- Dunstable Town F.C.
Dunstable Town Full name Dunstable Town Football Club Nickname(s) The Blues Founded 1883, (reformed in 1998)
Ground Creasey Park
Chairman Roger Dance League Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division 2010–11 Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division, 7thHome coloursAway colours
The original 'Dunstable Town' were in existence from the nineteenth century until 1975, being replaced by Dunstable F.C.. They themselves then folded in 1993-1994, and the new Dunstable Town were created in 1998.
The club is affiliated to the Bedfordshire County Football Association.
The First Dunstable Town
Dunstable Town FC were formed in the late nineteenth century, first playing in local league and cup competitions. In 1894, they won the Bedfordshire Senior Cup, a feat they were not to repeat until 1956.
The history of the club is sketchy until 1950, when Dunstable Town joined the Metropolitan League. The club moved to a stadium at Kingsway, and played in this league for many years, before moving to the Southern League in 1965. In 1956, they also achieved their best result in the FA Cup, reaching the first round proper.
In 1973, the club received the financial backing of Keith Cheesman. He hired a young Barry Fry as manager, and gave him money to build up a strong team; indeed in his autobiography, Fry claims that he was often given blank, signed cheques. Of note, both Jeff Astle and George Best were bought in to play for the team (Best only actually playing three competitive games). However, this spending quickly led to the accumulation of debt, and the club folded.
Dunstable F.C. was formed to take over the team's fixtures, completing the 1975-1976 season. They were then demoted to the bottom level of the Southern League. There they stayed for following twenty years; however, more financial difficulties led to the clubs disbanding in 1994, for the second time.
Dunstable Town today
Creasey Park, the current stadium, was leased in 1997, allowing the team to be reformed for the 1998/99 season. Promotion from their initial league, the South Midlands League Division 1, was obtained at the second attempt, followed by two promotions in three years to the Isthmian League first division. League restructuring put them in the Southern League Premier, from which they were relegated for the 2005-2006 season. Kerry Dixon and Paul Reeves failed to stop the rot and The Blues were relegated again until the FA's restructuring granted Dunstable a reprieve. Young manager Darren Feighery was drafted in for the 2006/07 season in the Southern League Division One Midlands, and he and his young side finished 11th as well as winning the Bedfordshire Senior Cup Final, for a record 11th time. The youth team also had a remarkable season, finishing their league season unbeaten as they won the SCYFL Delphian Division, Colwyn Cup and Eastern Junior Cup, which has such names as Norwich City, Ipswich Town and Luton Town as past winners.
The Blues kicked off the 2007/08 season in style as they defeated Luton Town 3-2 (AET) to win the Bedfordshire Premier Cup, as well as the Peter Metcalfe Memorial Tournament. After another midtable finish, the reign of Feighery came to an end as new chairman Pete Burgoyne sought a new direction in the form of Lee Cowley. Major ground improvements were carried out over the summer but disaster struck as the function hall at Creasey Park collapsed, taking with it a significant chunk of the budget and the boardroom. Cowley struggled after a good start to the season, highlighted by a 5-1 win at Canvey Island in the FA Cup, and ultimately resigned in March with reserve team managers, Mike Locke and Wayne Roff, taking over temporarily. Mike and Wayne led the team to a record twelfth Bedfordshire Senior Cup but were unfortunately relegated from the Southern League.
2009/10 was another stand-out year for the Young Blues as Lee Connelly's U18s reached the FA Youth Cup 1st round, narrowly losing away to the MK Dons. The youngsters also won the Colwyn Cup and finished runners up in the Brian Hitchings Challenge Cup, and saw a staggering eight youth players selected by the returning Darren Feighery for first team duties. The season also became one of consolidation as Pete Burgoyne attempted to secure the redevelopment of Creasey Park and a long term successor. His successor was to be the man who sparked it all off in 1997 - Darren Croft. Attempting to bring the good times back to Creasey Park, Darren brought back the legendary Grant Carney as player/coach to compliment Darren Feighery. The summer also saw the start of the redevelopment with two new stands, a new pitch perimeter fence and new floodlights. By May 2011, there should be new changing rooms, a new bar and a full-size 3G astroturf pitch to finally make Creasey Park something to be proud of. The official unveiling of the redeveloped ground and facilities will take place on the 30th of July 2011.
2010/11 was a record-breaking season for Dunstable with the FA Vase run. Town reached the 5th round, only exiting away to holders Whitley Bay, who would go on to win the competition for the third year in a row, in front of a crowd of 1,110. John McLoughlin also led the side to the SSMFL Challenge Trophy final, missing out to a last-gasp extra-time winner by league champions Challfont St Peter.
September 2011 will see Dunstable Town finally take to the pitch at the completed Creasey Park, hopefully bring a level of success similar to 1974 back to Bedfordshire. The Blues' management trio of John McLoughlin, Paul Reeves and Darren Croft made some impressive signings in the summer including the former Luton Town first team quartet of Peter Holmes, Dean Brennan, Matthew Judge and Stephen O'Leary. To add to these, Danny Hutchins who has League One experience with Yeovil Town, Chris Casey who spent several years at Tottenham Hotspur as well as Joe Bruce and Daniel Chambers, who have both spent the majority of their careers playing in the Conference.
