Midland Football League Div 1

   

Nuneaton Griff F.C. are in Nuneaton, Warwickshire. They joined the Midland Football Combination Premier Division in 1999. The club was originally founded in 1972 as Nuneaton Amateurs when a dispute at the well-known local club Co-op Sports F.C. led to many members moving to the Nuneaton Griff and Coton Miners Welfare Ground. Nine players and officials paid £1 each to start the new club and Colin Wetton became the first manager, with Colin Rathbone as chairman. The Amateurs initially played in the Coventry and North Warwickshire League, and in their very first season were denied a championship success when their opponents failed to turn up for a [late season] rescheduled game and the Coventry and North Warwickshire League decided there was not time to fit in another match. By the 1990s the club was playing in the Coventry Alliance Football League, where they were dominant for a number of years. In 1998/99 the decision was made to apply for membership of the Midland Football Combination. The club was controversially placed directly into the Premier Division but the Heartlanders, under manager Mark Green, repaid that faith by winning the championship in their initial season and repeated the feat the following season 2000/01, adding the Endsleigh Challenge Cup for good measure. In the process they made history by winning the Challenge Cup at Villa Park and the following night winning the Coventry Telegraph Cup at Highfield Road, Coventry, to become the only club to play two finals on consecutive days on two different Premier League grounds and win both times.

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