Daventry Town F.C. is a football club based in the town of Daventry, Northamptonshire, England, The club was established in 1886 as a local-town club playing in the Northampton Town League. The club moved to the Northants Combination in 1987, and their emergence began under manager Willie Barrett, who led the club to successive championships in the Combination First and Premier divisions. In 1989–90, the club joined the United Counties League Division One. Since joining the United Counties League, they have won promotion to the Premier Division on three occasions, but have also been relegated twice.
The club started at The Hollow Ground in the town, but having won promotion at the first attempt were denied because their new Elderstubbs ground was not ready in time. Their manager left, and the fortunes of the club declined with relegation alternating with promotion.
The club was threatened with extinction in 2005–06, when the Elderstubbs clubhouse and changing rooms were destroyed by fire. However, a sponsorship deal with mobile phone company Go Mobile enabled the club to survive.
2007–08 was a very successful season for Daventry Town. They won UCL Division One, losing just once, and defeated three Premier division teams en route to the League Knockout Cup final, where they were defeated by Desborough Town 3–2.
In the 2009–10 season Daventry won promotion to the Southern League Division One Central, by becoming champions of the United Counties League under the guidance of manager Darren Foster.
2010–2011, Fuller's Town finished 3rd in their first season in the Southern League Division One Central losing to Hitchin Town 2–0 in the play off final in front of a crowd of 1048.
Prior to the start of the 2011–2012 Mark Kinsella was brought in and Ady Fuller moved on to become manager of Banbury United. A majority of Fuller's team moved elsewhere. Over 40 players wore the purple shirt during the season and not surprisingly the team struggled to find any consistency until the end of the season.
During the 2011–2012, local rivals Daventry United folded and their Manager Darran Foster moved to Daventry Town as Mark Kinsella's Assistant. However, Kinsella was relieved of his duties shortly afterwards and Foster took charge of team affairs. In Foster's first season, 2012–2013, Town finished a highly respectable 8th in the table.
With a majority of the players remaining at the club for the 2013–14 season, the team made an incredible start to the campaign, winning their first 7 matches in the league whilst also qualifying for the FA Cup first round proper for the first time in their history. They were drawn away to Chesterfield from Football League Two, and ended up losing the tie 2–0.
After the playing budget was cut, manager Darran Foster resigned in early November 2014. Daventry then appointed ex Watford striker Allan Smart as his replacement.
However, in June 2015, Iain Humphrey resigned as chairman and was replaced by Allan Smart, who relinquished his role as Daventry Town's manager in the process.
Ady Fuller, who had served as Smart's assistant and had a previous spell as Daventry Town boss as well as stints as manager at Banbury United and Bedworth United, was appointed as caretaker manager in the interim period in June 2015.
However, Humphrey would make a u-turn and return as chairman just a month later, in July 2015, replacing Smart and caretaker manager Fuller who both left the club altogether. His first move was to re-appoint former manager Darran Foster who had left the club in November 2014. Foster had only just been appointed manager at Woodford United in June 2015.
In May 2016, Daventry Town resigned from the Northern Premier League due to financial problems and were placed in the United Counties League Division One, step 9 of English football for the 2016/17 season.
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Daventry Town colour is the purple, home kit is purple with white details. Away kit is generally white with black .
Communications Park, Browns Road, Daventry.
United Counties League Premier division: 1 2009–10, 2018-19
United Counties League division One: 4 1989–90, 1990–91, 2000–01, 2007–08, 2016-17
Northamptonshire FA / Hillier Cup: 1 2013–14
Highest League Position: 3rd in Southern League Division One Central 2010–11
F.A Cup best Performance: First round proper 2013–14
F.A. Trophy best performance: First round proper 2013–14
F.A. Vase best performance: Fifth round 2009–10
Buckingham Charity Cup: 2017–18
Official website: http://www.dtfc.co.uk/
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