Club History

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Club History 

 

 

The club was founded in 1883. Up until the First World War Thetford played in the Norwich and District League. Because, at that time, Thetford was in both Norfolk and Suffolk, the club were able to enter both Norfolk and Suffolk County Cup competitions and in 1911 they won the Suffolk Junior cup.  

 

After the first World War, Thetford played in both Norfolk and Suffolk Premier Leagues and won the Norfolk Senior Cup in 1948 and the Norfolk and Suffolk League Championship in the 1954/55 season. The boundaries were then altered and Thetford became part of the county of Norfolk. In the 1981/82 season, Thetford Town were runner’s-up in the Norfolk Senior Cup. In the 1989/90 season Town were runners-up in the newly formed Jewson League. 

 

In 1990/91 Town had one of their best ever seasons, winning the Norfolk Senior Cup beating St.Andrews 4-3 in the final and reaching the Fourth round of the FA Vase. 

 

Recent Times 

 

After a poor spell for a number of seasons, the 2010-11 season was a turning point for the club as, after many years in the middle and lower reaches of the First Division, Town finished fifth in the league. They also reached the final of the First Division Knockout Cup to cap a great season, although they were narrowly beaten in the final, going down 3-1 after extra time as Gorleston lifted the trophy.  

 

2011-12 saw Town build further on the momentum of the last two seasons as they gained promotion to the Premier Division, under manager Mark Scott, finishing runners up behind Godmanchester Rovers on goal difference. There was double heartache as Town were runners up again, this time in the Norfolk Senior Cup. Again it was Gorleston who emerged victorious in front of 1,150 fans at Norwich City’s Carrow Road.  

 

After maintaining the club’s Premier Division status for the following three seasons, early in the 2015-16 season, Thetford parted ways with Scott. 

  

Danny White was appointed as the new player-manager in October. The rest of the season was a struggle as Town found themselves towards the bottom of the table, but ultimately stayed up. 

  

The 2016-17 season was a vast improvement as Thetford finished in 7th place, the highest finish for the club for 26 years. 

  

The next two seasons saw Thetford finish just below mid-table, following inconsistent campaigns. 

  

However, Town reached a cup final in each season, firstly losing to Brantham Athletic in the Thurlow Nunn Challenge Cup, before a 2-1 AET defeat in the Norfolk Senior Cup final to Dereham Town at Carrow Road. 

After winning their first game of the 2019-20 season the club went on an awful run of form that saw them lose ten successive league games. 

After nearly four years at the club manager Danny White stepped down from his role. Matt Morton, who had been player-coach, stepped up to the manager’s job. 

 

The season was abandoned in March, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Thetford were in 16th place at the time.