Bedworth United
Bedworth United FC logo.png
Full nameBedworth United Football Club
Nickname(s)The Greenbacks
Founded1895
GroundThe Oval, Bedworth
Capacity3,000 (300 seated)
ChairmanNeill Rayson-Randle
ManagerStuart Storer
LeagueNorthern Premier League Division One Midlands
2021–22Northern Premier League Division One Midlands, 12th of 20

Bedworth United Football Club is a football club based in Bedworth, Warwickshire, England. They are currently members of the Northern Premier League Division One Midlands and play at the Oval.

History

The first club from which the modern Bedworth United traces its lineage was Bedworth Town, established in 1895. In 1898 they were founder members of the Nuneaton & District League, but had folded by 1900.[1] The name Bedworth Town was resurrected in 1905 when Bedworth Evening Combination School of the Coventry & North Warwickshire League changed their name.[1] However, they folded in the early 1920s.[1] The name was restored to use again in 1925 when Collycroft United (founded 1916 and also members of the Coventry & North Warwickshire League, were renamed.[1] In 1936 they joined the Central Amateur League, but played in the league for only one season.[1]

Following World War II, a new Bedworth Town club was established in 1947.[1] They joined the Birmingham Combination, finishing third in their first season, before winning back-to-back titles in 1948–49 and 1949–50.[2] In 1954 the club moved up to the Northern Division of the Birmingham & District League,[2] and were placed in Division One the following season after league reorganisation. In 1962 the league was renamed the West Midlands (Regional) League. After several seasons struggling in the league, finishing bottom in 1959–60 and then finishing in the bottom five every season between 1962–63 and 1967–68, the club folded in 1968.[2] However, a replacement club was formed under the name Bedworth United, which took over from Town in the West Midlands (Regional) League.[3]

In 1972 Bedworth moved up to Division One North of the Southern League, where they remained until league restructuring in 1979 saw them placed in the Midland Division.[3] A sixth-place finish in 1981–82 was enough to earn a place in the new Premier Division in 1982.[3] In 1988–89 they finished bottom of the division and were relegated to Division One Midlands, which became the Western Division in 1999.[3] In 2006 they were transferred to Division One Midlands, which became Division One Central in 2010.[3]

A third-place finish in 2011–12 saw Bedworth qualify for the promotion play-offs. After beating Uxbridge 2–1 in the semi-final, they defeated Beaconsfield SYCOB 3–1 in the final to earn promotion to the Premier Division.[3] However, the following season saw them finish second-bottom of the table, resulting in relegation, this time to Division One South of the Northern Premier League. They were transferred back to Division One Central of the Southern League in 2014, and qualified for the play-offs again in 2014–15 after finishing fourth. A 2–1 win over Aylesbury in the semi-finals and then a 2–0 victory against Barton Rovers in the final saw them promoted back to the Southern League's Premier Division.[3] However, the following season saw them relegated again, again to Division One South of the Northern Premier League.

Bedworth finished fourth in Division One South in 2017–18, qualifying for the play-offs. After beating Chasetown 2–1 in the semi-finals, they defeated Stamford 2–1 after extra time in the final to earn promotion to the Southern League Premier South Division. However, the club finished bottom of the Premier South Division the following season and were relegated to Division One Central. At the end of the 2020–21 season they were transferred to Division One Midlands of the Northern Premier League.

Ground

Between 1911 and 1939 the club played at the British Queen Ground, after which they moved to the Oval on Coventry Road. It has a capacity of 3,000,[4] of which 300 is seated and covered.[5]

Players

Current squad

As of 19 November 2020 [6]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK England ENG Dan Crane
DF England ENG Mark Albrighton (player-assistant manager)
DF England ENG Kyle Barnett
DF England ENG Philip Bilson
DF England ENG Andy Parsons
DF Antigua and Barbuda ATG Blaize Punter
DF New Zealand NZL Luke Rowe (captain)
DF England ENG Josh Steel
DF Northern Ireland NIR Cal Templeton
DF England ENG Sam Walton
MF England ENG Reece Blackmore
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF Wales WAL Richard Blythe
MF England ENG Ishmael Dawson
MF England ENG Lynus King
MF England ENG Olly Mulders
MF England ENG Elliot Parrott
MF England ENG Yusuf Saleem
MF England ENG Liam Truslove
FW Republic of Ireland IRL Connor Deards
FW Antigua and Barbuda ATG Jorrin John
FW England ENG Luke Keen
FW England ENG Mitch Piggon

The Southern Football League does not use a squad numbering system.

Management and coaching staff

Current staff

As of 18 August 2020 [6]
Position Name
Manager England Stuart Storer
Assistant Manager England Mark Albrighton
Assistant Manager England Andy Penny
First Team Coach England Jamie Lenton
Physio England Sarah Lissaman

Honours

Records

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f History of Bedworth United AFC (the Greenbacks) Archived 22 June 2019 at the Wayback Machine Bedworth United F.C.
  2. ^ a b c d e Bedworth Town at the Football Club History Database
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Bedworth United at the Football Club History Database
  4. ^ Bedworth United Soccerway
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Mike Williams & Tony Williams (2012) Non-League Club Directory 2013, p454 ISBN 978-1-869833-77-0
  6. ^ a b "Bedworth United". Bedworth United FC. Retrieved 19 November 2020.

Coordinates: 52°28′35.602″N 1°28′16.838″W / 52.47655611°N 1.47134389°W / 52.47655611; -1.47134389