Kidderminster Harriers F.C.
Kidderminster Harriers Football Club is a professional association football club based in Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England. The club participates in the National League North, the tier of English football. Formed in 1886, Kidderminster have played at Aggborough Stadium since they were formed and they are the only club from Worcestershire ever to have played in the Football League, competing from 2000 to 2005. Kidderminster Harriers were formed in 1886 from a successful athletics. In July 1880 the Athletics club amalgamated with the local Clarence rugby club to become Kidderminster Harriers, matches were played at White Wickets on the Franche Road in Kidderminster. 1885-6 was the last season played as a club and the Harriers switched to Association rules for the next season. Playing games at Chester Road Harriers first game was 18 September 1886, away to Wilden, the town saw a rival team start up as Kidderminster Olympic in 1887, rapidly becoming one of the best sides in the area. In 1887–88 the club started playing its matches at Aggborough, both Olympic and Harriers were founder members of the Birmingham and District League in 1889, Olympic won the league in 1890, with Harriers runners-up. Both sides regularly attracted crowds of 2–4,000, with the local derbies seeing over 7,000 attending, in 1890 the two clubs amalgamated as Kidderminster FC on a full professional basis, the new club being admitted to the Midland League which had been formed in 1889. The club became the first from the town to enter the FA Cup and after winning 4 qualifying round games and they lost 3–1 away to Darwen but protested the result because of the poor state of the pitch. Their protest was upheld and the tie was replayed a week later, again at Darwen, however the club found things difficult financially as a fully professional club, resigned from the league and were wound up in March 1891. The club reverted to amateur status in the Birmingham and District League the following season as Kidderminster Harriers, the club again reached the 1st Round of the F. A Cup in 1906–07, losing to Oldham Athletic away 5–0. In 1910 the then current England international full-back Jesse Pennington signed for Harriers after a dispute with his then club West Bromwich Albion and he played one game before the dispute was resolved and he returned to Albion. The twenties were hard going for the club as poor form on the pitch, Harriers did manage a League runners-up place in 1924–25. The then Wolves captain George Getgood, also in dispute at the time. The 1927–28 season saw another accusation of bribery, this time against secretary Pat Davis by Cradley Heath, during an investigation Davis admitted he had offered Burton Town players a ten shillings bonus if they managed to beat Worcester City in the last match of the season. The match was drawn so the bonus was never paid, the case made the national newspapers and Pat Davis was temporarily suspended from all duties. In 1935–36 a new scoring record for the club was set, Harriers did not win the West Midlands League until 1938, finishing the season undefeated
Stevenage Football Club is a professional association football club based in the town of Stevenage, Hertfordshire, England. The team play in League Two, the tier of the English football league system. They play their games at The Lamex Stadium on Broadhall Way in Stevenage. Following three promotions in four seasons in the early 1990s, the club were promoted to the Conference National in 1994, despite winning the league in the 1995–96 season, the club were denied promotion to the Football League due to insufficient ground facilities. Stevenage were finally promoted to the Football League after winning the Conference National in the 2009–10 season, on securing Football League status, the club dropped the word Borough from its title. Stevenage earned back-to-back promotions when they beat Torquay United 1–0 at Old Trafford in the 2010–11 play-off final, the club won the competition again in 2009, beating York City 2–0 in the final. Stevenage Borough were formed in 1976 following the bankruptcy of Stevenage Athletic, chairman Keith Berners, and a number of like-minded volunteers were tasked with arranging a team to play Hitchin Town Youth at Broadhall Way in November 1976, as a curtain-raiser for the new club. Stevenage Borough Council granted consent for the club to incorporate the name Borough in their title, in 1980, the council reacquired the lease for Broadhall Way and allowed the football club to become its tenant. With the council as their landlords and a stadium, Stevenage Borough took on senior status. The clubs first competitive match was a 3–1 victory over ON Chenecks on 16 August 1980. In their first season as a club, the side won the United Counties League Division One championship. The club also secured the United Counties League Cup the same season, however, two years later the club were relegated back to the Division Two North, having finished second bottom of the division. The following season, the won the Division One championship, remaining unbeaten at home again. The clubs long unbeaten record was finally ended by Dulwich Hamlet, with the streak lasting 44 matches. During the 1993–94 season, Stevenage won the Premier Division, and were promoted to the Football Conference. During the same season, the Hertfordshire club reached the First Round of the FA Cup for the first time, the 1996–97 season witnessed the club progress to the Third Round of the FA Cup for the first time after a 2–1 win over Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road. The side were drawn against Birmingham City at Broadhall Way, but ground issues saw the tie switched to St Andrews, the following season, the club went one better, reaching the Fourth Round, where they drew Premier League club Newcastle United. A temporary stand was erected behind the end to house the Newcastle supporters
