In the build-up to the new season, the Club will be looking at the 23 other teams competing in the National League next season, starting with AFC Fylde...
AFC Fylde were formed in 1988 following the amalgamation of Kirkham Town FC and Wesham FC. The Club adopted its current name after winning the FA Vase trophy in 2008.
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Fylde progressed further than the First Round of the FA Cup for the first time in the history last season when they reached the second round and forced 2013 winners Wigan Athletic to a replay. A late Will Grigg double completed the come-back for Wigan Athletic to progress to the Third Round.
A Macauley Bonne penalty moments before half time led Orient to a single goal victory over AFC Fylde in the last meeting between the sides in February.
AFC Fylde’s first season in the National League saw them finish seventh in the league, qualifying for the play-offs. Dave Challinor’s side started slowly, only winning once in their opening six matches but an excellent second half of the season saw them beat sides like Aldershot Town 7-1 and eventual Champions Macclesfield Town 6-0 and qualify for the play-offs. They were beaten by Boreham Wood 2-1 in the Qualifying Round but it was an excellent opening season for the Coasters.
Dave Challinor joined AFC Fylde in 2011 after a player/manager role at Colwyn Bay saw the 41-year-old guide the Club to the runners-up spot in the Northern Premier League. Challinor steered the Club to the Northern Premier League Division One North title in his first season in charge, then in to the Conference North two years later via the play-offs. Two seasons ago Fylde then won the National League North title and secured a place in the National League, despite it being their first season in the top tier of non-league football the Club secured a play-off place but lost out to Boreham Wood in the elimination round.
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Star striker Danny Rowe brushed off any doubts over his ability to hit the net at a higher level as he struck 30 times in all competitions for the Coasters while Jack Muldoon provided a goalscoring threat from midfield.
Mill Farm has been home to AFC Fylde for two years, being opened in August 2016 for the National League North tie against Brackley Town.