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Tadcaster Albion A.F.C.
Full nameTadcaster Albion Association Football Club
Nickname(s)The Brewers
Founded1892 (as John Smith's)
GroundIngs Lane, Tadcaster
Capacity2,000 Seats 459
Covered standing 150
ChairmanAndy Charlesworth
ManagerAndy Monkhouse
LeagueNorthern Counties East League Premier Division
2022–23Northern Premier League Division One East, 20th of 20 (relegated)
WebsiteClub website

Tadcaster Albion Association Football Club is an association football club in Tadcaster, North Yorkshire, England. Formed in 1892, their ground is situated behind the John Smith's brewery in Tadcaster, thus the reason for their nickname "The Brewers". They compete in the Northern Counties East League Premier Division and are managed by Paul Quinn. Quinn was appointed in November 2019, and started his time at Tadcaster with a 2-0 league win at home to Droylsden.


The club was formed in 1892 as John Smith's Football Club, the founders took this name as the location of their ground in Tadcaster is situated behind the John Smith's brewery. They have very old roots in the York Football League, records show that they played in it prior to 1909.[1]

York League: early history

The Brewers in 2018

In the 1909–10 season John Smith's gained promotion from the old York League Division Two (today's equivalent is now called Division One) into the top level of the York League system, where they would compete against the likes of York City "A", Rowntrees, Heworth and others.

The club came into problems in the early 1920s, but in 1923 came back under the new name of Tadcaster Albion. The league committee placed them in the second-level division of the York League, which they won that season and were promoted.

By 1926–27, Tadcaster were back under the John Smith's name and were playing at the second level of the York League again; oddly, a second team was founded in 1930 under the name of Tadcaster Albion, they both played on the same field and even rose up the divisions together (Smith's won the second level championship in 1932–33). It is thought that this was in case one club went into trouble, then the other could continue on in a better league position. They both merged because of World War II and kept the Tadcaster Albion name, along with the nickname the Brewers.

Albion won the York Football League in 1947–48, beating out a competitive pack which included York Railway Institute (who would dominate largely in the following years). Despite winning the league, Tadcaster were not promoted and continued on through the 1950s.

Yorkshire League

Tadcaster joined the Yorkshire League Division Three in 1973–74. During their second season in the league, they were promoted to the Yorkshire League Division two, narrowly missing out on the runner-up spot on goal average.

The goal difference tables would be turned in favour of Albion during the 1976–77 season, when they were promoted to the Yorkshire League Division One on goal average. They had a very good cup run during the 1977–78 season, they reached the 5th round of the FA Vase. Relegations followed in 1979 and again in 1980.

Northern Counties East League

In 1982–83 they became a founding member of the Northern Counties East League, they remained in Northern Counties East Football League Division One for fifteen seasons. In 2009–10 they won the Northern Counties East Football League Division One League title. In 2010–11, they finished 4th in the Northern Counties East Football League Premier Division and won the NCEL President's Cup beating Farsley AFC 5–1 in the final.

In 2011–12 the club finished 8th and in 2012–13 finished 6th. In the autumn 2013–14, they lead the NCEL Premier for the first time in their history, eventually finishing 3rd after having 4 points deducted for fielding an ineligible player. They achieved their then highest number of points in the NCEL with 93 points from 44 games. They also scored a record number of league goals for a season (116). At the start of 2015, Tadcaster Albion were top of the NCEL Premier. They were also still in the FA Vase, West Riding FA County Cup & the NCEL League Cup competitions.

In 2015 the club became embroiled in a pitch invasion after being knocked out of the FA Vase by Highworth Town, after it was claimed a Highworth fan had thrown coins and at full time had 'goaded' hard core Albion fans. Town's chairman and goalkeeper were injured in the melee.[2]

The season petered out towards the end, with a final league position of 3rd & being knocked out in two semi final. Paul Marshall contract was not renewed and his managerial reign ended after a very successful 7 years.

Billy Miller was appointed the new manager on 20 May 2015 & with massive financial investment from the owners, Miller guided Albion to the NCEL Premier Division title in his first season in charge.

Northern Premier League

Tadcaster Albion take on Pontefract Collieries in the Northern Premier League in January 2022
Goalkeeper Michael Ingham joined the club in 2016.

In their first season, in the Northern Premier League Division One North, Albion finished 19th. Following a solid start to the campaign, the second half of the season was disappointing & lacklustre. As a result Miller was replaced a couple of days short of 2 years in charge. Michael Morton & Simon Collins stepped up from managing the Under 21 team, to take charge of the first team. Their first task was to purge the squad getting rid of many of the players Miller brought in and bringing in some experienced / expensive replacements.

The club were relegated on 25 March 2023 having accumulated just eighteen points from thirty-three matches.[3]

Current squad

As of 8 January 2023.

[4] 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 United States USA Zane Love
GK England ENG Joshua Mazfari
DF England ENG James Beaston
DF England ENG Dan Hartley
DF England ENG Tom Godden
DF England ENG Jack Johnson
DF England ENG Nathan Dyer
MF England ENG Luke Sharry
MF India IND Radjeep Palit
MF England ENG Corey Roper
MF England ENG Charlie Jebson-King
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF England ENG Theo Hudson
MF England ENG Lewis Hey
MF Ghana GHA Des Amponsah
MF England ENG Scott Smith
MF The Gambia GAM Omar Sanyang
MF Angola ANG Rafael Ferreira
FW Poland POL Mariusz Bratkowski
FW England ENG Jordan Hines

Under 21 squad

As of 8 September 2020.

[5] 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 Nick Lock
GK England ENG Joe Wilton
DF England ENG David Barber
DF England ENG Reece Botterill
DF England ENG Kieran Holmes
DF England ENG Owen Marshall
DF Netherlands NED Daniel Omesibi
DF England ENG Tom Scrowston
MF England ENG Dan Davison
MF England ENG Angus Richardson
MF England ENG Tom Gore
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF England ENG Rob Hutton
MF England ENG Tom Hullock
MF England ENG Donald Chimalilo †
MF England ENG Elliot Anderson
MF England ENG Ed Jackson
MF England ENG Connor Mayall
MF England ENG Angus Richardson
MF England ENG Jake Rose
MF England ENG Max Tweddle
MF England ENG Paddy Wintie
FW England ENG Sean Hunter
FW England ENG John Paul Turbine

† - Registered with both Senior and Under 21 teams.




  1. ^ York League
  2. ^ "Punches thrown as violence mars Tadcaster Albion's FA Vase exit - Wetherby News". Archived from the original on 24 March 2015.
  3. ^ Ramsey, Gabriel (25 March 2023). "Tadcaster Albion confirm relegation from the Northern Premier League". York Press. Retrieved 26 March 2023.
  4. ^ "Tadcaster Albion Team". Tadcaster Albion. Retrieved 9 March 2022.
  5. ^ "Tadcaster Albion Team". Tadcaster Albion. Retrieved 21 July 2016.

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