Sutton Coldfield Town F.C.

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Sutton Coldfield Town
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Full name Sutton Coldfield Town Football Club
Nickname(s) The Royals
Founded 1879
Ground Central Ground
Coles Lane
Sutton Coldfield
Ground Capacity 2,000
Chairman Nick Thurston
Manager Neil Tooth
League Southern League Division One Central
2017–18 Northern Premier League Premier Division, 24th of 24 (relegated)

Sutton Coldfield Town Football Club are a football club based in Sutton Coldfield, England. They were formed in 1879 (some sources state 1876) and currently play in the Southern League Division One Central.

Despite being the largest team in a town with a population of over 105,000 people (more than that of the home towns of many full-time professional teams) their profile suffers due to their geographical proximity to Aston Villa, who draw considerable support from the town.

History[edit]

The club was founded in 1879 and played its first match against the 2nd XI of Birmingham F.C. (no connection to the modern Birmingham City) on 1 February of that year. In their early years they played in Sutton Park and competed in the Central Birmingham League, Aston and District League, Small Heath League and Suburban League. In the 1930s, now playing at Coles Lane, they competed in the Birmingham Alliance and Birmingham Combination, but met with little success.

After World War II the club, at the time playing under the name Sutton Town (a name which lasted until 1964) played in the Walsall League and Birmingham Combination before joining the Birmingham & District League (soon to be renamed the West Midlands (Regional) League) in 1954. During the next decade they struggled in the league, with financial problems caused by a devastating fire at their ground forcing them to field only amateur players, before switching leagues to the Worcestershire Combination (soon to be renamed the Midland Football Combination) in 1964. They were champions of this league on two occasions before rejoining the West Midlands (Regional) League in 1979, where they were champions at the first attempt. In 1982, after a second-place finish, they stepped up to the Southern League. At the very first attempt they were promoted to the Premier Division but were relegated straight back to the second tier where they remained until the end of the 2009-10 season, before being transferred to the Northern Premier League Division One South.

On 10 May 2011 Sutton Coldfield took part in their first ever Birmingham Senior Cup final which they won with a 1–0 win over Nuneaton Town. During the summer of 2011 the club installed a new third generation (3G) football pitch.[clarification needed] After 12 years at the helm Chris Keogh resigned as manager in September 2012. His assistant Neil Tooth was promoted to the manager's role. In 2015 Sutton won promotion via the play-offs to the Premier Division. In the 2017-18 season, Sutton were relegated with three games remaining after a 2-1 away defeat to Barwell.

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 21 January 2018

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
England Matt Waters
England DF Orrin Pendly
England MF Louis Briscoe
No. Position Player
England MF Lee Smith
England FW Justin Richards

Honours[edit]

Records[edit]

  • Best league performance: 17th in Southern League Premier Division, 1983–84
  • Best FA Cup performance: First Round Proper, 1980–81, 1992–93
  • Best FA Trophy performance: Third Round Proper, 2004–05

Sources[edit]

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Coordinates: 52°33′24.15″N 1°49′07.17″W / 52.5567083°N 1.8186583°W / 52.5567083; -1.8186583