Cambridge City F.C.

Last updated

Cambridge City F.C.
Cambridgecityfc.png
Full nameCambridge City Football Club
Nickname(s)The Lilywhites
Founded1908 (as Cambridge Town)
Ground Bridge Road, Impington
(groundshare with Histon F.C.)
Capacity2,000
ChairmanKevin Satchell
ManagerRobbie Nightingale
League Northern Premier League Division One Midlands
2020–21 Isthmian League North Division (transferred)

Cambridge City Football Club is a football club currently based in Impington, Cambridgeshire, England. They are currently members of the Northern Premier League Division One Midlands and play at Bridge Road in nearby Impington.

Contents

The club were based at the City Ground, Cambridge, between 1922 and 2013. After a groundshare at Histon's Bridge Road groundshare at Westwood Road in St Ives (2015–18) and Histon (2018–) while new ground at Sawston being built. Their home colours are white and black, leading to the club's nickname of The Lilywhites.

History

The club was founded in 1908 as Cambridge Town F.C., as Cambridge had not been granted city status at that point, and were committed to amateur sport. The club competed in the Southern Amateur League, developing a fierce rivalry with Ipswich Town that was evident both on and off the pitch. [1] In 1936 the club were invited to apply to the Football League, in an attempt to expand the professional game in East Anglia (Norwich City were the only football league club in the region at that time). However, Town declined in order that the club should uphold its amateur nature, though Ipswich took up the offer and were elected in 1938. [1]

The resumption of football after the Second World War saw Cambridge Town joining the Spartan League, winning the competition 3 times between 1945 and 1950, before joining the Athenian League for the 1950–51 season. Cambridge was formally granted city status in 1951. Both Cambridge Town and their neighbours Abbey United applied to change their name to Cambridge City. Cambridge Town's application was approved because it arrived first and therefore Abbey United changed their name to Cambridge United [1] In 1958, 22 years after turning down the chance to apply to the Football League, Cambridge City joined the Southern League South Eastern zone as a professional club. The club went on to make five applications to join the Football League between 1959 and 1974, all of which were unsuccessful. [2]

In the late 1950s and 1960s Cambridge City commanded the highest attendances in non-league football, regularly attracting average gates in excess of 3,500 (higher than rivals United during that period) and occasionally attracting gates over 10,000. [ citation needed ] They were Southern League Champions in 1962–63 and stayed in the League's top division until 1968, when they were relegated and turned semi-professional. They were promoted back to the Premier Division after finishing in the Division One runners-up spot in 1969–70, and finished second in their first season back in the Premier Division.

Cambridge United were elected into the Football League in 1970, [3] and from that point City struggled to attract as many supporters to their games as their cross-city rivals – by the early 1980s, when United were enjoying a prolonged spell in the 2nd Division, City were attracting fewer than 200 supporters to each game.[ citation needed ] 1975–76 saw the second relegation in the club's history, into the Southern League's Division One North. They remained there until 1979–80, when a re-organisation of the league's structure, in order to become a feeder to the newly formed Football Conference, placed City in the Midland Division. A switch was made to the Southern Division in the 1982–83 season and this seemed to coincide with a turn around in City's fortunes, and 1985–86 saw City win the division on goal difference and gain promotion back to the Premier Division.

After several years in the 1990s avoiding relegation, the club joined the Football Conference's newly formed South Division in 2004–05, embarking on a successful FA Cup run in the same season – following United's relegation from the League in 2005, the two Cambridge clubs were only one division apart. However, the club was encountering financial difficulties and the club's City Ground was sold to an Isle of Man company called Ross River, which was linked to Brian York, a man who had briefly been a director of the club. The then board announced that it was to scrap the first team and make the reserve team into a feeder for Cambridge United. [4] This prompted the formation of a supporters' trust, who within weeks had taken over the running of the club. [4] The club took Ross River to court, where it was ruled that the club were victims of fraudulent misrepresentation and bribery – the former chief executive Arthur Eastham having taken a £10,000 payment from Brian York. [5] though the original deal was not overturned. [6]

In May 2008 City were demoted from the Conference South, after their ground failed an FA inspection, to the Southern League Premier Division for the 2008–09 season. [7] They were moved into the Isthmian League Division One North for 2019-20. [8]

Colours and crest

Cambridge City have traditionally played in white shirts, leading to the club being nicknamed "The Lilywhites", they currently play in white shirts, black shorts and black socks. Their current away strip is sky blue shirts, sky blue shorts and sky blue socks.

The club's badge is a simplified version of the crest of the city of Cambridge, featuring a fortified bridge over a river.

