Flint Town United F.C.

Flint Town United Football Club (Welsh: Clwb Pêl-droed Tref Y Fflint Unedig) is a football club based in Flint, Flintshire, Wales, that competes in the Cymru Premier, the highest tier of Welsh football. Nicknamed "the Silkmen", they play their home games at Cae-y-Castell lit. "The Castle Field", Flint.

Flint Town United
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Full nameFlint Town United Football Club
Nickname(s)The Silkmen
Founded1886; 135 years ago (1886)
(as Flint Football Club)
GroundEssity Stadium,
Flint
Capacity1,000 (250 Seated)
ChairmanDave Beck
ManagerNeil Gibson
LeagueCymru Premier
2019–20Cymru North, 2nd (promoted)

HistoryEdit

Founded in 1886 as Flint F.C.; playing at Strand Park which was located on the banks of the Dee Estuary. The club made an early impression by reaching the first Welsh Amateur Cup final in 1890–91, losing to Wrexham Victoria 4–1.[1]

Arthur Bartley, who played as goalkeeper for Flint, died from injuries sustained during a match in August 1891, thus becoming the first known fatality in modern Welsh football. He was the older brother of Welsh international, Thomas Bartley,[2] who spent six years with Flint at the start of his career.[3]

Founder members of the North Wales Coast League the club won the inaugural championship in 1893–94 by two points over runners-up Llandudno Swifts, remaining unbeaten in their twelve games. The next two seasons the club finished in the runners-up position before resigning from the league to join the newly formed Flintshire League. By the turn of the century the town of Flint had three teams; Flint Town, Flint Athletic and Flint UAC (United Alkali Company) In 1905, Flint UAC and Flint Town amalgamated, taking the name of Flint Town. In 1909, as a Chester and District League side the club won their first major cup by defeating Pwllheli 1–0 in the final of the North Wales Amateur Cup.

In 1924 the club left Stand Park for a new ground at Holywell Road, which became their home till 1993. The new ground was then better equipped and could hold up to 3,000 spectators. These size of crowds were common in the 1920s, they were keen to see Flint's part-time professionals play. Led by Captain Emlyn Jones, Flint reached the 1925 Welsh Cup final only to lose to Wrexham's professional team by 3 goals to 1. Regular cup successes were to follow however, as Flint won the North Wales Amateur Cup on three occasions between 1931 and 1932.

Flint Town featured in the Welsh National League (North) throughout to 1920s, becoming runners-up to Owestry Town in the 1923–24 season. In 1930 Flint Town joined the newly formed Welsh League which operated between 1930 and 1935, winning the title in 1933–34 season, scoring 99 goals in only eighteen games.

Between 1937 and 1949, apart from the war years, Flint Town played their football in the West Cheshire League, while Flint Athletic continued to play in the Dyserth League winning the title in 1938 and 1939.

Following the Second World War, the amalgamation of Flint Town and Flint Athletic football clubs resulted in the formation of the club bearing the title Flint Town United Football Club which entered the Welsh League (North) for the 1949–50 season, finishing runners-up to Holyhead Town. By this time, however, the club had already won the Welsh Amateur Cup, having defeated Troedyrhiw 2–1 in the 1947–48 final. Under the managership of Billy Russell Flint became a formidable side in the early 50s, with the pinnacle achievement coming in 1954 when they won the Welsh Senior Cup. Inspired by Welsh International Billy Hughes, whose career was disrupted by the war, overcame Holywell Town, Owestry Town, Rhyl, Llanelly and a semi-final 2–1 win over First Division Cardiff City, in front of a crowd of 10,683 at the Racecourse, Wrexham, beating third division Chester City 2–0 in the final, again at the Racecourse Ground Wrexham in front of a crowd of 15,584. Within five years of those golden seasons the club slipped into the lower reaches of the league culminating in relegation at the end of the 1961–62 seasons.

During the 60s the crowds of past years disappeared, bringing a decline in the club's fortunes. Now playing in local leagues, the club relied on local players. The only bright spots in this decade were Flint Town Utd Youth winning the Welsh Youth Cup in 1965 and the Welsh Amateur Cup in 1969. During the 1970s and 80s the club moved between various leagues, becoming league champions of the Welsh League (North) in the 1988–89 season.

