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The club was established in 1884 and played their first match against Lynn Alexandria, winning 2–1

They initially played at Hempton Green, with over 2,000 spectators in the ground to see a match against Holt in a match played on a Good Friday.

They moved to Star Meadow (now residential houses) in 1889, and then to Baron’s Hall Lawn (houses again now) in 1907, a ground that was shared with the local cricket club. 

Cover and seating for spectators was provided by ‘The Shed’, a stand behind the goal at the Town End. 

In 1899–1900 they won the Norfolk Junior Cup, a feat repeated in 1905–06. In the early 1900s the club joined the Norwich & District League. 

After World War I they did not rejoin the league until 1921–22 and in 1935 they moved up to the Norfolk & Suffolk League.

When the league merged with the East Anglian League to form the Anglian Combination in 1964, Fakenham were placed in the top division for the 1964–65 season, but were relegated at the end of the 1965–66 season then taking 5 seasons before returning to the top flight. 

In 1970–71 they won the Norfolk Senior Cup for the first time. 

They have subsequently gone on to win the trophy 7 times, the most recent being 1999 when they beat Swaffham Town 

Floodlights were eventually installed in 1987 at Baron’s Hall Lawn, and in 1988 Fakenham became a Founder members of Division One of the Eastern Counties League but when the club was promoted to the Premier Division in 1992 they were given three years to find a new ground or be relegated as the ground didn’t meet the required standards.

In 1996 the club moved to a new ground on the edge of the town named Clipbush Park, which was officially opened with a match against Watford on 16 July 1997, attracting a crown of over 1,100, although the first match there had been on 12 October 1996 when they defeated Tiptree United 4–0. 

The ground includes a seated stand on one side of the pitch seating 250, a clubhouse on the other, and covered standing behind both goals. 

After finishing as Premier Division Runners-Up in 1998–99, the club went into decline, and was relegated back to Division One in 2003–04, finishing bottom of the table. 

In 2005–06 they won the Division One Knock-Out Cup, but a slump in league form saw them finish bottom of Division One in 2008–09 and 2009–10. 

After more lean years, the club were promoted back to the Premier Division in 2014 and times seemed to be on the up when the team reached the Senior Cup final in 2017 but lost 2-0 to Kings Lynn Town. 

The see-saw continued with relegation at the end of the 2017-18 season to the newly formed Division One North. 

The 2018/19 season saw the team start poorly but gradually improved throughout the season and finished a very creditable 6th place, having only lost one league match after Christmas, it was felt a better start would have seen a great chance for promotion, but it was not to be. 

They also reached the Challenge Cup final, beating  3 Premier Division teams along the way, before losing to Long Melford 1-0 in the final. 

The club gained a ground sponsor at the beginning of the 2019/20 season with Clipbush Park becoming The Daly Group Stadium.

The 2019/20 season saw the club in contention for a top 4 finish and promotion when the season was brought to an early finish due to the Covid 19 pandemic. 

In 2020/21 they were sitting top going into the New Year, and were undefeated when the season was once again halted, they also reached the Fourth Round in the F.A. Vase (the furthest the club had ever been) before losing on penalties to eventual finalists Binfield.  

It was then a nervous wait to see if the club would rightly be promoted back to the Premier Division and confirmation came mid-May that they would indeed be promoted.

2021/22 saw them finish a fantastic 6th place in their first season back in the Premier, they also reached the 4th Round of the F.A. Vase once again this time losing to eventual winners Newport Pagnell narrowly.

They also reached the semi-final of the Norfolk Senior Cup before losing to Step 4 Dereham Town 1-0.

Last season was a tough one with many players leaving for pastures new, however we managed to keep away from the relegation places comfortably which allowed many of our younger players the opportunity to play at a higher level which augers well going into the 2023/24 season. 

The club runs 6 senior teams and has one of the best Youth set-ups in Norfolk and beyond, which incorporates over 26 youth teams, the future looks good. 

All this is far away from what was envisaged when the club was formed all those years ago.

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