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AFC Telford United

New Bucks Head Founded 2004 The Bucks

Ten years ago Telford United went into liquidation and supporters decided to take action. By forming Telford United Supporters Limited fans ensured a club would still exist in the Shropshire town. Over the last decade of existence AFC Telford United have three playoff wins to their name, suffered relegation and now return to the Conference Premier at the first time of asking. The Conference North champions fully put behind the disastrous 2012/13 season, in which they set a record of 30 games without a win in the top flight of non league football. The Bucks also went through four managers in that campaign as they suffered the dreaded second season syndrome. It’s proven to be just a blip as AFC Telford United have bounced back.

Last SeasonAFCTUFC

Conference North: Winners

F.A Cup: 2nd Qualifying Round

FA Trophy: 1st Round

County Cup: Winners

Top Scorer: Adam Farrell

Average Attendance: 1641

There is no better way to put relegation behind you than winning the league title. An exciting Conference North season involved four pretenders to the throne. Early pace setters Hednesford Town fell away and from February the title chase heated up. North Ferriby United and AFC Telford United consistently jockeyed for position with Altrincham trying to keep up. Eventually the Bucks, with the help of a seven game winning run edged ahead but a draw at Leamington and a crushing 6-1 loss at Guiseley put the championship under threat. North Ferriby United failed to capitalise and so on the final day the two clubs were separated by a point. A 3-0 win in front of  jubilant fans at the New Bucks Head saw the Shropshire club beat Gainsborough Trinity to clinch the Conference North title. The bosses links with former club Southport was a major influence in AFC Telford United’s success with Simon Grand, Andy Owens and Shaun Whalley all playing a key role alongside top scorer Adam Farrell who signed from AFC Flyde.

The Manager – Liam Watson

Early retirement through injury ended Liam Watson’s playing career. At the age of 29 he turned to management and knows a thing or two about winning. Starting at Runcorn Halton, Watson began to collect silverware at his next club Southport leading the Lancashire side to the  inaugural Conference North title. The former striker left the Sandgrounders when they went full time and moved to 2003 F.A Trophy winners Burscough. Players that didn’t want to convert to full time at Southport followed their leader and clinched the Northern Premier League in the final game of the 2006/07 campaign, beating AFC Telford United that day. In 2008, Southport came calling and Watson returned to Merseyside to win his second Conference North title. Saved from relegation in 2010/11 due to Rushden and Diamonds’ demise, Watson spent five good years at Southport. Last summer he felt it was time to leave Haig Avenue and took over at AFC Telford United, who were is disarray until he won his third Conference North title.

The Summer

Liam Watson is used to players following where he goes and has captured former Southport defender Steven Akrigg. Attacking midfielder Josh Hancock signs from Witton Albion after he had been scouted a number of times towards the end of last season. Jonathan Hedge will be the Bucks new goalkeeper having signed from Grimsby Town, the former Cambridge United stopper made one appearance for the Mariners last term. Rod McDonald comes in from financial stricken Hereford United and will be joined by Sam Smith, the striker managed four goals in 34 appearances for the Bulls last term. Attacking midfielder Jordan Deacey leaves Bradford Park Avenue, the 20 year old signed for the Bucks after impressing Watson with performances last season. An ever present defensive midfielder for Stalybridge Celtic last campaign, Kristian Platt will now be wearing the AFC Telford United colours.

Conference North winning skipper Simon Grand moves further north to Cumbrian side Barrow. Grand was one of the players who stayed with Watson last summer moving from Southport. Well respected goalkeeper at the New Bucks Head, Ryan Young leaves the club following relocation of work on the Isle of Wight. Young was given life membership of the club, only the fifth time that the club has awarded the honour and the first since 2005 and will start next season with Havant and Waterlooville. Matty McGinn can’t commit to life in the national league due to work whilst Dan Preston, Russell Benjamin joins Stockport County whilst Robbie Booth and Martyn Jackson also leave.

Last Meetings vs The Darts

AFC Telford United 0 Dartford 2 – Conference Premier – 6 April 2013

Charlie Sheringham made the difference against an already relegated Bucks, who stretched their winless streak to 30 games. The on loan striker scored one and made an assist setting up Jason Prior. The Darts went ahead when Prior netted his first goal for the Darts, Sheringham doubled the lead early in the second half.

Dartford 1 AFC Telford United 4 – Conference Premier – 9 October 2012

The Darts were outplayed against AFC Telford United who tasted their penultimate win of the 2012/2013 campaign. Former Northern Ireland striker Steve Jones scored two including a wonderful 25 yard curler. Luke Hubbins increased the visitirs lead before Phil Trainer struck a 30 yard stunner. Elliot Bradbrook’s effort fifteen minutes from time was merely a consolation goal.

Next Meetings

Saturday 30 August 2014 at Princes Park

Saturday 14 February 2015 at the New Bucks Head

League Performance Last Ten Years

AFC Telford Utd 10 yrs

Best Performances (* as Telford United)

3rd Conference Premier (1981/82)* F.A Cup 5th Round (1984/85)* F.A Trophy Winners (1970/71, 1982/83 & 1988/89)*

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