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Chasetown
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Full nameChasetown Football Club
Nickname(s)The Scholars, The Chase
Founded1954 (as Chase Terrace Old Scholars)
GroundThe Scholars Ground,
Church Street, Chasetown
Burntwood WS7 3QL
Capacity2,500 chairman = Steve Jones
ManagerMark Swann
LeagueNorthern Premier League Division One Midlands
2021–22Northern Premier League Division One Midlands, 4th of 20
WebsiteClub website

Chasetown Football Club is an English football club based in the Chasetown area of Burntwood, Staffordshire. The club plays in the Northern Premier League Division One Midlands and is nicknamed The Scholars, having been formed by affiliates of nearby Chase Terrace High School in the Chase Terrace area of Burntwood.

Chasetown gained national recognition in November 2005 when the BBC televised the club's FA Cup first round home tie with Oldham Athletic, in which the team held their Football League opponents to a 1–1 draw. They went on to finish the 2005–06 season as Midland Alliance champions and thereby gain promotion to the Southern League. In the 2007–08 F.A Cup they made the third round for the first time in their history after holding Port Vale to a 1–1 draw and winning the replay 1–0. They lost the third round match 3–1 to eventual finalists Cardiff City. In doing so, they became the lowest ever ranked club to reach as far as the third round proper of the FA Cup.[1]

History

The club was formed in 1954 as Chase Terrace Old Scholars Youth Club and initially played in the Cannock Youth League. At the start of the 1958–59 season the club joined the Lichfield and District League, where the club spent three seasons, finishing as runners-up in the league and Challenge Cup.

For the 1961–62 season the club stepped up to the Staffordshire County League before moving to the West Midlands (Regional) League Division One and adopting the new name of Chasetown F.C. in 1972.

In eleven seasons in this division Chasetown never finished outside the top four, winning the championship in 1977–78, but were prevented from gaining promotion because they were playing on a park pitch at Burntwood Recreation Centre. In 1983 the club moved to a new ground, The Scholars Ground, and gained entry to the Premier Division. Although the Scholars initially struggled to finish outside the lower reaches of the table, the team won their first trophy in 1989–90, defeating Oldbury United to win the League Cup, soon followed by winning the Walsall Senior Cup. Chasetown beat Blakenall at the Bescot Stadium and retained the trophy in 1992–93, beating Pelsall Villa 3–1.

In the early 1990s, Chasetown won the West Midlands League Cup twice and finishing as runners-up in the twice. The Scholars were among the founder members of the newly formed Midland Football Alliance in 1994 but failed to make an impression in the early seasons.

In 2000–01 the club in a transitional period after the departure of long-serving manager Mervyn Rowe, and only escaped relegation due to the fact that no clubs were promoted from the lower division. Charlie Blakemore returned to the club in partnership with Michael Rowe, son of previous manager Mervyn, and the club's fortunes began to turn around, with two top-half finishes. In Blakemore's first full season in complete control of the first team, 2004–05, Chasetown won the Walsall Senior Cup for the third time and finished second to Rushall Olympic in the Midland Alliance.

Chasetown were placed the national spotlight in November 2005 when the club reached the first round of the FA Cup for the first time in their history. After defeating Blyth Spartans the team took on Oldham Athletic in a match broadcast live on television. A peak audience of 3.2 million people watched the game live.[2] In front of 1,997 supporters, Chasetown took the lead through Nicky Harrison, only for veteran David Eyres to level the scores and send the game into a replay. Chasetown took 2,436 supporters to the replay but succumbed to a 0–4 defeat. As a result of this cup run the club was able to secure a shirt sponsorship deal with Richard Branson's Virgin Holidays for the 2006–07 season. Meanwhile, in the league, Chasetown rallied from 14th place at Christmas, 20 points behind leaders Malvern Town, to win the Midland Alliance championship and gain promotion to the Southern League Division One Midlands.

Chasetown playing Cardiff City at the inauguration of the Cardiff City Stadium
Chasetown playing Cardiff City at the inauguration of the Cardiff City Stadium

In 2007–08, Chasetown beat Team Bath 2–0 to reach the second round proper of the FA Cup for the first time in their history. This set up an away tie against Staffordshire rivals Port Vale, which they drew 1–1 before winning the replay 1–0 to set up a Third Round match at home to Championship side Cardiff City and making Chasetown the lowest ranked club ever to make the third round of the competition. While Chasetown lost the third round match to Cardiff City 3–1, they went ahead because of a Kevin McNaughton own goal, and held the lead until just before half-time.[3]

As a result of playing the F.A Cup tie in 2008, Cardiff City invited Chasetown to be the first official opponent at the Cardiff City Stadium, played on Friday 10 July, resulting in a 4–0 win for the Welsh side.[4]

On 1 May 2010, Chasetown won the Northern Premier League Division One South play-offs, beating Glapwell 1–0 in front of a crowd of 1,265 to gain promotion to level 7 of the English football league system for the first time in their history.

