Smethwick F.C.

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Full name Smethwick Football Club
Founded 1996
Ground Hillcrest Avenue, Brierley Hill, Birmingham, West Midlands DY5 3QJ (Groundshare at Dudley Sports F.C.)
Ground Capacity 2,000
Manager Amo Sandur
League West Midlands (Regional) League
Premier Division
2016–17 West Midlands (Regional) League
Premier Division, 16th of 20
Website Club website

Smethwick Football Club is a football club based in Smethwick, West Midlands, England. They joined the West Midlands (Regional) League Division One South in 1996. In the 2005–06 season, they were members of the West Midlands (Regional) League Premier Division, however they resigned from this league at the end of the season and folded their adult men's team, but later rejoined the league under a new name.

History[edit]

The club first joined the West Midlands (Regional) League in 1996 under the name Smethwick Rangers, initially playing in Division One South. In their second season in the division they were champions and were promoted to the Premier Division, where they remained until 2006.

In 2000 the club changed its name to Warley Rangers after signing a sponsorship deal with Warley Accident Repair Centre. In the same season former Wolverhampton Wanderers player Robbie Dennison served as their player-coach.

In 2001 they reverted to their former name, but a year later they changed their name again, this time to Smethwick Sikh Temple. As a predominantly Asian team, they have competed in the UK Asian Football Championships, and in 1994 they played at Villa Park in the final of the Aston Villa Cup, a tournament for local teams hosted by the Premier League club. In 2005 they reverted to the name Smethwick Rangers. After dropping out of the league in 2006 they re-surfaced in the Midland Football Combination in 2008 under the name Smethwick Town, and were subsequently known as AFC Internazionale and AFC Smethwick before reverting to their present name in 2013. In 2010 they switched back to the West Midlands (Regional) League and won promotion twice in three seasons to return to the Premier Division. In 2015 Smethwick Rangers were crowned UK Asian Champions after beating IGFC Singh Sabha Hounslow at Ibrox.[1] In the 2015–16 season Smethwick signed former Dinamo II București player Albert Alexandru, who led the club to the West Midlands (Regional) League Premier Division Cup, beating Wolverhampton Sporting Community 1–0 in the final at Long Lane Park. In the 2016-17 season Smethwick finished runners-up in the West Midlands Regional League Premier Division Cup as they lost to league winners Haughmond 1-0.

For the 2017-18 season the club changed its name once more, this time to Smethwick[2] to establish themselves as the number one club from the diverse area of Smethwick. They have also added Ahmed Ali a UEFA B Qualified coach and former Manchester United and England Schoolboy Stephen Cooke to the backroom staff. On 9 September 2017 Smethwick won their first ever game in the FA Vase beating Malvern Town 4-1, Joshua Small, Nathan Stone, Beni Kiembi and Stuart Hillman scoring the goals.

Club records[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "UK Asian Football Championships 2015". www.glasgowlife.org.uk. Retrieved 2016-01-28. 
  2. ^ "Football Club History Database". Retrieved 2017-10-10. 

External links[edit]

  • Smethwick at the Football Club History Database