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Tamworth
Logo
Full name Tamworth Football Club
Nickname(s) The Lambs
Founded 1933; 82 years ago (1933)
Ground The Lamb Ground
sponsored by O2 Tamworth
Tamworth
Ground Capacity 4,565 (518 seated)
Chairman Bob Andrews
Manager Andy Morrell
League Conference North
2014–15 Conference North, 7th
Website Club home page
Current season

Tamworth Football Club is an English football club based in Tamworth, Staffordshire. The club participates in the Conference North, the sixth tier of English football.

The club were formed in 1933 after the previous Tamworth club, Tamworth Castle, ceased to exist. They originally played at The Jolly Sailor Ground but after a year moved into The Lamb Ground.

Local rivals include Burton Albion and Nuneaton Town, and to a lesser degree Atherstone Town, Bedworth United and Bolehall Swifts. The team are currently managed by Andy Morrell, and the current club captain is Michael Townsend.

History[edit]

Early years[edit]

The town of Tamworth had been represented at football by Tamworth Castle F.C. until the club folded in 1933. This void was filled thanks to a campaign started by a letter from a local businessman in the local newspaper setting in motion the formation of Tamworth F.C. Originally playing next to the Jolly Sailor pub, the club moved to their present ground, The Lamb Ground, in 1934. Tamworth began life competing in the Birmingham Combination, before joining the West Midlands League, which was later renamed the Birmingham League, in the 1950s. In the 1960s Tamworth experienced success, winning the league in 1963–64 and 1965–66, as well as lifting the West Midlands League Cup, Birmingham Senior Cup and Staffordshire Senior Cup in that decade.

1972 saw Tamworth promoted to the Southern League, but a period of falling attendances and financial difficulties followed. The club returned to the West Midlands League, and it was taken over by a consortium of local businessmen in 1984. In 1987–88 Tamworth won the League and were promoted back to the Southern League.

1989–2005[edit]

Tamworth, managed by Graham Smith, won the FA Vase in 1989, beating Sudbury Town. The final was played at Wembley Stadium, but the game finished 1–1, meaning that the winner would have to be decided by a replay. The replay was played at London Road, the home of Peterborough United, and Tamworth won 3–0 to lift the FA Vase for the first time.

Tamworth won promotion to the Football Conference in 2002–03 after winning the Southern League in 2001–02, only one year after narrowly missing the same promotion. That year, Tamworth earned a 3–3 draw on the final day at Folkestone Invicta while Kettering Town won, passing Tamworth for first place and winning promotion to the Football Conference. Tamworth also reached the final of the FA Trophy in 2002–03 season where they played Burscough but were denied a double, losing 2–1.

Recent history[edit]

The club completed perhaps their highest profile signing of all time on 23 February 2006, with the capture of former Arsenal, Aston Villa, Walsall and English national midfielder Paul Merson.[1] However, the arrangement meant that until the end of the season, the majority of Merson's wages were to be paid by the club he used to manage, Walsall. The arrangement however only lasted two games, although Merson only played once in the 2–1 home loss to Halifax Town. Merson was dropped to the bench for the following game, which was a 5–0 defeat away to Grays Athletic. Merson later announced his retirement from professional football as a player on 9 March 2006, less than a month after joining Tamworth.[2]

Although the club finished the 2005–06 season in 21st position (the last relegation position), in the Conference National, the club were spared the drop after Canvey Island resigned from the league. The Lambs did, however, reach the 3rd round of the FA Cup for the first time that season.

Despite a fairly poor 2006–07 league campaign, Tamworth once again found themselves at the 3rd round stage of the FA Cup. Norwich City beat The Lambs, and 18 days later Tamworth manager Mark Cooper and assistant manager Richard Dryden were dismissed with the club at the foot of the league table. They were replaced two days later by the former Tamworth managerial duo of manager Gary Mills[3] and assistant Darron Gee.[4] Despite the change in leadership, Tamworth were relegated after finishing in 22nd position. Tamworth kicked off the 2007–08 season in the Conference North, a disappointing league campaign saw the club finish in 15th position.

