Alnwick Town A.F.C.

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Alnwick Town
Alnwick Town F.C. logo.png
Full nameAlnwick Town Association Football Club
Nickname(s)The Magpies, The 'Wick
Founded1879
GroundSt James' Park, Alnwick
Capacity2,500
ChairmanTom McKie
ManagerRichard Latimer
LeagueNorthern Alliance Premier Division
2020–21Northern Alliance Premier Division (season curtailed)

Alnwick Town Association Football Club is a football club based in Alnwick, Northumberland, England. They are currently members of the Northern Alliance Premier Division and play at St James' Park.

History[edit]

The club were established in 1879 as Alnwick United Services.[1] They joined the North Northumberland League, winning it in 1898–99.[1] In 1900 they were renamed Alnwick United Juniors and moved to St James' Park.[1] In 1923 they joined the East Northumberland League, before switching to the Northern Alliance in 1935. The following year the club adopted its current name, and in 1937–38 they won the Northern Alliance for the first time.[1] Following World War II the club enjoyed a sustained period of success, winning the Northern Alliance in 1962–63, 1963–64, 1965–66, 1967–68, 1968–69, 1969–70, 1970–71 and 1971–72, as well as the Challenge Cup in 1961–62, 1965–66, 1967–68, 1968–69 and 1970–71.

In 1982 the club joined the Northern League, becoming members of the new Division Two.[2] In 1988–89 they were runners-up, earning promotion to Division One. However, after finishing eighth in their first season in Division One, they were second from bottom in 1990–91, resulting in relegation back to Division Two.[2] The club remained in Division Two until 2006–07 when they finished bottom of the table and were relegated back to the Premier Division of the Northern Alliance. The club were Northern Alliance runners-up in the 2010–11 season, earning promotion to the Division Two of Northern League. In 2017–18 they finished bottom of Division Two and were relegated back to the Northern Alliance.

League history[edit]

