Chichester City F.C.

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Chichester City
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Full nameChichester City Football Club
Nickname(s)Lillywhites
Founded2000
GroundOaklands Park, Chichester
Capacity2,000 [1]
ChairmanAndrew Bell
ManagerMiles Rutherford
League Isthmian League South East Division
2020–21 Isthmian League South East Division (season curtailed)

Chichester City Football Club is a semi-professional football club based in Chichester, West Sussex, England. Affiliated to the Sussex County Football Association, they are currently members of the Isthmian League South East Division and play at Oaklands Park.

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History

The club was established in 2000 as a merger of Chichester City and Portfield, and was originally named Chichester City United. [2] Both clubs were in Division One of the Sussex County League, with the new club taking their place in the division, with the new club losing their first league match 5–1 at home to Saltdean United. [3] They were Division One champions in 2003–04. The following season saw them finish sixteenth, [2] although they won the Brighton Charity Cup, beating Horsham on penalties in the final. [3] They retained it in 2005–06, defeating Ringmer 2–1 in the final. [3]

In 2006–07 Chichester won the Sussex RUR Cup with a 2–1 win over Whitehawk in the final. [3] In 2009 the club was renamed Chichester City. [4] The league was renamed the Southern Combination in 2015, with Division One becoming the Premier Division. In 2018–19 the club were Premier Division champions, earning promotion to the South East Division of the Isthmian League. In 2019–20 they reached the first round of the FA Cup for the first time, and were then given a bye to the second round due to Bury having been removed from the competition. [5] In the second round they lost 5–1 to League One side Tranmere Rovers. [6]

Ground

The club originally played at Portfield's Church Road, with the agreement that Chichester District Council would sell the ground for housing and use the funds to redevelop Chichester City's Oaklands Park ground. [7] They moved to Oaklands Park in 2008 after a 100-seat stand was installed; the final match at Church Road was a 5–4 win against Three Bridges on 19 April. [3] A new clubhouse and changing rooms were completed in 2010, with hardstanding installed on all four sides of the pitch. [7]

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References

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    2. 1 2 Chichester City United at the Football Club History Database
    3. 1 2 3 4 5 Season by season history (since 2000) Chichester City F.C.
    4. 1 2 3 Chichester City at the Football Club History Database
    5. FA Cup first-round draw: Eighth-tier Chichester City receive a bye to second round BBC Sport, 21 October 2019
    6. Tranmere Rovers 5–1 Chichester City BBC Sport, 1 December 2019
    7. 1 2 History 1 Chichester City F.C.

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