|Histon FC - Recent History|
The club won the Jewson League Cup in 1990 which was followed very closely by the sale of three players; Guillano Maiorana who went to Manchester United and Lance Key and Shaun Sowden who both went to Sheffield Wednesday. This heralded a tough time for the club and the next few years saw the 1st team eventually relegated to Division 1 of the Eastern Counties League.
The 1996/97 season saw the 1st team, piloted by Simon Allen, gain promotion from the Eastern Counties League Division 1 to the Premier Division.
The 97-98 season was reasonably successful with the team finishing 3rd in the Eastern Counties Premier Division with Neil Kennedy establishing a club record, scoring 46 senior goals in the season and winning the golden boot for the League. The club also won the Fair Play award for the third season running and the Hospitality award for the Eastern Counties League.
The 98-99 season saw the 1st team finish 4th in the League.
In 1999/2000 the club appointed Cambridge United legend Steve Fallon as manager and what an impact he had! The first team won the Eastern Counties League by beating Gorleston 2-1 on the last day of the season to secure the title. The Club also won the club of the year award from the County FA making sure no one at Histon FC will forget the Millennium year!
The 2000/2001 season meant Southern League Football at Bridge Road for the first time in the club’s history and an enjoyable season produced great reward when the team finished 4th in their debut season. They also won the Cambs Invitation Cup and were also presented with the Fair Play award for Non League Football, resulting in a fabulous trip to Guernsey courtesy of the sponsors Burtons.
2001-2002 produced another solid season for the 1st team, obtaining 4th place in the Eastern Division of the Southern League.
The 2002 -2003 League season proved to be riddled with injury and suspension and the team finished a disappointing 10th in the Eastern Division of the Southern League.
The 2003 -2004 League campaign got off to a flying start going unbeaten until New Years Day, and eventually finishing the season as League runners up - gaining promotion to the Southern League Premier Division. The First team also enjoyed a magnificent run in the FA Cup creating Club History by making it to the First Round Proper and despite taking the lead in the first minute went out 3 -1 to Woking. The Invitation Cup returned to Bridge Road after a tense final against Newmarket Town. The club won the Fair Play award for the Southern League, The Merit award, as League top goal scorers and the Hospitality Award. In August Ladbrokes also announced the Club had won the Fair Play award for Non League Football for the second time in four seasons. The Football Foundation delivered against their promise and the ground developments began to make the newly sponsored Glass World Stadium look like a Ground ready to progress in the non league pyramid.
The 2004-05 season got off to great start, with the team establishing themselves as a force in the Southern League Premier Division, embarking on a 14 game unbeaten record. The FA Cup provided the club with an even bigger stage, dumping out League Two outfit Shrewsbury Town in front of 2000 fans in the 1st round proper and drawing Yeovil Town in the 2nd round proper. After a gutsy performance, they bowed out losing 1-3 and the League campaign again became the focus.
After competing in a two horse race with Chippenham throughout the last month of the season, it all came down to the final game of the season against Chippenham! Neil Kennedy scored the only goal of the game to secure the Southern League Championship and a place in the Conference South. They also won the County Cup.
2005-6 season saw Histon enjoy a very exciting debut season in the Conference South and after a good start to the campaign, they topped the league for a week in October. Injuries took their toll and the side suffered a poor set of results in January but the arrival of Danny Bloomfield from Kings Lynn for £5,000 and then the purchase of Mathew Mitchel King from Mildenhall Town for £2,500 gave the squad a new focus. The return of injured players to the squad meant a return to form which produced just enough points to take the last place in the play offs “5th Place” The team travelled to Farnborough Town in the play off semi final and produced an outstanding performance to beat Farnborough 3-0 courtesy of a Neil Kennedy hat-trick. Histon then visited an impressive Stevenage Borough ground to face St Albans Town for a place in the Conference National in front of nearly 2000 Histon fans. The side went down 2-0 to a deserving St Albans side that on the day were the better team but the experience was invaluable to Histon’s young side. In the FA Cup it was also an exciting campaign with another appearance in the 2nd round proper and this time a draw at Nuneaton took the team to the 93rd minute of a replay at the Glass World Stadium and but for cruel luck the team were robbed of a dream home tie against Premiership giants Middlesbrough!
Histon started the 2006-2007 season with great anticipation following the arrival of new players John Kennedy, Matthew Langston and Junior McDougald who boosted the Stutes squad and after a solid pre season campaign the team started the season looking sharp and focused. The league campaign started with Histon heading the league table early on, a position they would only give up for six weeks of the season. The FA Cup was not to be the ‘promised land’ this season with the team falling at the first hurdle at home to Matlock Town. This disappointment was soon forgotten as the team got into its stride and started to make a serious challenge for the Nationwide South Title. Histon fans’ Christmas was made more memorable after Cambridge United arrived at the Glass World for the first competitive fixture between the clubs and the Stutes surprised the U’s by running out 5-0 winners in the FA trophy campaign that only lasted one more round, when, despite a sterling performance, Histon went out to Conference National side Northwich Victoria losing an entertaining game at the Glass World 2-1. Neil Kennedy celebrated his tenth season at Histon and to mark that special achievement scored his 300th goal for the club in a hat-trick against Havant and Waterlooville. The club stayed in the hunt for the League Championship throughout the season and went into the last month in pole position with all of the top six sides to play. A run of 12 games with only 1 defeat during the last six weeks of the season provided the team with an astonishing 19 point lead so the team traveled to Farnborough Town on the last day of the season knowing the title was theirs.
The Glass World Stadium has seen further improvements with the new County FA headquarters in an advanced stage of building; the new facilities should be in use by late autumn 2007. Two new directors joined the Histon board during the summer along with seven new players. Pre season has been all about preparation and everyone at the club is eagerly awaiting the challenges the Blue Square Premier will bring.