Sutton Coldfield Town
Full nameSutton Coldfield Town Football Club
Nickname(s)The Royals
Founded1879; 143 years ago (1879)
Ground
Capacity2,000
Coordinates52°33′24″N 1°49′07″W / 52.5568°N 1.8187°W / 52.5568; -1.8187Coordinates: 52°33′24″N 1°49′07″W / 52.5568°N 1.8187°W / 52.5568; -1.8187
ChairmanNick Thurston
ManagerDave Stringer[1]
LeagueNorthern Premier League Division One Midlands
2021–22Northern Premier League Division One Midlands, 17th of 20
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Sutton Coldfield Town Football Club is an English association football club based in Sutton Coldfield. The club participates in the Northern Premier League Division One Midlands.

Despite being the largest team in a town with a population of over 105,000 people (more than that of the home towns of many full-time professional teams), their profile suffers due to their geographical proximity to Aston Villa, who draw considerable support from the town.

History

The club was founded in 1879 and played its first match against the 2nd XI of Birmingham F.C. (no connection to the modern Birmingham City) on 1 February of that year. In their early years, they played in Sutton Park and competed in the Central Birmingham League, Aston and District League, Small Heath League, and Suburban League. In the 1930s, now playing at Coles Lane, they competed in the Birmingham Alliance and Birmingham Combination but met with little success.

After World War II, the club, at the time playing under the name Sutton Town (a name which lasted until 1964), played in the Walsall League and Birmingham Combination before joining the Birmingham & District League (soon to be renamed the West Midlands (Regional) League) in 1954. During the next decade, they struggled in the league with financial problems caused by a devastating fire at their ground forcing them to field only amateur players before switching leagues to the Worcestershire Combination (soon to be renamed the Midland Football Combination) in 1964. They were champions of this league on two occasions before rejoining the West Midlands (Regional) League in 1979, where they were champions at the first attempt. In 1982, after a second-place finish, they stepped up to the Southern League. At the first attempt, they were promoted to the Premier Division but were relegated straight back to the second tier where they remained until the end of the 2009–10 season, before being transferred to the Northern Premier League Division One South.

On 10 May 2011, Sutton Coldfield took part in their first ever Birmingham Senior Cup final, which they won with a 1–0 win over Nuneaton Town. During the summer of 2011, the club installed a new third generation (3G) football pitch. After 12 years at the helm, Chris Keogh resigned as manager in September 2012. His assistant, Neil Tooth, was promoted to the manager's role. In 2015, Sutton won promotion via the play-offs to the Premier Division. In the 2017-18 season, Sutton were relegated with three games remaining after a 2–1 away defeat to Barwell.

Management and coaching staff

Current staff

Position Name
Manager England Dave Stringer
Assistant Manager England Steve Hinks
Coach
  • England Royston Richardson
  • England Andy Ling
  • England Laura Welford

Managerial history

Period Manager Notes
2000–2012 England Chris Keogh [2]
2012–2016 England Neil Tooth [3]
2016–2018 Netherlands Richard Sneekes [4]
2018–2021 England Neil Tooth [5]
2021–2022 England Ross Thorpe [6]
2022–present England Dave Stringer [1]

See Sutton Coldfield Town F.C. Managers

Honours

Records

See also

Sources

References

  1. ^ a b Gordon, James (2022-05-12). "Sutton Coldfield Unveil New Manager". Northern Premier League. Archived from the original on 2022-05-13. Retrieved 2022-05-13.
  2. ^ "Keogh Steps Down at Sutton Coldfield". Non-League. 2012-09-15. Archived from the original on 2022-05-13. Retrieved 2022-05-13.
  3. ^ "Neil Tooth "gutted" after being sacked by Sutton Coldfield Town". The Non-League Paper. 2016-11-08. Archived from the original on 2022-05-13. Retrieved 2022-05-13.
  4. ^ "Sutton Coldfield Town appoint ex-Rushall Olympic boss Richard Sneekes as their new manager". The Non-League Paper. 2016-11-15. Archived from the original on 2022-02-08. Retrieved 2022-05-13.
  5. ^ Panter, Matt (2018-01-19). "Neil Tooth is ready for Sutton Coldfield Town return". Birmingham Mail. Archived from the original on 2020-10-31. Retrieved 2022-05-13.
  6. ^ Panter, Matthew (2021-11-16). "Former Hednesford boss Toothe leaves Royals role". Express and Star. Archived from the original on 2021-11-16. Retrieved 2022-05-13.