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Who are AFC Telford United

AFC Telford United was formed in 2004 after the original Telford United, founded in 1872 as Wellington Town, folded due to financial problems. Southport faced Telford United regularly in the Conference between 1993 and 2002, and progressed at their expense in the FA Trophy in 1985. Southport had signed Trevor Hitchen from Wellington Town in 1949 and he would go on to make 280 appearances for the Sandgrounders.

AFC Telford were initially given permission by the FA to start in Northern Premier League Division One and achieved promotion in their second season via the play offs.

Disappointment at losing out to Liam Watson’s Burscough for the NPL title in their third season was eased when they gained their second promotion in three years via the play offs once again.

In 2011 Andy Sinton made it a hat trick of play off promotions, this time from the Conference North, but their spell in the now National League was only short lived before dropping back into the North in 2013.

Upon leaving Southport that summer, Liam Watson took over as manager, winning the Conference North, his third title, and AFC Telford’s first. The side struggled to establish themselves however and with Watson departing mid season they once again returned to the North where they have remained since.

AFC Telford play their home games at the New Bucks Head. The ground was renamed (from Bucks Head) following renovation in 2000, It had previously been home to Wellington Town, from whom Southport had signed Trevor Hitchen in 1949, and Telford United.

Southport have a better record against AFC Telford at the New Bucks Head than they do at Haig Avenue.

Players known to have played for both teams

Amadou BakayokoMark BeesleyRussell BenjaminLiam BlakemanRobbie BoothMatt BrownSean ClancyJohn CofieAdam DugdaleTerry FearnsSimon GrandTony GrayDevarn GreenJonathan HedgeKarl LedshamChris LeverAlan MooganJosh O’KeefeAndy OwensAndy ParryMike PhenixGodfrey PokuDoug TharmeRoss White
Please note: This is not an exhaustive list

Direct transfers between the two teams

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Key Info

15:00 Kick Off at New Bucks Head – Watling Street, Wellington, TF1 2TU

Ground opened in 2003 so it is a relatively new ground for our league, although I am sure it is one that Port fans have visited a lot in recent years. Again another non-artificial playing surface.

Capacity of New Bucks Head is 6,300 – with 2,200 of these being seated. The away end is behind one of the goals and Saturday’s game is unseggregated. 

How to get there

By car

It is roughly a 2 hours and 15 min drive to get to New Bucks Head from Haig Avenue and around 90 miles. You head from Haig Avenue down Scarisbrick New Road, and then through Scarisbrick, Halsall, Lydiate and Maghull were you should turn onto the A59 towards Switch Island. Then take the M57 till the end, switch onto the A562 heading towards Runcorn and over the new bridge. Turn onto the M56, past Frodsham down to junction 15 when you turn onto the M53 until you react the North Wales expressway (A55), then switch onto thew A41, past The Cheshire Cat pub in Christleton, gollow it all the way down to Tern Hill where you want to turn right onto the A53 and then left on the Epsley Roandabout onto the A442 and follow the road all the way down past The Princess Royal Hospital onto Whitchurch Drive (A5223) until you reach the ground which is situated in the Wellington area of Telford.

Google Maps Route Link: https://goo.gl/maps/V1gz6KFhmEMC7tW86

However the fastest route does contain a toll to pay as you have to head on the A533 over The Mersey Gateway Bridge over the River Mersey. The bridge crossing costs £2 a standard car for each crossing. Please note: If you don’t pay by midnight the day after you cross you may receive a Penalty Charge Notice.

You can pay for your bridge crossing at: https://www.merseyflow.co.uk/how-to-pay-for-a-crossing

Parking etc….

Parking facilities comprise 290 spaces at the stadium (entrance via Haybridge Road) and some 500 at Telford College of Arts and Technology, which is situated on the opposite side of Haybridge Road. There is surveillance by stewards and CCTV. The fee is £3 per car, payment should be made at the parking meter or the ticket office.

By train

We are taking the train via Liverpool and Chester to get to Wellington which is the closest station to Telford’s ground. This was the cheapest route for all of us. The ground ias a 15/20 min walk from Wellington train station. An alternate route is to go down to Liverpool South Parkway and change for a service bound for Birmingham New Street. Get off at Wolverhamptoon and change for a service to Shrewsbury, get off at Wellington after 35 mins on that train.

Tickets

There is a ticket office which is open on a matchday between 1-3:15 but it is recommended to buy a ticket online as the queue for this ticket office does get quite big.

  • Adult £16
  • Concession £12
  • Youth (12-18) £5
  • Under 12s FREE

Note – there is NOT a cash turnstile.

Food

There is homemade food served in the ground, I can remember it was quite good last time out. However if you arrive a bit early there are lots of local pubs that serve food as well as there being Subway and Dominos outlets nearby to grab something for on the go.

Where to drink?

There is a large supporters bar at New Bucks Head, this is located under the West Stand called “Win’s Bar” – we went in last year and it was excellent. Now there is lots of reports online however that this bar no longer admit away fans. There is the Dugout bar, which also shows Sky Sports, which is located in the Whitehouse Hotel which is adjacent to the stadium. Otherwise the nearest pubs are the Cock Hotel and the Swan Hotel, which are around a five minute walk away from the stadium.

We as a group are not going to Telford to drink and are instead getting off the train early in Shrewsbury to grab an ale or two before continuing our journey to New Bucks Head stadium

Programme

 The official matchday programme is priced at £2.50

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