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Ground: Parley Sports Club, Christchurch Road, West Parley. BH22 8SQ.
Tel: 01202 573345
Colours: Yellow Shirts, Blue Shorts, Yellow Socks
Alternative Colours: Navy Blue Shirts, Navy Blue Shorts, Navy Blue Socks
Chairman: Mr Simon Jordan
Secretary: Adam Janes
Address: Flat 3, 20 Twynham Road, Bournemouth, BH6 3EZ
Mobile: 07650 428279
League Champions: 1962/63, 1963/64, 1964/65, 1965/66, 1966/67, 1971/72, 1972/73, 1973/74, 1975/76, 1979/80, 1983/84, 1984/85.
League Runners-up: 1967/68, 1969/70, 1974/75, 1976/77, 1977/78, 1981/82, 1982/83, 1985/86, 1986/87, 1998/99
League Cup Winners: 1962/63, 1963/64, 1964/65, 1966/67,1967/68, 1969/70, 1970/71, 1971/72, 1974/75, 1976/77, 1985/86,
League Cup Runners-up: 1968/69, 1972/73, 1973/74, 1975/76,1978/79, 1979/80, 1983/84, 1986/87, 1991/92, 1998/99
Parley Sports were formed in 1949 when a group of ex-National servicemen and their fathers met at the Horns Inn, West Parley and decided there was a need to establish a sports club in their community. They could not possibly have foreseen the effect their ramblings would have on football in Dorset.
The turning point for the Parley Sports Club came in 1960 when West Parley Parish Council agreed to let eight-and-a-half acres of land to the club to build a much-needed clubhouse, which was opened by cricket commentator John Arlott on October 13th 1961.
Parley joined the Dorset Combination in 1962, remaining for 38 uninterrupted seasons during which time they established themselves as the league’s most successful side and in that time rewrote the record books, in particular during the 60’s and 70’s when they were the dominant force in the competition.
The Club made an immediate and exceptional impact on the league. In their debut season 1962-63 they became the first side in Combination history to lift both the League and League Cup, and they went on to secure the double again in the following two seasons, establishing an unequalled league record. The run continued as Sports went on to lift five successive League Championships in their first five seasons in the league, another record not since matched, with the double again secured in 1966/67.
Although Sports relinquished the league title the following season, finishing second to Weymouth Reserves, they once more secured the League Cup which became the second of 11 successive seasons when they reached the League Cup final, from 1966/67 to 1976/77, lifting the trophy 7 times in that period.
After four seasons without a league title, Sports were back in the groove, securing a hat-trick of championships in the early 70’s, 1971/72 (another double year), 72/73 & 73/74, with two more titles coming in the decade, 1975/76, and 1979/80 while they were runners up three times during the period.
During the late 60’s and 70’s striker Terry Mitchell broke all Parley Sports goalscoring records. In a 12-year period, Terry nickname 'Scampi' notched up 661 goals in 537 appearances for Sports including a seasons best of 75 in 38 matches in 1977-78. Other past Parley footballers of note include ex-Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. player Bobby Mason and former A.F.C. Bournemouth player Billy Coxon.
The 1980’s continued to see Parley challenging for the title virtually every season, and after finishing runners up in 1981/82 and 82/83 they secured the championship in 83/84 and 84/85, before again taking runners up spot the next two seasons to Bridport after the Bees had dropped out of the Western League to take up their Reserves berth in the Combination. As a consolation however, Sports secured the League Cup in 1985/86.
Parley’s were unable to maintain the same level of dominance into the early 1990’s with third their best finish in 1991/92 and they subsequently found themselves scrapping in the lower half of the table. However towards the end of the decade they turned their fortunes around again and secured runners-up to Portland in both League and Cup in 1998/99. It was therefore a big shock to the league when Parley resigned from the competition just before the start of the 2000-01 season.
During their 38 seasons in the league Parley won the championship 12 times and were runners up on a further 11 occasions. The club contested 21 League Cup finals, lifting the trophy 11 times.
After initially reforming their Saturday section in the Bournemouth League, Parley moved over to the Dorset County League in 2007/08 and immediately lifted the Division 1 title. The club immediately followed up in 2008/09 by securing the Dorset Senior League by 13 points from second placed Weymouth Sports, and with Sports also defeating Dorset Premier League side Bridport Reserves 1-0 in the Dorset Senior Trophy they set-up a welcome return to the County’s top flight following a nine season break.