Chippenham Town F.C.

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Chippenham Town
Chippenham Town F.C. logo.png
Full nameChippenham Town Football Club
Nickname(s)The Bluebirds
Founded1873
GroundHardenhuish Park, Chippenham
Capacity3,000 (300 seated)[1]
ChairmanNeil Blackmore
ManagerGary Horgan
LeagueNational League South
2021–22National League South, 7th of 21
WebsiteClub website

Chippenham Town Football Club is a football club based in Chippenham, Wiltshire, England. They are currently members of the National League South, the sixth tier of English football, and play their games at Hardenhuish Park.

History[edit]

The club states it was established in 1873,[2] although local newspaper reports state the club was founded on 3 December 1884,[3][4] with the first game played on 17 December 1884 against Melksham.[5] In 1894 they were founder members of the Wiltshire League.[6] The 1901–02 season saw them finish joint top of the table with Warminster Town, but the club lost the championship play-off replay 1–0, following a 1–1 draw in the first match.[7] They joined Division Two of the Western League in 1904, but also continued to play in the Wiltshire League. The 1904–05 season saw them finish bottom of the Western League and second in the Wiltshire League.[7][8] At the end of the 1905–06 season the club withdrew from the Western League,[8] and went on to win the Wiltshire League in 1907–08 and 1908–09, before finishing as runners-up in 1909–10.[7] They were runners-up again in 1912–13, 1921–22 and 1922–23, before winning the league in 1928–29.[7]

In 1930 Chippenham rejoined Division Two of the Western League.[8] The league was reduced to a single division in 1939, and the club were runners-up when the league resumed in the 1945–46 season.[8] The 1951–52 season saw them win the Western League for the first time, and they also reached the first round of the FA Cup for the first time, losing 3–0 at Leyton.[8] They were Western League runners-up again in 1954–55.[8] However, they left the Western League at the end of the 1964–65 season,[8] dropping back into the Wiltshire League.[2] In 1968 the club joined the Premier Division of the Hellenic League, where they played until rejoining the Western League in 1973.[2] When the league gained a second division in 1976, the club were relegated to the new Division One.[8] They were Division One champions in 1980–81, earning promotion to the Premier Division.[8] In 1999–2000 the club reached the final of the FA Vase, eventually losing 1–0 to Deal Town at Wembley Stadium.[8]

After finishing as runners-up in 2000–01, Chippenham were promoted to Division One West of the Southern League. Their first season in the division saw them finish as runners-up, resulting in promotion to the Southern League Premier Division.[8] In 2004–05 they were Premier Division runners-up, qualifying for the promotion play-offs. However, after beating Bedford Town 5–4 on penalties following a 2–2 draw in the semi-finals, they lost the final 1–0 to Hednesford Town.[9] The following season saw them reach the first round of the FA Cup for a second time, eventually losing 1–0 at Worcester City in a replay.[8] They also qualified for the promotion play-offs again after finishing fourth, beating King's Lynn 3–1 in the semi-finals before losing 3–2 to Bedford Town in the final.[10] Another fourth-place finish in 2007–08 led to another play-off campaign, this time ending with a 2–1 defeat to Halesowen Town in the semi-finals.[11] In 2009–10 the club finished third, and after beating Hednesford Town 2–0 in the play-off semi-finals, lost the final 2–1 to Nuneaton Town.[12]

In 2016–17 Chippenham won the Southern League's Premier Division with a league record 103 points, earning promotion to the National League South. They reached the first round of the FA Cup again in 2019–20, losing 3–0 at home to Northampton Town.

