Getting to know: Leamington FC

‘The Brakes’ have just finished 13th in the Vanarama National League North, their best finish since their resurrection in the year 2000, so we thought we should take a look and get to know Leamington FC.

Originally founded in 1891 as ‘Leamington Association Football club’ one of a couple of names the club has played under, Leamington play their home fixtures at the New Windmill Ground in Leamington Spa. But not for much longer.

The club are set to move to a new 5000 capacity community stadium in 2022-23, doubling the size of the ground with their current home only having space for 2300. The new ground is set to be closer to the town centre and part of the ‘Europa Way Strategic Opportunites’ project, a development that is set to include, a new primary school, a Special Educational Needs School, a Local Centre and an athletics facility among other things. (See Below).

Credit: The Brakes Trust

As well as being part of the new project and developing a new community stadium, the club runs a community scheme to help out the clubs local area. Through this scheme, Leamington run a number of football courses and teams including, Young Offenders Coaching, Toddlers Football and Play Group and a Pan Disability Football Team among others, at various venues across their local community.

Back to the pitch now, and ‘The Brakes’ have played under a number of names during their history, whilst being fairly successful, the club has appeared as Leamington Town, Lockheed Borg and Beck, Lockheed Leamington, AP Leamington and since 1985 they have been called, Leamington FC.

Currently featuring in the National League North, the club has played at a higher level previously, featuring in the top flight of Non-League, The Vanarama National League, between 1978/79 and 1981/82 in what was the called the ‘Alliance Premier League’.

It was soon after their spell in the National League that Leamington went into abeyance, it was the 1987/88 season after losing their home at the time, the Windmill Ground.

Just 12 years later however and ‘The Brakes’ were back and havent looked back since, climbing from Division Two of what was the Midland Combination, the 11th tier in English football, all the way to the Vanarama National League North, the 6th tier in English Football.

After their best season since reforming, ‘The Brakes’ will be looking to beat it next season and everyone here at ‘ClimbingThe Ladder’ would just like to wish everyone at Leamington FC all the best for next season and in their upcoming cup finals.

Author: Alex Scott

Currently doing as much freelance journalism work as possible. Avid football fan and player currently at Penrith Academy.

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