Minehead A.F.C.

Minehead Association Football Club is a football club based in Minehead, Somerset, England. The club are currently members of the Somerset County League Division One and play at the Recreation Ground. The club is affiliated to the Somerset County FA.

Minehead
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Full nameMinehead Football Club
Founded1889
GroundRecreation Ground, Minehead
ManagerAvril Cooke
LeagueSomerset County League Division One
2019–20Somerset County League Division One (season abandoned)
Football kit (white jersey with two broad, red, vertical stripes; red shorts with side-stripes; and white socks).
Away colours

HistoryEdit

The club was established in 1889, and initially played in local leagues until joining the Western League in 1923.[1] After finishing in tenth place in 1924–25, they were relegated to the newly established Division Two. However, after finishing bottom in 1926–27 and 1927–28, the club withdrew from the league.[1]

Minehead returned to the Western League in 1949, joining Division Three. After finishing third in their first season back, they were promoted to Division Two. A fourth-place finish in 1957–58 saw the club promoted to Division One. In 1970–71 they reached the first round proper of the FA Cup for the first time, but lost 2–1 at home to Shrewsbury Town.[1]

After finishing as runners-up in 1971–72, the club were elected to Division One South of the Southern League.[1] A fifth-place finish in 1972–73 was followed by finishing fourth in 1973–74 and third in 1974–75, before the club won the division in 1975–76, earning promotion to the Premier Division. The 1976–77 season proved to be the club's greatest; they finished as runners-up in the Premier Division (at the time, the top level below the Football League), and also reached the first round of the FA Cup again, where they beat Swansea City 1–0 at the Vetch Field, before losing 2–1 at Portsmouth.

Despite reaching the second round of the FA Cup the following season, the club were relegated after finishing second bottom of the Premier Division. In 1982–83 they finished second bottom in the Midland Division, and dropped back into the Premier Division of the Western League.[1] In 1988–89 they were relegated to Division One after finishing bottom of the league, and finished bottom of Division One the following season. However, the club recovered to win Division One the next season, earning promotion back to the Premier Division.

In 1993–94 the club finished bottom of the Premier Division again, and returned to Division One, where they again finished bottom the following season. In 1998 the club changed its name to Minehead Town,[2] and won Division One in the season that followed, losing only one match all season. However, the club finished bottom of the Premier Division for two consecutive seasons, before returning to Division One. In 2009–10 they finished bottom of Division One and were relegated to the Somerset County League.

GroundEdit

Minehead play their home games at Irnham Road, Minehead, Somerset, TA24 5DP.

HonoursEdit

RecordsEdit

Notable 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 with full international caps.
  3. Players that hold a club record.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f Minehead at the Football Club History Database
  2. ^ a b Minehead Town at the Football Club History Database
  3. ^ "Somerset County League". Full-time.thefa.com. 2012-08-11. Archived from the original on 2013-10-11. Retrieved 2013-05-25.
  4. ^ a b "Western League". Western Football League. Retrieved 13 June 2017.

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Coordinates: 51°12′14.45″N 3°28′23.94″W / 51.2040139°N 3.4733167°W / 51.2040139; -3.4733167