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Northampton ON Chenecks
Year formed: 1946.
Ground: Old Northamptonians Sports Ground, Billing Road, Northampton. NN1 5RX. Tel: 01604-634045.
Directions: Leave A45 at exit marked Bedford A428 and town centre. Take exit into Rushmere Road marked Abington, Kingsthorpe and County Cricket. At first set of lights turn left into Billing Road. Sports ground is 250 yards on right.
Chairman: Eddie Slinn
Secretary: Trevor Cadden, 26 Greenfield Road, Spinney Hill, Northampton. NN3 2LH. Tel: 01604-407070. Fax: 0870-1164384. Mobile: 07717-041981. e-mail: email@example.com
Manager: Andy Marks.
Programme editor: Des McGrath, 16 Baldwin Close, Spinney Hill, Northampton, NN3 6AY. Tel: 01604-644657. Mobile: 07748-593423. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Colours: White and navy blue; change colours: all red or yellow and blue.
The club was founded as Chenecks FC in 1946 under the guidance of George Lloyd, well known Coroner Sergeant of the Borough Police. The formation of the club was to enable boys at the rugby playing Northampton Grammar School to play football.
The club's unusual names is derived from the School Houses, Chipseys, Spencer, Beckett and St Crispins. The club became members of the Northampton Minor League playing at under 17 level, and when the boys were too old for youth football the club joined the Town League in 1950, playing at Abington Park.
In 1960 the Old Northamptonians association invited the club to become one of their sports sections, thus Chenecks became ON Chenecks and relocated to the Billing Road sports ground.
In 1969 Chenecks joined the UCL winning promotion to Division One in 1973, finishing runners up to Belsize despite losing only one match all season! Success continued higher up, as Chenecks won Division One by 14 points in 1978. They had to settle for second place twelve months later but regained the title in 1980. A lack of suitable facilities at Billing Road denied Chenecks a place in the Premier and fortunes soon declined.
Chenecks beat Tam O'Shanter from Coventry to win the 1985 Daventry Charity Cup final and in 1994 they were Northants Junior Cup runners-up, losing 1-0 to Vanaid.
The club's youth ranks have produced a number of professional players including Jim Hall (Northampton and Peterborough), Ricky Walker (Coventry and Northampton) and Peter Cooke (Northampton). Founder member Corbett Cresswell played in FA Amateur Cup finals with Bishop Auckland, while the club's longest serving player was Claude Hasdell who started in 1953 with the minors and played until 1991 apart from brief spells with Northampton and Wellingborough.
Northamptonshire FA Junior Cup
Northamptonshire FA Lower Junior Cup
Reserve League Cup
Reserve Division Two
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