AFC Fylde V Barrow AFC
Monday 28th August 2017
A.F.C. Fylde is a professional football club based in Wesham in the Borough of Fylde, Lancashire, England. Originally known as Kirkham & Wesham following a merger of Kirkham Town and Wesham in 1988, the club adopted its current name in 2008 after winning the FA Vase. They are currently members of the National League, the fifth tier of English football, and play at Mill Farm in Wesham.
The club was formed by the amalgamation of Kirkham Town and Wesham in 1988, adopting the name of a previous club that had played in the West Lancashire League in the years immediately before World War I. The new club assumed Kirkham Town's place in Division One of the West Lancashire League. In 1989–90 they finished bottom of the division and were relegated to Division Two. After three seasons in Division Two they were promoted in the 1992–93 season after finishing third, only to be relegated again in 1994–95. The following season they finished as runners-up in Division Two, losing only two league games all season, and were promoted back to Division One. Following their West Lancashire League championship success in 2006–07, the club were accepted into Division Two of the North West Counties League for the 2007–08 season. At the club's annual general meeting (AGM) in July 2007, a 15-year plan was put forward with the stated aim of reaching the Conference National by 2017, and The Football League by 2022. On 11 May, Kirkham & Wesham won the FA Vase in their first season in the competition, beating Lowestoft Town 2–1 in the final at Wembley Stadium in front of a crowd of 19,537, with about 14,000 from Lowestoft and about 3,500 Kirkham & Wesham supporters. A goal down for most of the game, Kirkham & Wesham scored twice in the last six minutes, both goals coming from seventeen-year-old substitute Matt Walwyn, son of former Carlisle United & Blackpool player Keith Walwyn, who only played the last 11 minutes of the game. The season also saw the club win the Division Two knockout trophy with a 1–0 win over Bootle, as well as securing promotion to the Premier Division when they beat Castleton Gabriels 3–1 on 26 April. For the start of the 2008–09 season, the club changed their name to A.F.C. Fylde.They won the Premier Division at the first attempt, finishing above New Mills on goal difference and earning promotion to Division One North of the Northern Premier League. In 2011-12 they Won the Northern League Div 1 North beating Salford City 1-0. In 2013-14 they won the Northern Premier League via they Play offs and with it promotion to National League North beating Ashton United in the Final on Penalties. In 2014-15 and 2015-16 they lost out in the Play offs finishing 2nd and 3rd in the league. Finally in 2016-17 they won the League and were promoted to the National League.
The club played home games at Kellamergh Park in the village of Warton between 2006 and 2016, having previously played at the council-owned Coronation Road in Kirkham. In 2005 the club purchased land in Kellemargh and began to develop the facilities at a cost of £150,000 in order to meet the requirement for playing in the North West Counties League.
On 19 January 2008, the club announced plans for a further move to yet another new stadium at an unnamed 26-acre (110,000 m2) site. On 3 September 2013, it was announced that plans had been drawn up for a new £18m development, Mill Farm Sports Village, on the outskirts of Wesham, close to junction 3 of the M55. This included a distribution centre, an Aldi supermarket, a hotel, a restaurant, a petrol station, community sports pitches, sports science facilities, and a 6,000-capacity Football League standard football stadium.The stadium plans include a 2,000 capacity all-seater main stand with a supporters' bar, executive boxes and a function room. The planning application for the stadium and associated facilities was accepted by Fylde Borough Council on 4 June 2014, with the ground opened on 13 August 2016
The Ground itself has 1 Main all seater stand with 2 terraces and 1 open end which is open to redevelopment once the need arises
My 1st Visit to Fylde came on the 17th April 2012 as they played Salford City for the chance to win the Evo Stik 1st Division North, both teams have since gone on to bigger things Salford now lie in National League North (2 Promotions) and Fylde now (3 Promotions) in the National League. Fylde Won 1-0 that day to clinch the title. (Ground 172 ). 116 Grounds and 5 Years later I’m back to Fylde in their new home as they entertain neighbours Barrow. Barrow to Fylde is around 72 Miles to drive, but as the crow flies it’s only 32 Miles such is Barrow’s location in the corner of Cumbria. The journey to Mill Farm is about as simple as it gets for me, Straight down the M6 onto the M55 then off at junction 3 and you come to it within a minute of leaving the motorway,located just outside the Village of Wesham. there is parking at the ground but it’s limited so I parked on the main road just a few minutes walk from the ground. The 90 mile journey took me around an hour and 15 minutes. Since it was a bank holiday the game and was live on TV it was an 7.45pm KO. It meant I could whizz down at night after not being at work all day. When I arrived at the ticket office there was 3 windows open but only 2 guys selling tickets, 1 of the windows said Card only so I queued in the cash queue like most of others sadly the guy selling tickets was moving between the 2 windows and once the queue became to big he stayed in the card only window selling both tickets from there but there was a larger queue in the cash queue and as a result people pushed in and people in the cash queue weren’t getting served. never the less I eventually got a ticket but as I’d wore my Carlisle United Jacket the guy at the ticket office wasn’t sure which end to sell me a ticket for, despite the efforts of the Barrow fans in the queue to get me into the away end. I decided on the home end as I knew I'd be able to move between to area behind the goals and the side.
The game itself wasn’t the greatest but I managed to bump into a friend and fellow ground hopper Moonhopper which meant the game passed by quicker. James Hardy's second-half header clinched Fylde a 1-0 win against Barrow and their first home victory in the top tier of non-league football. After the game I made the return journey being back on the M55 within minutes.
Ex Carlisle Watch
In the AFC Fylde side was Simon Grand now 33 Simon Played for Carlisle United between 2004 & 2007. Signing for Carlisle in August 2004 after being released by Rochdale. He was a solid defender but was unable to break the Partnership of Kev Gray Peter Murphy and Danny Livesey. He joined Grimsby Town on Loan in Jan 2007 before making the move Permanent shortly after. He went on to play for Morecambe, Fleetwood, Northwich Victoria, Mansfield, Aldershot, Southport AFC Telford, Barrow, Salford and now AFC Fylde.
Making 49 Appearances' with 6 goals one of those goals coming in a 5-0 win away at Darlington when he played the last 10 minutes up front (Goals Via youtube) when I was 1 of around 5,000 Cumbrian’s who were in the away end that day at Darlington’s former home The Reynolds Arena.
- National League
- National League North champions 2016–17
- Northern Premier League
- Division One North champions 2011–12
- Challenge Cup winners 2013–14
- President's Cup winners 2013–14
- North West Counties League
- Premier Division champions 2008–09
- FA Vase
- Winners 2007–08
- West Lancashire League
- Premier Division champions 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07
- Lancashire FA Challenge Trophy
- Winners 2010–11, 2012–13, 2013–14