Hartley Wintney is classified as a village, though a sizeable one these days, located close to the main town of Basingstoke in North Hampshire, within central southern England. The Football Club was founded in 1897, were founder members of the Home Counties League, and following promotion from the Combined Counties League Premier Division in 2016/17 and Southern League South East in 2017/18, the First Team now compete at Step 3 of the English football pyramid, in the Southern League Premier Division South.
The Club, nicknamed 'The Row' after a small former hamlet, is indebted to the volunteer workers and sponsors who have not only continued to keep the Club afloat but have shared in its recent outstanding success on and off the pitch.
We have our ground at The Memorial Playing Fields, Green Lane, Hartley Wintney, Hants RG27 8DL. The club now has four covered stands, two with seating, and a low level area to accommodate wheelchairs. The pitch is of course fully floodlit and there is a well-equipped, licensed clubhouse offering hot and cold drinks and snacks, as well as dual-zone satellite TV with large screen in the main area. During first team games, there is also an external catering facility.
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A partial list of the Club's officials - the full list can be found in our match day programmes which can be downloaded HERE.
PRESIDENT: Nick Vint
VICE PRESIDENT: Gerry Wykes
CHAIRMAN: Luke Mullen
VICE CHAIRMAN: Steve Noakes
DIRECTOR OF FOOTBALL: Anthony Millerick
TREASURER: Colin Charlton
SECRETARY: Elayne Duddridge
MATCH SECRETARY: Gerry Wykes
SUBURBAN LEAGUE SEC: David Ray
CLUBHOUSE SECRETARY: Paddy White
MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY: Peter Auchterlonie
UNDER 18s SECRETARY: Tommy Ashby
PRESS OFFICER: Kevin O'Byrne
COVID UDSS OFFICER: Elayne Duddridge
PROGRAMME EDITOR: Tyler House
SOCIAL MEDIA: Tyler House
GROUNDSMAN: Tony King
WEBMASTER: Kevin O'Byrne
CLUB PHOTOGRAPHER: Josie Shipman
2011-12: Promoted to Combined Counties League Premier Division
2015-16: Combined Counties League Premier Division Champions
2015-16: Reached the 5th Round Proper of the FA Vase
2016-17: Combined Counties League Premier Division Champions
2016-17: Promoted to the Evo-Stik League South, East Division
2016-17: Aldershot Senior Cup Finalists
2016-17: Hampshire Senior Cup Semi-Finalists
2017-18: Evo-Stik League South, East Division Play-Off Winners
2017-18: Promoted to the Southern Premier League (South)
2017-18: Reached the 1st Round Proper of the FA Trophy
2017-18: Aldershot Senior Cup Winners
2020-21: Hampshire Invitational Cup Winners
2021-22: Aldershot Senior Cup Winners
Last updated August 2022
Hartley Wintney Football Club was founded in 1897, the club's nickname of 'The Row' coming from Hartley Row, a former hamlet of Hartley Wintney. Playing in the Basingstoke League in the late 1940s and into the 50s, the club was successful despite playing on a farm field with a small wooden shed as a changing room; this was Causeway Farm adjacent to the golf and cricket clubs. Amongst the villagers who ran the club was its outstanding Secretary, Fred Cook. Fred's minutes of meetings covering seasons 1948 to 1964 describe the change of club colours from blue squares to tangerine in July 1956.
The club moved to its present Memorial Ground in Green Lane in 1953. A pavilion was erected and the team continued in the Basingstoke League, and later in the Aldershot League. In 1973, Glynn Howell was appointed Manager. In his six-year reign, the team won the Aldershot Senior League three times in succession, and the Aldershot Senior Cup. After several seasons in the Aldershot League, Hartley joined the Combined Counties League (formerly Surrey Senior League).
After the initial seasons in the CCL, the club appointed Ian Bedford as First Team Manager. An influx of senior players during the 80s included several ex-pros: Mick Travers (1980-87, ex-Reading, Portsmouth & Aldershot); Richard Walden (1985-87; ex-Aldershot, Sheffield Wed & Newport County); and Steve Finnieston (1985-88; ex-Chelsea, Cardiff & Sheffield Utd). Within Ian's three years in management, the team secured the League Title (82-83), Runners-Up (81-82), Aldershot Senior Cup Winners (80-81), and George Allen Cup Winners (81-82). The Row were also Runners-Up in the League Cup (82-83) and Aldershot Senior Cup (81-82). During this period a new clubhouse was opened. David Willoughby, then Secretary and Treasurer, and Bill Mitchell, then club Chairman, devoted exceptional hours to this venture.
In 2007-08 under manager Mike Scott, the club gained promotion to the Combined Counties Premier Division, but 08-09 ended in relegation. Under a new management team of Pete Gray and John Condon, the first team rallied, finishing 5th in CCL Div 1 in 09-10. Coach Louis King then took the reigns as manager, guiding the team to 7th in CCL Div 1 in 2010-11.
Ex-pro Neville Roach took charge for 2011-12, assisted by Mick Wollen and Scott Tarr, and the club secured third in Division 1 to clinch a return to the CCL Premier. Hartley also had a fine FA Cup run to the Third Qualifying Round. But the euphoria of promotion was dampened when the coaching staff and almost the entire squad left at the end of the season. Ex-Millwall defender, Dave Tuttle, was given the summer to prepare a new squad for 2012-13. However, a string of poor results led to a second change in management in less than 4 months.
24 year-old ex-Hartley striker, Ben Dillon, was given his first managerial role. Alongside Jason Minton and Joe Lawler, Ben set about rebuilding, with Hartley well adrift at the bottom of the table. The introduction of a talented group of players restored the spirit around the club. In what became known as the season of the club's 'Great Escape', the Row's place in the CCL Premier was secured against all the odds after a remarkable second half of the season.
