Crest of Stowmarket Town Football Club

Stowmarket Town

The Old Gold & Blacks

Stowmarket Town Football Club, nicknamed “The Old Gold & Blacks,” is a non-league football club based in Stowmarket, Suffolk.

Established in 1970, they currently compete in the Pitching In Isthmian League North Division, which is part of the eighth tier of English football. The team calls Greens Meadow their home ground.

Stowmarket Town Football Club alongside the A14 - aerial image
© John Fielding, licensed under CC BY 2.0


Stowmarket Town Football Club, with origins dating back to 1883, initially emerged from the merger of two local teams, adopting the name Stowmarket Association to distinguish it from a rugby club. It became a cornerstone of the Suffolk football scene, joining the Ipswich and District League and claiming multiple titles. Early football in the area was marked by friendly matches, rudimentary facilities, and reliance on railways and even barges for travel to games. By the early 20th century, the club experienced notable success, capturing local cups and enjoying robust attendances, though it also faced periods of struggle and financial uncertainty, particularly during economic downturns.

In the mid-20th century, Stowmarket navigated transitions between leagues and changes in club management, occasionally facing relegation threats. The club’s history is punctuated with cup triumphs, such as Suffolk Senior Cup victories, and notable matches, including competitive encounters against higher league teams. The evolution of Stowmarket Town included periods of professional and amateur status, reflecting broader shifts in English non-league football, and saw contributions from memorable figures in club history.

Entering the 21st century, Stowmarket Town FC, under various leaderships, aimed for advancement within the football pyramid, marking milestones like their first promotion and strong performances in league and cup competitions. Recent seasons have seen significant achievements, including record-breaking goal tallies and substantial cup runs, underscoring the club’s enduring presence and ambition in Suffolk football. Despite challenges like the COVID-19 pandemic, which disrupted seasons and thwarted potential successes, the club continues to adapt and strive for greater accomplishments.


Stowmarket Community Sports & Social Club CIC is a registered company in England and Wales under company number 07025221 .

As a Community Interest Company (CIC), it operates to provide benefits to the community and is regulated by the Community Interest Company Regulator.