Buxton F.C.

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Full nameBuxton Football Club
Nickname(s)The Bucks
Founded1877
GroundThe Silverlands, Buxton
Capacity4,000 (490 seated) [1]
ChairmanDavid Hopkins
ManagerGary Hayward
League Northern Premier League Premier Division
2019–20 Northern Premier League Premier Division (season abandoned)

Buxton Football Club is a football club based in Buxton, Derbyshire, England. They are currently members of the Northern Premier League Premier Division and play at the Silverlands.

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History

The club was established in autumn 1877 as an offshoot of the local cricket club, playing their first match on 27 October 1877. [2] In 1891 they joined the Combination. They finished bottom of the league in 1895–96 and left at the end of the 1898–99 season, [3] when they switched to the Manchester League. [4] They were runners-up in 1904–05, but spent much of their time in the league prior to its 1912 disbandment in lower-mid table, finishing second-from-bottom on three occasions. [4]

Buxton rejoined the Manchester League when it was re-established in 1920, and considered applying to join the new Football League Third Division North when it was formed in 1921, although they did not submit a bid. [5] They were Manchester League runners-up in 1928–29 and 1929–30 and League Cup winners in 1925–26 and 1926–27. [6] After winning the league in 1931–32, [7] they joined the Cheshire County League. [8] After World War II they were runners-up in 1946–47, and in 1951–52 they reached the first round of the FA Cup for the first time. A 4–1 win at Rawmarsh Welfare, saw them face Football League side Aldershot in the second round, with Buxton winning 4–3 at the Silverlands. [3] In the third round they lost 2–0 at Second Division Doncaster Rovers. [3]

In 1958–59 Buxton reached the first round of the FA Cup again, and after beating Crook Town 4–1 in the first round, they lost 6–1 at Accrington Stanley in the second. [3] Another first round appearance in 1962–63 resulted in a 3–1 defeat at Barrow in a replay. The season also saw them finish as runners-up in the Cheshire County League, and they went on to win the league title in 1972–73, earning promotion to the Northern Premier League. [3] When the league gained a second division in 1987, Buxton were placed in the Premier Division, where they remained until finishing bottom in 1996–97, resulting in relegation to Division One. After finishing bottom of Division One the following season, they were relegated to the Premier Division of the Northern Counties East League.

In 2005–06 Buxton won the Northern Counties East League Premier Division, earning promotion back to Division One of the Northern Premier League. The following season saw them crowned champions again, resulting in promotion to the Northern Premier League's Premier Division. [3] They finished fifth in their first season back in the division, qualifying for the promotion play-offs, in which they beat Witton Albion 6–5 on penalties after a 1–1 draw in the semi-finals, before losing the final 2–0 to Gateshead in the final. [9]

Ground

Buxton originally played at the Park, a ground shared with the cricket club, and later played at Cote Lane, London Road and Green Lane before moving to the Silverlands in 1884. [10] The site was originally a field owned by the club's first captain, Frank Drewry. [10] The opening match was held on 1 November 1884, a Derbyshire Cup match against Bakewell, which Buxton won 2–0. [10]

Cover was provided for spectators in 1890 (proposals to build a separate pavilion for working class supporters were not taken forward), [5] at the same time as dressing rooms were built. A wooden stand was erected on one side of the pitch and replaced by the current main stand in 1965, which later had seats from Maine Road added to it. [5] On the opposite side of the pitch is the Popular Side covered terrace. The end behind one goal has a covered terrace, with the other end empty. [10] The ground currently has a capacity of 4,000, of which 490 is seated and 2,500 covered. [11]

The Silverlands is the highest ground in England at 1,000 feet above sea level. [12]

Non-playing staff

PositionName
ManagerGary Hayward
PhysioDerek Turner

Honours

NPL Div 1 trophy, Presidents Cup trophy, NLP Team of the Year 2006-07, and NPL Division 1 Club of the Month August 2006. Trophies07.gif
NPL Div 1 trophy, Presidents Cup trophy, NLP Team of the Year 2006–07, and NPL Division 1 Club of the Month August 2006.

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References

  1. Buxton Non-League Club Directory
  2. Club History Archived 25 October 2016 at the Wayback Machine Buxton F.C.
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Buxton at the Football Club History Database
  4. 1 2 Manchester League 1893-1912 Non-League Matters
  5. 1 2 3 "Peak performers" When Saturday Comes, No. 358, December 2016
  6. 1 2 3 4 Club Honours Buxton F.C.
  7. Manchester League 1920-1960 Non-League Matters
  8. Cheshire County League 1919-1940 Non-League Matters
  9. 2007-08 Northern Premier League Football Club History Database
  10. 1 2 3 4 Buxton Pyramid Passion
  11. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Mike Williams & Tony Williams (2012) Non-League Club Directory 2013, p354 ISBN   978-1-869833-77-0
  12. What's the greatest points difference between top and bottom ever? The Guardian, 2 February 2005

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