The club began their second season in the Conference North and followed up a fantastic season with a win over Hinckley United on 21 April 2009 which secured the title and promotion back to the Conference Premier. The win was duly attained with a 65th minute goal from Nick Wright as the club won 1–0. Captain Martin Foster received the trophy in front of hundreds of ecstatic fans and the celebrations began at The Lamb Ground.

On the 13 October 2010, manager Gary Mills quit Tamworth to join fellow Conference Premier side York City, names of possible replacements started to circulate and many believed that Ian McParland had expressed interest in the job. It's also been rumoured that the board have made bids to Kevin Wilkin, Dean Thomas and Jim Gannon to take over at the club. However first team coach Des Lyttle became caretaker manager and was later hired as player-manager. He resigned as manager on 13 April 2011, and was replaced by Tamworth legend Dale Belford, who was to manage the club for the remaining four games of the season. Belford led Tamworth to last day safety with a 2–1 home win over Forest Green Rovers, with Jake Sheridan scoring the all important winning goal.[5]

In November 2010, Tamworth were drawn against Crewe Alexandra in the first round of the 2010–11 FA Cup, Tamworth won the tie 2–1, with goals coming from Alex Rodman and Danny Thomas. Tamworth were then drawn away to Carlisle United in the second round, and were knocked out after a 3–2 defeat.

Belford stepped aside at the end of the season, and the search for a new manager to lead the club for the 2011–12 Conference Premier season began, speculation was rife, and the names of former York City manager Martin Foyle, Eastwood Town manager Paul Cox and former Walsall assistant manager Martin O'Connor were all linked to the club, but on 25 May 2011, Tamworth announced Kettering Town manager Marcus Law as the club's new manager.

Tamworth were defeated by Everton in the 3rd round of the 2011–12 FA Cup 2–0 on 6 January 2012. Around 5,000 Lambs supporters made the trip to Goodison Park. [6]

Marcus Law was relieved of his manager duties[7] following a meeting with chairman Bob Andrews on Monday 14 January 2013. Dale Belford was appointed as caretaker-manager for the foreseeable future with former Lambs player Scott Lindsey as his assistant.

The 2013-14 Football Conference was ultimately one to forget for the lambs. In a season that included a few highlights such as progress to the 2nd round of the 2013-14 FA Cup, where they were beaten 2–1 at home to Bristol City, Tamworth couldn't survive in the league and finished 23rd, dropping down into the Football Conference North after five seasons in the English fifth tier.

On 15 September 2014, with Tamworth in the bottom 3 of the Conference North, Dale Belford left the club by Mutual Consent and was replaced on 23 September by former Wrexham Manager Andy Morrell.

This move prompted much anger in neighbouring Nuneaton who immediately demanded the sacking of the board for appointing Liam Daish instead of a quality manager like Morrell.

Colours and badge[edit]

As of 2009, Tamworth play in an all red kit with white sides, and with the 2010/2011 season there was no change colours but the white stripes on the sides moved so they went down as far as the sleeves. In 2011/2012 the white sides changed to black and the shorts also changed to dark blue. In 2012/2013 the colours changed to go back to all red kits with white stripes on the side.

The Tamworth FC badge features the Mercian flag and the Stafford knot, the symbol of Staffordshire next to the Tamworth castle.

Stadium[edit]

Main article: The Lamb Ground

Tamworth have played at The Lamb Ground since 1934. Prior to this, they spent their first season at a ground adjacent to the Jolly Sailor pub. The Lamb Ground takes it name from a pub, the Lamb Inn, which formerly stood nearby. The ground has a capacity of approximately 4,000, and a directors box. All seating is in the Main Stand, which was constructed in 1997. The Main Stand occupies one side of the pitch, with a covered terrace known as the Shed on the opposite side.

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 03:32, Tuesday, May 5, 2015 (UTC)[8]

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 James Belshaw (vice-captain)
England MF Jed Davies
No. Position Player
England FW Leon Mettam
England FW Andy Morrell (player-manager)

Unassigned 2014-15 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
India GK Raajan Gill
England DF Paul Green (captain)
England DF Tom James
New Zealand DF Dominic McGarr
England DF Dan Preston
England DF Rob Purdie
England DF Javan Vidal
England MF Jon Adams
England MF Shane Clarke
No. Position Player
England MF Danny Sleath
England MF Connor Taylor
Republic of Ireland MF Kevin Thornton
England MF Phil Trainer
England MF Sean Wilkins
England FW Brendon Daniels
England FW David Hibbert
England FW Kayden Jackson

Former players[edit]

See Tamworth F.C. Players

Player of the Year[edit]

As voted for by supporters of the club.

