Basford United
Full nameBasford United Football Club
Nickname(s)The Lions
Founded1900
GroundGreenwich Avenue, Basford
Capacity1,600[1]
ChairmanChris Munroe
ManagerSteve Chettle
LeagueNorthern Premier League Premier Division
2020–21Northern Premier League Premier Division (season curtailed)

Basford United Football Club is a football club based in Basford, a suburb of Nottingham, England. They are currently members of the Northern Premier League Premier Division and play at Greenwich Avenue.

History

Basford United was formed in 1900 at the Old Pear Tree Inn.[2] They initially played in the Notts Combination, winning the league cup in 1903–04, before switching to the Notts Alliance in 1904. They won the league in their first season, and again in 1906–07 and 1919–20.[3] The club were later relegated to Division Two, which they won in 1929–30.[3]

During World War II the club played in the Notts Amateur Alliance, returning to the Notts Alliance after the war.[2] The 1946–47 season saw them win the Notts Senior Cup.[2] They were relegated to Division Two in 1970–71, although they soon returned to the Senior Division. After finishing bottom of the table in 1981–82 they were relegated again.[3] The 1984–85 season saw them finish as runners-up in Division One, earning promotion back to the Senior Division.[4] In 1987–88 they won the Notts Senior Cup again, beating Hucknall Town in the final.[2]

After finishing second-from-bottom in 1991–92, Basford were relegated to Division One again.[4] However, a second-place finish in 1993–94 saw them promoted again.[4] They were relegated again in 1995–96, and despite winning Division One in 1997–98, they were relegated back to the division after finishing bottom of the Senior Division the following season.[5] They withdrew from the league (now replaced by the Notts Senior League) during the 2005–06 season.[6] However, they returned to the Senior Division the following season.[6] After finishing as runners-up in 2009–10 and 2010–11,[6] Basford switched to the South Division of the Central Midlands League.

Basford won the division at the first attempt (and the league's Floodlit Trophy),[2] earning promotion to the East Midlands Counties League.[5] After a second successive title in 2012–13 (also becoming the first club to win both the league and the league cup),[2] they were promoted to the Premier Division of the Northern Counties East League. They finished fifth in 2013–14, and were transferred to the Premier Division of the new Midland League for the 2014–15 season. They went on to win the inaugural league title, earning promotion to Division One South of the Northern Premier League,[5] as well as winning the Notts Senior Cup for a third time. A fourth-place finish in 2015–16 saw them qualify for the promotion play-offs, in which they lost 5–0 to Coalville Town in the semi-finals. The season also saw them retained the Notts Senior Cup.

In 2017–18 Basford were Division One South champions, earning promotion to the Premier Division. They also won the Notts Senior Cup, and retained it the following season.

Ground

Shortly after their formation, the club began playing at the Dolly Tub pitch, which later became the Highbury housing estate.[2] They moved to Catchems Corner in 1903, remaining there until moving to Vernon Avenue in 1930.[2] They subsequently moved to Mill Street, before Greenwich Avenue became their home ground in 1991 after Mill Street was used for housing.[2]

Current squad

As of 7 August 2021 [7]

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

Pos. Nation Player
GK England ENG Adam Collin
GK England ENG Jordan Pierrepont
GK Scotland SCO Kieran Preston
DF England ENG Owen Betts
DF England ENG James Clifton
DF England ENG Stefan Galinski (vice-captain)
DF England ENG Brad Gascoigne
DF England ENG Josh Law (player-coach)
DF England ENG Dominic Roma
DF Northern Ireland NIR Ryan Wilson
MF England ENG Callum Chettle
Pos. Nation Player
MF England ENG Ollie Clark
MF England ENG Declan Dunn
MF England ENG Alex Howes
MF England ENG Kane Richards
MF England ENG James Tague
MF England ENG Matt Thornhill (captain)
FW England ENG Revarnelle James
FW England ENG Marcus Marshall
FW England ENG Aaron O'Connor
FW England ENG Niall Towle

Honours

Records

See also

References

  1. ^ Introducing Basford United Chesterfield F.C.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j History Basford United F.C.
  3. ^ a b c Notts Alliance 1894–1983 Non-League Matters
  4. ^ a b c Notts Alliance 1983–1997 Non-League Matters
  5. ^ a b c d e f Basford United at the Football Club History Database
  6. ^ a b c Notts Alliance/Senior League 1997–2011 Non-League Matters
  7. ^ "Basford United". basfordunited.com. Retrieved 7 August 2021.

Coordinates: 52°59′15.724″N 1°11′22.801″W / 52.98770111°N 1.18966694°W / 52.98770111; -1.18966694