For Club and Country Southwell City 1914-18

Having come across a Southwell team photo taken in 1911 I have spent some time researching the lives behind each of the names and the impact of World War One on the team. As the Centenary years of WW1 drawn to a close the outcome on the War devastated our team.

Of the players from the Southwell squad who won the Newark and District Challenge Cup in the 1910/11 season almost half would lose their lives in the conflict 1914-18, others came home wounded and traumatised.

I hope that the brief summary below will at least bring some of the names to life. As we see those named on posts around our town and gather at the Burgage next Sunday please pause to remember them all.

Two brothers Sam and Arthur Humberstone both played for the team and worked at Carey & Sons lace factory. Sam lived on Westgate with his wife and two young sons. The brothers enlisted with the 1/8th Sherwood Foresters and would leave Southwell with the Battalion in August 1914. Both were promoted to Corporal whist in France. Sam was killed in action in June 1915 his younger brother Arthur two years later.

Herbert Kirk, also an employee of Careys, the team’s striker of Burgage Lane enlisted in June 1915 and went to France in July 1916. In one season he scored 51 goals for Southwell City and went on to play professionally for Mansfield Mechanics. Herbert was killed in action in October 1916.

Edwin Gilbert of Dover Street was killed in action in March 1916 (the Gilbert family would also suffer the loss of Edwin’s younger brother Jack who, having survived 4 years on the battlefields of France, died of his wounds just a week before the end of the war in November 1918).

The team’s goalkeeper John Watson formally of Sheppards Row and employee of the Southwell Co-op store would also be killed in France in 1916 and is buried there along with many of his comrades.

Others from the team survived the war but would return home to a very different town. These included Alfred Townsend. Having lost both his parents prior to 1910 the war claimed the lives of both his younger brothers, Walter and Robert.

In this the final Centenary year of World War One we remember them all.

The full article will be in the next issue of the Bramley. It has also now been published on our website here.


U13 Cougars Looking for Players

Southwell City Cougars U13’s are looking to sign new players to supplement the current side.  The team was started in 2014 and have moved to eleven a side football this year.

The team play their games on Saturday mornings in the Young Elizabethan League.  Training is on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 to 7:00 pm on the Minster Pitches, Southwell.  Experience players preferred but not essential.

Interested players should contact Kevin Bloomfield on 07887 511 663 [email protected]

City Progress In Cup

A makeshift City line-up took on Welbeck Lions this afternoon in the Notts FA Saturday Senior Cup. Despite a below par performance from the team, they progress to the next round courtesy of goals from Law and Nussey (Pen).

It was a memorable afternoon though for 16 year old, Ben Napier who came on as a substitute and made his senior debut for City today. (Pictured above)

Match Stats can be found here.

Earlier in the week, City strengthened their grip on the top of the Notts Senior League Premier Division table with an 8-1 demolishing of Bilborough Town at the Memorial Ground.  This is now the third time the team have scored eight in a match this season.

Goalscorers were: Calum Law (3), Blair Bryant (2), Ant Brown and Oliver Clarke.

In the Pink City Hit Eight

Weekend Roundup (13th / 14th October)
City stay top of the Premier Division. Reserves win against Basford. Ladies beat Mansfield Town Development.


City bounced back in true style on Saturday. After last weekend’s first defeat of the season, the team hit eight goals against Attenborough to record an easy away win. At the same time, close rivals Awsworth Villa were only able to draw at home to Bingham Town. This meant that City were able to extend their lead at the top of the NSL Premier to two points.

Scorers for City were Ewan Hill (3) Calum Law (2) and Oliver Clarke (2). The other highlight of the day was some questionable footwear, proudly worn by George Caudwell!


It was also a great afternoon for our reserves on Saturday. A 1-0 home win over high-flying Basford Community moves City up to 4th in the NSL Division 1. Tom Tyler was the scorer of the only goal of the game.


The Ladies team rounded off a great weekend for our Senior teams with a 4-2 league win, away at Mansfield Town Development. Jessica Wright opened the scoring after 17 minutes. Caitlin Dickinson made it 2-0 after 32 minutes. A third city goal came courtesy of Hannah Stredder in the 63rd minutes and Wright made sure of victory in the 89th minute with her second goal of the game. A great result!

City Stay Top Despite Defeat

Weekend Roundup (6th / 7th October)
City stay top of the Premier Division. Reserves win at Mansfield. Ladies beat Bingham Town.


Southwell City’s unbeaten start to the season was finally brought to an end on Saturday, following a 0-2 home defeat to Awsworth Villa. City never really got going on wet afternoon and Villa scored twice before half-time to put City in a position they could never get back from.

Congratulations to Villa who were deserved victors on the day. City remain top of the Nottinghamshire Senior League Premier Division, ahead of Villa on goal difference.

The only other unbeaten team in the league, Stapleford Town, also lost on Saturday. Surprisingly, they were beaten 1-0 at Bingham Town.


A great result for our reserves on Saturday. They were visiting Mansfield Hosiery Mills and will be pleased with a fantastic 2-1 away victory. City move up to 5th in the Notts Senior League Division One.


