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A brief club history can be found below;

Club Nickname: ‘The Nicks’

The forerunner of the present club has origins dating back to 1889 when the Bible Class students at Vicarage Street School formed Nuneaton St. Nicholas FC.
Originally playing only friendly games, from 1892 Nuneaton St. Nicholas entered Charity Cup competitions.
In September 1894 the 'Nicks’ changed their name to Nuneaton Town Association F.C.

Club Nickname: 'The Nuns'

League Record:
1894-95 Warwickshire Junior League; 1896-97 Coventry & District League; 1897-99, 1904-06 Coventry and North Warwickshire League; 1899-1900 Leicestershire League; 1901-03 Nuneaton & District League; 1903-04 Trent Valley League; 1906-08 Birmingham Junior League; 1908-15, 1926-33 renamed Birmingham Combination; 1915-1919 competition suspended due to World War One; 1919-24, 1933-37 Birmingham League; 1924-26 Southern League (Eastern Section).

Major Honours:
Nuneaton & District League: Champions1902-03, Runners Up 1901-02;
Coventry & North Warwickshire League: Champions 1904-05, Runners Up 1897-98;
Birmingham Junior League: Champions 1906-07;
Birmingham Combination: Champions 1914-15, 1928-29, 1930-31, Runners Up 1910-11, 1931-32
Birmingham Senior (County) Cup: First entered 1911-12; Winners 1931; Runners Up 1935.
FA Cup: First entered in 1899-00 – never progressed to competition proper.

Played on various fields from 1889 to 1903 located at Higham Lane, Rose Inn Coton Road, Arbury Road (later renamed Queens Road) and Edward Street.
Enclosed grounds at Queens Road 1903-08, Newdegate Arms 1908-15, Manor Park 1919-37.

On May 13th, 1937 at an extraordinary general meeting of shareholders it was decided to wind up the football club despite Nuneaton Town being financially sound having sold their Manor Park ground to Nuneaton Corporation the previous December.

Club Nickname: 'The Boro'

Formed two days after the EGM of Nuneaton Town by a group of local gentlemen.

League Record:
1937-38 Central Amateur League; 1938-40 Birmingham Combination; 1941-45 World War Two – Boro’ enter the Nuneaton Combination; 1945-52 Birmingham Combination; 1952-54 Birmingham League; 1954-55 Birmingham League North; 1955-58 Birmingham League First Division; 1958-59 Southern League – North Western Section; 1959-60, 1963-1979, 1987-88, 1993-94, 1996-99, 2003-04 Southern League – Premier Division; 1960-63 Southern League – First Division; 1981-82, 1988-93, 1994-96 Southern League – Midland Division; 1979-81, 1982-87, 1999-2003 Conference (former Alliance Premier); 2004-08 Conference North.

Major Honours:
Birmingham Combination: Runners Up 1945-46, 1948-49, 1950-51; Birmingham League: Champions 1954-55 (North), 1955-56 (Division One); Southern League Premier Division: Champions 1998-99, Runners Up 1966-67, 1974-75;
Southern League Midland Division: Champions 1981-82, 1992-93, 1995-96; Southern League Cup: Winners 1995-96; Runners Up 1962-63;
Southern League Championship Match (League Champions v Cup Winners): Winners 199, Runners Up 1996;
Conference Premier: Runners Up 1983-84, 1984-85; Conference North: Runners Up 2004-05
Birmingham Senior (County) Cup: Winners 1949, 1955, 1960, 1978, 1980, 1993, 2002; Runners Up 1953, 1967, 1991.
FA Cup:
Boro' made 22 appearances in the competition proper, progressing to the Third Round (last 64) in 1949-50 (v Exeter City), 1966-67 (Rotherham United, Replay), 2005-06 (Middlesbrough, Replay).
FA Trophy:
Three appearances in Quarter Finals: 1977 (Replay), 1980, 1987.
Play Offs:
Lost 3-2 on penalties to Wealdstone in Southern League Championship Play Off 1982 after 2-2 aggregate score;
Lost 4-2 on penalties to Altrincham in Conference North Semi-Final 2005 following 1-1 after extra-time;
Lost 1-0 to Droylsden in Conference North Semi-Final 2006.

Manor Park 1937-2007; Liberty Way 2007-08

Record Attendance at Manor Park 22,114 (January 28, 1967 v Rotherham United, F.A. Cup Third Round); Record Attendance for away fixture 26,255 (January 17, 2006 v Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium, F.A. Cup Third Round Replay)

Club Nickname: 'The Boro’

Recent History:
March 2008 saw a take over from the board that had run the club from 1991.
The new directors soon found they had inherited excessive debts despite the sale of Manor Park to property developers.
The new club reverted to its former name of Nuneaton Town and were demoted two divisions from Conference North to Southern League Division One.
Following the demotion to the Southern League Midlands Division the club gained promotion following a 1-0 play-off final victory over Chasetown at Liberty Way.

The next season, 2009/10, Nuneaton found themselves in the Southern League Premier Division with several teams that were spending vast sums chasing promotion.
After a slow start the team went on a fantastic run that saw them beaten only once at home and included a run of 14 straight victories, narrowing a 24 point gap between the leaders Farnborough to just 2 points at the end of the season.
Again, the play-offs beckoned and a 6-0 thrashing of big spending Brackley Town in the semi-final saw home advantage given to Nuneaton who faced Chippenham.
The final went into extra time and it was befitting that a local player, Eddie Nisevic, who had come through the ranks, got the winning goal returning Nuneaton to the Conference North.

