Club History 1 of 2

1. Abbreviated programme notes version for opponents

2010 was celebrated as Oldland's Centenary Year after Bristol and District League handbooks of the 1920's revealed that the team was founded as St. Anne’s (Oldland) in 1910. St. Anne’s (Oldland) won the GFA Minor Cup at the end of the 1921/22 then lifted the 1925 GFA Junior Cup but had to wait until the 1950's for further success. Little is known about the club's fortunes between the wars but they became founder members of the Bristol Premier Combination in 1962 and were promoted to the Gloucester County League in 1973, remaining there for twelve seasons until being re-elected as Oldland Decora in 1986.

Pupils at Hanham Abbots school launched Abbotonians football club as juniors in 1947 and they enjoyed many league and cup successes in the early years, including Cup wins in 1961, 1966 and 1972. The club also won the GFA Intermediate Cup in 1962 and 1969 and the 1968 GFA Minor Cup. It also became the Bristol Churches League Under 16 league winners in 1959 and 1961 and Under 18 league winners in 1960.

The two clubs merged in 1998, playing as Oldland Abbotonians in the Somerset Senior League. The late Alan Bush was appointed chairman of the newly merged club. Oldland Abbotonians won the Somerset Senior League Division One in 2004/05, were Premier Division runners up in 2005/06 and eventually promoted to the Toolstation League in 2006/07. Derek Jones has remained with the club ever since and is now Vice Chairman.

Oldland has often been described as a nursery for Bristol Rovers with Vic Lambden, Peter Sampson, Brian Bush and Mike Tippets all playing for the club before turning professional at Eastville. Former Rovers favourite Bobby Jones was one of many successful Oldland managers, a list which includes David Hillier. Abbots rose to heady heights under the leadership of Alan Bush in the 1980's with the help of former Rovers players Jeff Meacham, the late Steve Talboys (Wimbledon) plus Rovers favourites Graham Day, Peter Aitken and Phil Bater. Among other youngsters who left Abbots to play for Rovers were Stuart Taylor, Phil Kite and Kevin Westaway.

Lee Gibbs had led the club into the League before passing over to ex-professional David Hillier at the start of the 2008/09 season; Hillier helped them become the first ever Division 1 side to win the Les Phillips (league) cup, securing 7th place in the league as well. Having finished 4th and been assured that promotion was imminent at the end of 2015/16 Oldland were disappointingly not promoted and had to start again with the squad moving away.

2016/17 was a pivotal year as although the football side disappointed, through fundraising and grants the club spent in excess of £70,000 on ground improvements including safety fencing, stand covers, pitch maintenance equipment, a new stand and CCTV system. In 2017/18 the team were led by Scott Armstrong and for most of 2018/19 by Jon Toy before Clayton Woodman and Steve Cains returned to the club they had played for. These two have since stepped into the joint Chairman role with football matters being led by Paul Weeks as Director of Football, the first team managers being Darren Sealey and Will Justin plus Lee Lintern on the coaching side.

The Reserves are in the Bristol Premier Combination and are managed by Steve Cains, Craig Durnell and from 2018/19 a newly formed adult third team who play in the Bristol & District League, managed by Mitchell Jones. In addition to this, there is a successful and long standing Women’s team who play in the SW Women’s Premier Division.