Stadium

The City Ground (also known as "Milton Road"), was Cambridge City's home ground from 29 April 1922 until 27 April 2013, located in the Chesterton area of the city, approximately 0.62 miles (1 km) north of the city centre. The original ground was one of the largest outside the football league and was estimated to have a capacity in excess of 16,000,[ citation needed ] although the highest recorded attendance was 12,058 against Leytonstone on 11 February 1950. In the mid 1980s, part of the land the original ground stood on was sold for redevelopment, with a new ground built on the remaining land. The capacity of the second ground was approximately 3,000 with 700 seats.

The club was in a legal dispute with their landlords over the ground, which was sold by a previous board of directors for less than its market value. The High Court ruled that the club had been fraudulently misrepresented, and the club will receive 50% of the development profits on the site. [5]

In February 2010, Cambridge City announced a three-year ground-share with Newmarket Town at their Cricket Field Road ground in Newmarket, approximately 13 miles away, for the 2010–2011 season. The ground was deemed to need work to bring it up to the required standard, [9] and Cambridge City were to use this time to seek a permanent home closer to Cambridge. The groundshare was later deferred several times, and in April 2013, it was announced that the club had agreed a 2-year groundshare with neighbours Histon, with City sharing Bridge Road from the beginning of the 2013–14 season. [10] From 2015-18 they groundshared with St Ives Town, at their Westwood Road stadium, before reviving their share with Histon at the start of the 2018-19 season. [11]

Future plans

In 2012, it was announced that the club's President, Len Satchell, had purchased 35 acres of land in Sawston, a village seven miles south of Cambridge, with a view to building the club a new 3,000 seat stadium, alongside community facilities for the surrounding area. Following public consultation and an appeal [12] over the decision to grant Planning Permission, [13] construction began in January 2021. [14]

Honours and records

Reserve team

Cambridge City's reserve team joined the Eastern Counties League in 1959 and won the Division One title in 2004. They were replaced in the league in 2006 by the newly formed feeder club Cambridge Regional College. A reformed Cambridge City reserve side was born playing at Milton Road, and won promotion as champions from the Kershaw Senior A League in the 2012/2013 season. After a period of uncertainty about the future home of the reserves after moving from Milton Road, a deal was announced with local side Cottenham to use their facilities.

See also

Sources

Related Research Articles

Aylesbury United F.C. Association football club in England

Aylesbury United Football Club is a football club based in Chesham, Buckinghamshire, England. They are currently members of Division One Central of the Southern League and play at Chesham United's Meadow ground, having been evicted from their Buckingham Road ground in 2006. They are nicknamed the Ducks due to the Aylesbury duck.

Grantham Town F.C. Association football club in Grantham, England

Grantham Town Football Club is a football club, based in Grantham, Lincolnshire, England. They are currently members of the Northern Premier League Premier Division and play at the South Kesteven Sports Stadium.

Histon F.C. Association football club in England

Histon Football Club is a football club based in the village of Histon and Impington, Cambridgeshire, England. The club are currently members of the Northern Premier League Division One Midlands and play at Bridge Road in Impington. Nicknamed 'the Stutes', originating from the club's previous name Histon Institute, Histon's crest features a rose, the flower representing the rose-covered field given to the people of Histon & Impington in perpetuity for sporting activities in the community by local firm Chivers and Sons.

Enfield Town F.C. Association football club in England

Enfield Town Football Club is a football club based in Enfield Town, Greater London, England. Established in 2001 as a fan-led breakaway from Enfield, the club are currently members of the Isthmian League Premier Division and play at the Queen Elizabeth II Stadium. The club badge features the Enfield beast.

Bury Town F.C. Association football club in England

Bury Town Football Club is a semi-professional football club, based in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England. The club are currently members of the Isthmian League North Division and play at Ram Meadow.

Guildford City F.C. Association football club based in Guildford, Surrey, England

Guildford City Football Club is a football club based in Guildford, Surrey, England. The club was established in 1921, folded in 1974 and were reformed in 1996. Guildford City play in the Combined Counties League Premier Division South.

Hythe Town F.C. Association football club in England

Hythe Town Football Club is a football club based in Hythe, Kent, England. They are currently members of the Isthmian League South East Division and play at the Reachfields Stadium.

Biggleswade Town F.C. Association football club in England

Biggleswade Town Football Club is a football club based in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, England. The club are currently members of the Southern League Premier Division Central and play at Langford Road.

Ely City F.C. Association football club in England

Ely City Football Club is a football club based in Ely, Cambridgeshire, England. They are currently members of the Eastern Counties League Premier Division and play at the Unwin Sports Ground.

March Town United F.C. Association football club in England

March Town United Football Club is a football club based in March, Cambridgeshire, England. They are currently members of the Eastern Counties League Premier Division and play at the GER Sports Ground.

The City Ground was a football stadium in Cambridge, England. It was the home of Southern League Premier Division club Cambridge City F.C.