Nuneaton’s return to the Conference North for the 2010/11 saw them start well and remain in the top six up until Christmas, where they gained top spot until the last week in March.
Eventually after other clubs played their games in hand, Nuneaton finished just outside of the play-offs.
Fortune smiled on The Boro when the club above them, Eastwood Town, were prevented from taking part in the play-offs due to a technical problem.
Nuneaton faced AFC Telford Utd in the Play Off Semi-Finals but went down 2-1 on aggregate.

The 2011/12 season was to see Nuneaton gain promotion back to the Conference Premier for the first time in 10 years.
After maintaining a high league position throughout the season Boro' were dealt a blow as the season entered its final few weeks when an administration error led to a 6 point deduction.
This seemed to spur the team on and a final day 3-2 victory at Blyth Spartans ensured their play-off place.
A superb semi-final 2nd leg victory over Guiseley, with a goal from Andy Brown in the last minute of extra time, meant that Boro had to travel to Gainsborough Trinity for the Play–Off Final.
Again Brown (ironically the player concerned in the admin mishap) was the goal hero in a game that saw Boro claim a 1-0 victory amid wild scenes of delight amongst the travelling supporters as the club won their place back in non-league’s top tier.

The 2012/13 season saw Boro pitting their wits against the countries non-league elite.
Up against many full time clubs it took a while to get to grips with their new environment but Boro's team spirit and work ethic never waivered.
Despite spending much of the season in and around the relegation zone a terrific run towards the end of the season saw Boro eventually finish in 15th place.

The 2013/14 season surpassed all expectations with Boro leading the table early on and featuring in and around the play-off positions for most of the season.
After manager Kevin Wilkin left for Wrexham, results tailed off in the last month or so of the season but they still finished in 13th position.
A new manager, Brian Reid, was appointed and oversaw the last 3 games of the season.

Season 2014/15 marked the Club's 125th Anniversary. However, Boro made a poor start and this resulted in Brian Reid being replaced as manager by Liam Daish. Despite the managerial change Boro were in the relegation zone for most of the season and finally finished bottom of the table. Liam Daish parted company with the Club at the end of the season and was replaced by Kevin Wilson shortly afterwards.

In season 2015/16 Kevin Wilson was joined by former Forest favourite Steve Chettle as the club looked to bounce back at the first attempt. A 3 point deduction cost them a place in the play-offs as they finished 6th. They reached the Birmingham Senior Cup semi-final beating AFC Wulfrunians 10-0 along the way before being beaten by Birmingham City at home.

In season 2016/17, after a difficult start, Kevin Wilson left the club and was replaced as manager by Tommy Wright. A nine match unbeaten run helped them to league safety and to reach the FA Trophy 3rd Round before bowing out to York City, they eventually finished in 12th place.

Season 2017/18 saw Boro again struggling at the wrong end of the table when, in October, manager Tommy Wright quit the club to take over at Darlington. He was replaced by Tunisian Dino Maamria who turned the teams fortunes around, guiding them to mid-table safety. This remarkable turnaround earned him a move into league football when he was appointed as manager of Stevenage in March 2018. Gary Charles took charge for the remainder of the season with Boro finishing in 13th place.

Season 2018/19 saw the club revert back to their former name Nuneaton Borough after overwhelming support for the change from supporters. Nicky Eaden was installed as manager with former Boro player Lee Fowler as his assistant. However, the Club was in turmoil off the pitch and almost went out of existence on several occasions. Only the staff and supporters outstanding dedication kept the Club alive and the arrival of lifelong Boro fan Jimmy Ginnelly as manager, and subsequently chairman, saw the Club survive. Inevitably such turmoil had an impact on the playing side and Boro were relegated from the National League North.

Season 2019/20 - the season that never was! Boro competed in the Southern League Central Premier Division and whilst always in touch with the leading pack spells of indifferent form saw them flatter to deceive. The season was ended early, and declared null and void, due to the Covid-19 pandemic with Boro 3 points outside of the play-off places although crucially a number of rivals held games in hand.

Season 2020/21 - a second season that fell victim to the Covid-19 pandemic. Only 8 league games were played and with an injury ravaged squad Boro made an indifferent start. However, shortly before the season was curtailed a number of influential players returned to fitness and Boro were beginning to click. The season ended with Boro 4 points outside of the play-off places.

League Record:
2008-09 Southern League Division One;
2009-10 Southern League Premier Division;
2010-2012 Conference North;
2012-2015 Conference Premier;
2015-2019 National League North.
2019/20 to Present Southern League Central Premier.

Club Honours:
Southern League Division One (Midlands): Runners Up 2008-09 (Promoted via play offs);
Southern League Premier Division: Runners Up 2009-10 (Promoted via play offs);
Conference North 2011-12 (Promoted via play offs);
Birmingham Senior Cup: Winners 2010, Runners-Up 2011, 2015, 2019;
FA Cup: First Round Proper 2009-10, 2010-2011 & 2012/13.

Liberty Way 2008 – present.

Record Attendance:
4,054 v Stockport County (National League North 27/04/2019).