Bedworth United F.C.

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Bedworth United
Bedworth United FC logo.png
Full name Bedworth United Football Club
Nickname(s) The Greenbacks
Founded 1895
Ground The Oval, Bedworth
Ground Capacity 3,000 (300 seated)
Chairman Neill Rayson-Randle
Manager Stuart Storer
League Northern Premier League Division One South
2015–16 Southern League Premier Division, 21st (relegated)

Bedworth United Football Club is a football club based in Bedworth, Warwickshire, England. They are currently members of the Northern Premier League Division One South and play at the Oval.

History[edit]

The first club from which the modern Bedworth United traces its lineage was Bedworth Town, established in 1895. In 1898 they were founder members of the Nuneaton & District League, but had folded by 1900.[1] The name Bedworth Town was resurrected in 1905 when Bedworth Evening Combination School of the Coventry & North Warwickshire League changed their name.[1] However, they folded in the early 1920s.[1] The name was restored to use again in 1925 when Collycroft United (founded 1916 and also members of the Coventry & North Warwickshire League, were renamed.[1] In 1936 they joined the Central Amateur League, but played in the league for only one season.[1]

Following World War II, a new Bedworth Town club was established in 1947.[1] They joined the Birmingham Combination, finishing third in their first season, before winning back-to-back titles in 1948–49 and 1949–50.[2] In 1954 the club moved up to the Northern Division of the Birmingham & District League,[2] and were placed in Division One the following season after league reorganisation. In 1962 the league was renamed the West Midlands (Regional) League. After several seasons struggling in the league, finishing bottom in 1959–60 and then finishing in the bottom five every season between 1962–63 and 1967–68, the club folded in 1968.[2] However, a replacement club was formed under the name Bedworth United, which took over from Town in the West Midlands (Regional) League.[3]

In 1972 the club moved up to Division One North of the Southern League, where they remained until league restructuring in 1979 saw them placed in the Midland Division.[3] A sixth-place finish in 1981–82 was enough to earn a place in the new Premier Division in 1982.[3] In 1988–89 they finished bottom of the division and were relegated to Division One Midlands, which became the Western Division in 1999.[3] In 2006 they were transferred to Division One Midlands, which became Division One Central in 2010.[3]

A third-place finish in 2011–12 saw the club qualify for the promotion play-offs. After beating Uxbridge 2–1 in the semi-final, they defeated Beaconsfield SYCOB 3–1 in the final to earn promotion to the Premier Division.[3] However, the following season saw them finish second-bottom of the table, resulting in relegation, this time to Division One South of the Northern Premier League. They were transferred back to Division One Central of the Southern League in 2014, and qualified for the play-offs again in 2014–15 after finishing fourth. A 2–1 win over Aylesbury in the semi-finals and then a 2–0 victory against Barton Rovers in the final saw them promoted back to the Southern League's Premier Division.[3] However, the following season saw them relegated again, again to Division One South of the Northern Premier League.

Ground[edit]

Between 1911 and 1939 the club played at the British Queen Ground, after which they moved to the Oval on Coventry Road. It has a capacity of 3,000,[4] of which 300 is seated and covered.[5]

Honours[edit]

  • Birmingham Combination
    • Champions 1948–49, 1949–50
  • Birmingham Senior Cup
    • Winners 1978–79, 1980–81, 1981–82
  • Midland Floodlit Cup
    • Winners 1981–82, 1992–93[5]

Records[edit]

  • Best FA Cup performance: Fourth qualifying round, 1951–52, 1952–53, 1989–90, 1996–97, 2009–10[2][3]
  • Best FA Trophy performance: Second round, 1980–81, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2001–02, 2004–05[2][3]
  • Record attendance: 5,147 vs Nuneaton Borough, Southern League Midland Division, 23 February 1982[5]
  • Most appearances: Peter Spacey (1949–1969)[5]
  • Most goals: Peter Spacey[5]
  • Record transfer fee received: £30,000 from Plymouth Argyle for Richard Landon, 1994[5]
  • Record transfer fee paid: £1,750 to Hinckley Town for Colin Taylor, 1991–92[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f History of Bedworth United AFC (the Greenbacks) Bedworth United F.C.
  2. ^ a b c d e Bedworth Town at the Football Club History Database
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Bedworth United at the Football Club History Database
  4. ^ Bedworth United Soccerway
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Mike Williams & Tony Williams (2012) Non-League Club Directory 2013, p454 ISBN 978-1-869833-77-0

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 52°28′35.602″N 1°28′16.838″W / 52.47655611°N 1.47134389°W / 52.47655611; -1.47134389