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About the club

Position Name
Chairman: Scott Gibbons
General Secretary: Richard Wilford
Vice Chairman: Mark Bassett
Treasurer: Scott Gibbons
First Team Manager: Scott Gibbons
Asst First Team Manager: Ric Wilford
Res Team Manager: Justin Johnson
Res Team Manager: Danny Stevens
Players Rep Jimmy Brewer
Webmaster: Richard Francis
Match Photography Tony Parish

FC Samba was formed in the summer of 1997 by a group of school friends who wanted a regular game of football every week. Initially this began with the forming of a 5 a side team that competed successfully at Nottingham Power League for many seasons, winning promotion through the divisions in rapid succession.

Eventually several members of the team yearned again for the passion of the 11 a side game and so the blueprint was laid out for the formation of an FC Samba sunday team. These plans came to fruition in the summer of 2003 when the original group, together with several new players who were invited down for trials, began training for their first season in the Notts Combination league.

Samba were out of the blocks quickly and fought a tough 3 way battle for the title, and eventually came out victorious to lift the division 3 championship at the first time of asking. The second season proved to be a wake up call as Samba started the season poorly and despite rallying mid season, could only manage a 3rd place finish.

Notts Combination Div 3 Winners 2003
NAA Senior Cup Winners 2011
NAA Premier Division Winners 2012

Talks had taken place throughout the season as to the future of FC Samba. The point of contention being whether Samba should seek a stronger challenge in Saturday football, or continue their excellent progress on Sundays. It was decided that Saturdays were the way to go, and after an awful season the Forest fans in the side were not too disappointed at having to give up their season tickets.

Once this had been decided there was just one more issue that needed to be resolved before Samba could plan for the season ahead...... the management team. After initially rejecting several job offers from the Samba board during the close season, it took a barbeque at Chez Wilford, combined with copious amounts of alcohol, to finally convince the managerial dream team of Rod Bassett and John Wilford that there future lay at the doors of Samba. After losing the opening 2 games, Samba came back with a 6 game winning streak to put them in contention at the top for most of the season, but dropped points against lower teams ultimately cost the team dearly and Samba could only end the season in 3rd place.

With their 3rd place finish Samba moved up to NAA division 1, and in a pattern that would repeat itself in coming seasons, they were off to a flyer. At christmas Samba stood at the top of the table wnning all but 3 matches. Unfortunately, this good form could not be replicated after the festive period and Samba plummeted down to a 10th place finish courtesy of only a single solitary win in the second half of the season.

The 07/08 season proved to be more of the same as yet again Samba got off to a storming start, losing only a single league game going into christmas. Though their form after christmas was a vast improvement on the previous season, they were unable to come away with the points in key games and were forced to settle for a 4th place finish and a bitterly disappointing quarter final cup exit under controversial circumstances.

Samba's 6th season saw them secure a place in the NAA's top division and a new man at the helm in the shape of club chairman Gibbons. After another promising start with 5 wins in the first 6 games, a string of injuries, postponements, and the inevitable post christmas collapse saw Samba drift from top spot down to an eventual 7th place finish.

The 09/10 season saw the reserve side make the move up to Saturday football and it proved to be a difficult first season, with the side going down from division 2. The first team had good cup runs in both the league and country cups but fell in the 1/2 and 1/4 finals respectively. League form was patchy for the first half of the season but a strong run post christmas gave Samba a great chance to seal 4th place in the last game of the season, which ultimately they did not take.

2011 saw Samba's first team pick up their first silverware since their inaugural season, winning the NAA senior cup with a 1-0 win over Kimberley at Dunkirk. Unfortunately this success was tempered somewhat by a poor league performance by both Samba teams.

2012 saw Samba first team start the season poorly with 4 defeats in their opening 6 games, culminating with a 7-1 exit in the county cup. Fortunes changed swiftly after that as the side went on an impressive 15 game unbeaten run to finish as champions of the NAA prem. In their final season at the mangerial helm, Rod Bassett and John Wilford guided the reserve side to a respectable midtable position.