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The Greyhounds began in Division 4 of the Bristol Downs League in September 2000 as a single team, quickly progressing through the divisions to become an established Division 1 team. The excellent reputation of the Hounds in the League helped us to build up a superb squad of players, soon meaning that one team was not enough – in 2003 the Reserve team was established.

Following the ignominy of relegation for the first team in the 2006/07 season, the Sporting Greyhounds had arguably their best ever season in 2007/08, with the firsts winning promotion back to Division 1 and the Reserves winning their first bit of silverware, the All Saints Cup.

The 2008/09 season saw another (mostly) excellent year – the firsts finishing in their highest ever league position – 5th in Division 1. Both teams had excellent cup runs, with the firsts reaching the GFA Junior Cup final and the Norman Hardy Cup semi-finals. The Reserves had a chance to retain the All Saints Cup, but fell at the final hurdle, whilst poor league form saw them finish in the bottom 2 of Division 3.

2009/10 welcomed a batch of new players to both teams, with the Reserves experiencing the most benefit – finishing in their highest ever league position of 3rd in Division 3. The firsts carried on their fine cup form, again reaching the semi-finals of the GFA Junior Cup and unfortunately losing out in the final of the Norman Hardy Cup.

The 2010/11 season saw the first team again finish 5th in Division 1 – achieving their highest ever points total in the process. The Reserves had an excellent season finishing second – just being denied first place on the last day of the season. Promotion to Division 2 for the first time ever is the reward! Both teams again reached the semi-finals of cup competitions, topping another excellent year for the Hounds.

2011/12 and 2012/13 confirmed the first team as a top-4 side and the Reserves as a mid-table, Second Division team. (Final League Tables 2013/14)


  • 2010/11 Downs League Division 3 runners-up (Reserves)
  • 2009/10 Downs League Norman Hardy Cup runners-up
  • 2008/09 GFA Junior Cup (South) runners-up
  • 2008/09 Downs League All Saints Cup runners-up (Reserves)
  • 2007/08 Downs League All Saints Cup winners (Reserves)
  • 2007/08 Downs League Division 2 runners-up
  • 2002/03 Downs League Division 2 runners-up
  • 2001/02 Downs League Division 3 winners
  • 2000/01 Downs League Division 4 winners

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