|Full name||AFC Telford United|
|Nickname(s)||The Bucks, Lillywhites, United|
|Founded||27 May 2004|
|Ground||New Bucks Head, Telford|
|Capacity||6,380 (2,200 seated)|
|League||National League North|
|2020–21||National League North (season curtailed)|
AFC Telford United is a football club based in Telford, Shropshire, England. The club was formed in 2004 after the original Telford United, founded in 1872, folded due to financial problems. Currently members of the National League North, the sixth tier of English football, they play home matches at the New Bucks Head in Wellington, part of the new town of Telford. Their colours are white with navy blue and red trim.
Telford United, then playing in the Football Conference, experienced severe financial difficulties towards the end of the 2003–04 season following the collapse of the Miras Contracts business of chairman and sole shareholder Andy Shaw. million, resulting in liquidation on 27 May 2004. On the same day, Telford United Supporters Limited announced that a new club would be formed, which was named AFC Telford United; a new club motto, numquam obliviscere (never forget) was also adopted. In June the new club were placed in Division One of the Northern Premier League by the Football Association. Bernard McNally was appointed as manager and a new squad assembled.The club went into administration, and although supporters raised around £50,000 in two months, the club's debts totalled over £4
The new club's first season saw them finish third in Division One,qualifying for the promotion play-offs. After beating Eastwood Town 1–0 in the semi-final, they defeated Kendal Town 2–1 in the final to earn promotion to the Premier Division. The attendance of 4,215 for the final was a club record. The following season saw them finish tenth. During the season, McNally was replaced as manager by Rob Smith. In 2006–07 the club finished third, having missed the chance to win the league when they lost 2–1 at home to eventual champions Burscough on the final day; the attendance of 5,710 being a new club record. However, they qualified for the promotion play-offs, and a 2–0 win over Marine in the semi-final, they defeated Witton Albion 3–1 to earn promotion to the Conference North.
Telford finished second in the Conference North in 2007–08, again qualifying for the playoffs, in which they lost 4–0 on aggregate to Barrow.The 2008–09 season resulted in a fourth-place finish and another play-off campaign. After beating Alfreton Town 5–4 on aggregate in the semi-finals (a 2–0 win at home and a 4–3 defeat away), they lost 1–0 to Gateshead. The season also saw them reach the first round of the FA Cup for the first time, where they were drawn at home to Football League club Southend United. Following a 2–2 draw, the club lost 2–0 in the replay. In the FA Trophy they reached the semi-finals, losing 4–2 on aggregate to York City. However, they were victorious in the Conference League Cup, beating Forest Green Rovers 3–0 on penalties after a 0–0 draw.
In 2009–10 Telford finished eleventh in the league, resulting in the sacking of Smith and his replacement with Andy Sinton.Sinton's first season saw them finish as runners-up again. In the play-offs they defeated Nuneaton Town 3–2 on aggregate in the semi-final, before beating Guiseley 3–2 in the final with an injury-time winner by Phil Trainer, earning promotion to the Conference Premier. They also reached the first round of the FA Cup again, losing 3–1 at home to Lincoln City.
The 2011–12 season saw Telford finish twentieth, one place above the relegation zone. Another appearance in the first round of the FA Cup resulted in a 4–0 defeat at Chelmsford City. Sinton left the club mid-way through the following season,and was replaced by Mark Cooper, who remained in charge for only six games, before resigning to take a coaching role at Swindon Town. He was replaced by Graham Hyde, who lasted just two games, resigning after a defeat to Macclesfield Town. John Psaras took over for the remainder of the season, which saw them finish bottom of the division and be relegated to the Conference North. Liam Watson was appointed as manager in May 2013.
In 2013–14 Telford won the Conference North, earning an immediate return to the Conference Premier. However, the following season Watson was sacked in December with the club bottom of the division and replaced by Steve Kittrick.They finished 23rd, resulting in relegation back to the North division. However, the season also saw them reach the second round of the FA Cup for the first time; after beating Basingstoke Town 2–1 in a first round replay, they lost 1–0 at Bristol City. In August 2015 Kittrick was sacked and Rob Smith returned for a second spell as manager. They reached the first round of the FA Cup again in 2017–18 but lost 1–0 at Hereford.
