The Reading and District Sunday League is home to six leagues and 61 teams, all of whom play around or in Reading. The Senior Division has ten teams this season, and each team has played between three to six games so far.
Some clubs are more well-known than others, and one has reaped the rewards of going viral. The teams play in or around Reading, so why not pay them a visit the next time you go?
Caversham United does not play in the Senior Division, but it has an interesting story. A very easy marketing strategy caused the team’s social media following to rise rapidly.
Caversham interacted on Twitter with some of the European football giants, such as Bayern Munich and AS Roma. These two clubs now follow Caversham on Twitter and have helped to give the Berkshire-based club 10,000 new followers. Zenit St. Petersburg and Red Bull Salzburg have also tweeted the team back.
The newfound fame has had good results. The club can afford to sponsor shirts, sells merchandise all over the world and has made a £5,000 donation to charity. If you’re planning to visit the Allianz Arena, maybe wear a Caversham jersey. You may get recognized!
Emmer Green is a small village two miles North of Reading’s town centre, and close to Oxfordshire’s border. Its football team, Emmer Green FC, has been playing in the village since 1975.
Emmer Green has stormed to the top of the Senior Division, winning every single one of its six matches. It has scored 24 goals in that time, which was aided by a 6-2 win over Twyford Comets and a 7-1 thumping against Tilehurst YM. The six-game win streak puts the team ten points clear of second-placed Maiden Place.
James Bozarth has contributed to most of the scoring. He has started six games and has ten goals to his name. This makes him the team’s leading goalscorer.
It was 1989 when a small group of football-loving dads and their sons teamed up to form a school football team. Local youth were encouraged to join, and Burghfield Boys FC was formed. The local community supported the club financially; a local greengrocer also supplied fruit for the players to eat at half-time.
The club started coaching programs in the late 1990s thanks to F.A. funding. A mens team was formed to change the club’s official name to Burghfield FC. The funding had long-term effects for the next 20 years, as the club gained FA Charter Standard Development Club rights and now has 400 members within its organization.
Burghfield intends to give a professional feeling to the local area. The club has announced plans to install 4G pitches, a new clubhouse and modern training facilities. This will help the club and a nearby school, thus making it a sustainable project.
Maiden Place is located in Lower Earley, an affluent part of Reading. It is known for its shopping centre, nature reserve, and the transport centre where rapid transit buses take Reading fans to the Madejski Stadium on gameday.
Maiden Place’s social club has supported Maiden Place FC over the years, and the team is trying to repay the favour on the pitch. It has had a good start to the 2020/21 season with two wins and two draws, keeping two clean sheets in the process.
The club sits in second place in the Senior Division, ten points behind Emmer Green.
Coley may have a few car dealerships in the area, but Coley Park FC has been the real driving force in this part of town.
Coley Park plays its home games at Coley Recreation Ground, a small playing area close to the River Kennet. The team struggled to find form this season, but a 2-1 win over Loxwood Park Rangers helped move up to seventh in the league table.
The team’s stadium is easy to find. It is within walking distance from Reading West train station and has services to Basingstoke. There is a McDonald’s, a Tesco and a service station close-by, so you do not have to go far to get a bite to eat.