- Bedfordshire Senior Cup:
- Winners (12): 1895–96, 1956–57, 1959–60, 1979–80, 1982–83, 1985–86, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1988–89, 2002–03, 2006–07, 2008–09
- Bedfordshire Premier Cup:
- Winners (4): 1980–81, 1982–83, 1990–91, 2006–07
- Bedfordshire Intermediate Cup:
- Winners (2): 1999–00, 2008–09
- Bedfordshire Floodlit Cup:
- Winners (1): 2007–08
- Eastern Junior Cup:
- Winners (1): 2006–07
- Colwyn Cup:
- Winners (2): 2006–07, 2009–10
- Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division:
- Winners (1): 2002–03
- Spartan South Midlands League Division One:
- Winners (1): 1999–00
- Best league position: 8th in Southern League, Premier division (then step 1), 1975–76
- Best attendance: Approx. 10,000 against Manchester United in a friendly, in July 1974
- Best FA Cup performance: 1st Round Proper, 1956-57 Margate (a) Lost 3-1
- Best FA Trophy performance: 1st round, 2004-05 Histon (h) Lost 6-2
- Best FA Vase performance: 5th round, 2010–11 Whitley Bay F.C. (a) Lost 5-1
- Highest transfer fee received: £20,000, Kerry Dixon to Reading. 1980
Club colours and crest
The 'Dennis The Menace' away kit
Dunstable Town have always been associated with Royal Blue and White, in a number of combinations. Unlike some of the larger clubs who hold an identity with one particular pattern, Dunstable have had stripes, hoops, halves, quarters, pin stripe and plain shirts. One kit that many Dunstablians would like to see the return of is the away kit from the early 21st century, a red and black hooped shirt by Prostar as shown on the left. The club enjoyed its 'invincible' season winning the Spartan South Midlands Premier Division while sporting this kit.
No-one is entirely sure why this combination was chosen as many of the club's records up to 1950 have been lost in time, although red and black have recently become the club's regular change colours as a direct contrast.
The present Dunstable Town crest is simply a recoloured version of the coat of arms for the Town of Dunstable. The previous badge, which is still displayed on supporters' flags, is based around the Chiltern White Lion. The lion originates from the figure cut into the chalk in the south of the town as part of Whipsnade Zoo in 1933.
Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player - GK Paul Taylor - GK Garry Duncan - GK Gary Looker - DF Mark Boyce captain - DF Joe Bruce - DF Steven Dogbe - DF Danny Hutchins - DF Nick Leach - DF Rob Newman - DF Damen Pickering - DF Corrie Smith - DF Paul Spicer - DF Shane Wood - MF Jack Best - MF Dean Brennan No. Position Player - MF Lee Burgoyne - MF Daniel Chambers - MF Stephen Coles - MF Jonathan Cooper - MF Peter Holmes - MF Nick Jackson - MF Stephen O'Leary - MF Joe Reynolds - MF Benjamin Tavener - FW Nathan Frater - FW Craig Henney - FW Matthew Judge - FW Luke O'Malley - FW Russell Preston - FW Lee Roache
Notable former players
- Jeff Astle - England international.
- George Best - 1968 European Cup Winner and European Footballer of the Year. Northern Ireland international.
- Shane Blackett - Current Luton Town player and Barbados international having started out at Dunstable.
- Tony Currie - England international.
- Kerry Dixon - Chelsea legend and former England international. Started his career at Dunstable before a £20,000 move to Reading.
- Seamus Dunne - Republic of Ireland international.
- Barry Fry - Manchester United trainee and former Birmingham City manager.
- Liam George - Republic of Ireland Under-21 international.
- Harry Hooper - England B-international.
- Brendan McNally - Republic of Ireland international.
- Pat Morrissey - Republic of Ireland Under-23 international.
- Dave Galley - Physiotherapist in the 2005 UEFA Champions League winning Liverpool side, currently working for Sunderland and England.
- Chairman: Roger Dance
- Honorary President: Barry Fry
- Secretary: Paul Harris
- Club Welfare Officer: Paul Harris
- Programme Editor: Dan Crooke
- Club Reporter: Paul Harris
- Club Photographer: Liam Smith
- Kit Manager: Dean Falla
- Executive Committee: Roger Dance, Gary Levy,
- Will McLaughlan, Paul Harris,
- Pete Burgoyne
Position Name First Team Manager Darren Croft First Team Manager Paul Reeves First Team Manager John McLoughlan First Team Coach Dean Brennan First Team Coach Peter Holmes Goalkeeping Coach Gary Levy
- Dunstable Town at the Football Club History Database
- Dunstable FC at the Football Club History Database
- ^ http://www.dunstabletownfc.org.uk/history.htm
- ^ http://www.dunstabletownfc.org.uk/history.htm
- ^ http://www.dunstabletownfc.org.uk/history.htm
- ^ http://www.bedfordshirefa.com/FixturesAndResults/CountyCups/SeniorChallengeCup/?js=1&tab=about
- ^ http://www.bedfordshirefa.com/FixturesAndResults/CountyCups/PremierCup/?js=1&tab=about
- ^ http://www.bedfordshirefa.com/FixturesAndResults/CountyCups/IntermediateChallengeCup/?js=1&tab=about
- ^ http://www.bedfordshirefa.com/FixturesAndResults/CountyCups/Under18FloodlitChallengeCup/?js=1&tab=about
- ^ http://www.givemefootball.com/player-profiles/kerry-dixon
- ^ http://www.hows.org.uk/personal/hillfigs/whips/whips.htm
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- Bedfordshire Senior Cup:
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