Season Division Position Significant events
1898–99 North Northumberland League 1 Champions
1899–00 North Northumberland League
1900–01 North Northumberland League
1901–02 North Northumberland League
1902–03 North Northumberland League
1903–04 North Northumberland League
1904–05 North Northumberland League
1905–06 North Northumberland League
1906–07 North Northumberland League
1907–08 North Northumberland League
1908–09 North Northumberland League
1909–10 North Northumberland League
1910–11 North Northumberland League
1911–12 North Northumberland League Renamed Alnwick Town
1912–13 North Northumberland League
1913–14 North Northumberland League
1914–15 North Northumberland League
1919–20 North Northumberland League Renamed Alnwick United
1920–21 North Northumberland League
1921–22 North Northumberland League
1922–23 North Northumberland League
1923–24 Ashington & District League
1924–25 Ashington & District League
1925–26 North Northumberland League
1926–27
1927–28 Coquetdale League
1928–29 Coquetdale Eastern Division
1929–30 Coquetdale League
1930–31 North Northumberland League 8
1931–32 North Northumberland League 7
1932–33 North Northumberland League
1933–34 North Northumberland League
1934–35 North Northumberland League
1935–36 North Northumberland League
1936–37 Northern Alliance 5/16 Renamed Alnwick Town
1937–38 Northern Alliance 1/17 Champions
1938–39 Northern Alliance 6/18
1946–47 Northern Alliance 6/16
1947–48 Northern Alliance 6/18
1948–49 Northern Alliance 11/17
1949–50 Northern Alliance 11/18
1950–51 Northern Alliance 9/18
1951–52 Northern Alliance 12/17
1952–53 Northern Alliance 8/18
1953–54 Northern Alliance 5/18
1954–55 Northern Alliance 15/17
1955–56 Northern Alliance 12/18
1956–57 Northern Alliance 3/18
1957–58 Northern Alliance 7/17
1958–59 Northern Alliance 11/18
1959–60 Northern Alliance 2/16
1960–61 Northern Alliance
1961–62 Northern Alliance 2/17
1962–63 Northern Alliance 1/14 Champions
1963–64 Northern Alliance 1/11 Champions
1964–65 Durham Central League
1965–66 Northern Alliance 1/14 Champions
1966–67 Northern Alliance 2/16
1967–68 Northern Alliance 1/14 Champions
1968–69 Northern Alliance 1/12 Champions
1969–70 Northern Alliance 1/12 Champions
1970–71 Northern Alliance 1/11 Champions
1971–72 Northern Alliance 1/11 Champions
1972–73 Northern Alliance 2/14
1973–74 Northern Alliance 5/15
1974–75 Northern Alliance 4/17
1975–76 Northern Alliance
1976–77 Northern Alliance 8/16
1977–78 Northern Alliance 10/17
1978–79 Northern Alliance 14/18
1979–80 Northern Alliance 14/15
1980–81 Northern Alliance 14/16
1981–82 Northern Alliance 17/18
1982–83 Northern League Division Two 11/11
1983–84 Northern League Division Two 14/18
1984–85 Northern League Division Two 14/18
1985–86 Northern League Division Two 10/20
1986–87 Northern League Division Two 6/19
1987–88 Northern League Division Two 6/18
1988–89 Northern League Division Two 2/20 Promoted
1989–90 Northern League Division One 8/20
1990–91 Northern League Division One 19/20 Relegated
1991–92 Northern League Division Two 9/20
1992–93 Northern League Division Two 9/20
1993–94 Northern League Division Two 15/19
1994–95 Northern League Division Two 17/19
1995–96 Northern League Division Two 16/19
1996–97 Northern League Division Two 15/19
1997–98 Northern League Division Two 9/19
1998–99 Northern League Division Two 12/19
1999–00 Northern League Division Two 11/19
2000–01 Northern League Division Two 14/19
2001–02 Northern League Division Two 13/20
2002–03 Northern League Division Two 15/20
2003–04 Northern League Division Two 11/20
2004–05 Northern League Division Two 12/20
2005–06 Northern League Division Two 16/20
2006–07 Northern League Division Two 21/21 Relegated
2007–08 Northern Alliance Premier Division 14/16
2008–09 Northern Alliance Premier Division 5/17
2009–10 Northern Alliance Premier Division 11/17
2010–11 Northern Alliance Premier Division 2/17 Promoted
2011–12 Northern League Division Two 16/22
2012–13 Northern League Division Two 21/22
2013–14 Northern League Division Two 18/22
2014–15 Northern League Division Two 16/22
2015–16 Northern League Division Two 17/22
2016–17 Northern League Division Two 15/21
2017–18 Northern League Division Two 21/21 Relegated
2018–19 Northern Alliance Premier Division 9/16
2019–20 Northern Alliance Premier Division Season abandoned due to COVID-19 pandemic
2020–21 Northern Alliance Premier Division Season abandoned due to COVID-19 pandemic

Other teams[edit]

The club's reserve team joined Division Two of the Northern Alliance in 2011, having previously played in the North Northumberland League.[3] In 2015 they returned to the North Northumberland League. Although the reserve team subsequently dropped out of the league, they returned in 2017. At the end of the 2017–18 season the team were rebranded as the Development Squad. When the league folded in 2019, the team transferred to the North East Combination League. When the North Northumberland League was revived in 2020, the Development Squad rejoined. They were champions in 2020–21, after which they moved up to Division Three of the Northern Alliance.

Alnwick Town Ladies play in the North East Regional Women's League Premier Division. They previously won the Northumberland County League and Cup, before being promoted to the North East Regional Women's League Northern Division.

Honours[edit]

  • Northern Alliance
    • Champions 1937–38, 1962–63, 1963–64, 1965–66, 1967–68, 1968–69, 1969–70, 1970–71, 1971–72
    • Challenge Cup winners 1961–62, 1965–66, 1967–68, 1968–69, 1970–71
    • Subsidiary Cup Winners 1980–81
  • Durham Central League
    • League Cup winners 1964–65
  • North Northumberland League
    • Champions 1898–99
  • Northumberland Senior Benevolent Bowl
    • Winners 1986–87, 2009–10
  • Northumberland Amateur Cup
    • Winners 1971–72
  • North Northumberland Minor Cup
    • Winners 1903–04
  • Aged Miners Homes Cup winners
    • Winners 1936–37

Records[edit]

  • Best FA Cup performance: Third qualifying round, 1951–52, 1957–58
  • Best FA Trophy performance: Third qualifying round, 1990–91
  • Best FA Vase performance: Second round, 1975–76, 2014–15

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d History Alnwick Town A.F.C.
  2. ^ a b Alnwick Town at the Football Club History Database
  3. ^ Alnwick Town Reserves at the Football Club History Database

External links[edit]

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