Sponsorship Opportunities at DRG Frenchay FC

DRG Frenchay, a local football club, are seeking interest in sponsorship from businesses in and around the Downend area.

To find out further information, please contact Angela Hocking at clerk@dbhparishcouncil.co.uk.

A Brief History of DRG Frenchay AFC…

Formed in 1962, the club was then named RWP AFC after the company who all its members worked for: Robinsons Waxed Papers. It originally played in the Church of England League, but were soon accepted into the Bristol & District League playing on the company ground at St Johns Lane.

The team progressed through the various Divisions of the Bristol & District League to Division 1, and moved to the Company Ground at Carsons Road, Mangotsfield in 1966, and in 1976/67 they finished runners up to Frys and gained election to the Avon Premier Combination. Always reasonably well placed in Division 2 of this league, they were promoted to Division 1 when they were Champions of Division 2.

Winning the Berkeley Hospital Cup in 1981/82, they went on to win the Gloucestershire Senior Amateur Cup in 1985/86 beating Thornbury Town in which was to be the last game to be played on the Bristol Rovers ground at Eastville. In 1986/87, they did the treble when they were Champions of the Avon Premier Combination, Avon Premier Cup Winners, and Berkeley Hospital Cup winners. Elected to the Gloucestershire County League in 1987 they finished in a mid-table position and won the Berkeley Hospital Cup for the second year in succession.

In 1989/90, the Reserves were Champions of the Bristol & District League and the Club won the Berkeley Hospital Cup for the fifth time.

In 1994, the reserves were promoted to the Premier Combination Division 1 after finishing runners-up in the Bristol Senior Division and they also won the GFA Junior Cup.

1996 saw the first XI become Champions of the Gloucestershire County League and in season 1997/8, they won the Gloucestershire Challenge Trophy.

When the ground at Carsons Road was developed for housing, DRG AFC took over Stapleton FC after paying off their considerable debts, and moved to their present ground at Frenchay Park Road. A great deal of work had to be done improving the pitch to bring it up to County League standard, and it was some two years before DRG AFC moved on to the ground. Although Stapleton FC now no longer existed, at the request of the Stapleton members DRG agreed to incorporate the Stapleton name.

Unfortunately, the Club has not had the same success since their enforced move, with the Reserve side being demoted to the Bristol & District Division 3. However with a brand new squad and management for both teams we are hoping for a better season this year, and our hopes were fulfilled, when the First team, after being in top spot for a month finished in a respectable position in the League table. The reserves went one better as Champions of Division 3 of the Bristol & District League, and only narrowly beaten in the GFA Intermediate Cup Final. In 2011, the Reserves finished Champions of Division 2 of the Bristol and District League and were promoted to Division 1. With the majority of the Reserve players leaving, season 2011/12 saw us have a horrendous season and were demoted to Division 2, through no fault of the manager, who struggled to keep players. Season 2012/3 saw a new manager, Dennis Perry, who assembled a new squad and they are currently well placed in the League table. In 2012, we decided to change the Club name to DRG Frenchay AFC, which is more in keeping with the area we are playing in. The end of season 2012-13 saw the First Team relegated to the Bristol Premier Combination the first time they had been relegated in their long history.

The Club has a long history of raising money for Charities. It started back in the 70s when one of our players died of cancer. Initially we raised money to support his young family and then moved on to St Peters Hospice, The McMillan Trust and many other national and local charities along with some individual causes, such as Anaharad Owen who needed his parents’ garage converted into a special room for him. Money has been raised for CLIC, Frenchay Hospital Childrens Ward, Cystic Fibrosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Multiple Sclerosis, Help the Heroes and many others. The leading light in this has been our Chairman John McArthur who has organised all the fundraising from the start and himself has run the London Marathon along with other Half Marathons and of course along with the help of Club Members, Friends and Relations. To date we have raised the best part of £55,000.

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