Newport Pagnell Town F.C.

Newport Pagnell Town Football Club is a football club based in Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, England. They are currently members of the United Counties League Premier Division South and play at Willen Road.

Newport Pagnell Town
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Full nameNewport Pagnell Town
Football Club
Nickname(s)The Swans
Founded1963
GroundWillen Road, Newport Pagnell
Capacity2,000 (100 seated)[1]
ChairmanSteve Handley
ManagerGary Flinn
LeagueUnited Counties League Premier Division South
2020–21Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division (transferred)
WebsiteClub website

HistoryEdit

The club was established as Newport Pagnell Wanderers in 1963,[2] following a meeting between a group of players and Town Clerk Frank Hall.[3] They joined the North Bucks & District League in 1964 and won the Division Three Shield in their first season.[2] After winning Division Three in 1965–66 and Division Two in 1966–67, the club were promoted to Division One.[4] They went on to win the Division One title in each of the next three seasons, with the reserve team winning Division Two in 1968–69 and 1969–70.[4] In 1971 the club moved up to Division One of the South Midlands League,[5] before being renamed Newport Pagnell Town in 1972.[2]

Newport Pagnell were Division One runners-up in 1972–73, after which they transferred to Division Two of the United Counties League.[6] The club finished second in Division Two in 1975–76, earning promotion to Division One. After winning the Division One title in 1981–82, they were promoted to the Premier Division. The club finished bottom of the Premier Division in 1985–86 and was relegated back to Division One. They were Division One runners-up in 1991–92, earning promotion back to the Premier Division, but were relegated to Division One after finishing bottom of the Premier Division in 1996–97.[6]

In 2001–02 Newport Pagnell were Division One champions and were promoted to the Premier Division, as well as winning the Berks & Bucks Intermediate Cup.[1] They were Premier Division runners-up the following season.[6] The club won the Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy in 2009–10 and retained it in 2010–11.[1] At the end of the 2018–19 season they were transferred to the Premier Division of the Spartan South Midlands League. Two seasons later they were transferred back to the United Counties League, joining the Premier Division South.

GroundEdit

The club initially played on a pitch on Bury Field Common, using the Cannon pub on Union Street as changing rooms.[2] When they moved up to the South Midlands League in 1971 the club played at the Youth Club in Wolverton Road, before relocating to the Willen Road Sports Ground in 1972.[2] The new ground was opened with a match against Bletchley Town.[2] Willen Road currently has a capacity of 2,000, of which 100 is seated and covered.[1]

HonoursEdit

  • United Counties League
    • Division One champions 1981–82, 2001–02
    • Division One Knockout Cup winners 1977-78
  • North Bucks & District League
    • Division One champions 1967–68, 1968–69, 1969–70
    • Division One Shield winners 1968–69
    • Division Two champions 1966–67
    • Division Two Shield winners 1966–67
    • Division Three champions 1965–66
    • Division Three Shield winners 1964–65
  • Berks & Bucks FA Senior Trophy
    • Winners 2009–10, 2010–11
  • Berks & Bucks FA Intermediate Cup
    • Winners 2001–02

RecordsEdit

  • Best FA Cup performance: Second qualifying round, 2008–09[6]
  • Best FA Vase performance: Quarter-finals, 2016–17[6]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d Mike Williams & Tony Williams (2016) Non-League Club Directory 2017, Tony Williams Publications, p537 ISBN 978-1869833695
  2. ^ a b c d e f History Newport Pagnell Town F.C.
  3. ^ History Newport Pagnell Town F.C.
  4. ^ a b NBDFL Records 1933-34 to 1972-73 North Bucks & District League
  5. ^ South Midlands League 1966–1983 Non-League Matters
  6. ^ a b c d e Newport Pagnell Town at the Football Club History Database

External linksEdit

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