Redditch United F.C.

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Redditch United
Redditch United
Full name Redditch United Football Club
Nickname(s) The Reds
Founded 1891 (as Redditch Town)
Ground The TRICO Stadium, Redditch
Ground Capacity 5,000 (500 seated)
Chairman Chris Swan
Manager Darren Byfield
League Southern League Premier Division
2016–17 Southern League Premier Division, 17th of 24
Website Club home page

Redditch United Football Club is an English football club based in Redditch, Worcestershire. The club participates in the Southern League Premier Division, and play their home games at The TRICO Stadium.

History[edit]

Birmingham Combination[edit]

Redditch Town were established in 1891 and immediately joined the Birmingham Combination, where they played for a single season. The club achieved its first success by winning the Worcestershire Senior Cup in 1894 and becoming runners-up in 1898. In 1914 they won the Birmingham Combination Championship for the first time and, finally, the Birmingham Senior Cup in 1925. The 1930s were a much more rewarding period for the club and its supporters, starting by winning the Worcestershire Senior Cup and the Birmingham Senior Cup in successive seasons. Reds almost achieved a notable double in 1932–33 when, having won the Combination, they were defeated in the Senior Cup Final.

Apart from an unsuccessful appearance in the Birmingham Senior Cup final just before the World War, Reds moved into a fallow period. In 1953 Redditch regained the Combination Championship and were runners-up in the Worcestershire Senior Cup. This Championship success was repeated in 1955. In 1957 they were runners-up in the Birmingham Senior Cup.

Southern League[edit]

In 1971–72 the club reached the first round of the FA Cup for the first time, losing 6–0 in the replay at Peterborough United after a 1–1 draw at home in front of a crowd of 4,500 . At the end of the season they finished sixth in the West Midlands (Regional) League Premier Division and joined Division One North of the Southern League.

They won the Worcestershire Senior Cup in 1974 and 1975. The following season they won Division One North and were promoted to the Premier Division. In 1978–79 they finished eighth in the league, and became founder members of the Alliance Premier League (now the Football Conference). However, they finished bottom in its first season, and dropped into the Southern League's Midland Division.

After finishing as runners-up in 1985–86, the club were promoted to the Premier Division, where they remained until relegation in 1989. The following season, they reached the first round of the FA Cup, losing 3–1 to Merthyr Tydfil. At the end of the season they beat Northwich Victoria 4–3 over the two-legged final of the Staffordshire Senior Cup.

In 1997–98 the Reds reached two cup finals, the Southern League Cup and the Birmingham Senior Cup. Both were lost, and the cup run caused a large fixture backlog that resulted in the club having to play nine matches in nine days at the end of the season.

In 2003–04 the club won the Southern League Western Division. Due to league reorganisation caused by the establishment of the Conference North and South, the club entered play-offs to be promoted to the new leagues. After beating King's Lynn 1–0 and Merthyr Tydfil 3–0, the club were promoted to the Conference North.

Conference North[edit]

After a ninth-place finish in 2004–05, Redditch struggled in 2005–06, only avoiding relegation on the final day of the season. Although they won the Worcester Senior Cup, beating local rivals Worcester City the following year, they only avoided relegation again after Scarborough received a 10-point penalty for going into administration.

After a very difficult 2010–11 campaign in the Conference North, Redditch were relegated to the Southern League Premier Division where they remain currently.

On 17 March 2011, businessman Chris Swan took over the club,[1] after a previous attempt to purchase Kidderminster Harriers fell through.[2]

Seasons[edit]

This is 5 recent Redditch United seasons for a full history look List of Redditch United F.C. seasons

Year League Lvl Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Position Leading league scorer FA Cup FA Trophy Average home
attendance
Name Goals Res Rec Res Rec
2011–12 Southern Football League
Premier Division
7 42 14 9 19 45 50 -5 51 15th of 22 Jimmy Deabill 8 QR1 0-0-1 QR1 0-0-1 253
2012–13 42 12 7 23 32 65 -33 43 19th of 22 Jemiah Richards 8 QR1 0-0-1 QR1 0-0-1 197
2013–14 44 20 3 21 68 85 -17 63 10th of 23 QR1 0-1-1 QR3 2-0-1 195
2014–15 44 21 12 11 73 44 +29 75 6th of 23 Ashley Sammons 19 QR1 0-1-1 QR3 2-0-1 282
2015–16 46 24 15 7 82 37 +45 84* 2nd of 24
Lost in playoff semifinal
Ashlee Sammons
Luke Shearer
George Carline
11 QR1 0-0-1 QR1 0-0-1 326

Management and coaching staff[edit]

Current staff[edit]

Position Name
Manager Jamaica Darren Byfield
Assistant Manager England Delton Francis
General Staff Assistant England Adrian Luxton
Coach Jamaica Reuben Hazell
Physio England Pete James
Physio England Alex Wint
Kitman England Charles Gillett
Refreshment Supervisor England Brad Jefferies
Changing Room Attendent England Dave Ralph
Changing Room Attendent England Pete Day

Honours[edit]

  • Birmingham Combination
    • Champions 1913–14, 1932–33, 1952–53
  • Birmingham & District League
  • Southern League
  • Birmingham Senior Cup
    • Winners 1925, 1932, 1939, 1977, 2005,
  • Worcestershire Senior Cup
    • Winners 1894, 1930, 1975, 1976, 2008, 2014
  • Staffordshire Senior Cup
    • Winners 1991
  • Worcester Royal Infirmary Cup
    • Winners 1999

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chris Swan completes Redditch United takeover". BBC News. BBC. 2011-03-17. Retrieved 2011-03-19. 
  2. ^ "Chris Swan withdraws new offer for Kidderminster Harriers". BBC News. BBC. 2011-02-03. Retrieved 2011-03-19. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 52°18′28″N 1°57′06″W / 52.307808°N 1.951551°W / 52.307808; -1.951551