NEWTON AYCLIFFE have burst back on to the non-league scene in emphatic fashion after years in the footballing wilderness.
Aycliffe, originally formed in 1965, spent a number of years in the Wearside League of old before folding from it more than 20 years ago.
And although the current club was re-formed a number of years ago, competing and winning silverware in the Darlington and District League, it’s re-emergence in the last two years has been phenomenal.
They took the Durham Alliance League by storm in 2007-08 – winning the league title as well as four cups – and successfully applied to join the Wearside League for the 2008-09 season.
The most crucial part of the club’s bid to rejoin the Wearside was the club’s redevelopment of Moore Lane Park – thanks to a £300,000 grant from Sedgefield Council’s Local Improvement Programme and a further £20,000 from the Football Foundation – which afforded the club the facilities, including floodlights, to make the step up.
But the success story didn’t end there, and after a long season in the Wearside League, Aycliffe were eventually crowned league winners for the first time in the club’s history to cap off a remarkable story.
The club also averaged home crowds of more than 250 in their final nine games of the campaign, comfortably the highest non-league league gates in the Durham area.
Upon entering the Northern League, Aycliffe finished a respectable ninth place, before romping to the Second Division title in just their second season at that level.
2011-12 saw Aycliffe compete in the Northern League's top tier, and also in the FA Cup for the first time in their history. Allan Oliver's side finished ninth and will be looking to build upon this as the 2012-13 season approaches.
2010-11: Northern League Division Two Champions
2008-09: Wearside League Champions
2007-08: Durham Alliance League Champions, League Challenge Cup Winners, Clem Smith Bowl Winners, Washington Aged Miners Cup Winners, South Durham Bowl Winners
2004-05: Darlington District League Division A Winners, Darlington Charity Cup Winners, Durham FA Minor Cup Winners, Kingfisher Finance Cup Winners
2000-01: Darlington District League Division A Winners, League Cup Winners
1999-2000: League Invitation Cup Winners
1998-99: Kingfisher Finance Cup Winners
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