History

Although AFC Wulfrunians only came into existence in 2005, the club actually has over ninety years of history behind it. This is because today’s team is an offshoot of Old Wulfrunians FC who were formed in 1922.

Having operated in the Birmingham AFA for many years, the club grew and grew and by the turn of the new millennium the strength of the club was reaching new heights. By the end of the 2004/05 season the first XI had a batch of young players who were deemed too strong for the B’ham AFA, having done the domestic double three years in a row and having made three appearances in the Hunt Cup final at Molineux, so the decision was taken to step up to the West Midlands (Regional) League division two under the new name of AFC Wulfrunians. With the Memorial Ground not meeting the criteria for the League, AFC Wulfs ground shared with fellow WMRL side Wolverhampton Casuals.

The first season in the West Midlands (Regional) League was an unmitigated success with the League title won by a commanding 20 points and the League Cup also safely in the trophy cabinet. In the process a new all-time record was set for the WMRL with just seven goals conceded in the whole season in the league. On top of this the fair play trophy was won thanks to just two bookings and no red cards throughout the entire season.

The 2006/07 season proved tougher in Division One but still a great success. A second-place finish in the league ensured promotion to the Premier Division at the first attempt while they also finished runners up in the League Cup. The major success of the season was winning the Birmingham Vase for the first time in the clubs history by beating Midland Combination Division One side Stockingford AA at the Birmingham FA headquarters in Ray Hall Lane.

The club’s first season in the WMRL Premier Division was also a success. As well as a fantastic top six finish, Wulfs also managed to win the Birmingham FA Midweek Floodlit Cup, beating Bartley Green 4-0 in the Final, as well as narrowly missing out on winning the JW Hunt Cup after a last minute 3-2 loss against Wednesfield in the Final at Molineux.

The improvement continued and in the 2008/09 season AFCW won the WMRL Premier Division, only to be denied promotion due to ground grading issues. More disappointment came as another JW Hunt Cup final at Molineux was lost, this time to Bloxwich United.

The 2009/10 season was the most exciting in AFC Wulfrunians’ short history. It started with the signing of a long lease on their new ground, Castlecroft Stadium, and continued with a FA Cup run that saw them reach the second qualifying round having beaten higher division opponents Boldmere St Michaels, Chasetown and Kidsgrove Athletic before eventually bowing out to Blue Square North play-off finalists Alfreton Town. The league campaign saw them eventually finish 3rd after holding top spot for a long time. Disappointment came in the form of losing 1-0 to Bustleholme in the final of the League Cup.

The 2010/11 season brought another title challenge which ultimately ended in a 3rd place finish but they did win the JW Hunt Cup beating Gornal Athletic 3-0 in the final. Also, the Under 18’s, set up just one year earlier, won the Midland Floodlit Youth League Northern Division to secure promotion to the top flight.

The 2011/12 season’s title challenge faded away to a 5th place finish but more silverware came in the League Cup with a 3-2 victory over Wednesfield in the final. The final of the JW Hunt Cup was not quite as successful as they lost out 4-3 to Black Country Rangers at Molineux. The Under 18’s finished second in the MFYL Premier North division behind Newcastle Town and lost in the final of the Birmingham FA Youth Cup at St Andrews against Birmingham City FITC.

The 2012/13 season saw manager Tim Tipton step down and he was replaced by Steve Palmer and Jon Purdie, who stepped up from running the youth team, but the success continued as they led the team to another fantastic WMRL Premier Division success. This time there were no problems and promotion was achieved.

In the Midland Football Alliance and with Steve Palmer now as sole manager, ended with a very creditable 8th place finish. Further positive news came in the shape of the club’s first main sponsor as European Mezzanine Systems joined in partnership with the club.

This was followed up with an improvement to 7th in 2014/15 season. However, as the league strength improved the following season they finished 13th after a disappointing second half of the season, but reached the last 16 of the FA Vase.

The 2015/16 was the most competitive since we joined the league, and in the final game of the season our survival was confirmed, however with a 17th position in the end, and winning 14 of our 42 games achieving 50 points. After 4 years as Manager, and establishing the club in the Midland Football League Steve Palmer stepped down, the time and effort he gave the club will never be forgotten.

Filling the role at the start of the 2017/18 season was Richard Forsyth, but after a solid start a number of heavy defeats made him relinquish his post as manager, stepping into the breach for an interim period Steve Palmer agreed to return to help the club whilst replacement options were considered. The league position consolidated for 2017/2018.

The 2018/2019 season started with Darren Goodall and Richard Brown as the new managerial team with Tim Jackson added to the Coaching staff. Darren, Richard and Tim bought a wealth of experience, not just from their playing careers but also as managers and coaches at a number of clubs. Finishing a creditable 12th and one point off tenth with Goalkeeper Mason Springthorpe achieving Goalkeeper of the month for October. With Tim and Richard moving on, for season 2019/2020, Scott Moore had been brought in to assist Darren, with Matthew Johnson being added to the coaching staff. The following campaign, although reaching the quarter finals of the Walsall Senior Cup and the JW Hunt Cup, both competitions were curtailed due to the coronavirus as was the league programme with the team finishing 13th. Following Scott Moore’s departure, the Assistant managers role has been taken over by Mark Jones, with Richard Gardner coming in as First team coach. Both are well versed with “grass roots football”.