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Club Name: Rothwell Corinthians FC
Ground: Sargeants Lawn
Address: Desborough Road, Rothwell,Northamptonshire
Postcode: NN14 6JQ
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Secretary: Mark Budworth
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Manager: James Scott
Programme Editor: Mark Budworth
County Affiliation: Northamptonshire County FA
Year Formed: 1934
Record Attendance: 0
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Club History

Rothwell Corinthians Football Club were formed in 1934 as the legacy of a meeting which took place in a terraced house in Littlewood Street where the idea of forming the Club was first put forward. The fledging club affiliated to the Northamptonshire Football Association and then made a successful application for membership to the Kettering & District Amateur League where they were placed in the Second Division for the onset of the 1934/35 season. Prior to their promotion to the UCL in 1995, “The Corinthians” remained loyal to the K&DAL and subsequently played in every official season thereafter with the exception of the period during the Second World War and a brief spell in the Market Harborough league which lasted for only one season.


The Corinthians introduced their first reserve team into the league in 1950 and, unusually for a Football Club, it was they, as opposed to the First Team, who brought home the Club its first title honours when, nine years after their formation, they carried off the Division Three championship. Not to be outdone by their colleagues at the Club, the First Team secured their first ever league title just twelve months later when they won the First Division. Corinths repeated this feat in 1964 but their elation was to be short-lived as just twelve months later they suffered relegation back to the Second Division and by the end of the decade they found themselves in the Third Division for the first time ever. The Club experienced a quiet existence for a number of years thereafter and it wasn’t until 1979 that they began to get themselves noticed again when they secured promotion to the First Division in a campaign which also saw them reach the Final of the NFA Area Cup.


The 1980s proved to be a pivotal decade in the history of Rothwell Corinthians Football Club as they enjoyed much success both on and off the football field. In 1980 the league restyled itself as the “East Midlands Alliance” to attract broader appeal and the change of name coincided with an improvement in standard, a move which was appreciated by those involved with the Club at that time. The 1983/84 season was, arguably, the most successful in the club’s history, pre UCL, when, under the guidance of Maurice Goodall, they secured Runners-Up spot in Division One and a return to the top flight following an eight year exile followed. That campaign also saw the Club reach the Finals of the NFA Lower Junior Cup and the EMA Doug Fairey Cup, losing to Cottingham Reserves in the former but winning the latter convincingly after trouncing Kettering Orchard Park by seven clear goals! Meanwhile, behind the scenes, the Club built its Sergeants Lawn ground, as it would later be known. The ground was officially opened by Northampton Town in April 1988 who played in an exhibition match which was attended by 600- still a ground record to this day.


Corinthians secured their first top flight title in 1990 under the guidance of Andy Knox and three years later the E.M.A County Division title was secured for a second time under Dave McNish and after vast improvements were made to the ground, the dream of playing in the United Counties League was realized.


In 2008 “The Corinthians” were promoted to the UCL Premier Division after clinching elevation on the final day of the season having won the Northants Junior Cup for the first time ever a few weeks earlier. A three year stay in the Premier Division then followed but successive managers couldn’t stop Corinths falling back into Division One in 2011.


In 2015 Corinths were crowned UCL Division One Runners-Up under Manager Shaun Sparrow and gained promotion back to the Premier Division for a second time.


Today Rothwell Corinthians are proud to have two men’s teams in the United Counties League and an Under 18s side in the Northants Senior Youth League. This reaffirms our position as being a true community club which offers men and boys from across the Borough of Kettering the chance to play football at a respectable level on the Non-League Pyramid.



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Postcode: NN14 6JQ
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