Coalville Town

Coalville Town Football Club were formed in 1926 as Ravenstone Miners Athletic, the latest in a long line of association football clubs from the village of Ravenstone. Nicknamed the Ravens, they played for many years in the Coalville & District Amateur League, and later the North Leicestershire League, where they won numerous honours. In 1991 this led to election to the Leicestershire Senior League Division One, following the construction of a new club house at their Ravenslea home. Following the local council’s refusal to grant permission for floodlights, the club took the decision to relocate to Coalville. A change of name followed to Coalville F.C., with the club becoming the first senior side in the town of Coalville since the demise of Coalville Town Amateurs in 1954.

The club’s home ground

In their second season in the Senior League the club clinched the runner-up spot and with it promotion to the Premier Division. In 2001 new manager Lee Harriman arrived and immediately led the club to the league title, a feat they repeated the following year which saw them promoted into the Midland Alliance for the 2003–04 season. In the 2004–05 season, the club entered the FA Cup for the first time ever and reached the first round proper where they narrowly lost to league side Wycombe Wanderers.[1] This feat was even more impressive given that the team had started their campaign in the extra preliminary round, making them only the second club in the entire history of the Cup to reach the first round proper from the very first stage[citation needed].

It was announced on 30 October 2006 that the club’s most successful manager, Lee Harriman, had stepped down as manager and been replaced on a temporary basis by coach Bob Stockley. On 20 November 2006, it was announced that Brendan Phillips (formerly of Nuneaton BoroughBedworth UnitedStafford Rangers and Halesowen Town) was to take over first team affairs. Phillips kept Coalville in the Alliance, but was sacked and replaced by former Coalville player Adam Stevens.

In 2010–11 Coalville reached the FA Vase final becoming the first Leicestershire team to ever achieve a place in the final. Having played in front of a capacity crowd of 1800 in the first leg and securing a 3–0 advantage over King’s Lynn, the Ravens then went on to become the first team this season to win at King’s Lynn taking the second leg 3–2 at the Walks stadium in front of 2354 fans. However, the final, 8 May 2011, ended in a 3–2 defeat to Whitley Bay in front of 8778 at Wembley. The victory secured a record third successive FA Vase title for Whitley Bay.

The week before the trip to Wembley the Ravens sealed the Midland Alliance title for the first time on goal difference from Tipton Town, both teams having finished the season on 100 points. Coalville had a goal difference of +100, superior to Tipton’s GD of +69.

The 2012–13 season saw Coalville win the Westerby Cup for the first, and to date, only time in the club’s history. The run to the cup involved 18 goals and ended with a 2–1 win against Loughborough Dynamo in the final, played at Leicester City‘s Walkers Stadium.

At the start of the 2014–15 season, Adam Stevens took the decision to stand down as manager after eight years in the job.[2] Two weeks later, Jimmy Gray was confirmed manager in his place.[3]

In 2015-16 Coalville secured promotion to the Northern Premier League Premier Division under the management of Tommy Brookbanks after they defeated Shaw Lane Aquaforce 3-1 in the play off final.


BetVictor NPL Premier Division, Southern League Premier Central
2016/17, 2017/18, 2022/23
Owen Street Sports Ground