Manager- Matt Henman
Key Player- Oliver Willis
Last Season Finish- 7th (Ryman North)
Who are they?
The club was founded as Dereham F.C. in 1884, spending many of its early years in the Dereham & District League. In 1891–92 the club reached the final of the Norfolk Senior Cup, but were defeated. By 1910 the club were playing in the Norwich & District League and had been renamed East Dereham In 1920 they adopted their current name and in 1935 they joined the Norfolk & Suffolk League, which had lost several clubs to the newly established Eastern Counties League. When the N&SL merged into the Anglian Combination, the club were placed in the Senior B Division. They won at the first attempt and were promoted Premier Division. They were renamed Dereham Hobbies United in 1986 after a local Sunday league team merged into the club. They were relegated from the Premier Division at the end of the 1988–89 season, but made an immediate return to the Premier Division as Division One champions. In 1991 they returned to the name Dereham Town.
In 1997–98 they won the Anglian Combination Premier Division, earning promotion to Division One of the Eastern Counties League, and also won the Don Frost Memorial Cup. In 2001–02 the club finished second in Division One, beating Stanway Rovers 1–0 on the final day to overtake them and earn promotion to the Premier Division. The club won the Norfolk Senior Cup in 2006, defeating Norwich United 1–0, and again in 2007 when Wroxham were beaten 1–0.
In 2012-13 they won the Eastern Counties League Premier Division, earning promotion to Division One North of the Isthmian League.
Previous and current grounds..?
Prior to World War II the club played at Bayfields Meadow, after which they moved to the Recreation Ground. However, the council owned the ground and there was no scope for upgrading it. In 1991, the club purchased a 10.2-acre (41,000 m2) site on the outskirts of the town in order to build a new £750,000 stadium.
The club moved to the new ground at Aldiss Park in December 1996. At the start of 2000–01 season Norwich City visited Aldiss Park for a pre-season friendly and although the club lost 9–0, a new record attendance of 1,800 was set. Norwich City visited for another friendly match in July 2001, with a new record of 3,000 being set.
Get up to much last season?
Dereham had a superb campaign last time out and missed out on the playoffs by just 3 points from Thurrock FC. It all really came down to the penultimate match of the season against Maldon & Tiptree, a game the Magpies had to win. The Magpies’ sensational run of form in 2015 kept their hopes of finishing in the top five alive right until the penultimate weekend of the season. However, a 1-1 draw at Maldon & Tiptree on the second last Saturday ended any lingering hopes of reaching the end-of-season shoot-out for Ryman North promotion. Next season with the magpies bolstering the squad, they could really push on and achieve something special.
Club captain and right back Oliver Willis is the heart and soul of this team. He is a former Norwich City academy player who joined Dereham Town in 2005. He is a strong, powerful and skilful defender, who loves to try and get forward and impressed when playing the Millers last season.
Ryan Crisp (Needham Market)
Nathan Russell (Gorleston)
Craig Bussens (Signed On)
Andy Wilton (Signed On)
Dan Morphew (Signed On)
Sam Borrer (Signed On)
Matt Howard (Signed On)
Lewis Sturman (Signed On)
Aaron Kay (Signed On)
Harry Barker (Signed On)
Olly Willis (Signed On)
Luke Tuttle (Signed On)
Dawid Radimski (Lowestoft Town)
Ross Bailey (AFC Sudbury)
Michael Clunan (Kings Lynn Town)
Ryan Hawkins (St Neots)
Matt Hockley (Bideford)
Kyle Downes (Diss Town)