Wembley Stadium is a football stadium in Wembley, London, England, which opened in 2007, on the site of the original Wembley Stadium, which was demolished from 2002–2003. The stadium hosts football matches including home matches of the England national football team. The stadium will be the home of Premier League football club Tottenham Hotspur while White Hart Lane is being demolished. Wembley Stadium is owned by the body of English football. The FA headquarters are based in the stadium, with 90,000 seats, it is the largest football stadium in England, the largest stadium in the UK and the second-largest stadium in Europe. Designed by Populous and Foster and Partners, it includes a retractable roof. The stadium was built by Australian firm Multiplex at a cost of £798 million, a UEFA category four stadium, Wembley hosted the 2011 and 2013 UEFA Champions League Finals, and will host both the semi-finals and final of UEFA Euro 2020. The stadium hosted the Gold medal matches at the 2012 Olympic Games football tournament, the stadium also hosts rugby leagues Challenge Cup final, the NFL International Series and music concerts. The design of the services was carried out by Mott MacDonald. It is one of the most expensive ever built at a cost of £798 million. The all-seater stadium is a design with a capacity of 90,000. It can also be adapted as a stadium by erecting a temporary platform over the lowest tier of seating. The stadiums signature feature is a circular section lattice arch of 7 m internal diameter with a 315 m span, erected some 22° off true and it supports all the weight of the north roof and 60% of the weight of the retractable roof on the southern side. The archway is the worlds longest unsupported roof structure, a platform system has been designed to convert the stadium for athletics use, but its use would decrease the stadiums capacity to approximately 60,000. No athletics events have taken place at the stadium, and none are scheduled, the conversion for athletics use was a condition of part of the lottery funding the stadium received, but to convert it would take weeks of work and cost millions of pounds. Demolition officially began on 30 September 2002, with the Twin Towers being dismantled in December 2002, delays to the construction project started as far back as 2003. In December 2003, the constructors of the arch, subcontractors Cleveland Bridge & Engineering Company of Darlington, Cleveland Bridge withdrew from the project and replaced by Dutch firm Hollandia with all the attendant problems of starting over. In October 2005, Sports Minister Richard Caborn announced, They say the Cup Final will be there, by November 2005, WNSL were still hopeful of a handover date of 31 March, in time for the cup final on 13 May
London /ˈlʌndən/ is the capital and most populous city of England and the United Kingdom. Standing on the River Thames in the south east of the island of Great Britain and it was founded by the Romans, who named it Londinium. Londons ancient core, the City of London, largely retains its 1. 12-square-mile medieval boundaries. London is a global city in the arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, healthcare, media, professional services, research and development, tourism. It is crowned as the worlds largest financial centre and has the fifth- or sixth-largest metropolitan area GDP in the world, London is a world cultural capital. It is the worlds most-visited city as measured by international arrivals and has the worlds largest city airport system measured by passenger traffic, London is the worlds leading investment destination, hosting more international retailers and ultra high-net-worth individuals than any other city. Londons universities form the largest concentration of education institutes in Europe. In 2012, London became the first city to have hosted the modern Summer Olympic Games three times, London has a diverse range of people and cultures, and more than 300 languages are spoken in the region. Its estimated mid-2015 municipal population was 8,673,713, the largest of any city in the European Union, Londons urban area is the second most populous in the EU, after Paris, with 9,787,426 inhabitants at the 2011 census. The citys metropolitan area is the most populous in the EU with 13,879,757 inhabitants, the city-region therefore has a similar land area and population to that of the New York metropolitan area. London was the worlds most populous city from around 1831 to 1925, Other famous landmarks include Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Piccadilly Circus, St Pauls Cathedral, Tower Bridge, Trafalgar Square, and The Shard. The London Underground is the oldest underground railway network in the world, the etymology of London is uncertain. It is an ancient name, found in sources from the 2nd century and it is recorded c.121 as Londinium, which points to Romano-British origin, and hand-written Roman tablets recovered in the city originating from AD 65/70-80 include the word Londinio. The earliest attempted explanation, now disregarded, is attributed to Geoffrey of Monmouth in Historia Regum Britanniae and this had it that the name originated from a supposed King Lud, who had allegedly taken over the city and named it Kaerlud. From 1898, it was accepted that the name was of Celtic origin and meant place belonging to a man called *Londinos. The ultimate difficulty lies in reconciling the Latin form Londinium with the modern Welsh Llundain, which should demand a form *lōndinion, from earlier *loundiniom. The possibility cannot be ruled out that the Welsh name was borrowed back in from English at a later date, and thus cannot be used as a basis from which to reconstruct the original name. Until 1889, the name London officially applied only to the City of London, two recent discoveries indicate probable very early settlements near the Thames in the London area
Referee (association football)
In association football, the referee is the person responsible for enforcing the Laws of the Game during the course of a match. At higher levels of play the referee may also be assisted by an official who supervises the teams technical areas. Referees remuneration for their services varies between leagues, Referees are licensed and trained by the same national organisations that are members of FIFA. Each national organisation recommends its top officials to FIFA to have the honour of being included on the FIFA International Referees List. International games between national teams require FIFA officials, otherwise, the local national organisation determines the manner of training, ranking and advancement of officials from the youngest youth games through professional matches. The referees powers and duties are described by Law 5 of the Laws of the Game, as per Law 9 of the game, if during the game the ball hits the referee there is no stoppage in play. However the officials would be expected to position themselves such that this would be unlikely to occur. Modern day referees and their assistants wear a uniform consisting of a jersey, badge, shorts and socks, since then, most referees have worn either yellow or black, but the colours and styles adopted by individual associations vary greatly. For international contests under the supervision of FIFA, Adidas uniforms are worn because Adidas is the current sponsor, FIFA allows referees to wear five colours, black, red, yellow, green and blue. Along with the jersey, referees are required to wear shorts, black socks. The badge, which displays the referees license level and year of validity, is affixed to the left chest pocket. All referees carry a whistle, a watch, penalty