Chippenham Town F.C.
|Full name||Chippenham Town Football Club|
|Ground||Hardenhuish Park, Chippenham, Wiltshire|
|Capacity||2,815 (500 seated)|
|League||Southern League Premier Division|
|2015–16||Southern League Premier Division, 8th|
|Website||Club home page|
Chippenham Town are an English football club based in Chippenham, Wiltshire, which plays in the Southern League Premier Division, the seventh highest tier in the English league system. They are nicknamed the Bluebirds and play their home matches at Hardenhuish Park. They are most noted as being the oldest football club in the South West of England. Their home kit consists of a blue shirt, blue shorts and blue socks.
The 1999-2000 season saw a superb increase in support at Hardenhuish Park with the highest attendance figures in the country achieved for the fifth, sixth and semi-final rounds of the F.A. Vase. This culminated in a crowd of 20,083 the second highest in the history of the competition attending the final at Wembley against Deal Town F.C. which unfortunately the Bluebirds lost 1-0. 2001/02 saw the Bluebirds promoted to the Southern League Premier Division, a league to which they still play now, despite numerous appearances in the play-offs. Their most recent piece of silverware came in 2010/11 when they won the Wiltshire Premier Shield after beating Swindon Town 1–0.
This is 5 recent Chippenham Town seasons, for a full history look List of Chippenham Town F.C. seasons
|Year||League||Lvl||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Position||Leading league scorer||FA Cup||FA Trophy||Average home
|2011–12||Southern Football League
|7||42||14||11||17||55||53||+2||53||11th of 22||Alan Griffin||19||QR1||0–0–1||R1||2–4–1||372|
|2012–13||42||13||12||17||63||67||−4||51||15th of 22||Alan Griffin||17||QR4||3–0–1||QR2||1–0–1||328|
|2013–14||44||14||6||24||59||87||−28||48||18th of 23||Alan Griffin||20||QR1||0–0–1||QR2||1–0–1||319|
|2014–15||44||16||13||15||54||54||0||61||11th of 23||Alex Ferguson||10||QR3||2–0–1||QR2||1–0–1||310|
|2015–16||46||21||13||12||76||53||+23||74||8th of 24||Andy Sandell||21||QR4||3–1–1||QR1||0–0–1||352|
Kit and colours
The club originally played in black and white, but changed to blue and white after turning professional in 1948–49. For the 2015/16 Season, Chippenham Town will play in their Blue and White Home kit and Green And Black Away Kit from Uhlsport, but will now be sponsored by Windhager Ltd for both kits.
Chippenham Town play their home games at Hardenhuish Park, Bristol Road, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN14 6LR.
They had an average attendance of 352 in the 2015/16 season. Chippenham had a nomadic existence for its earliest years before settling at Hardenhuish Park in 1919. They added a clubhouse in 1979.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Chippenham Town F.C. have had players go on to play in the Football League or in international matches
- Tyrone Mings – The defender became Mick McCarthy's first signing for Ipswich Town in December 2012. He impressed on his Championship debut on 4 May 2013. He signed for AFC Bournemouth in the summer of 2015 for a fee believed to be around £8 million.
- James Constable – Walsall F.C. bought James from Chippenham, he has since played for Kidderminster Harriers, Shrewsbury Town and currently plays for Oxford United F.C. He was the first ever player to score in a final in the new Wembley Stadium, he scored two in the 2007 F.A Trophy Final. He scored 1 goal in Oxford's play off final victory at Wembley as well and will now play in League 2. He has also played for England C Team.
- Gareth Davies – Played for Crystal Palace in the Premier League before ending his career at Chippenham.
- Mark Robinson – Made over 100 appearances for Barnsley before playing for Newcastle United under Kevin Keegan. An injury ended his career at Newcastle and he then played for Swindon Town for 8 years before ending his career at Chippenham.
- Peter Trego – The Somerset County Cricket Club fast bowler had a brief stint at the club in goal when there was a lack of keepers through injury. During his spell he scored from the edge of his box, at Hemel Hempstead, lobbing the opposition goalie. He also featured in the clubs second only appearance in the First Round Proper of the FA Cup against Worcester City FC who won the replay at St Georges Lane.
- Andy Sandell – Andy joined Chippenham from Wycombe Wanderers and went on to play 6 games for the Bluebirds. He joined Newport County after just over a month at the club. He rejoined in 2015 a took up a role as not only a player, but also as the clubs commercial manager.
- Charlie Griffin – Charlie had three spells at the club, starting his career at the Bluebirds. He has played for Swindon Town, Wycombe Wanderers and Stevenage amongst others. He is the older brother of Alan Griffin.
- Southern Football League Premier Division
- Runners-up 2004–05
- Southern Football League Division One West
- Runners-up 2001–02
- Western Football League Premier Division
- Champions 1951–52
- Runners-up 1954–55, 2000–01
- Western Football League Division One
- Champions 1980–81
- Wiltshire Football League
- Champions 1907–08, 1908–09, three other times in 1920s
- Wiltshire Premier Shield
- Winners 1966, 1987, 1989, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2011
- Western Football League Cup:
- Winners (2): 1999–2000, 2000–01
- Best league position
- Second: Southern League Premier Division, 2003–04, 2004–05
- FA Cup
- FA Trophy
- Second Round replay 2003–04
- FA Vase
- Finalists 1999–2000
- Chippenham Town official website – History Accessed 8 February 2012
- Football History Database – Chippenham Town Accessed 8 February 2012
- "Western Football League Cup – Les Phillips cup 1989–present" (PDF). Western Football League. Retrieved 6 January 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
- Official website
- Official Twitter Page
- Official Youtube Channel
- Chippenham Town at the Football Club History Database
- CTFC Norway Supporters Club
- BBC Wiltshire – News reports from BBC Wiltshire
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