Shepshed Dynamo

The Dovecote Stadium, Butthole Lane, Shepshed Leicestershire LE12 9BN

From Club website:


The town of Shepshed, adjacent to Junction 23 of the M1 motorway in North West Leicestershire, has had football teams associated with it since 1879. Whilst many of these teams achieved local recognition over the years, it was with the formation of the Charterhouse club in the mid-1970s, that the name of Shepshed became known nationally.

Between 1978 and 1984, the club rose from the lower reaches of the Leicestershire Senior League to the summit of the Southern League Premier Division, winning seven consecutive promotions (including six successive championship titles) on the way. During this period, they also reached both the semi-final and quarter-final of the FA Vase, as well as the First Round Proper of the FA Cup. Unfortunately the Charterhouse club, then known by its original name of Shepshed Albion, closed down in 1994.

1994 TO 2004:

The current Dynamo club was formed in the summer of 1994 in an attempt to resurrect the towns former glories on the football field.

Initially playing in the newly formed Midland Alliance, the club enjoyed a successful first season, finishing 4th. The following season, under Manager Mark OKane, the club won the title by eight points. The season included a remarkable 23 game unbeaten start, which stretched into March.

After a hectic summer of improvement works, the club took up their place in the Southern Football League for the 1996/97 campaign.

Whilst league success proved harder to come by in their debut Southern League season, the club more than made up for this in the FA Cup by emulating their famous predecessors and reaching the First Round Proper. Despite a heavy away defeat at the hands of Carlisle United, the memory of the day will live long with all that were there.

The second season in the Southern League proved less successful, and with the team struggling near to the bottom of the league, Manager Mark OKane was replaced in February 1998, by John Hanna. The change of leadership had the desired effect with the club climbing to a creditable 16th place by the end of the campaign.

1998/99 saw the best league season to date. Shepshed were in the top six of the league for most of the season, but slipped to a final placing of 10th, after a poor run-in that was not helped by player availability problems.

1999/2000, the Centenary year for the clubs ground The Dovecote, saw a season-long battle against relegation, a final placing of 18th and the resignation of Hanna in July 2000. His assistant, Dave Williams, was immediately appointed as Manager.

Williams first season in charge saw a creditable 15th place finish. The next two seasons saw the financial purse strings tightened, however whilst Shepshed flirted with relegation, a 16th place position was comfortably achieved in both seasons.

The summer of 2003 saw a change in the constitution of the football club that led to it becoming a private limited company whereby shareholders elect the board of directors. However, in footballing terms, the season can be fairly described as disastrous, as it saw two changes in management after Williams was sacked in October and his successor Dave Clay resigned in January. Pete McGurk then took charge of first team matters but despite improved results and performances, he had insufficient time to prevent Shepshed from finishing bottom of the Southern League Western Division.

However, the restructuring that took place during the summer of 2004 reprieved Dynamo from relegation and so saw them start their 10th anniversary season as new members of the UniBond League. McGurk led the team to a respectable 15th place finish in a season that also saw them win the Loughborough Charity Cup and Coalville Charity Cup double.

2005 TO DATE:

Season 2005/06 culminated in a fine 10th place finish and saw the club receive the UniBond League Club Of The Month Award, Fair Play Award and Goalscorers Award for April 2006. Dynamo also reached the finals of both the Loughborough Charity Cup and the Coalville Charity Cup.

Manager Peter McGurk resigned on 20 December 2006, with the club in 15th place, and he was replaced by his assistant Adam Stevens who was appointed for the remainder of the season. Stevens himself resigned on 14 April 2007 after a 1-6 defeat at second-bottom Chorley left Dynamo in 20th place (5th bottom). It was announced that Dave Wheatley would take charge of First Team affairs for the final three games of the season.

Former Belper Town manager Martin Rowe was appointed to the Dovecote hot seat at the beginning of May 2007, however his reign was to last only until November, when Rowe was relieved of his duties after a dismal start to the season.

Ex Sutton Town and Gedling Town manager Lee Wilson was appointed as Rowes replacement, 10 days after Rowes dismissal. Fortunes soon turned around and any fears of relegation were averted in the New Year, as Dynamo ultimately finished in a comfortably safe 15th position. The 2007/08 season finished with silverware in the trophy cabinet, after Shepshed lifted the Loughborough Charity Cup with a 3-1 victory over near-neighbours Loughborough Dynamo.

The 2008/09 season saw fortunes dramatically change for the better, with Shepshed ending the season in 8th place and therefore finishing in their highest league table position for 13 years. Honours were won in the form of the Club Of The Month award for November, however Shepshed were rocked when Wilson resigned immediately after the end of the season. After a long selection process, Dave Stringer and Jimmy Ginnelly were announced as the management team to lead Shepshed into the 2009/10 season, but following a difficult season, Dave parted company with Shepshed by mutual agreement.

After another intensive round of recruitment, Barry Baker and Bob Norris were appointed as the new management for 2010/11 and hopefully beyond, and quickly started building a squad of both old and new players. As the season started though disaster struck as Baker was hit by a serious illness, he battled on for a while but finally was forced to resign and concentrate on his recovery. The Dynamo appointed former player Dave Frecklington but this appointment once again failed to last and he was relieved of his duties after a string of poor results that saw Shepshed finish in 21st position leading to relegation.

However Shepshed were reprieved following financial problems at Rushden & Diamonds. John Ramshaw was appointed the new manager as Evo-Stik Division One South football was awarded to Shepshed for the 2011/2 season. In October Conference outfit Eastwood Town came a calling and persuaded Ramshaw to take over their hot seat. Ramshaw’s assistant Chris (Chalky) White decided not to join Eastwood and after a spell as “caretaker” was given the title of Manager in November 2011, a position that he continues to hold with assistant Jim Wynne, and coach Matt Houldsworth.

In 2012, with new Chairman in local businessman Mick Sloan, Shepshed Dynamo competed in the United Counties League, where after a mixed start ended the season on a high finishing in 9th position and beating local rivals Quorn FC 5-0 to lift the Loughborough Charity Cup.
In 2013 Shepshed were moved sideways to compete in the Midland Football Alliance…


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