cards, a wallet with pen and paper. Most are encouraged to have more than one of each on them in case they drop a whistle or a pen runs out, often, referees utilize two watches so that they can use one to calculate time lost for stoppages for the purposes of added time. In matches with goal-line technology, the referee will have on their person a device to receive the systems alerts, Referees use a whistle to help in match control. The whistle is sometimes needed to stop, start or restart play but should not be used for all stoppages, fIFAs Laws of the Game document gives guidance as to when the whistle should and should not be used. Overuse of the whistle is discouraged since, as stated in the Laws, the whistle is an important tool for the referee along with verbal, body and eye communication. Before the introduction of the whistle, referees indicated their decisions by waving a white handkerchief, the whistles that were first adopted by referees were made by Joseph Hudson at Mills Munitions in Birmingham, England. The Acme Whistle Company first began to mass-produce pea whistles in the 1870s for the Metropolitan Police Force, Referees in football are first described by Richard Mulcaster in 1581
Chris Foy (referee)
Christopher J. Foy is a former English professional football referee. In 2015 Foy retired to become a senior coach for the Professional Game Match Officials Board. Foy first started refereeing in 1983, in 1994 he was promoted to the Football League list of assistant referees and progressed to the Premier League assistant referees list in 1995. Earlier in that year Foy was appointed official for the FA Trophy final at Villa Park. Nine days after the Championship play-off he was fourth official again when England played Hungary at Old Trafford, Foy subsequently retired from international activities at the complusory age of 45 in 2007. In 2007, he was selected to referee the FA Trophy final at Wembley Stadium between Stevenage Borough and Kidderminster Harriers, the match was won 3–2 by Stevenage, with Foy issuing four yellow cards. In 2008 Foy was chosen to carry out official duties at the FA Cup final between Portsmouth and Cardiff City at Wembley Stadium, with Mike Dean refereeing. Foy refereed the 2009 Football League Cup Final between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, with United securing victory on penalties after a goalless draw. He also took charge of the 2009 FA Community Shield later that year, contested by Chelsea and Manchester United, Foy retired from professional refereeing at the end of the 2014-15 season to become a senior referees coach for the Professional Game Match Officials Board, working under Howard Webb. Foy was actively involved in the Dont X The Line campaign to eradicate abusive or aggressive behaviour from players and spectators at junior and he has also supported Knowsley Housing Trusts Give Rent Arrears the Red Card. There are no records prior to 1997-98. Chris Foy Profile at Refworld. com Chris Foy Referee Statistics at Soccerbase. com Chris Foy Interview at FA. com website
The Football Association
The Football Association, also known simply as the FA, is the governing body of association football in England, and the Crown dependencies of Jersey, Guernsey, and the Isle of Man. Formed in 1863, it is the oldest football association in the world and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the amateur, the FA sanctions all competitive football matches within its remit at national level, and indirectly at local level through the County Football Associations. It runs numerous competitions, the most famous of which is the FA Cup, the FA is a member of both UEFA and FIFA and holds a permanent seat on the International Football Association Board which is responsible for the laws of the game. As the first football association, it not use the national name English in its title. The FA is based at Wembley Stadium, London, the FA is a member of the British Olympic Association, meaning that the FA has control over the mens and womens Great Britain Olympic football team. All of Englands professional football teams are members of the Football Association, although it does not run the day-to-day operations of the Premier League, it has veto power over the appointment of the League Chairman and Chief Executive and over any changes to league rules. The English Football League, made up of the three professional divisions below the Premier League, is self-governing, subject to the FAs sanctions. Another set of rules, the Sheffield Rules, was used by a number of clubs in the North of England from the 1850s, eleven London football clubs and schools representatives met on 26 October 1863 to agree on common rules. The founding clubs present at the first meeting were Barnes, Civil Service, Crusaders, Forest of Leytonstone, many of these clubs are now defunct or play rugby union. Civil Service FC, who now plays in the Southern Amateur League, is the one of the original eleven football clubs still in existence. There are only three institutions which have been members of the F. A. since 1863, those being Civil Service, Forest School and Kings College. Central to the creation of the Football Association and modern football was Ebenezer Cobb Morley and he was a founding member of the Football Association in 1863. In 1862, as captain of Barnes, he wrote to Bells Life newspaper proposing a governing body for the sport led to the first meeting at The Freemasons Tavern that created the FA. He was the FAs first secretary and its president and drafted the Laws of the Game generally called the London Rules at his home in Barnes. As a player, he played in the first ever match in 1863, the first version of the rules for the modern game was drawn up over a series of six meetings held in The Freemasons Tavern from October till December. Of the clubs at the first meeting, Crusaders, Surbiton and Charterhouse did not attend the subsequent meetings, replaced instead by the Royal Navy School, Wimbledon School, at the final meeting, F. M. Other English rugby clubs followed this lead and did not join the FA, the term soccer dates back to this split to refer to football played under the association rules. The Richmond side were obviously unimpressed by the new rules in practice because they helped form the Rugby Football Union in 1871
English football league system
