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Worksop Town

Pitching In Northern Premier League Premier Division

Worksop Town Football Club, nicknamed “The Tigers,” is a non-league football club based in Worksop, Nottinghamshire.

Established in 1970, they currently compete in the Pitching In Northern Premier League Premier Division, which is part of the seventh tier of English football. The team calls Sandy Lane their home ground.

History

Founded in 1861, Worksop Town Football Club has a longstanding history in English football. Initially playing at Netherton Road, the club, known as the Donovans, mixed professional and amateur players. In 1886, under President William Allen, the club navigated the Great War period and moved to the more centrally located Bridge Meadow in 1891. The ground, shared with cricket and cycling facilities, became a focal point of local sports.

In the early 20th century, Worksop enjoyed success in the Midland League and had notable FA Cup appearances, including a historic match against Chelsea in 1908. The 1921-22 season was a highlight with goalkeeper Jack Brown becoming their first England international. Financial struggles, however, were a recurring issue, exacerbated by an FA Cup replay decision against Tottenham Hotspur leading to declining supporter attendance and rising debts.

The late 20th century saw the club win the Midland League, join the Northern Premier League, but also face relegation and lose their Central Avenue ground. Stability returned in the late 1970s under Chairman Fred Horne, leading to FA Cup appearances and a move to Sandy Lane in 1992. The club experienced fluctuating fortunes, including top-flight successes and financial difficulties, leading to temporary relocations. The return to Sandy Lane in 2011 and a Sheffield Senior Cup victory signaled a hopeful direction for the future.

Alumni

Former players and managers elsewhere in the non-league pyramid