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Ground: CASC, Penny’s Lane, Cranborne. BH21 5QE.
Tel: 01725 517440
Colours: Black & White Striped Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks
Alternative Colours: Yellow Shirts, Black Shorts, Yellow Socks
Nickname: The Cranes
Chairman: Mr Nick Beattie
Secretary: Mr Ian Beattie
Address: 2 Fridays Heron, Cranborne, Wimborne, BH21 5QT
Home: 01725 517390
Mobile: 07502 946558
From Bournemouth: At Bournemouth, bear right onto the A338 for 9.4 miles in an easterly direction. At St. Ives, turn right onto the A31 for 0.7 miles, heading east. Turn left onto B3081 for 4.3 miles heading north. Bear right onto Local road(s) 18 yards North. At Verwood, turn right onto B3081 heading 2.9 miles west. Turn right onto B3078 for 1.6 miles in a North Eastern direction. Bear left onto Local road(s) for 139 yards North East. You have arrived in Cranborne, Dorset
From Wimborne Minster: At Wimborne Minster, turn left onto B3078 for 9.5 miles heading North East. Bear left onto Local road(s) 139 yards North East. You have arrived in Cranborne, Dorset
Once in Cranborne, pass the Fleur-de-Lys on right, carry on past the Fire Station. The road bears to the left on an incline. The first road on the right is Penny’s Lane. The Recreation Ground is approximately 50 yards on the left.
It is believed that Cranborne Football Club was founded in 1914. Although details of the early days of the club are sketchy, a number of old photographs exist from the early days. Many of these photographs, dating back 50 years or more, and feature players with familiar family names of people still involved with the club today. Names such as Antell, Loader and Poore still feature prominently at Cranborne Football Club to this day.
Cranborne F.C. currently consists of two teams. The club is affiliated to the Dorset County Football Association (DCFA) and both teams play on Saturday afternoons. The highest level of football the club attained was when they were part of the old Dorset Combination League from 1989 to 1993. After an inauspicious stay in the Dorset Combination, the 1st XI dropped back into the Dorset League. The remainder of the 90’s was a struggle as the 1st team slipped the depths of Dorset Division 3 North and East after being relegated at the end off 1999/2000.
For the start of season 2000/2001 sweeping changes were made as the management adopted a far more youthful approach, which paid dividends almost immediately. They were promoted from Division 3 North & East to Division 2 in season 2000/1 when they finished runner up to Child Okeford FC. In season 2001/2, adding some more youth and blending it with a couple of more experienced players, they won the Dorset Division 2 title by 9 points and finished with the divisions best scoring and defensive records.
Season 2002/3 proved to be another successful one as they returned to Dorset Division 1. In fact, it proved to be the clubs most successful ever. The 1st team completed an historic double by clinching both the Dorset Division 1 Championship and the Dorset Division 1 League Cup. The championship was won once again by 9 clear points.
They also again finished with the best strike rate and defensive record in the Division (Pl 22, W 18, D 3, L 1, F 84, A 21, GD +63, Pts 57). They defeated Royal Oak Cougars 4-1 in the League Cup Final at the County Ground. In addition, the club reached the quarterfinals of the Dorset Senior Cup for the first time in its history, finally succumbing to Dr Martens League Premier Division Weymouth by 3-0 at the Wessex Stadium.
Season 2003/4 saw the ‘Cranes’ compete in the Dorset Senior Division for the very first time. Aiming for their third consecutive championship and fourth promotion in a row was always going to be a tough nut to crack. Despite topping the table for most of the season a couple of single goal defeats late in the season saw the ‘Cranes’ in real danger of missing out on their dream. It went right to the wire with Cranborne needing to win all 3 points at promotion rivals Allendale. Despite being 2-1 down at half time the ‘Cranes’ secured the championship when captain Alex Critchlow scored with the last kick of the game to seal a 3-2 victory.
Once again Cranborne had the best goals for and against record (Pl 26 W 18 D 4 L 4 F 83 A 22 GD +61 Pts 58). Following this success in the Dorset Senior League the ‘Cranes’ gained promotion to the Dorset Premier League for the 2004/05 season.
Cranborne also completed their third consecutive tour in April 2004 and lifted their first ‘European’ trophy winning the Royal Brussels British F.C. Easter tournament. In June 2003 Cranborne FC became one the first senior clubs in Dorset to be awarded with the Football Associations Standard Charter for Clubs.