A lot of footballs have gone into the net since a few parents and boys first got together at Merton’s Recreation Ground in 1969 to play football.
The sheer enthusiasm of those boys who turned up that day for an informal game prompted a few parents to think it a worthwhile idea to start a junior football club.
This was duly done, and two teams, one under 13 and one under 16 were entered into the Rugby & District Junior League, which was also starting up that year.
The aims of the club were then, what they are now, to give boys from Hillmorton and surrounding areas the opportunity to play organised association football on a regular basis. This was done with a view not only to improve their football skills, but also to give the boys the chance to take part in a healthy character-building team game.
The club has always been run not to primarily to win leagues and cups, although it is always pleasing when that happens, but to promote team spirit and good sportsmanship before all else.
Of the cups and trophies won by Hillmorton, and there have been many, the ones that give us most pleasure and satisfaction are the Sportsmanship Awards which have been presented to us on a number of occasions.
From the most modest beginning of two teams, the club has steadily grown in size to its present 28 teams, starting at under 6’s and finishing at senior level.
In order to widen it’s horizons the club became involved in the Town Twinning events in 1979, starting with a visit by our under 16’s to Evreux Athletic Club in France and continued on a home and away basis until 1982. In that year, links with V.F.R. Football Club in Russelhiem, Germany were established, so that then each year the current under 16’s team would host one country and play away in the other during their last season with the club. In more recent years Hillmorton teams have played games in Belgium & Holland, as well as taking part in numerous six-a-side tournaments around the Midlands every summer.
In addition we have first class coaching for children under the age of 7 in Rugby on Saturday mornings at Paddox School Hillmorton.
Many hundreds of boys and girls have passed through the club over the years, some of them staying with us from under 7 to under 16. This says a lot, not only for the loyalty of the players, but also for the dedication and ability of the people who have run the club over the past 51 years.