Hampton & Richmond Borough FC is a non league football club who were formed in 1921 as Hampton FC. The club are based in Hampton, which is located on the north bank of the River Thames around fifteen miles south west of central London.
After many years of playing in local competitions, ‘The Beavers’ entered the Surrey Senior League in 1959. After winning the championship the club progressed to the Spartan League in 1964. This move proved most successful as Hampton won the title in 1964, 1965, 1966 and 1970, leading to a move to the Athenian League in 1971.
Two years later Hampton were elected to the newly formed second division of the Isthmian League. In 1990 the club suffered its first relegation down to the third tier, but they regained their status a year later.
By 1998-99 Hampton had climbed their way to the Premier Division, before changing to their present title at the end of the season in an attempt to gain greater awareness and sponsorship opportunities with long serving boss Chick Botley at the helm.
In the summer of 2003 former West Ham United and England midfielder Alan Devonshire took over as manager as he oversaw previous unknown successes after being relegated to Division One South.
Following the re-organisation of non league football The Beavers rejoined the Premier Division for the 2004-05 campaign. The team reached the Play Off Final but were defeated by Fisher Athletic. However Boro were not to be denied and were promoted to Conference South as Isthmian League champions in April 2007.
After a couple of disappointing seasons, Devonshire left the club to take on the role at Braintree Town in the Conference National. Hampton were relegated back to the Isthmian League at the end of the 2011-12 season.
Hampton & Richmond Borough FC will compete in the Isthmian League Premier Division for the 2013-14 season.
Hampton & Richmond Borough 0 Walton & Hersham 2 (Tuesday 29th December 1999) Isthmian League Premier Division (att: approx 300)
Finding myself off work after returning from a Christmas visit to Scarborough, I found myself at a loose end wanting to go to a match somewhere. It was very cold but a trip down to Hampton seemed appealing at the time.
I arrived fairly early and had a couple of beers and a whisky to keep out the chill before feeding at the snack bar. Some gents were complaining in the clubhouse as Fulham fans who’d just visited a ‘brutal’ Sheffield United side under Neil Warnock, which made me laugh.
The Beveree was a really nice venue. The Clubhouse End had a small raised seated Alan Simpson Stand, named after the loyal clubman and joint Steptoe & Son writer. The far side was flat hard standing with a cover towards the near end. There was more of the same behind the far goal. The Popular Side had a seated stand in the centre and a decent sized covered standing area at the near end.
In all honesty I can’t remember too much about the game, apart from the cold. Despite this I found it a worthwhile night out.
Tuesday 6th September 2006
One regret I had from my visits to so many games, was that I’d never taken any photos as a reminder. With a new digital camera in my possession I’d already set out to put this right on a few occasions.
I chose a pleasant late summers day to visit the western extremes of London. Using my free staff pass I caught the train to Richmond and then a bus down to Hampton. The gates at The Beveree were open and I got chatting to a pleasant club official.
Brentford reserve team were to play a friendly behind closed doors later in the day, so he was preparing the facilities. The pitch looked immaculate. I was welcomed inside to take my photos before I headed off on the bus for a short ride to Metropolitan Police to continue my quest.