A.F.C. Telford United

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A.F.C. Telford United
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Full name Association Football Club Telford United
Nickname(s) The Bucks, Lillywhites, United
Founded 27 May 2004; 12 years ago (2004-05-27)
Ground New Bucks Head, Telford
Ground Capacity 6,380 (2,004 seated)[1]
Chairman Ian Dosser
Manager Rob Smith
League National League North
2015–16 National League North, 18th

A.F.C. Telford United is a football club based in Telford, Shropshire, England. The club were formed after Telford United folded due to financial problems. Currently members of the National League North, the sixth tier of English football, they play home matches at the New Bucks Head in Wellington, part of the new town of Telford. Their colours are white with navy blue and red trim.


Telford United, then playing in the Football Conference, experienced severe financial difficulties towards the end of the 2003–04 season following the collapse of the Miras Contracts business of chairman and sole shareholder Andy Shaw.[2] The club went into administration, and although supporters raised around £50,000 in two months, the club's debts totalled over £4 million, resulting in liquidation on 27 May 2004.[3]

On the same day, Telford United Supporters Limited announced that a new club would be formed,[2] which was named A.F.C. Telford United; a new club motto, numquam obliviscere (never forget) was also adopted. In June the new club were placed in Division One of the Northern Premier League by the Football Association.[4] Bernard McNally was appointed as manager and a new squad assembled.

The club's first season saw them finish third in Division One,[5] qualifying for the promotion play-offs. After beating Eastwood Town 1–0 in the semi-final, they defeated Kendal Town 2–1 in the final to earn promotion to the Premier Division.[6] The attendance of 4,215 for the final was a club record.[1]

The following season saw the club finish tenth. During the season, McNally was replaced as manager by Rob Smith.[7] In 2006–07 the club finished third, having missed the chance to win the league when they lost 2–1 at home to eventual champions Burscough on the final day;[8] the attendance of 5,710 being a new club record.[9] However, they qualified for the promotion play-offs, and a 2–0 win over Marine in the semi-final, they defeated Witton Albion 3–1 to earn promotion to the Conference North.[10]

The 2007–08 season saw Telford finish second in the Conference North, again qualifying for the playoffs, in which they lost 4–0 on aggregate to Barrow.[10] The 2008–09 season resulted in a fourth-place finish and another play-off campaign. After beating Alfreton Town 5–4 on aggregate in the semi finals (a 2–0 win at home and a 4–3 defeat away), they lost 1–0 to Gateshead.[10] The season also saw them reach the first round of the FA Cup for the first time, where they were drawn at home to Football League club Southend United. Following a 2–2 draw, the club lost 2–0 in the replay.[5] In the FA Trophy they reached the semi-finals, losing 4–2 on aggregate to York City.[5] However, they were victorious in the Conference League Cup, beating Forest Green Rovers 3–0 on penalties after a 0–0 draw.[11]

In 2009–10 the club finished eleventh in the league, resulting in the sacking of Smith and his replacement with Andy Sinton.[12] Sinton's first season saw them finish as runners-up again. In the play-offs they defeated Nuneaton Town 3–2 on aggregate in the semi-final,[13] before beating Guiseley 3–2 in the final with an injury-time winner by Phil Trainer,[14] earning promotion to the Conference National. They also reached the first round of the FA Cup again, losing 3–1 at home to Lincoln City.

The 2011–12 season saw them finish twentieth, one place above the relegation zone. Another appearance in the first round of the FA Cup resulted in a 4–0 defeat at Chelmsford City. Sinton left the club mid-way through the following season,[15] and was replaced by Mark Cooper, who remained in charge for only six games, before resigning to take a coaching role at Swindon Town. He was replaced by Graham Hyde, who lasted just two games, resigning after a defeat to of Macclesfield Town. John Psaras took over for the remainder of the season, which saw them finish bottom of the division and be relegated to the Conference North.[5] Liam Watson was appointed as manager in May 2013.[16]

In 2013–14 the club won the Conference North, earning an immediate return to the Conference Premier. However, the following season Watson was sacked in December with the club bottom of the division and replaced by Steve Kittrick.[17] They eventually finished 23rd, resulting in relegation back to the North division. However, the season also saw them reach the second round of the FA Cup for the first time; after beating Basingstoke Town 2–1 in a first round replay, they lost 1–0 at Bristol City.[5] In August 2015 Kittrick was sacked and Rob Smith returned for a second spell as manager.[18]

Season-by-season record[edit]


Main article: New Bucks Head

AFC Telford United play their home games at the New Bucks Head. The ground was renamed following renovation in 2000, having previously been known as the Bucks Head. During the renovations Telford United played with only two terraces in operation, with a small temporary stand situated on what is now the East Terrace and portable cabins in the car park were used for changing rooms. It had previously been home to Wellington Town and Telford United.