The 2021–22 National League South season saw the club achieve their highest league finish in history, reaching the play-offs after ending in seventh place. In the play-off eliminator, they knocked out Dartford 3-2 on penalties following a goalless draw before their campaign came to an end with a 1-0 semi-final defeat at Ebbsfleet United after extra time.[8]

Ground[edit]

The club moved to Hardenhuish Park in 1919, having previously played at at least four other grounds.[13] A main stand was erected and subsequently added to on several occasions.[13] A clubhouse was opened in 1979, which has since been turned into hospitality suites, and floodlights were installed in 1986.[13] Additional covered standing is, as of 2021, now provided behind one goal whilst covered standing is along the opposite side of the pitch to the main stand.[14] This was built in 1993, replacing an earlier stand that had been damaged by storms.[13] The pitch at Hardenhuish Park has a noticeable slope, downwards towards the Town End.[13] A new, bigger clubhouse at pitch level was opened in 2020, housing a bar and is a year-round community facility.[15] The ground currently has a capacity of 3,000, of which 300 is seated.[1]

Current squad[edit]

As of 8 July 2022[16] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

Pos. Nation Player
GK England ENG Will Henry
DF England ENG Spencer Hamilton
DF Wales WAL Will Richards
DF Wales WAL Pablo Martinez
DF England ENG Aaron Simpson
DF England ENG Eddie Jones
DF England ENG Matt Jones
DF Republic of Ireland IRL Keelan Bryne
DF England ENG Ethan Hill
MF England ENG Joe Hanks
MF England ENG Luke Russe
MF England ENG Tom Mehew
MF Wales WAL Alex Bray
Pos. Nation Player
MF Scotland SCO Callum Gunner
MF England ENG Caine Bradbury
MF England ENG Harrison Lea
MF England ENG Will King
FW England ENG Jordan Young
FW Brazil BRA Alefe Santos
FW Wales WAL Dan Griffiths
FW England ENG Joe Parker
FW England ENG Noah Coppin
FW England ENG Dan Warre
FW England ENG Seb Palmer-Houlden (on loan from Bristol City)
FW Republic of Ireland IRL Abdulrasaq Alamu-Tajudeen

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
DF England ENG Zak Mitchell (on loan at Slimbridge)
DF England ENG Landon Golding (on loan at Yate Town)

Honours[edit]

  • Southern League
    • Premier Division champions 2016–17
  • Western League
    • Premier Division champions 1951–52
    • Division One champions 1980–81
    • League Cup winners 1999–2000, 2000–01
  • Wiltshire League
    • Champions 1907–08, 1908–09, 1928–29
  • Wiltshire Premier Shield
    • Winners 1965–66, 1986–87, 1988–89, 2001–02, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2010–11, 2017–18

Records[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Chippenham Town Non-League Club Directory
  2. ^ a b c Club History Chippenham Town F.C.
  3. ^ Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 6 December 1884
  4. ^ Wiltshire Times, 6 December 1884
  5. ^ Devizes and Wiltshire Gazette, 24 December 1884: "Chippenham v Melksham. The first match played at Chippenham since the formation of the club a few weeks since was played at Chippenham, on Saturday afternoon, between the above clubs, when the Melksham team were victorious, having scored seven goals to one."
  6. ^ History of Senior Football Leagues in Wiltshire Wiltshire Senior League
  7. ^ a b c d Wiltshire League 1901-1955 Non-League Matters
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s Chippenham Town at the Football Club History Database
  9. ^ 2004-05 Southern League Football Club History Database
  10. ^ 2005-06 Southern League Football Club History Database
  11. ^ 2007-08 Southern League Football Club History Database
  12. ^ 2009-10 Southern League Football Club History Database
  13. ^ a b c d e Chippenham Town Pyramid Passion
  14. ^ "Grading and additional covered seating". Chippenham Town F.C. Retrieved 11 February 2021.
  15. ^ "Clubhouse". Chippenham Town F.C. Retrieved 29 September 2021.
  16. ^ "The Team". Chippenham Town F.C.
  17. ^ a b c d e Mike Williams & Tony Williams (2012) Non-League Club Directory 2013, p460 ISBN 978-1-869833-77-0

External links[edit]

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