Sutton Coldfield Town F.C. - Northern Premier Premier

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Sutton Coldfield Town F.C.Based in Sutton Coldfield & formed in 1879 (some sources state 1876) and currently play in the Northern Premier Premier. Despite being the largest team in a town with a population of over 105,000 people (more than that of the home towns of many full-time professional teams) their profile suffers due to their geographical proximity to Aston Villa, who draw much of their support from the town. The club was founded in 1879 and played its first match against Birmingham (no connection to the modern Birmingham City) on February 1st of that year. In their early years they played in Sutton Park and competed in the Central Birmingham League, Aston and District League, Small Heath League and Suburban League. In the 1930s, now playing at Coles Lane, they competed in the Birmingham Alliance and Birmingham Combination, but met with little success. After World War II the club, at the time playing under the name Sutton Town (a name which lasted until 1964) played in the Walsall League and Birmingham Combination before joining the Birmingham & District League (soon to be renamed the West Midlands (Regional) League) in 1954. During the next decade they struggled in the league, with financial problems caused by a devastating fire at their ground forcing them to field only amateur players, before switching leagues to the Worcestershire Combination (soon to be renamed the Midland Football Combination) in 1964. They were champions of this league on two occasions before rejoining the West Midlands (Regional) League in 1979, where they were champions at the first attempt. In 1982, after a second-place finish, they stepped up to the Southern League. At the very first attempt they were promoted to the Premier Division but were relegated straight back to the second tier where they have remained ever since.