Tividale F.C.

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Tividale
Tividale Logo.png
Full nameTividale Football Club
Nickname(s)The Dale
Founded1954;69 years ago (1954)
Ground The Beeches
Tividale
West Midlands
Capacity2,800
ManagerStuart How
League Midland League Premier Division
2022–23 Midland League Premier Division, 15th of 20

Tividale Football Club is a football club based in Tividale, near Dudley, West Midlands, England. They were established in 1954. In the 2011–12 season, under the management of Dean Whitehouse, they reached the 5th round of the FA Vase, the furthest the club has progressed in the competition. [1] They won the Midland Football Alliance in 2013–14. They now play in the Midland League Premier Division, having been relegated from the Northern Premier League Division One South at the end of the 2015–16 season.

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History

Tividale (yellow shirts) playing Oadby Town in the FA Vase in 2010 TividalevsOadby.jpg
Tividale (yellow shirts) playing Oadby Town in the FA Vase in 2010

Tividale F.C. was formed in 1954 as the senior branch of Tividale Hall Youth Club F.C and originally played in the Handsworth and District League, before moving on to the Warwickshire & West Midlands Alliance. In 1966 they joined the newly formed West Midlands (Regional) League Division One. In 1973 they gained promotion to the Premier Division and remained there for nearly 20 years, with a best-placed finish of 4th.

In the 1976–77 season, Tividale were the primary subject of a best-selling book, Journey to Wembley by Brian James, which charted that season's FA Cup tournament from the preliminary qualifying round to the final. It began at Tividale and focused on their progress through the competition until they were eliminated, the focus then shifting to the club that defeated them and so on till it ended with the eventual cupwinners. [2]

In 1991 the club were relegated to Division One due to no longer being able to meet the required ground standards for the top division, and these events led to a number of management and playing staff leaving the club. New manager Terry Jones was able to turn the club's fortunes around and in 1993 Tividale finished second in Division One and won promotion back into the Premier. Unfortunately in the same year the Midland Football Alliance was formed, moving the West Midlands League one step down the pyramid, so in a sense the club had not advanced.

Since their return to the Premier Division Tividale have generally been a mid-table side, although in 2001–02 they finished second, despite having three points deducted. Between 2002 and 2004 the club reached the final of the Walsall Senior Cup in three successive seasons, winning the trophy in 2003.

Ian Long joined as joint manager with Stuart Scriven in 2013. After Scriven left the club due to work commitments in 2013, Long assumed sole managership of the first team. [3] In their first season in the Northern Premier League Division One South Tividale finished in 8th position. Long left his position as manager in May 2015, and was replaced by Philip Male and Ross Thorpe as joint managers.

With the loss of the complete 201415 squad with Long, the 201516 season proved a season too long and Tividale suffered relegation from the Northern Premier League. With outside commitments taking its toll Male decided to step down after the one season and so Tividale were looking for their third manager in three seasons. Relegation meant a return to Step 5 football in the newly formed Midland Football League Premier Division. The club next appointed the prolific Stourbridge Youth team manager Dave King as Tividale manager. However, the following season saw the team suffer another relegation and a return to the West Midlands (Regional) League. In the 201718 season the club finished as runners up to Wolverhampton Sporting Community in the league, but the club was denied promotion. The team went one better in the 201819 season, winning the league by four points from second place Haughmond.

Ground

Tividale moved to their current ground in Packwood Road in 1974, renaming it The Beeches. This name was chosen to honour a British Waterways official who had granted the site's lease to the club. The new ground was situated in a newly developed residential street on the Tividale Hall Estate on land which had previously been inaccessible to motor vehicles and which had required the demolition of four houses in order to open up the land for development.

In 1991 a new rule was introduced by the West Midlands League that all Premier Division clubs must have floodlights. As Tividale could not afford to erect lights at The Beeches, they had no option but to step down to Division One. Floodlights were eventually erected two years later.

More recent development work has seen the building of a 200-seater stand, new changing rooms, a boardroom, and the refurbishment of the Social Club. In spring 2014 the club achieved the ground grading that allowed them to play in the Northern Premier League Division One South for the 2014–15 season.

Honours

Club records

Players

Current squad

As of 6 November 2023

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No.Pos.NationPlayer
GK Flag of England.svg  ENG Louis Connor
GK Flag of England.svg  ENG Roman Davies
DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Zak Kourouyianni
DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Callum Gillies
DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Joe Hawkins
DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Ashley Oliver
MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Jakob Burroughs
MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Taylor Townsend
MF Flag of England.svg  ENG James Douglas
MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Jake Lloyd
FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Lewis Taylor-Boyce
FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Nashawn Blake
FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Callum Powell
No.Pos.NationPlayer
GK Flag of England.svg  ENG Tim Beech
DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Joe Burroughs
DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Taryll Davis
DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Cameron East
DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Kamol Campbell
MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Cody Mullan
MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Cain Smith
MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Max Morris
MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Malcolm Melvin
FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Dom Dell
FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Arman Khoshkhoo
FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Ewan Edwards

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