TWO South Gloucestershire football clubs made history in 2012.
Tytherington Rocks were crowned Hellenic Division One West champions for the first time ever, wrapping the title up in March, but were told a month later that they couldn’t go up as their ground failed to meet the requirements for the Premier Division.
In an ironic twist, two-time Division One West champions Winterbourne United, who only appointed manager Dave Wilson in January, went on a great run in a second half of the season to go up from third place to play at their highest level ever thanks to James Mainstone’s late goal in a 2-1 win at Wootton Bassett on the final game of the season on Easter Monday.
Winterbourne were later transferred to the Western League Premier Division.
Their Oaklands Park neighbours, North Bristol RFC, also had a year to remember. They came within one game of reaching Twickenham after an incredible run in the RFU Intermediate Cup, which saw them win four games before losing 58-3 to East Grinstead in their semi-final in April.
North will be hoping 2013 will bring more success after a good first half of their Western Counties North campaign has put them in the title race.
Chipping Sodbury wrapped up the Gloucester Two title with three games to spare in March.
King Edmund Gymnastics Club had another successful year. Shanie-Redd Thorne and Danielle Jones were crowned British champions in the junior women’s pairs section and won bronze at the World Age Group Championships in Orlando, along with Chris Child and Jake Underdown in April.
A Lashings XI side featuring Mohammed Yousuf, Devon Malcolm and Ian Harvey returned to Rockhampton CC for the second year in a row in May, while Thornbury Town FC hosted a Bristol Rovers XI in a prestigious friendly in August, but lost 6-0.