Tamworth F.C.

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Full nameTamworth Football Club
Nickname(s)The Lambs
GroundThe Lamb Ground
(capacity: 4,195 (518 seated)
ChairmanBob Andrews
Caretaker ManagerDale Belford
LeagueConference National
2011–12Conference National, 18th
Home colours
Away colours

Current season

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Full nameTamworth Football Club
Nickname(s)The Lambs
GroundThe Lamb Ground
(capacity: 4,195 (518 seated)
ChairmanBob Andrews
Caretaker ManagerDale Belford
LeagueConference National
2011–12Conference National, 18th
Home colours
Away colours

Current season

Tamworth Football Club is an English football club based in Tamworth, Staffordshire. The club participates in the Conference National, the fifth tier of English football.

The club were formed in 1933 after the previous Tamworth club, Tamworth Castle, ceased to exist. They originally played at The Jolly Sailor Ground but after a year moved into The Lamb Ground.

Local rivals include Burton Albion and Nuneaton Town, and to a lesser degree Atherstone Town, Bedworth United and Bolehall Swifts. The team are currently managed by Dale Belford, and the current club captain is Richard Tait.



Early years

The town of Tamworth had been represented at football by Tamworth Castle F.C. until the club folded in 1933. This void was filled thanks to a campaign started by a letter local from a businessman in the local newspaper setting in motion the formation of Tamworth F.C. Originally playing next to the Jolly Sailor pub, the club moved to their present ground, The Lamb Ground, in 1934. Tamworth began life competing in the Birmingham Combination, before joining the West Midlands League, which was later renamed the Birmingham League, in the 1950s. In the 1960s Tamworth experienced success, winning the league in 1963–64 and 1965–66, as well as lifting the West Midlands League Cup, Birmingham Senior Cup and Staffordshire Senior Cup in that decade.

1972 saw Tamworth promoted to the Southern League, but a period of falling attendances and financial difficulties followed. The club returned to the West Midlands League, and it was taken over by a consortium of local businessmen in 1984. In 1987–88 Tamworth won the League and were promoted back to the Southern League.


Tamworth, managed by Graham Smith, won the FA Vase in 1989, beating Sudbury Town. The final was played at Wembley Stadium, but the game finished 1–1, meaning that the winner would have to be decided by a replay. The replay was played at London Road, the home of Peterborough United, and Tamworth won 3–0 to lift the FA Vase for the first time.

Tamworth won promotion to the Conference National in 2002–03 after winning the Southern League in 2001–02, only one year after narrowly missing the same promotion. That year, Tamworth earned a 3–3 draw on the final day at Folkestone Invicta while Kettering Town won, passing Tamworth for first place and winning promotion to the Conference National. Tamworth also reached the final of the FA Trophy in 2002–03 season where they played Burscough but were denied a double, losing 2–1.

Recent history

The club completed perhaps their highest profile signing of all time on 23 February 2006, with the capture of former Arsenal, Aston Villa, Walsall and English national midfielder Paul Merson.[1] However, the arrangement meant that until the end of the season, the majority of Merson's wages were to be paid by the club he used to manage, Walsall. The arrangement however only lasted two games, although Merson only played once in the 2–1 home loss to Halifax Town. Merson was dropped to the bench for the following game, which was a 5–0 defeat away to Grays Athletic. Merson later announced his retirement from professional football as a player on 9 March 2006, less than a month after joining Tamworth.[2]

Although the club finished the 2005–06 season in 21st position (the last relegation position), in the Conference National, the club were spared the drop after Canvey Island resigned from the league. The Lambs did, however, reach the 3rd round of the FA Cup for the first time that season.

Despite a fairly poor 2006–07 league campaign, Tamworth once again found themselves at the 3rd round stage of the FA Cup. Norwich City beat The Lambs, and 18 days later Tamworth manager Mark Cooper and assistant manager Richard Dryden were dismissed with the club at the foot of the league table. They were replaced two days later by the former Tamworth managerial duo of manager Gary Mills[3] and assistant Darron Gee.[4] Despite the change in leadership, Tamworth were relegated after finishing in 22nd position. Tamworth kicked off the 2007–08 season in the Conference North, a disappointing league campaign saw the club finish in 15th position.

