Chippenham Town Football Club, nicknamed “The Bluebirds,” is a non-league football club based in Chippenham, Wiltshire.
Established in 1970, they currently compete in the Vanarama National League South, which is part of the sixth tier of English football. The team calls Hardenhuish Park their home ground.
Chippenham Town Football Club, nicknamed “The Bluebirds,” has a storied history dating back to its founding in 1873. The modern era saw significant developments, particularly from the 2000 FA Vase final at Wembley, which catalyzed growth both on and off the field. Despite early setbacks like failing to gain promotion to the Conference South in 2003/2004, the club demonstrated resilience and growth, marked by notable attendance increases and strong league performances.
The mid-2000s were highlighted by reaching the FA Cup’s first round in 2005/2006 and consistent top league positions, although promotion remained elusive. The 2012-2013 season brought internal changes, including the formation of Chippenham Park and a shift in managerial roles, with some players moving to higher leagues. After overcoming initial struggles in the National League South, the 2016-2017 season was a triumph, with the Bluebirds crowned champions and promoted after a remarkable unbeaten run.
The following years focused on consolidation in the National League South. The 2017-2018 season saw them finish in a respectable thirteenth place, and they continued to stabilize their position in this league over the next few seasons. The pandemic in 2020 brought challenges, including financial strains and interrupted seasons. However, the 2021/22 season marked a high point, finishing seventh in the National League South and reaching the play-off semi-final, reflecting the club’s enduring spirit and progress.