Saturday, 7 August 2010

Dereham Town FC (England)

Dereham Town are a Norfolk club who play their football in the Eastern Counties League Premier Division, part of England's ninth tier They were formed in 1884, in the clock-making town of Dereham, some 15 miles West of Norwich. They have played nearly all their football in either the Norwich District or the Norfolk Senior Leagues, and it is only relatively recently that they started to work their way up the pyramid a little.

They purchased their 3000 capacity Aldiss Park facility - named after the science fition author Brian Aldiss, who was born in the town - in 1991, with a view to progressing to a higher level of football. And the scheme worked, as they they achieved Eastern Counties League status after winning the Anglian Combination Premier title in 1998 - their first full season at their new home.

They are perhaps most famous in the area for their hospitality and their battling but fair spirit, and they frequently win the region's annual Sportsmanship Trophy - which is about as nice a title as any club could aspire to. Their slightly colleagues from across the way, Norwich City are regular pre-season visitors, and despite treating them to frequent hammerings, manage to break their club attendance record every time they come - although officially it is always numbered as 'just over 3000' for health and safety reasons...

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