The club began their second season in the Conference North and followed up a fantastic season with a win over Hinckley United on 21 April 2009 which secured the title and promotion back to the Conference National. The win was duly attained with a 65th minute goal from Nick Wright as the club won 1–0. Captain Martin Foster received the trophy in front of hundreds of ecstatic fans and the celebrations began at The Lamb Ground.

On the 13 October 2010, manager Gary Mills quit Tamworth to join fellow Conference National side York City, names of possible replacements started to circulate and many believed that Ian McParland had expressed interest in the job. It's also been rumoured that the board have made bids to Kevin Wilkin, Dean Thomas and Jim Gannon to take over at the club. However first team coach Des Lyttle became caretaker manager and was later hired as player-manager. He resigned as manager on 13 April 2011, and was replaced by Tamworth legend Dale Belford, who was to manage the club for the remaining four games of the season. Belford led Tamworth to last day safety with a 2–1 home win over Forest Green Rovers, with Jake Sheridan scoring the all important winning goal.[5]

In November 2010, Tamworth were drawn against Crewe Alexandra in the first round of the 2010–11 FA Cup, Tamworth won the tie 2–1, with goals coming from Alex Rodman and Danny Thomas. Tamworth were then drawn away to Carlisle United in the second round, and were knocked out after a 3–2 defeat.

Belford stepped aside at the end of the season, and the search for a new manager to lead the club for the 2011–12 Conference National season began, speculation was rife, and the names of former York City manager Martin Foyle, Eastwood Town manager Paul Cox and former Walsall assistant manager Martin O'Connor were all linked to the club, but on 25 May 2011, Tamworth announced Kettering Town manager Marcus Law as the club's new manager.

Tamworth were defeated by Everton in the 3rd round of the 2011–12 FA Cup 2–0 on 6 January 2012. Around 5,000 Lambs supporters made the trip to Goodison Park. [6]

Marcus Law was relieved of his manager duties[7] following a meeting with chairman Bob Andrews on Monday 14 January 2013. Dale Belford was appointed as caretaker-manager for the foreseeable future with former Lambs player Scott Lindsey as his assistant.

Colours and badge

As of 2009, Tamworth play in an all red kit with white sides, and with the 2010/2011 season there was no change colours but the white stripes on the sides moved so they went down as far as the sleeves. In 2011/2012 the white sides changed to black and the shorts also changed to dark blue. In 2012/2013 the colours changed to go back to all red kits with white stripes on the side.

The Tamworth FC badge features the Mercian flag and the Stafford knot, the symbol of Staffordshire next to the Tamworth castle.


Tamworth have played at The Lamb Ground since 1934. Prior to this, they spent their first season at a ground adjacent to the Jolly Sailor pub. The Lamb Ground takes it name from a pub, the Lamb Inn, which formerly stood nearby. The ground has a capacity of approximately 4,000, and a directors box. All seating is in the Main Stand, which was constructed in 1997. The Main Stand occupies one side of the pitch, with a covered terrace known as the Shed on the opposite side.


Current squad

As of 13 March 2013

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

1EnglandGKJames Wren
2ScotlandDFRichard Tait (captain)
3EnglandMFMarcus Kelly
4EnglandDFMichael Wylde
5EnglandDFMatt Regan (on loan from Nottingham Forest)
6EnglandDFTom Marshall
7EnglandFWAdam Cunnington
8EnglandMFLee Hendrie (vice-captain)
9EnglandFWTommy Wright
10JamaicaFWDarren Byfield
11EnglandMFLloyd Kerry
13EnglandGKTony Breeden
14EnglandDFBen Richards-Everton
15EnglandDFDuane Courtney
16EnglandMFJakob Hessenthaler (on loan from Gillingham)
17EnglandMFConnor Gudger
18EnglandMFPeter Till
19WalesDFScott Barrow
21EnglandFWJake Healy
22EnglandDFJames Wilcock
25EnglandFWDanny Lloyd
28EnglandFWStuart Hendrie
29EnglandDFJonathon Thorpe (on loan from Cambridge United)
30EnglandDFSam Oji
31EnglandGKDale Belford (player-caretaker-manager)
33EnglandFWKyle Perry (on loan from Nuneaton Town)
37EnglandGKLiam Mitchell (on loan from Notts County)

Out on Loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

27EnglandFWScott James (on loan to Romulus)
35EnglandMFElliott Turner (on loan to Romulus)

