Royal Wootton Bassett Town Football Club is an FA Charter Standard Community Club, with 25 teams in total, ranging from Veterans through to Under 7s.
For the 2015-16 season, the club has four senior teams competing in the Hellenic League Premier Division, FA Cup, FA Vase, Wiltshire County League and Wiltshire County Floodlit League, one ladies team competing in the Gloucestershire County Women's League Division One and 18 youth teams in the North Wilts Youth Football League.
Situated in the small market town six miles south west of Swindon, the club have been playing football since November 1882, making it one of the oldest in Wiltshire.
After early seasons in the Vale of the White Horse, Swindon & District and Cirencester & District Leagues, Bassett came to prominence at the start of the twentieth century, spending five seasons in the Wiltshire League.
Unfortunately in the summer of 1908 the club folded, only emerging again in 1930 after the opening of the Gerard Buxton Sports Ground on land which was donated by local dignitary Major Gerard Buxton for sporting activities in the town.
For 84 years Bassett would call that ground home. Initially they were playing in the Calne & District League against teams from surrounding villages before regaining Wiltshire County League status prior to the outbreak of World War II.
Following the war, Bassett made steady progress, eventually winning Wiltshire County League Division One in 1958-59 to gain promotion to the Wiltshire League Premier Division. They stayed in this division until a restructuring of County League football at the end of the 1960s, joining the Wiltshire Combination.
Further realignment followed in 1976, with the establishment of the Wiltshire County League. Initially, Bassett bounced between Division One and Two before eventually winning Division One – and promotion to the Hellenic League – in 1987/88.
Bassett's early years in the Hellenic League saw them win the Division One Cup on two occasions, while the Wiltshire Senior Cup was won for the first time in 1998-99. A a third place finish in the league, coupled with developments to the ground at Rylands Way, then earned promotion to the Hellenic League Premier Division in 1999-2000 for the first time, before the County Cup was won again in 2000-01.
The 2000s saw a five year spell in the Hellenic Premier, before relegation back to Division One West. A five year period in that division was ended with promotion in 2009-10, though Bassett were demoted back to Division One West a year later. Hellenic Premier Division status was restored again in the first team's final year at Rylands Way in 2012-13.
The new Millennium also heralded developments in the club's youth section too, and this has grown in size exponentially since the turn of the century. This helped the club become the first in Wiltshire to achieve FA Charter Standard status, which was granted in 2008 and soon upgraded to Community Club status.
For the 2015-16 season, a new chapter in the club's development has been opened, with the move to the facility at the New Gerard Buxton Sports Ground and a change in name to reflect the town's Royal status.
2103 vs Swindon Town (July 1991)
Brian 'Toby' Ewing
Development Club Status - 2008
Community Club Status - 2008
11th in Hellenic League Premier Division (Step 5) - 2014/15
3rd Qualifying Round - 1946/47, 1959/60
2nd Qualifying Round - 2012/13
2nd Round - 2008/09
1st Qualifying Round - 2012/13, 2013/14
2nd Qualifying Round - 2003/04, 2005/06
Mick Woolford (1995)
Rod Carter (2008)
Roger Williamson (2008)
Paul Harrison (2012)
Pete Yeardley (2012)
Ron Stone (2013)