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 League Two of the Football League – as a minimum- and 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 Two, it allowed Blyth AFC to enter the FA Vase competition for the first time – to which they lost in the First Qualifying Round – and play in the 2016-17 Techflow Group Senior Cup semi-finals – a close game, 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 One, the team ended its first season in 8th place in Division Two, 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 changed its name to Blyth AFC. Mick Connor and Andy Bowman began the season as joint-managers, but left the club and Jon McDonald and Ian Skinner were appointed swiftly in October and their first game in charge was the 3-3 draw with Tow Law Town. The pair are looking to guide the Braves to promotion – and perhaps the league title – to Division One.
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 – Finished 8th in first season in Northern League Division Two
2016-17 – FA Vase First Qualifying Round
2016-17 – Northumberland Senior Cup Semi-Finals
April 2017 – Club name changed to Blyth AFC
April 2017 – Club awarded FA Charter Standard Adult Club Status
Northern Alliance Premier League
- Champions, 2015-16
- League Cup Runners-Up, 2015-16
Northern League Division Two
- Finished 8th, 2016-17 (First season in Northern League)
Northumberland Senior Cup
- Semi-Finalists, 2016-17
Best FA Vase Performance: Second Qualifying Round, 2017-18
Best Northumberland Senior Cup Performance: Semi-Finals, 2016-17
Record Attendance: 1,105 vs Blyth Spartans, Northumberland Senior Cup Semi-Final, 2016-17
Record Goalscorer: Gary Day (34)