Cheadle Town
Cheadle Town F.C.png
Full nameCheadle Town Football Club
Founded1961 (as Grasmere Rovers)
GroundPark Road Stadium
Cheadle
Stockport
Capacity2,000
ChairmanCraig Brennan
ManagerDaniel Meadowcroft
LeagueNorth West Counties League Division One South
2021–22North West Counties League Division One South, 7th of 20

Cheadle Town Football Club are a football club based in Cheadle, Greater Manchester. They were established in 1961 and joined the North West Counties Football League in 1983. They are currently members of the North West Counties League Division One South (the new name of the "old" Division Two as of 2008–09[1]). Their home ground is Park Road Stadium.

History

As Grasmere Rovers

Cheadle Town's history can be traced back to 1961 when a 14-year-old boy called Barrie Dean asked his neighbour, Chris Davies, to help his friends form a football team. This team was called Grasmere Rovers after the name of the street that both Dean and Davies lived on (Grasmere Avenue). Chris Davies took on the role of team manager and on 3 September 1961, Grasmere Rovers took to the field for the first time, losing 0–5 to Sutton Boys.


Grasmere started out in the Manchester Junior Football League – a league they would eventually win in the 1967–68 season – playing their games on a Sunday afternoon at The Mellands Playing Fields in Belle Vue. They joined the Manchester League in 1972, allowing them to play their football on the more regular Saturday afternoon. Now under the managerial guidance of Albert Pike, with Chris Davies as chairman and now playing their matches at Surrey Street in Glossop, Grasmere Rovers went from strength-to-strength; the peak of which was the 1979–80 season where they won the Manchester League, the Gilchrist Cup, the Manchester County Amateur Cup and the Derbyshire Junior Cup. In that same season striker Peter Tilley ran in 43 goals.

The team moved to their present-day home of Park Road for the 1982–83 season. Al Sadd were the first ever visitors on Saturday 12 August 1982, running out 4–1 winners on the day. This would be the last season that the team would be known as Grasmere Rovers.[2]

As Cheadle Town

The club joined the North West Counties Football League for the 1983–84 season as Cheadle Town, under the managerial guidance of Gerry Clewes. They finished their first season a lowly 15th in Division Three but were promoted "by default" at the end of the 1986–87 season when Division Three was incorporated into Division Two.

Cheadle Town have spent most of their NWCFL life in Division Two; 1998 saw the start of a three-year escape from Division Two as the club were promoted to Division One. The club struggled with lowly finishes during their three seasons and were ultimately relegated back to Division Two in 2001 after finishing bottom. They have stayed at this level ever since; the fact that Cheadle Town found themselves in Division One for the start of the 2008–09 season was merely down to a renaming of the NWCFL leagues.

Cheadle's more traditional colours of black-and-white as seen in the 2008-09 season (left) and the green-and-white shirt introduced for the 2011-12 season, reflecting on Grasmere Rovers' original colours

Club colours and badge

Cheadle Town's most common colours were white and black worn in the combination of white shirts, black shorts and black stockings. They have also appeared in a multitude of other colour combinations such as yellow and blue, sky blue and white stripes and also all-red.

As part of the club's 50th anniversary celebrations in 2011 the club decided to revert to the original colours of Grasmere Rovers: green and white.[3]

For the start of the 2018-19 season the club changed its colours once again to red-and-white striped shirts, red shorts and stockings.[4]

The old club badge
The old club badge

The club logo was also changed for the start of the 2018-19 season.

The old badge was taken directly from the coat of arms granted to the Cheadle & Gatley Urban District Council back in December 1955.[5]

Stadium

Park Road Stadium has an official capacity of 2,000; its record attendance is 1,700 for a friendly match against Stockport County in August 1994. During the 1966 World Cup it was used by the Portuguese national team as a training ground and has also had the honour of hosting a soccer school run by Brazilian legend Jairzinho during the summer of 1993.

It has a covered main stand on the west side of the pitch that can seat approximately 250 and contains the changing rooms underneath; the other three sides of the pitch are uncovered and surrounded by nothing more than a railing. Other facilities at the stadium include a clubhouse and a portable building that doubles up as the refreshments kiosk and hospitality room.

In April 2014 the club announced that they had been awarded a £5,000 grant from Capital One as part of the company's Grounds For Improvement competition. This money was used for two new dugouts, a brand-new hard-standing surface directly from the tunnel to the dugout areas and new storage facilities.[6] In the recent months the club has managed to install seats in its main stand and has begun rebuilding its club house after the old structure was demolished in November 2014. A new F.A standard 5 a-side pitch has also been built.

