Congleton Town F.C.

Congleton Town Football Club is an association football club based in Congleton, Cheshire, England. They currently play in the North West Counties League Premier Division and are full members of the Cheshire County Football Association. The club have played in a number of regional leagues in the Cheshire area.

Congleton Town
Club logo
Full nameCongleton Town Football Club
Nickname(s)The Bears
Founded1901; 120 years ago (1901)
GroundCheshire’s Silk 106.9 Stadium[1] (Since 1903; 118 years ago (1903))
Capacity1,450 (250 seated)
ManagerRichard Duffy
LeagueNorth West Counties League Premier Division
2020–21North West Counties League Premier Division (season curtailed)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

HistoryEdit

The club was formed in 1901 and joined the Crewe and District League, and were crowned champions in their first three seasons from 1901–02 to 1903–04. In 1904–05 they finished in fifth place.[2] They then joined the North Staffordshire and District League in the 1905–06 season finishing in third place. Up until the outbreak of World War I their highest league placing came in 1914–15 when they were runners-up. When the league resumed after the war Congleton spent one last season in the league, 1919–20 finishing as league champions.[3]

In 1920 they joined the Cheshire County League, finishing as runners-up to Winsford in their first season, 1920–21,[4] under player-manager Hugh Moffat.[5] In 1939–40 they spent one season in the Macclesfield and District League, finishing in equal first place and winning the end of season play-off against Bollington Cross to be crowned champions.[6]

When football resumed after World War II Congleton Town were once again back in the Cheshire County League. However, the struggled at first including finishing in last place in 1947–48.[7] The club continued to struggle and spent the 1950s finishing toward the bottom of the table each season.[8]

They began the 1960s still struggling culminating in a last place finish in 1964–65,[9] before joining the Manchester League in the 1965–66 season, finishing in fifth place. Their stay in the league though lasted just three seasons[10] and in the 1968–69 season they joined the Mid-Cheshire League, finishing in eighth place. In 1969–70 they were runners-up. They were runners-up again in 1971–72 then in 1973–74 they were crowned Mid-Cheshire league champions. The following season they finished third before winning the league for a second time in 1975–76. After another runners-up finish in 1976–77 they won the title for a third time in 1977–78, their last season in the league.[11] . In 1978 the club re-joined the Cheshire County League, finishing in seventh place in their first season back in the league, 1978–79. They won the league in its final season, 1981–82[12] before the league merged with the Lancashire Combination to form the North West Counties Football League in which they were founder members in 1982–83. In 1985–86 they were runners-up in the league, only missing out on the title on goal difference. In 1987–88 they joined the Northern Premier League in the newly created Division One, finishing in ninth place. In the 1989–90 season, they reached the First Round of the FA Cup after beating Witton Albion in the fourth qualifying round. In the first round they were drawn away to Football League club Crewe Alexandra where they lost 2–0. However, they struggled most years at the higher level of the Northern Premier League and after finishing in last place in the 2000–01 season,[13] they were relegated to the North West Counties Football League Division One.

At the end of the 2001/02 season, Congleton were denied the chance of winning the Mid Cheshire Cup title in a controversial Final against Northwich Victoria. Northwich won the Cup in a penalty shoot out but it was discovered after the match that their winning penalty taker had actually been substituted prior to the shoot out taking place. Despite protests from some supporters, the result was allowed to stand in the match taking place at Northwich's own ground.

They did though reach the fourth round of the FA Trophy where they lost 6–2 to Worksop Town. The club remained in Division One which was renamed the Premier Division for the 2008–09 season.[14]

At the end of the 2008–09 season, Congleton finished fourth in the Premier Division, behind AFC Fylde, New Mills and Newcastle Town, with only the first placed side gaining promotion to the Northern Premier League. Regardless of where they had finished, Congleton would not have gained promotion because they did not submit a promotion application.

At the end of the 2010–11 season joint managers Anthony Buckle and Darren Twigg stepped down. Giuseppe "Joe" Paladino, ex-Wigan Athletic goalkeeper, who was assistant manager at Rossendale United at the end of last season was appointed at the beginning of the season, but some disappointing results and declining attendances saw his reign short-lived. He was replaced on 6 November 2011 by Dean Sibson, who took on the role of caretaker manager until a successor was appointed on 31 January 2012. Jim Vince, former FC Halifax, Witton Albion, Woodley Sports and Abbey Hey manager now takes up the reins.

In November 2014 it was announced that Jim Vince would step down as manager after three years in the role. Assistants Steve Hardy and Mike McDonald would take temporary charge.[15] At the end of the 2020–21 season the club were transferred to the Premier Division of the Midland League. This was only temporary as they were allowed to return to the North West Counties league on appeal.[16]

Community ownershipEdit

In May 2014, the club was taken over by a community benefit society owned by fans of the club.[citation needed]

StadiumEdit

 
Main Stand

The team initially played its matches on the Chaddock-Lowndes field at the top of Booth Street before moving to its current site on the upper half of the adjacent West Field in the summer of 1903.

