Buckley Town

Buckley Town Football Club is a Welsh football team based in Buckley, Flintshire, Wales and playing in the JD Cymru North.

Buckley is regarded as an established football centre in North Wales with the game was first introduced in the area around 1860. With the new ball, they regarded themselves as a real team, and established themselves as a football club, playing under the name of Belmont Swifts Football Club. This formed the basis of what would later become Buckley Victoria Football Club, the first organised team in the town. The team had their own pitch at Mill Lane, and soon played home and away matches against teams such as Mold Athletic, Wrexham Victoria and Rhyl Athletic.

Buckley Victoria were superseded by the Buckley Engineers, who carried on the 'Vics' winning ways. The amateurs' most famous team consisted of ten colliers, and a plumber. They picked up a huge amount of silverware in their playing days, including the Welsh Amateur Cup which they won on three occasions. In 1887 Buckley Town football club was formed, and it wasn't long before they had a taste of success. They went on to win the Wirral & District League in 1898, and picked up the Pike Challenge Cup in the same year. Buckley Town continued to play right up to the 1920s, and in 1925 joined the Welsh League, North Division. In 1937 they went on to win the North Wales amateur cup.

During the 1930s it seemed that Buckley Town Football Club and other organised football teams in Buckley fell apart and no longer continued to be successful in competitions. Then, in 1937 Buckley Town A.F.C won the North Wales Amateur Cup. In 1949 Buckley Wanderers and Buckley Rovers were the only two teams playing competitive football in Buckley. Buckley Rovers struggled in the lower division of the Welsh Leagues, while Buckley Wanderers joined the Welsh National League Division One. In their first season, Buckley Wanderers finished runners-up behind Chirk AAA, and again in the 1953–54 season finished runners-up to Overton St Mary's. Then in the 1955–56 season Buckley Wanderers scored over one hundred goals to clinch the League title.

During the 1960–61 season Buckley Rovers joined Buckley Wanderers in the Welsh Football League First Division. With two teams firmly established in top-flight Welsh football, Buckley once again was revelling in the 'glory days'. Buckley Wanderers finished runners-up for the third time in their history, with Chirk AAA finishing just two points ahead of them. Rovers struggled in their first season in top-flight football, finishing ninth in the league. Then in the 1963–64 season Buckley Rovers were relegated, only to come straight back up the following season.

From 1974 Buckley Rovers then became the better of the two sides, with a runners-up finish and a third-place finish. The 1976–77 season saw both teams finish in the bottom half of the table. This was the end of both teams, and in 1977 an agreement was made for both teams to join and play under the name of Buckley Town Football Club, which is the club known to this day.

Since the millennium, the club has had its most successful period to date. It has won the NEW Challenge Cup six times, the Cymru Alliance League Cup once in 2003–04 and in the League the club finished 3rd in 2002–03, 2nd in 2003–04, finally becoming Champions in 2004–05. In 2009–10 Buckley Town returned to the Racecourse to win the NEW Challenge Cup and were 4th in the Cymru Alliance League.

Welsh National League Presidents Cup Winners 2018

Welsh National League Presidents Cup Winners 2018

From the phoenix of the previous season the club became 2017–18 Welsh National League (Wrexham Area) league champions, claiming their spot in the 2018–19 Cymru Alliance. The honour was achieved with thanks to Dan Moore as manager and the crop of local talent sourced from Buckley, local villages and towns within a 5-mile radius of the club.