Further work on the stadium took place over the summer of 2018 thanks to the club winning a £50,000 Buildbase bursary.[7] The clubhouse and changing rooms were refurbished and a new external cafe was opened.[8]

Playing squad

As of 18 October 2021: 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 Marcus Burgess
GK England ENG Elliot Wynne
DF England ENG Miles Vare
DF England ENG Warren Gaskin
DF England ENG Josh Borthwick
DF England ENG Liam Moran
DF England ENG Jack McConnell
DF England ENG Thomas Millington
MF England ENG Paul Sunderland
MF England ENG Adam Jones
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF England ENG Michael O'Neil
MF England ENG Ryan Hibbert
MF England ENG Andrew Lunt
MF England ENG Christian Soda
MF Belgium BEL Cyril Owolabi
FW Italy ITA Enock Amankwaa
FW England ENG Patrick Davin
FW England ENG Ryan Usher
FW England ENG Alfie Carmichael
FW England ENG Joseph Collins

Players who went on to play for Football League teams

(club in brackets is the one joined by player after leaving Cheadle Town)

Management Team

Current Management Team

Paul Marshall England Manager
Steven Yarwood England Assistant Manager
Stephen Piggott England Goalkeeping Coach
Vacant England Physio

Honours

As Grasmere Rovers

As Cheadle Town

League performances

Cheadle Town FC: Final League Positions
Season League Position No. of teams Notes
1983–84 North West Counties Division 3 15th 18
1984–85 12th 18
1985–86 7th 15
1986–87 8th 13 Division 3 merged with Division 2 at end of season
1987–88 North West Counties Division 2 12th 22
1988–89 14th 18
1989–90 6th 16
1990–91 7th 18 Lamot Pils Trophy Runners-Up
1991–92 9th 18
1992–93 12th 18
1993–94 12th 18
1994–95 11th 16
1995–96 6th 18 NWCFL Division 2 Trophy Runners-Up
1996–97 9th 20
1997–98 4th 21 Promoted
1998–99 North West Counties Division 1 17th 21
1999–2000 18th 22
2000–01 22nd 22 Relegated
2001–02 North West Counties Division 2 17th 21
2002–03 13th 19
2003–04 16th 20
2004–05 12th 19
2005–06 14th 19
2006–07 12th 18
2007–08 14th 18
2008–09 North West Counties Division 1 7th 18 Division 2 renamed to Division 1
2009–10 14th 17 NWCFL Division 1 Trophy Runners-Up
2010–11 10th 18
2011–12 8th 18
2012–13 7th 18 Stockport DFA Cup Winners
2013–14 11th 19
2014–15 10th 19
2015–16 6th 18
2016-17 12th 22 Stockport DFA Cup Winners
2017-18 12th 22
2018-19 16th 22

Foreign tours

Cheadle Town are famous throughout non-league football for their foreign tours. When abroad the club travels under the name of AFC Manchester and have clocked up over 200,000 airmiles, 96 games in 30 different countries, a total aggregate crowd of 312,000 and 111 goals. Opponents have included seven national teams with the club being the first and only English outfit to play in and against Cuba (in 1975) – a match that was shown on Cuban national television. They have even graced the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City, playing to a crowd of 65,000 and met people such as Alfredo Di Stéfano, Ronnie Biggs and Rajiv Gandhi.

In October 2014 the club played host to the Russian under-19 team as a warm-up for the Russians prior to their game against Northern Ireland. Cheadle lost 0–22.[9]

Link with FC Sports

In December 2017, Cheadle Town F.C. became part of the Little Sports Group. The Little Sports Group founded FC Sports in 2009, consisting of junior football teams from u4's to u16's. In 2013 FC Sports was awarded 'Charter Standard' status by The FA, this kitemark recognises the standards of things such as facilities, coaching, policies and procedures and much more.

References

  1. ^ "Cheadle Town profile at NWCFL official website".
  2. ^ "PARK ROAD 'OPENED' 30 YEARS AGO". pitchero.com. Archived from the original on 8 September 2013. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
  3. ^ "New Sponsorship Deal for Cheadle Town". NWCFL. Archived from the original on 7 August 2011. Retrieved 5 July 2011.
  4. ^ "Pre-Season Finale".
  5. ^ "The Club Badge - The Meaning Of It All". Archived from the original on 10 October 2014. Retrieved 18 August 2014.
  6. ^ "Park Road To See Benefits of Capital One Money". 11 April 2014. Archived from the original on 19 August 2014.
  7. ^ "Cheadle Town FC Win £50,000 Buildbase Bursary".
  8. ^ "Pre-Season Finale".
  9. ^ Russell Stoddart (6 October 2014). "Cheadle Town buoyed despite 22-0 defeat by Russia U19". BBC Sport. Retrieved 6 October 2014.

Coordinates: 53°23′31.69″N 2°12′12.18″W / 53.3921361°N 2.2033833°W / 53.3921361; -2.2033833