Portishead Town Football Club, formerly Portishead A.F.C., are a football club based in Portishead, North Somerset, England founded in 1912.
The men’s first team are currently members of the Western League Division One and the Ladies first team are members of the South West Regional Women’s Football League Premier Division.
The club is also home to nearly 900 Junior players aged between 5-16 as part of a merger between other Portishead junior football teams. The club is affiliated to the Somerset County FA.
Originally known St. Peter’s Portishead until a name change in 1948, the club played in small regional leagues for years until joining the Somerset County League in 1975.
They won the Premier Division title four times in five years between 1993–94 and 1997–98. After their fourth successive runner-up campaign in the 2004–05 season, Portishead successfully applied for promotion to the Western League.
In Portishead’s first season of Western League football they finished in the top half of the table only to better their performance the following season.
In 2006–07 Portishead achieved their highest ever finish in the history of the club finishing runners-up to Truro City.
Although Portishead finished as runners-up they were unable to be promoted to the Western League Premier Division as their ground was not suitable, lacking (at that time) floodlights.
The reserve squad plays in the Somerset County League Division one, while the ‘A’, ‘B’, and ‘Colts’ teams all play in the Weston super Mare and District League.
Somerset County Football League
Winners (4): 1993–94, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1997–98
Runners-up (4): 2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2004–05
Somerset Senior Cup
Winners (2): 1996–97, 2007–08
Somerset Hospital Cup
Winners (1): 2009
Weston super Mare and District League Division 1
Winners (1): 2016
Attwell Memorial Shield Cup
Winners (2): 2009, 2015
Having previously had a Ladies team, Portishead Town resurrected the Ladies section in 2011. The team was to be led by Chip Wright and were elected to join Somerset County Women’s League. After initially struggling, the 2015/2016 season saw the team achieving a league and cup double, beating Staplegrove in the final 2-0.
The 2016/17 season followed on from the previous year with a league and cup double once again, this time beating Penn Mill 4-3 in a thrilling final. This led to promotion to South West Regional Women’s Football League (Eastern Division) for the 2017/18 season.
A second promotion in a row was achieved the following season with Portishead then competing in the South West Women’s Football League (Premier Division). Three seasons followed in the Premier League, with two seasons interrupted by COVID and neither fully completed.
Two successful FA Cup runs, reaching the 1st round proper in 2019/20, finally losing to Southampton Women, helped with the promotion to the FA National Women’s League South West, the fourth tier of the Ladies pyramid.
The Ladies’ Reserves team compete in the Somerset County Women’s League Division One.
In an effort to modernise the club, increase the membership numbers and preserve the clubs status for future generations the club merged with two local junior clubs, Portishead Junior FC and Gordano Valley Giants to create Portishead Town Youth.
The Junior section offers community football for both boys and girls with teams competing in junior leagues across Bristol and North Somerset and two Under 18 sides offering a pathway into the senior sides.
With nearly 900 junior members, Portishead Town FC is one of the largest junior club’s in the South West of England.