The 2013-14 season highlight was the run to the 4th Qualifying Round of the FA Cup for the first time, losing at home to Daventry Town in front of a crowd of over 1,000. The club finished 7th in the CCL Premier. A new club crest was commissioned. Designer Philippa Bell incorporated elements tracing the village back to the 13th century when known as Hertleye Wynteneye - 'the clearing in the forest where the deer graze by Winta's island' - hence the tree and stag motifs.
2014-15 saw the club finish 9th in the CCL Premier, after which Ben Dillon stepped down and Dan Brownlie and Anthony Millerick were appointed as joint First Team Managers, with Youth Team Manager, Luke Tuffs, as First Team Coach. It was a very eventful 2015-16. After a memorable FA Cup win at Merthyr Town in the 2nd Qualifying Round, Hartley came back from 2 down only to concede an injury time goal at Conference South Eastbourne Borough. In the FA Vase, a longstanding club record was broken by reaching the 5th Round Proper. In front of a sell-out 1,300 at Green Lane, eventual finalists Hereford proved too strong, but the Row went on to claim the 2015-16 CCL Premier Division title, finishing 10 points clear. Promotion, however, was denied due to ground grading.
The 2016-17 season under Dan Brownlie and Anthony Millerick was extraordinary. Propelled by the goals of strike duo Sam Argent and Ross Cook, the Row topped the CCL Premier Division for the entire season, reached the semi-final of the Hampshire County Cup and Final of the Aldershot Senior Cup. Guided by Chairman Luke Mullen, the club secured the required ground grading to take their place in the Southern League at Step 4 for the first time. Topping a wonderful season, Luke Tuffs' Youth team won the Hampshire FA Youth Cup against a strong Aldershot Town U18.
Now in Southern League South, East Division, 2017-18 saw the Row sat within the top four for much of the season, never dropping below 8th, and embark on their first FA Trophy campaign, going out in the First Round Proper to eventual finalists Bromley. A play-off place was secured, the Row winning their semi-final against AFC Dunstable 2-0. Cambridge City had triumphed at Hayes & Yeading in the other semi. In front of a crowd of over 700 at Green Lane, a tense game was decided by a single goal scored by Nic Ciardini on the end of Jack Ball's towering header to gain promotion to the Southern Premier South at Step 3. The final season highlight was in beating Eversley & California 4-1 to lift the Aldershot Senior Cup.
With Dan Turkington now co-manager alongside Anthony 'Millers' Millerick, 2018-19 started well at Step 3, with a late run seeing Hartley finish 8th. To remain at the level required another round of ground improvements, stretching the club and its volunteers to the limit.
The Covid-19 affected 2019-20 Southern Premier South campaign only clicked into gear for the Row shortly before the season was abandoned. With Millerick as manager and Steve Noakes coming in alongside as his assistant, the return of several familiar faces in the New Year promised fans an exciting run-in to the end. Instead, what followed was a battle off the pitch for the club's survival in the face of lost revenue due to extreme wet weather and then the pandemic.
2020-21 was again cut short by the coronavirus pandemic and league results declared void. However, the season was successful for two cup runs: In the FA Cup, Hartley reached the 4th Qualifying Round, going out at National League side Dagenham & Redbridge FC to the only goal of the game after an excellent effort. In the Hampshire Senior Invitational Cup, staged as Covid restrictions were eased, Hartley reached the final and defeated Folland Sports 4-0 to lift the cup.
There was deep sadness just before the end of the season when Club President, Bill Mitchell, passed away in April. Whilst he held the title of President, he was so much more. A true gentleman who continued with his family's tradition of being Hartley Wintney through and through.
The post-Covid 2021-22 season proved a tough one, with the club's resources severely depleted. Survival at Step 3 presented a huge task, achieved by Anthony Millerick and his spirited team with another good run-in to the end. Silverware arrived by way of the Aldershot Senior Cup, the Row winning 5-2 in the final against Fleet Town. After a lengthy and hugely successful spell as manager, 'Millers' stepped down at the end of the season, becoming the Club's Director of Football, and Ross Weatherstone and Tyrone Newton were appointed joint managers for 2022-23.MEMBER OF THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE, THE SUBURBAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE, THE ALDERSHOT & DISTRICT FOOTBALL LEAGUE, THE BASINGSTOKE & DISTRICT FOOTBALL LEAGUE, THE FARNHAM & DISTRICT SUNDAY LEAGUE, THE ALLIED COUNTIES YOUTH FOOTBALL LEAGUE. AFFILIATED TO THE HAMPSHIRE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION.
Hartley Wintney FC have their ground at The Memorial Fields, Green Lane, Hartley Wintney, Hants RG27 8DL. The club has covered standing and seating, with an area to accommodate wheelchairs. The pitch is fully floodlit and there is a well-equipped, licensed clubhouse offering hot and cold drinks and snacks on match days, as well as offering the facilities to host varied events including wedding receptions, birthday parties and social or business meetings. During first team games, there is also an external catering facility.
DIRECTIONS - refer also to the map here
FROM THE A30
On entering Hartley Wintney via the A30, take the turn at the mini roundabout signposted A323 Fleet. Take the 1st right turn, Green Lane, which has St John's Church on the corner. Continue down Green Lane for about 800 metres and turn right into the car park at the second entry slip road (the parking area operates a one-way system and the first slip road you'll pass is the exit). This car park has a shared access with Greenfields School.
FROM FLEET DIRECTION
Turn left at St John's Church if coming down the A323 from Fleet.
Please use the contact form above wherever possible. During times when the Clubhouse is open, the club may be contacted by phone on 01252 843586.