Notable former players

Players with international caps in bold

See Tamworth F.C. Players

Management and coaching staff

Current staff

Caretaker ManagerEngland Dale Belford
Assistant ManagerEngland Scott Lindsey
Assistant CoachEngland Paul O'Brien
Sports & Conditioning CoachEngland Darren Chesworth
Kit ManagerEngland Buster Belford
Backroom Staff ManagerEngland Degsy Bond
Sports TherapistEngland Katie Andrew
Assistant Sports TherapistEngland Alan Cooke
Performance AnalysistEngland Richard Hughes
Youth Team CoachEngland Mike Corbett
Youth Team SecretaryEngland Brad Stokes

Managerial history



Shirt/shorts sponsors/manufacturers

PeriodKit manufacturerShirt sponsor
1999–2000ProstarPolesworth Garage
2000–2004NikeBloor Homes
2004–2007Ocean Finance
2012–0000JakoSolus Coaches

Following seven years with Nike, Inc., the club confirmed the kit manufacturer to be Umbro for the 2007/08 season.[8]

Snowdome were confirmed as the clubs new shirt sponsor on 24 June 2009, agreeing a three year shirt sponsorship deal with the club. Automotive Solutions agreed a one year short sponsorship, while Admiral Sportswear would be manufacturing the clubs players and replica kits.[9]

On 14 July 2011, it was confirmed that Tamworth based IT Consultancy company, Computer Friendly Consultants would be renewing their back of shirt sponsor for the 2011/12 season.[10] Solus Coaches were announced as the first team shorts sponsor for the 2011/12 season.[11]

Tamworth announced on 27 March 2012 that their away kit for the 2012/13 season would be sponsored by Drayton Manor, with the clubs kits now been supplied by Jako.[12] The club followed this up on 26 April 2012 with confirmation that Solus Coaches would sponsor the team home shirt for the 2012/13 season.[13]



  1. ^ "Merson opts to sign for Tamworth". BBC News (London). 22 February 2006. Retrieved 24 March 2010. 
  2. ^ "Merson announces his retirement". BBC News (London). 9 March 2006. Retrieved 24 March 2010. 
  3. ^ "Mills happy with Tamworth return". BBC News (London). 28 January 2007. Retrieved 24 March 2010. 
  4. ^ "Gee rejoins Tamworth boss Mills". BBC News (London). 30 January 2007. Retrieved 24 March 2010. 
  5. ^ "Tamworth 2–1 Forest Green Rovers". BBC Sport. 30 April 2011. Retrieved 30 April 2011. 
  6. ^ "Everton 2 – 0 Tamworth". BBC Sport. 6 January 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2012. 
  7. ^ "Dale Belford Replaces Law At Tamworth". 15 January 2013. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "2007–08 KIT REVEALED – first pics here!". TheLambs.co.uk. 26 April 2007. http://www.thelambs.co.uk/news/2007-08-kit-revealed---first-pics-here!-602.htm. Retrieved 26 April 2007.
  9. ^ "New Kit Sponsors". TheLambs.co.uk. 24 June 2009. http://www.thelambs.co.uk/news/new-kit-sponsors-1016.htm. Retrieved 24 June 2009.
  10. ^ "Computer Friendly renew back of shirt sponsorship". TheLambs.co.uk. 14 July 2011. http://www.thelambs.co.uk/news/computer-friendly-renew-back-of-shirt-sponsorship--1485.htm. Retrieved 14 July 2011.
  11. ^ "New shorts sponsor for the Lambs". TheLambs.co.uk. 28 July 2011. http://www.thelambs.co.uk/news/new-shorts-sponsor-for-the-lambs-1494.htm. Retrieved 28 July 2011.
  12. ^ "New Away Kit & Away Shirt Sponsor Announcment". TheLambs.co.uk. 27 March 2012. http://www.thelambs.co.uk/news/new-away-kit----away-shirt-sponsor-announcment-1654.htm. Retrieved 27 March 2012.
  13. ^ "New home shirt & sponsor for the Lambs". TheLambs.co.uk. 26 April 2012. http://www.thelambs.co.uk/news/new-home-shirt-&-sponsor-for-the-lambs-1669.htm. Retrieved 26 April 2012.The Shorts for 2012/2013 season sponsor is made by Jako and a sponsor of Ankerside Shopping Center.

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