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Who are AFC Fylde?

AFC Fylde were formed in 1988 as Kirkham & Wesham FC, a merger of Kirkham Town and Wesham. The club changed its name to AFC Fylde in 2008.

Never too far away from controversy, “The Coasters” are bank-rolled by UKIP supporting chairman David Haythornthwaite who counts Nigel Farage amongst his friends. They announced a goal of reaching the Conference National by 2017 and Football League by 2022, printing the “Stop us if you can 2022” slogan onto shirts. Although they won four promotions between 2007 and 2017 to reach the National League (Conference), two play off campaign defeats saw them fail to fulfil their aim of League football. In 2019-20, following the early cessation of the League due to the Covid 19 pandemic, Fylde found themselves in 23rd place and were relegated to the National League North. They are however the only club to have won both the FA Vase (2008) and FA Trophy (2019).

Fylde parted company with manager James Rowe on 29th September this season, after a board meeting held one day after he had been formally charged with sexual assault.

The hot seat at Mill Farm is currently occupied by Adam Murray the former Derby County, Oxford United, Luton Town and Mansfield Town player. He has also held managerial roles at Mansfield and Boston along with coaching roles at other clubs.

Our recent rivalry however stems more from off field matters than on field as we have only played them competitively 4 times.

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