Telford United Club Profile
Telford have been in the doldrums for years. One of only two clubs to be ever
present since the formation of the Alliance they were a great force in the 80s, once
defeating no less than seven league sides in two FA Cup seasons, only bowing out to
Everton (in the fifth round at Goodison Park) and Derby. They also made Wembley in
the FA Trophy twice in the 1970's and twice in the 1980's picking up the trophy
on two occasions. The last of the FA Trophy wins was to signal the start of their wilderness
years. Each year the presumption is that they'll turn the corner. 1997-98 saw them
only survive because Slough were expelled. This was supposed to be the rock bottom from
which they would recover but in the subsequent season they continued to struggle, if
not so desperately. Three years ago the talk was of Telford rising from the ashes but
it all came to naught. It was another term of hovering just above the relegation
fight. The main statistic of note was when they went over the year mark without an
The old main stand - it wasn't much, but it was better than nothing!
Why is this? The town of Telford is a thriving and fairly prosperous new conurbation.
Although there are other clubs around the area they don't have a major club right on
their doorstep to siphon off support. Their chairman is a mega-rich sugar-daddy who
has been fairly free with his money. It is true that they have tended to chop and
change managers recently; currently Jake King is the man in the hot seat for a second
time; perhaps the chairman has been a little too impatient to see a return for his
Two aspects dominate Telford's expectations for the future. They joined the
current trend in the Conference and turned full-time the season before last. It paid off to the extent that their sixth place finish was the best for a decade and was a brave move on crowds that struggle to average 1,000 on a good day, but tensions soon emerged as chairman Andy Shaw found costs spiralling. An outsider might wonder what he expected to happen, but anyway.... Part way through the season he launched a stinging attack on the lack of support coming through the gates and from business sponsors in the Telford area. The message was somewhat diluted as the 800 crowd that occasioned his ire was minus one Telford chairman who happened to be doing his corporate entertaining at Old Trafford that very evening. Oops! Shaw basically said that he couldn't carry the burden of losing hundreds of thousands a year himself, and that the club would return to part-time football, and now that all full-time contracts at the club have run out that is exactly what has happened.
The second aspect is the project for a completely new ground costing £9.5 million with a 6,778 capacity and 2,510 seats. Shaw obviously hoped that this enormously ambitious project would coincide with and complement better performances on the pitch and therefore increasing crowds. The new stadium was in progress during the first season of the full-time experiment, and the first hiccup occurred when the grass on the new pitch didn't take. Telford had to play the first part of that season at Worcester to some of the lowest crowds ever recorded in the Conference, which couldn't have helped cash flow. Even when opened the pitch left a lot to be desired: when Yeovil played there, after not that much rain, pools of standing water meant a shot from Andy Lindegaard literally stuck in the mud on the goal-line, to be picked up by a well beaten but much relieved keeper. The new ground was supposed to be completed some time ago, but progress ground to a halt for a while with just the two ends finished - impressive as they are. After months of inactivity work has now begun on constructing at least part of the new Main Stand to ensure that club complies with Conference ground regulations. At the time of writing seating for 550 has been installed, with work to complete the stand scheduled to begin in the new year.
Away end full of the travelling Glovers faithful last season. A well appointed terrace - but don't expect to hear a word over the tin-pot tannoy system.
On the pitch the position for manager Jake King has gone from 'difficult' to very nearly 'impossible'. What was at one time a full-time squad of 23 has been reduced to a part-time squad of around 16, including some long-term loan players. Highly regarded players such as defenders Jim Bentley and Neil Moore have departed to Morecambe and Mansfield respectively, while striker Mark Quayle - whose wage was being paid by supporters at one point - has gone to Nuneaton.
Prediction corner :
We forecast an 11th place finish for Telford last season, and in the event they did slightly better than that, ending up in 9th position - a creditable effort in the financial circumstances, and by no means the worst finish of the full-time clubs. This season however they will find things tougher. Part-time again, relying too much on loan signings and with one of the smallest squads in the Conference due to cost-cutting, they are at the time of writing struggling, unsurprisingly, in 17th place. We can't see it getting any better than that for them - indeed, this could well be the season that they lose that proud record of being ever-present in the top flight of non-league football.... maybe! We forecast a long season of struggle but think that there will be three worse sides in the Conference this season so they should survive - just. Final position: 19th!
