Flint Town United
What’s next for Flint Town United?
a brief history of the silkmen
Flint’s had a football club since 1886, when Flint F.C. started playing at Strand Park on the banks of the Dee Estuary, close to where our current stadium is.
The club made an early impression by reaching the first Welsh Amateur Cup final in 1890-9, losing to Wrexham Victoria 4-1.
By the turn of the century the town of Flint had three teams; Flint Town, Flint Athletic and Flint UAC (United Alkali Company) In 1905, Flint UAC and Flint Town amalgamated, taking the name of Flint Town. In 1909, as a Chester and District League side the club won their first major cup by defeating Pwllheli 1-0 in the final of the North Wales Amateur Cup.
In 1924 the club left Stand Park for a new ground at Holywell Road, which was to become their home till 1993. The new ground was then better equipped and could hold up to 3000 spectators. These size of crowds were common in the 1920s, they were keen to see Flint’s part time professionals play. Led by Captain Emlyn Jones, Flint reached the 1925 Welsh Cup final only to lose to Wrexham’s professional team by 3 goals to 1. Regular cup success’s were to follow however, as Flint won the North Wales Amateur Cup on three occasions between 1931 and 1932.
Following the Second World War, the amalgamation of Flint Town and Flint Athletic football clubs resulted in the formation of the club bearing the title Flint Town United Football Club which entered the Welsh League (North) for the 1949-50 season, finishing runners-up to Holyhead Town. By this time, however, the club had already won the Welsh Amateur Cup, having defeated Troedyrhiw 2-1 in the 1947-48 final.
Under the managership of Billy Russell Flint became a formidable side in the early 50s, with the pinnacle achievement coming in 1954 when they won the Welsh Senior Cup. Inspired by Welsh International Billy Hughes, whose career was disrupted by the war, overcame Holywell Town, Owestry Town, Rhyl, Llanelly and a semi-final 2-1 win over First Division Cardiff City, in front of a crowd of 10,683 at the Racecourse, Wrexham, beating third division Chester City 2-0 in the final, again at the Racecourse Ground Wrexham in front of a crowd of 15,584. During this period, they also won the League title in three consecutive seasons and were runners up on two occasions.
efforts to move into the English league system were stymied, and the team’s fortunes dwindled although they did win the Welsh Youth Cup in 1965 and the Welsh Amateur Cup in 1969.
During the 1970s and 80s the club moved between various leagues, becoming league champions of the Clwyd League in 1978/79 and Welsh League (North) in the 1988-89 season. In 1990/91, a reorganisation of the league structure saw the creation of the Cymru Alliance, and Flint, under Tony Martin and Les Davies, were inaugural winners of the league. whilst also winning the North Wales Challenge Cup for the first time in the club’s history.
To cap an excellent season they overcame South Wales Champions Abergavenny 2-1, to become the non-league champions of Wales.
In 1992, Fint became founder members of the League of Wales (LOW). The following season the club again moved to a new ground, back to its original home on the the banks of the Dee Estuary. After six years in the League of Wales, with a fourth place finish (1993/94) being our highest placing during this time, and with finances becoming an increasing burden with no main sponsors, the club eventually lost it’s place when it finished third from bottom (being relegated due to the LOW reducing the number of teams within the league under UEFA rules), rejoining the Cymru Alliance League.
A number of fallow years followed, although in 2006/07 they did once again win the North Wales Challenge Cup, defeating Prestatyn Town 1-0.
Fast forward to 2019/20, and the club finished runners up to Prestatyn in the Cymru North. However, with the champions being refused the domestic licence, after an absence of 22 years, Flint were back in the top tier of Welsh domestic football.
Despite finishing next to bottom in that first season back, Flint were spared relegation as the Covid pandemic had meant no Tier 2 leagues were operating. For 2021/22, under the management of Neil Gibson, the club excelled and finished in the top half, reaching the play off final only to lose to Caernarfon Town in extra time.
But at the end of the season, Gibson, along with a host of players, abruptly departed, leaving plans in disarray. Lee Fowler was appointed manager, with Iwan Williams as his assistant. The pair were faced with the unenviable task of putting virtually a new team together from scratch within a few weeks. That they were able to do so, and take the fight right down to the final game of the season, is testament to their dedication, but ultimately results went against us, and we were relegated back into the Cymru North for season 2023/24.