Warrington Town F.C.

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Warrington Town
Warrington Town FC badge.jpg
Full name Warrington Town Football Club
Nickname(s) The Wire, The Yellows
Founded 1949 (as Stockton Heath Albion)
Ground Cantilever Park,
Latchford, Warrington
Ground Capacity 2,500
Manager Shaun Reid
League Northern Premier League
Division One North
2013–14 Northern Premier League
Division One North, 3rd

Warrington Town Football Club is an English football club based in Warrington, Cheshire. They were established in 1949 under the name of Stockton Heath Albion, adopting their current name in 1961. The club are currently members of Division One North of the Northern Premier League, in the 8th tier of the English football league system, and play at Cantilever Park.

Club history[edit]

Formed in 1949 by Jimmy Drinkwater, the club was initially named Stockton Heath Albion and competed in the Warrington and District League until 1953, when they moved to the Mid Cheshire League. Freddie Worrall became manager at the same time, and during a 13-year spell in charge, the club won the league in 1959–60 plus the League Cup in three consecutive seasons during the 1950s. During his thirteen years at the helm, Heath were one of the most feared sides in Cheshire football, winning a string of honours including the Mid Cheshire League Championship in 1959–60, the League Cup in 1953–54, 1954–55, 1955–56 and made several appearances in the Cheshire Amateur Cup Final. Several players from this successful period went on to join Football League clubs, including Ian Weir, John Green, Alan Foster and Roger Hunt, later a World Cup winner with England in 1966.

At the club's 1961 AGM, it was decided to change the name to Warrington Town. In 1978 the club were founder members of Division Two of the Cheshire County League.[1] When it merged into the North West Counties Football League in 1982, the club were founder members of Division Three. They finished as runners-up in the first season, earning promotion to Division Two. In 1985–86 Warrington reached the semi-finals of the FA Vase, losing 6–3 to Halesowen Town in a replay. After finishing as runners-up in Division Two in 1986–87, the club were promoted to Division One.[1] In the same season they reached the FA Vase final, where they lost 3–2 to local rivals St Helens Town

In 1989–90 Warrington Town won Division One, and were promoted to the Northern Premier League. In 1992–93 they reached the quarter-finals of the FA Trophy, eventually losing 2–1 at Sutton United, and also became the first Division One club to reach the final of the League Cup, losing on penalties to Winsford United. The season also saw the club sell Neil Whalley to Football League Third Division side Preston North End for a £25,000, equalling the record fee paid for a Northern Premier League player. A few weeks later Warrington also sold Liam Watson to Preston for a record £60,000.

After finishing second bottom of the league in 1996–97, the club were relegated back to Division One of the North West Counties League. The following season they were relegated again.[1] In the 1998–99 season, teenage striker Damien Whitehead set a new club record of 52 goals in just 42 appearances, before signing for Football League Division Three side Macclesfield Town at the end of the season. The 1999–2000 season saw Town win the Second Division Trophy beating Tetley Walker 2–0 at Prescot Cables, whilst the following season saw Warrington win Division Two and earn promotion back to Division One. They finished fifth in 2003–04, and were promoted to Division One of the Northern Premier League as part of the restructuring that led to the creation of the Conference North and South. When Division One was split into northern and southern sections in 2007, the club were placed in the southern division, but were moved to the northern section the following season.[1]

In 2013–14 the club finished third in Division One North, qualifying for the promotion play-offs. However, they lost 1–0 at home to Bamber Bridge in the semi-finals. In 2014–15 the club reached the first round proper of the FA Cup for the first time in their history, where they beat League Two club Exeter City 1–0 with a 7th-minute header from defender and plasterer Craig Robinson (who happens to be Karl Robinson's brother) in a giant-killing at Cantilever Park.[2] The game was shown live on BBC Two. In the second round, Warrington lost 0–2 at Gateshead.[3]

Ground[edit]

After its formation, the club initially played at London Road. In 1965, the club moved to Cantilever Park, which has a capacity of 2,500 as of November 2014. It takes its name from the Cantilever Bridge, a high-level road bridge on Ackers Road over the Manchester Ship Canal that towers over the ground to the east. The ground itself is on the northern bank of the canal.

