FRESH IN | AFC Fylde

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Mon 17 Jul 2017

Continuing our series looking at our new opponents for the 2017/2018 Vanarama National League campaign, we take a look at National League North champions AFC Fylde.
 
Name: AFC Fylde
Formed: 1988
Nickname: Coasters
Ground: Mill Farm
Manager: Dave Challinor
2016/2017: 1st (National League North).
 
Who Are Ya?
Formed in 1988 as an amalgamation of Kirkham Town and Westham, Fylde originally adopted the name Kirkham & Westham, the name of a club who competed in the West Lancashire leagues before the First World War. It took a number of years for the side to get going but they were eventually promoted to the North West Counties league in 2006, just eleven years ago. They became AFC Fylde in 2008 and in their first season won promotion to the Northern Premier League, and in 2014 they were promoted to the National League North. They lost in the play-offs in their first season having finished on 85 points, but would claim the title 12-months later. 
 
Last Season
In a superb season for the Lancashire side, Fylde stormed to the National League North title with 88 points and six points ahead of Kidderminster Harriers. They lost just six times as star striker Danny Rowe scored 47 goals. Highlights last season included a 5-1 win at Gloucester City, 6-0 battering of Altrincham, 5-0 win over Stalybridge Celtic and 9-2 humiliation of Boston United. They will certainly be looking to continue their devastating form next season in non-league’s top flight.
 
The Gaffer
Manager Dave Challinor began life with Tranmere Rovers in 1994 where he remained for eight years, playing 140 league matches. He switched for Stockport County in 2002 playing 81 games scoring once in a two-year spell. He joined Bury following a loan spell in 2004 before signing for Colwyn Bay in 2008. He was appointed player/manager in 2010. He left for Fylde in 2011 delivering promotion from the Northern Premier First Division North to the National League.
 
The Squad
In goal for Fylde last season was a familiar face for Wrexham supporters, as Rhys Taylor tasted success on the coast. Taylor spent the majority of the 2015/2016 season on loan from Newport County and joined the Coasters last summer. Supporters will know of the quality he has in goal.
 
Forward Danny Rowe scored 50 goals in all competitions and at the age of 27, is in his prime as a striker. He scored 31 goals in Fylde’s first season in the National League North, having signed from Macclesfield Town in 2014. Wrexham fans will also be familiar with midfielder Sam Finley who joined on loan from TNS in 2015. 

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