|Season||Division||Tier||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Pos||FA Cup||FA Trophy||Notes|
|2004–05||Northern Premier League Division One||8||42||23||11||8||78||44||+34||80||3/22||Prelim||Prelim||Promoted|
|2005–06||Northern Premier League Premier Division||7||42||14||17||11||54||52||+2||59||10/22||2Q||3Q|
|2006–07||Northern Premier League Premier Division||7||42||21||15||6||72||40||+32||78||3/22||1Q||1Q||Promoted|
|2013–14||Conference North||6||42||25||10||7||82||53||+29||85||1/22||2Q||1R||Champions, promoted|
|2015–16||National League North||6||42||13||8||21||47||60||−13||47||18/22||2Q||1R|
|2016–17||National League North||6||42||10||12||20||38||57||−19||42||17/22||2Q||1R|
|2017–18||National League North||6||42||16||5||21||55||69||−14||53||14/22||1R||1R|
|2018–19||National League North||6||42||17||14||11||64||55||+9||65||8/22||3Q||SF|
|2019–20||National League North||6||34||11||9||14||51||56||−5||42||14/22||2Q||1R||Season curtailed due to COVID-19 pandemic|
Telford play their home games at the New Bucks Head. The ground was renamed following renovation in 2000, having previously been known as the Bucks Head. During the renovations Telford United played with only two terraces in operation, with a small temporary stand situated on what is now the East Terrace and portable cabins in the car park were used for changing rooms. It had previously been home to Wellington Town and Telford United.
The ground has a capacity of 6,380 of which 2,220 is seated and 4,800 covered.The club's record attendance at the ground is 5,710 against Burscough on 28 April 2007, the final day of the 2006–07 season.
Shropshire rivals Shrewsbury Town are traditionally seen as the club's main rival. Matches contested between the two are known as the Shropshire derby. However, due to the league gap between the two clubs, most meetings between the two sides are in the Shropshire Senior Cup.
During United's time in the National League North through the late 2010s, a rivalry developed with near neighbours Kidderminster Harriers, based in North Worcestershire.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
|2013||2013||Mark Cooper (interim)|
|2013||2013||John Psaras (caretaker)|
Shrewsbury Town Football Club is a professional association football club based in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England. The team compete in League One, the third tier of English football. The club plays its home games at New Meadow, having moved from the Gay Meadow in 2007. They have won the Shropshire Senior Cup a record 67 times and are the only club from the county to ever play in the Football League.
Telford United Football Club was an English football club based in Telford, Shropshire.
Barrow Association Football Club is an English professional association football club which was founded in 1901 and is based in the town of Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria. The club participates in EFL League Two, the fourth tier of the English league system. Since 1909, Barrow have played their home games at Holker Street, near the town centre and about one-half mile from the Barrow railway station.
Southport Football Club is an association football club based in Southport, Merseyside. They play their home matches at Haig Avenue, currently called The Pure Stadium for sponsorship reasons, which has a capacity of 6,008. They are known by their nickname "the Sandgrounders". The club's main honour is winning the 1972–73 Football League Fourth Division Championship and they have won a number of titles in non-League football.
Samuel Derek Ricketts is a professional football coach and former player. He was most recently serving as the manager of Shrewsbury Town.
Asa Philip Hall is an English professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for National League club Torquay United.
Adam David Proudlock is an English football manager and former professional footballer.
Burscough Football Club is an English football club based in Burscough, Lancashire. The club is a member of the North West Counties League, and competes in the Premier Division. Its home ground is Victoria Park, Mart Lane, in Burscough.
Graham Hyde is an English former professional footballer, turned manager. As a player, he was a Midfielder from 1988 to 2008, notably in the Premier League with Sheffield Wednesday. He also played in the Football League with Birmingham City, Chesterfield, Peterborough United, Bristol Rovers and Hereford United, before moving into non-league football with Worcester City, Hednesford Town, Halesowen Town and Fleet Town. In 2011, he became manager of Redditch United but departed at the end of the 2011–12 season.
Mark Nicholas Cooper is an English former association football player and manager who played as a midfielder. He is currently the manager of Barrow.
Desmond Lyttle is an English former football player and manager.
Bernard Anthony McNally is a former Northern Ireland international footballer who played in midfield.
James Gregory Meredith is an Australian professional soccer player who plays as a left back for A-League club Macarthur and the Australia national team. He has played in the English Football League for Chesterfield, Shrewsbury Town, Bradford City and Millwall.
Kyle Blain Perry is an English footballer who plays as a forward for National League North club Kettering Town.
James Lawrie is a Northern Irish semi-professional footballer who plays for Northern Premier League Premier Division club Nantwich Town. The striker has represented Northern Ireland at youth level and in 2009 earned his first senior cap.
Charlie John Barnett is an English footballer.
Liam Watson is an English former professional footballer and current manager of Southport Football Club.
Joshua Daniel "Josh" Brizell is an English footballer who plays as a defender/Midfielder for Marine.
Daniel Sean Preston is an English footballer who plays as a defender for Northern Premier League Division One Midlands club Bedworth United.
William Stanley Richards is a Welsh footballer who last played as a defender for Chippenham Town.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to A.F.C. Telford United .|