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Gresley FC History

Gresley FC was formed in 2009 and enjoyed a very successful first season in the East Midlands Counties League. The side, managed by Gary Norton, finished as runners up and therefore narrowly missed out on promotion.

Gresley also enjoyed a long run in the FA Vase by beating Spennymoor, Dawlish and Long Buckby. The Dawlish tie in particular will live long in the memory as the original tie was abandoned in extra time and the Moatmen won the replay in South Derbyshire on penalties. The Vase run came to an end in front of the home fans in disappointing fashion at home to Whitehawk in the quarter-finals.

New Directors joined the club looking to turn the dream of moving to a new stadium into a reality.

Manager Gary Norton and his assistant Martin Rowe invited Martyn Rowntree to step up from the reserves to become first team coach.

2010-2011 Gresley's second season as a club and also their second in the East Midlands Counties League saw another good FA Vase run getting to the last 32 and then going one step further from the previous season by winning the league after an exciting run-in. Being a few points behind the leading contenders Gresley could not afford to slip up again after an unexpected home defeat in early January if their dreams were to be realised.

An amazing 20 game unbeaten run with the final 8 all victories saw Gresley crowned as champions and promoted into the Midland Football Alliance.

Season 2011-2012 saw another good run in the FA Vase reaching the last 16 and to top off a superb season Gresley achieved a remarkable back-to-back title success as they lifted the Midland Football Alliance title at their first attempt and promotion to the Evo-Stik NPL Division One South.

Gresley FC Club Badge

Gresley FC & Gresley Rovers badgesAfter the demise of the former club Gresley Rovers a new club Gresley FC was formed and so a new club badge was commissioned.

The club wanted to keep some of the elements of the previous badge and so the new one was also based on the Gresley family coat of arms. The Gresley family were Lords of the Manor and can be traced back to at least the 12th Century.

The Gresley Arms are described as "Vaire, ermine and gules" (i.e. silver and red) and possibly came into use during the last quarter of the 12th century.

The village of Gresley is located in South Derbyshire and the local District Council also have the red and white device in their coat of arms.

Although keeping the red & white (silver) elements of the arms the new club badge was 'modernised' and the club name placed on a blue background to illustrate the new origins of Gresley Football Club.

The red segments represent the red robes worn by a Lord on State occasions and the white segments represent the ermine (the winter coat of a stoat) trim on the robe and in heraldry the black symbols on the white represent the black ermine tails which were inserted into the white fur.

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League Position
  Team P GD Pts
10 Highgate United 29 -3 38
11 South Normanton Athletic 26 0 37
12 Worcester City 26 11 36
13 AFC Wulfunians 31 -6 36
14 Coventry Sphinx 25 -19 34
15 Tividale 23 -4 27
16 Haughmond 29 -29 26
17 Racing Club Warwick 24 -29 24
18 Lye Town 28 -31 18
19 Gresley 26 -22 16
20 Selston 25 -38 13

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