There are more than 140 individual leagues, containing more than 480 divisions. As there are no definitions of any level below 11, any references to the structure at level 12. The pyramid for womens football in England runs separately to nine tiers, the Football League was created in 1888 by Aston Villa director William McGregor. It was dominated by clubs who had supported professionalism. The twelve founding members consisted of six from Lancashire and six from the Midlands, no sides from the South including London initially participated. The system consists of a pyramid of leagues, bound together by the principle of promotion and relegation. A certain number of the most successful clubs in each league can rise to a higher league, in addition to sporting performance, promotion is usually contingent on meeting criteria set by the higher league, especially concerning appropriate facilities and finances. In theory it is possible for a local amateur club to rise to the pinnacle of the English game and become champions of the Premier League. While this may be unlikely in practice, there certainly is significant movement within the pyramid, the top five levels contain one division each and are nationwide in scope. Below this, the levels have progressively more leagues, with each covering progressively smaller geographic areas. Many leagues have more than one division, at the lower levels the existence of leagues becomes intermittent, although in some of the more densely populated areas there are leagues more than twenty layers below the Premier League. Clubs from these leagues may, if they feel they meet the standard of play and have suitable facilities. The seven levels immediately below the Premier League and English Football League are known as the National League System, in May 2014 The Football Association announced provisional plans for a new division between the English Football League and the National League which would include B teams of higher level clubs. The English football league system does not include the version of the game often called Sunday league football. These leagues are independent entities with no promotion or relegation involving the football pyramid, however, some Sunday League clubs have been known to join pyramid leagues if they desire to progress higher. There are also some Saturday leagues such as the Lincolnshire League which are not officially part of the pyramid, at the top is the single division of the Premier League, containing 20 clubs, all of which, up to the 2010–11 season, were based in England. Below the Premier League is the English Football League, which is divided into three divisions of 24 clubs each, The Championship, League One and League Two, the 92 clubs in the Premier League and English Football League are all full-time professional clubs. They are often referred to as League clubs because, before the establishment of the Premier League in 1992, clubs outside this group are referred to as non-League clubs, although they too play most of their football in league-type competitions
Ronnie Henry is an English footballer who currently plays for Stevenage. In May 2007 he was the first player to lift a trophy at the new Wembley Stadium. In 2003, he was sent on loan to Southend United until the end of the 2002–03 season – playing three times for the club, in November 2003, Henry was released by his parent club after being deemed surplus to requirements. He spent nine months without a club, before signing for Irish side Dublin City on a contract in August 2004. Henry played 12 times for Dublin before being released four months due to financial problems at the club. In January 2005, Henry joined Hertfordshire side Stevenage until the end of the clubs 2004–05 campaign and he was part of the side that made the Conference National play–off final in 2005, falling one game short of promotion to the Football League. He enjoyed FA Trophy success once more in 2009, before being a part of the side that earned promotion to the Football League the following season. Henry played a key part during the clubs 2010–11 campaign, helping Stevenage earn promotion to League One, in May 2012, Henry left Stevenage after seven years with the club and joined nearby club Luton Town, where he was made club captain. In his second season at Luton, Henry was part of the team won the Conference Premier title. He has also played four times for the England C team and he left after not being able to agree a new contract. Born in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, Henry progressed through the Tottenham Hotspur youth system and he signed professional terms with the North London outfit at the age of 17, and despite appearing regularly in the reserves he never made a first-team appearance. Towards the latter stages of the 2002–03 season, Henry was sent on loan to Essex based Southend United until the end of the season and he made his debut for Southend in a 2–0 victory over Darlington at Roots Hall, and started two more matches for Steve Tilsons side. After returning to his parent club at the end of the season, Henry was released by Tottenham in November 2003, Henry spent the rest of the 2003–04 season without a club, before being signed by Irish side Dublin City on a six-month contract in August 2004. He started twelve games for the Irish side before being released by manager Roddy Collins due to financial problems, Henry returned to England in hope of finding a new club before the end of the English 2004–05 season. In January 2005, Henry signed for Conference National club Stevenage on an initial six–month contract and he made his Stevenage debut the following week in a 3–1 victory over Farnborough Town, playing the full 90 minutes. During the 2005–06 season, Henry featured 33 times for the Hertfordshire club, in the same season, he was made captain by Westley in the sides 2–0 win over Exeter City. During this season, Henry started the campaign in a central midfield role. In April 2007, Henry scored his first ever goal for Stevenage, in a 2–1 home defeat against Kidderminster Harriers
Mark Nicholas Stimson is an English former footballer and is currently manager of Thurrock. He signed his first professional contract with Tottenham Hotspur in 1985, in 1989, he moved on to Newcastle United, where he made over 80 appearances in the Football League. He later played for Portsmouth, Southend United and Leyton Orient before dropping into non-League football and he was appointed manager of Grays Athletic in 2002 and remained in charge until 2006 when he took over as manager of Stevenage Borough. He led Grays to victory in the Final of the FA Trophy in 2005 and 2006 and he led Gillingham back into League One the following season via the League Two play-off Final, but his contract was terminated after the team were relegated back to League Two the following season. On 1 June 2010, Stimson was appointed as the new manager of League Two club Barnet and he later had a spell as manager with Conference club Kettering Town. A year later, he signed his first professional contract, at the age of 17. He made his Football League debut against Everton in May 1987, but struggled to gain a place in the first team, and was sent to Leyton Orient on loan in March 1988, where he