Boro’ have taken on their fair share of opponents down the years and some of those teams have simply been no more than passing acquaintances, while there are others that have become – well – annoyingly familiar. For all the many times we’ve faced teams like Woking, there have been rare match-ups too. So, we’re asking, where do Nuneaton Borough stand in the grand scheme of things?
Nuneaton Borough: Us And Them
If you still follow the fortunes of the Blue Square Vauxhall-arama Premier Conference, you’ll have seen that Nuneaton went down last season – spending 2015-6 in the North division plotting a return. But this would be Nuneaton Town, not Nuneaton Borough – for the team we’re here to talk about ceased to exist in 2008. Unlike the Coventry Telegraph, though, we’re not sure we’d refer to them as giants of non-league football…
Yeah, so the club were a founder member of the Conference back in 1979 but only spent 11 seasons at that level between then and their final appearance in 2003. The best it ever got for them in a league campaign were two straight seasons of finishing second – having twice finished runners up in the Southern League Premier Division too. Mind you, there were a handful of impressive FA Cup runs to speak about over the years.
One of them came in 1993-4, when Nuneaton Borough went up against a not-exactly-what-they-are-now AFC Bournemouth side. It was a Second Round tie, after seeing off another not-exactly-what-they-are-now Swansea City side in the First. But rather than wax lyrical about how well they did, it’s that we were their 4th Qualifying Round opposition. Given we didn’t get the Swansea gig, you can see how our first meeting went.
Our head-to-head against Nuneaton Borough will forever remain split down the middle: four wins, four defeats and three draws. But there was something about us and the FA Cup that stoked their fires. Not content with the 1993 win, Nuneaton were back at BHW in 2001 for a 4th Qualifying Round replay. And we lost 2-1. Again. And Nuneaton made it through to the 2nd Round. Again. To face Bournemouth. Again.
But, this time, it was a First Round win over the not-exactly-what-they-are-now Stoke City.
The 2002-3 season saw us in dire straits at the halfway mark, but our January meeting with Nuneaton Borough proved to be our last. We stayed up comfortably in the end, while they went back to Southern League – albeit for a season until reorganisation saw them placed in the new Conference North. Five years later, the club went under. Nuneaton Town were formed in their place, and that’s where the story ends. For us, at least.
BoroGuide’s Nuneaton Borough club profile – for old time’s sake…