Current squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
England GK Robbie Johnson
England GK Karl Wills
England DF Louis Corrigan
England DF Phil Davies
England DF Matt Doughty
England DF Lewis Field
England DF Tom Hardwick
England DF James McCarten
England DF Craig Robinson
England MF Robbie Booth
England MF Nathan Burke
England MF James Colbeck
No. Position Player
England MF David Mannix
England MF Scott Metcalfe
England MF Connor Roberts
England MF Jack West
England FW Ben Collins
England FW Steve Foster
England FW Chris Gaghan
England FW Lee Gaskell
England FW Anthony Hickey
England FW Ashley Ruane
England FW Stephen Tames
England FW Ben Wharton

Honours[edit]

  • North West Counties League
    • Division One Champions 1989–90
    • Division Two Champions 2000–01
    • Division Two Trophy winners 1999–2000
    • League Cup winners 1989–90
    • League Shield winners 1985–86
  • Mid-Cheshire League
    • Champions 1960–61
    • League Cup winners 1953–54, 1954–55, 1955–56
  • Northern Combination Cup
    • Winners 1989–90
  • Altrincham Cup
    • Winners 1954–55
  • Runcorn Challenge Cup
    • Winners 1965–66, 1966–67, 1968–69
  • Warrington Guardian Challenge Cup
    • Winners 1980–81, 1994–95
  • Raab Karcher Cup
    • Winners 1987–88

Records[edit]

League history[edit]

Season Division Position Significant Events
1977–78 Mid Cheshire League Division One 5th
1978–79 Cheshire League Division Two 14th
1979–80 Cheshire League Division Two 15th
1980–81 Cheshire League Division Two 13th
1981–82 Cheshire League Division Two 8th Promoted
1982–83 North West Counties League Division Three 2nd Promoted
1983–84 North West Counties League Division Two 4th
1984–85 North West Counties League Division Two 3rd
1985–86 North West Counties League Division Two 4th
1986–87 North West Counties League Division Two 2nd Promoted
1987–88 North West Counties League Division One 8th
1988–89 North West Counties League Division One 6th
1989–90 North West Counties League Division One 1st Champions
1990–91 Northern Premier League Division One 7th
1991–92 Northern Premier League Division One 7th
1992–93 Northern Premier League Division One 5th
1993–94 Northern Premier League Division One 7th
1994–95 Northern Premier League Division One 3rd
1995–96 Northern Premier League Division One 13th
1996–97 Northern Premier League Division One 21st Relegated
1997–98 North West Counties League Division One 19th Relegated
1998–99 North West Counties League Division Two 4th
1999–2000 North West Counties League Division Two 9th
2000–01 North West Counties League Division Two 1st Champions
2001–02 North West Counties League Division One 11th
2002–03 North West Counties League Division One 16th
2003–04 North West Counties League Division One 5th Promoted
2004–05 Northern Premier League Division One 20th
2005–06 Northern Premier League Division One 19th
2006–07 Northern Premier League Division One 21st
2007–08 Northern Premier League Division One South 13th
2008–09 Northern Premier League Division One North 19th
2009–10 Northern Premier League Division One North 9th
2010–11 Northern Premier League Division One North 9th
2011–12 Northern Premier League Division One North 11th
2012–13 Northern Premier League Division One North 10th
2013–14 Northern Premier League Division One North 3rd Lost in play-off semi-final

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Warrington Town at the Football Club History Database
  2. ^ "Warrington Town 1–0 Exeter". BBC Sport. 7 November 2014. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "Gateshead 2-0 Warrington". BBC Sport. 7 December 2014. Retrieved 7 December 2014. 

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