Tipton Town

Tipton Sports Academy, Wednesbury Oak Road, Tipton, West Midlands, DY4 0BS

From Wikipedia:

The club was originally formed in 1948 under the name of Ocker Hill United and played in the Wolverhampton and District Amateur League. In 1965, the club joined the West Midlands (Regional) League when it added a new Division One, which commenced play in 1967. In order to become more closely linked with the town of Tipton and its residents, the club marked the occasion by changing its name to Tipton Town F.C.

The club's first major success came in 1984 when both the Division One title and Divisional League Cup were won, leading to promotion to the Premier Division.

Tipton were relegated in 1991 but returned to the league's top division seven years later. After a few years nearer to the bottom of the table than the top, they finished third in 2003 and second the following year (being beaten to promotion by Malvern Town). In the 2004-05 season they dominated the league, achieving promotion with four league games to spare and scoring over 100 goals. The same season saw Tipton achieve their best ever run in the FA Vase, reaching the fifth round. The 2005-06 season saw Tipton's debut in the Midland Alliance.

The club have been able to enter the FA Cup since the 2006-07 season, reaching the first qualifying round in each of their first two seasons in the competition. In the 2010-11 cup they have reached the first round proper for the first time after making it through six rounds of qualifying. They faced Carlisle United, a team six tiers above them in the English football league system, but went on to lose 6-0.

Steve Bull, who scored more than 300 goals for Wolverhampton Wanderers and was capped 13 times by England, played for Tipton Town during the early 1980s before signing for West Bromwich Albion. He played in Tipton's victorious 1984 side, and was born just a few streets away from the ground on the Moat Farm estate.

Tipton are now an established Midland Alliance side and have finished in 5th place on two occasions. The 2008-09 season saw Tipton record their highest ever points total, with 78 points from 42 games. Tipton were Walsall Senior Cup finalists but lost to Rushall Olympic. During the close season of 2010-11, Chairman Bill Williams was sacked by the club's committee over being sentenced for fraud and was sentenced to a five and a half year jail term on June 7, 2011.

The club managed to reach the First Round Proper of the 2010-11 FA Cup, after progressing all the way from the Extra Preliminary Round. This marked the first time the club had ever competed at this stage of the tournament. Tipton Town saw off a number of teams before facing Sheffield in the Fourth Qualifying Round. The oldest club in the world were held 2-2, before being defeated by two goals to nil at Tipton Sports Academy. Tipton were drawn with Carlisle United in the First Round Proper, a side competing six divisions higher than them in League One. However, the FA Cup fairytale was to come to an end on 6 November 2010 as Carlisle beat Tipton 6-0.

West Midlands Regional League Premier Division Champions - 2004-05
West Midlands Regional League Premier Division Cup Winners - 1999-00, 2004-05
West Midlands Regional League Division 1 Winners - 1984-85
West Midlands Regional League Division 1 Cup Winners - 1984-85
Midweek Floodlit Cup Winners - 2002-03
Wednesbury Senior Cup Winners - 1975-76, 1976-77, 1980-81, 1995-96


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