On 16 November 2010 Chasetown won a £10,000 Makeover Competition from the Northern Premier League, winning a £10,000 voucher from Travis Perkins builders' merchants to improve facilities at the Scholars Ground.

On 14 December 2010 Chasetown beat Kettering Town 2–1 in an FA Trophy replay, another cup upset as two divisions separated the sides and Kettering were at home. On 15 January 2011 Chasetown produced another upset by defeating Conference National side Grimsby Town to reach the last sixteen of the competition. In the last sixteen they defeated Eastleigh of Conference South to gain a place in the quarter finals. In the 2012/13 season they finished 5th to grab the last play-off spot over Sutton Coldfield Town F.C.and Halesowen Town F.C. on goal difference and on may 6th 2013 Chasetown beat Leicestershire side Coalville Town F.C. in the semi finals of the 8th tier play-offs to go to the final where they lost to 4th place Stamford A.F.C. (by a score of 2-1) who got promoted with Kings Lynn F.C. from Norfolk who in 2022 are now in the national league (the fifth tier of English football).In the 2017/18 season for the second time they managed to grab a 5th place play-off spot on the last day of the season over the team they lost to in the final 4 years earlier, Stamford A.F.C. who got the last spot over Leek town F.C. and went on to draw Bedworth United F.C. in the semi finals where they lost 2-1 again. In the 2021-22 season after the coronavirus pandemic, they made the highest ever support at a league match against winners of the northern premier Ilkeston Town F.C. in a 1-0 win over the Derby team with a last minute header, with the attendance of 1,404 . They also reached the 1st round of the FA Cup but lost to Hanley Town F.C. from Derby. After being as high as second in that same season in the league, they finished 4th due to a draw and drew third place Halesowen Town F.C. in the semi finals of the play offs for a 3rd time in 9 years. They one 1-0 with an 89th minute goal to reach the final against where they set the second highest attendance at the scholars ground ever against yet another Derby side Belper Town F.C. with over 2,300 fans attending the game (500 Belper fans). Despite such a good season, they lost the game 1-0 with a Kyle Perry shot cleared of the line and a possible penalty shout for Chasetown. The side from Derby had a goal from inside the box deflect of a Chasetown defender and sent the goalkeeper the wrong way to get the only goal of the game in the second half. Belper then joined Ilkeston Town F.C. to make it delight in the double Derby promotion.

Crest

Chasetown's crest features a deer, in reference to nearby Cannock Chase, and a Stafford Knot.

Ground and supporters

The Scholars Ground
The Scholars Ground

The Scholars Ground has been Chasetown's home since 1983. The ten highest official attendances recorded at the ground for competitive fixtures are as follows:

Attendance Opponents Match Date
2,420 Cardiff City FA Cup 3rd Round Proper January 2008
2,309 Belper Town northern premier league premier division play-off final 30th April 2022
2,134 Blyth Spartans FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round October 2005
2,000 Mansfield Town FA Trophy 4th Round Proper March 2011
1,997 Oldham Athletic FA Cup 1st Round Proper November 2005
1,986 Port Vale FA Cup 2nd Round Proper, Replay December 2007
1,408 Nuneaton Borough FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round October 2007
1,404 Ilkeston Town Northern Premier League Midlands March 2022
1,265 Glapwell Northern Premier League Division One South Promotion Play-off Final May 2010
1,148 Sporting Khalsa Northern Premier League Midlands April 2022
1,089 FC United of Manchester Northern Premier League Premier Division April 2011


Players

Team management

Honours and records

National cup record

Team records

(1972–73 onwards)

Individual records

References

  1. ^ "Chasetown dream on after Cup win". BBC official website. 12 December 2007. Retrieved 12 December 2007.
  2. ^ The FA
  3. ^ "Chasetown 1–3 Cardiff". BBC Sport. 5 January 2008. Retrieved 5 January 2008.
  4. ^ http://www.cardiffcity-mad.co.uk/news/tmnw/cardiff_city_4__0_chasetown_453337/index.shtml Cardiff's Stadium curtain opener
  5. ^ "First Team Squad". Chasetown FC. Retrieved 13 March 2022.