Our History

In September 2009 - Barnstoneworth United Junior Football Club was borne.
And with it - our guiding expression - soccer 4 all.


A Club based on Junior Participation only, where irrespective of the level of sporting ability, ALL children would be welcomed.


The Funny Name

Both the name and strip come from a UK television program 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 humorous '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 and Tasmania.


Barnstoneworth United Junior Football Club is Established

The founding members of Barnstoneworth United Junior Football Club really had one purpose - to enable as many kids to play soccer as possible.

During a period of un-settlement within Clubs, the Founders saw that increasingly kids where not able to play the game because:

  1. they were considered not good enough ... and sat on the bench week in week out; and/or
  2. they could not afford the ever increasing Club costs.

It was quickly identified that a significant portion of club fees where going towards paying Senior Players rather than being invested into the juniors. And further identified that player favorites and the stronger kids where the children most likely to play each week.

The less developed kids and those not as athletically strong in their age groups - where missing out.

So in September 2009, Barnstoneworth United Junior Football Club was borne. A Club based on Junior Participation only where irrespective of the level of sporting ability, ALL children would be welcomed.

To this day, the primary purpose of providing a Club where all kids can play the game of soccer, remains a cornerstone of the Barnies philosophy.

And with it - our guiding expression - soccer 4 all.