Bridlington Town AFC was formed
in their own right on 11th
June 1920. They recruited players from the disbanded Bridlington
Discharged Sailors and Soldiers Football Club and formed a second team from The
Bridlington Grammar School Old Boys. The first team were entered into the 1st
division of the East Riding County League with the second team being entered
into the Hull Amateur League 1st Division.
In their first season Bridlington
Town AFC won the East Riding Senior Cup 2-1 vs. Gilberdyke played at Anlaby
Road Hull, and reached fifth
place in the League. Town went on to win the East Riding Cup the following 2
seasons and won the 1st Division title on three consecutive seasons
1921-22,1922-23 and 1923-24.
At the end of the 1924-25 season Bridlington
Town were admitted to the Yorkshire
Bridlington Town the story so far... After the First World War a group
of school leavers, anxious to continue their enjoyment of football,
decided to form their own club, which they named Bridlington Centrals.
first they competed in the Driffield & District Minor League and in
due course they had to move up to the Driffield & District League.
Eventually, they found themselves in the East Riding Amateur League
where they enjoyed a fair amount of success which was climaxed by five
consecutive championships in the fifties.
In the same period
Centrals also carried off the East Riding Senior Cup on two occasions
and this success encouraged them to join the Yorkshire League in 1959
under the changed name of Bridlington Town.
immediately finished runners-up in Division Two and qualified for
promotion to the First Division. They also reached the first round
proper of the F.A.Cup for the first time where they lost to the then
mighty Bishop Aukland.
Soon after another F.A.Cup tie
attracted the record attendance for Queensgate when 2,102 spectators
saw Town take on neighbours Scarborough. In 1967 Bridlington dominated
the Yorkshire League but Town had to settle for second best to
Bridlington Trinity although some consolation was gained by winning the
East Riding Senior Cup again. Town had also won the League Cup in 1960,
1961 and 1966. In 1982 the Northern Counties (East) League emerged from
the amalgamation of the Yorkshire and Midland Leagues.
were placed in Division One (North) but were elevated to the Premier
Division in 1986 following the resignation of a number of clubs to join
the Northern Premier League. In 1988-89 the club achieved their best
placing, finishing third and defeating champions Emley in the League
Cup Final. Town also recorded their seventh victory in the East Riding
Senior Cup beating Hull City 1 - 0.
The following year Town
were finalists at Wembley for the first time in the F.A.Vase, in front
of a crowd of 7,932, the game finishing 0 - 0, the only ever Wembley
final to be goalless, with Yeading winning the replay 1 - 0 at Elland
Road 9 days later.
During the intervening period between the
final and the replay Town had to play Hull City in defence of the East
Riding Senior Cup, the League Cup against Osset Town and a league game.
During this period Ken Richardson had joined the club as
President and was instrumental in assisting the club with the necessary
finance to develop the ground by building a new stand, clubhouse,
turnstiles and floodlights. Town were now regarded as one of the
strongest teams in non-league football and reached Wembley again in
1993, this time in front of a slightly bigger crowd of 9,061, and this
time returned the victors one nil over Tiverton Town, thanks to a goal
from Alan Radford. Town also won the Northern Premier (Unibond) League
First division. Due to legal wrangles the team moved to play their home
games at Doncaster Rovers ground and then folded, leaving Queensgate
with no football during 1993 - 94.
Following the disbanding of
the Semi-Pro side after the 1993/94 season an ambitious local 'PUB'
side, The Greyhound, were inspired to make an approach to the
lease-holders with a view to making the Queensgate ground the base for
The Greyhound team. A deal was struck with the proviso that the club
change their name to Bridlington Town AFC. A new club crest was
designed and a new motto 'Pergere et Eniti', broadly meaning 'Onwards
and Upwards', was adopted. The new era began an 10 September 1994 when
the new Bridlington Town AFC. took to the field for their first league
game against Viking Panthers in the Driffield and District League
Premier Division in front of 200 spectators. Many local observers
speculated as to how long the club would survive at Queensgate with the
obvious financial burden but the team completed that season in their
new home finishing fourth in the league and also reached the final of
the East Riding Senior Country Cup.
Steady Progression saw the club join the East Riding County
League Division One, where the League and Cup Double was achieved. Over
the next three seasons in the County Premier Division the club
continued to improve and made application to the Northern Counties East
League. It was on the third application that Bridlington Town was
accepted, having finished runner up in the league but beat the league
champions in the league cup final of 1998/99, under manager John
Bowman. A fifth place finish in that first season back in the NCEL was
creditable, but at Xmas in 2000 the club had slumped to mid-table.
Bowman was replaced by Billy Heath and he took the club to a 4th place
Towns 3rd season back in the NCEL saw an 18 game
unbeaten run lift Town to finish Division One Runners Up and gained
promotion to the Premier Division. The 2002 - 2003 season started with
a continuation of the good form and 14 straight wins in all
competitions. Town also reached the 4th Qualifying round of the FA Cup,
losing away at Conference side Southport, and the 1/4 final of the
Vase, losing away at League rivals and eventual Vase winners Brigg
Town. Another incredible run of league form saw Town lose only one of
the last 26 games and the Club finished as Champions with a fantastic
20 point winning margin to gain promotion to the Unibond League for
2003 - 2004.
Winter postponements and the cup success saw Town
playing three games each week through March and April and the heavy
toll caused Town to "sacrifice" the cup success for the league title.
To ensure promotion, Gary Wilkinson of Wilkinson Caravans, the main
sponsor, also secured the purchare of Bridlington Town AFC Ltd from the
former owners thus ensuring the future of the club.
The season in the Unibond Division One saw injuries and suspensions
take their toll in the second half of the season but the club fiinished
in 11th place to complete A third successive promotion, this time to
the Unibond Premier Division, that was due to the reorganisation of the
league and meant the new club had returned to the status held by the
former club when they folded, and had achieved this in just ten
Wilkinson was unable to continue with the club any longer due to
financial constraints, and Pete Smurthwaite, of PBS Construction,
bought the club. and after the resignation of Billy Heath Pete also has
a spell as Town Manager but brought in Paul Marshall unfortunatley
things did not work out for Marshall and he was replaced by the
management team of Ash Berry and Paul Stoneman with the help of Coach
Grant Crookes who after a year in charge were also replaced by the temporary charge of former Grimsby Town defender Mark Lever with the help of Peter Smurthwaite Town finished bottom of the UniBond league and were relegated back to the Northern counties east league.
2008/09 season Chairman Peter Smurthwaite appoints Tim Hotte and Gary Allanson as joint Managers and the club finishes a respectable 4th posistion in the league and lost to UniBond Premier side North Ferriby in the East Riding senior cup final at the KC Stadium and within days the Management team had resigned from the club due to personel reasons. but within days and to the delight of the Town supporters Gary Allanson had a change of heart and was back in the hot seat appointing club Captain Phil Harrison as his assistant and the pair proved to be an instant success as the club went on to win the league by 11 points and scoring 123 league goal along the way
2010/11 Another good season and Town were in the race to retain their title but just fell short losing out to Farsley with Parkgate being runners up. Town fans were left shocked when Manager Gary Allanson had decided to leave the club at the end of the season and was involved in helping select his successor and that was to be Mitch Cook the former Scarborough Town and Pickering Town Manager who will take charge for the 2011/12 season ..... the story continues Onwards & Upwards