Staffs County League Fans’ Guide 2020-21

Welcome to the eighth edition of the Staffs County League fans’ Guide.
While this should be accurate at the time of publication, please let me know of any errors, omissions or changes.

The Groundhog

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The Staffordshire County League sits at step seven of the non league pyramid. It is classed in the 7A category, the highest classification of step seven.

List of Clubs for the 2020-21 Season

Map of the Clubs in the Staffordshire County League Premier Division

Map of the Clubs in the Staffordshire County League Division One

Map of the Clubs in the Staffordshire County League Division Two

Summary of Divisional changes

Premier Division

No of Teams: 17 (last season 16)

Not many changes in the top flight this season. Foley Meir were hoping to be playing in the North West Counties League this year but the Covid-19 pandemic put this plan back for a year. Audley & District and Ball Haye Green move up from the first division and new club Buxton Reserves join the league, playing at Buxton’s Silverlands Ground. Stone Dominoes and Tunstall Town leave the league, having both folded last season.

Division One

No of Teams: 16 (last season 13)

Teams moving up from Division Two are Audley & District Reserves, Ball Haye Green Reserves, Cheadle Town Reserves, Eastwood Hanley Development and Madeley White Star. Wolstanton United Reserves are new.
Market Drayton Tigers leave the Staffs County and Ball Haye Green and AFC Alsager moved up to the Premier Division.

Division Two

No of Teams: 15 (last season 10)

The second division is unrecognisable this term. Only Walsall Phoenix Reserves and Wyrley Juniors remain. Hilton Harriers Reserves have moved from the Staffs County and Staffordshire Victoria have folded. Five teams moved up to the first as mentioned above. So the other 13 teams in the division are either newly formed reserve sides, newly formed sides, sides moving from Sunday Leagues or sides moving sideways from other divisions.

FC41 and Huthman are brand new teams. Cresswell Wanderers move over from a midlands division. Blurton Reds I think have moved up from a Sunday League. New reserve sides to the division are AFC Alsager, City of Stoke, Milton United, Sikh Hunters, Stapenhill Juniors, Stone Old Alleynians and Whittington. Abbey Hulton, Eastwood Hanley and Foley Meir have entered development teams. 

Key Facts for 2020-21

  • Eastwood Hanley are now back at their old venue of Trentmill Road (well worth a visit).
  • FC41, founded this year, will be playing at the Northwood Stadium grass pitch, not the 3g cage. They will be the first team to do so since ACF Milton in 2011-12 and before that Fegg Hayes and Hanford.
  • Keele University do have a grass pitch but it may be that they use their 3G pitch for all games now. The latter does have a seated covered stand.
  • Ashbourne are still sharing with Rocester, while work progresses on their new Shrovetide Stadium.
  • Buxton have entered a Reserve side, playing at the new 3G pitch at Buxton’s Silverlands Ground.
  • City of Stoke will be playing at the Shamblers venue in Whisper Lane near junction 15 of the M6.
  • Lichfield City Casuals are playing at the 4G pitch that now graces Lichfield City’s ground.
  • New side Cresswell Wanderers will be playing on Rushall Olympic’s 3G pitch.

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Programmes
Teams who have stated they will be issuing programmes for next season:

Premier:  Buxton Reserves*, Eastwood Hanley, Foley Meir, Wolstanton United.
First: City of Stoke, Eastwood Hanley Development*, Madeley White Star.
Second:  City of Stoke Reserves*.

*regarding the reserve and development sides, it might be worth double checking with the club as maybe they left the programme tick in from their first team’s data?

Groundhopping

Premier Division

There are four reserve teams playing this season at the ground of their first team, playing at step six or above in the pyramid. These grounds have stands and lights – Abbey Hulton United, Alsager Town, Buxton and Hanley Town. Ashbourne are sharing with Midland League side Rocester.
Of the other teams Leek CSOB and Brereton Social have floodlights, and in Brereton’s case, stands too. Foley Meir have extended their stand and continue to improve their ground to NWCL standards for next season. 
Eastwood Hanley are playing back at their former Trentmill Road ground for the first time since 1997. Extensive renovations have taken place in recent years and their old terrace now has a roof, there is a perimeter bar and the whole ground is now fenced off.
Audley & District has two very small stands. The rest are pretty much perimeter bar grounds.

First Division

While there are a lot more teams in the lower two divisions compared to last year, there are a lot of reserves and development teams. Of the 16 teams in the First Division eight are either reserve or development teams.
Of the others, Lichfield City Casuals are playing on the 4G pitch of Lichfield City of the Midland League. Keele University seem to play all their games on their 3G pitch now, which has a small seated stand. Milton United have ambitions to step up to NWCL and have bought floodlights but at present their venue is without lights. They do have a stand on a different pitch though. The others are fairly basic setups.

Second Division

The pick of the grounds here has to be the Northwood Stadium where FC41 will be playing. The grass pitch here is a real hen’s tooth of a venue, that hasn’t seen football in years. It has an impressive 700 seater stand.

