• ABOUT US •

Who We Are

BARNSTONEWORTH UNITED MELBOURNE IS A FAMILY BASED COMMUNITY SOCCER CLUB THAT VALUES PARTICIPATION AND MATESHIP AS OUR CORE CLUB VALUES


Nearly 30 years strong, Barnstoneworth has gone from strength top strength whilst always maintaining the spirit of playing the beautiful game with our mates.

Established when soccer was really just a passing thought for most people, today, soccer remains our passion and we are delighted to introduce or re-introduce others to the game we love.

Our History

1989

Barnstoneworth United Football Club established by a dedicated and passionate group of English soccer fans. 

1990

Barnstoneworth win their first League Championship in their inaugural year 

1998

Barnstoneworth move from their founding ground in Strathmore to Altona.

2000

As Barnstoneworth continues to grow, another move is required so the Club moves to Wiliamstown where it resides today.​

2017

2017 saw the Club have a very successful season winning the VicSoccer Division 1 Competition as well as our Seniors winning the Cup under the guidance of Senior Coach Charlie Egan (ex-Socceroo).

Today

THE LOVE OF SOCCER CONTINUES TO DRIVE THE CLUB AND PARTICIPATION IN OUR CHOSEN SPORT


Soccer continues to grow nationally year on year and today, soccer has more junior participants than the AFL.


In conjuction with our Junior Club, we are delighted today to be able to offer a complete pathway from Junior Under 7s soccer right through to Senior Soccer and then the Over 45s ... so no matter the age, you can join the Legend of Barnstoneworth.


We are proud to announce that Season 2017 saw a number of Barnies Junior players transition to Senior Football under the guidance of Charlie Egan to play vital and important roles for the Senior Team.

29+

YEARS

160

MEMBERS

140

PLAYERS

6

TEAMS

OUR EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

SHAUN RISSE

President​​​​​​​

JASON PURSER

Vice President​​​​​​​

Steve Taylor

Secretary

IAN BOWCOCK

Treasurer 

CLUB PATHWAY FROM UNDER 7's TO SENIOR FOOTBALL

MALE AND FEMALE

OUR ADVANTAGE


1. JUNIOR TO SENIOR AND ABOVE SOCCER PATHWAY


From Under 7's to Over 45's, Barnstoneworth can provide you a playing option. Competitive or recreational, we have something for you.


2. WE JUST LOVE THE GAME


Our club is built on the love of the game - not the love of politics and cliques.  We play because we love to.


3. GIVING BACK TO OUR COMMUNITY


As a community club, we are proud of our contributions back to the community and our standing within the community, both locally and more widely.


4. CHARITABLE WORK


Barnies is proud of our ongoing efforts to contribute to local charitable needs.  Since our Club inception, we have donated approximately $80,000 to worthy causes and local needs.

OUR PRINCIPLES


I LEARNED ALL ABOUT LIFE WITH A BALL ON MY FEET


Sport and soccer get to teach us many things in life.


- The importance of mateship and teamwork

- Focus and discipline for all life's challenges

- The joy of participation

- Being able to give back to the community


Our principles are therefore simple and have lasted the test of time with our Club:


- Enjoy the game

- Enjoy our friendships

- Celebrate our successes and support our losses

PEOPLE SAY


"A great Club whereby the guys appreciate the opportunity to play with their mates and irrespective of the result, can enjoy catching up after the game.


"Even though after most weeks, when the ice pack comes out and the back plays up for a couple of days ... there is nothing like playing football at Barnstonworth!"

Michael F, Player

And a Little About Our Name

Both the name and strip come from a UK television programme called ‘Ripping Yarns’, featuring a number of the original Monty Python team such as Michael Palin and Terry Jones.  ‘Ripping Yarns’ was made up of 6, 40 minute episodes totally unrelated to each other.


In one episode called ‘Golden Gordon’, which is set in in 1935, they tell the humourous ‘yarn’ of a football team called Barnstoneworth United who in the Yorkshire Premier League,  had enjoyed outstanding success in the early 1920’s, but were now struggling.


Rather than persist with a team full of young players who are always getting beaten, all the players and the home ground are sold to a local scrap merchant, Mr Foggen.


Gordon Ottershaw (Golden Gordon) who is one of the few remaining loyal fans, determined to do something about it. Gordon dreams of Barnstoneworth being a great team again just like the Premier team of 1922, so in a last ditch effort, he rounds up all of the retired 1922 team members (who by now are geriatrics), and reunites them to play brilliant football once again.


From these origins a number of football clubs under the name of Barnstoneworth United, now exist throughout the world. For Australia there are five different Barnstoneworth United clubs in existence, in Sydney, Central Coast, Adelaide, Tasmania and of course Melbourne, ourselves.


Our Melbourne branch was formed by a group of ‘old’ football players in 1989 and after 25 years in existence, the Barnstoneworth United spirit is something cherished by both old and new players alike. We have modelled ourselves on the team from the TV programme, which in effect means that we play in a kit that consists of long sleeved shirts and shorts that reach below the knee.