Nuneaton Borough host Atherstone Town in their first friendly of the upcoming season on Tuesday night and it will be the first time Boro have kicked a ball since March. Their last game was 2-0 win away at Alvechurch.
Who are they?
Atherstone Town Community Football Club compete in the Midland League Division One, which is the ninth level on the English football pyramid.
Nickname: The Adders
Founded: Most recently of 2004
Stadium: Sheepy Road
Address: Atherstone Town Football Club, Sheepy Road, CV9 3AD, Atherstone.
Atherstone were originally formed in 1887. An early highlight was reaching the semi-finals of the F.A. Amateur Cup in 1907/08, ultimately losing 3-0 to Stockton. The following campaign saw a replication, losing 3-0 to Clapton 1888.
The Adders joined the Birmingham Combination league in 1911 following several years in local leagues. They were successful in their debut season after finishing runners up. However, it wasn’t all top of the table joy after finishing bottom of the league 12 years later.
Following the Second World war, the Warwickshire side won the league in 1947/48 and won the Birmingham Senior Cup. Their stint in the Combination league was over after the division folded in 1954. A move into the transitional Northern Division happened next.
After folding in the 1978/79 season, Atherstone United were formed in Division One of West Midlands League and they earned promotion to the Premier Division after winning the league in 1981/82.
A highlight of their history was reaching the F.A. Cup for the first-ever time in 1987, losing 2-0 to Rugby.
The start of the 1990’s eventually saw joy in the F.A. Cup after beating Fleetwood Town 3-1 in the first round. However, they were knocked out by Crewe Alexandra in the next round.
Their current name, Atherstone Town, was formed in 2004 after they folded halfway through the season. Their first season as a new side was in the Division One of the Midlands Combination.
In more recent times, as recent as last week, Perry Cotton joined Nuneaton from Atherstone. The defender joined after being part of the youth ranks at Birmingham City. He initially joined The Adders after a successful loan spell in 2016.
In other transfer news between the two clubs, Kyle Storer signed for Boro from Atherstone in 2008 before leaving the club two years later.
The man in the dugout:
In March 2020, Ross Innes and Adam Davies became joint managers after formerly being coaches at Sheepy Road. The duo took over from Scott Richards and Mike Fowler.
Their first game in charge came in BCFA Midweek Challenge Cup, going through to the semi-final.
Innes is a UEFA B licensed coach; his previous experience is working with Hinckley AFC and Nuneaton Griff. The highlight of his coaching career was working as an Academy coach at Leicester City. Innes has worked with the likes of Premier League stars Hamza Choudhury and Harvey Barnes.
Davies was delighted upon his return to Atherstone. He told the club website: “We are looking forward to the challenge and there is so much to play for. We have an incredibly talented squad and we have fantastic local support.”
How did their season go?
The season may have reached a premature end, but The Adders reached the quarter-final of the FA Vase this season. Ultimately, Consett beat Atherstone 3-1 in March to end their run.
Before the pandemic hit the U.K, their last league game was a loss to Kirby Muxloe. They finished the campaign in sixth place, 10 points away from the play-offs.
We are proud to announce that tomorrow's fixture will be streamed on our Youtube channel with commentary being provided by the Boro Radio Team.
Check here for more information: https://t.co/oJ18IWzQKS?amp=1
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Elsewhere, our Twitter account and Instagram account will be covering the game as usual with interviews with the manager afterwards.