Table of Ground and Team Features

Bold = Reserve or Development Side

Premier

First

Second

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List of clubs by division

Premier Division

AFC Alsager

Founded: 2012
Ground: Alsager Sports Hub, Dunnockfold Road, Alsager, Stoke-on-Trent, ST7 2TW

AFC Alsager

Abbey Hulton United Reserves
Founded: 1947
Ground: Birches Head Road, Abbey Hulton, ST2 8DD
Arena Stand, elevated views to one side.

more photos

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Alsager Town Reserves
Founded: 1968
Ground: Wood Park Stadium (Alsager Town, NWCL One), Wood Park, Alsager ST7 2DP.

more photos…

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Ashbourne FC
Founded: 1954
Ground: Hillsfield(Rocester FC, Mid Prem) Mill Street, Rocester, ST14 5JX

more photos…

Arkwright Mill

Audley & District
Founded: 1895
Ground: Town Fields, Old Road, Bignall End, ST7 8QH
Railed pitch, two small bus shelters stands either side of dug outs, no floodlights

more photos…100_7461

Ball Haye Green
Founded: 1880
Ground: Sharing at Leek CSOB, Pointon Park, Felthouse Lane, Cheddleton, Staffordshire, ST13 7BT
Railed pitch, no stand as yet, floodlights

more photos…

Leek CSOB (15)

Brereton Social

Founded: 1899
Ground: Red Lion Ground, Armitage Lane, Brereton, Rugeley
Great ground, small stand fully railed and elevated views.

Brereton Social (13)

Buxton Reserves
Founded: 1877
Ground: Silverlands, Buxton, SK17 6QH

more photos…

Cheadle Town
Founded: 1948
Ground: Thorley Drive, Cheadle, Staffordshire. ST10 1SA
Railed pitch, no stands, no floodlights, nice venue though.

more photos…

KODAK Digital Still Camera  

Eastwood Hanley
Founded: 2013
Ground: Trentmill Road, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 3NH
This is the first season where they are back at their former home, where they have added cover to their old terrace have a new perimeter bar and the ground is now entirely fenced off.

Foley Meir

Founded: 1947
Ground: Macintosh Arena, Whitcombe Road, Meir , ST3 6AO
One of the best grounds in the Staffs County League, small quirky stand in the corner, raised banks and good views. They have ambitions to step up to the NWCL and plan for floodlights shortly.

more photos…Foley FC Whitcombe Road (22)

Hanley Town Reserves
Founded: 1966
Ground: Potteries Park (Hanley Town, NWCL Prem), Abbey Lane, Bucknall, Stoke-on-Trent ST2 8AU .

more photos…Hanley Town Abbey Lane (12)

Leek County School Old Boys (CSOB)
Founded 1945
Ground: Pointon Park, Felthouse Lane, Cheddleton, Staffordshire, ST13 7BT
Railed pitch no stand as yet, floodlights

more photos…

Leek CSOB (15)

Redgate Clayton
Founded: 1969
Ground: Clayton Community Centre, Northwood Lane, Clayton, ST5 4BN.
Fully railed pitch, no  stands, no floodlights.
more photos…

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Silverdale Athletic
Founded: 1980
Ground: Kents Lane Football Ground, Sutton Lane, Sutton Avenue, Newcastle-u-Lyme, ST5 6TA
Part railed pitch, nice new clubhouse, looks like more development is imminent.

more photos…

Silverdale Athletic (5)

Walsall Phoenix
Founded: 1897
Ground: Aldridge Stick & Wicket Club, Aldridge, Walsall, WS9 8NH


(pic courtesy of Adji the Groundhopper)

Wolstanton United
Founded: 1946
Ground: Bradwell Community Centre, Riceyman Road, Bradwell, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 8LD Fully railed pitch, some banking, no floodlights.
Small area of hard standing and small cover

more photos…Wolstanton United (5)

Division One

Audley & District Reserves
Founded: 1895
Ground: Town Fields, Old Road, Bignall End, ST7 8QH
Railed pitch, two small bus shelters stands either side of dug outs, no floodlights

more photos…100_7461

Ball Haye Green Reserves
Founded: 1880
Ground: Sharing at Leek CSOB, Pointon Park, Felthouse Lane, Cheddleton, Staffordshire, ST13 7BT
Railed pitch, no stand as yet, floodlights

more photos…

Leek CSOB (15)

Cheadle Town Reserves
Founded: 1948
Ground: Thorley Drive, Cheadle, Staffordshire. ST10 1SA
Railed pitch, no stands, no floodlights, nice venue though.

more photos…

KODAK Digital Still Camera

Chesterton AFC

Founded: 2015
Ground: Red Street Community Centre, Talke Road, Newcastle-u- Lyme, ST5 7AH

Chesterton AFC

City of Stoke
Founded: 2015
Ground: Whisper Lane, Butterton, Newcastle, ST5 4DX



Eastwood Hanley Development
Founded: 2013
Ground: Trentmill Road, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 3NH
This is the first season where they are back at their former home, where they have added cover to their old terrace have a new perimeter bar and the ground is now entirely fenced off.