The ground has a capacity of 6,380 of which 2,004 is seated and 5,000 covered.[1] The club's record attendance at the ground is 4,215 for the 2005 Northern Premier League Division One play-off final against Kendal Town.[1]

Current squad[edit]

As of 18 January 2017

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

No. Position Player
England GK James Montgomery
England DF Ben Bailey
England DF Tom Edge
England DF Paul McCone
England DF Dwayne Samuels
England DF Dan Preston
Ghana DF Joël Dielna
England DF Gianluca Havern
England DF Luke Higham (on from Blackpool)
No. Position Player
England MF Zak Lilly
England MF Jack Rea
New Zealand FW Henry Cameron (on loan from Blackpool)
England FW David Hibbert
England FW Connor McCarthy
England FW Ben Osei
England FW Danny Reynolds
England FW Josh Wilson
England FW Luke Griffin

Non-playing staff[edit]

  • Manager: Rob Smith
  • Assistant manager: Larry Chambers
  • Goalkeeper coach: Andy Pryce
  • Coach: Luke Griffin
  • Medical practitioner: Simon Hester

Managerial history[edit]

Joined Left Manager
2004 2006 Bernard McNally
2006 2010 Rob Smith
2010 2013 Andy Sinton
2013 2013 Mark Cooper (interim)
2013 2013 Graham Hyde
2013 2013 John Psaras (caretaker)
2013 2014 Liam Watson
2014 2015 Steve Kittrick
2015 Rob Smith


Conference North trophy


  • Record home win: 6–0 vs Scarborough Athletic 16 November 2013 (FA Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round)
  • Record away win: 7–0 vs Runcorn FC Halton 17 April 2006.
  • Record home defeat: 5–1 vs Southport 22 March 2008, 5–1 vs Nuneaton Town 14 November 2015, 4–0 vs Hereford United 20 April 2013, 4–0 vs Harrogate Town 12 September 2015
  • Record away defeat: 6–1 vs Guiseley 1 April 2014, 5–0 vs FC Halifax Town 20 September 2014
  • Record home crowd: 5,710 vs Burscough 28 April 2007
  • Unbeaten run 37 games, 21 January 2006 to 9 December 2006
  • Best league finish: 20th, Conference National 2011–12.
  • Best FA Cup performance: Second round, 2014–15
  • Best FA Trophy performance: Semi-final, 2008–09
  • Best Northern Premier League Challenge Cup performance: Third round, 2005–06
  • Best Northern Premier League Chairman's Cup performance: Semi-final, 2004–05
  • Most appearances: Ryan Young, 367, 2007–14[9]
  • Most goals: Andy Brown, 56, 2008–12[9]
  • Most goals in a season: Kyle Perry, 23, 2004–05[9]
  • Record transfer fee paid: £5,000, Lee Moore from Tamworth in December 2006[9]
  • Record transfer fee received: £25,000, Duane Courtney to Burnley, August 2005[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Mike Williams & Tony Williams (2012) Non-League Club Directory 2013, p21 ISBN 978-1-869833-77-0
  2. ^ a b Telford lose Conference spot BBC Sport, 27 May 2004
  3. ^ AFC Telford United: The club that lived on Shropshire Star, 25 March 2014
  4. ^ Destination for AFC Telford BBC Sport, 7 June 2004
  5. ^ a b c d e AFC Telford United at the Football Club History Database
  6. ^ Kendal Town season review 2004-5 BBC News, 15 June 2005
  7. ^ Rob Smith: Time right to leave AFC Telford Shropshire Star, 26 September 2013
  8. ^ AFC Telford United 1-2 Burscough BBC Sport, 30 April 2007
  9. ^ a b c d e f Honours and Records A.F.C. Telford United
  10. ^ a b c AFC Telford United sack manager Rob Smith BBC Sport, 23 April 2010
  11. ^ Setanta Shield results 2008/09 BBC Sport, 9 April 2009
  12. ^ Andy Sinton is new AFC Telford boss Express and Star, 26 May 2010
  13. ^ Nuneaton manager Kevin Wilkin looks ahead to next year BBC Sport, 9 May 2011
  14. ^ AFC Telford 3–2 Guiseley BBC Sport, 9 May 2011
  15. ^ AFC Telford United Manager Andy Sinton Leaves By Mutual Consent Conference League Clubs, 31 January 2013
  16. ^ AFC Telford United: Liam Watson sacked by Conference club BBC Sport, 13 December 2014
  17. ^ AFC Telford United: Steve Kittrick sacked as Bucks manager BBC Sport, 24 August 2015
  18. ^ AFC Telford bring back Smith and Chambers Shropshire Star, 27 August 2015

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