About The Club
AEK-BOCO F.C. was formed during the summer of 2003 as the result of a merger between two long-established clubs (A.E.K. Rangers and Boco Juniors).
Today we have almost 500 children on our books playing in the Hanham Minor League, Avon Youth League and Bristol Girls League. As well as four men’s teams and two ladies teams.
We are proud to hold the FA Charter Standard Community Club status.
Our home ground is Greenbank Rd Playing Fields, Hanham, Bristol.
History of Boco Juniors
Boco Boys was formed in 1978 by Bob Boyd, a former director of Bristol City FC, and John Cummins. Named after the 1978 Argentinean Champions Boca Juniors, as it corresponded with the year that Argentina first became World Champions. The first competitive match was an under 11’s friendly against Hanham Boys (Boco lost that day 4-2). Andrew Norris scored twice to record Boco’s first ever goals. Boco subsequently entered the Hanham Minor League for the Under 11’s.
Boco’s first league game was played in September 1978 against Streamside. Unfortunately we lost that fixture 7-5, with Bob’s son Robert Boyd scoring the first ever league goal for the club. Players from this original team still play football within leagues around Bristol today.
The second season and a second Under 11’s team were a little special, winning the Minor Cup Final at the old Eastville Stadium. The match against Bridge Farm attracted a large crowd, and finished 1-0, with the goal being scored by Mark Cooper, son of former England, Leeds and later a manager of both Bristol City and Rovers. Mark progressed onto play senior football for Macclesfield Town in the lower divisions of the Nationwide League.
The team also included on the left of midfield a lad who notched 87 goals that season and his name was Julian Dicks. Always destined for greater things, he progressed to become a regular with Birmingham City, Liverpool and West Ham United, where he appeared 262 times in the league.
Paul Mardon also appeared for BOCO that year scoring over 50 goals and in 1996-97 became the first full international to have started at BOCO when he made his debut for Wales. Paul played for Bristol City in the 1987-90 seasons, before moving to Doncaster Rovers, Birmingham City and West Bromwich Albion where he was joined by another BOCO team-mate Darren Lloyd for a short spell. A long-term knee injury forced Paul to call it a day in the 2000-01 season.
The side continued to flourish at Under 12 and produced another rising starlet in Darren Carr who played for Chesterfield in the 1997 FA Cup semi-final versus Middlesbrough.
Throughout the 80’s BOCO continued to produce talented players such as Martin Wilmott (Bristol City), Darren Harvey at Watford and even a future snooker professional playing at right back Mark Johnston-Allen.
As the years have progressed the stewardship of the club passed to Dave Payne now a scout for Bristol Rovers and then Pete Clarke who’s sons have had acclaim, Neil as an accomplished Old Georgians cricketer and Robert playing in goal for England U-19’s in 1996/7. Even Manchester United’s’ Alex Ferguson spotted a young Ross Millard playing for BOCO and Ross was signed as full time professional only to see his dubbing career cut short by injury.
So 30 odd years on the stars of the future from St George, Kingswood, Hanham could be playing at Greenbank this coming Sunday.