played ten times. During the following season, he was loaned out again, this time to Gillingham, whose manager, at the end of the 1988–89 season, Stimson was transferred to Newcastle United, then in the Second Division, for a fee of £200,000. He spent four years with the club and finally gained a regular first team place and he made over fifty appearances for Portsmouth but was also loaned out again, this time to Barnet during the early part of the 1995–96 season. In March 1996, he was transferred to Southend United for a fee of £25,000, during his time at Roots Hall the club suffered two consecutive relegations, dropping from the First Division into the Second Division in 1997 and from there into the Third Division in 1998. In March 1999, having not played for Southend since the previous November and he played for the club in the semi-finals of the play-offs, but was restricted to an appearance as an unused substitute in the final, which Orient lost. He helped the Gulls win the FA Trophy in the 2000–01 season, setting up the only goal and he was also selected to play for the England National Game XI, the national team for semi-professional players, earning one cap against an equivalent team from the United States. He left Canvey in May 2002 to join Grays Athletic as player-coach, despite the signing of a number of former top-level players, such as Carl Leaburn and Jason Dozzell, the team escaped relegation by only one point. In the same season, Stimson also led Grays to the FA Trophy Final, Grays reached the FA Trophy Final again in the following season, and claimed a second successive win after a 2–0 victory over Woking at Upton Park. In the Conference, Grays finished in place and qualified for the play-offs for promotion to the Football League. Citing his disappointment at failing to gain promotion, Stimson resigned from his post at Grays on 16 May 2006 and he was offered a new contract by Stevenage on 16 October 2007, but resigned the following day. On 1 November, he was appointed as the new manager of Gillingham and he was unable to recreate his previous success, however, and at the end of the 2007–08 season Gillingham were relegated from League One. He was also criticised by departing player Aaron Brown, who acknowledged that Stimson had strong coaching skills, towards the latter stages of the 2010–11 season, Stimson accepted a coaching role at Dagenham & Redbridge
Grays Athletic F.C.
The club is currently a member of the Isthmian League Premier Division. Grays Juniors were founded in 1890 as a club, rising through the ranks to senior status. The newly formed club joined the Grays & District League Division, other teams competing in Grays at the time were Grays Amateurs, Grays Avenue Swifts, Grays Hotspurs and Grays Wednesday – with whom they shared the Recreation Ground pitch. Grays Athletic became founder members of the Athenian League, in which briefly played before World War I. In 1945 they were one of the nine members of the Corinthian League. After playing in the Isthmian League between 1983 and 2004, they were members of the new Conference South. They were divisional champions at the first attempt, and also won the FA Trophy and they did, however, successfully retain the FA Trophy with a 2–0 win over Woking. After the 2005–06 season Mark Stimson left the club and Frank Gray was appointed as the new manager, however, after just 14 games, his last being a disappointing 0–1 home defeat to Bromley, he was sacked. Micky Woodward appointed himself as manager for a short while and player/coach Jamie Stuart took charge of an Essex Senior Cup match with Woodward assisting, after this Andy King was appointed as manager. On 5 January 2007, Andy King handed in his resignation and he was replaced by Justin Edinburgh, his assistant at the time, who became the fourth manager of Grays during the season. Grays eventually finished 19th in the league, just avoiding relegation, in total Grays fielded over 50 players in all competitions. On 20 February 2008, it was announced that Justin Edinburgh had departed the club, terminating his contract by mutual consent, chairman, Micky Woodward, took the helm for a second time until the end of the 2007–08 season. Woodward promoted goalkeeping coach Gary Phillips to assistant manager, while also appointing Neil Smith and Tim OShea as coaches to help with training, after resigning from the Football Conference in 2010, Grays attempted to gain entry to the Isthmian League Premier Division. This was at first accepted but, on 8 July 2010, the League reversed the decision, however, on 15 July, it was announced that Grays Athletic would play in the Isthmian League Division One North. They finished mid-table in their first year in the Isthmian Division One North, the following 2011–12 season, Grays finished fifth, losing to Enfield Town in the play-offs. From 9 February 2013 to 27 April 2013 Grays Athletic won 18 consecutive league matches, on 14 June 2013, it was announced that the club would groundshare for the 2013–14 season with Aveley at their Mill Field ground in Thurrock. In August 2016, enough funds were raised by the Grays Athletic Community Football Club Ltd, between 1906 and 2010 the club played at the New Recreation Ground. After the ground was sold to developers, Grays Athletic ground-shared with East Thurrock United at their Rookery Hill ground in Corringham
National League North
The National League North, formerly Conference North, is a division of the National League in England, taking its place immediately below the top division National League. Along with the National League South, it is at Step 2 of the National League System and it consists of teams located in Northern England, Norfolk, the English Midlands and North Wales. From the start of the 2015–16 season, the league has been known as the National League North, as part of a sponsorship deal with Vanarama, the National League North is now known as the Vanarama National League North. The Conference North was introduced in 2004 as part of a restructuring of English non-League football. The champions are promoted to the National League. A second promotion place goes to the winners of play-offs involving the teams finishing in second to fifth place, the three bottom clubs are relegated to Step 3 leagues. Teams from this division, as well as from the National League South, for sponsorship reasons, the division was known as the Nationwide North from its formation in 2004 until 2007, when it was renamed the Blue Square North. In 2010 it was renamed the Blue Square Bet North, when Blue Square sponsorship ended in 2013, it was renamed the Skrill North until the 2014–15 season, when it was renamed the Vanarama North. A further name change followed in 2015, when the division was renamed the Vanarama National League North
Vauxhall Motors F.C.
