Haverhill Rovers Football Club, nicknamed “The Rovers,” is a non-league football club based in Haverhill, Suffolk.
Established in 1970, they currently compete in the Thurlow Nunn League Division One North, which is part of the tenth tier of English football. The team calls The New Croft their home ground.
Haverhill Rovers, established in 1886, began their journey in football with a bit of mystery surrounding their early days. Initially playing at Seven Acres, they moved to Hamlet Croft in 1913. Their footballing journey saw them spend time in various leagues, including the East Anglian League in 1908/09 and the Essex & Suffolk Border League starting from the 1924/25 season. The club had its ups and downs in these leagues, with notable achievements such as winning the Border League and the Knock-Out Cup in the late 1940s.
The 1960s marked a significant period for Rovers with multiple successes. They won the Eastern Counties League twice in the early 1960s and achieved a league and cup double. However, the following years saw a decline, with the team finishing in the bottom three annually from 1970 to 1977. A turnaround came in 1978 under Roger Staples’ management, winning the league by a narrow margin. However, this success was short-lived, and the team saw varied performances in the subsequent years, including reaching the League Cup final multiple times.
In national competitions, the club had mixed results. They never made it to the first round of the FA Cup but reached the quarter-finals of the FA Vase in 1986/87. Their record attendance was set during this period. Despite setbacks like relegation in 1995/96, the club won several cups, including the Suffolk Senior Cup and the First Division Knock Out Trophy. The 2006/07 season was memorable for an impressive FA Cup run, defeating higher-division teams and setting a record attendance. The club’s tenure at Hamlet Croft ended in 2010, moving to a new community stadium, The New Croft, marking a new era with improved facilities and a professionally maintained pitch.
Former players and managers elsewhere in the non-league pyramid