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Spalding United F.C.

Spalding United F.C. is an English football club based in Spalding, Lincolnshire. The club are currently members of the Premier Division of the United Counties League and play at Sir Halley Stewart Field.

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History

The club was established in 1921 when Spalding Town (who had played in the Peterborough & District League until then) was reformed.[1] The new club continued to play in the Peterborough & District League, which they won in 1930 31. They then stepped up to the Northamptonshire League, which became the United Counties League in 1934.

After World War II they won the Lincolnshire Senior B Cup in 1950 51 and the Senior A Cup in 1952 53. In 1954 they applied to join the Eastern Counties League, but were rejected after a vote. However, the following season they won the won the UCL for the first time, also winning the League Cup and were accepted into the ECL. In 1960 they switched to the Central Alliance, before joining the Midland League the following season. After finishing bottom in 1967 68 they returned to the UCL. During this period they twice reached the first round of the FA Cup, losing 3 1 at Durham City in 1957 58 and 5 3 at Newport County in 1964 65.[2]

They won the UCL in 1974 75 and after several successive top-four finishes, rejoined the Midland League in 1978. They finished fourth in 1981 82, so were placed in the Premier Division of the Northern Counties East League when it was formed by a merger of the Midland League and the Yorkshire League in 1982. They won the first ever NCEL title with a 1 0 win on the final day of the season. After internal disputes within the NCEL related to the miners' strike, Spalding rejoined the UCL in 1986 and were champions in 1987 88, resulting in promotion to the Midland Division of the Southern League. After finishing bottom in 1990 91 they returned to the UCL.[2]

After a narrow escape from liquidation in the early 1990s the club won the UCL Cup in 1994 95 and the Premier Division in 1998 99.[1] They were promoted back to the Southern League, but again struggled. Despite finishing bottom in 2000 01 the club avoided relegation as other clubs resigned. However, they finished second from bottom in 2002 03 and were relegated again. After a fifth UCL title in 2003 04 they were promoted to Division One of the Northern Premier League. They were transferred to the Midland Division of the Southern League in 2006 but moved back to the NPL a year later to join Division One South. In 2009 10 they finished in the relegation places but avoided demotion due to clubs transferring between leagues. However, they finished bottom the following season and were relegated back to the UCL.

Ground

Spalding have played at the Sir Halley Stewart Field since their establishment. It was originally known as the Black Swan Ground, until being renamed after Halley Stewart, a local MP, in 1954. After World War II the club spent a season playing at a temporary ground in nearby Low Fulney.[1] The record attendance of 6,972 was set in 1952 for an FA Cup qualifying match against Peterborough United.

Honours

  • Northern Counties East League
    • Premier Division champions 1982 83
  • United Counties League
    • Premier Division champions 1954 55, 1974 75, 1987 88, 1998 99, 2003 04
    • League Cup winners 1954 55, 1994 95
  • Peterborough & District League
    • Champions 1930 31
  • Lincolnshire Senior A Cup
    • Winners 1952 53
  • Lincolnshire Senior B Cup
    • Winners 1950 51

Players

As of 17 November 2011

Current squad

Club records

  • Best league performance: 6th in Southern League Midlands Division, 1989 90
  • Best FA Cup performance: First round proper, 1957 58, 1964 65
  • Best FA Trophy performance: Third round, 1999 2000
  • Best FA Vase performance: Quarter-finals, 1989 90, 1996 97

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