Vauxhall Motors Football Club is a football club based in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, England. The club are members of the West Cheshire League Division One. It was originally the team of the Vauxhall Ellesmere Port Car Plant. It had a lot of success in its leagues and fought its way up to semi-professional status. It was announced in March 2014 that the club had tendered its resignation from the Football Conference, the club took over their reserve teams place back in the West Cheshire League Division One for the 2014–15 season. It is generally regarded as the team of Ellesmere Port. Vauxhall Motors F. C. was founded in 1963, shortly after the opening of the new Vauxhall Motors Car Plant in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire. Early in its history, it played in the Ellesmere Port League and the Wirral Combination, by 1970, the club had achieved several promotions and played on the company-owned Hooton Park. By 1987 however, it had opened its own ground, Rivacre Park, the opening of the new ground was especially important as then England manager Bobby Robson brought a number of former international stars for the opening game. On the pitch, the club also started finding some success, soon after, they reached their first Cheshire Amateur Cup and triumphed in the Wirral Senior Cup. These accomplishments did not go unnoticed, as the club applied to join the North West Counties League for 1987–88. They easily won the leagues Second Division in their season at that level. Despite expectations to challenge for the title the next season, the team only finished fifth. Soon after its fifth-place finish, the board took the decision to back down to the West Cheshire League where the club finished in third place in the two following seasons. However, in 1994–95, the club won both divisions of the league – only the time any club had achieved that in the 103-year history of the league. Soon after, they were accepted back into the North West Counties League, just as before, they easily won the Second Division of the NWCL, but did not have the best of seasons in Division One, although they did reach the semi-final of the Cheshire Senior Cup. It continued to play in Division One, and reached the final of the NWCL Cup, losing to Kidsgrove Athletic in a closely contested match. The 1998–99 season was the teams best by far to that point, reaching the round of the FA Vase and earning its best ever league position in third place
Aggborough Stadium is a football stadium in Kidderminster, England. It is the ground of Kidderminster Harriers, and has a capacity of 6,444. The ground was also the home of Worcester City between 2013 and 2016, the ground was opened in May 1890 with a single grandstand on the western touchline, and initially included of a banked running track. In 1935 a new 460-seat grandstand was built, and by World War II covered areas had been created on the east, after the war the running track was replaced by a cycle track. On 27 November 1948 the grounds record attendance of 9,155 was set for an FA Cup first round replay against Hereford United. On 14 September 1955 Aggborough Stadium became the first ground to host a floodlit FA Cup match, a new East Stand was built in 1979, and terracing was created all around the pitch in 1983. The ground was rebuilt in the 1990s, with the track removed. Covered terracing was added at each end of the pitch, when Kidderminster won their first Conference title in 1994, Aggborough Stadium was not deemed to meet Football League standards and as a result Kidderminster were denied promotion to Division Three. By the time Kidderminster won their second Conference title six years later, in 2003 the new 2, 040-seat cantilever stand was built to replace the old East Stand. Stadium Kidderminster Harriers F. C. Aggborough at StadiumDB. com
James Ashley Constable is an English professional footballer who plays as a striker for National League club Eastleigh. Constable started his career with the Cirencester Town youth system, before breaking into the first team during the 2002–03 season and he moved to Chippenham Town in 2003, before signing for Walsall in the Football League in 2005. He moved out on loan to Kidderminster Harriers of the Conference National in 2006, after a year at the club, during which he scored the first club goal at the new Wembley Stadium in the FA Trophy final, he returned to the League with Shrewsbury Town. After spending 2008–09 on loan at Oxford United, he signed for the club permanently in 2009, Constable scored the second goal in Oxfords 3–12010 Conference Premier play-off Final victory over York City in 2010, which secured Oxfords promotion into League Two. He was leading goalscorer in each of his six seasons at the club, and he has played for the England C team, who represent England at non-League level, making his debut in 2007 in a 2–0 victory over Finland in the International Challenge Trophy. Born in Malmesbury, Wiltshire, Constable grew up in the town as a Tottenham Hotspur supporter and he progressed to being a regular in the team and signed for Southern League Premier Division club Chippenham Town in December 2003. He made 37 appearances and scored 13 goals in 2004–05 and he scored for Chippenham with the opening goal in a 1–1 draw against Worcester City in the FA Cup first round in November 2005. While playing as