Tiverton Town F.C.

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Tiverton Town
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Full name Tiverton Town Football Club
Nickname(s) "Tivvy" "Yellows" The Gold Army
Founded 1913 (as Tiverton Athletic)
Ground Ladysmead, Tiverton
Ground Capacity 3,500 (520 seated)
Chairman Dave Wright
Manager Martyn Rogers
League Southern League Premier Division
2016–17 Southern League Division One South & West, 3rd of 22 (promoted via play-offs)
Website Club website

Tiverton Town Football Club are an English football club based in Tiverton, Devon. The club are currently members of the Southern Football League Premier Division and play at Ladysmead.

History[edit]

The club was established in 1913 as Tiverton Athletic, and initially played at the Athletic Ground. They joined the East Devon League, winning the Senior Division in 1924–25, 1925–26, 1926–27 and 1927–28. They then joined the North Devon League, winning it in 1931–32, after which they transferred to the Exeter & District League, which they won in 1933–34.

In 1951–52 the club won the league's Senior Division, and in 1956 won the Devon Senior Cup for the first time. They won the league again in 1964–65 and 1965–66, a season in which they also won the Senior Cup for a second time.

In 1973 the club joined the Western League. They were relegated to Division One at the end of the 1980–81 season after finishing bottom of the league. After finishing as runners-up in 1988–89, they were promoted back to the Premier Division. Following two fourth-placed finishes, the club finished third in 1991–92, second in 1992–93 (a season in which they also won the League Cup for the first time), and won the league and League Cup double in 1993–94. They won the league again the following season, and after finishing as runners-up in 1995–96, a season in which they also picked up the League Cup, achieved back-to-back titles again in 1996–97 (a double season) and 1997–98. They also won the FA Vase in 1998, beating Tow Law Town 1–0 in the final.

In 1998–99 the club won the FA Vase again, beating Bedlington Terriers 1–0, and finished second in the league, earning promotion to Division One West of the Southern League. In 2000–01 they finished second, and were promoted to the Premier Division, where they remained until 2011. In 2006–07 they won the Southern League Cup.

On 18 April 2012 it was announced in the national press that Tiverton had appointed 27-year-old internet entrepreneur Matthew Conridge as their new chairman. Believed to be one of the youngest football chairman in the UK ever Conridge was quoted as saying, "I'm not here to chuck thousands of pounds into a black hole, I'm here to pull everyone together and work with a good team......This club will not spend more than it can afford to chase a dream......If we can't afford a budget to go to Blue Square Bet South we won't pay it".[1]

On 30 April 2013 Tiverton Town released a press release as follows "Tiverton Town can confirm that Matthew Conridge has stepped down as Chairman of Tiverton Town to pursue other business interests. The club would like to place on record its gratitude for all his hard work whilst in the position. Former Tivvy Chairman Dave Wright is taking over the position of Chairman for the time being. The club also wishes to confirm the departure of interim manager Jamie Ward together with his assistant Paul Short."[citation needed]

In May 2013 Tiverton town released the following press release to announce the arrival of John Clarkson as their new manager "John Clarkson was tonight introduced to the media and Tivvy fans at a press conference at Ladysmead. Clarkson has arrived from Spain where he was manager of Ontinyent in Segunda B. He had been managing in Spain for the last six years".

In May 2014, Tiverton Town manager John Clarkson stepped down from the position following the teams disappointing 2-0 Devon Bowl Final defeat to Plymouth Parkway who were playing in the league below Tiverton. He had led the side to the play-off's, where they lost to 9-man Paulton, and two Cup finals but cited the last couple of months as the reason he was going, "The last couple of months have really taken it out of me, three or four games a week was just too much" He added,"I'm off to take my coaching badges during the summer and once I've completed them I will decide on what I'm going to do" Despite a much higher wage budget than other teams in the league (due to John Clarkson's financial input) the club could not reach its aim of promotion in its centenary season. At the end of the season many of the club's higher profile players left following John Clarkson's resignation and the reduction of the wage budget. Yellows legend Martyn Rogers was named as Clarkson's replacement and given the task of rebuilding the squad on a much more restricted wage budget.

In the 2016/17 season Tiverton Town gained promotion to the Southern League Premier Division. They beat Salisbury 0-2 with goals from Micheal Landricombe and Tom Bath in the playoff final in front of over 2,000. Returning them to the Southern League Premier after being relegated in 2011.

Stadium[edit]

The club currently play at Ladysmead, Bolham Road, Tiverton, Devon, EX16 6SG.

Opened in 1946, the ground has a capacity of 3,500, of which 520 is seated.[2]

As Tiverton Athletic, the club played its home games at the Athletic Ground, now known as Amory Park. The ground boasted a huge wooden pavilion with a seated veranda, which was quite extravagant for a non-league club in the 1910s. In 1921, Athletic were effectively evicted from their ground and moved to a local rugby pitch, Elm Field (aka "The Elms"), with the reformed rugby club taking their place at their old ground. The Elms housed a wooden 150-seat stand on one side, with grass banks behind the goals being the only other spectator zones.