The main stand has 250 seats[17] and all four sides of the pitch now offer covered standing areas for supporters. The stadium is currently known as the Cheshire’s Silk 106.9 Stadium for sponsorship reasons.

Current squadEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK   ENG Robert Cooke
GK   ENG David Parton
GK   ENG Cameron Phelps
DF   ENG Darren Chadwick
DF   WAL Richard Duffy (player-manager)
DF   ENG Mackenzie Faulkner
DF   ENG Oliver Jepson
DF   ENG Scott Lycett
DF   FRA Jordi Nsaka
DF   RSA Jonathan Swale
DF   SWE Armel Zola
MF   ENG Jonathan Beaumont
MF   ENG Richard Booth
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   ENG Kyle Diskin
MF   ENG Elliott Fenton
MF   ENG Eric Graves
MF   MSR Anthony Griffith
MF   ENG Ethan Hartshorn
MF   VGB Jordan Johnson
MF   ENG Daniel Needham
MF   ENG Oliver Putman
MF   ENG Gary Roberts (captain)
MF   ENG Peter Williams
FW   ENG Aaron Bott
FW   ENG Aaron Johns
FW   ENG Tom Pope (vice-captain)

Club management and coaching staffEdit

[19]

Name Role
Steve Burgess First Team Chairman
Ken Mead First Team Secretary
Chris Rowley Director of Senior Football
  Richard Duffy Player-manager
Michael Morton Assistant manager
 Anthony Griffith Coach
James Dodd Coach
Sam Walton Club Physio
Piotr Hudzik

HonoursEdit

[20]

LeagueEdit

  • Cheshire County League Division Two
    • Champions: 1981-82
  • Mid-Cheshire League
    • Champions: 1973–74, 1975–76, 1977–78
  • Macclesfield and District League
    • Champions: 1939–40
  • North Staffordshire and District League
    • Champions: 1919-20
  • Crewe and District League
    • Champions: 1901–02, 1902–03, 1903–04

CupEdit

  • Cheshire Senior Cup
    • Winners: 1920–21, 1937–38
  • Mid-Cheshire Senior Cup
    • Winners: 2006–07
  • Cheshire Saturday Cup
    • Winners: 1977–78
  • Crewe and District Cup
    • Winners: 1903–04

Notable playersEdit

Congleton Town F.C. players who attained at least one international cap during their career.

Club RecordsEdit

Average attendanceEdit

[27]

Source: Tony Kempster's site Non League Matters NW Counties Football League site

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Crewe & District League tables". Congleton Town F.C. Archived from the original on 4 July 2008. Retrieved 16 December 2008.
  3. ^ "North Staffs & District League tables". Congleton Town F.C. Archived from the original on 4 July 2008. Retrieved 16 December 2008.
  4. ^ "Cheshire County League tables". Congleton Town F.C. Retrieved 16 December 2008.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "England Players – Hugh Moffat". www.englandfootballonline.com. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  6. ^ "Macclesfield and District League tables". Congleton Town F.C. Archived from the original on 4 July 2008. Retrieved 16 December 2008.
  7. ^ "Cheshire County League tables". Congleton Town F.C. Retrieved 16 December 2008.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Cheshire County League tables". Congleton Town F.C. Retrieved 16 December 2008.[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "Cheshire County League tables". Congleton Town F.C. Retrieved 16 December 2008.[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ "Manchester League tables". Congleton Town F.C. Archived from the original on 4 July 2008. Retrieved 16 December 2008.
  11. ^ "Mid-Cheshire League tables". Congleton Town F.C. Archived from the original on 4 July 2008. Retrieved 16 December 2008.
  12. ^ "Cheshire County League tables". Congleton Town F.C. Archived from the original on 4 July 2008. Retrieved 16 December 2008.
  13. ^ "Northern Premier League tables". Congleton Town F.C. Archived from the original on 4 July 2008. Retrieved 16 December 2008.
  14. ^ "Congleton Town". Football Club History Database. Retrieved 16 December 2008.
  15. ^ "Bears part company with Manager Jim Vince". Congleton Town F.C. 25 November 2014. Retrieved 26 November 2014.
  16. ^ "Congleton Town FC back where they belong". The Congleton Chronicle. 1 July 2021. Retrieved 3 August 2021.
  17. ^ "Congleton Town FC". Pyramid Passion. Retrieved 16 December 2008.
  18. ^ "NWCFL | Congleton Town Club Information Page".
  19. ^ "NWCFL | Congleton Town Club Information Page".
  20. ^ "NWCFL | Congleton Town Club Information Page".
  21. ^ "NWCFL | Congleton Town Club Information Page".
  22. ^ "Football Club History Database - Congleton Town". www.fchd.info.
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External linksEdit

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