The History of Truro City Football Club
Truro City became one of the founder members of the CCFA when they attended the meeting at the Royal Hotel in Truro on 18th September 1889 when the CCFA was founded. Other Clubs present were: Porthcurno, Penzance, Probus School, Liskeard, Dunheved School, Torpoint and Millbrook. City’s first recorded match was played at Truro College against Penzance on 4th October 1889, when they won by 7 goals to 1. Further games were played at Tolgarrick, adjacent to the existing Treyew Road ground. They have also played at Kenwyn and Chapel Hill. Their first trophy was won in 1895 when they won the Cornwall Senior Cup beating Launceston by 5 goals to 0.
City have won the Cornwall Senior Cup a record 15 times including 1930 when the Cup was shared with Saltash Stars. The Final had been drawn and Saltash could not raise a team for the replay due to some of their players having service commitments. Truro did offer to play and let Saltash include some guest players but the CCFA ruled the trophy should be shared, with each club holding the trophy for six months.
City joined the newly formed Cornwall Senior League in 1931 after leaving the Plymouth & District League, along with other Cornish Clubs, due to the refusal of the Cornish Clubs to pay more than 50% of the Devon Clubs’ travelling expenses. Because of the lack of interest by their supporters – gates were very low in the Cornwall Senior League – City decided to rejoin the Plymouth & District League in 1934. As a result of leaving the Cornish Senior League they were barred from entering the Cornwall Senior Cup. They had proposed to run a reserve team in the Senior Cup. However at a CCFA meeting on a proposal by Lostwithiel which was seconded by Bodmin Town, Truro were refused admittance to the Cup. They appealed to the FA but received a reply to the effect that the FA could not interfere in a domestic dispute between local clubs in Cornwall. It was to be 1938 before they were re-admitted and winning the Senior Cup the same season. They had won the Cornwall Senior League in its first two seasons (1932 & 1933). The P & D League was won in 1937. But in 1931 - the season before they first left the P & D League - they achieved one of the finest run of results in their long history. In a period of 15 days, they played 9 League games, winning 8 and drawing 1. Their last game was at Dartmouth, which they won 3-2 and in doing so became runners-up, 3 points behind champions Royal Marines and 3 in front of 3rd place Saltash Town.
The Durning Lawrence Charity Cup which Truro City gave to the county – has been won 11 times, the first time in 1912 and the last time in 1981.
When the South Western League was formed in 1951, City were one of the founder members but they did not meet with immediate success, having to seek re-election for the first two seasons. They have had to seek re-election twice more; 1982 and 1983. Their first championship came in 1960/61 and they have been champions four times since: 1969/70, 1992/93, 1995/96 and 1997/98. The South Western League Cup has come to Treyew Road on three occasions: 1959/60, 1966/67 and 1997/98. The League’s Sporting Trophy was won in 1974/75 and 1988/89 and the Best Ground Trophy in 1995/96. At the end of the 1974/75 season, City were forced to leave the South Western League due to the fact that part of their Treyew Road ground had been used for a road-widening scheme and it was 1978 before they were re-admitted
The Cornwall Combination League was won in 1994/95, 1998/99, 2005/6 and 2007/8 and the Combination League Cup has been won on nine occasions: 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 2005/6
Back in 1929/30 the City “A” team won the Western Division of the County League and retained the championship for the next two seasons.
In late 2004, the club was acquired by a new owner and in 2005/06 the club ended the season in runners-up spot and gained promotion to the Toolstation Western League.
The 2006/7 season was the most successful in the Club’s history. At the first attempt winning the Toolstation Western League First Division by a record margin; retaining the Cornwall Senior Cup and capping the season by winning the F.A. Vase at the New Wembley Stadium with a 3-1 win over AFC Totton, the first time the Trophy had been won by a Club playing at Step 6 in the Football Pyramid and in front of a record crowd of over 37,000.
Success continued in 2007/8 season with the first team winning the Toolstation Western League Premier Division by a massive 17 points and thereby becoming the first ever Cornish Club to gain entry into Southern League football. In addition, the reserve side experienced an all-conquering season, going right through the season without defeat and also gained promotion to the South West Peninsula League. To cap it all, the Club’s third team, consisting almost entirely of players under the age of 20, also gained promotion to the first division of the Falmouth/Helston League.
2008/9 was another successful season with the first team winning promotion to the Southern League Premier Division as Champions. This meant that City equalled the British record with four successive promotions. In Season 2009/10, the Club finished a very creditable 11th in the first year at this new level and were then better prepared to go forward again in the next season.
Season 2010-11 proved to be another momentous one . Vying for the League lead for most of the season with favourites Salisbury City, Truro were finally crowned Champions by four points after a fabulous 6-0 win away at Salisbury and finishing the season with seven straight victories ensuring Blue Square Bet Conference South football for the first time. This set a new British record in that no senior club had ever previously won 5 promotions in 6 seasons.
Season 2011/12 was a year of consolidation at this higher level finishing 14th in the club’s first season of Conference football.
In season 2012/13, progress was very difficult with the team being hampered both by a 10-point deduction and a League transfer embargo. The club’s very survival was in serious doubt until in October 2012, when the club was saved by the last-minute intervention of two local businessmen. Unfortunately, the club was relegated at the end of the season but it was lucky to be alive thanks to the new owners after the traumas of the recent past.
A successful spell at the end of the 2013/14 season brought some stability to the Club. The Club gained promotion in the 2014/15 season via the play off's, beating Hungerford 1-0 in the semi final and St Neots Town 1-0 in the final. The 2015/16 season will be the second time Truro has played at this level.
In season 2015/16 the club finished 4th in the National League South and reached the playoffs.
In season 2016/17 the club finished 19th in the National League South but there was an upturn in fortunes as the Club reached the first round proper of the FA Cup losing 3-1 to Charlton Athletic at the Valley. We also found ourselves amongst the leading pack throughout the campaign before losing in the play-offs.
The eve of the 2018/19 season saw us move from Treyew Road to ground-share with Torquay Utd.
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.