Newcastle Town
Full nameNewcastle Town Football Club
Nickname(s)The Castle, Castle
Founded1964
GroundLyme Valley Stadium, Newcastle-under-Lyme
Capacity4,000 (300 seated)[1]
ChairmanGavin Appleby
ManagerRobin van der Laan
LeagueNorthern Premier League Division One West
2020–21Northern Premier League Division One South East (season curtailed)
WebsiteClub website

Newcastle Town Football Club is a football club based in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, England. They are currently members of the Northern Premier League Division One West and play at the Lyme Valley Stadium.

History

The club was formed as a Sunday league team in 1964.[2] They joined Division Two of the Mid-Cheshire League in 1982 and went on to win the division at the first attempt, losing only one game all season and scoring 102 goals in 30 games.[3] The league was then reduced to a single division and the club went on to win the League Cup in 1984–85 and the league title in 1985–86.[4][3] With the club in financial difficulties, they then merged with Parkway Clayton.[2] After winning the Sentinel Shield and finishing as runners-up in the Mid-Cheshire League in 1986–87,[4] the club were promoted to Division Two of the North West Counties League.[3]

Newcastle Town were Division Two runners-up in 1991–92, earning promotion to Division One.[3] The following season saw them win the league's Floodlit Cup.[4] They won the Walsall Senior Cup in 1993–94 and retained it the following season, as well as winning the Sentinel Cup.[4] the club were Division One runners-up as well as winning the Floodlit Cup for a second time in 1995–96.[4] In 1996–97 they reached the first round of the FA Cup for the first time, losing 2–0 at home to Notts County in front of a record crowd of 3,948 in a match played at Stoke City's Victoria Ground.[1][3] The season also saw them finish as runners-up in Division One and win the League Cup.[4] The club went on to finish as runners-up in Division One again in 1999–2000, also reaching the FA Vase semi-finals, where they lost 3–1 on aggregate to Deal Town.[3]

In 2004–05 Newcastle Town were Division One runners-up for a fourth time.[3] Division One was renamed the Premier Division in 2008 and the club were Premier Division champions in 2009–10, earning promotion to Division One South of the Northern Premier League;[3] they also won the Staffordshire Senior Cup, beating Port Vale 6–1 in the final.[5] The club were Division One South runners-up the following season, qualifying for the promotion play-offs, but lost 3–0 to Grantham Town in the semi-finals.[3] A third-place finish in 2014–15 was followed by a 3–1 defeat by Sutton Coldfield Town in the play-off semi-finals.[3]

Ground

The club play at the Lyme Valley Stadium, next to the Lyme Brook on Buckmaster Avenue. The ground doubles as a velodrome, with a cycling track around the pitch.[6] The ground includes a seated stand on one side of the pitch and a covered standing terrace on the other.[6] Both ends of the ground consist of uncovered standing areas.[6] It currently has a capacity of 4,000, of which 300 is seated and 1,000 covered.[1]

The ground also currently hosts Stoke City Reserves.

Honours

Records

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f Mike Williams & Tony Williams (2016) Non-League Club Directory 2017, Tony Williams Publications, p224 ISBN 978-1869833695
  2. ^ a b A brief history Newcastle Town F.C.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Newcastle Town at the Football Club History Database
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Honours Newcastle Town F.C.
  5. ^ Senior Cup: History of previous winners Staffordshire FA
  6. ^ a b c Newcastle Town Pyramid Passion

Coordinates: 52°59′51.57″N 2°12′53.70″W / 52.9976583°N 2.2149167°W / 52.9976583; -2.2149167