Club History

Lydbrook Athletic was originally formed in 1919. At this time and for many years to follow, players and supporters were taken across the River Wye by ferry to the pitch in Lower Lydbrook.

In the 1930’s a new recreation ground, in Central Lydbrook was built, which became the home of Lydbrook Athletic for many years. The ground is still used by Lydbrook Athletic Reserves, ‘A’ team and junior sides today.

The club reformed in 1943, playing friendlies during and after the Second World War.

In the 1950’s, the club ran two teams, competing in the Gloucestershire and Herefordshire Senior Leagues.

During this period, Lydbrook Athletic were five times Hereford Senior League Champions, twice the Hereford FA Challenge Cup Champions, twice the Hereford Charity Bowl Winners and twice the Kington Challenge Cup Winners.

In Gloucestershire, the club won the Senior Amateur Cup and the Northern Senior League Division 1 title on five occasions.

In 1962, Lydbrook Athletic brought recognition to Gloucestershire football nationally when they visited Bishop Auckland in the Second Round of the FA Amateur Cup valiantly going down 5-0 to a team that had already won the trophy 10 times.

During their dominance of the Northern Senior League, Lydbrook Athletic led the way in trying to form a County League but due to lack of response from clubs from the south the proposals were shelved. Having been frustrated in their efforts the club decided in 1962 to join the Warwickshire Combination with their reserve team taking their place in the Senior League.

In the Warwickshire Combination, Lydbrook Athletic played reserve teams from Aston Villa, West Bromwich Albion and Hereford United. The club travelled as far afield as Hinkley in Leicestershire and Wellington in Stafford.

Following the break up of the Warwickshire Combination, Lydbrook Athletic had a brief spell in the Worcester and District League. Lydbrook retained their link with the Midlands when they were accepted into the Worcestershire Combination, which was eventually renamed as the Midland Combination.

With the eventual formation of the County League in 1968, Lydbrook Athletic became founder members but with most of the players from their successes of the late 50’s now retired the club struggled to make an impact. The club was eventually relegated from the County League to the Northern Senior League in 1986-87.

Today, Lydbrook Athletic run three senior teams. The first team competes in the Northern Senior League, with the Reserves and Third Teams competing in the North Gloucester League.