Arlesey Town Football Club

By Vladon
  • Club's Premises Acquired for just £500

    The club moved to 'Lamb Meadow.' The ground took it's name from 'The Lamb,' a former Public House situated near the site which, for many years acted as the club's headquarters and changing rooms.
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    S.M.L. Division Two champions & The Youth team winning 3 Trophies

    Playing fortunes have fluctuated since the war and season 1950-51 saw the Blues finish as runners-up to Bletchley Town in the S.M.L. Premier Division. The following season the 1st XI lifted the championship crown and the second string were crowned S.M.L. Division Two champions with the Youth team winning three trophies.
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    1952-53 season

    The 1952-53 season began North Beds Charity Cup final win over Biggleswade Town (the match was held over from the previous season), and ended with a second successive championship win, Arlesey amassing S.M.L. record 52 points.
  • North Beds Charity Cup final win

    The 1952-53 season began North Beds Charity Cup final win over Biggleswade Town (the match was held over from the previous season), and ended with a second successive championship win, Arlesey amassing S.M.L. record 52 points.
  • Arlesey Town Colts at FA Youth Cup

    In February 1954, the developing Arlesey Town Colts, local players, reached the 4th round of the F.A. Youth Cup and were drawn away to Portsmouth.
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    Season 1968-69

    Season 1968-69 saw one of Arlesey's favourite sons in charge of team affairs; Roland Legate, (who played football professionally for Luton Town) took the helm as player-manager and during his four-year spell, he took the Blues to a league runners-up spot.
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    Late 70's and early 80's

    The start of the 1975-76 season saw Legate return as manager and the trophies came with him, 3 Hinchingbrooke Cup successes, one Beds Senior Cup, the Biggleswade K.O Cup twice and the South Midlands League Challenge Trophy once. Supporting the Executive Committee's wish to cross the pyramid to the United Counties League.
  • Blues won the United Counties League Premier Division Cup

    During the late 1980’s the Blues won the United Counties League, Premier Division Cup.
  • Won Beds Premier Cup

    Won Beds Premier Cup
    During the late 1980’s the Blues won the United Counties League, Premier Division Cup and a Beds Premier Cup final appearance against Luton Town.
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    Late 80's

    With two indifferent terms in the U.C.L., Arlesey lifted the Premier Division crown in season 1984-85. During the late 1980’s the Blues won the United Counties League, Premier Division Cup and a Beds Premier Cup final appearance against Luton Town.
  • Beds Premier Cup

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    90's

    During the 1991 centenary year in the blues lifted the South Midlands Floodlight Cup with a fine victory over fellow U.C.L. side Irthlingborough Diamonds, who went on to become Rushden & Diamonds in the football league.
    With the rising cost of UCL travel and the attraction of more 'local derbies' in 1991-92 it was decided to resign from the United Counties League and cross to the familiar surroundings of the South Midlands League.
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    1991-92 Season

    With the rising cost of UCL travel and the attraction of more 'local derbies' in 1991-92 it was decided to resign from the United Counties League and cross to the familiar surroundings of the South Midlands League. A successful first year campaign saw the Blues finish in third place and in their second season finished sixth in the league and lifted the Premier Division Cup.
  • F.A. Vase

    F.A. Vase
    The South Midlands League championship was won with a record 107 points, but even this memorable feat was eclipsed when Arlesey Town defeated Oxford City at Wembley Stadium in front of over 13,000 spectators to lift the F.A. Carlsberg Challenge Vase on May 13, 1995.
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    98/99 season

    During the 98/99 close season, Arlesey Town appointed Gary Pilsworth as manager however, things didn't work out and after 16 matches with the club rooted at the bottom of the league table, the management team replaced him with Nicky Ironton who had gained a wealth of experience having been at QPR, Barnet, Maidstone, Enfield, Barking and Baldock Town.
  • Club moved in at its current premises at Hitchin Road

