Getting to know: Bridlington Town AFC

Today’s ‘Getting to Know’ is newly crowned East Riding Senior Cup winners Bridlington Town AFC.

In their first season of existence in 1920, Bridlington Town AFC won the East Riding Senior Cup winning 2-1 vs. Gilberdyke. This truly is a competition that the club seems to have an infatuation with, winning it a total of 19 occasions, including 5 times in the last 7 years.

Credit: John Edwards (@FreePressJohn)

Between 1989 and the club folding in 1994 due to legal wranglings, ‘Town’ were considered to be one of the strongest non-league clubs in the country, winning the ERCFA Senior Cup on two occasions, adding to this the club won reaching the FA Vase final twice winning the competition on one of these occasions. On top of all of that winning the Northern Premier League and the Northern Counties East League and the club collected quite a lot of trophies during this period.

Following the disbanding of the Semi-Pro side after the 1993/94 season an ambitious local ‘Pub’ side, The Greyhound, were inspired to make an approach to the lease-holders with a view to making the Queensgate ground the base for The Greyhound team. A deal was struck with the condition that the club change their name to Bridlington Town AFC. A new club crest was designed and a new motto ‘Pergere et Eniti’, broadly meaning ‘Onwards and Upwards’, was adopted.

Despite people being sceptical in the beginning, the new Bridlington graduated through the leagues and steady progression saw the club join the East Riding County League Division One, where the League and Cup Double was achieved. Over the next three seasons in the County Premier Division the club continued to improve and made application to the Northern Counties East League which was accepted on the third attempt.

The Hudgell Solicitor Stadium

Bridlington Town football club play their home games at The Hudgell Solicitor Stadium, Queensgate. This has been the club’s home for as long as we can find on record, with updates being made to it in 1990, During this period Ken Richardson had joined the club as President and was instrumental in assisting the club with the necessary finance to develop the ground by building a new stand, clubhouse, turnstiles and floodlights.

From everyone here at ‘ClimbingTheLadder’ we’d like to wish The Seasiders all the best for next season.

Author: Alex Scott

Currently doing as much freelance journalism work as possible. Avid football fan and player currently at Penrith Academy.

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