Buxton Football Club is a football club based in Buxton, Derbyshire, England. They are currently members of the National League North and play at the Silverlands.

Club logo
Full nameBuxton Football Club
Nickname(s)The Bucks
GroundThe Silverlands, Buxton
Capacity4,000 (490 seated)
ChairmanDavid Hopkins
ManagerJohn McGrath
LeagueNational League North
2023–24National League North, 14th of 24
WebsiteClub website



The club was established in autumn 1877 as an offshoot of the local cricket club, playing their first match on 27 October 1877.[1] In 1891 they joined the Combination. They finished bottom of the league in 1895–96 and left at the end of the 1898–99 season,[2] when they switched to the Manchester League.[3] They were runners-up in 1904–05 but spent most of the next seven seasons in lower mid-table, finishing second-from-bottom on three occasions, before the league was disbanded in 1912.[3]

Buxton rejoined the Manchester League when it was re-established in 1920, and considered applying to join the new Football League Third Division North when it was formed in 1921, although they did not submit a bid.[4] They were Manchester League runners-up in 1928–29 and 1929–30 and League Cup winners in 1925–26 and 1926–27.[5] After winning the league in 1931–32,[6] they joined the Cheshire County League.[7] After World War II they were runners-up in 1946–47, and in 1951–52 they reached the first round of the FA Cup for the first time. They beat Rawmarsh Welfare 4–1 in the first round and overcame Football League side Aldershot 4–3 at Silverlands in the second,[2] before losing 2–0 at Second Division Doncaster Rovers in the third round.[2]

In 1958–59 Buxton reached the first round of the FA Cup again, and after beating Crook Town 4–1 in the first round, they lost 6–1 at Accrington Stanley in the second.[2] Another first-round appearance in 1962–63 resulted in a 3–1 defeat at Barrow in a replay. The season also saw them finish as runners-up in the Cheshire County League, and they went on to win the league title in 1972–73, earning promotion to the Northern Premier League.[2] When the league gained a second division in 1987, Buxton were placed in the Premier Division, where they remained until finishing bottom in 1996–97, resulting in relegation to Division One. After finishing bottom of Division One the following season, they were relegated to the Premier Division of the Northern Counties East League.

In 2005–06 Buxton won the Northern Counties East League Premier Division, earning promotion back to Division One of the Northern Premier League. The following season saw them crowned champions again, resulting in promotion to the Northern Premier League's Premier Division.[2] They finished fifth in their first season back in the division, qualifying for the promotion play-offs, in which they beat Witton Albion 6–5 on penalties after a 1–1 draw in the semi-finals, before losing the final 2–0 to Gateshead.[8] In 2021–22 the club defeated York City 1–0 in the first round of the FA Cup before losing 1–0 at home to Morecambe of League One.[9] They finished the league season as champions of the Premier Division of the Northern Premier League and were promoted to the National League North.[10]

Buxton reached the second round of the FA Cup again the following season, beating Merthyr Town 2–0 in the first round, before losing 4–0 at Ipswich Town.[2] They also won the Derbyshire Senior Cup, defeating Derby County Academy 2–1 in the final.



Buxton originally played at the Park, a ground shared with the cricket club, and later played at Cote Lane, London Road and Green Lane before moving to the Silverlands in 1884.[11] The site was originally a field owned by the club's first captain, Frank Drewry.[11] The opening match was held on 1 November 1884, a Derbyshire Cup match against Bakewell, which Buxton won 2–0.[11]

Cover was provided for spectators in 1890 (proposals to build a separate pavilion for working-class supporters were not taken forward),[4] at the same time as dressing rooms were built. A wooden stand was erected on one side of the pitch and replaced by the current main stand in 1965, which later had seats from Maine Road added to it.[4] On the opposite side of the pitch is the Popular Side covered terrace. The end behind one goal has a covered terrace, with the other end empty.[11] The ground currently has a capacity of 4,000, of which 490 is seated and 2,500 covered.[12]

The Silverlands is the highest football ground in England, at 310 metres (1,020 ft) above sea level.[13][14]