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We've Met Before ...
|Telford United : We've Met Before|
|Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Telford United
|24/01/1970||Away||SL||W||3-2||Plumb, Weller, K Thompson|
|16/09/1974||Away||SL||W||3-1||Verity, Plumb, Brown|
|28/12/1974||Home||SL||W||7-0||2654||Clancy(3), Cotton, Brown, Plumb(2)|
|26/03/1977||Home||SL||W||4-0||1810||Harland, Hickton, Plumb(2)|
|30/12/1978||Home||SL||D||3-3||Piper, Green, Cotton|
|17/04/1984||Away||APL||D||2-2||806||Own Goal, Finnigan|
|21/01/1989||Home||GMVC||W||4-3||2135||Wallace 25, Whittingham 41, 42, 48|
|25/08/1990||Away||GMVC||W||2-1||1434||Own Goal 15, Dent 35|
|15/11/1997||Home||Conf||W||5-3||2133||Fielder, Patmore(2), Pickard, Stott|
|17/03/1998||Away||Conf||W||4-1||565||Smith(2), Archer, Winston|
|29/09/1998||Away||Conf||D||2-2||757||Stott 33, Hayfield 44|
|19/12/1998||Home||Conf||W||4-0||2253||Keeling 49, Hannigan 57, 64, Patmore 86|
|22/01/2000||Home||Conf||W||2-1||2174||Patmore 23, 27|
|02/12/2000||Home||Conf||W||2-0||3106||Own Goal 4, White 27|
|28/04/2001||Away||Conf||W||2-1||1821||McIndoe 38, Steele 51|
|22/08/2001||Away||Conf||D||2-2||1203||Ramsay 53, Crittenden 65|
|13/10/2002||Away||Conf||W||5-0||1509||Crittenden 22, Lockwood 23, Lindegaard 32, Forinton 40, G Williams 84|
|05/04/2003||Home||Conf||W||3-0||7558||McIndoe 28, 84, Jackson 44|
Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Telford United
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|07/04/2003||Stevenage Borough||Home||Conf||L||1-3||721||D Brown 82|
|12/04/2003||Nuneaton Borough||Home||Conf||L||1-2||987||Palmer 69|
|19/04/2003||Forest Green Rovers||Away||Conf||D||1-1||801||Moore 15|
Highest League Attendance: 2047, vs Hereford United, 26/12/2002
Lowest League Attendance: 720, vs Forest Green Rovers, 07/10/2002
Average League Attendance: 985
CURRENT LEAGUE SEQUENCE STATISTICS
|Games Without A Win: ||1
||Games Without A Home Win: ||0
|Games Without An Away Win: ||5
||Games Without Defeat: ||0
|Games Without A Home Defeat: ||1
||Games Without An Away Defeat: ||0
|Games Without A Draw: ||2
||Games Without A Score Draw: ||2
|Games Without A No-Score Draw: ||42
||Games Without Scoring: ||1
|Games Without Conceding: ||0
||Home Results Sequence: ||WLDLLW
|Away Results Sequence: ||WDLLDL
||Overall Results Sequence: ||LLLDWL
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Bucks Head Stadium,
The Bucks Way,
Telephone Number : 01952 640064
Fax : 01952 640021
Clubcall : 09066 555982
Email : email@example.com
Chairman : Andy Shaw
Press Officer : Rob Cave
Fixtures Secretary : Mike Ferriday
Team Manager : Jake King
Capacity : 4500 (at present, 6,700 when completed)
Seated : 550 (at present, 2,200 when completed)
Covered Terrace : 2600
Record Attendance : 13,000 v Shrewsbury Town, 1935
Nickname : The Bucks
Colours : Red and Blue
Midweek Games Played : Tuesdays
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Directions To The Ground
Don't, we repeat don't go to Telford if you are planning to watch the football.
No, we're not being rude about Telford's ability to play the mighty game, it's for the simple
fact that Telford play in Wellington (who they used to be known as), a completely separate
town on the West side of Telford, just off M54 Junction 6. If you are coming in from that
junction, you will pass The Bucks Head just before you enter Wellington town centre.
From Birmingham and the M54
The majority of Yeovil fans will be approaching this way:
The Bridge Builder, next to Tesco's. A chain pub, Tom Cobleigh - who are one of the better examples of that ilk.
Leave the M54 at Junction 6.
Right off the exit roundabout (A5223) turning down the hill with
Tescos (Wellington Retail Park) and the Bridge Builder pub on the left.
Over the small roundabout to the main island at the bottom of the hill where you turn left
along Bennetts Bank, signposted Wellington (B5061).
Continue 1/2 mile to traffic lights.
Turn right at the lights and the ground is on the left hand side, opposite the Fire Station.
East - From Shrewsbury M54
Taking the (New) A5 towards the M54 leave at the start of the Motorway at Junction 7.
At the exit junction turn left signed Wellington.
Continue along the main road for approximately 2 miles through one set of main lights.
The ground is 400 yards beyond the lights on the left hand side.
West - From Stafford A5
Enter Telford on the A5.
As you pass the Telford sign on the outskirts to the town you will see a large mobile catering caravan situated in a lay-by on your left hand side.
Continue up and over the hill and
Either turn left to the M54 Junction 4, turning right onto the Motorway and following the above directions - Northwest - From Birmingham M54.
Or carry on straight across the island. (On its centre you will note a large square object mounted on its corner).
Continue down the hill to the next island, the Priorslee Roundabout, where you turn right onto the Holyhead Road, the B5060 signed Wellington.
Continue straight across the next 3 roundabouts (the Greyhound Interchange, the Beverley Roundabout and the Shropshire Star Roundabout - 3 miles in total) onto Bennetts Bank signed Wellington.
