Atherstone Town

History

The original Atherstone Town club was formed in 1887, and after drifting between various local leagues, settled in the Birmingham Combination in 1911, where they remained until 1954. Prior to this the Adders had gained national recognition by reaching the semi-final of the FA Amateur Cup in both 1907 and 1909. After several decades of varying performance, the 1947–48 season saw the Adders claim the Birmingham Combination League and Cup double. In 1954 they stepped up to the Birmingham and District League (later renamed the West Midlands (Regional) League), where they were runners-up in 1972 and moved up to the Southern League. In their first season they gained promotion to the Premier Division, where their best position was third in 1973–74, but the club was forced into liquidation in the summer of 1979.

A group of local enthusiasts managed to fulfil the team’s reserve fixtures in the West Midlands League under the name Atherstone United and then decided to continue under that name as a new club.

In 1982 the new club won promotion to the West Midlands (Regional) League Premier Division, followed in 1986–87 by winning the Premier Division title and promotion to the Southern League Midland Division. Two years later they were promoted again, to the Southern League Premier Division, where they finished as high as 4th. However, the end of the 1999–00 season saw Atherstone relegated for the first time in either incarnation. The situation at the club worsened and in September 2003 Atherstone United were put into liquidation. Again a group of supporters formed a new Atherstone Town club.

In their debut season the new Atherstone Town were accepted into the Midland Combination Division One, winning the league and promotion at the first attempt along with the President’s Cup. In the 2005–06 season, they were the champions of the Midland Combination Premier Division and thus stepped up to the Midland Football Alliance. Further success in 2005–06 came in the Birmingham County FA Midweek Floodlit Cup and the Midland Combination Endsleigh Challenge Cup. In the 2007–08 season, the club won promotion again as champions of the Midland Football Alliance, the club’s third promotion in four seasons. The first season in the Southern League Midland Division saw the Adders in the top three for most of the season. At the end they finished third behind champions Leamington and near neighbours Nuneaton Town. They made the play-offs, only to lose to Chasetown. They did however win the GX Southern League Cup for the first time after beating Bridgwater Town in the two legged final.

Due to financial problems, the club had to resign from the Southern League mid-way during the 2010–11 season. In 2011–12 they played in the Midland Football Alliance but were relegated at the end of the season to the Midland Combination Premier Division. The Adders finished in 9th position during their first season back in the Midland Combination, before following that up with a 5th place finish in 2013/14. For the 2014/15 season the Midland Combination Premier Division was renamed the Midland Football League First Division. Atherstone finished 13th in both 2014/15 and 2015/16, before achieving a very respectable 4th position during 2016/17, striker Alex Naughton picking up many plaudits with 51 goals in just 38 appearances.

Records

Name:- Atherstone Town FC

Founded:- 1887

Nickname:- The Adders

Ground:- The Mark Webster Community Stadium, Sheepy Road

Capacity:- 3,500

Record Attendance:- 2,801 v Rugby

Best FA Cup Performance:- 2nd Round Proper 1990/91

Best FA Trophy performance:- 3rd Round 1975/76 & 1977/78

Best FA Vase Performance:- 6th Round 1982/83

2017/18 League Performance:- 3rd Midland Football League Division 1

2017/18 Top Scorer:- Alex Naughton (41 goals)

Atherstone Town – The Last 10 seasons

Season League Pld W D L F A PTS Pos
2008-09 Southern League Midland Division 42 24 13 5 82 45 85 3/22
2009-10 Southern League Midland Division 42 15 9 18 65 82 54 13/22
2010-11 Southern League Central Division 42 10 6 26 61 118 36 21/22 (R)
2011-12 Midland Alliance 42 11 9 22 48 78 42 21/22 (R)
2012-13 Midland Combination Premier Division 34 17 5 12 63 52 53 9/18
2013-14 Midland Combination Premier Division 34 18 6 10 75 55 60 5/18
2014-15 Midland Football League 1 38 14 4 20 77 92 46 13/20
2015-16 Midland Football League 1 38 11 8 19 55 71 41 13/20
2016-17 Midland Football League 1 38 24 5 9 99 58 77 4/20
2017-18 Midland Football League 1 42 29 5 8 128 50 92 3/22

Previous Meetings

Date Opponent Venue Competition Result F A Attendance
06/01/1951 Atherstone Town H Birmingham Junior Cup
03/10/1987 Atherstone United A South 1 Midland L 0 4 314
30/01/1988 Atherstone United H South 1 Midland L 0 3
07/12/1998 Atherstone United A Birmingham Senior Cup D 1 1 91
22/12/1998 Atherstone United H Birmingham Senior Cup W 2 1 37
28/10/2000 Atherstone United A South 1 West L 1 3 181
17/02/2001 Atherstone United H South 1 West L 1 4 132
30/09/2017 Atherstone Town A MFL 1 D 1 1 162
07/02/2018 Atherstone Town A Birmingham Midweek Floodlit Cup L 0 5
21/04/2018 Atherstone Town H MFL 1 L 0 2 101
01/09/2018 Atherstone Town H MFL 1 W 1 0 148
19/01/2019 Atherstone Town A MFL 1 L 0 2 181

Head-To-Head Record

Paget vs Atherstone Played Paget Wins Draws Atherstone Wins Paget Goals Atherstone Goals
11 2 2 7 7 26