Current squad

As of 9 February 2024

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
2 DF   ENG Connor Brown
3 DF   SCO Adam Livingstone
4 MF   ENG Jak McCourt
5 DF   ENG Josh Granite (captain)
6 DF   ENG Luke Shiels
7 FW   ENG Jake Wright
8 MF   ENG Connor Kirby
9 FW   ITA Diego De Girolamo
10 MF   ENG Tom Elliott
11 MF   ENG Sam Osborne
12 DF   ENG Sam Minihan
13 GK   ENG Aleksandar Petrovic
No. Pos. Nation Player
14 MF   ENG Dylan Mottley-Henry (on loan from South Shields)
15 DF   ENG Jake Hull (on loan from Rotherham United)[15]
16 GK   ENG Joe Young (on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers)
17 MF   ENG Eoin McKeown
18 FW   SCO Ben Andreucci (on loan from Bolton Wanderers)
19 MF   ENG Max Brogan (on loan from Solihull Moors)
20 MF   ENG Will Bapaga (dual registered with Mickleover)
21 DF   ATG Zaine Francis-Angol
23 MF   ENG Curtis Weston
29 MF   ENG Joe Ackroyd (on loan from Barnsley)
32 DF   ENG Max Hunt

Out on loan


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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   ENG Max Dearnley (at Chorley)

Non-playing staff

Position Name
Manager John McGrath
Assistant Manager Ricky Ravenhill
Physio Lewis Yates
First Team Coach Pablo mills


NPL Division One trophy, Presidents Cup trophy, NLP Team of the Year 2006–07 and NPL Division One Club of the Month August 2006
  • Northern Premier League
    • Premier Division champions 2021–22
    • Division One champions 2006–07
    • President's Cup winners 1981–82, 2006–07[5]
  • Northern Counties East League
    • Champions 2005–06
    • President's Cup winners 2004–05, 2005–06[12]
  • Cheshire County League
    • Champions 1972–73
    • League Cup winners 1956–57, 1957–58, 1968–69[5]
  • Manchester League
    • Champions 1931–32
    • League Cup winners 1925–26, 1926–27
  • Derbyshire Senior Cup
    • Winners 1938–39, 1945–46, 1956–57, 1959–60, 1971–72, 1980–81, 1985–86, 1986–87, 2008–09, 2011–12, 2022–23[5]


  • Record attendance: 6,000 vs Barrow, FA Cup first round, 1962–63[12]
  • Most appearances: David Bainbridge, 642[12]
  • Most goals: Mark Reed, 251 in 469 games
  • Record transfer fee paid: £5,000 to Hyde United for Gary Walker, 1989[12]
  • Record transfer fee received: £16,500 from Rotherham United for Ally Pickering, 1989[12]
  • Best FA Cup performance: Third round, 1951–52[2]
  • Best FA Trophy performance: Quarter finals, 1970–71, 1971–72[2]
  • Best FA Vase performance: Fifth round, 2005–06[2]

See also



  1. ^ Club History Archived 25 October 2016 at the Wayback Machine Buxton F.C.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Buxton at the Football Club History Database
  3. ^ a b Manchester League 1893-1912 Non-League Matters
  4. ^ a b c "Peak performers" When Saturday Comes, No. 358, December 2016
  5. ^ a b c d Club Honours Buxton F.C.
  6. ^ Manchester League 1920-1960 Non-League Matters
  7. ^ Cheshire County League 1919-1940 Non-League Matters
  8. ^ 2007-08 Northern Premier League Football Club History Database
  9. ^ Pilnick, Brent (4 December 2021). "Buxton 0–1 Morecambe". BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 April 2022.
  10. ^ Cooper, Louise (25 April 2022). "Video shows fantastic moment Buxton FC lift Northern Premier League trophy and celebrate with fans". Buxton Advertiser. Retrieved 25 April 2022.
  11. ^ a b c d Buxton Pyramid Passion
  12. ^ a b c d e f Williams, Mike; Williams, Tony (2012). Non-League Club Directory 2013. p. 354. ISBN 978-1-869833-77-0.
  13. ^ "SK17 6QH Elevation". Get The Data. 10 November 2022.
  14. ^ Ingle, Sean; Stabb, Tom (2 February 2005). "What's the greatest points difference between top and bottom ever?". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 April 2022.
  15. ^ "Hull returns to Buxton on season-long loan". www.themillers.co.uk. Retrieved 22 November 2023.

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