by two old (AP) Leamington managers a "Farewell to the Windmill Ground".
Where the ground once stood there is now a housing development. The turnstiles were sold to VS Rugby and some of the stand went to Stratford Town. The floodlights, originally from Manchester City's Maine Road ground, were sold to a security firm.
The New Windmill Ground has been Leamington's home since the 2000–01 renaissance. The ground is built in the shadow of nearby Chesterton Windmill on Harbury Lane, Whitnash just outside Leamington Spa. It is fully owned by the club.
As of February 2008, the ground contains a match pitch and a practice pitch, car park, licensed clubhouse and changing rooms, a snack bar, club shop and a tuck shop, and an electronic scoreboard. There is covered terracing on the South side ("The Harbury Lane End"), covered seating on the East side ("The Sheepside"), terracing on the North side ("The North Bank"), and a new small covered stand on the West side. The ground has full floodlighting and PA facilities. Entrance is via turnstiles at the southwest and, since February 2008, northwest corners.
In June 2007, planning permission was granted for further development, intended to bring the ground to the standards required by the Southern League. This planned development includes a new covered stand on the west side of the ground (subsequently completed in 2010), and an extension to the clubhouse. In December 2007 terracing to the North Bank was completed and first used on 26 December for a league game against Romulus, which ended as a 1–1 draw.
In April 2008 the ground was awarded a 'D' grading making it suitable for use in the Southern League Premier Division. New terracing to the Harbury Lane end, consisting of six steps, was unveiled in a pre-season friendly against Conference South team Newport County on July 19, 2008.
Leamington used to enjoy a high level of support for the club's position in the league system. The average attendance for home matches for the 2008–09 season was 666. The highest attendance at a New Windmill Ground match was 1,634 when Stourbridge visited on 5 May 2008.
Saturday 14th August
Leamington hire Jason Lippitt as manager more to come later.
Good luck Jason, will be following
Wow a lot of effort looks to be put in this! GL! Will be following
Leamington Brakes employed a new manager last night. Jason Lippitt, who is a Leamington man through and through replaces Paul Holleran because of personal differences. Lippitt who at 25 is the youngest manager in the Evo-Stik Southern Premier League inherits a team who should atleast challenge for promotion. Lippitt said about his arrival, 'I am looking forward to working with this talented squad. A few years ago we made the first round of the F.A Cup, I have some good solid players available to play for me, and I am really looking forward to the challenge.' When asked about his aims and ambitions Lippitt responded by saying 'We are just 2 divisions away from Conference football and in two season's that is the Aim.
Lippit has a small but talented squad available, Lippitt needs to hold on to Micheal Quirke, Kevin Sawyer, Joe Magunda, Lee Moore and Sam Adkins and also get a couple more players in but it seems like he has his head screwed on so we will see.
He will be a automatic starter, for this division he is extremely good
Will also be a regular this season for me
He will start every game he is fit
Sunday 15th July
The Press Conference
Jason Lippitt meets the media, The Birmingham Mail, The Non-League Paper, BBC WM Radio and BBC Coventry and Warwickshire.
Lippitt - Hello everyone I am Jason Lippitt, I say it how it is and some of you will love me and some of you will hate me, first question please?
- Hi I am Danny hardwick of the Birmingham Mail. You sit here being unveiled as the new Brakes Boss, Born in Leamington, raised in Leamington, but having to move back from Telford to accept your first job in management. Was it a easy decision and how do you feel about it?
Lippitt - It was a extremely easy decision to make, my Football career was cut short due to a horrific knee injury, I am a young manager with a good understanding of football and Leamington are a club who have a lot of History. The fans are everything here and they have made me feel very welcome straight away so yes I am very happy to take this job on.
- I am Lee Doherty of BBC WM. What do you make of the Players and the Facilities here at the Windmill ground?
Lippitt - Well lets talk about the facilities first, there are some great facilities for a club of this division. We have a good youth set up which comes into fruition from the 2013/14 season and I am very excited to get some local talent coming through. We have some great players and also a few players that will be signing for us within the next couple of days because we have a small squad so I am looking to get 7 -10 players in on top of what we have at the moment which is 14.
- Danny Hardwick again here, What is your main focus this season? Southern Premier League, F.A Cup or the Southern League Cup?