Management and coaching staff[edit]

Current staff[edit]

Position Name
Manager England Andy Morrell
Assistant Manager Wales Mike Fowler
Goalkeeper Coach England Courtney Belford
Sports & Conditioning Coach England Darren Chesworth
Kit Manager England Buster Belford
Backroom Staff Manager England Degsy Bond
Assistant Sports Therapist England Alan Cooke
Performance Analyst England Richard Hughes
Youth Team Coach England Mike Corbett
Youth Team Secretary England Brad Stokes

Managerial history[edit]

Honours[edit]

For more details on this topic, see Tamworth F.C. seasons.

Records[edit]

Shirt/shorts sponsors/manufacturers[edit]

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
1999–2000 Prostar Polesworth Garage
2000–2004 Nike Bloor Homes
2004–2007 Ocean Finance
2007–2009 Umbro
2009–2012 Admiral Snowdome
2012–0000 Jako Solus Coaches

Following seven years with Nike, Inc., the club confirmed the kit manufacturer to be Umbro for the 2007/08 season.[9]

Snowdome were confirmed as the club's new shirt sponsor on 24 June 2009, agreeing to a three-year shirt sponsorship deal with the club. Automotive Solutions agreed a one-year short sponsorship, while Admiral Sportswear would be manufacturing the club's players and replica kits.[10]

On 14 July 2011, it was confirmed that Tamworth based IT Consultancy company, Computer Friendly Consultants would be renewing their back of shirt sponsor for the 2011/12 season.[11] Solus Coaches were announced as the first team shorts sponsor for the 2011/12 season.[12]

Tamworth announced on 27 March 2012 that their away kit for the 2012/13 season would be sponsored by Drayton Manor, with the clubs kits now been supplied by Jako.[13] The club followed this up on 26 April 2012 with confirmation that Solus Coaches would sponsor the team home shirt for the 2012/13 season.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Merson opts to sign for Tamworth". BBC News (London). 22 February 2006. Retrieved 24 March 2010. 
  2. ^ "Merson announces his retirement". BBC News (London). 9 March 2006. Retrieved 24 March 2010. 
  3. ^ "Mills happy with Tamworth return". BBC News (London). 28 January 2007. Retrieved 24 March 2010. 
  4. ^ "Gee rejoins Tamworth boss Mills". BBC News (London). 30 January 2007. Retrieved 24 March 2010. 
  5. ^ "Tamworth 2–1 Forest Green Rovers". BBC Sport. 30 April 2011. Retrieved 30 April 2011. 
  6. ^ "Everton 2 – 0 Tamworth". BBC Sport. 6 January 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2012. 
  7. ^ "Dale Belford Replaces Law At Tamworth". 15 January 2013. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "Tamworth". FootballSquads. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "2007–08 KIT REVEALED – first pics here!". TheLambs.co.uk. 26 April 2007. Retrieved 26 April 2007. 
  10. ^ "New Kit Sponsors". TheLambs.co.uk. 24 June 2009. Retrieved 24 June 2009. 
  11. ^ "Computer Friendly renew back of shirt sponsorship". TheLambs.co.uk. 14 July 2011. Retrieved 14 July 2011. 
  12. ^ "New shorts sponsor for the Lambs". TheLambs.co.uk. 28 July 2011. Retrieved 28 July 2011. 
  13. ^ "New Away Kit & Away Shirt Sponsor Announcement". TheLambs.co.uk. 27 March 2012. Retrieved 27 March 2012. 
  14. ^ "New home shirt & sponsor for the Lambs". TheLambs.co.uk. 26 April 2012. Retrieved 26 April 2012. The Shorts for 2012/2013 season sponsor is made by Jako and a sponsor of Ankerside Shopping Center.

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