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Nickname: The Shrimps

Founded: 1920

Manager: Derek Adams

Stadium: Mazuma Stadium

Current league position: 6th

Last season’s finish: 22nd

Current top scorer: Adam Phillips (10 goals in all competitions)

FFV’s one for the future: Freddie Price


The club was founded in 1920 and entered into the Lancashire Combination, where they would remain for the next 48 years, winning the league title on five occasions: 1924–25, 1961–62, 1962–63, 1966–67 and 1967–68.

They joined the newly formed Northern Premier League in 1968 and went on to win the FA Trophy in 1974 and the Northern Premier League President’s Cup in 1992. Under the stewardship of Jim Harvey, a second-place finish in the 1994–95 Northern Premier League Premier Division season saw them promoted into the Conference.

Having been beaten in the 2003 and 2006 play-off semi-finals, Sammy McIlroy led the club to promotion into the Football League with victory in the 2007 play-off final.

Since that time they have only finished in the top ten of League Two once, when they reached the play-off semi-finals after a fourth-place finish in 2009–10. They, along with AFC Wimbledon, are the only teams in the top 4 levels of the English game never to have been relegated in their entire history.

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