The Rise, Decline & Fall Of Dudley Town


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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8 Responses

  1. MG says:

    And now..? I first came across Dudley Town via that book about the 76-77 FA Cup that featured Tividale (there is a line in the book about Dudley Town training in the same carpark).

  2. Mike Bayly says:

    Now they play at the Dell Athletics Stsdium in Dudley, as members of the West Midlands Regional League (step 6)

  3. Hard to see why such a large town has not produced a more prosperous team. GRanted they are competing with some major local clubs but most towns are

  4. Hi Mike.

    The first football match i ever went to was Dudley Town V Man Utd i’m 60yrs old but cannot remember the date or year (i think it was in the early 60s)can you please help.
    the name of the squad for both teams would be great and any more info on this match.
    also me and my wife were born in dudley we got married in St francis church need i say more.


  5. SKS says:

    Its not apathy on the part of fans in Dudley I can assure! Successive councils have utterly ignored the football club and Cradley Speedway which is forced to ply its trade at Wolverhampton. A suggestion that both clubs be accommodated at Peggys Meadow very near to the old football ground was submitted to the council and promptly thrown out in favour of a new miniature railway linking the zoo and the Black Country Museum. The football club play in front of a few hardy souls at an athletics stadium in Brierley Hill. Many of us believe the councils treatment of the club to be little short of disgraceful but protests fall on deaf ears Im afraid.

  6. EEK says:

    I have 3 photos taken in the stand in about 1976/77: it was a celebration and presentation at the end of a match but I’m not sure of what. I think it was promotion not a cup match, but I really can’t remember from and to which leagues. If of any interest to Mike Bayly I could supply copies but I otherwise prefer to remain anonymous.

  7. EEK says:

    After a look at Wikipedia I’m certain it was 1981-82 promotion to the Southern League, Midland Division: I took my eldest son who would have been too young in the mid-seventies.

  8. Adrien King says:

    I have many fond memories of the sports centre. For a long period I went to every game…

    In the mid 80’s not only were Dudley 2 divisions below the league but finished 8th in their first season in the southern premier division… An opening day draw against Crawley Town( now a league club) set the tone for a very good season…

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