Uckfield Town F.C

Uckfield Town F.C
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Uckfield Town F.C. is a football club based in Uckfield, East Sussex, England. Records indicate that the club was formed in 1880.

Uckfield FC joined Division Two of the Sussex County League in 1955, with their best finishes being 4th in the County League Division 2 way back in 1957/58 and 1960/61. The club suffered relegation from the County League in 1966, having been reprieved after finishing bottom the previous season.

Town rejoined the SCFL in 1996 in the new Division 3 having secured promotion from the Mid Sussex League. Uckfield avoided relegation having finished bottom in 2002-03 but were duly re-elected.

A change of fortune and manager led to an upturn in fortunes in 2003-04 as Uckfield reached the final of the Division 3 League Cup, losing to league champions Crowborough Athletic.

The following season saw a similar progression - up to 4th in the League, and although they failed to make the League Cup Final, Uckfield were beaten semi-finalists in both that competition, and also the Sussex Intermediate Cup: losing to eventual winners Rustington on each occasion.

The club once again demonstrated its prowess in cup competitions in 2006/07, reaching the final of the SCFA Intermediate Cup under young local manager Adam Michaels only to suffer agonising defeat to Pease Pottage Village 2-1 after extra time.

Recent season's have seen a number of managerial changes for the 1st team and amongst that a very up and down league position. Simon Rowland's reign saw some big name players come and go but Town were atop of Division 3 during the autumn of 2008 and winners of Club of the Month for November before slipping away.

Phil Smith took over the helm and once again Town led the way in Division 3 during 2009-10 and were seriously in the promotion hunt up until Easter before injuries and suspensions hit hard and Town slipped to 6th. Season 2010-11 saw a young and talented team fail to deliver consistently and a 13th place finish did not do justice to hard work undertaken.

Uckfield Town old boy and ex player Gavin Schlieder took over the managerial position for the 2011-12 season. With a return to a squad of local players Gavin rebuilt the squad and a mid-table finish belied a very consistent season during which the team went unbeaten for 3 months from September to December. There was also hope in Cup competitions but defeat in the semi-final of the League Cup (to Newhaven) ended any hopes of silverware. Joe Miller ended as top scorer with 27 goals.

For the 2012-13 season, they are members of the Sussex County League Division Three. UTFC have two other sides that play on a Saturday in the Mid Sussex Football League with the Reserves newly promoted to the Championship and a third team in Division 9. On Sundays there is football at both ends of the age spectrum with an eye on the future with Under 18 youths in the Crowborough and District Junior League and a Veterans side in the MSFL Fred Petty Cup competition. Last season the Vets reached the semi-final in their debut season.

Uckfield's home colours are red and black shirts, with black shorts and black socks. The club's nickname is "The Oakmen" - this is derived from the club motto "corda quercus" which in Latin means "hearts of oak".

The club play their home games at Victoria Pleasure Ground.

SCFL Summary:

Division 1 - never played

Division 2:
P 296; W 99; D 34; L 163; Goals for 669; Goals against 1022

Division 3
P 356; W 135; D 48; L 173; Goals for 590; Goals against 667

Total
P 652; W 234; D 82; L 336; Goals for 1259; Goals against 1689

For more SCFL archive details visit http://www.sussexcountyleague.com/teams/uckfield.htm

Honours:
Mid Sussex Football league:

Uckfield Town
Edgar German Cup winners 1991
Premier Division Champions 1995-96
Division 1 Champions 1994-95
Division 2 Champions 1990-91
Division 3 Champions 1982-83

Uckfield Town Reserves
Allan Washer League Trophy 2010
Montgomery Cup winners 2009
Mowatt Cup winners 2005
Stubbins Cup winners 1997, 1999
Division 1 Champions 2007-08
Division 2 Champions 2006-07
Division 3 Champions 1998-99

Uckfield Town III
Somerville Cup winners 2009
Division 4 Champions 2008-09
Division 6 Champions 1998-99
Division 7 Champions 1996-97

Uckfield Town IV
Parsons Cup winners 1999


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