Daventry Town F.C.

Daventry Town F.C. is a football club based in the town of Daventry, Northamptonshire, England, formed in 1886. They are members of the Northern Premier League Division One Midlands.

Daventry Town
Daventry Town FC Badge.png
Full nameDaventry Town Football Club
Nickname(s)PurpleArmy / The Town
Founded1886; 135 years ago (1886)
GroundElderstubbs
Browns Road
Daventry
NN11 4NS
Capacity1,855
ChairmanDerren Midson + Steve Tubb
ManagerArron Parkinson
LeagueNorthern Premier League Division One Midlands
2020–21Southern League Division One Central (transferred)
WebsiteClub website

HistoryEdit

The club was established in 1886 as a local-town club playing in the Northampton Town League. The club moved to the Northants Combination in 1987, and their emergence began under manager Willie Barrett, who led the club to successive championships in the Combination First and Premier divisions.[1] In 1989–90, the club joined the United Counties League Division One. Since joining the United Counties League, they have won promotion to the Premier Division on three occasions, but have also been relegated twice.

The club started at The Hollow Ground in the town, but having won promotion at the first attempt were denied because their new Elderstubbs ground was not ready in time. Their manager left, and the fortunes of the club declined with relegation alternating with promotion.

The club was threatened with extinction in 2005–06, when the Elderstubbs clubhouse and changing rooms were destroyed by fire. However, a sponsorship deal with mobile phone company Go Mobile enabled the club to survive.[citation needed]

2007–08 was a very successful season for Daventry Town. They won UCL Division One, losing just once, and defeated three Premier division teams en route to the League Knockout Cup final, where they were defeated by Desborough Town 3–2.

In the 2009–10 season Daventry won promotion to the Southern League Division One Central, by becoming champions of the United Counties League under the guidance of manager Darren Foster.

2010–2011, Fuller's Town finished 3rd in their first season in the Southern League Division One Central losing to Hitchin Town 2–0 in the play off final in front of a crowd of 1048.

Prior to the start of the 2011–2012 Mark Kinsella was brought in and Ady Fuller moved on to become manager of Banbury United. A majority of Fuller's team moved elsewhere. Over 40 players wore the purple shirt during the season and not surprisingly the team struggled to find any consistency until the end of the season.

During the 2011–2012, local rivals Daventry United folded and their Manager Darran Foster moved to Daventry Town as Mark Kinsella's Assistant. However, Kinsella was relieved of his duties shortly afterwards and Foster took charge of team affairs. In Foster's first season, 2012–2013, Town finished a highly respectable 8th in the table.

With a majority of the players remaining at the club for the 2013–14 season, the team made an incredible start to the campaign, winning their first 7 matches in the league whilst also qualifying for the FA Cup first round proper for the first time in their history. They were drawn away to Chesterfield from Football League Two, and ended up losing the tie 2–0.

After the playing budget was cut, manager Darran Foster resigned in early November 2014. Daventry then appointed ex Watford striker Allan Smart as his replacement.[2]

However, in June 2015, Iain Humphrey resigned as chairman and was replaced by Allan Smart, who relinquished his role as Daventry Town's manager in the process.[3]

Ady Fuller, who had served as Smart's assistant and had a previous spell as Daventry Town boss as well as stints as manager at Banbury United and Bedworth United, was appointed as caretaker manager in the interim period in June 2015.[4]

However, Humphrey would make a U-turn and return as chairman just a month later, in July 2015, replacing Smart and caretaker manager Fuller who both left the club altogether. His first move was to re-appoint former manager Darran Foster who had left the club in November 2014. Foster had only just been appointed manager at Woodford United in June 2015.[5]

Foster resigned in April 2016 following a 5 0 home defeat to Kidsgrove Athletic.[6]

Club Goalkeeping Coach Derren Midson and the Club's Juniors Development Officer Pete Flockhart stepped in as Caretaker Managers with Brian Porter returning as Club Secretary to ensure the club somehow completed their remaining 6 fixtures of the 2015/2016 season.

