Small Club of the Week – Bath City F.C.

Note: This weekly series will look for teams outside of the top flights of European football to find true underdog stories of clubs well below the radar. Clubs will be featured based on performance in the various tournaments that happen concurrently with the league seasons, or even strong runs in some of the leagues that dot the European football landscape. Chances are, these clubs will be years away from finding a home at the top flights of football – if they are ever able to get there – but it doesn’t mean they don’t deserve attention from time to time. If you happen upon a team that you think might qualify, feel free to drop me a line on Twitter @GuruEbby or @SportMuseNet!

Bath City F.C.

Nickname: The Romans
Founded: 1889; 129 years ago as Bath AFC
Location: Bath, England
Team Colors: Black & White
Ground: Twerton Park
Capacity: 8,840 (1,006 seated)
Current League: National League South (Tier 6)
Website: www.bathcityfc.com
Twitter: @BathCity_FC

Reason For Notice

Usually, I try to identify a club here that won a surprising game, usually in one of the non-league competitions that occur all over Europe during the season. With the international break last week, however, this decision is not based on on-field performance over the past week. Instead, I wanted to find a club that has a nice story that may not be known to folks outside of the local area for the club. I chose Bath City this week because of their unique ownership structure as a community-owned organization.

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Small Club of the Week – Red Star Belgrade

Note: This weekly series will look for teams outside of the top flights of European football to find true underdog stories of clubs well below the radar. Clubs will be featured based on performance in the various tournaments that happen concurrently with the league seasons, or even strong runs in some of the leagues that dot the European football landscape. Chances are, these clubs will be years away from finding a home at the top flights of football – if they are ever able to get there – but it doesn’t mean they don’t deserve attention from time to time. If you happen upon a team that you think might qualify, feel free to drop me a line on Twitter @GuruEbby or @SportMuseNet!

Red Star Belgrade (FK Crvena zvezda)

Nickname: The Red-Whites
Founded: 4 March 1945
Location: Belgrade, Serbia
Team Colors: Red & White
Ground: Rajko Mitić Stadium
Capacity: 55,538
Current League: Serbian SuperLiga (Tier 1 of Serbian Association)
Website: http://www.crvenazvezdafk.com/
Twitter: @crvenazvezda_en

Reason For Notice

This week is a little different, if only because there wasn’t any giant killers in English football this week. Because of that, I decided to look to the UEFA Champions League, which held its group stage draw on Thursday last week. And though they are not the lowest ranked club (currently ranked 119th) to reach the Group Stage – that distinction belongs to Greek club AEK Athens (ranked 123rd) – Red Star Belgrade was the team that played the most rounds to get to that stage, mostly because of their football associations’ 28th-place rank by UEFA coefficient. So even though they were the champion of their league last season, and one of the most successful clubs in Serbia, I felt their long odds overcome in the course of their qualification for the Champions League warranted a mention in this series.

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Weekend SCotW Bonus Edition – Sutton United

For our weekend bonus content, I wanted to highlight one of the most successful giant-killer clubs in the FA Cup, Sutton United.
Last year they made it to the Fifth Round of the FA Cup, putting them as one of the last 16 clubs, before losing to Arsenal. This is a team that clearly punches above it’s weight! The have also reached the highest level of competitive football in the clubs extensive history, so congratulations U’s!!

Sutton United Football Club

Nickname: The U’s
Founded: 1898
Location: Sutton
Team Colors: Amber/Chocolate Brown
Ground: Gander Green Lane (Knights Community Stadium)
Capacity: 5,013
Current League: (Vanarama) National League (Tier 5)
Website: http://www.suttonunited.net/
Twitter: @SuttonUnited

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Small Club of the Week – Atherstone Town FC

Note: This weekly series will look for teams outside of the top flights of European football to find true underdog stories of clubs well below the radar. Clubs will be featured based on performance in the various tournaments that happen concurrently with the league seasons, or even strong runs in some of the leagues that dot the European football landscape. Chances are, these clubs will be years away from finding a home at the top flights of football – if they are ever able to get there – but it doesn’t mean they don’t deserve attention from time to time. If you happen upon a team that you think might qualify, feel free to drop me a line on Twitter @GuruEbby or @SportMuseNet!

Atherstone Town FC

Nickname: The Adders
Founded: 2004 (original club founded in 1887 folded in 1977)
Location: Atherstone
Team Colors: Red
Ground: The Mark Webster Community Stadium
Capacity: 3,500
Current League: Midland League Division One (Tier 10)
Website: www.pitchero.com/clubs/atherstonetownfc
Twitter: @FCAtherstone

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Small Club of the Week – Exeter City

Note: This weekly series will look for teams outside of the top flights of European football to find true underdog stories of clubs well below the radar. Clubs will be featured based on performance in the various tournaments that happen concurrently with the league seasons, or even strong runs in some of the leagues that dot the European football landscape. Chances are, these clubs will be years away from finding a home at the top flights of football – if they are ever able to get there – but it doesn’t mean they don’t deserve attention from time to time. If you happen upon a team that you think might qualify, feel free to drop me a line on Twitter @GuruEbby or @SportMuseNet!

Exeter City

Nickname: The Grecians
Founded: 1901 (as St. Sidwell’s United)
Location: Exeter
Team Colors: Red / White / Black
Ground: St James Park
Capacity: 8,541 (temporarily reduced to 6,087 due to reconstruction)
Current League: League Two (Tier 4)
Website: www.exetercityfc.co.uk

Reason For Notice

I’m not going down as nearly far as last week, but without any fixtures in the FA Cup qualifying, I decided to look instead at the EFL (Carabao) Cup, which started its first round this past week with teams from the Championship (Tier 2), League One (Tier 3), and League 2 (Tier 4). I decided to look at League Two teams that faced off against a team from the Championship. In 35 games, there were five such games, but only one where the League 2 team actually won – Exeter City over Ipswich Town.
Exeter and Ipswich were tied 1-1 after regulation – after Ipswich had equalized in the 67th minute – and the Grecians prevailed on penalty kicks, scoring 4 to the Tractor Boys’ 2.

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Small Club of the Week – Racing Club Warwick

Note: This weekly series will look for teams outside of the top flights of European football to find true underdog stories of clubs well below the radar. Clubs will be featured based on performance in the various tournaments that happen concurrently with the league seasons, or even strong runs in some of the leagues that … Read moreSmall Club of the Week – Racing Club Warwick