Devizes Town F.C.

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Devizes Town
Devizes Town F.C. logo.png
Full name Devizes Town Football Club
Nickname(s) The Town
Founded 1884
Ground Nursted Road, Devizes
Ground Capacity 2,500 (370 seated)
Chairman Neil Fautley
Manager Bud Walters & Justin Webster
League Western League Division One
2017–18 Western League Division One, 5th of 22

Devizes Town F.C. is a football club based in Devizes, Wiltshire, England. They are currently members of the Western League Division One and play at Nursted Road.

History[edit]

Devizes Town FC was established in 1884 as Southbroom Football Club, which was formed by the members of Southbroom Cricket Club as a winter activity.

In 1898 Southbroom and other smaller clubs amalgamated to form Devizes Town Football Club, the new club leased a playing field in Quakers Walk and in their first season won the Wiltshire League as well as reaching the First Round Proper of the FA Amateur Cup and the Wiltshire Cup Final.[1]

After the Second World War the club moved to Nursteed Road, after being offered a free 21-year lease on the ground; in the Wiltshire Senior Cup, the team appeared in every final between 1956/57 and 1962/63 winning six out of the seven finals. In the 1961–62 season, the club achieved a treble by winning the County Senior Cup, Premier League Championship and the League Subsidiary Cup.[1]

In 1965 the club purchased the Nursteed Road Ground and in 1967 joined the Western League,[2] the team was also had a new manager for that year in Tony Edge, who previously had scored 92 goals in one season during the 1961–62 season, and in 1966 was honoured by the club for achieving the record of 500 goals in 500 games.[1]

In the 1972–73 season and managed by Ken Owens the club won the Western League Championship[2] and the Subsidiary Cup,[1] they stayed in the top division for a further 3 years but were relegated to Division one. For four seasons the club remained in division one but returned to Western League Premier as Division One Runners-up in 1979–80 under manager Paul Lloyd.

Paul Lloyd resigned in 1984 and the club was relegated back to the first division at the end of the 1984–85 season, where they remained for a further 15 seasons, during this period the club faced some hard financial times and had to sell their ground to neighbours Linpac in 1991 in return for a lease deal securing the ground for 99 years.

The 1999–2000 season under manager Brian Newlands saw the club promoted back to the Western Premier league as Division One title winners, the club stayed in the Premier division until the 2008–09 season and have since remained in the first Division.

In the 1980–81 season, they reached the quarter-finals of the FA Vase, losing 3–0 at Whickham, the eventual winners. Devizes Town repeated this feat in 2002–03: this time, the run ended with a 0–3 defeat at home to Maldon Town.

Ground[edit]

Devizes Town FC play their games at Nursteed Road, Devizes, SN10 3DX.

The ground was officially opened in 1965 by their former player Roger Hunt, who was part of the England 1966 World Cup winning team.

Honours[edit]

  • Western League Premier Division :[2]
    • Winners: 1972–73
  • Western League First Division :[2]
    • Winners: 1999–2000
    • Runners-Up: 1979–80
  • Wiltshire Premier League :[3]
    • Winners: 1961–62, 1963–64
  • Wiltshire Senior League :[3]
    • Winners: 1895–96, 1889–99, 1935–36, 1948–49, 1951–52, 1953–54
  • Wiltshire Senior Cup :[3]
    • Winners (14 Times): 1907–08, 1949–50, 1956–57, 1957–58, 1958–59, 1960–61, 1961–62, 1962–63, 1965–66, 1967–68, 1970–71, 1971–72, 1973–74, 1978–79
  • Wiltshire Premier Shield :[3]
    • Winners: 1982–83
  • Wiltshire Junior Challenge Cup :[3]
    • Winners: 1953–54, 1964–65
  • Western League Subsidiary Cup :[3]
    • Winners: 1961-62, 1972–73
  • Western Football League Amateur Trophy:[4]
    • Winners (6): 1968–69, 1969–70, 1970–71, 1971–71, 1972–73, 1973–74
  • Western League Merit Cup:[3]
    • Winners: 1974–75
  • Wiltshire Premier League Challenge Cup:[3]
    • Winners: 1958–59, 1959–60, 1961–62, 1963–64

Records[edit]

  • Highest League Position:[2] 1st in Western League Premier Division 1972–73
  • F.A Cup best Performance:[2] Fourth qualifying round 1972–73, 2000–01
  • F.A. Trophy best performance:[2] Third qualifying round 1974–75
  • F.A. Vase best performance:[2] Quarter Finals 1980–81, 2002–03

Former players[edit]

1. Players that have played/managed 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.

Former coaches[edit]

  1. Managers/Coaches that have played/managed in the football league or any foreign equivalent to this level (i.e. fully professional league).
  2. Managers/Coaches with full international caps.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d History of Devizes Town FC Archived 2 November 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h FCHD
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Devizes Town FC honours page Archived 2 November 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Western Football League Amateur Trophy Winners" (PDF). Western Football League. Retrieved 2013-01-07. [permanent dead link]

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