In May 2016, Daventry Town resigned from the Northern Premier League due to financial problems and were later placed in the United Counties League Division One, step 9 of English football for the 2016/17 season. Ian Humphrey resigned and handed over full control to a New Executive Committee. Local businessman Steve Tubb took over as Chairman.[7]

In May 2016, Woodford United Player Manager Arron Parkinson and Ex-Cogenhoe United Manager Andy Marks were confirmed as Joint Managers for season 2016-17.[8]

In April 2017, Daventry Town won the UCL Division One in their first season back at this level, going undefeated at home. They were promoted to the United Counties Premier Division.[9]

Following Andy Marks's decision to step down as Joint Manager, Ian King was appointed Joint Manager alongside Arron Parkinson.[10]

In May 2018, Daventry Town won the Buckingham Charity Cup beating Buckingham Athletic 2 0 in the final.[11]

In June 2018, Ian King resigned so he could find a position in the professional game. Arron Parkinson took on the role as Manager and appointed former Woodford United and AFC Rushden & Diamonds keeper Matt Finlay as his Assistant. Pete Harris joined as Coach and Andy Emery was announced as Reserve Team Manager.[12]

2018/19 saw Arron Parkinson lead the club to the double by winning the UCL Premier Division and the UCL Knock Out Cup.

In 2019/20, the club returned to the Southern League, however, the Covid 19 Pandemic meant that they would not complete this or the 2020/21 season.

Sadly during this time, the Town lost 3 members of the Hobbs family in quick session. Club President, Frank Hobbs died just two weeks after his wife Sarah. Frank's younger brother, Malcolm Hobbs died just 3 months later. Between them, they had covered just about every position within the club and had given almost 200 years of combined service to the Town.

In 2021/22, the club moved to the Northern Premier League Division One Midlands

The club also started a third male adult team playing in the Northants Combination League Division 3. This team was called Daventry Town Hobbs.

Current squadEdit

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   MDA Iustin Cerga
GK   ENG Matt Finlay - Assistant Manager
GK   ENG James Martin
DF   ENG Dan Childs
DF   ENG Ross Harris - Captain
DF   ENG Dean Lukeman
DF   ENG Bleu McNeil
DF   ENG Kurt Parsons
DF   ENG Aiden Print
DF   ENG Sean Whaler
DF   ENG Jarvis Wilson
DF   ENG Jeff Woodward
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   ENG George Ball
MF   ENG Joe Coleman
MF   ENG Adam Confue
MF   ENG Bayley Leslie
MF   ENG Joel Nketia
MF   ENG Jack Norman
MF   ENG Carter Price
MF   ENG Harry Underwood
FW   ENG Jack Bowen
FW   ENG Luke Emery
FW   RSA Kieran Fitzgerald - inj
FW   ENG Lewis Irwin
FW   ENG Taylor Orosz

[13]

Club honoursEdit

  • Northampton Town League Division One[14]
    • Winners: 1975–76
  • Northants Combination League Division One[14]
    • Winners: 1987–88
  • Northants Combination League Premier Division[14]
    • Winners: 1988–89
  • Northants Combination League Knock Out Cup[14]
    • Winners: 1987–88
  • United Counties League Division One[14]
    • Winners: 1989–90, 1990–91, 2000–01, 2007–08, 2016–17
  • United Counties League Premier Division[14]
    • Winners: 2009–10, 2018–19
  • United Counties Knock Out Cup[14]
    • Runners Up: 2007–08
    • Winners: 2018–19
  • Northamptonshire FA / Junior Cup
    • Winners: 1930–31
    • Winners: 1960–61
  • Northamptonshire FA / Lower Junior Cup[14]
    • Winners: 1990-91
    • Runners Up: 1988–99
  • Northamptonshire FA / Hillier Cup
    • Winners: 2013–14
    • Runners Up: 2007–08, 2012–13
    • Finalist: 2019–20 Final v Kettering Town not played due to COVID-19
  • Daventry Charity Cup[14]
    • Winners: 1997–98, 1999-2000
  • Buckingham Charity Cup
    • Winners: 2017–18
  • Taygold Cup
    • Winners: 1988–89

Club recordsEdit

  • Highest League Position:[14] 3rd in Southern League Division One Central 2010–11
  • F.A Cup best Performance:[14] First round proper 2013–14
  • F.A. Trophy best performance:[14] First round proper 2013–14
  • F.A. Vase best performance:[14] Fifth round 2009–10

