Tidworth Town FC's men's team, playing in the Andover & District Sunday Football League, achieved the remarkable feat of winning five of the six competitions they entered this season.

They secured the Division 1 title again this season, alongside clinching Wiltshire FA Sunday Cup, Andover Presidents Cup, Andover Open Cup, and Basingstoke Kelvin Cup, scoring a staggering 178 goals while conceding only 30 goals in 32 games.

Behind the team is a military officer, Nathan Franks, who has been coaching Tidworth Town since 2011-12. He has so far helped the team win 21 trophies in the past 13 years.

The team have been particularly successful since 2016-17 season when they first won a quadruple.

"Since then, we've slowly gotten stronger," said Franks, a Warrant Officer Class 1 in the Army, who has lived in Tidworth for 18 years.

"Last season, we won four titles, and this year we topped that with five-trophy glory. It's unbelievable."

Andover Advertiser: Nathan Franks with the Wiltshire FA Sunday Cup trophyNathan Franks with the Wiltshire FA Sunday Cup trophy (Image: Contributed)

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In 2022-23, Tidworth would have become even more successful than what they achieved this season, but they lost two cup finals to finish the season with four trophies - one league title and three cups.

This season, however, Tidworth managed to convert their dominance into trophies.

"We reached only four of the five [cup finals] this season, but we won all four," Franks said.

They have now won back-to-back Wiltshire FA Sunday Cup, the strongest competition they compete in.

Franks modestly attributed the success to a strong squad. "The whole squad is unbelievable," he said. "We've got such a quality squad."

"They're all a good group of mates. The team comprises a mix of military personnel and civilians, all with experience playing at a high Saturday standard."

Andover Advertiser: Tidworth Town team with the Kelvin CupTidworth Town team with the Kelvin Cup (Image: Tony Spencer)

Gerwyn Griffiths was their top scorer this year as he scored 31 goals in 18 games despite spending a fair bit of the season out with injury.

Danny Harrison got the most clean sheets in the local area, and he has been very important with big saves at big times in games, according to Franks.

"I could go through the whole squad and mention all of them. We've got such a quality squad," the coach said.

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Andover Advertiser: Tidworth Town teamTidworth Town team (Image: Contributed)

Franks, who played for Tidworth Town, took over the team when the previous coach moved from the area because of Army deployment.

"I started playing for Tidworth the season before I took over," recalled Franks. 

"The manager at the time had to get deployed to Afghanistan, and because he knew I was interested in coaching, he just asked me to take over while he was away. When he came back, he said he didn't really want it, so I kind of fell into it."

Despite the league structure not allowing for promotions, Franks aims high for next season.

"We can't go any higher in the league, but we are looking to play in the FA Sunday Cup, which is a national competition," Franks said. "This year, we're looking to apply and see how far we can get."

Looking ahead, Franks is optimistic. "The new season starts in September, with friendly games beginning in August. Our target is to be accepted into the national FA Cup while maintaining our local success."