Continue along Bennetts Bank to the next set of lights. Turn right at the lights and the ground is on the left hand side, opposite the Fire Station.
General : For Telford's ground make sure you get off at
Wellington, not at Telford Central or you will have one long long walk!
Wellington station is situated just over a mile from the Bucks Head, and
you'll find plenty of pubs on your way to interrupt your journey.
From Yeovil : The quickest route going up is from Pen Mill
station going via Bristol Temple Meads and Birmingham New Street. This will
take you about 4.5 hours going up. There is an alternative route from
Junction station taking in Salisbury, then Temple Meads, but this adds an
hour to your journey time and is not recommended. Going back you'll find
yourself going via Shrewsbury and Newport (Gwent) for the earlier of the two
trains available or via Birmingham New Street and Exeter St Davids for the
later of the two (this obviously returns you to Junction station). Don't
hang around though, as both trains depart between 5:00pm and 6:00pm!
From London : Two trains per hour, both leaving from Euston
and taking 2.5 to 3 hours. You change at Birmingham New Street for all bar
one train where you can save a bit of time by changing at Wolverhampton.
Going back you'll find about one train per hour where you will usually
change at Wolverhampton, but for one train you change at Stafford as well,
whereas another one takes you to Birmingham New Street instead. Journey time
back is generally three hours back to Euston.
Directions adapted from
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Food & Drink
Telford's club bar was called Bentley's. It no longer exists - and is no great loss.
If you are coming in by car, you will only see two pubs on your way. The Bridge Builder
(see Directions for a photo)
is better than average, though don't expect scenic views! It's child friendly if you've got your own in tow, but is large enough so other people's sprogs aren't too intusive. There are several passable real ales on, and the food had more interesting options than is usual in such chain establishments. The Bucks Head which, as it's name suggests, is on the doorstep of the ground was good enough to feature in the lucky dip section of the 1999 Good Pub Guide, but has since been dropped. The lounge bar is set out for a more restauranty feel with food available whilst the public bar
holds a pool table. They do accommodation if you are planning a serious session. It can get crowded on matchdays.
The Bucks Head, right outside the ground. Look above the roof and you will see
one of the ground floodlights. That's how close you are!
For those coming in by train, you'll find The Station Hotel right outside the station
as you exit. Nothing special, but worth a stop if you are thirsty after your journey or
waiting for friends. Wellington is quite a pleasant looking town centre, and most of the
pubs look worth half a glance on your way through, but the more relevant ones are on their
way to the ground.
Walking down hill out of the High Street, along the Mill Bank you'll pass the Railway
Inn on your right, but this is only worth it if you are doing a pub crawl. Totally
recommended at the foot of the Mill Bank, just as you turn into Watling Street
(you're about five minutes walk from the ground now) is
The Cock Hotel which suffers from an identity crisis by having The Old Wrekin Tap
plastered on the side of the building. Inside you'll find a typical beer drinkers pub, with
six real ales on tap, a feature that has no doubt contributed to its 1998 Campaign For Real
Ale local pub of the year award. There is a no smoking lounge bar where children are welcome,
and a main bar where a pool table is in regular use. They also do accomodation. The only down
side to this pub is that they don't do lunchtime food (not when we were last in there anyway).
The Cock Hotel, aka The Old Wrekin Tap. The best choice for serious lovers of good beer in our opinion.
But fear not, for on the opposite side of the road is The Swan Hotel which does food
in a Harvester/Beefeater sort of style. Nothing dramatically brilliant, but at
least you know what you are getting for your money, and the portions were good.
The Station Hotel, Station Rd, Wellington, Telford, Shropshire TF1 1BY
Tel: 01952 246855
Railway Inn, 42-44, Mill Bank, Wellington, Telford, Shropshire TF1 1SD
Tel: 01952 242791
Cock Hotel, 148, Holyhead Rd, Wellington, Telford, Shropshire TF1 2DL
Tel: 01952 244954
Swan Hotel, Watling St, Wellington, Telford, Shropshire TF 1 2NH
Tel: 01952 223781
Bucks Head, 82, Watling St, Wellington, Telford, Shropshire TF1 2NJ
Tel: 01952 244021
Bridge Builder, Wrekin Retail Park, Wellington, Telford, Shropshire TF1 2DE
Tel: 01952 243741
Likelihood the Natives Will Understand You
Telford's clientele seem to comprise an awful lot of 50 something men who have been going
there since the days when Telford were known as Wellington. Some wear cardigans. One wouldn't say the Telford Welcome was effusive, but generally the town's a friendly enough place, and there was never need for segregation in the old ground.
Don't, just don't expect to find the ground located in Telford!
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Local Guesthouses and Hotels
Go to A1 Tourism's
online guide to Telford guesthouses and hotel's for further information.
Tourist And Other Local Attractions
'Ironbridge' is a complex of industrial heritage sites. Sounds dull? Actually it's fascinating, taking visitors back into the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.
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