Season-by-season record since 1989Edit

Season Division Points Position League Cup F.A. Cup F.A. Vase F.A. Trophy County Cup Notes
1989–90 United Counties League Division One 81 1/19
1990–91 United Counties League Division One 95 1/19
1991–92 United Counties League Premier Division 64 14/24 Prelim
1992–93 United Counties League Premier Division 79 5/22 Ex Prelim
1993–94 United Counties League Premier Division 35 20/22 Pre Pre
1994–95 United Counties League Division One 14 19/19
1995–96 United Counties League Division One 41 12/19
1996–97 United Counties League Division One 36 13/18
1997–98 United Counties League Division One 53 7/18
1998–99 United Counties League Division One 46 10/18
1999–00 United Counties League Division One 64 5/18
2000–01 United Counties League Division One 75 1/18
2001–02 United Counties League Premier Division 46 15/21
2002–03 United Counties League Premier Division 56 10/21 2 QR
2003–04 United Counties League Premier Division 22 22/22 Ex Pre R 2 R 1
2004–05 United Counties League Premier Division 34 22/22 Ex Pre 2 QR R 1
2005–06 United Counties League Division One 51 6/18 2 QR R 2
2006–07 United Counties League Division One 53 4/16 R 1
2007–08 United Counties League Division One 81 1/16 Finalist
2008–09 United Counties League Premier Division 70 7/21 R 3 −3 Points
2009–10 United Counties League Premier Division 102 1/21 1 Q R 5
2010–11 Southern League Division One Central 81 3/22 PRE 2 QR −6 Points
2011–12 Southern League Division One Central 50 16/22 3 Q 2 QR
2012–13 Southern League Division One Central 76 8/22 2 Q PRE Finalist
2013–14 Southern League Division One Central 86 4/22 R 1 R 1 Winners
2014–15 Southern League Division One Central 42 19/22 . . .
2015–16 Northern Premier League Division One South 33 21/22 R 3 Prelim .
2016–17 United Counties League Division One 87 1/19 R 1 Ex Prelim R 1 .
2017–18 United Counties League Premier Division 67 10/22 Q.F. Ex Prelim .
2018–19 United Counties League Premier Division 94 1/20 Winners 1 Q Ex Prelim R 1
2019–20 Southern League Division One Central 0 0 Ex Pre Ex Pre Finalist Season Expunged - Coronavirus
2020–21 Southern League Division One Central 0 0 Ex Pre Ex Pre Not played Season Expunged - Coronavirus

Key – Ex Pre = Extra Preliminary Round, Pre = Preliminary Round, 2 QR = Second Round Qualifying, R 1 = First Round, R 2 = Second Round, R 3 = Third Round

Source: Football Club History Database

Former playersEdit

1. Players that have played/managed in the football league or any foreign equivalent to this level (i.e. fully professional league).


2. Players that hold a club record or have captained the club.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ History Daventry Town FC Fanspace History
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 9 November 2014. Retrieved 9 November 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ http://nonleague.pitchero.com/news/blow-for-daventry-as-chairman-resigns-40300/
  4. ^ http://nonleague.pitchero.com/news/fuller-takes-interim-charge-at-daventry-40332/
  5. ^ http://nonleague.pitchero.com/news/foster-returns-to-daventry-41053/
  6. ^ http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/daventrytown/news/manager-darran-foster-has-resigned-1587745.html/
  7. ^ http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/daventrytown/news/join-the-fun-1602939.html/
  8. ^ http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/daventrytown/news/new-management-pairing-in-at-town-1614238.html/
  9. ^ http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/daventrytown/teams/39062/match-centre/0-3374552/
  10. ^ http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/daventrytown/news/town-appoint-arron-parkinson-and-ian-king-as-joint-1818164.html/
  11. ^ http://sportsshots.org.uk/?p=34622/
  12. ^ https://dtfc.co.uk/first-team-manager-arron-parkinson/
  13. ^ https://dtfc.co.uk/team/daventry-town-fc
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m FCHD Football Club History Database

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