1990 saw the transformation of Welsh Football with the formation of two new leagues. The Cymru Alliance was formed to amalgamated teams playing in the Welsh League (North), Welsh National League (Wrexham), Clwyd League and the Mid-Wales League. While South Wales amalgamated their own leagues, which was to become the forerunner of the League of Wales. In that same season the club appointed Tony Martin as their new manager, with Les Davies his assistant. That season saw the club become the new league's first champions, also winning the North Wales Challenge Cup for the first time in the club's history. To finalise an excellent season, they overcame South Wales Champions Abergavenny 2–1, in the only Welsh Non-League final. The following season, 1991–92, the club just failed to hold onto the title to become runners-up.

In 1993, the club became founder members of the League of Wales. The following season the club again moved to a new ground, back to the banks of the Dee Estuary. After five years in the League of Wales, with no main sponsorships and ground upkeep, the club lost its place in the League of Wales by becoming third from bottom, being relegated due to the League of Wales reducing the number of teams within the league under UEFA rules.

Since then the club has been in the middle regions of the league with the 2004–054 season being one of its worst, finishing fourth from bottom. In the 2005–06 season the club produced a remarkable recovery, although being knocked out of cup competitions in early rounds the league was beyond anyone's expectations. The season got off to a good start with a home win, but inconsistency became a regular occurrence. That was until 22 October 2005 when a bad defeat at the hands of Ruthin Town turned the club's fortunes around, going 25 leagues games without defeat, the only blip being beaten by Denbigh Town in the N.W Challenge Cup. The club missed out on promotion to the Welsh Premier League by one point, although having had three points deducted for a non-fulfillment of a mid-week fixture at Gresford Ath.

The 2007–08 season the club was hardly out of the top three, but a bad run of results in March, picking up only three points out of five games and then another bad run, three points out a possible twelve late on in the season put the League Championship out of reach. Consolation was winning the North Wales Challenge Cup at Colwyn Bay, beating league rivals Prestatyn Town 1–0.

The following season seen an up and down league and cup performance, but in April a six-match unbeaten run moved the club into third position in the league. In the last game of the season another one of those poor performances returned when the club was well beaten by fellow Cymru Alliance club Llandudno Town 4–1 in the final of the North Wales Challenge Cup, to end a disappointing season.

As that season ended the club looked forward to a better year, but again it turned out to be another one of those seasons. A disastrous 1-nil defeat in the third round of the Welsh Cup by South Wales 3rd division side AFC Llwydcoed, made worse when they were drawn at home to Aberystwyth Town. Only three games played between December and the beginning of February due to the weather and a home defeat by Connahs Quay Nomads in the 1st round of the N.W Challenge Cup.

With the reformation of the Welsh Premier League set for the 2010–11 season the club's sole intention for the 2009–10 season was to finish in the top eight. As the season drew to a close the club was nine points ahead, but in the last four league games managed to pick up only five points out of a total of 12, losing the league to Llangefni Town by four points. In the final game of the season the club lost to Llandudno Town 2–0 in the League Cup Final, with Llandudno's keeper Paul Whitfield picking up the "Man of the Match Award".

Niall McGuinness was named the manager of Flint Town United F.C in November 2017 after Andy Holden, a former Everton and Hibernian coach, stepped down after a series of mediocre results.[4][5]

RivalriesEdit

Flint Town United F.C.'s traditional rivals are Holywell Town and Connah's Quay Nomads.

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
1 GK   ENG John Danby
2 DF   WAL Tom Kemp
3 DF   WAL Nathan Craig
4 DF   ENG Wes Baynes
5 DF   WAL Ben Nash
6 MF   WAL Brandon Burrows
7 FW   WAL Rob Hughes
8 MF   ENG Richie Foulkes
9 FW   WAL Alex Titchiner
10 FW   ENG Mark Cadwallader
11 DF   ENG Kyle Smyth
12 MF   ENG Dom McHugh
13 GK   WAL Aaron Jones
No. Pos. Nation Player
14 FW   ENG Callum Bratley
15 MF   ENG Matthew Russell
17 MF   WAL Kai Wallis
18 DF   WAL Ben Burrows
19 MF   WAL Chris Chung-Li
20 MF   ENG Connor Harwood
21 FW   ENG Andy Brown
22 DF   WAL Ben Lockley
24 DF   ENG Darren Thornton
25 MF   WAL Mason Blackwell-Jones
26 DF   WAL Harry Lockley
- MF   WAL Mathew Jones

