Crest of Cinderford Town Association Football Club

Cinderford Town

The Foresters

Cinderford Town Association Football Club, nicknamed “The Foresters,” is a non-league football club based in Cinderford, Gloucestershire.

Established in 1922, they currently compete in the Pitching In Southern Football League Division One South, which is part of the eighth tier of English football. The team calls Causeway Ground their home ground.

Formed in 1922, the club initially played in the Gloucester Northern Senior League before joining the short-lived Bristol Charity League in 1939. After World War II, they joined the Western League’s 2nd Division, winning the championship in the 1956/57 season, during which they recorded a record home crowd of 4,850 against Minehead. The financial strain of playing in the higher division led to their withdrawal after three seasons, and they returned to the Gloucester Northern Senior League. They then joined the Warwickshire Combination, achieving notable success in 1963/64 by winning both the League Championship and League Cup. Subsequently, they moved up to the West Midland League, where they co-won the League Cup with Kidderminster Harriers in the 1968/69 season.

In 1969, Cinderford Town joined the newly formed Gloucestershire County League, finishing as runners-up three times over five years before moving to the Midland Football Combination League. Over the next decade, they enjoyed competitive football and won the League Cup in the 1982/83 season. Financial difficulties in the early 1980s forced the club to return to the Gloucestershire County League to rebuild. The 1990/91 season saw them join the Hellenic League, Division One, and win the championship in their first season, securing promotion to the Premier Division. The installation of floodlights followed, and the 1994/95 season was their most successful, achieving a treble by winning the Hellenic Premier Division, Premier Division Cup, and Floodlit Cup.

In 1995/96, Cinderford Town joined the Beazer Homes League and had a memorable FA Cup run, defeating conference sides before losing in the second round proper replay. Since then, the club has competed in various divisions of the Dr. Martens Southern, Midland, and Western Leagues. In 2016, they became Southern League South & West Champions, but their stay in the Premier Division was brief, leading to their return to the lower division. Cinderford Town’s record attendance stands at 4,850 against Minehead, and their best FA Cup performance was reaching the second round proper in the 1995/96 season.