Hawkins Sports
Founded: 1968
Ground: Hawkins Sports Club, Coppice Lane, Cheslyn Hay WS6 7EY

Keele University
Founded: 1950
Ground: Sports Centre, Keele University, ST5 5BD
3G pitch has floodlights and Arena Stand – I believe they play all their games there now.

more photos grass…

Keele Uni FC (2)

more photos 3G…

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Leek County School Old Boys (CSOB) Reserves
Founded 1945
Ground: Pointon Park, Felthouse Lane, Cheddleton, Staffordshire, ST13 7BT
Great new venue, railed pitch no stand as yet, floodlights

more photos…

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Lichfield City Casuals
Founded 1945
Ground: Lichfield City FC, Brownsfield Road, Off Eastern Avenue, Lichfield WS13 6AY

more photos…

Madeley White Star
Founded 1906
Ground: Madeley High School, Newcastle Road, Crewe, CW3 9JJ (Temporary Ground, Manor Road CW3 9PS)

Milton United
Founded: 2013
Ground: Hardman Centre Millrise Road, Milton, Stoke-on-Trent, ST2 7DN

more photos…

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Redgate Clayton Reserves
Founded: 1969
Ground: Northwood Lane, Clayton, Newcastle. ST5 4BN
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more photos…

Shenstone Pathfinder
Founded: 1968
Ground: Shenstone Sports & Social Club, Birmingham Road, Shenstone, WS14 0JR

Shenstone Pathfinder

Whittington FC
Founded: 1981
Ground: Beacon Park, Greenhough Road, Lichfield, WS13 7AW or
Whittington Barracks, Chester Road, Lichfield, WS14 9PY

Whittington Beacon Park2
(pic courtesy of Steve Hardy)

Wolstanton United Reserves
Founded: 1946
Ground: Bradwell Community Centre, Riceyman Road, Bradwell, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 8LD Fully railed pitch, some banking, no floodlights.
Small area of hard standing and small cover

more photos…Wolstanton United (5)

Division Two

Abbey Hulton United Development
Founded: 1947
Ground: Birches Head Road, Abbey Hulton, ST2 8DD
Arena Stand, elevated views to one side.

more photos

20180317_162452.jpg

AFC Alsager Development
Founded: 2012
Ground: Alsager Sports Hub, Dunnockfold Road, Alsager, Stoke-on-Trent, ST7 2TW

AFC Alsager

Blurton Reds
Founded: 2015
Ground: St Thomas More Catholic Academy, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, ST3 2NJ

City of Stoke Reserves
Founded: 2015
Ground: Whsiper Lane, Butterton, Newcastle, ST5 4DX

Cresswell Wanderers
Founded: 1979
Ground: Rushall Olympic, 3g surface. Daw Lane, Walsall, WS4 1LJ.

more photos…

FC41
Founded: 2020
Ground: Northwood Stadium, Keelings Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 6PB

Foley Meir Development
Founded: 1947
Ground: Macintosh Arena, Whitcombe Road, Meir , ST3 6AO
One of the best grounds in the Staffs County League, small quirky stand in the corner, raised banks and good views.

more photos…Foley FC Whitcombe Road (22)

Huthman
Founded: 2020
Ground: Stychbrook Park, Curborough Road, Lichfield, WS13 7RU

Milton United Development
Founded: 2013
Ground: Hardman Centre Millrise Road, Milton, Stoke-on-Trent, ST2 7DN

more photos…

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Sikh Hunters Development
Founded: 1964
Ground: Aston University Recreation Ground, Birmingham Road, Walsall, B43 7AJ

Stapenhill Reserves Juniors
Founded: 1999
Ground: Shobnall Sports and Social Club, Shobnall Road, Burton-on-Trent DE14 2BB

Stone Old Alleynians Reserves
Founded: 1962
Ground: Wellbeing Park, Yarnfield Lane, Yarnfield, Stone, ST15 0NF

Walsall Phoenix Reserves
Founded: 1897
Ground: Aldridge Stick & Wicket Club, Aldridge, Walsall, WS9 8NH


(pic courtesy of Adji the Groundhopper)

Whittington Reserves
Founded: 1981
Ground: Beacon Park, Greenhough Road, Lichfield, WS13 7AW or
Whittington Barracks, Chester Road, Lichfield, WS14 9PY

Whittington Beacon Park2
(pic courtesy of Steve Hardy)

Wyrley Juniors Reserves
Founded: 1982
Ground: Wyrley Juniors, Long Lane, Newtown, Walsall, WS6 6AT

Here’s what you could’ve seen:

Sadly folding in 2019, iconic Staffs County club, Florence.

Florence

Founded: 1995
Ground: Florence Sports & Social, Lightwood Road, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, ST3 4JS Railed pitch, small stand, no floodlights

more photos…

KODAK Digital Still Camera

Historical Records

Previous winners of League and Cup in Staffs County and previously Midland League

 

 

Contributions

Thanks to Shenstone Pathfinder twitter account who provided photos of their grounds.

Links

Staffs County Official Website

FA Full Time Staffs County Website

Author: thegroundhog

I live underground, occasionally popping up at non-league and Welsh grounds. I live on a diet of insects, small rodents, nil-nils and post and pre-match angst.

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