AFC Dunstable

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AFC Dunstable
AFC Dunstable logo.png
Full nameAssociation Football Club
Dunstable
Nickname(s)The OD's[1]
Founded1981 (as Old Dunstablians)
GroundCreasey Park, Dunstable
Capacity3,200 (350 seated)[2]
ChairmanSimon Bullard
ManagerSteve Heath
LeagueSouthern League Division One Central
2018–19Southern League Division One Central, 10th of 20

AFC Dunstable are a football club based in Dunstable, Bedfordshire, England. The club are members of Division One Central of the Southern League, and are affiliated to the Bedfordshire County Football Association. They play at Creasey Park, groundsharing with Dunstable Town.

History[edit]

The club was established in 1981 as Old Dunstablians, named after a club for former pupils of Dunstable Grammar School.[1] The new club played at Manshead School, which had succeeded the grammar school. They initially played in the Dunstable Alliance Football League, before joining the Luton District and South Befordshire League in 1983. In 1989–90 the club won the Bedfordshire Junior Cup.[1]

In 1994 the club moved to Totternhoe, when Dunstable Town Cricket Club opened a new sports facility in the village.[1] The new ground allowed the club to join Division One of the South Midlands League in 1995.[1] In 1997 the league merged with the Spartan League to form the Spartan South Midlands League, with the club placed in Division One North. In 2001–02 they won the Division One Cup, and in 2003–04 were champions of the renamed Division Two. However, failure to achieve the ground grading regulations meant that the club was unable to take promotion.[1]

In 2004 the club changed their name to AFC Dunstable,[3] although reference to the former name was retained in the club's nickname of the OD's.[1] After winning Division Two again in 2006–07, a season in which they also won the Division Two Cup and the Bedfordshire Senior Trophy the club were again refused promotion. They won the Senior Trophy for a second time in 2007–08, and after finishing third in Division Two 2008–09 and moving to Creasey Park, they were promoted to Division One. In 2010–11 AFC Dunstable finished as runners-up in Division One and won the Division One Cup, earning promotion to the Premier Division.[3] In 2015–16 they won the Premier Division and were promoted to Division One Central of the Southern League.

The 2017–18 season saw Dunstable finish fifth in the renamed East Division, qualifying for the promotion play-offs. However, they were beaten 2–0 in the semi-finals by Hartley Wintney.

League history[edit]

Honours[edit]

  • Spartan South Midlands League
    • Premier Division champions 2015–16
    • Division Two champions 2003–04, 2006–07
    • Division One Cup winners 2001–02, 2010–11
    • Division Two Cup winners, 2006–07
  • Bedfordshire Senior Trophy
    • Winners 2006–07, 2007–08[4]
  • Bedfordshire Junior Cup
    • Winners 1989–90[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "AFC Dunstable – Club History" Harefield United programme, 27 February 2016
  2. ^ Mike Williams & Tony Williams (2012) Non-League Club Directory 2013, p761 ISBN 978-1-869833-77-0
  3. ^ a b AFC Dunstable at the Football Club History Database
  4. ^ Senior Trophy finals 2002–2013 Bedfordshire FA
  5. ^ Junior Challenge Cup finals 1938–2015 Bedfordshire FA

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°53′34.429″N 0°32′20.951″W / 51.89289694°N 0.53915306°W / 51.89289694; -0.53915306