Nuneaton Griff F.C.

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Nuneaton Griff
Badge of Nuneaton Griff
Full name Nuneaton Griff Football Club
Nickname(s) The Heartlanders, The Griff
Founded 1972 (as Nuneaton Amateurs)
Ground The Pingles Stadium
Ground Capacity 6,000 (232 seated)
Chairman John Gore
Manager Courtney Belford
League Midland League Division One
2017–18 Midland League Division One, 19th of 22

Nuneaton Griff F.C. are a football club based in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, England. They joined the Midland Football Combination Premier Division in 1999, and have been competing in the Midland League Division One since it was formed in 2014.

Griff have won the Midland Combination Premier Division on two occasions, including a League and cup treble in 2000–2001, earning them the Midland Combination Team of the Year Award, two Coventry Alliance Premier Division titles, one Birmingham Combination Premier Cup in 2000–2001, two Coventry Alliance Premier Cups, five Coventry Telegraph Cups, two Chapel End Nursing Cups, along with the Birmingham County Junior Cup in 1998–1999.

The club play their home games at the Pingles Stadium, which holds up to 6,000 spectators 232 seated. Griff's home kit is blue and white vertical striped shirts, with blue shorts, accompanied by blue socks. This combination has been used since the club formed in 1972.


The club was founded in 1972 as Nuneaton Amateurs when a dispute at the well-known local club Co-op Sports F.C. led to many members moving to the Nuneaton Griff and Coton Miners Welfare Ground. Nine players and officials paid £1 each to start the new club and Colin Wetton became the first manager, with Colin Rathbone as chairman.

The Amateurs initially played in the Coventry and North Warwickshire League, and in their very first season were denied a championship success when their opponents failed to turn up for a late-season rescheduled game and the Coventry and North Warwickshire League decided there was not time to fit in another match.

By the 1990s the club was playing in the Coventry Alliance Football League, where they were dominant for a number of years. In 1998–99 the decision was made to apply for membership of the Midland Football Combination.

The club was controversially placed directly into the Premier Division but the Heartlanders, under manager Mark Green, repaid that faith by winning the championship in their first season 1999–2000 and repeated the feat the following season 2000–01, adding the Endsleigh Challenge Cup for good measure. In the process they made history by winning the Challenge Cup at Villa Park and the following night winning the Coventry Telegraph Cup at Highfield Road, Coventry, to become the only club ever to play in two cup finals on consecutive days at two different Premier League football grounds win them both.

In 2014 they were placed into the newly formed Midland Football League Division One. In the 2015-16 season the club reached the fifth round of the FA Vase for the first time, where they lost 3-0 to Salisbury at home in front of a record crowd of 870.[1]


As of 27 March 2018

Current squad[edit]

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 Aidan Jeynes
England GK Lukas Bailey
England DF Ryan Aston
England DF Ashley Wilks
England DF Ryan Millerchip
England DF Rhys Lyons
England DF Hayden Wright
England MF Adam Davies
England MF Chris Mitchell
England MF Ryan Ball
England MF George Brindley
England MF Jack Colley
England MF Brennan King
England MF Harry Atkins
No. Position Player
England MF Luke Delaney
England MF Pawel Smigilski
England MF Ryan Slinn
England FW Lewis Commins
England FW Henry Harris
England FW Harvey Smith
England FW Lee Hewitt
England FW Matthew Brennan
England FW Scott Warr

Backroom staff[edit]

Position Staff
Chairman John Gore
Secretary Peter Kemp
Assistant Secretary Suzanne Evans
Manager Courtney Belford
Assistant Manager Ross Innes
Coach Adam Davies
Physio Adrian Evans
Kit Manager Adrian Evans
Reserves Manager Scott Parsons
Reserves Assistant James Astley
Under 18s Manager Scott McEwan
Under 18s Assistant
Under 16s Manager Scott McEwan
Under 16s Assistant
Under 16s Coaches
Programme Editor Roderick Grubb
Club Photographer Steve Lawrence
Match Day Stewards Mick Hayward, Steve Hayward
Welfare Officer Robert Bell
Committee Adrian Evans, Geoff Hill, Jim Astley, John Gore, Lee Gore, Mick Haywood, Mike Malyon, Robert Bell, Roderick Grubb, Suzanne Evans, Paul Bullock, Pete Kemp


  • Midland Combination Premier Division
    • Winners: 1999–2000, 2000–01
    • Runners-up: 2010–11
  • Midland Combination Challenge Cup
    • Winners: 2000–01
  • Midland Combination Glover Rowley Team of the Year
    • Winners: 2000–01
  • Coventry Alliance Premier Division
    • Winners: 1996–97, 1997–98
    • Runners-up: 1998–99
  • Coventry Alliance Premier Division Cup
    • Winners: 1996–97, 1997–98
  • Birmingham County Junior Cup
    • Winners: 1998–99
    • Finalists: 1999–2000
  • Birmingham County Saturday Vase
    • Finalists: 2000–01
  • Birmingham County Midweek Floodlit Cup
    • Finalists: 2003–04, 2010–11, 2015-16
  • Coventry Telegraph Cup
    • Winners: 1972–73, 1996–97, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2008–09
  • Coventry Charity Cup
    • Winners: 1998–99, 1999–2000
  • Midland Combination Programme of the Year
    • Winners: 2007–08, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14
  • Soccer Club Swap Shop
    • MFC Programme of the Season: 2007–08
  • Coventry Telegraph Junior Cup
    • Winners: 2008–09, 2014-15
  • Foleshill Charity Cup
    • Winners: 1989–90, 1997–98, 1999–2000
  • Roy Jones Memorial Cup
    • Winners: 2010-11
  • Coventry Alliance Fair Play Award
    • Winners: 2009–10
  • Nuneaton Cannon Sports 6-A-Side Champions Cup
    • Winners: 2013


  • Best league performance: Midland Combination Premier Division champions, 1999–2000 and 2000–01
  • Best FA Cup performance: Second Qualifying Round 2012–13
  • Best FA Vase performance: Fifth Round, 2015–16


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Coordinates: 52°30′56.68″N 1°27′51.43″W / 52.5157444°N 1.4642861°W / 52.5157444; -1.4642861