Norton and Stockton Ancients

CLUB HISTORY

The origins of Norton and Stockton Ancients date back to the late 1950s when the Norton Cricket Club Trust decided to start a football section to provide a winter option for its members. Accepted into the Teesside League, the club won its first silverware, the Durham Minor Cup, in 1968 under the name of Norton Cricket Club Trust FC. Over the following years the club won one Teesside League Cup and three North Riding Amateur Cups.

In 1980 Stockton Football Club was wound up and its assets transferred to Norton. Members of the two boards agreed to form a single club called Norton and Stockton Ancients – Ancients being the nickname of the Stockton club, which had been founded in August 1882 and was one of the team teams to play in the inaugural Northern League season. The renamed club was a founding member of Northern League Division Two in 1982, gaining promotion to the top flight in 2009. The following year it reached the quarter final of the FA Vase, losing 3-0 at Barwell. In 2010 the club recorded its record attendance of 1,526 in an FA Cup third qualifying round tie with FC United of Manchester.

PLAYING STAFF

James Provett (Goalkeeper)

Very experienced goalkeeper who made almost 100 Football League appearances for Hartlepool United and Bury.  Signed from Gateshead in the summer of 2010.

David Alderson (Defence)

In his fourth season as the club’s thickest player, Aldo is an athletic full-back known for his  long throw.

Dale Mulligan (Defence)

Into his fourth season at the club following his release from Darlington, Dale was named the Committee’s Player of the Year in 2009-10.

Steven Baker (Defence)

Captain and calming influence in defence. Bakes signed for the club last season after previous spells with Middlesbrough, Huddersfield, Scarborough, Hartlepool, Gateshead and Newcastle Blue Star.

Callum Brown (Defence)

Young defender who signed for the club after being released by York City.

Craig Bishop (Defence / Midfield)

Versatile player who joined the club from Tow Law Town.  A natural on the ball, he’s also played for Northallerton, Guisborough, Billingham Town, Spennymoor and Whitby.

Steven Huggins (Midfield)

Influential midfielder signed in the summer of 2010 played from Consett. Has previously played for Billingham Town and Whitby Town.

Andrew Habron (Midfield)

33-year-old midfielder who joined the club during the summer. Previously with Billingham Synthonia.

Nathan Mulligan (Midfield)

Mullers is now  in his second spell at the club. Classy winger who chips in with spectacular goals. Previously with Darlington.

Shaun Clarke (Midfield)

Midfielder signed from Billingham Town, where he had been captaining the side. Also played for Whitby Town.

Karl Richards (Midfield / Forward)

Signed from Spennymoor, Karl also had a brief spell with Horden earlier in his career. Left-sided player with great skill and pace.

Sonny Andrews (Forward)

22-year-old striker in his second spell at the club. Has also played for Stokesley and Shildon.

Garry Barnes (Forward)

Experienced forward previously with Tow Law, Spennymoor, West Auckland and Darlington RA.

Jamie Clarke (Forward)

One of the most widely respected forwards in the north-east non-league scene, Jamie signed from Spennymoor having previously played for Gateshead, Durham City, Billingham Town, Nissan and Thornaby.

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