SCFC Ladies were at home to Bingham Town Ladies on Sunday morning. The team put in a great performance to record a 3-0 win with goals from Jessica Wright (30 minutes), Chloe Markham (36 minutes) and Caitlin Dickinson (53 minutes). A great performance from Abby Roper won her the Player of the Match award. The win moves the ladies up to 5th place in the Nottinghamshire Girls and Ladies Football League.

Impressive City Go Top

A fine display from Southwell City saw the team record a 4-0 league victory today, away at Bilborough Town. Scorers this afternoon were Clarke, Gleeson, Law & Hill. Man Of The Match was Clarke, who had an excellent game.

City has now won all six Nottinghamshire Senior League Premier Division fixtures this season. The team sit at the top of the league table, two points clear of Eastwood Development, who are in second.

Next up, Stripes are away at league rivals Awsworth Villa in the County Cup. The match is a 2.30pm kick off, taking place at: The Shilo, NG16 2SY.

U16 Girls Bow Out In Style

After 9 years together and 8 seasons playing in the Notts Girls & Ladies League, Southwell City U16 Girls have played their final game.  And what a game it was!

On Sunday 13th May the team played in the Notts Girls & Ladies League Cup Final at Calverton Miners Welfare.  After a league campaign that saw the team finish in joint fourth with Mickleover Sports all our hopes were riding on our final game of the season against Sandiacre Town.  After a tough route in to the final which included a 5-1 win over Nottingham Forest Ladies, a 3-0 win over Sherwood Youth and a semi final v Bingham Town which went to penalties, we were all set for our big day.  As league runners up, Sandiacre were always going to be hard opposition to beat.  In fact Sandiacre were a team we had never beaten in any league campaign and they themselves were only beaten once during the season by the eventual league winners.  I have to say, much of the day passed in a blur of joy.  We scored two brilliant goals in the first half, thanks to Chante Dixon and Jessica Wright, to leave Sandiacre reeling.  After half time Sandiacre came out fighting and we found ourselves pegged in our own half for much of the second half.  With a superb performance by our defence and keeper, Rachael Alvey, we managed to hold off Sandiacre for long periods of time.  Sandiacre eventually scored after some relentless attacking but a supreme effort from all the Southwell players saw us finish as 2-1 winners when the final whistle was blown.  It really was a fitting end to the team’s final game.

With a small squad of 12 players playing 11-a-side football the decision was made to fold the team at the end of the 2017/18 season.  A lot of the girls will continue to play football either with our own Southwell City Ladies team or other local teams.  Working with the team over the seasons has been an absolute pleasure and extremely rewarding.  I wish them all the best on their future football endeavours.

The team formed many years ago as a result of Southwell City’s successful girls recruitment program.  Southwell City coaches, who are all DBS checked, FA qualified and first aid trained, go in to local schools during the summer term and run after school taster sessions.  This culminates in a Girls Inter School Tournament held on the Memorial Ground in Southwell where the girls get to experience playing in a team under match conditions with referees.  The success of this program has seen Southwell City have girls teams from U9 to Ladies playing in the Notts Girls and Ladies League.  Should you be interested in joining a team please contact our Girls Development Officer Sven Richards at [email protected] or 07818 374 336.


Back Row (L to R)  Libby Zommers, Anna Rainbow, Rachael Alvey, Charm Pilkington (c), Hannah Stredder, Katie Scott

Front Row (L to R)  Kaitlin Johnson, Chante Dixon, Sofia Aujla-Jones, Nancy Palfreyman, Jessica Wright, Abigail Jordan

5 out of 5 for City

Southwell City’s amazing start to the season continued on Saturday. The first team played host to Sandiacre Town and produced another impressive display, running out 3-0 winners at the Memorial Ground. Ant Brown, Calum Law and Robert Haigh scored City’s goals. City also missed a penalty.

City have now won all five of their Nottinghamshire Senior League fixtures, scoring 18 goals and conceding just 3. They currently sit second in the table, behind Awsworth Villa on goals difference.

Next up for City is an away trip to Bilborough Town on Saturday.

Reserves Games Abandoned

On a sadder note, our reserve team fixture at Kimberley Miners Welfare had to be abandoned after City player, Huw Plume, broke his leg. The game was evenly poised at 1-1 when the game was stopped. The club sends out its best wishes to Huw and wishes him a speedy recovery.

Ladies Debut

Southwell City Ladies open their Nottinghamshire Girls and Ladies Football League campaign today with a match against Clifton All Whites Ladies at the Memorial Ground. More news on this opening game of the season will follow.

City Supporting Mind in 2018/19

The new 1st Team home kit, all ready for tomorrow! Thanks to Sportstar for printing & Klean Fitness
looking great on the front!

This season, we’re also promoting Mind Mental Health. 25% of the total population suffer from
mental health, yet only 1/4 of those people suffering seek support. On top of that, suicide is
the most common cause of death for men aged 20-49 – so it’s incredibly important any sufferers
can feel comfortable opening up.

We will pick 2 Home games this season where all profits, including player donations, are given to
the charity. It’s a great cause!