Bedford Football Club
Bedford Football Club has a mixture of senior, youth and mini teams.
Pre-season promise did not materialise and with only one league win in the first twelve and early exits from FA Cup and Trophy saw manager Ady Williams resign in October. Long serving Assistant and former Reserves Manager Ady Hall was appointed as Manager on 30th October, with record appearance holder Eddie Lawley and Bedford born Josh Sozzo both appointed as Assistant Joint Player Managers.
The beginning of the 2011/12 season saw former reserve manager Steve Rigby taking over as assistant manager. The season didn’t start well and early exits from the FA Cup and FA trophy both against East Thurrock didn’t help matters. Former manager Nick Platnauer returned to the fold as assistant manager in October and Steve Rigby left for AFC kempston Rovers. The second half of the season saw an upturn in league form with the club finishing in 10th position its highest finish for six years. Manager Ady Hall resigned at the end of the season due to work commitments and former manager Nick Platnauer took on the role assisted by former Nothampton Town player Adam Sandy.
Cup success once again eluded the Eagles, losing 1-0 at Waltham Abbey in the 1st Qualifying round of the FA Cup and losing out in the 2nd Qualifying Round of the FA Trophy to Maidstone United. The League campaign was a mixed affair, but the Eagles got their act together in the New Year and an 8 game unbeaten run saw the club come within touching distance of the play offs. Defeats at crucial times meant the Eagles finished in 10th position the same as the previous season.
With Chairman David Howell reducing his financial commitment to the Club, Manager Nick Platnauer and Assistant Adam sandy resigned. The Club moved quickly and appointed Cranfield United Manager and former Eagles player Lee Bearman as Manager with a directive to find good local talent rather than searching further afield for players. Coach Steve Jackman was appointed Assistant Manager.