Our History

The Club was formed in 1879 when it was know as plain ‘St Neots’, the first formal honour recorded being the Hunts Senior Cup in its inaugural season 1888/89.

The Club went on to lift that trophy a further four times before the turn of the Century. In the 1901/02 season the Club recorded its first known ‘double’ when it won the Hunts Senior Cup, for the sixth time, and the Fellowes Cup. In 1924/25 or thereabouts St Neots was renamed ‘St Neots and District’ and celebrated by winning the Hunts Senior Cup again. At this time in the Club’s history, honours seemed to have been primarily from County competitions with the Scott Gatty Cup being won on three consecutive occasions between 1927/29

 

Unfortunately, no records exist for the next twenty years, although the Hunts Senior Cup was won again on four occasions during this period. In the 1949/50 season the Club were amongst the founder members of the Metropolitan League and recorded a fine League and Cup double but for some reason the Club resigned to join the Central Alliance League. During the 1950’s the Club was renamed for the third time to its present name of ‘St Neots Town FC’ and rejoined the Metropolitan League.

For a decade the Club Manager was former West Ham full back John Gregory who was the first full time official the Club had employed. His son became Manager of Aston Villa FC. In 1961/62 the Club were runners up in the Metropolitan League Professional Cup - a trophy eventually won in 1965 beating Gillingham in the Final. In 1966/67 the Club joined the UCL for a three year spell and in that same season the team progressed through five rounds of the FA Cup to reach the First Round proper for the only time. The draw took us to Fellowes Park, Walsall who were second in the Third Division with an unbeaten home record. The team lost 2-0 with both goals coming in the last nine minutes but the crowd was a record for Walsall in the competition.

The next season the UCL League and Cup double was recorded (the first time the Senior side won the title - although the RESERVE side had won the League in 1956/57!). The League Cup was retained the following season but the next major senior League honour did not come until the 1982/83 season when the team finished runners up in Division One of the UCL.

In 1969/70 the Club opted to join the Eastern Counties (now Ridgeons) League because it was felt it would be a stronger League. In its four years membership Club fortunes declined. The Club then rejoined the UCL in 1973/74. In the next eight seasons the Club had a reasonable run of success finishing at best fourth and at worst nineteenth. At Christmas 1987 the Club was evicted from its long time ‘Shortsands’ home and had to complete the season on a sub-standard borrowed works pitch. At the end of that season just four places from the bottom of the table the Club was forced to disband and then the outstanding debt had to be cleared.

Out of football for just two seasons the Club was reformed in Junior football in the Hunts League with a pitch at Priory Park, St Neots rented from the District Council and the flame of desire to re-establish the Club at Senior level was rekindled. In 1994/95 after a spell of six years absence from senior football they were readmitted to the UCL. The spell in the UCL Premier Division lasted 17 years but in 2008 the Club was relocated around half a mile from their original Rowley Park premises in Cambridge Road to the north end of the loves farm estate as the club approached 

 

its 130th anniversary. In February 2010 Mike Kearns purchased all of the clubs shares to become Owner / Chairman of the club. 

Club sign ex Aston Villa striker Stefen Moore for a transfer fee of £10,000. 
The following season 2010/11 season was the club’s best ever. The Championship of the UCL Premier Division was won for only the second time. The club broke a whole raft of league records clocking up a record 105 points and scoring 160 league goals in just 40 matches. Unbeaten away from home in the league the side suffered just one home defeat and picked up the County Senior Cup for the 36th time as well as finishing runners-up in the Hinchingbrooke Cup and reaching the fifth round of the FA Vase. 2011/12 saw the Club reach even greater heights winning the Southern League Central Division in their first season at Step Four to move up to the Southern League Premier Division in 2012/13. Consolidation over the next two seasons saw the club finish mid table on both occasions, the 2013 /14 season saw the club win the Southern League Cup and the Hunts Senior Cup.

Season 2104/15 saw the club under the guidance of First Team manager David Batch finish in fifth position in the Southern League Premier Division, narrowly loosing out by a single penalty goal in the play off final.