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Market Drayton answer Battalion's call
Market Drayton Town Market Drayton answer Battalion's call By James Gordon

Market Drayton Town will be hosting games on behalf of the 1st Battalion Royal Irish Regiment in the Emergency Services Football League.


Greenfields Sports Ground Greenfield Lane Market Drayton TF9 3SL
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Market Drayton Town FC has roots which go well back to 1893. Records show that the main game that season was against Blackburn Rovers and other games were played against Shrewsbury, Wellington and Oswestry. Drayton must have had a team of repute as three teams were operating in the town up to the end of 1930. The Town team was known as the Nomads and played on the Maer’s Lane ground – now the site of Pork Farms (ex-Palethorpes). Attendances were up to 500 supporters in attendance at most home games.

Just after the war in 1946, the town ran two teams – one in the Market Drayton and District League, another in the Shrewsbury and District League. In the season 1952- 53 the Town successfully applied for membership of the Shropshire County League and played that year in the Challenge Cup Final at the Gay Meadow, Shrewsbury Towns previous ground. After a number of years, winning local cup and league trophies, the club moved into the West Midlands League gaining promotion swiftly into the West Midlands Premier League.

The club improved vastly over this period and in 2004-05 saw Town achieve runners up spot to Tipton Town in the League. In the same season Town also won the Shropshire Challenge Cup. In the following 2005-06 season Town finally gained promotion to the Midlands Alliance by winning the league by 18 points. After a long season in 2008-09 where Town played 56 games, Town achieved their main objective and were crowned Midland Football Alliance League Champions, finishing 8 points ahead of second place Barwell Town, and gaining promotion to the then Unibond Division One South.

The season will also be remembered for winning the Midland League Cup and reaching the last 16 of the FA Vase.

In their first season 2009-10 at Step 4 of non-league football, a management team of Simon Line and Coach Mick Murphy led the team to a 13th place finish – and entered the FA Trophy for the first time. In the seasons 2011-12 through to 2014-15 Town have finished 16th, 15th 19th and 19th.

Various managers were employed by the club during this time including Jimmy Mullen and Greg Clowes. They did bring some stability to the club.

In December 2014 Town appointed Martyn Davies as player – manager with Steve McCormick as his assistant. Martyn is a club stalwart who has scored almost 300 goals in his time as a player for the club. Having staved off relegation in 2014-15, 2015/16, was Martyn’s first full year as manager and he led the team to their best ever league performance by finishing in 11th position and for a while were thereabouts in the Play-off places.

The last three seasons have seen the club at the wrong end of the table but have still maintained their place in the National League System despite a low budget.

Martyn decided to resign at the end of last season to spend more time with his family. Now club Chairman, Mick Murphy decided to appoint another club stalwart Steve McCormick as manager assisted by Nick Roberts and Coach John Timmiss.

The club are known to be one of the friendliest clubs in the league with great hospitality. It is likely the club will be moving to a new ground in the 2022-23 season which should take the club forward especially off the pitch

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