Arlesey Town F.C.

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Arlesey Town
Arlesey Town F.C. logo.png
Full name Arlesey Town Football Club
Nickname(s) The Blues
Founded 1891
Ground Hitchin Road, Arlesey
Ground Capacity 2,920 (150 seated)[1]
Chairman Manny Cohen
Manager Nick Ironton
League Southern League Premier Division
2013–14 Southern League Premier Division, 15th
Arlesey Town FC football kit

Arlesey Town Football Club is a football club based in Arlesey, England. The club are currently members of the Premier Division of the Southern League and play at Hitchin Road. The club is affiliated to the Bedfordshire County Football Association.

History[edit]

The club was formed in 1891.[1] They initially played in the Biggleswade & District League, before joining the Bedfordshire County League in 1922. They left the league in 1926, but returned for a single season in 1927.[1] They subsequently played in the Parthenon League,[1] before joining the London League in 1958.[2] After leaving the London League in 1960, the club became a member of Division One of the South Midlands League (a renamed Bedfordshire County League) in 1961.[2]

In 1982–83 the club moved to the United Counties League, winning the Premier Division in 1984–85. Rising costs forced Arlesey to resign from the United Counties Football League, moving back to the South Midlands League in 1991–92. 1994–95 saw the club win the league with a record 107 points, and then better this achievement by beating Oxford City in the final of the FA Vase at Wembley Stadium. The Blues' fifth South Midlands League championship followed in 1999–2000, and Arlesey were promoted to Division Three of the Isthmian League. Their first season in this new division was a success with the club losing just two matches in the process of winning the league, scoring an Isthmian League record of 138 goals with a record 100+ goal difference and earning promotion to Division Two. In 2006 the club were moved transferred to Division One North of the Isthmian League, before being transferred back to the Midland Division of the Southern League in 2008.

In 2010–11 the club won Division One Central of the Southern League, earning promotion to the Premier Division.[2] In 2011–12 the club reached the first round proper of the FA Cup for the first time, where they lost 3–1 at Salisbury City. They repeated the feat the following season, losing 3–0 to Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena.

Ground[edit]

Arlesey Town play their home games at Hicthin Road, currently known as the Armadillo Stadium for sponsorship purposes. The ground has a capacity of 2,920, of which 150 is seated and 600 is covered.[1]

Honours[edit]

  • FA Vase
    • Winners 1994–95
  • Isthmian League
  • Southern League
    • Division One Central champions 2010–11
    • League Cup winners 2012–13
  • United Counties League
    • Premier Division champions 1984–85
    • Premier Division Cup winners 1987–88
  • Spartan South Midlands League
    • Champions 1951–52, 1952–53, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1999–2000
    • Division Two champions 1929–30, 1931–32, 1935–36
  • South Midlands League
    • Challenge Trophy winners 1979–80
    • Premier Shield winners 1964–65
    • Premier Division Cup winners 1993–94
    • Floodlight Cup winners 1990–91
  • Bedfordshire Premier Cup
  • Winners |1983–84, 2001–02
  • Bedfordshire Senior Cup
    • Winners 1965–66, 1978–79, 1996–97, 2003–04, 2009–10
  • Bedfordshire Intermediate Cup
    • Winners 1957–58
  • Hinchingbrooke Cup
    • Winners 1977–78, 1979–80, 1981–82, 1996–97
  • Biggleswade Knockout Cup
    • Winners 1977–78, 1980–81

Records[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Mike Williams & Tony Williams (2012) Non-League Club Directory 2013, p444 ISBN 978-1-869833-77-0
  2. ^ a b c Arlesey Town at the Football Club History Database

External links[edit]