Broadbridge Heath Football Club was founded in 1919 by local ex-members of the armed forces who had just returned from the 1914-18 Great War. In their very first season of competitive football, with only twelve registered players, the club won the Horsham and District Championship and Challenge Cup.
In the 1970-1971 season the Horsham League amalgamated with the West Sussex Football League and Heath joined Division Three. Promotion was won to Division Two the following season. In the 1978-1979 season, following promotion from the Premier Division of the WSFL, Broadbridge Heath joined the Southern Counties Combination League which at that time was a feeder to the Sussex County Football League. The SCCL amalgamated with the County League in 1983-1984 with Broadbridge Heath becoming founder members of the new Division Three.
The club moved to its current facilities at the Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre in Wickhurst Lane in 1987 where they had exclusive use of the stadium pitch, bar and social area. At the end of the 1987-1988 season the club were promoted to senior football in Division Two for the very first time. Heath remained in senior football for 20 years, with one season (1998-1999) in Division One. Despite succeeding on the pitch off the field events deteriorated when the club’s landlord decided not to renew the club’s lease to run the bar and social area and for several years with no home and no assets, the club struggled to survive.
At the end of the 2007-2008 season Heath were relegated to Division Three. Things got even worse for the club when the team finished second from bottom two years later and only avoided demotion because there were not enough clubs in the feeder leagues with facilities to satisfy County League requirements.
The appointment of Steve Painter as First Team Manger saw an improvement in the club’s fortunes. In his first full season as manager (2010-2011) the team finished in 6th position and a year later they finished one place higher behind some very good intermediate sides. As a result of restructuring in the leagues above and despite finishing fifth, Broadbridge Heath were promoted back to Division Two at the end of the 2011-2012 season.
Back in Division Two after a five year break the team finished in 6th position and reached the final of the SCFA RUR Cup where they narrowly lost 1-0 to Division One runners up, East Preston. A year later Painter’s team went even better by finishing the season as runners up to Eastbourne United AFC, and with that promotion back to Division One for only the second time in the club’s history. In the first season back in Division One (now the Premier Division) the club finished 9th, their highest ever finish, and a year later they again finished 9th but had more points, more wins and fewer goals conceded. Last season The Bears continued to improve finishing in 8th position, but the following season, after a good start, they ended the season in 15th place. Steve Painter will be hoping to improve on that position for the 2018-2019 season. Off the field the club’s new facilities were due to be completed by October 2018, but now seem to be scheduled for handover in early February 2019, after continuous delays.