All About Banbury United

Last updated : 15 July 2002 By Rob Cooper

Banbury United were formed back in 1931, however, back then they were known as Spencer Villa. Moments of glory in the clubs history include the 1957 and 1962 seasons when they reached the FA Cup first round.

Their record attendance, an impressive 7,160, came in the FA Cup third qualifying round in 1949 - a figure higher than the Royals manage for some cup games.

The club changed ownership in 1965, and with the change in ownership came a change in name, from the then Banbury Spencer to the now Banbury United.

Having spent many years in the Southern League the club were relegated to the Hellenic League in 1990, just as the management were getting control of debts which had threatened to cripple the club.

It was ten years later, in 2000, that they were promoted back to the Southern League where they play their football once more.

Last Season, Banbury finished a respectable fiteenth out of twenty-two clubs. At the end of the season they managed to avoid relegation by just four points. They will be looking to improve on their points score this time around as they look to climb up the leagues.

Reading played a pre season friendly against Banbury on Saturday, winning 1-0 thanks to a Nicky Forster goal. For supporters of the Spencer Stadium side Season tickets are now available to order at £84 for adults, £40 concessions.