Dereham Town F.C.

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Dereham Town
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Full nameDereham Town Football Club
Nickname(s)The Magpies
Founded1884
GroundAldiss Park, Dereham
Capacity2,500 (150 seated) [1] [2]
ChairmanAshley Bunn
ManagerAdam Gusterson
League Isthmian League North Division
2020–21 Isthmian League North Division (season curtailed)

Dereham Town Football Club is a football club based in Dereham, Norfolk, England. They are currently members of the Isthmian League North Division and play at Aldiss Park.

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History

The club was founded as Dereham Football Club in 1884, spending many of its early years in the Dereham & District League. In 1891–92 the club reached the final of the Norfolk Senior Cup, losing to CEYMS. [3] By 1910 the club were playing in the Norwich & District League and had been renamed East Dereham. [4] In 1920 they adopted their current name and in 1935 they joined the Norfolk & Suffolk League, which had lost several clubs to the newly established Eastern Counties League. When the Norfolk & Suffolk League merged into the Anglian Combination, the club were placed in the Senior B Division. They won the division at the first attempt and were promoted Premier Division. They were renamed Dereham Hobbies United in 1986 after a local Sunday league team merged into the club. The club were relegated from the Premier Division at the end of the 1988–89 season, but made an immediate return to the Premier Division as Division One champions. In 1991 they returned to the name Dereham Town. [4]

In 1997–98 Dereham won the Anglian Combination Premier Division, earning promotion to Division One of the Eastern Counties League, also winning the Don Frost Memorial Cup. In 2001–02 the club finished second in Division One, beating Stanway Rovers 1–0 on the final day to overtake them and earn promotion to the Premier Division. The club won the Norfolk Senior Cup in 2006, defeating Norwich United 1–0 in the final, and again in 2007 when Wroxham were beaten 1–0 in the final. In 2012–13 they won the Eastern Counties League Premier Division, earning promotion to Division One North of the Isthmian League. [5] The club won the Norfolk Senior Cup for the fourth time in 2015–16, defeating Norwich United 2–0 in the final. [6] A fifth Senior Cup was won in 2018–19, when Dereham beat Thetford Town 2–1 in the final. [7]

Reserve team

After the club were promoted to the Isthmian League, the reserve team joined Division One of the Eastern Counties League, moving up from the reserve division. They left the league at the end of the 2016–17 season. [8]

Ground

External view of Aldiss Park, the home ground of Dereham Town Aldiss Park Wikepidia.jpg
External view of Aldiss Park, the home ground of Dereham Town

Prior to World War II the club played at Bayfields Meadow, after which they moved to the Recreation Ground. However, the council owned the ground and there was no scope for upgrading it. [4] In 1991, the club purchased a 10.2-acre (41,000 m2) site on the outskirts of the town in order to build a new £750,000 stadium.

The club moved to the new ground at Aldiss Park in December 1996. At the start of 2000–01 season Norwich City visited Aldiss Park for a pre-season friendly and although the club lost 9–0, a new record attendance of 1,800 was set. Norwich City visited for another friendly match in July 2001, with a new record of 3,000 being set.

Honours

Records

See also

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References

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  2. Club info Dereham Town F.C.
  3. Club History Archived 2007-10-18 at the Wayback Machine Dereham Town FC
  4. 1 2 3 Blakeman, M (2010) The Official History of the Eastern Counties Football League 1935-2010, Volume II ISBN   978-1-908037-02-2
  5. "Dereham Town crowned champions". EDP. Retrieved 27 April 2013.
  6. Norfolk Senior Cup final: Dereham Town 2 Norwich United 0 Dereham Times, 13 May 2016
  7. Dereham Town beat Thetford Town 2-1 after extra-time to lift Norfolk Senior Cup Eastern Daily Press, 30 April 2019
  8. Dereham Town Reserves at the Football Club History Database
  9. 1 2 3 Dereham Town at the Football Club History Database

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