New Partnership announcement for 2019-2020! | RLA Capital Limited

Buckley Town Football Club is delighted to secure a new partnership deal with RLA Capital Limited for 2019/2020 season. 

Andy, Lee, and Ross started RLA Capital Limited in 2016 with having over 40 years’, experience in providing finance to businesses around the UK. 

Andy and Lee being local guys and both played for Buckley Town in the past, decided to support football clubs close to their hearts and we are pleased they picked Buckley Town Football Club as one of them. 

As well as providing exposure for RLA Capital Limited with various pitch side, dugout and Clubhouse signage the partnership will also see the club help to establish and develop the company’s brand and presence through all our social media channels. 

Peter Gunson – BTFC Chairman commented “We are delighted to be partnering with RLA Capital Limited, we strongly believe this partnership will be prosperous and beneficial for both parties and will support us as a club with various projects as we continue with our mission to embed ourselves within our community. We are looking forward to the start of the 2019-2020 season, welcome to the club.” 

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Preseason Update

Under 16 Integration

We are pleased to see that last season’s Under 16 boys team have made the step up into our Under 19 / Senior set up going into next season, this has been a long time coming, years overdue!

Indeed, the retention of these players has enabled us to enter a new Under 19 team into the Flintshire Youth League for next season, and this is something which we are extremely proud of.  This is the first time the Club has provided a pathway for an outgoing Under 16 boys teams to continue to play football at the Club, and will hopefully be the stepping stone needed for our young players to successfully move from Junior to Senior football.

We had a number of our Under 16 players training with our Senior squad last season and we’re looking forward to working with them all over the coming season, providing them with an opportunity to continue their development with us and hopefully we will see them all represent our First and Reserve Team squads over the course of the season ahead.

Squad Update

To keep things simple, as Coaching Staff, we have retained all those players who we wished to retain and have added three players to our squad.

We are pleased to announce that midfielder Lewis Cunliffe has returned to the Club, Lewis started the season with us last season and we were sorry to see him leave, Lewis’ circumstances are now different and we hope to have him with us for a bit longer this time around!

Also joining the Club are forwards Sam Spridgeon, most recently of Oswestry Town, and Pat Hinchcliffe, most recently of Denbigh Town.  We’re pleased to have been able to add both of these players to our squad, both will add competition to our squad on a footballing front, and most importantly are great people.  Pat is the nephew of our former player and Cymru Alliance-winning Geoff Hinchcliffe, who I know is fondly remembered by many of our long-standing loyal support!


Lewis Cunliffe


Pat Hinchcliffe


Sam Spridgeon


Nathaniel MG Cup Round 1

Nathaniel MG Cup Round 1 – All ties to be played over the weekend of 2/3/4 August.

Northern Fixtures

Buckley Town v Rhyl

Ruthin Town v Guilsfied

Prestatyn Town v Llanrhaeadr

Gresford Athletic v Colwyn Bay

Conwy Borough v Bangor City

Llanfair United v Llangefni Town

Berriew v Corwen

Southern Fixtures

Afan Lido v Cwmbran Celtic

Pontypridd Town v STM Sports

Undy Athletic v Cwmamman United

Swansea University v Llantwit Major

Goytre United v Caerau (Ely)

Ammanford v Penryncoch

Briton Ferry Llansawel v Taffs Well 



Preseason Training

With all the preseason fixtures booked and the fixtures list for the FAW Championship North now available, the players have been in training for a couple of weeks now. Dan Moore, Alan Edwards, and Rich Goodier have all been working them hard with 2-3 sessions a week in readiness for the coming season.

With only 9 days till the first preseason games against Airbus UK Broughton, they will now step the sessions up so that the players are ready for the opening games of the season.


Buckley Town Juniors U10s

Buckley Town Juniors U10s United Team is on a recruitment drive for new players for the coming season and if you are interested then please contact Rob Alexander on 07740 199765.


More yellow paint!

Well, it is obvious that Mr. Spooner has been taking his hip surgery rehab seriously as the yellow paintbrush has been out again at the Globe as summer ground maintenance continues.

Signs to remind our four-legged friends (of which there are a few) owners to please clean up after their indiscretions have also been erected.

Hold on Mr. Spooner, you have missed a bit!


