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HISTORY

 

Baffins Milton Rovers Football Club was formed in 2011 after the amalgamation of two successful Portsmouth-based Sunday league clubs; Baffins Milton and Milton Rovers. Both of those clubs saw success and several cup triumphs in the Portsmouth Dockyard and Meon Valley leagues. 

 

Baffins began life in the Portsmouth Saturday League Premier Division and lifted the division trophy in their first season, but it wasn’t until the end of the 2012/13 campaign that the club were promoted to the Hampshire League, after finishing runners-up to Waterlooville Social Club.

 

The 2013/14 campaign saw Baffins win a treble as the club lifted the Hampshire League Premier Division trophy, beat Colden Common 4-0 to win the Hampshire League Cup and were victorious at Fratton Park against Moneyfields in the final of the Portsmouth Senior Cup.

 

Baffins obtained a 50-year lease from Portsmouth City Council for the northern section of Langstone Harbour Sports Ground in 2015. The club carried out developments by adding a 120-seater stand, changing rooms, perimeter fence and concreting. The ground was officially opened during the friendly with Salisbury on August 3 2016.

 

After finishing as runners-up in the Hampshire League Premier Division the year after, the club were promoted after winning the division during the 2015/16 campaign, winning all but three matches. Baffins lifted the Portsmouth Senior Cup for a second and final time at the end of that campaign after a 3-1 victory over Havant & Waterlooville’s Southdowns College Team in the final. 

 

The football club made its debut at Wessex League level during the 2016/17 campaign after stadium upgrades saw Baffins accepted for the step up to tier-six. The first term at that level was a success for the club, finishing runners-up to Hamble Club, and winning promotion to the top flight of the Wessex League. A final appearance in the Wessex League Cup saw Baffins round off their promotion-winning campaign, but the club finished runners-up to then Premier Division Sholing.

 

Baffins have now completed five seasons at step-five level, with the highest finish coming during the 2018/19 campaign, finishing 5th place. The same season at the club reached their furthest round in the FA Vase, eventually losing to Cray Valley Paper Mills in the Fourth Round Proper, and won the Wessex League Cup after a 1-0 victory over Portland United at AFC Portchester’s Wicor Recreation Ground. 

 

Ahead of the 2022/23 Wessex Premier Division campaign, the club appointed former assistant manager Danny Thompson as first-team manager. The club lifted the League Cup trophy in Thompson's first year in charge, defeating Petersfield Town, once again at Wicor Recreation Ground, home of AFC Portchester.

SEASON HISTORY

 

2011/12 

1st - Champions

Portsmouth Saturday League Premier Division

P14 W11 D2 L1 GD42 PTS35

 

2012/13 

2nd - Runners-up

Portsmouth Saturday League Premier Division

P12 W10 D1 L1 GD32 PTS24

 

2013/14 

1st - Champions

Hampshire Premier League Senior Division

P32 W23 D7 L2 GD59 PTS76

 

2014/15 

2nd - Runners-up

Hampshire Premier League Senior Division

P34 W26 D2 L6 GD83 PTS77

 

2015/16 

1st - Champions

Hampshire Premier League Senior Division

P34 W31 D1 L2 GD81 PTS94

 

2016/17 

2nd - Runners-up

Wessex League Division One

P40 W27 D4 L9 GD76 PTS85

 

2017/18 

9th

Wessex League Premier Division

P42 W20 D5 L17 GD8 PTS65

 

2018/19 

5th

Wessex League Premier Division

P38 W16 D10 L12 GD16 PTS58

 

2019/20 

14th

Wessex League Premier Division

P23 W11 D2 L10 GD4 PTS35

*pandemic-shortened season

 

2020/21 

12th

Wessex League Premier Division

P13 W3 D4 L6 GD-4 PTS13

*pandemic-shortened season

 

2021/22 

8th

Wessex League Premier Division

P40 W20 D6 L14 GD25 PTS66

HONOURS

 

Hampshire Premier League 

Senior Division Champions 2013/14, 2015/16

League Cup Winners 2013/14 

 

Portsmouth Saturday League

Premier Division Champions 2011/12 

 

Portsmouth Senior Cup

Winners 2013/14, 2015/16

 

Wessex League

Division One Runners-Up 2016/17

League Cup Runners-Up 2016/17 (lost to Sholing 1-2)

League Cup Winners 2018/19 (beat Portland United 1-0)

records 

 

Best FA Cup performance 

Preliminary Round 2018/19 (lost to Hartley Wintney 1-4)

Preliminary Round 2021/22 (lost to Sholing 2-4)

 

Best FA Vase performance 

Fourth Round Proper 2018/19 (lost to Cray Valley Paper Mills 1-3)

 

Attendance 

518 (Baffins 2-0 Moneyfields, August 2021)

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Baffins Milton Rovers Club History

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