last updated 28 November, 2016

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Fifty Years On



In 1967, Peter Houseman, who at that time was a well respected and successful footballer playing for Chelsea F.C,, moved to Oakley, and began, along with his wife Sally, organising youth football training in the area.

From this simple dedicated beginning, a youth league was formed, the Basingstoke and District Boys Sunday League, comprising teams from Oakley, South Ham, Wellington, Buckskin, Rotherwick, and Worting, inaugurated in September 1968.

The first League games were played on 9th. February 1969, and so the coming 2017-2018  season will mark the 50th. anniversary of the founding of our league, which we will be celebrating during it’s course.

Only one club is still in existence from the six that formed the original League, being Oakley, but we hope that there may be memories from them, and all of those following, by way of photographs, programmes, club histories and handbooks, newspaper cuttings, & etc. to enable us to compile a souvenir handbook to mark this auspicious occasion.

We have therefore set up a dedicated e-mail address – – to accept same, and look forward to receiving any contribution you may have, either by this contact, or by post to PHYL Publicity, 24 Bridge Street, Overton, Basingstoke, Hants. RG25 3HD.

Photocopies/scans would be preferred, rather than originals, but if originals are sent, please include your address, and we will return soonest.

Rodney Hunter
PHYL Publicity Officer

01256 770099   

19.12.15   Ron Ashfield R.I.P.  

Also, with great sadness, we announce the passing of Ron Ashfield, joint founder and past Treasurer of Tadley Calleva F.C., and past Treasurer of the Peter Houseman Youth League, which position he served for twenty nine years, from 1981-2010.,

Ron gave over a third of his life's committment to football, both at senior and youth level, receiving recognition awards from Hampshire Youth F.A., North Hants F.A., and P.H.Y.L. The League is grateful for our share of his dedication, which served us so well. His demeanour, humour, wit, and stoicism above affliction, might be taken as a lesson to us all, but perhaps best expressed in Tadley Calleva's website tribute, from those who knew and worked with him.

"Ron was a well liked and respected man not just football but throughout the whole community and dedicated many, many years to (Tadley) Calleva FC, The Peter Houseman Youth league and Hampshire FA among other organisations. Always a cheery smile and a wicked laugh he was also the life and soul of a party and a devil with the karaoke machine!!"

Our sincere condolences go out to Ron’s family and friends at this sad time.


Graham Garrett R.I.P.


With sadness, we have learnt of the death of Graham Garrett, Club Secretary of Winklebury Wizards F.C.

Graham was a dedicated stalwart of youth football within the League's area, and will be sadly missed by all.

The League extend it's heartfelt sympathy and thoughts to all of his family, friends, and collegues at this most difficult time.


13.12.15   Mike Tull R.I.P  

It is with deep regret that we have learnt of the death of Mike Tull, Club Secretary of Barton Rovers F.C.

Mike was a dedicated supporter of our League, having introduced his club in the early 2000's, since when many of their teams have competed up unto present time. Such was his committment that he was awarded the League's Secretary of the Year in 2012-2013 season.

The League extend it's heartfelt sympathy to his family, friends, and collegues at this sad time, but perhaps best expressed, extracted from Barton Rovers F.C. website, by those who knew him well.

"It iswith great sadness that we have to announce the death of Mike Tull, our much loved and highly respected Club Secretary of 27 years in office. After being taken ill earlier in the week, with his family around him Mike passed away peacefully on Saturday morning 21st November 2015. He will be sorely missed for his knowledge, manner, patience and sense of humour by all those that knew him at the Club and those involved in local grassroots football. Our thoughts are with Mike’s family at this sad time. Rest in peace Mike a true gentlemen you will be greatly missed. We’re raising £1,000 to donate to the ICU Dept, Royal Berks Hospital because new equipment is vital to save lives"

24.10.15   Remembrance Sunday  

In recognition of the nation's Act of Remembrance on Sunday 8th. November 2015, the League would request that all matches played on this date be voluntarily preceded by a period of one minute's silence.


11.06.15   K.O. Times  

Within F.A. Full-Time (FT), we must record a K.O. time, otherwise the fixture is published as TBC.

To avoid this, default times are used; 09.00 for Small Sided Competitive and Non-Competitive, and 02.00 pm for all other fixtures.

Both may vary within the confines of League rules, and may not be assumed to be correct. The actual time will be that advised by the Home team's secretary in accordance with League Rule 10 (d).


11.06.15   E-mails   There is a high incidence of e-mails addressed to PHYL officials not reaching intended recipients, due to incorrect punctuation. All PHYL addresses, by design, have no punctuation before, and all Divisional Secretaries' sobriquets end only in "s" (i.e.

Would EVERYONE please check their address books, on ALL devices, and correct accordingly, to avoid misunderstandings, mis-direction, and ultimate mysterious loss into the ether. 


30.04.15   AGM   Thursday 11th. June 2015 19.30 at Testbourne Community College, Whitchurch RG28 8JF; agenda to be advised.
30.04.15   Presentation Day   Sunday 14th.June 2015 at Testbourne Community College, Whitchurch RG28 8JF; timetable to be advised.


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