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Hard work is key for Kirkwood
Matlock Town Hard work is key for Kirkwood By David Watters

Glenn Kirkwood labelled Matlock’s surprise 3-0 defeat at home to Nantwich Town a disaster and insists only hard work will improve their fortunes in the EVO-STIK League’s top flight, writes Ian Richardson.

Kirkwood still counting on success
Matlock Town Kirkwood still counting on success By David Watters

Matlock Town's Glenn Kirkwood remains upbeat about the club's prospects over the rest of the season despite their inconsistent form and early exits from both the Emirates FA Cup and Buildbase FA Trophy, writes Ian Richardson.

Trophy is chance to make amends
Matlock Town Trophy is chance to make amends By David Watters

Matlock Town's fans can look forward to their side making up for their early exit from the Emirates FA Cup when the Gladiators kick off against EVO-STIK League rivals Glossop North End in the Buildbase FA Trophy on Saturday, writes Ian Richardson.

Win is only the start for joint boss
Matlock Town Win is only the start for joint boss By David Watters

Craig Hopkins wants Matlock Town’s victory at Marine in the EVO-STIK League to be the stepping stone to a better set of results in the coming weeks, writes Ian Richardson.

Hopkins calls his Gladiators to arms
Matlock Town Hopkins calls his Gladiators to arms By David Watters

Matlock Town joint boss Craig Hopkins is calling on the Gladiators to stand and up be counted after their below par start to the EVO-STIK League campaign, writes Ian Richardson.

Consistency is top priority for duo
Matlock Town Consistency is top priority for duo By David Watters

Matlock Town’s joint managers Glen Kirkwood and Craig Hopkins know they’ll have to solve their side’s inconsistency soon if they’re going to be successful this season.

Skipper to be honoured before kick-off
Matlock Town Skipper to be honoured before kick-off By David Watters

Matlock Town skipper Adam Yates is expected to receive a rousing reception from fans on Saturday when he is honoured before making his four hundredth appearance for the EVO-STIK League's Gladiators.


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Match secretary:
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Joint managers :
Craig Hopkins & Glenn Kirkwood





Success proved to be difficult for Matlock Town during the opening ninety or so years of their existence. It was during the 1970's when they suddenly sprang to prominence as one of the country's best Non-League sides. They won the FA Trophy at Wembley in 1974-75, beating Scarborough 4-0 by a now record equalling final scoreline and it is the only Wembley final when three players have represented the same side. Tom and Nick Fenoughty both scored, with other brother Mick playing an important role out on the left.

Former England centre half Peter Swan had been appointed as manager at the start of the 1974-75 campaign when they also reached the First Round Proper of the FA Cup, losing 4-1 at home to eventual Third Division Champions Blackburn Rovers. The season ended with a second Cup win, beating Glossop in the Derbyshire Senior Cup Final. Tom Fenoughty replaced Swan as manager at the start of the 1976-77 season which saw Matlock slug out a keenly contested NPL title battle with Boston United and Northwich Victoria, having to settle for third spot. But they had a fantastic FA Cup run, including a magnificent 5-2 win at eventual 3rd Division champions and close neighbours Mansfield Town, before bowing out at Carlisle. The season ended with silverware though as New Mills were beaten in the Derbyshire Senior Cup Final.

Town won the NPL Cup at Maine Road, Manchester at the end of the 1977-78 season with a 3-0 win over Boston United and also won the Derbyshire Senior Cup Final against Alfreton Town. The League Cup Final win enabled them to qualify for the Anglo Italian tournament during the 1978-79 campaign, Matlock losing 2-1 to both Chieti and Pisa in Italy but beating Juniorcasale and Cremonese 2-0 at Causeway Lane. They finished as English runners up to Sutton United.

