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Club History

BTJFC were founded in 1991 by Chairman Steve Martin, Ian Osmond and Paul Shannon.The initial club badge is based on an engraving on a memorial stone in old Billingham (on the green outside the Black Horse) the club adopted the current  Lion emblem in 2004The original club colours of green White and Yellow were chosen as no other team in the TJFA played in green and white, this saved the cost of having to buy away strips. The club changed to blue and white in the 2004 Season  and the design was refreshed for the 2011/12 season. The  2014/15 season saw us introduce our current kit and the new away colours of Yellow and Blue, the old White tops for the away kit were hard for parents to keep clean.

2015 saw us break links with Billingham Town FC and rename Billingham Juniors FC, a move that was in the best interests of our Junior Club and it’s members. In 2016 we were given the opportunity to buy the Cowpen Cricket club, next to St Michaels School. We had been looking for our own Home since moving away from the Billingham Town at Bedford terrace. The ground struggles with drainage issues being an old cricket ground and over the years parents and coaches have spent many days trying to improve the ground.2018 St Michael’s were approached to see if we could use the car park for match days (Sundays) as our own car park was too small and restricted our use of the site. The school gave us access and this allows us to use all 5 pitches and also hold our annual tournament hosting around 66 children from across the North East over 2 days.

June 2020 as the Nation settled down to watch England v Scotland in the Euros we received calls to say our clubhouse was on fire. The fire damaged around 1/3 of the building but the damage was more than the building, it was our home. After a second vandal & Arson attack the building totally collapsed as the club waited for the insurance companies to sort out the claim. .The club agreed a settlement with the insurance companies in April 2023 and started planning for the ground redevelopment.

The club has held it's own tournament every year since 1997 originally at Bedford Tce, then moving to Northfield school and then finally to the Village ground and has only missed due to Covid and the recent fire.

The club held an annual sportsman's dinner for several years with guest speakers; Bryan Robson, Gary Pallister & Tony Mowbray, Peter Kenyon, John Hartson, and Dean Saunders to name a few.

Our Club presentations were originally held at the Swan before Covid and have since moved to the Synthonia club. The day brings together the whole club to celebrate its junior members for a trophy presentation and day of entertainment. One such entertainer, John Farnworth, a football skills performer, on his second visit broke a Guinness world record for heel flick with a football in one minute, he then stayed and showed some of our players how to do his tricks.

memorial stone in old billingham
billingham juniors badge
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