Matlock Town F.C.

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Matlock Town
Matlock Town FC logo.png
Full name Matlock Town Football Club
Nickname(s) The Gladiators
Founded 1878 (as Matlock)
Ground Causeway Lane, Matlock
Ground Capacity 2,757 (500 Seated)
Chairman Tom Wright
Manager Craig Hopkins & Glenn Kirkwood
League Northern Premier League Premier Division
2016–17 Northern Premier League Premier Division, 9th of 24

Matlock Town Football Club is an English football club based in Matlock, Derbyshire, currently playing in the Northern Premier League Premier Division. The team, nicknamed "The Gladiators", plays their home games at Causeway Lane.

History[edit]

The club was established in the late 1870s and competed in the Central Alliance and the Midland Counties League before reaching the Northern Premier League.

In the 1974–75 season, the club won the FA Trophy which caused a major celebration in the town. Their manager was Peter Swan, and the brothers Mick, Nick and Tom Fenoughty all played in the final. The coach and physiotherapist on that day was Harry Peck, who had played for Chesterfield as a professional.

In the 1976–77 season, managed by Tom Fenoughty, Matlock reached the 3rd round of the FA Cup, their best performance in the competition. They beat Division Three leaders Mansfield Town and were featured in a book "Tividale to Wembley" during this cup run.

In 1978 they won the Northern Premier League Cup for the first time and subsequently played in the Anglo-Italian Cup in the 1978–79 season.

For the 2009–10 season, they were a member of the Northern Premier League Premier Division.

During the 2010–11 season, on 16 October, in an FA Trophy match with Bedworth, Matlock scored 10 goals to progress through to the 2nd Qualifying Round. Ross Hannah scored 7 of the 10 goals in Matlock's biggest ever competitive home win. The result equalled the club's biggest ever competitive win, 10–0 away to Lancaster City in 1975.

Matlock Town F.C. was featured in the memoir The Long Road Out of Town by Greg Watts, who supported the club in the 1970s.

After new manager Mark Hume took over in early 2015, Matlock went onto to win the Derbyshire Senior Cup for the ninth time, but he was sacked after a bad run at the end of the 2015–16 season.

In the summer of 2016, Craig Hopkins and Glenn Kirkwood, formerly of local Derbyshire rivals Mickleover Sports F.C. took charge. They took Matlock to the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup for the first time in 27 years, where they were defeated 3-1 away by Altrincham F.C. This was not Matlock's only good cup run, as they went onto the FA Trophy 2nd round proper, where after leading 2-0 with goals from Marcus Dinanga, were defeated 3-2 by a high flying Barrow A.F.C. team. Matlock's cup successes didn't end there, as they went onto the Derbyshire Senior Cup Final. After beating Alfreton Town 5-4 on penalties after a3-3 draw in 90 minutes, where again Dinanga was star player a hat trick, Matlock faced Gresley FC in the DSC final. They had played them two seasons previous, and beat them 7-0 victors. This season was no different as Matlock picked up a 5-0 victory and their tenth Derbyshire Senior Cup. They also finished ninth in the EVO-STIK NPL, their highest position in several seasons.

Stadium[edit]

The club's home ground, photographed during the summer while development work was going on

The club play at Causeway Lane, known in recent seasons as the Reynolds Stadium and Autoworld Arena. For sponsorship reasons, it is now the DCJ Insurance Group Stadium. It is located near the centre of Matlock, on the northern side of Causeway Lane, opposite Hall Leys Park. At the eastern end of the football ground is a cricket oval, where Matlock Cricket Club plays their home matches.

Main Stand and Bar/Function area at far end. Riber Castle can be seen in the top right of the photo.

The club's record attendance is 5,123 against Burton Albion in the 1975 FA Trophy semi-final.

Local rivals[edit]

Matlock's chief rivals are Buxton, but there is also a keen sense of competition with other Derbyshire clubs Alfreton Town, Belper Town and Ilkeston.

Current squad[edit]

As of 12 May 2017[1]

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

No. Position Player
England GK Phil Barnes
England DF Liam Marsden
England DF Jake Green
England DF Adam Yates
England DF Dwayne Wiley
Italy DF Nico De Girolamo
Northern Ireland MF Rhys Sharpe
England MF Joe Doyle-Charles
England MF Ted Cribley
England MF Michael Williams
England MF Niall McManus
England MF Jamie Yates
England MF Cleveland Taylor
England MF Callum Lloyd
England FW Marc Newsham

Staff[edit]

Role Name Nation
Head Coach Hopkins , CraigCraig Hopkins  England
Head Coach Kirkwood , Glenn Glenn Kirkwood  England
Assistant Coach Cox , DannyDanny Cox  England
Goalkeeper Coach Sollitt , AdamAdam Sollitt  England
Sports Therapist Mullins , MarkMark Mullins  England
Reserves Coach Vickers , CarlCarl Vickers  England
Reserves Head Coach Hoole , DavidDavid Hoole  England
Reserves Goalkeeper Coach Dewberry , MartinMartin Dewberry  England
Development Manager Tellus , JustinJustin Tellus  Malta

Honours[edit]

Matlock (green shirts) in action against Leek Town in 2007
Photo taken when Matlock Town won the Derbyshire Senior Cup in 2015. They beat Gresley FC 7-0 at Chesterfields' Proact Stadium. Holding the trophy is Adam Yates and Niall Mcmanus.
  • Central Alliance
    • North Division champions 1959–60, 1960–61
  • Midland Counties League
    • Champions 1961–62, 1968–69
  • Derby Divisional Cup (North)
    • Winners 1961–62
Matlock Town v Derby County XI, friendly in 2009

References[edit]

  1. ^ "First Team". Matlock Town. Retrieved 12 May 2017. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 53°08′13.42″N 1°33′06.37″W / 53.1370611°N 1.5517694°W / 53.1370611; -1.5517694