Hatfield Town F.C. Association football club in England

Hatfield Town Football Club is a football club based in Hatfield, Hertfordshire. They are currently members of the Herts County League Premier Division and play at Birchwood Leisure Centre.

Canterbury City F.C. Association football club in England

Canterbury City Football Club is a football club based in Canterbury, Kent, England. They are currently members of the Southern Counties East League Premier Division and play at Faversham Town's Salters Lane ground. Affiliated to the Kent County Football Association, the club reformed in 2007 and were the first football club to be formed as a community interest company.

Baldock Town F.C. Association football club in England

Baldock Town Football Club is a football club based in Baldock, Hertfordshire, England. Having originally been established in 1905, the current version of the club was established in 2003. They are currently members of Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division and groundshare with Arlesey Town at their Hitchin Road ground.

Hayes & Yeading United F.C. Association football club in Hayes, England

Hayes & Yeading United Football Club is an association football club based in Hayes, in the London Borough of Hillingdon, England. The club was formed in 2007 from a merger of Hayes Football Club and Yeading Football Club. It currently competes in the Southern League Premier Division South and plays its home matches at Beaconsfield Road.

Dorking Wanderers F.C. Association football club in Dorking, England

Dorking Wanderers Football Club is a semi-professional football club based in Dorking, Surrey, England. Affiliated to the Surrey County Football Association, they are currently members of the National League South, the sixth tier of English football, and play at Meadowbank.

Kettering Town F.C. Association football club in Burton Latimer, England

Kettering Town Football Club is a football club based in Burton Latimer, Northamptonshire, England. They are currently members of the National League North, the sixth tier of English football, and play at Latimer Park in Burton Latimer. Kettering were the first club to wear sponsorship upon their shirts in 1976, and as of 2015, were the leading FA Cup goalscorers of all time.

AFC Rushden & Diamonds Association football club in England

A.F.C. Rushden & Diamonds is an English football club based in Rushden in Northamptonshire. They played their opening season at Kiln Park, the home of Raunds Town, in 2011–12 and subsequently shared the Dog & Duck ground with Wellingborough Town from July 2012 to the summer of 2017. A groundshare agreement with Rushden & Higham United was agreed for the 2017–18 season. The club was formed by supporters in July 2011, after Rushden & Diamonds, a former Football League club, was expelled from the Football Conference and liquidated.

Jordan Nicholson is an English professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder. He previously played in the Football League for Peterborough United and Barnet and in non-league football for several clubs.

The 2017–18 Eastern Counties Football League season was the 75th in the history of Eastern Counties Football League, a football competition in England. It was also the last season to have a single division at Step 6.

References

  1. 1 2 3 "Cambridge City FC – history". www.cambridgecity.co.uk. Archived from the original on 31 January 2008. Retrieved 22 January 2008.
  2. "Cambridge City FC". www.pyramidpassion.co.uk. Retrieved 6 October 2008.
  3. "Cambridge United Potted History". www.cambridge-united.co.uk. Archived from the original on 8 March 2008. Retrieved 30 April 2008.
  4. 1 2 "History – How Did The Trust Come About?". Cambridge City FC Supporters Trust. Archived from the original on 10 October 2007. Retrieved 10 June 2008.
  5. 1 2 "High Court Success for City". Non-League Daily. 20 September 2007. Archived from the original on 25 March 2012. Retrieved 10 June 2008.
  6. Conn, David (3 October 2007). "The supporters who took on a property developer and won". The Guardian . London. Retrieved 10 June 2008.
  7. "Cambridge City fail in FA appeal". BBC Sport Online. 28 May 2008. Retrieved 29 May 2008.
  8. "Cambridge City Football Club, City in league switch". www.cambridgecityfc.com. Retrieved 27 June 2019.
  9. "Cambridge City FC – Groundshare announcement". Cambridgecityfc.com. Archived from the original on 27 July 2011. Retrieved 11 February 2010.
  10. "Club Statement". Cambridgecityfc.com. 19 April 2013. Archived from the original on 26 January 2019. Retrieved 29 April 2013.
  11. Street, Tim (27 March 2018). "Cambridge City to revive Histon groundshare next season". cambridgenews. Retrieved 10 February 2020.
  12. http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Cambridge-City-plans-new-stadium-Sawston-given/story-28933761-detail/story.html%5B%5D
  13. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 August 2016. Retrieved 24 May 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  14. "Cambridge City Football Club, Sawston build update - 26 Jan 21". www.cambridgecityfc.com. Retrieved 29 July 2021.
  15. 1 2 3 Mike Williams & Tony Williams (2020) Non-League Club Directory 2021, p510 ISBN   978-1869833848
  16. Cambridge City Reserves at the Football Club History Database

Coordinates: 52°14′31.39″N0°06′51.33″E / 52.2420528°N 0.1142583°E / 52.2420528; 0.1142583