a semi-professional at Chippenham, he worked in an undergarment lining factory, Football League clubs Bristol City, Swansea City, Swindon Town and Walsall all made enquiries for Constable in November 2005. He made his debut as an 82nd-minute substitute in a 1–0 victory over Bournemouth in the Football League Trophy on 22 November 2005 and this was followed by his Football League debut four days later after being introduced as an 89th-minute substitute in a 3–1 victory over Rotherham United. He scored his first goal for Walsall in a 3–2 victory over Wycombe Wanderers in the Trophy on 20 December with a fine drive, Constable scored two goals in seven minutes to help Walsall to a 2–0 victory over Blackpool. His first appearance after signing permanently came in a 3–0 defeat to Bristol City on 2 January 2006 and he scored Walsalls second equaliser in a 2–2 draw against Swansea City in the Football League Trophy, which was lost 6–5 on a penalty shoot-out. Chippenham failed in an attempt to re-sign Constable on loan for the remainder of 2005–06 in February 2006 and he scored his last goal of 2005–06 with a shot from Dean Keates cross, which was the opening goal in a 1–1 draw with Port Vale on 15 April 2006. He finished the season with 5 goals in 20 appearances for Walsall and he joined Conference National club Kidderminster Harriers on 24 November 2006 on a two-month loan, having made nine appearances for Walsall up to that point in 2006–07. After arriving at Kidderminster, he made a mammoth impact and he scored his first goal in the following match, a 3–1 victory over Gravesend & Northfleet, with a clinical finish from a Michael Blackwood cross. He scored two goals against Stafford Rangers after he coolly slotted home and scored with ease into the bottom-right corner, which gave Kidderminster a 2–1 victory on 26 December 2006. His hat-trick in a 4–0 victory against Vauxhall Motors in the first round of the FA Trophy in January 2007 was the first for a Kidderminster player since Bo Henriksen in 2003. After impressing during the loan, he moved to the club permanently on 31 January 2007 on a contract for an undisclosed fee. He scored Kidderminsters equaliser in a 1–1 draw against St Albans City on 24 March 2007 and he finished the season as Kidderminsters top scorer with 16 goals in 32 appearances
Iyseden Christie is an English footballer who plays for Bedworth United, where he plays as a striker. Born in Coventry, West Midlands, Christie began his career as a trainee at Coventry City in 1995 and he made his FA Premier League debut on 23 September 1995, appearing as a second-half substitute for Paul Cook in Coventrys 5–1 defeat away to Blackburn Rovers. He made one appearance, in the League Cup before joining Bournemouth on loan in November 1996. He joined Mansfield Town on a transfer in August 1997 and made over 90 league. He joined Leyton Orient for a fee of £40,000 in July 1999 and he made over 70 appearances in his second spell at Mansfield but was released by the club after defeat in the Third Division play-off Final in May 2004. In 1997, he scored a four-minute hat-trick against Stockport County in a League Cup first-round tie and this remains the record for the fastest League Cup hat-trick. Christie signed for Kidderminster Harriers at the start of the 2004–05 season, but injury restricted him to just one start and a handful of substitute appearances that season. In January 2006, after having scored 10 goals in 23 league games, in August 2006, Christie returned to Kidderminster on loan until December. Following the completion of loan spell Christie re-signed for Kidderminster on an 18-month contract in January 2007. He joined Stevenage Borough when his contract with Kidderminster expired at the end of June 2008 and he made just three appearances for Stevenage, before joining fellow Conference National side Kettering Town on loan on 2 September 2008 until 17 January 2009. During this period he scored 6 goals in 15 games, including playing against Premier League side Fulham in the FA Cup and it was believed this loan spell was to be ended early for a loan move to York City to go ahead, but this deal fell through. On 31 December 2008 it was announced that Christie was to make his deal at Kettering permanent on 1 January 2009. However, on 2 February 2009 he left Stevenage to join Torquay United and he signed for non-League Kings Lynn in August 2009 after a short period on trial with Hibernians in Malta, following termination of the loan agreement with Torquay at the end of the 2008–09 season. On 11 September 2009, Christie signed for Conference North side A. F. C, telford United, but left after two games. He played one game for his local team Coventry Sphinx, before making his debut for Farnborough as an 80th-minute substitute on 21 October, on 13 November 2009, it was announced that Christie had joined Conference National side Tamworth on non-contract terms. On the same day he was joined by his former Kidderminster team mate Simon Brown, after playing for Tamworth till the end of the 2009–10 season, he rejoined Kettering Town for their 2010–11 campaign. On 30 March 2011, Christie joined promotion chasing Conference North side Nuneaton Town until the end of the season, christies first game for the club was a 3–0 away win at Gloucester City. Justin Marsdens goal came from a bit of individual guile
Exeter City F.C.
