A.F.C. Telford United
A.F.C. Telford United is a football club based in Telford, Shropshire, England. The club was formed in 2004 after the original Telford United, founded in 1872, folded due to financial problems. Currently members of the National League North, the sixth tier of English football, they play home matches at the New Bucks Head in Wellington, part of the new town of Telford. Their colours are white with navy blue and red trim.
|Full name||Association Football Club Telford United|
|Nickname(s)||The Bucks, Lillywhites, United|
|Founded||27 May 2004|
|Ground||New Bucks Head, Telford|
|Capacity||6,380 (2,200 seated)|
|Chairman||Andy Pryce (Interim)|
|League||National League North|
|2018–19||National League North, 8th of 22|
Telford United, then playing in the Football Conference, experienced severe financial difficulties towards the end of the 2003–04 season following the collapse of the Miras Contracts business of chairman and sole shareholder Andy Shaw. The club went into administration, and although supporters raised around £50,000 in two months, the club's debts totalled over £4 million, resulting in liquidation on 27 May 2004. On the same day, Telford United Supporters Limited announced that a new club would be formed, which was named A.F.C. Telford United; a new club motto, numquam obliviscere (never forget) was also adopted. In June the new club were placed in Division One of the Northern Premier League by the Football Association. Bernard McNally was appointed as manager and a new squad assembled.
The new club's first season saw them finish third in Division One, qualifying for the promotion play-offs. After beating Eastwood Town 1–0 in the semi-final, they defeated Kendal Town 2–1 in the final to earn promotion to the Premier Division. The attendance of 4,215 for the final was a club record. The following season saw them finish tenth. During the season, McNally was replaced as manager by Rob Smith. In 2006–07 the club finished third, having missed the chance to win the league when they lost 2–1 at home to eventual champions Burscough on the final day; the attendance of 5,710 being a new club record. However, they qualified for the promotion play-offs, and a 2–0 win over Marine in the semi-final, they defeated Witton Albion 3–1 to earn promotion to the Conference North.
Telford finished second in the Conference North in 2007–08, again qualifying for the playoffs, in which they lost 4–0 on aggregate to Barrow. The 2008–09 season resulted in a fourth-place finish and another play-off campaign. After beating Alfreton Town 5–4 on aggregate in the semi-finals (a 2–0 win at home and a 4–3 defeat away), they lost 1–0 to Gateshead. The season also saw them reach the first round of the FA Cup for the first time, where they were drawn at home to Football League club Southend United. Following a 2–2 draw, the club lost 2–0 in the replay. In the FA Trophy they reached the semi-finals, losing 4–2 on aggregate to York City. However, they were victorious in the Conference League Cup, beating Forest Green Rovers 3–0 on penalties after a 0–0 draw.
In 2009–10 Telford finished eleventh in the league, resulting in the sacking of Smith and his replacement with Andy Sinton. Sinton's first season saw them finish as runners-up again. In the play-offs they defeated Nuneaton Town 3–2 on aggregate in the semi-final, before beating Guiseley 3–2 in the final with an injury-time winner by Phil Trainer, earning promotion to the Conference National. They also reached the first round of the FA Cup again, losing 3–1 at home to Lincoln City.
The 2011–12 season saw Telford finish twentieth, one place above the relegation zone. Another appearance in the first round of the FA Cup resulted in a 4–0 defeat at Chelmsford City. Sinton left the club mid-way through the following season, and was replaced by Mark Cooper, who remained in charge for only six games, before resigning to take a coaching role at Swindon Town. He was replaced by Graham Hyde, who lasted just two games, resigning after a defeat to Macclesfield Town. John Psaras took over for the remainder of the season, which saw them finish bottom of the division and be relegated to the Conference North. Liam Watson was appointed as manager in May 2013.
In 2013–14 Telford won the Conference North, earning an immediate return to the Conference Premier. However, the following season Watson was sacked in December with the club bottom of the division and replaced by Steve Kittrick. They finished 23rd, resulting in relegation back to the North division. However, the season also saw them reach the second round of the FA Cup for the first time; after beating Basingstoke Town 2–1 in a first round replay, they lost 1–0 at Bristol City. In August 2015 Kittrick was sacked and Rob Smith returned for a second spell as manager. They reached the first round of the FA Cup again in 2017–18 but lost 1–0 at Hereford.
