Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Club focus - Rothwell Corinthians

On Thursday I have a bit of a bonus game to go to as King's Lynn take on Rothwell Corinthians in the United Counties League Premier Division. It really is a bit of a David and Goliath contest. King's Lynn lie in second place with a record that would see them gaining promotion with a title win this year, but it won't as money bags St.Neots have already pipped them to it. Rothwell Corinthians on the other hand are bottom of the league. King's Lynn didn't have to play in a competition as low as the FA Vase until this season, and they reached the semis. Rothwell Corinthians couldn't play in the Vase until 1999 when they installed fllodlights. When the clubs met earlier in the season at Rothwell's ground Lynn tanked them 5-1, so I'm hoping for goals.

Rothwell Corinthians were formed in 1932 and played in the Kettering Amateur League, which later became part of the East Midlands Alliance. If you are wondering why I keep calling them by their full name it's because Rothwell also have a team called Rothwell Town. Town now play in the division below, but for a long time Corinthians lived in the shadows of their older neighbours. Corinthians were basically a park side until they started a ground share with Town at their Cricket Ground. In 1986 Corinthians purchased the land where their Desborough Road ground is now situated.

As things got better off the pitch, things also got better on it. In 1990 the club won the East Midlands Alliance and then again won it in 1995. This championship saw them join the United Counties League. In 2008 they were promoted to the Premier Division, but since then haven't really looked like progressing from the bottom half. Last season they finished in 21st place and this year it looks like they will finish bottom, which happens to be 21st again. It looks like they will be playing Town in a local Derby next season.

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