Don't miss a story sign up to the North Somerset Times FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Clevedon church relaunches football team after 90 years in honour of former player

PUBLISHED: 13:00 05 December 2017

The current Christchurch Clevedon team.

The current Christchurch Clevedon team.


A football club which helped to launch the career of one of Clevedon’s most ‘inspirational’ sportsmen has reformed after 90 years.

Doug Hand during his playing days. Doug Hand during his playing days.

Christchurch Clevedon has relaunched for the first time since the 1930s when Doug Hand began his playing career.

Doug, who died in 2013 aged 92, regularly attended the church in Chapel Hill and decided to start a football team there with members of the choir.

Now nine decades later, budding young footballers are following in his footsteps after the church entered an under-15s team in the Severn Valley Youth Football League.

Christchurch Clevedon has got off to a great start in the league, winning six out of nine matches.

Club manager Michael Pope said: “We are delighted to be doing this – the boys are amazing.

“I have spoken to Doug’s son Graham who told us his father always wanted to see a team playing again at Christchurch and we are delighted with how this is going.

“Doug was an inspiration to many people around Clevedon.

“We are now planning to have a cup named after him which will be presented as part of the end of season celebrations.

“He was a very special man who gave a lot to the community and this is our way of giving something back to the community too.”

Following his success with Christchurch, Doug moved on to represent Clevedon Town Football Club, scoring on his debut against Wells City.

He joined the RAF during World War Two when he was posted to Scotland and Iceland, but after the conflict emulated both his father and grandfather by becoming secretary and treasurer of Clevedon Town.

Doug stepped down from his final role as club president in 1995, bringing an end to almost 100 years of family service at Clevedon Town.

A testimonial match was also held in his honour and was attended by former England player Sir Stanley Matthews.

The club’s home ground in Davis Lane was called the Hand Stadium in 1992 as a tribute to the family, before it was renamed the Everyone Active Stadium last year.

Click here for more information on Christchurch Clevedon.

Other News Stories


Clevedon’s Curzon cinema is celebrating the most successful year in its 106-year history.

Read more

A five-year-old boy has raised more than £100 for a Perthes disease charity.

Read more

Strong winds and heavy rain is set to batter the North Somerset coastline overnight (Wednesday).

Read more

Scaled-back plans to build almost 70 homes where children used to play rugby have gone public.

Read more

A world champion windsurfer visited preschoolers as new sports equipment was delivered.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:00

School and road schemes in North Somerset will be overseen by a new head of major projects.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:00

Nine volunteers worked together to clear a well-used path in Portbury on Saturday.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:13

Weather forecasters believe North Somerset could see snow fall over the next 24 hours.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:57

Some winter-time magic will cast a bright glow over Portishead next month.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:51

A planning appeal decision in Backwell which could have repercussions for neighbourhood plans across the country has been delayed again.

Read more

Most Read News

Read Online

Read the North Somerset Times e-edition E-edition

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 7°C

min temp: 6°C

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
Reader Travel

Clevedon Tide report

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

Somerset's trusted business finder

Find planning applications