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Season Preview - Coventry Copsewood

9 months ago By Web Master

Today's MFL Division 1 team in focus is Coventry Copsewood

Coventry Copsewood

Founded by the employees of Peel Connor who had moved to Coventry from the North.The club was formed in 1922.The 'Connor' played in the Coventry District League until 1926 when they changed their name to Magnet F.C. as the company amalgamated with Magnito Limited.The name was changed again in 1934 becoming GEC(cov) F.C.

It kept this name until the 1988 when G.E.C. merged with Plessey to become GEC-Plessey Telecommunications (GPT).The club was then called GPT. This stayed the same until 1999 when the company name changed to Marconi and the team became Marconi F.C. The final name change came after the business collapse of Marconi,when its sports facilities were sold off to British Land. In 2005 the club became Coventry Copsewood F.C. and was part of the Copsewood Sports and Social Club based in Allard Way,Coventry

In it’s early years the club played in the local district and works leagues and after the war was one of the main clubs in the city.

During the 1970's the club won its league internal cup four times and the Coventry Telegraph Cup three years in succession.It also won the Birmingham Junior Cup twice.
In 1993 the club applied to join the Midland Football Combination.In the first three seasons the club finished 5th but gained promotion to Division One because of its excellent facilities.In the 1996-1997 season they did the League and Cup double in Division One and the managers Ashley Alexander and Jez o'Neill won the Manager of the Year award.

In its first season in the Premier Division the club finished in 6th place in the League.With the need for floodlights it had to start the season playing its home games at VS Rugby.In 1998-1999 the club purchased floodlights from Mangotsfield Town and club members up-rated and erected them so that the team could play under them in March 1999.

The club finished 8th in 1998-99 and 4th in 1999-2000. In 2000-2001 the club appointed Paul Mills as manager and there followed a period of success in league and cups.The club were Premier Division runner up in 2003/04 and third in 2004/05.They
also won the Coventry Charity Cup three times.

Scott Furlong became player manager in 2005 and the club went through a rebuilding period.However in 2006/07 the club battled through to the final of the Midland Combination Cup and outplayed Pilkington XXX to win 1-0.

In 2008 Carl Nolan and Darren Dickson took over as managers and have progressed the teams league position and reached several cup finals before winning the Coventry Charity Cup at the Ricoh Arena in 2011 beating Stockton by 2-1.

In summer 2012 Carl Nolan took the vacant managers post at Coventry Sphinx and Darren Dickson stepped up to take on the full managerial role.

On 2013-14 season Coventry Copsewood beat Whitnash Town 2-1 at the Ricoh Arena to win the Coventry Telegraph Challenge Cup Final.

In 2014-15 season Coventry Copsewood finished eighth in their first season in Midland League Division One and captured the Coventry Charity Cup by defeating Southam United 1-0 at the Ricoh Arena.

Founded:- 1922
Nickname:- The G’s
Ground:- Allard Way
Capacity:- 2,000
Record Attendance:- ??
Best FA Cup Performance:- N/A
Best FA Trophy performance:- N/A
Best FA Vase Performance:- 2nd Round (2001/02, 2010/11)
2016/17 League Performance:- 12th Midland Football League 1st Division
Top Scorer:- David Akinuli (20 goals)

Coventry Copsewood – The Last 10 Seasons

2007/08MFC P429112257843821st
2008/09MFC P40168167566569th
2009/10MFC P42221198155775th
2010/11MFC P36214117549674th
2011/12MFC P3218685830603rd
2012/13MFC P3413101158554912th
2013/14MFC P348101654773316th
2014/15MFL 1381710118355608th
2015/16MFL 1381591475785411th
2016/17MFL 1381451974904712th

Cup Finals

Midland Football Combination Cup (Les James Cup)
2000 v Brookvale Athletic 1-2 (AET 1-1 at full time)
2002 v Coventry Sphinx 0-2
2007 v Pilkington XXX 1-0 (Scorer: C.Heal at Tamworth FC)
2010 v Heather St John 0-4 (at Walsall F.C.)

Coventry Charity Cup
1967 and 1969 winners as GEC
2001,2003 and 2004 winners as Coventry Marconi
2010 v Alveston 1-2 (scorer: D.Scarr. At Ricoh Arena)
2011 v Stockton 2-1 (scorers:D.Scarr,T.Partridge)
2015 v Southam United 1-0 AET (scorer:C.Farrell)

Coventry Telegraph Cup
1946 winners as G.E.C
1968 v Rootes Athletic 1-0
1975,1976,1977 winners as G.E.C v Nuneaton Griff,Massey Ferguson and Morris Sports respectively.
1987 v Jaguar Daimler 2-1
1992 v Arley W.M.C. 0-1 (after replay)
2001 v Nuneaton Griff 1-3
2003 v Folly Lane - Runners Up
2004 v Bedworth Ex Service - Runners Up
2006 v Coventry Sphinx 1-4
2008 v Stockingford AA 1-2 (Scorer: C.Partridge)
2009 V Nuneaton Griff 1-1 (Lost 3-4 on pens. Scorer:L.Williams)
2014 v Whitnash Town 2-1 (Scorer's: D.Fraser, T.Murphy)

Birmingham Midweek Floodlit Challenge Cup
2016 v Nuneaton Griff 2-1 (O.G. M.Healy) at Stratford Town FC
2017 v Studley 1-2 (T.Muldoon) at Leamington FC

FA Vase Record since 2005

2005/06 v Shifnal Town (A) 0-4 Qual rd 1
2006/07 Not entered
2007/08 v Radcliffe Olympic (H) 0-3 Qual rd 1
2008/09 v Wednesfield (A) 0-2 Qual rd 1

2009/10 v Pilkington XXX (H) 1-3 (awarded tie as Pilkington fielded an ineligible player.
v Dosthill Colts (A) 3-3
v Dosthill Colts (H) 2-3

2010/11 v Dudley Town (A) 2-2 Qual rd 2
v Dudley Town (H) 4-1
v Heath Town Rangers 2-1 1st round
v Westfields (A) 0-3 2nd Round

2011/12 v Wolverhampton Casuals (A) 3-1 Extra Prelim rd
v Brocton (A) 0-3 Qual rd 1

2012/13 v Pegasus Juniors (A) 3-4 Qual rd 1
2013/14 v Nuneaton Griff (H) 3-4 Qual rd 1
2014/15 v Shawbury United (H) 1-7 Qual rd 1 (were drawn as away club)

2015/16 v Bardon Hill (H) 1-4 Qual rd 1

2016/17 v Atherstone Town (H) 2-1 Qual rd 2
v Holbeach United (H) 0-2 1st round

Updated 18:03 - 13 Jul 2017 by Web Master

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