Football and its Buckley roots

Football as we know it soon rose from the birth of the industrial revolution sometime in the mid 19th century. The game had been played for centuries earlier in many different forms mainly in connection with rugby football and in most cases forbidden by the ruling class.

It was in 1863 that the Football Association was founded, and the game took on new rules and its popularity grew. Sheffield FC is known as the world’s oldest club forming in 1857 although that is disputed with Cambridge University AFC who formed at approximately the same time. Other clubs emerged, like Hallam FC, Cray Wanderers and Wrexham AFC were to be the trendsetters.

As football in and around North Wales grew it wasn’t until the middle of the 1880s that Buckley had a taste of the action. With the lord of the manor Philip Bryan Davies-Cooke prohibiting the establishment of goalposts, the Buckley common was used as a makeshift pitch where jumpers were really used as goalposts. With the area being so close to the Belmont Brickworks, the Belmont Swifts were the first team up and running playing only for the love of the game.

Originally soft rubber balls, pigs’ bladders and stockings where used until the kind introduction of a “football” from a Liverpool clergyman with the surname Shields. Heading into the 1900s football became more accepted and the game progressed more into a competitive sport. 

Early clubs to exist in Buckley included Buckley Engineers, The Square, Nant Mawr Jolly Boys, Lane End Corinthians, Buckley Co-Op Wednesday, The Albion and many more local amateur football teams. Buckley Town (pre-war), Burntwood Rovers and Buckley United are remembered for having great sides and then after the second world war the Buckley Rovers and the Buckley Wanderers flood many memories from Buckley’s footballing past. 

Up the Bucks…

Reproduced at the courtesy of The Buckley Society

Nathaniel MG Cup

The FAW has announced a new format for the Nathaniel MG Cup for Season 2019/20 which will include all Tier 2 clubs and one Wildcard entry.

Any club who believe that they should be considered for the Wildcard position should contact by Wednesday, May 29th, 2019 stating their reasons and staking their claim for the available place.

  • Is a club reaching a specific milestone this year?
  • Has your team created waves in your League or Cup competition?
  • Is there an old rivalry that you’d like to resurrect?

Let them know your story and your application will be considered before an announcement is made on June 1st, 2019.

Clubs without floodlights can apply for the Wildcard position – but will have to play away from home from Round 3 onwards.

In all 46 Clubs will be admitted into the Competition:

  • 12 Welsh Premier League Clubs in 2019/20 
    17 Tier 2 clubs (North Wales) in 2019/20 
    16 Tier 2 clubs (South Wales) in 2019/20 
    1 Wildcard

Round 1: Involves Wildcard & Tier 2 Clubs – Weekend of August 3rd, 2019 
Round 2: JD WPL Clubs join – Weekend of August 10th, 2019
Round 3: September 24th, 2019 
QF: October 29th, 2019 
SF: November 23rd, 2019 
Final: Weekend of  February 1st, 2020


Huws Gray Alliance Team of the Season

Both Chris Roberts and Joe Makuruk were voted into the Huws Gray Alliance Team of the Season which is compiled from the man of the match nominations throughout the whole season.

Despite Robbo only featuring in 14 league games all season scoring four goals along the way, it shows how much he is still respected by many as one of the best central defenders to have graced both this league and the Welsh Premier.

In a season disrupted by injury, he still managed to complete the London Marathon and showed there is still something left in those old legs. His experience is a valuable asset amongst our squad of young players and his ability to get on the end crosses from set plays has meant he has scored some important goals along the way, no better than the one from within his own half at Airbus at the tail end of the season.

Skipper Joe Makaruk must have been close to making the first team in the vote, as he won an individual Player of the Month award again turning down overtures from Welsh Premier clubs to play for his home town club.

Chris Roberts is another local lad, in his third spell at the club, proving that there are few better clubs to play for locally than this community-based club and testament to what we are trying to achieve in developing talent from the age of five right through to the senior ranks.

For the whole Team see here


4th best supported club

Buckley Town was the 4th best-supported club in the Huws Gray Alliance league during the 2018-19 season according to figures published by the league today with an average attendance over the season for the 15 league games played of 250.

Only Rhyl, Bangor City, and Porthmadog placed higher demonstrating how Buckley Town has gone from strength to strength over the past few seasons as more people attend games not only at the Globe but across the whole of Tier two.

For more see: Attendance Figures

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