Exeter City Football Club /ˈɛksɪtə ˈsɪti/ is a professional association football club based in Exeter, Devon, England. The team play in League Two, the tier of the English football league system. The club is owned by the clubs supporters through the Exeter City Supporters Trust, the club was a member of the Football League from 1920 to 2003. Following five seasons in the Conference National, Exeter were promoted back to League Two for the 2008–09 season, in the 2011–12 season of League One Exeter City were relegated to League Two, finishing 23rd with 48 points, they have remained in League Two ever since. Exeter City was founded in 1904 and began playing on an old used for fattening pigs. Exeter remain at St James Park to this day, the club is nicknamed The Grecians. For the 2016–17 season Citys home kit is supplied by Joma and it consists of red and white shirts, black shorts, and black and white socks. The club is known as the first side to play a team from Brazil. As a result, City and Brazilian side Fluminense are now also partner clubs, Exeter City F. C. was formed from two predecessor clubs, Exeter United F. C. and St Sidwells United. Exeter United was a club from Exeter, Devon, that played between 1890 and 1904. In 1904, Exeter United lost 3–1 to local rivals St Sidwells United, the new team took the name Exeter City and continued to play at Exeter Uniteds ground, St James Park, where Exeter City still play today. Exeter United was formed from the team of the same name and were one of the first football teams with the moniker United. St Sidwells United was a club that had formed from the regulars who frequented the Foresters Inn in Sidwell Street, Exeter, although the house was always known as the Drum. The team played in St Sidwells old colours of green and white, on 10 September 1904, Exeter City played its first ever competitive match, a 2–1 victory at St James over 110th Battery of the Royal Artillery, in the East Devon League. The attendance was 600, and the goal scored by Sid Thomas. City topped the East Devon League with 11 wins, two draws, one defeat in its first season, and transferred to the Plymouth & District League for next three seasons, in 1908, Exeter City A. F. C. became a limited company. City became a professional team, and applied successfully for membership of the Southern League. A wooden grandstand was erected, and the club entered into an arrangement over the ground
National League South
The National League South, formerly Conference South, is one of the second divisions of the National League in England, taking its place immediately below the top division National League. Along with National League North it is at the level of the National League System. It was introduced in 2004 as part of a restructuring of the National League System. The champion team each year is promoted to the National League. A second promotion place goes to the winners of play-offs of the finishing in second place to fifth place. The three bottom clubs are relegated to Step 3 leagues, from the start of the 2015–16 season, the league is known as the National League South. The current champions are Sutton United, who finished 6 points ahead of second place, the current member club for the 2016–17 season are as follows, The stadiums of all teams in the league for the 2016–17 season are listed below in capacity order, ** Not promoted. In 2004–05 only three places were available to the Conference National. The third place was decided in a Playoff at Stokes Britannia Stadium, which Eastbourne lost 2–1 to the Conference North Playoff winners, Altrincham
Braintree Town F.C.
Braintree Town Football Club is a semi-professional football club based in Braintree, Essex, England. They are currently members of the National League and play at Cressing Road, the club was formed in 1898 as Manor Works, the works team of the Crittall Window Company, from which they gained their nickname Iron. The new club took over the fixtures of the recently defunct Braintree F. C. in the North Essex League and they left the league in 1900, but returned in 1901. They won the title in 1905–06, 1910–11 and 1911–12, also winning the Mid-Essex League in 1909–10, in 1911 they also joined Division 2A of the Essex & Suffolk Border League, remaining in the league until 1928. In 1921 they were renamed Crittall Athletic to be closely identified with their parent company. After winning Division Two in 1922–23 and 1923–24, they were promoted to the Senior Division of the Border League in 1925. In 1928 they joined the Spartan League, and in 1935 were founder members of the Eastern Counties League, the new league folded after a single season and the club returned to the ECL. After World War II the ECL did not resume in 1945, after finishing second in their first season, they were promoted to the Premier Division. They were invited to rejoin the ECL in 1947, but turned the offer down and remained in the London League, where they won the League Cup twice before returning to the ECL in 1952. In 1954 they turned professional, but financial problems forced them to revert to amateur status, in 1959–60 they won the league and League Cup double. They switched to the Greater London League in 1964, and then to the Metropolitan League in 1966 and they were renamed Braintree & Crittall Athletic in 1968, and in 1970 returned to the ECL again. In 1981 all links with Crittall were severed and the club was renamed Braintree F. C. before adopting their current name in 1983 and they won their second ECL title in 1983–84 and retained it the following season. In 1986–87 they won the Essex Senior Trophy and the season they won the League Cup. In 1991 the club stepped up to the Southern Division of the Southern League, in 1996 the club asked the FA to switch leagues to reduce their travelling. After initially being refused, they were allowed to move to Division Three of the Isthmian League and they were promoted as runners-up in their first season, and repeated the feat the following season. After three seasons in Division One they were promoted to the Premier Division with a finish in 2000–01. They won the Premier Division in 2005–06 to earn promotion to the Conference South, the season also saw them reach the first round of the FA Cup for the first time, eventually losing 4–1 at Shrewsbury Town. Braintree qualified for the promotion play-offs in their first season in the Conference South and they also reached the play-offs the following season, but lost to Eastbourne Borough in the semi-finals