Arundel F.C.

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Arundel
Arundel-FC-Logo.png
Full name Arundel Football Club
Nickname(s) The Mullets[1]
Founded 1889
Ground Mill Road, Arundel
Capacity 2,200 (100 seated)[1]
Chairman Bob Marchant
Manager Simon Hull
League Southern Combination Premier Division
2017–18 Southern Combination Premier Division, 17th of 20

Arundel Football Club is a football club based in Arundel, West Sussex, England. They are currently members of the Southern Combination Premier Division and play at Mill Road.

History[edit]

The club was established in 1889.[1] They were founder members of the West Sussex League in 1896 and were placed in the Senior Division.[2] They remained in the league until joining the Sussex County League in 1949.[3] When the league gained a second division in 1952, they were placed in Division One.[3] In 1957–58 they won Division One, and retained the title the following season.

In 1965–66 they club finished second-from-bottom of Division One and were relegated to Division Two. However, they made an immediate return to Division One as Division Two runners-up the following season, and went on to finish as Division One runners-up in 1968–69.[3] This was repeated in the mid-1970s, when relegation in 1975–76 was followed by promotion in 1976–77,[3] a season in which the club also won the Division Two Cup.[4] Another relegation in 1982–83 resulted in another immediate return to Division One as Division Two runners up in 1983–84, with the club going on to win their third title in 1986–87,[3] also claiming the league's Challenge Cup.[4] In 1997–98 they finished bottom of Division One and were relegated to Division Two. Two seasons later they finished as runners-up in Division Two to earn promotion back to Division One.[3]

In 2003–04 they won the Challenge Cup,[4] and in 2008–09 finished as Division One runners-up. In 2015 the league was renamed the Southern Combination, with Division One becoming the Premier Division.[3]

League history[edit]

Ground[edit]

The club play their home games at Mill Road in Arundel. The ground has a capacity of 2,200, of which 100 is seated and 200 covered.[1]

Honours[edit]

  • Southern Combination
    • Division One champions 1957–58, 1958–59, 1986–87
    • Challenge Cup winners 1986–87, 2003–04
    • Division Two Cup winners 1976–77
  • Sussex RUR Cup
    • Winners 1968–69, 1972–73, 1978–79, 1979–80

Records[edit]

  • Record attendance: 2,200 vs Chichester City, Sussex County League, 1967–68[1]
  • Best FA Cup performance: Second qualifying round, 1958–59, 1959–60, 1960–61, 1971–72 (second replay), 1972–73, 1986–87[3]
  • Best FA Vase performance: Fourth round, 2002–03[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Mike Williams & Tony Williams (2016) Non-League Club Directory 2017, Tony Williams Publications, p498 ISBN 978-1869833695
  2. ^ Shoreham F.C. - Early football in Shoreham and the 'Glory Years' Shoreham-by-the-Sea
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Arundel at the Football Club History Database
  4. ^ a b c 2017–18 League Handbook Southern Combination

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 50°51′18.652″N 0°32′58.279″W / 50.85518111°N 0.54952194°W / 50.85518111; -0.54952194