Chesterfield take part in the FA Trophy for the first time this weekend when Basford United visit the Proact. Dean Fidler provides a background to the Nottinghamshire club...
Introducing....Basford United FC
Manager: Martin Carruthers
Year formed: 1900
Ground: Greenwich Avenue
Last Season: First in Northern Premier League Division One South.
Basford United was formed in 1900 at the Old Pear Tree Inn. They initially played in the Notts Combination, winning the league cup in 1903/04, before switching to the Notts Alliance in 1904. They won the league in their first season, and again in 1906/07 and 1919/20. They were later relegated to Division Two, which they won in 1929/30.
The 1946/47 season saw them win the Notts Senior Cup for the first time. They were relegated to Division Two in 1970/71, although they soon returned to the Senior Division. After finishing bottom of the table in 1981/82, they were relegated again. The 1984/85 season saw them finish as runners-up in Division One, earning promotion back to the Senior Division. In 1987/88 they won the Notts Senior Cup again, beating Hucknall Town in the final.
After finishing second from bottom in 1991/92, Basford were relegated to Division One. However, a second-place finish in 1993/94 saw them promoted again. They were relegated in 1995/9, and despite winning Division One in 1997/98, they were relegated back to the division after finishing bottom of the Senior Division the following season.
They withdrew from the league, during the 2005/06 season. However, they returned to the Senior Division the following season. After finishing as runners-up in 2009/10 and 2010/11, Basford switched to the South Division of the Central Midlands League.
They won the division at the first attempt, earning promotion to the East Midlands Counties League and they also won the Floodlit Trophy. After a second successive title in 2012/13, they also became the first club to win the League and Cup double, they winning promotion to the Premier Division of the Northern Counties East League
Martin Carruthers the former Aston Villa, Stoke City, Peterborough and Scunthorpe United striker, who made 415 Football League Appearances and scored 110 league goals, took over as player/manager. They finished fifth in the 2013/14 season and were transferred to the Premier Division of the new Midland League for the 2014/15 season.
They went on to win the inaugural league title, earning promotion to Division One South of the Northern Premier League, as well as winning the Notts Senior Cup for a third time. A fourth-place finish in 2015/16 saw them qualify for the promotion play-offs. However, they lost 5–0 to Coalville Town in the semi-finals.
The 2017/18 campaign saw Basford win the Division One South title, earning promotion to the Premier Division. With Martin Carruthers still in charge, they currently sit in sixth place in the Northern Premier League.