“What is a Romulus?”
Mark Tucker (April, 2017)
After the bitter disappointment at Coalville, attention was turned for the steelmen supporters onto the future. What league would we be in? Who is in the possible leagues we could play in?
These questions were soon to be answered when Corby Town were placed in the Evo-Stik Northern League South, and following the fixture release last month, it was revealed that we would not have to wait long to answer another question raised on social media by one of our supporters, What is a Romulus?
A well renowned online encyclopaedia provided no help, with results ranging from one of the mythical founders of Rome, to the famous brother of Remus, the fictional homeworld of the Romulans in Star Trek, a Marvel Comics supervillain, a moon of the asteroid 87 Sylvia, and also the world's tallest donkey as certified by Guinness World Records.
But it was the football team we were interested in, and here is a brief history of The Roms.
Founded in 1979, Romulus had a successful Sunday football team, and spent a lot of time on bringing through the youth of tomorrow. As well as winning trophies the Roms developed a reputation for producing top class youth team players - Dean Sturridge (Derby County, Leicester City), Stuart Bowen (West Bromwich Albion), Luke Rogers (Shrewsbury Town) Darius Vassell (Aston Villa, Manchester City, Leicester City & England) and Zat Knight (Fulham, Aston Villa, Bolton Wanderers & England)
After a number of successful years they stepped up to senior football in 1999, entering the Midland Football Combination. In 2003–04 they won this league and were promoted to the Midland Football Alliance. In 2006–07 they finished second in the Alliance and were promoted to the Southern League Division One Midlands, in 2010 the club was switched to the Northern Premier League Division One South.
A solid mid table finish in the first season in the Northern Premier League Division One South, was followed up with a tough season, beating relegation by one spot. The following season was not much better, a one place improvement leading to a 19th place finish.
The 2013-2014 season saw The Roms finish in 11th place, the first top half finish they had achieved since their first season in the league.
The last 3 seasons have saw Romulus consolidate their position as a mid-table side, and hopes will be high that they can kick on this season with the added bonus of another promotion place on offer.
Corby Town would like to welcome all supporters, players and officials of Romulus, the bar will be open at Steel Park before and after the game.
Updated 10:31 - 21 Aug 2017 by James McCafferty