Daventry Town were formed in 1886 and in them days and up to the sixties the team was based
on lads from the very small town as it was in those days. They played in the Northampton
Town League drifting between Division One and Two without really setting the world alight, and at
times struggling with the U.C.L. clubs who took the best players from the town. Long Buckby and
British Timken were at the top of local football, Daventry Town continued to struggle......
In the eighties under a few different Managers, the Committee of the day set too, they decided to appoint a Manager to change the club's fortunes, the man was Willie Barrett. He opted to change from the Town League to the Northants Combination. His side duly won Division One (1987/88) and were runners-up in the K.O. Cup. Promotion was always the key as we needed to be in the Prem to gain U.C.L. Status.
In 1988/89 we duly won the Premier Division and gained entry to the U.C.L. Division One which we won at the first attempt, and were runners-up in the NFA Junior Cup. We were not allowed promotion to the Premier Division as our new ground was not ready.
In 1990/91 we won the U.C.L. Division One title and the NFA Junior Cup, this was a great achievement for a club that was going nowhere at the turn of the eighties.
Still under the guidance of Willie Barrett we entered the Premier Division and we finished a creditable fourth place and were runners-up in the K.O. Cup in the first season in the Prem. In the second season we struggled on and off the pitch and Willie Barrett left the club and at the end of the season we took voluntary relegation back to Division One. Managers came but none ignited the flame and the club faded into the background of local football.
In October 1998, a new Chairman arrived, Melvin Knowles, and things on and off the field began to improve. This will now only continue to get better now we have one of the best Management teams in the U.C.L. and they have proved it last season by winning the Daventry Charity Cup for the first time in the Modern History of Daventry Town FC.
Good times can only lay ahead for this famous old club.