Coaching staffEdit

First-team

Position Staff
Manager   Neil Gibson
Assistant manager   Aden Shannon[6]
Coaches   Johnny Hill[6]

Recent historyEdit

Season League Position P W D L F A Pts
1987–88 Welsh Alliance 13th 30 7 7 16 44 60 21
1988–89 Welsh Alliance 1st 32 23 4 5 72 26 73
1989–90 Welsh Alliance 7th 34 16 5 13 61 54 53
1990–91 Cymru Alliance 1st 26 22 1 3 77 24 67
1991–92 Cymru Alliance 4th 30 14 9 7 58 37 51
1992–93 League of Wales 16th 38 11 6 21 47 67 39
1993–94 League of Wales 4th 38 20 6 12 70 47 66
1994–95 League of Wales 6th 38 20 3 15 77 60 63
1995–96 League of Wales 5th 40 19 9 12 76 57 66
1996–97 League of Wales 15th 40 11 8 21 48 76 41
1997–98 League of Wales 18th 38 9 7 22 50 77 34
1998–99 Cymru Alliance 3rd 30 14 6 10 60 44 48
1999–2000 Cymru Alliance 6th 32 16 8 8 65 43 56
2000–01 Cymru Alliance 17th 32 6 4 22 43 85 13
2001–02 Cymru Alliance 14th 34 8 7 19 40 58 31
2002–03 Cymru Alliance 11th 32 11 7 14 50 61 40
2003–04 Cymru Alliance 10th 32 10 9 13 61 60 39
2004–05 Cymru Alliance 16th 34 9 11 14 50 57 38
2005–06 Cymru Alliance 3rd 34 19 12 3 77 40 66*
2006–07 Cymru Alliance 3rd 34 20 7 7 70 36 67
2007–08 Cymru Alliance 3rd 34 16 10 6 62 42 58
2008–09 Cymru Alliance 7th 32 16 9 7 81 52 54*
2009–10 Cymru Alliance 2nd 32 23 6 3 84 29 75
2010–11 Cymru Alliance 7th 30 13 7 10 64 55 46
2011–12 Cymru Alliance 9th 30 13 7 10 59 47 46
2012–13 Cymru Alliance 6th 30 14 6 10 61 51 48
2013–14 Cymru Alliance 8th 30 12 5 13 46 53 41
2014–15 Cymru Alliance 10th 30 13 5 12 39 45 44
2015–16 Cymru Alliance 9th 30 13 3 14 54 45 42
2016–17 Cymru Alliance 6th 30 14 6 10 62 47 48
2017–18 Cymru Alliance 11th 28 10 6 12 49 42 30
2018–19 Cymru Alliance 2nd 30 17 7 6 52 31 58
2019–20 Cymru North 2nd 16 12 2 2 45 16 38
Key: P = Played; W = Won; D = Drawn; L = Lost; F = Goals For; A = Goals Against; Pts = Points
* = 3pts deducted

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Welsh Amateur Cup Final Results". www.penmon.org. Retrieved 10 November 2011.
  2. ^ "1898". Interesting and curious facts about full internationals and national players (1872–1900). IFFHS. Archived from the original on 4 December 2010. Retrieved 10 November 2011.
  3. ^ Davies, Gareth; Garland, Ian (1991). Who's Who of Welsh International Soccer Players. Bridge Books. pp. 15–16. ISBN 1-872424-11-2.
  4. ^ "Niall McGuinness looks forward to new challenge at Flint Town United". Retrieved 11 December 2019.
  5. ^ "HISTORY OF FLINT TOWN UTD FC". Retrieved 11 December 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Flint Town United Football Club 1ST TEAM". Retrieved 11 December 2019.

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 53°14′57.0″N 3°07′32.8″W / 53.249167°N 3.125778°W / 53.249167; -3.125778