    After a lengthy campaign the club finally received planning permission for a new ground just a few hundred yards along Hitchin Road. The club moved in on April 30th, 1999 and are now able to boast some of the finest facilities in the area with a purpose built Members Bar, multi-purpose Function & Conference Suite, all-seater stand and training pitch. The first season at the new Hitchin Road ground began with nine straight Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division victories.
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    99/00 Season

    Manager Nicky Ironton had built a side more than capable of attaining Arlesey's aim of playing a higher grade of football and the Blues looked forward to season 1999-2000 with optimism.
  • Record of 138 Goals Scored

    Scoring an Isthmian League record of 138 goals Blues also gained the record of being the first club to attain a 100 + goal difference in the league's 96 year history.
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    Season

    The 2002/2003 season was a consolidation for the rapid successes of the previous years and the highlight was an extended run in the FA Cup winning 4 away matches in reaching the fourth qualifying round. During 2002 season Chairman Bryan Ellis fulfilled his promise to elevate the club to another level following a successful application to the 'Football Stadia Improvement Fund.' A six-figure grant enabled the Blues a new covered stand for 600 spectators, a new open terrace and two new turnstiles.
  • Beds Senior Cup

    Beds Senior Cup
    Season 2003/2004 saw Arlesey Town yet again in the national limelight following a fantastic run to the last 16 of the FA Trophy defeating on the way, both after away draws ‘Hayes FC’ from the Ryman Premier Division and ‘Dagenham & Redbridge FC’ from the Nationwide Conference league. The Blues lifted the ‘Bedfordshire Senior Cup’ after defeating fellow Ryman League club outfit Leighton Town at Hitchin Road in May.
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    The season 2005/06

    The season (2005/06) Arlesey Town again played in the Southern League Division One East with Jon Taylor and Scot Houghton in charge. With an exciting start 9 wins out of 10 culminating in destroying Boreham Wood’s unbeaten run 3 – 0 at their home fortress. In both the FA Cup and Trophy there were unfortunate fixtures at Premier Clubs, Heybridge Swifts (1 – 0) and Leyton ending our cup interests. Arlesey Town had a mixture of excellent and mediocre results and achieved a mid-table position,
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    The season (2006/07)

    The 2006/2007 seasons saw Arlesey Town reverting to the Ryman Isthmian Football league along with many of last season’s opponents also being reassigned. Again during the close season Jon Taylor had added players with a wealth of football league and senior club experience for the next season’s campaign we were looking to climb the non-league structure.
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    The season (2006/07)

    Darren Hay took on Arlesey management during the early stages of the season, when Jon left for personal reasons, with M. Brooks as the assistant manager and coach and they put a very young and eager team for the coming 2007 campaign. This included both experienced senior players supporting by young players who broke into the first team towards then end of the previous season.
    Arlesey Town finished in the bottom half of the Ryman league with Matt Corbould as the manager and a very young side.
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    The Season 2008/2009

    Arlesey Town reverting to the BGB Southern League with the consequence of substantial extra travelling miles and additional costs.
    There were three players who were playing professional football for the 2008 season with Dave Kitson, who is a main A.T.F.C sponsor, and who moved from Reading to newly promoted Stoke City to remain in the Premiership, Craig Mackail-Smith and Shane Blackett were with newly promoted Peterborough United. This is a record to be proud of for a small club like Arlesey.
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    The Season 2008/2009

    Season 2008/2009 saw Arlesey Town escape relegation by the skin of their teeth. No honours were forthcoming in the season. But the Club were hoping season 2009/2010 would be more fruitful, which it so proved.
    With a complete new management structure in place and a new Management team, of: Gary King Director of Football, Lee Cowley Manager, Zema Abbey Assistant Manager, and Darren Staniforth as Coach, Arlesey played the season with renewed style and passion, finishing the season in 9th.
  • Beds Senior Cup

    Beds Senior Cup