The Elms was virtually destroyed during World War II, meaning the club had to move, eventually relocating to Ladysmead. The club's record attendance of 3,000 came in the FA Cup first round, against Leyton Orient on 12 November 1994.[3]

Players[edit]

As of 4 March 2017.[4]

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 Martin Rice
England DF Tom Gardner
England DF James Richards
England DF Callum Hall
England DF Michael Landricombe
England DF Nick Hurst
England DF Jamie Price (captain)
England DF George Rogers
England DF Ben Mammola
No. Position Player
England DF Owen Irish
England MF Jamie Short
England MF Ollie Knowles
England MF Ben Carter
England MF Scott Rogers
England FW Owen Howe
England FW Levi Landricombe
England FW Jordan Rogers
England FW Tom Bath

Players on loan[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 DF Ben Carter (on loan to Buckland Athletic)

Management and coaching staff[edit]

  • Manager: Martyn Rogers
  • Assistant Manager: Colin Nation
  • Coach: Scott Rogers
  • Physio: Matthew Thresher
  • Club Doctor: Dr Gavin Haig

Club officials[edit]

  • Chairman: Pete Buxton
  • Vice-Chairman: Wally Burke
  • President: Dr Gavin Haig
  • Directors: Dave Graham, Mike Bargery, John Clarkson, Pete Buxton, Ian Moorcroft, Dave Wright
  • Club Secretary: John Smith
  • Football Secretary: Ramsay Findlay
  • Treasurer: Kimm Smith
  • Commercial Manager: Jamie Gibson
  • Head Groundsman: Gordon Curtis
  • Assistant Groundsmen: Mike Hawkins, Brian Whiting
  • Official Website Editor: Russ Murch
  • Programme Editors: Simon Ellis, Jay Richardson
  • Press Officer: Jay Richardson

Honours[edit]

  • FA Vase
    • Winners 1998, 1999
    • Runners-up 1993
  • Southern League
    • South & West Division One Play-Off Winners 2016-17
    • League Cup winners 2007
  • Western League[5][6]
    • Champions 1993–94, 1994–95, 1996–97, 1997–98
    • League Cup winners 1992–93, 1993–94, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98
    • Amateur Trophy Winners 1977-78, 1978–79
  • Exeter & District League
    • Champions 1933–34, 1964–65, 1965–66
  • North Devon League
    • Champions 1931–32
  • East Devon League
    • Senior Division champions 1924–25, 1925–26, 1926–27, 1927–28
  • East Devon Senior Cup
    • Winners 1929, 1936, 1938, 1953, 1961, 1963, 1967
  • Devon Senior Cup
    • Winners 1956, 1966
  • Devon St. Luke's Cup
    • Winners 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2017

Club records[edit]

  • Highest League Position:[7] 4th in Southern League premier Division 2002–03
  • F.A Cup best Performance:[7] First round 1990–91, 1991–92, 1994–95, 1997–98, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2004–05
  • F.A Trophy best Performance:[7] Fifth round 2000–01
  • F.A. Vase best performance:[7] Winners 1997–98, 1998–99
  • League victory: 14–1 v University College SW, 11 February 1933
  • League defeat: 0–10 v Dawlish Town, 27 December 1969
  • Record attendance: 3,000 v Leyton Orient, 12 November 1994
  • Top goalscorer: Phil Everett, 378[8]
  • Most appearances: Tom Gardner, 510*[9]

Former players[edit]

  1. Players that have played/managed more than 15 times in the football league or any foreign equivalent to this level (i.e. fully professional league).
  2. Players with full international caps.
  3. Players that hold a club record or have captained the club.

References[edit]

  1. ^ BBC report on the appointment
  2. ^ "Tiverton Town ground guide". Pyramid Passion. Retrieved 2007-11-11. 
  3. ^ "Tiverton Town FC". Tiverton Town FC. Retrieved 6 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "Tiverton Town FC Player Profiles". Tiverton Town Official Website. 14 June 2017. Retrieved 14 June 2017. 
  5. ^ "Western Football League Cup – Les Phillips cup 1989–present" (PDF). Western Football League. Retrieved 2013-01-06. 
  6. ^ "Western Football League Amateur Trophy Winners" (PDF). Western Football League. Retrieved 2013-01-07. 
  7. ^ a b c d TIVERTON TOWN at the Football Club History Database
  8. ^ "Goal scorers". Tivvy Archive. Retrieved 2013-01-23. 
  9. ^ "Most appearances". Tivvy Archive. Retrieved 2017-03-04. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 50°54′33.29″N 3°29′24.60″W / 50.9092472°N 3.4901667°W / 50.9092472; -3.4901667