The Official Club website formerly 'A FAN'S VIEW'
INTRODUCTION (Ray Bright)
It was around 1955, that I first watched Hallen (then known as Lawrence Weston Athletic) in a Bristol & District League match played in the grounds of Kingsweston House, my Uncle being the referee on the day. It was to be some thirty years later before seeing them a second time, when they met newly promoted local rivals Henbury Old Boys a club that I had just become associated with, in a Gloucestershire County League match. For the next seven seasons it was a well contested battle, to see which of the two teams would get the better of each other in terms of results and league position.
Having resigned after a short spell as Chairman of Henbury Old Boys during the 1992/93 season, I became aware that Hallen were looking for a Secretary, and also had the ambition to move on from the Gloucestershire County League. It was agreed that I would take over the secretarial role for the commencement of the 1993/94 Season, but this was brought forward when the Gloucestershire County League attempted to block the club's promotion to the Hellenic League, because the club had not given notice of their intention to seek promotion earlier in the season.
I was thankful to the advice given to me by Roger Sumerhill a former Secretary of the Gloucestershire Youth Football Association, who many years previous, had told me that Football Rules were so poor, that you could contest one rule with another. An appeal was made to the Gloucestershire Football Association, and was held in an adjacent room to one where the Gloucestershire County League Annual General Meeting was being held. The constitution of the league for the upcoming season being put on hold, until the appeal decision was made. The Appeal being upheld Hallen were able to make a step up in the football pyramid to the Hellenic League.
The development of the Hallen Centre plus the administration involved with running five teams, within four different leagues, it was to be two very busy years spent as Secretary. After which work commitments, allowed me few opportunities to watch any football for a decade, but in recent years I have been able to become a more regular follower of Hallen, and it is good to see the hard work has continued. The team has established itself in the Toolstation Western League, which for a village team playing against many representing Towns is a real achievement.
Originally this website was 'A fan's view' created to help promote the club, as a thank you to the Officials and Players past and present who have made the club what it is today, and a venue where one can spend an enjoyable Saturday afternoon. For the season 2009-10, I was invited to take over editing the clubs Official site which was using Webteams, and I incorporated 'A fan's view' as an extension to the official club site. The following season this site became the Official site, with the former site being used for archive purposes. When Pitchero took over Webteams during Season 2011-12 a whole season's archive was lost, when being moved across to the new hosts. This has resulted in an archive being gradually built into this site.
Having found your way to this website, how about making your way to the Hallen Centre, Moorhouse Lane, Hallen BS10 7RU. the home of HALLEN F.C.
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