Audaces Fortuna Juvat – ‘Fortune Favours The Brave’
Blyth AFC, as it is known now, was established in August 2015 owned by chairman and businessman Barry Elliott. Having always been his vision to see a football team from his home town play in the Football League Division 2 (as a minimum) he approached two well established clubs in the town, one of which supported the ambition. After extensive consultations with the Football Association and legal bodies, Blyth Town FC First Team was formed, before shortening the club name in April 2017 to a simpler Blyth AFC.
The 2015/16 season saw Blyth AFC play, or as they were known at the time, Blyth Town FC First Team, in the Northern Alliance Premier League when after a hard season, saw the club emerge as League Champions which in turn resulted in them being eligible for promotion to the EBAC Northern League Division 2 for the 2016/17 season.
To enable the club to accept its promotion into the EBAC Northern League, chairman Barry Elliott invested up to £500,000 into its shared home ground at Blyth Town Football Club in South Newsham, to help build a new flood-lit training ground, upgrade the pitch and changing rooms (which all teams who play at Blyth Town Football Club share) to Northern League standards as well as providing further improvements to the clubhouse facilities for the local community and visiting teams to enjoy.
By kicking off the 2016/17 season in EBAC Northern League Division 2, it allowed Blyth AFC to enter the FA Vase Cup competition for the first time (to which they lost in the first round) and play in the 2016/17 Techflow Group Senior Cup semi-finals – a close game to which they lost in extra time against local rivals Blyth Spartans.
With added ambition to gain promotion in their first attempt of promotion into EBAC Northern League Division 1, the team ended its first season in 8th place in Division 2, an achievement which the chairman and the management feels could
not be achieved without the ongoing support and generosity of the supporters and the team’s home venue.
For the beginning of the 2017/18 season the team will be known as Blyth AFC.
August 2015 New club formed (Blyth Town FC First Team)
2015/16 Northern Alliance Premier League champions
2015/16 Northern Alliance Premier League Cup – runners up
2016/17 Promoted to EBAC Northern League division 2 finishing 8th
2016/17 FA Vase first qualifying round
2016/17 Northumberland Senior Cup Semi Final
2016/17 Ernest Armstrong Memorial Cup – 1st round
April 2017 Club name change to Blyth AFC
April 2017 Club awarded FA Charter Standard Adult Club Status
April 2017 Club formed Ladies team Blyth Lions AFC
Season 2017/18 EBAC Northern League division 2