FC Berksalona Football Club - Sunday League football team playing in Reading Sunday League Division Three

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Club Information

Contacts

Manager:
Andrew Lane
Secretary:
Amy Lane
Captain:
Wayne Hunt
Website Admin:
Darren Cornell

Home Matches

The club currently play their home games at South Reading Leisure Centre in Whitley. Map

Training

Pre-season training started at the beginning of June and takes place on Sundays at Kensington Park, Tilehurst from 11:00 to 13:00. Players of all standards are welcome to attend these sessions.
Regular training will take place on Thursday evenings, venue TBC.

History

The club originally started life as West End Reserves in Summer 2006. At the time the West End first team had many players signed on and the reserve team was set up to cater for the extra influx of players. The team was elected into the Jack Taylor Sunday League.

Neil Wyles (who is still currently playing for the team) took over as manager but found victories in the teams inaugural season hard to come by. The team finished the 2006/07 season 2nd from bottom in 11th place with a record of P22, W3, D1, L18, F32, A96.

Things improved slightly in season 2007/08 however some have claimed the team suffered a case of Second Season Syndrome. The team finished the season in 9th position with a record of P20, W4, D2, L14, F37, A110. It was clear that the team needed a summer overhaul if it was to get out of the Jack Taylor League and into the Reading Sunday League.

That overhaul came in the form of Andrew "Laney" Lane. Laney came in as the new manager after Neil Wyles stepped down from his post. Laney began re-shaping the squad by bringing in experienced players from other clubs including a few ex-first team players who had decided to quit the team for various reasons. This, mixed with a blend of youthful energy moulded itself into a useful side with a great team spirit.

Pre-season 2008/09 gave little indication of the season that was about to follow as players were still finding their feet (and each others names!). A few heavy defeats did little to dampen the enthusiasm of the new-look side. A Division Two side was beaten away from home in the best of the pre-season results.

West End Reserves hit the ground running when season 2008/09 kicked off in early September, winning their first 6 games and scoring 35 goals in the process. The first points dropped were in November as despite taking a 3-0 half time lead away to Woodley Saints they had to settle for a 3-3 draw. However it would be almost 5 months to the day when they would experience their next points dropping. Team after team were despatched in style with a blend of fine defending, tireless midfield running and ruthless finishing.

Going into April West End Reserves needed only a point against Pangbourne to win the league. On a warm Spring evening they experienced the cold taste of defeat as the normally tight-fisted defending let in 6 sloppy goals to lose 6-5.

Then came the biggest week in the clubs existence. First their nearest league rivals North Star were beaten 5-3 to claim the league title, this was followed by a low-key midweek victory against Calcot Hawks where the league fixtures were completed. The following Sunday West End Reserves achieved the rare feat of winning both the Jack Taylor League and Cup by beating AFC Caversham by virtue of a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw.
The teams league record for season 2008/09 read as follows: P18, W16, D1, L1, F98, A38

During the summer of 2009 the team underwent a facelift. The West End First Team had now folded, and now having no real affiliation to a first team, there was no reason to be known as a "Reserve" team. The teams name was therefore changed to F.C. Berksalona in preparation for season 2009/10.

F.C. Berksalona's inugural season in the Reading Sunday League started off well with four wins out of the first five matches in Division Four West. The team were also progressing well in both the Berks & Bucks and the League Cups. By mid November they had only been defeated once (by the eventual Champions).

On the 22nd November they recorded their highest ever win with a crushing 15-0 defeat of Burghfield Reserves in a game played during the pouring rain.

The fortunes of the team were to change after Christmas. With the heavy fall of snow of winter 2010 causing havoc with the football fixtures, the season only really got going again towards the end of January. A five game unbeaten run during February and March was brought crashing to an end in a League Cup Semi Final defeat to Eldon Celtic. Two weeks later Tilehurst Titans inflicted an unwanted statistic on the club by becoming the first team to keep a clean sheet against the greens in a 4-0 victory.

The last nine games of the season read as W3 D3 L3. An average end to the season meant an average league table position and F.C. Berksalona finished 6th in a season where they felt they should have done better.