Market Drayton Town F.C.

Market Drayton Town
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Full name Market Drayton Town Football Club
Nickname(s) The Gingerbread Men
Founded 1969 (as Little Drayton Rangers)
Ground Greenfields Sports Ground
Market Drayton
(Capacity: 1,000)
Chairman Alex Mutch
Manager Vacant
League Northern Premier League First Division South
2010–11 Northern Premier League First Division South, 18th
Home colours
Away colours

Market Drayton Town F.C. is a football club based in Market Drayton, Shropshire, England.



They joined the West Midlands (Regional) League Division One North in 1998. In 2003, they changed their name from Little Drayton Rangers to their present name. In the 2005-06 season, they were champions of the West Midlands (Regional) League Premier Division and were promoted to the Midland Football Alliance. The club won this league in 2008-09 to gain promotion to the Northern Premier League First Division South. After an eight-year spell, the club's most successful manager in its short history, Simon Line, left to join Hednesford Town in October 2009. Following his return in early 2010, Drayton stabilised their position in the division. The 2010/11 campaign began disastrously, with no points picked up in the first 10 games. A change in fortunes and the introduction of a number of new players lifted them from the foot of the league as results picked up. They finished the season in 18th and won the Shropshire Challenge Cup. Line and his backroom staff were relieved of their duties in the close season, with the board deciding a refresh was needed. Neil Wooliscroft was subsequently appointed, bringing with him assistant Darren Williams. Mick Murphy was reinstated as first team coach. The new management team were unable to bring about the desired change at the club. After a single win in fourteen league games, the duo resigned at the end of October. Former manager Jimmy Mullen was placed in temporary charge.


The Greenfields Sports Ground features a small all-seater stand, some hard standing, dug outs and floodlights. Its unusual wooden dugouts, set into a fence surrounding the pitch, were featured in David Bauckham's book Dugouts. [1]

Club records

  • Best league performance: 13th in Northern Premier League First Division South, 2009-10
  • Best FA Cup performance: Second Round Qualifying, 2007-08, 2010-11
  • Best FA Trophy performance: First Round Qualifying, 2010-11
  • Best FA Vase performance: 5th Round, 2008-09

Current squad

As of 2 November 2011.[2]

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

No. Position Player
England GK Andy Pryce
England GK Andrew Spooner
England GK Kieran Hunt
England DF Lee Foyle
England DF Louis Irvine
England DF Matt Johnson
England DF Marc Stallard
England DF Nick Capper
England DF Andy Hartlebury
England DF Paul McMullen
England DF Bobby Spooner
No. Position Player
England MF Shaun Humphreys
England MF Nick Porter
England MF Jamie Haynes
England MF Stuart Ellis
England MF Colum Dunphy
England MF Callum Wright
England FW Martyn Davies
England FW Tom Rodgers
England FW Luke Reynolds
England FW Andy Cooke
England FW Lester Alderson


  • 1998-99 - Joined West Midlands (Regional) League Division One North, finished runner-up in first season (denied Championship through having three points deducted). Promoted to Premier Division
  • 2004-05 - West Midlands (Regional) League Premier Division runners-up
  • 2005-06 - West Midlands (Regional) League Premier Division champions
  • 2006-07 - Shropshire Senior Cup Finalists
  • 2008-09 - Midland Football Alliance champions
  • 2009-10 - Northern Premier League First Division South
  • 2010-11 - Northern Premier League First Division South

See also


  1. ^ Bauckham, David (2006). Dugouts. New Holland. ISBN 1-8453-7478-9. 
  2. ^ "First team". Market Drayton Town F.C.. Retrieved 31 October 2011. 


External links

Coordinates: 52°54′35.82″N 2°29′46.61″W / 52.90995°N 2.4962806°W / 52.90995; -2.4962806

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