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Berkshire football team sets record for defeats
AFC Aldermaston
AFC Aldermaston lost against Downton on Thursday.

A West Berkshire football club has entered the record books for all the wrong reasons.

AFC Aldermaston lost its match against Downton at home and has become the worst English football team in history.

The last team to come close to the record for the number of consecutive defeats was Poole Town in 1996.

Aldermaston equalled Stockport United's 1977 record by losing 39 matches in a row, and lost their 40th match on Thursday.

After the match club chairman Damion Bone said they never go on a pitch to lose but they had had a bad season.

"We were living the dream for 86 minutes, 0-0, and we were down to 10 men," he said.

The team then lost to Downton 2-0.

Of the record, Damion said: "It's an accumulation of lots of things. We lost a lot of players at the start of the season, always struggling to get players to turn out for long mid-week games, going away from home."

The club, which was in Wessex Division One, will now be relegated to the Hampshire Puma League.

"It's just a little lower standard," Damion said. "Hopefully, we can build on that and build our way back up."

The unlucky club almost drew 2-2 in a recent game with Downton, before having a goal disallowed in the last minute.

However, the team have suffered a number of humiliating results, being beaten 6-0 by Tadley Calleva in their previous outing.

"We've had one game where the score was 11-0, I can't remember which team that was," said Bone. "We haven't sacked the manager but he stepped down just after Christmas."

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