Lippitt - Well I want Leamington Promoted this season to the Conference North/South, I am expecting a small run in the F.A Cup and also a good run in the Southern League Cup.
- Hi I am Ashlee Grant from the Non-League Paper. Tom Hutchinson is one of your best Centre Backs but rumours say he will be leaving what do you have to say about that?
Lippitt - Over my dead body
After that question Lippitt got up and said thank you the press conference is now over.
Monday 16th July
On a cold rainy Monday morning at the Windmill ground Brakes Manager Jason Lippitt unvails his first three signings, the most high profile of which is Tom Hutchinson from former Conference team Kingstonian. Hutchinson pictured below is said to be very happy at moving to Leamington to join what he says is 'A very good up and coming team.' Jason Lippitt said that aquiring someone of Tom's calibre is paramount to Leamington's success for the upcoming season.
Joining Hutchinson is Peter Holmes also know in the Southern Premier division as Holmesly the monster. Jason said of Holmes 'We have signed the monster for a bit of steel in our midfield. I am sure he will get booked a lot but it is somewhat of a coup for us that he has agreed to move over to us. Holmes started his career at Sheffield Wednesday but made his name at Luton Town in the Championship.
Also joining them is Ashley Walker, the 24 year old centre back has been signed from Stratford Town. He has had Southern Premier League experiance with Rugby Town. Lippitt said this of Walker, 'Ashley will come here making the step up and watch him flourish as his stength and determination will make him a success.
When asked at the end will there be more arrivals Jason Lippitt responded witha one word Answer 'Yes!'
Tuesday 24 July
Leamington Brakes have signed former Nottm Forest Trainee Striker Tim Hopkinson
. Hopkinson brings good finishing and speed
, according to Manager Jason Lippitt. Hopkinson has said hes thrilled to be back in football after a year with no club. Lippitt has said expect 4 or 5 more signings before the season starts.
Sunday 29th July
Leamington have announced three more signings today. Nineteen year old Tashan Adeyinka joins after having 2 years out of the game. The English striker is said to be thrilled at joining Brakes. Adeyinka said ' To join a club like Leamington who are obviously going places is very exciting.' Lippitt said 'Tashan comes here knowing to fight for his place in the 1st team. He is a player with a bright future and I look forward to his development at the club.'
Joining Adeyinka is Tom McCready
, McCready has had experiance at clubs like Everton and Hibs in Scotland and although he never made an appearrance he is useful to have for the fact he has trains with a better quality of player.
The Third player to join Leamington is Mark Hingley who joins after being released as a trainee for West Bromich Albion. Hingley is a Centre Defender and looks to be a great prospect for the Southern Premier League.
Brakes Manager Jason Lippitt says there will be no more deals unless its a special player.
This is the Squad that will take me to Promotion.
Sunday 29th July
Gareth Bale and Leighton Baines made the best moves this month.
Sunday 5th August
Leamington Have a Amazing Pre-Season
Brakes Manager Jason Lippitt is thought to be ecstatic at his team's Pre-Season. It all started with a 6-1 defeat at home to Grantham Town. Then a 3-0 victory and a 2-0 against Quorn FC and Aylesbury United Respectively. Leamington then followed them victories up with a 3-2 win over Berkhamsted. That was then followed up with a 3-1 victory against Blue Square Bet Premier division side Macclesfield Town. Leamington can compete as we have seen. It is going to be a awesome season.
Monday 6th August
Knock at the door and it opens
Hello Boss you wanted to see me
Ah yes take a seat
Jamie takes the only seat available
I would like you to be Captain for the season Jamie. I think you have a calming influence on this squad and you come highly recommended for the role by my backroom team.
Thanks Jason, I think we have a great squad here now with the new players we as a team have bought in. I would like to recommend James Husband to be the Vice Captain.
Great minds think alike Jamie as that is exactly who I was going to ask to be Vice Captain.
What formation are we playing this season?
I am going with a attacking 4-4-2 formation in the league and the Southern League Cup in the F.A trophy and F.A Cup it is opponent dependant.
Ok well I need to go Boss as I have work in about an hour and a half
What do you do?
I am a Police Officer
Ok thanks and cya at training
Jamie gets up and leaves
Looking really good so far Jason, keep it up
2013-02-27 22:32#82833 Blue :
Looking really good so far Jason, keep it up
Thanks Blue first month will be up by tomorrow at lastest my chat ain't working