Needham Market Football Club was officially formed in 1919 although records do indicate that games were played in the late 1890’s in the town. The original home for the club was Young’s Meadow until a move to Crowley Park was the base until 1996. The club then moved and opened a new development called ‘Bloomfields’. With the passing away of former player Arthur Rodwell leaving the club some money and with obtaining a successful Lottery Grant, we purchased the land the club is now situated on. With a great deal of hard and prudent work by some very enthusiastic committee members, we now find ourselves situated in a facility that we totally own and the club is truly proud of.
For season 2007 / 2008 Danny Laws is manager after Chris Tracey decides to return to AFC Sudbury. This season proves to be fantastic for Danny and the players as the club moves to a new level making historic landmarks along the way. Finishing runners-up in the Ridgeons League Premier Division with a must win game on the last day of the season to first placed Soham Town Rangers needed. Unfortunately the game resulted in a 4-0 defeat.
Another good season in 2008 / 2009 for the club as a third place finish in the Ridgeons League Premier Division was achieved just missing out on 2nd place on the last day of the season.
The 2009 / 2010 Season was the most successful in the clubs history. The 1st Team not only won The Eastern Counties League Premier Division for the first time, but also The Eastern Counties League – League Challenge Cup to make it a Domestic Double; a feat not achieved for some 15 years.
The 2010 / 2011 Season saw a new chapter in Needham Market Football Clubs history as for the first time Step 4 Football awaited in the form of The Ryman League Division One North. The anticipation, optimism and confidence was very high at the start of the season but no one was getting carried away as consolidation in the league was the priority.
The First Team once again challenged for The 2011/12 Ryman League Division One North Title up until Christmas when a run of bad results ended the automatic promotion route but the club remained in the play off positions for the remainder of the season. We were top scorers in the division with 104 goals and finished 4th in the division.
BIGGEST HOME WIN:
8-1 11.09.07 Eastern Counties League Premier Division v Ipswich Wanderers
BIGGEST AWAY WIN:
10-1 01.09.07 FA Cup Preliminary Round v Ipswich Wanderers
BIGGEST HOME DEFEAT:
5-0 26.08.08 Eastern Counties League Premier Division v Lowestoft Town
BIGGEST AWAY DEFEAT:
5-1 18.11.08 Eastern Counties League Premier Division v Lowestoft Town
6-2 19.10.10 FA Trophy 1st Round Qualifying v Lowestoft Town
BIGGEST HOME LEAGUE ATTENDANCE:
452 29.08.11 Rymans League Division One North v AFC Subury
RECORD HOME ATTENDANCE:
1275 29.03.08 FA Carlsberg Vase Semi-Final 2nd Leg, v Kirkham & Wesham (AFC Fylde)
334 2006 – 2012 Rhys Barber
MOST APPEARANCES IN A SEASON:
67 Season 07 / 08 Liam Jones
111 2007– 2011 Craig Parker
MOST GOALS IN A SEASON:
40 Season 10 / 11 Craig Parker
HIGHEST AMOUNT OF GOALS SCORED IN ALL COMPETITIONS:
196 Season 07 / 08 70 Competitive Matches Played
FA CUP BEST PERMANCE
09.10.10 3rd Round Qualifying Season 2010/2011
FA TROPHY BEST PERFORMANCE
16.10.10 & 22.10.11 1st Round Qualifying Season 2010 / 2011 & 2011 / 2012
FA VASE BEST PERFORMANCE
29.03.08 Semi-Final Season 2007 / 2008