Match Preview: Senior Challenge Vase

Senior Challenge Vase @ Stafford Rangers, Monday 3rd April


  • Brereton Social vs Leek C.S.O.B.
  • Monday 3rd April - 7:30pm
  • Stafford Rangers, Astonfields Road, Stafford, ST16 3UF
  • Adults £6.00 / Concession £3.00 / U16s Free (with full paying adult)

Brereton Social
Brereton Social F.C. is a football club with a long and storied history, having been formed way back in 1899. Over the years, the club has seen many ups and downs, including three separate spells in the West Midlands (Regional) League. The first of these began in the 1968-69 season and lasted for twenty years, during which time the team won promotion from Division One in the 1971-72 season. The club rejoined the West Midlands (Regional) League in the 1995-96 season, after a brief hiatus, following their move to the Staffordshire County League (South) in the 1987-88 season. In recent years, Brereton Social F.C. has seen significant success, being promoted to the Staffordshire County Senior League Division One as league runners-up in the 2016-17 season and winning the Division Two Cup in the same year. They were promoted again in the 2017-18 season, this time to the Premier Division, as runners-up in Division One. The team has continued to perform well in the 2021-22 season, finishing as runners-up in both the Staffordshire Senior League Premier Division and the League Challenge Cup. 

Brereton Social’s Route To The Final
Round 1: Madeley White Star FC 0 - 4 Brereton Social FC
Round 2: City of Stoke FC 0 - 3 Brereton Social FC
Quarter-Final: Brereton Social FC 5 - 1 Ball Haye Green
Semi-Final: Brereton Social FC 1 - 1 Redgate Clayton (7-6 pens)

Leek C.S.O.B.
Over the years, the club has enjoyed a loyal following, with many people identifying with the team and its players. One of the club’s most prominent players is Stan Lockett, who has been with the team since the mid-1950s as a teenager. He has been the heartbeat of the club for many years and is a well-known figure both locally and nationally.
Another notable figure in the club’s history is Ken Hill, who was persuaded by Lockett to attend a game and subsequently became the club’s chairman for 25 years. In recent times, Leek CSOB has had a good season, beating all the title contenders along the way. However, the team’s inconsistency and too many drawn matches have seen them fall just behind the pace setters in the league standings. Despite their ups and downs, Leek CSOB remains a cherished part of the local community. The club’s history and the dedication of its players and supporters have ensured that it will continue to be a beloved institution for years to come.

Leek C.S.O.B.’s Route To The Final
Round 1: Leek C.S.O.B. 3 - 2 Warstones Wanderers
Round 2: Newcastle Town Reserves 0 - 3 Leek C.S.O.B.
Quarter-Final: Kidsgrove Athletic FC Reserves 1 - 5 Leek C.S.O.B.
Semi-Final: Leek C.S.O.B. 2 - 0 Florence Youth

Match Officials
Referee: Paul Kent
Assistant 1: John Burgess
Assistant 2: Carl Watson
4th Official: Matt Barlow

Match Programme
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