AFC SUDBURY ABBREVIATED CLUB HISTORY
AFC Sudbury was formed on Tuesday 1st June 1999 from the amalgamation of Sudbury Town (founded 1885) and Sudbury Wanderers (founded 1958) The club plays at The Wardale Williams Stadium, Sudbury, Suffolk with a capacity of 2500.
In their first season 1999/00, the club finished third in the Jewson Premier League and the Reserve side won the Premier League title in the Essex and Suffolk Border League.
In 2000/01 the club powered their way to the Jewson League Premier title, reached the First Round Proper of the FA Cup and the Reserves won the Essex and Suffolk Border League Cup.
In 2001/02 the club retained the Jewson League title and reached the Semi-Final of the FA Vase and won the Suffolk Premier Cup.
In 2002/03 AFC Sudbury retained the Jewson Premier League Premier and won the Suffolk Premier Cup. They also reached the final of the FA Vase being beaten 2-1 by Brigg Town. After this manager Keith Martin stepped down and was replaced by the Reserve Team Manager Gary Harvey.
2003/04 saw a fourth successive Ridgeons League title and the Suffolk Premier Cup retained. The FA Vase Final was reached, again it was lost 2-0 against Winchester City. Improvements were made to King’s Marsh with it becoming fully enclosed, new turnstiles and a fully automated sprinkler system installed.
In 2004/05 the club were again successful, they won their fifth consecutive Ridgeons Premier League title (a record for the Eastern Counties League), and for third year in succession reached the final of the FA Vase another record, unfortunately they again lost 3-2 to Didcot Town. The semi-final of both the Suffolk Premier Cup and the Ridgeons League Cup were also reached.
In 2005/06 the club continued in the Ridgeons Premier League and finished third, the Ridgeons League Cup was won for the first time and the fifth round of the FA Vase reached.
The Reserve side played in the Ridgeons Reserve League Southern Division and won that. In the play-off between the North and South winners, they were runners up but won the Suffolk Junior Cup.
Season 2006/07 saw the club accept promotion to Step 4, and the new Ryman League Division One North. The club changed managers with Mark Morsley taking over. The play-off finals were reached where they lost in a penalty shoot out.
The 2007/08 season was a nearly season. The club was still managed by Morsley aided by assistant Nicky Smith and coach Paul Skingley. The club got to the final of the Ryman League Cup but lost on penalties. They again reached the play-off finals but lost in the semi-finals. The club’s Reserve side led by Ian Manby finished runners up in the Ridgeons Reserve League South.
In May 2008 Morsley resigned and Nicky Smith was appointed manager with Chris Tracey as his assistant. A few days later the club were moved from the Ryman League and placed in the Southern League Midland Division for season 2008/09.
In the FA Trophy they reached the First Round, and finished the season in twelfth position. The Reserves continued in the Ridgeons Reserve League, and a mid-table finish ensued but they did win the Chell Trophy.
The 2009/10 season saw Smith and Chris Tracey still in charge, and still in the Southern League. AFC lost in the First Qualifying Round of both the FA Cup and FA Trophy. In the Southern League Cup it was a Second Round exit and it was the same round in the Suffolk Premier Cup. AFC finished the season in 14th position in the league. The club’s Reserve team played in the Ridgeons Reserve League and had an average season.
During the season the King’s Marsh new facilities were finished in May 2010 and were back in the Ryman Division One North. Jamie Redknapp performed the official opening of the new clubhouse in June 2010 and the ground was re-named The MEL Group Stadium.
Smith and Tracey remained in charge of the first team for 2010/11 and Ian Manby the second team, with a new A Team started and played in the Colchester and North Essex League under Phil Root.
The first team ended in seventh place. In the FA Trophy they lost in the First Round Proper.
The Reserve side finished third in the league and lost in the final of the Suffolk Senior Reserve Cup. The A Team completed their first season satisfactorily.
Season 2011/12 saw Smith and Tracey start the season but Smith later resigned and Tracey was put in temporary charge and later appointed permanent manager. In the Ryman League North they finished in eighth place. The Reserves had a disappointing season the Ridgeons Reserve League while the A Team started completed their second season.
The start of season 2012/13 saw Chris Tracey in charge with Barry Lakin at his side, he departed in September and Ian Brown joined as his assistant. Tracey resigned in March 2013 and Michael Shinn and Ian Brown took charge until the end of the season. The Reserves continued in the Thurlow Nunn League under Ian Manby and Dave Walton and the A Team continued under the guidance of Phil Root.
In May 2013 the club appointed David Batch along with Head Coach Steve Eastaugh as their new management team for 2013/14 and they quickly set about building not only a fresh squad but also the entire structure of the football club. The Reserve/Under 21 side was elected into the Thurlow Nunn First Division under the initial guidance of Head Coach Dave Walton and the A Team continued under John Baldwin. The season was one of improvement for the first team but the other sides lesser so.
The 2014/15 season saw Batch and Eastaugh start it but leave in December. A new management team of Jamie Godbold and Andy Reynolds took over and led the club to third place and to the play-offs but were unsuccessful in them.
The Res/U21’s led by Danny Laws and Dave Cannon finished in fourteenth place and won the Thurlow Nunn First Division Knockout Cup.
The newly formed U18’s side led by Craig Power performed well and ended third in the table.
The ground was renamed The Wardale Williams Stadium.
For 2015/16 Godbold and Reynolds continued in post with Danny Laws and Dave Cannon in charge of the Res/Academy. The club installed a 3G pitch and started the AFC Academy. The season was an undoubted success with AFC never being out of the top six in Ryman North and they won the Championship on 9th April 2016 ensuring promotion to the Ryman Premier Division. The Reserves finished mid-table while the Academy won their League.
2016/17 saw the club in the Ryman Premier League for the first time still with Godbold and Reynolds at the helm. It was a disappointing season as the club were relegated for the first time in their history. The Reserves/Academy continued under Laws and Cannon with teams in the Ryman Development League, The Essex Senior Reserve League as well as the Thurlow Nunn Youth League and the National Youth Alliance League.The Under 18's won their Division in the Thurlow Nunn Youth League and then the entire Youth League Championship. They won the Suffolk FA Midweek Under 18 Cup and also the Thurlow Nunn Youth League Cup.
On 13th May 2017 Godbold and Reynolds were announced as the first team management duo for the 2017/18 season and Danny Potter appointed as goalkeeping coach. The Academy/Reserves continued under the same leadership, but without a team in the Development League.
On 12th September 2017 Godbold and Reynolds were relieved of their duties with Danny Laws taking over as Caretaker Manager.
On 2nd October 2017 former manager Mark Morsley was re-appointed on a three and half year contract, he brought in former player Lee Norfolk as his assistant while Paul Skingsley returned as head coach.
CLUB COLOURS: - Home;- Yellow shirts with blue trim, blue shorts, yellow socks with blue trim, goalkeeper all green.
Away;- All red with black trim.
Updated 26th November 2017