Exmouth Town F.C.

Exmouth Town Football Club is a football club based in Exmouth, Devon, England. They are currently members of the Western League Premier Division and play at Southern Road.

Exmouth Town
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Full nameExmouth Town Football Club
Nickname(s)The Town
Founded1933
GroundSouthern Road, Exmouth
ChairmanStuart Shaw
ManagerKevin Hill/Andy Rawlings
LeagueWestern League Premier Division
2020–21Western League Premier Division (season curtailed)

HistoryEdit

The club was established in 1933.[1] They entered the Premier Division of the Exeter & District League in 1948, and were runners-up in 1949–50.[2] The following season saw them win both the Devon Senior Cup and the East Devon Senior Cup in 1950–51.[3][4] They were relegated after finishing bottom of the Premier Division in 1957–58, but returned to the division in 1961.[2] The club finished as Premier Division runners-up in 1968–69 and won the Devon Premier Cup in 1970–71.[2][5] After finishing as runners-up again in 1971–72,[2] they joined the Western League in 1973.[6] They finished bottom of the league in 1974–75 and again the following season, resulting in relegation to the newly-formed Division One.[6]

The 1979–80 season saw Exmouth win the Devon Premier Cup for a second time.[5] The club remained in Division One until finishing as runners-up in 1981–82, earning promotion to the Premier Division.[6] After finishing sixteenth in their first season in the Premier Division, they were league champions in 1983–84 and again in 1985–86. Exmouth went on to finish as Premier Division runners-up in 1986–87 and again in 1988–89, a season in which they also won the Les Phillips Cup.[7] However, a decline thereafter saw them relegated to Division One at the end of the 1993–94 season. In 2002–03 they finished as runners-up in Division One, earning promotion back to the Premier Division.[6] However, they withdrew from the league midway through the 2005–06 season due to financial problems,[8] with the reserve team in the Devon & Exeter League becoming the new first team.[9]

Exmouth's first season back in the Devon & Exeter League saw them finish third,[9] after which they became founder members of the new South West Peninsula League, earning a place in Division One East.[6] They won the division in 2012–13 and were promoted to the Premier Division; the season also saw them win the Devon Premier Cup for a third time.[5] In the following season they finished as Premier Division runners-up.[6]

Season-by-seasonEdit

GroundEdit

The club initially played at the Maer Cricket Field, before moving to the King George V Ground on Southern Road in 1964.[1] Floodlights were installed in the 1980s and the ground's record attendance of 2,395 was set for a friendly match against Liverpool on 28 July 1987.[1] A new 50-seat stand was installed in 2016.[10]

HonoursEdit

  • Western League
    • Premier Division champions 1983–84, 1985–86
    • Les Phillips Cup winners 1988–89
  • South West Peninsula League
    • Division One East champions 2012–13
  • Devon Senior Cup
    • Winners 1950–51[3]
  • Devon St Lukes Challenge Cup
    • Winners 1984–85, 1988–89, 1989–90
  • Devon Premier Cup
    • Winners 1970–71, 1979–80, 2012–13[5]
  • East Devon Senior Cup
    • Winners 1950–51, 1982–83[4]
  • Morrison Bell Cup
    • Winners 1933–34, 1937–38, 1956–57, 1970–71, 1982–83, 1989–90, 2003–04, 2004–05[11]

RecordsEdit

  • Best FA Cup performance: Fourth qualifying round, 1988–89, 1989–90[6]
  • Best FA Trophy performance: Preliminary round, 1974–75[6]
  • Best FA Vase performance: Semi-finals, 1984–85[6]
  • Record attendance: 2,395 vs Liverpool, friendly match, 28 July 1987[1]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d History Exmouth Town F.C.
  2. ^ a b c d Exeter & District League 1946–1972 Non-League Matters
  3. ^ a b Devon Senior Cup Devon & Exeter League
  4. ^ a b East Devon Senior Cup Devon & Exeter League
  5. ^ a b c d Devon County Premier Cup Archived 23 April 2017 at the Wayback Machine Devon & Exeter League
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i Exmouth Town at the Football Club History Database
  7. ^ Les Phillips Cup Western League
  8. ^ New Town squad has bright future believes Walsh[permanent dead link] The Herald, 29 October 2008
  9. ^ a b Devon & Exeter League 2002–2007 Non-League Matters
  10. ^ Joy for Exmouth Town FC as new £113,000 stand is completed Football Stadia Improvement Fund
  11. ^ Morrison Bell Cup Devon & Exeter League

External linksEdit

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