Proud to be THE DABBERS


Featured former players are changed regularly, so feel free to to come back to the site to check out Dabbers who have worn Nantwich's colours with pride. Here, FA Vase winning player-boss STEVE DAVIS comes under the spotlight. Click here to view former Dabbers who have previously been featured.

celebrating the history of Nantwich Town Football Club
Steve Davis

Newly published, 'Proud to be The Dabbers' celebrates Nantwich Town Football Club's 125th anniversary.

Founded in 1884, the club - then known as simply Nantwich Football Club - kicked off its first season in 1884/85. Nicknamed 'The Dabbers' the club has a long and proud history.

Written by Michael Chatwin, this new 128 page full colour book, lavishly illustrated, charts the progress of the club over 125 years - paying tribute to its pioneers and the characters who have served the club with such dedication over the years; and, of course, the players who have worn the club colours with such pride.

Born Birmingham, 26 July 1965. 6’ 1”, 13st 10lb Recognised as the club’s most successful ever manager, having taking over as Head Coach in the 2004 close season. Guided the Dabbers to FA Vase glory in 2006 and the following season clinched promotion to the UniBond League after steering the club to its highest finish (3rd) in its 25 year membership of the North West Counties League. In 2008 added the Cheshire Senior Cup to the club’s trophy cabinet and gained a second successive promotion to the UniBond Premier. The former England Youth international was a vastly experienced central defender who was on the books of Stoke City before joining Crewe Alexandra for whom he made 145 appearances. Steve gained further League experience with Burnley, Barnsley, York (on loan) and Oxford United before joining Northwich Victoria in August 2000, becoming Assistant Manager to Jimmy Quinn the following July. Steve was Vics’ Manager at the start of 2003/04 but, after departing the club, signed on for Nantwich as a player in November 2003, making his debut in the 5-1 home win over Trafford, 8/11/03. After taking the Dabbers to the UniBond Premier Play-Off Final, he was appointed Assistant Manager of Crewe Alexandra in June 2009.
2003/04 Appearances 19 Subs 2
2004/05 Appearances 32 Subs 1 Goals 1 (1 Lge)
2005/06 Appearances 20 Subs 3 Goals 1 (1 Lge)
2006/07 Appearances 4

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3 January 2010

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Sample pages...................................... Click here to view some pages from the book (pdf file)

BOOK REVIEW Read John Brough's review of the book on the informative Dabber's Nantwich website by clicking here
Former players.................................... Click here for featured ex-Dabbers
Club colours over the years................ After the club's victory in the FA Vase in 2006, Bob Bickerton produced drawings of the rainbow of kits worn by the club since 1884. Reproduced in the pre-season programme for the friendly against Crewe Alex in August 2006 click here to view (drawings copyright of Bob Bickerton)
Old programmes, photographs or memorabilia relating to Nantwich Town FC. Please email me at if you have anything which you think may be of interest.


The book is available from the Nantwich Town FC Club Shop, priced £14. It is also available from Nantwich Bookshop on the Square in Nantwich, the Tourist Information Centre in Nantwich Civic Hall and Waterstones bookshop in Crewe. Order on-line via Amazon by clicking here

The book can be ordered by post. Please add £1.95 for P&P. For postage to Europe please add £5 & for Rest of the World add £9. Cheques should be made payable to 'Nantwich Town FC' and sent to M.Chatwin, Nantwich Town FC, Weaver Stadium, Waterlode, Nantwich, Cheshire. CW5 5BS.



I'm still missing details of some results and scorers from over the years. The full list is here. If you can help out, please email me at Thanks for your help!


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