Prior to the 1970's they had reached the FA Cup First Round in 1959-60 losing 1-0 to Crook Town in a home replay, but they won the Central Alliance League title. The title success was repeated during the following season before a hat-trick of title victories was completed as they won the Midland League at the first attempt in 1961-62. When they won the Midland League again in 1968-69 they accepted an invitation to join the NPL and have been members of the league since the 1969-70 season. Matlock's best NPL league campaign was in 1983-84, when they finished runners up to Barrow. Their last FA Cup 1st Round appearance was in 1989-90 when they were beaten by Scunthorpe United at Glanford Park.

The Gladiators, as they are known, lost their Premier Division status in 1995-96 after finishing bottom and it was not until 2003-2004 when they returned after finishing second to champions Hyde United. Their best league season since then was in 2006-07 when they finished in fifth spot to qualify for the play offs but were beaten after extra time at Witton Albion. That same season saw them lose the NPL Cup Final to Fleetwood Town 1-0 at Witton and also the Derbyshire Senior Cup Final to Ilkeston Town. Two years earlier though the NPL Cup was captured for a second time following a two legged extra time win against Whitby Town.

Matlock's recent league form has been inconsistent leading to a number of mid table or lower half finishes, but there have been Derbyshire Senior Cup wins against Belper 2-0 at Pride Park in 2010 and against Gresley by a convincing 7-0 margin at Chesterfield in 2015. Matlock's facilities have improved immeasurably in the last few years though with the new Twigg Stand and Social Club opening in 2011 and a newly formed academy is going from strength to strength as Matlock appear to be getting things right off the pitch.

Former players Glenn Kirkwood and Craig Hopkins were appointed as joint managers during the summer of 2016 and oversaw a fine and much improved season which saw them rise up to ninth spot and challenge for a play-off spot, their hopes being vanquished only in the final week of the campaign. The excitement came in the cup competitions with the Gladiators reaching the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup and in the FA Trophy they beat Spennymoor Town and Grantham Town before facing higher league opposition in the following rounds.

FC Halifax Town, who would later earn promotion to the National League via the play-offs were beaten after a replay before a fine victory at Conference National Solihull Moors followed. In the 2nd Round Matlock were two goals ahead at another Conference National side Barrow only for the hosts to score three quick goals to ease through and dash Matlock's hopes. But a deserved trophy came their way as they were Derbyshire Senior Cup winners as Gresley were thrashed 5-0 at the Proact Stadium.

FA Challenge Trophy Winners - 1974/75
NPL Cup Winners - 1977/78, 2004/05
NPL Cup Runners Up - 2006/07
NPL Shield Winners - 1978/79
NPL Runners Up - 1983/84
NPL (UniBond) Div One Runners Up - 2003/04
Evans Halshaw Floodlit Cup Winners - 1988/89, 1990/91
Derbyshire Senior Cup Winners - 1974/75, 1976/77, 1977/78, 1983/84, 1984/85, 1991/92, 2003/04, 2009/10, 2014/15, 2016/17
Derbyshire Senior Cup Runners Up - 1960/61, 1963/64, 1971/72, 1973/74, 1975/76, 1980/81, 1981/82, 1982/83, 1989/90, 1993/94, 2006/07, 2008/09, 2012/13
Central Alliance Div North Winners - 1959/60, 1960/61
Midland Counties League Winners - 1961/62, 1968/69
FA Cup 1st Round Appearances - 1959/60 - lost 1-0 to Crook Town in home replay; 1974/75 - lost 4-1 to Blackburn Rovers at home; 1975/76 - lost 4-1 away to Wigan Athletic; 1976/77 - beat Wigan Athletic 2-0 at home; 1989/90 - lost 4-1 away at Scunthorpe United
FA Cup 2nd Round Appearances - 1976/77 - beat Mansfield Town 5-2 away
FA Cup 3rd Round Appearances - 1976/77 - lost 5-1 away to Carlisle United
Most goals in a season - 2010/11 - Ross Hannah (52 goals)

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Sat 18 Nov
3 – 3 D
Sat 11 Nov
0 – 3 L
Tue 31 Oct
3 – 0 L

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