History: Southport - AFC TELFORD UNITED

The town of Telford's original football club, Telford United, were experiencing severe financial difficulties towards the end of the 200304 season following the collapse of chairman and 100% shareholder Andrew John Shaw's business empire and were forced into administration. The club's supporters rallied and raised around 50,000 in two months, but with very large debts owed to various creditors amounting to over 4 million there was little hope for the club, and Telford United were forced into liquidation on 27 May 2004. On the same day that the proposed liquidation was announced the Supporters' trust, Telford United Supporters Ltd, created and became the sole owners of a new football club, AFC Telford United, giving the club the Latin motto numquam obliviscere (English: never forget). In the close season, manager Bernard McNally was appointed and a new squad assembled, the ground lease and assets were secured and the new club was placed in the Northern Premier League Division One by the Football Association.
In their first season, the club began with indifferent form, with a lack of consistency leaving them in mid-table and out of both the FA Cup and FA Trophy. However, following a 1-0 away defeat at Willenhall Town on 30 December 2004, the side never lost another league game all season, challenging for the title before eventually finishing third place, three points behind the champions North Ferriby United. In the subsequent playoffs, they defeated Eastwood Town 1-0 before defeating Kendal Town 2-1 in the final to clinch promotion. The final was attended by 4,215 people, a record in that league.
Midway through their second season Telford were second from bottom in the league, leading to the removal of manager McNally, to be replaced by Sean Parrish as caretaker. Results improved immediately, and the side were unbeaten under Parrish's guidance. On Thursday 16 February Rob Smith was announced as the club's new manager, assisted by Larry Chambers. The pair had been managing Willenhall Town. The new regime started with an unbeaten run and Telford finished the season in 10th place.
After a summer of transfer activity during which virtually the entire squad was renovated AFC Telford United topped the Northern Premier League table after 15 games, accumulating the best goal difference of any senior team in the British Isles. Telford could not maintain championship-winning form and a 2-1 home defeat to fellow challengers Burscough on the final game of the season, in front of a record crowd of 5,710, left the club finishing third, enough to qualify for the promotion play-offs. A 2-0 home win over Marine in the play-off semi-final was followed by a 3-1 away win at Witton Albion to give the club its second promotion in three years.
During the 2007-08 season Telford finished second in the Conference North, again qualifying for the playoffs. A two-legged semi-final against Barrow saw Telford lose 04 on aggregate.
On the 28th October, Telford beat Northwich 3-0 to reach the first round of the FA Cup for the first time in the clubs history.
On the 8th November, Telford held League 1 giants Southend to a 2 - 2 draw with 2 goals from Jon Adams, first equalising then putting them ahead, Telford went on to lose the replay at Roots Hall 2 - 0 meaning the end of their cup run and a 15 game unbeaten run.

Prior to 2005, AFc Telford were known as "Telford United" click here to see previous enocunters

Players known to have played for both teams

Amadou Bakayoko, Mark Beesley, Russell Benjamin, Liam Blakeman, Robbie Booth, Matt Brown, Sean Clancy, John Cofie, Adam Dugdale, Terry Fearns, Simon Grand, Tony Gray, Devarn Green, Jonathan Hedge, Karl Ledsham, Chris Lever, Alan Moogan, Josh O'Keefe, Andy Owens, Andy Parry, Mike Phenix, Godfrey Poku, Doug Tharme, Ross White
Please note: This is not an exhaustive list

Direct transfers between the two teams

Season Player From To Value
2007/2008 Liam Blakeman SOUTHPORT AFC TELFORD UNITED Free
2010/2011 Liam Blakeman AFC TELFORD UNITED SOUTHPORT
2011/2012 Jonathan Brown SOUTHPORT AFC TELFORD UNITED Loan
2012/2013 Chris Lever SOUTHPORT AFC TELFORD UNITED
2012/2013 Simon Grand SOUTHPORT AFC TELFORD UNITED
2012/2013 Sean Clancy SOUTHPORT AFC TELFORD UNITED
2013/2014 Steve Akrigg SOUTHPORT AFC TELFORD UNITED Free Transfer
2016/2017 Jonathan Royle SOUTHPORT AFC TELFORD UNITED Loan
2016/2017 Connor McCarthy SOUTHPORT AFC TELFORD UNITED Undisclosed
2023/2024 Harry Flowers AFC TELFORD UNITED SOUTHPORT Undisclosed

Match Statistics

Match Types:


Results include the following competitions
Cambrian Cup, Conference League Cup, English Jubilee Fund, FA Cup , FA Trophy , Football League Cup, Lancashire Floodlit Trophy, Lancashire Junior Cup, Lancashire League Medal Competition, Lancashire Senior Cup, League, Liverpool Senior Cup, Northern Premier League Cup, Northern Premier League Shield, PLAY OFFS , President's Cup, President's Inter League, Third Division (North) Cup, Welsh Cup,
Venue P W D L F A GD
Home 12 3 4 5 12 17 -5
Away 11 5 4 2 21 11 +10
Neutral 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0
Total 23 8 8 7 33 28 +5

Date Comp Venue Score Att
28/01/2023 League / D6 A 1 - 1 1239
27/08/2022 League / D6 H 0 - 0 806
02/05/2022 League / D6 H 1 - 1 1286
08/02/2022 League / D6 A 3 - 0 931
24/08/2019 League / D6 H 0 - 1 910
26/01/2019 League / D6 H 0 - 4 1052
04/08/2018 League / D6 A 0 - 1 1274
13/03/2018 League / D6 H 3 - 0 784
28/10/2017 League / D6 A 1 - 1 1082
06/04/2015 League / D5 H 0 - 3 1092
25/08/2014 League / D5 A 3 - 3 1421
05/01/2013 League / D5 A 3 - 1 1643
01/09/2012 League / D5 H 0 - 3 1005
10/03/2012 League / D5 A 1 - 0 2025
03/09/2011 League / D5 H 3 - 2 1123
23/01/2010 League / D6 H 3 - 0 806
17/10/2009 League / D6 A 2 - 0 1731
18/04/2009 League / D6 H 1 - 1 1305
24/02/2009 FA Trophy / QF R H 0 - 1 895
21/02/2009 FA Trophy / QF A 2 - 2 2059
06/12/2008 League / D6 A 0 - 1 3558
22/03/2008 League / D6 A 5 - 1 2351
25/08/2007 League / D6 H 1 - 1 1338