|2004–05||Northern Premier League Division One||8||42||23||11||8||78||44||+34||80||3/22||Prelim||Prelim||Promoted|
|2005–06||Northern Premier League Premier Division||7||42||14||17||11||54||52||+2||59||10/22||2Q||3Q|
|2006–07||Northern Premier League Premier Division||7||42||21||15||6||72||40||+32||78||3/22||1Q||1Q||Promoted|
|2013–14||Conference North||6||42||25||10||7||82||53||+29||85||1/22||2Q||1R||Champions, promoted|
|2015–16||National League North||6||42||13||8||21||47||60||−13||47||18/22||2Q||1R|
|2016-17||National League North||6||42||10||12||20||38||57||-19||42||17/22||2Q||1R|
|2017–18||National League North||6||42||16||5||21||55||69||-14||53||14/22||1R||1R|
|2018–19||National League North||6||42||17||14||11||64||55||+9||65||8/22||3Q||SF|
AFC Telford United play their home games at the New Bucks Head. The ground was renamed following renovation in 2000, having previously been known as the Bucks Head. During the renovations Telford United played with only two terraces in operation, with a small temporary stand situated on what is now the East Terrace and portable cabins in the car park were used for changing rooms. It had previously been home to Wellington Town and Telford United.
The ground has a capacity of 6,380 of which 2,220 is seated and 4,800 covered. The club's record attendance at the ground is 5,710 against Burscough on 28 April 2007, the final day of the 2006–07 season.
Fans of The Bucks consider Shropshire rivals Shrewsbury Town as the club's main rival. Matches contested between the two are known as the Shropshire derby. However, due to the league gap between the two clubs, most meetings between the two sides are in the Shropshire Senior Cup.
- As of 2 October 2018
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- Manager: Gavin Cowan
- Assistant manager: Phil Trainer
- Football Operations Manager: Luke Shelley
- Youth Team Manager: Declan Allen
- Head Physio: Jake Roe
|2013||2013||Mark Cooper (interim)|
|2013||2013||John Psaras (caretaker)|
- Best FA Cup performance: Second round, 2014–15
- Best FA Trophy performance: Semi-finals, 2008–09, 2018–19
- Biggest victory: 7–0 vs Runcorn, 17 April 2006
- Record defeat: 14–1 vs TNS, Shropshire Senior Cup, 20 July 2017
- Record home crowd: 5,710 vs Burscough, Northern Premier League Premier Division, 28 April 2007
- Longest unbeaten run: 37 matches, 21 January 2006 to 9 December 2006
- Most appearances: Ryan Young, 367, 2007–2014
- Most goals: Andy Brown, 56, 2008–2012
- Most goals in a season: Kyle Perry, 23, 2004–05
- Record transfer fee paid: £5,000, Lee Moore from Tamworth in December 2006
- Record transfer fee received: £25,000, Duane Courtney to Burnley, August 2005
- Mike Williams & Tony Williams (2016) Non-League Club Directory 2017, Tony Williams Publications, p453 ISBN 978-1869833695
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- AFC Telford United: The club that lived on Shropshire Star, 25 March 2014
- Destination for AFC Telford BBC Sport, 7 June 2004
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- Kendal Town season review 2004-5 BBC News, 15 June 2005
- Mike Williams & Tony Williams (2012) Non-League Club Directory 2013, p21 ISBN 978-1-869833-77-0
- Rob Smith: Time right to leave AFC Telford Shropshire Star, 26 September 2013
- AFC Telford United 1–2 Burscough BBC Sport, 30 April 2007
- Honours and Records A.F.C. Telford United
- AFC Telford United sack manager Rob Smith BBC Sport, 23 April 2010
- Setanta Shield results 2008/09 BBC Sport, 9 April 2009
- Andy Sinton is new AFC Telford boss Express and Star, 26 May 2010
- Nuneaton manager Kevin Wilkin looks ahead to next year BBC Sport, 9 May 2011
- AFC Telford 3–2 Guiseley BBC Sport, 9 May 2011
- AFC Telford United Manager Andy Sinton Leaves By Mutual Consent Conference League Clubs, 31 January 2013
- AFC Telford United: Liam Watson sacked by Conference club BBC Sport, 13 December 2014
- AFC Telford United: Steve Kittrick sacked as Bucks manager BBC Sport, 24 August 2015
- AFC Telford bring back Smith and Chambers Shropshire Star, 27 August 2015
- "Local football Derby for Shropshire and Telford". Signal 107. 3 March 2015. Retrieved 27 July 2019.
- "Squad". AFC Telford United official site. 3 August 2018. Retrieved 3 August 2018.