"Where trumpets rang and men marched by, none passes but the dragonfly" - Mary Webb

Telford United f.c

telford's ground 2000 saw large scale changes at the Bucks Head. The team became full-time and the construction of a brand-new stadium began. The 2003/2004 season saw contrasting fortunes on and off the pitch. The team produced some of the best results the club had seen for many years, reaching the semi-finals of the FA Trophy, beating Brentford and Crewe in the FA Cup before being put out by eventual finalists Millwall.

Off the pitch, it was a different matter altogether. Late into the season, the chairman's business empire collapsed and all financial support for the club disappeared. The supporters rallied around, formed a supporters trust and ultimately raised over 50,000 in the space of a couple of months. Sadly, even this would not have been enough to sustain the club through to the end of the following season and the club was forced into liquidation. On the same day that the proposed liquidation was announced, the supporters trust (Telford United Supporters Ltd) created and became the sole owners of a new football club - AFC Telford United. In the close season, manager Bernard McNally was appointed and a new squad assembled, the ground lease and assets were secured and the new club was placed in the Unibond Northern Premier Division 1 by the FA.

F.A. Cup Giant Killers

The club are most notable for their FA Cup tradition, defeating football league counterparts Wigan Athletic (1982/83), Stockport County, Northampton, Rochdale (all 1983/84), Lincoln City, Preston North End, Bradford City (all 1984/85), Burnley (1986/87), Stoke City (1991/92).

1984/85 was undoubtedly the club's swansong as far as the FA Cup was concerned, the aforementioned victories over Lincoln, Preston and Bradford preceding a tie against Everton at Goodison Park in the fifth round. Telford eventually lost 3-0 after going in 0-0 with the then English champions at half time, but the crowd of 47,000 (swelled by a travelling contingent of around 13,000 from Telford) has not since been bettered at Goodison and the club's achievement of reaching round five has not since been surpassed by any non-league club to this day.

Further cup victories in 2003/04 against Brentford and Crewe Alexandra before eventually losing at home to eventual finalists Millwall were a fitting FA Cup send off for the old Telford United, as this was to be the club's final season. A complete record of the club's FA Cup exploits can be found on the TUST website.

FA Trophy Record Holders

benny Telford United have a formidable record in the FA Trophy. Their record 5 appearances in the final has never been equalled and their tally of 3 final wins has also never been beaten. The club appeared in the first ever FA Trophy final at Wembley in 1970, losing 2-0 to Macclesfield, but returned the following year to bring the trophy back to the Bucks Head.

League Record

The team were members of the Football Conference from its foundation in 1979 until 2004. The club's league form was largely unremarkable, achieving a best finish of third place and flirting with relegation on several occasions during that period. However, during the 2003-04 season they found themselves facing a financial crisis and on 27th May 2004 Telford went into liquidation after efforts to bring in new investment failed.

Club Records

* Record crowd: 13,000 vs Shrewsbury Town, Shropshire Senior Cup Final * Record win: 7-1 vs Frickley Athletic, 1983/84
* Best FA Cup Performance: 5th Round Proper vs Everton, 1984/85 * Best FA Trophy Performance: Winners 1970/71, 1982/83, 1988/89.

Honours

* FA Trophy winners 1971, 1983, 1989 * Cheshire League champions 1946, 1947, 1952; runners up 1953, 1955
* Birmingham League champions 1921, 1935, 1936; r/u 1920, 1922, 1928, 1941

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