TRURO CITY FOOTBALL CLUB
Truro City Football Club was established in 1889, becoming a founder member of the CCFA, which came into being at a meeting at the Royal Hotel in Truro.
The Cornwall Senior Cup was won in 1895 and a record 18 times overall.
Initially in the Plymouth & District League but in 1931 City joined the Cornwall Senior League returning to the Plymouth & District League in 1934.
The Club has also won the Durning Lawrence Charity Cup 11 times.
Truro City was one of the founder members of the South Western League in 1951 becoming champions in 1960/61, 1969/70, 1992/93, 1995/96 and 1997/98.
The South Western League Cup was won in 1959/60, 1966/67 and 1997/98, the League’s Sporting Trophy in 1974/75 and 1988/89 and the Best Ground Trophy in 1995/96.
The Cornwall Combination League title was won in 1994/95, 1998/99, 2005/6 and 2007/8 and the Combination League Cup in 1968, 1978, 1987, 1988, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005/6 and 2007/8. The Evely Cup has been won seven times: 1968, 1978, 1986, 1988, 1999, 2000 and 2005/06.
In 2005/06 the Club won promotion to the Toolstation Western League.
The 2006/07 season was the most successful in the Club’s history: winning the Toolstation Western League First Division by a record margin, retaining the Cornwall Senior Cup and winning the FA Vase at the new Wembley Stadium with a 3-1 win over AFC Totton. It was the first time a club playing at Step 6 in the Football Pyramid had won the trophy and the final was watched by a record crowd of over 37,000.
Success continued in 2007/08, as a 17 point winning margin in the Toolstation Western League Premier Division saw City become the first ever Cornish Club to win promotion to the Southern League. The reserve side went through the season undefeated and were promoted to the South West Peninsula League and the third team won promotion to the first division of the Falmouth/Helston League.
In 2008/09, City were promoted to the Southern League Premier Division as Champions, equalling the British record with four successive promotions. In 2009/10, the Club finished 11th in the first year at this level.
In 2010-11 City were crowned Champions by four points after a 6-0 win away at Salisbury. Seven straight victories at the end of the season assured Blue Square Bet Conference South football for the first time setting a new British record of 5 promotions in 6 seasons.
Season 2011/12 City finished 14th in the Club’s first season of Conference football. Progress in 2012/13 was difficult thanks to a 10-point deduction and a League transfer embargo as the club encountered financial problems. The club’s survival was in doubt until October 2012 when two businessmen bought the club. City were relegated at the end of the season but lucky to be alive.
The Club gained promotion to the National League South in 2014/15 via the play offs.
In the 2015-16 season, City gradually climbed the National League South table to finish fourth in a play-off place. However, City came up against a well-drilled Maidstone United side in the semi-final, losing 3-0 on aggregate over the two legs.
The Club struggled in 2016/17 but there was an upturn in fortunes last season as the Club reached the first-round proper of the FA Cup for the first time, with an away trip to Charlton Athletic.
The 2018/19 season saw City ground sharing with Torquay returning to Treyew Road in January 2019 and in June 2019, the Club was sold to the Cornish Pirates, via a business transfer under an asset deal. This wiped the historical slate clean, heralding the start of an exciting new era.
The Cornish Pirates are a professional rugby team, who have played in the English Championship, the league below the Premiership, since 2002.
The Pirates engaged the highly experienced Alex Black as their football consultant to lead the acquisition and he remains in this role.
Colin Groves (NZ) and Rebecca Thomas, Directors of the Cornish Pirates along with cricket legend Jack Richards form the new Board. With club stalwart Deba Sidhu stepping up into the key role of Club Secretary.
The two Supporters clubs, “Officials” and “TISA”, have merged into one new body TRU-ST with a new Committee ably lead by Chair Robin Netherton.
Text and images supplied by John Noble