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1. Chorley F.C. – Chorley Football Club is a football club based in Chorley, Lancashire, England. The club currently competes in the National League North, the tier of English football. The club was founded as a rugby club in 1875. They have reached the FA Cup second round twice, in 1986–87 and their best performance in the FA Trophy was in 1995–96 when they reached the semi-final. The clubs home colours are black and white stripes, and hence they are nicknamed the Magpies, Chorley Football Club was formed in 1883 after switching from rugby to football. In 1875 Chorley Football Club began partly as the brainchild of one Major John Lawrence, the inauguration took place on 15 October in the now demolished Anchor Inn in Market Street, Chorley. At that gathering Major Lawrence was elected the clubs first captain, henry Hibbert, who was to become one of the most famous figures ever connected with the town as Member of Parliament for Chorley, took on the role of secretary. James Lawrence became the club treasurer, after playing rugby for seven years, pressure was on Chorley to switch to playing football instead, and in 1883 the switch was made. In 1894 Chorley joined the Lancashire League, becoming champions twice in 1896–97, the Lancashire Junior Cup came to Chorley in 1894, nine years after the trophys institution, and their win was the first of a record number of successes for the Magpies. They beat Clitheroe 3–2 in a final at Ewood Park. Chorley won another championship in 1898–99, but was clouded by a notice to quit their Dole Lane Ground, and the loss of captain Johnny Parker, who had broken his leg. In May 1899 Chorley applied to join the Football Leagues Second Division, coming sixth in voting, life at the Rangletts Ground was short lived, with Chorley being evicted in 1904, and relocated to nearby St. Georges Park. The 1904–05 season saw Chorley finish their highest position – fifth – for six years, during the war Chorley joined the Northern Division but due to difficulties in raising a team they were disbanded early in 1916. Chorley did not have a team for the two seasons, but in August 1918 formed a side for friendly matches. After the re-formation of the Combination S. Heaton became the chairman, Charlie Holgate the secretary. Chorley took their place in the reassembled Combination with what proved to be one of their finest-ever teams, the 1920s were to bring a phrase of glory and the team was among the honours for ten successive seasons. But the beginning of one era coincided with the end of another, just 14 years after playing their first home game at St. Georges Park, Chorley announced in August 1919 that they had acquired a new ground. It was to come into use the year and was to be a truly permanent home
2. Newton-le-Willows – Newton-le-Willows, formerly Newton-in-Makerfield, is a market town in Merseyside, England. The population of the town taken at the 2011 census was 22,114, the name Newton means new town, while Makerfield is an ancient name for the district from a pre-English word meaning wall, and the English word field. Neweton was mentioned in the Domesday Book, in Makerfield was added to distinguish it from other Newtons and recorded as Makeresfeld in 1205 and 1351, as Makefeld in 1206, Makerefeld in 1213 and Makerfield since 1242. Before the Norman conquest, Newton was head of a hundred, the Domesday hundred was assessed at five hides one of which included Newton. The lord of the manor was Edward the Confessor at his death in 1066, the Newton Hundred was subsequently combined with the Warrington and Derby Hundreds to form the West Derby Hundred. It was a village, albeit with borough status, until the arrival of the railways in 1830. There was some industry, there are five cotton spinners recorded in an 1825 directory, the town also developed into a major coal mining area, being on the South Lancashire Coalfield. The fields between Newton and Winwick were the site of one of the last battles of the Second English Civil War, Newtons history since the 19th century has been very closely linked with the railway industry. The Vulcan Foundry was opened in 1831 and later developed one of the worlds foremost locomotive manufacturers. Vulcan Village, the southernmost suburb of Newton was developed to house workers from the foundry and has in recent years become a conservation area, the western area of the town, Earlestown also developed with the coming of the railways. Earlestown was also built as a village, but for the Viaduct Foundry. Since Victorian times, Earlestown has been the area of the town. Between Earlestown and the Vulcan Village is the residential suburb of Wargrave. There is a memorial at the spot where the accident happened, a modern bridge in the town centre is named in memory of Huskisson. Newton has two railway stations. Newton-le-Willows railway station is in the old part of town and Earlestown railway station. They are two of the oldest railway stations in existence, Earlestown was an important junction where the original Liverpool and Manchester line was joined by the 1837 line running south to Birmingham. Two other local railway related landmarks are Newton Viaduct and the Sankey Viaduct which is known as the Nine Arches
3. Glossop North End A.F.C. – Glossop North End Association Football Club are an English football club in Glossop, Derbyshire. Formerly members of the Football League, they are currently in the Northern Premier League Division One North and are members of the Derbyshire County Football Association and they play their home matches at Surrey Street, which has a capacity of 1,350. The club play in blue, and are known as the Hillmen, between 1899 and 1992 the club were known as Glossop. At the turn of the 20th century, Glossop played in the Football League First Division, during this period the club was bankrolled by Sir Samuel Hill-Wood, who was later to become chairman of Arsenal, and the club retains connections with Arsenal to this day. Glossop North End were founded in 1886, when they played friendly amateur matches and they played at various grounds in the town, including Pyegrove, Silk Street, Water Lane and Cemetery Road before settling at North Road. The club joined the North Cheshire League in 1890, before moving to the Combination in 1894, in their first season in the Combination, 1894–95, they finished as runners-up. After ending the season, 1895–96, in third, the club moved to the Midland League. The clubs chairman and benefactor at the time was Sir Samuel Hill-Wood, however, the club became perennial strugglers in the Second Division. The 1913–14 season saw a record attendance of 10,736 for an FA Cup second round match against Preston North End on 31 January 1914. However, the season they finished bottom of the league. The start of World War I meant the Football League closed down, Glossop were re-formed toward the end of the war by Oswald Partington, but failed to be re-elected to the Football League. Glossop then joined the Lancashire Combination, playing just one season, Northern Nomads ground-shared with Glossop for several years during this time. The club then dropped out of the Lancashire Combination and into the Manchester League, in the 1920s and 1930s they won the Gilcryst Cup three times and were crowned Manchester League champions in 1927–28. They won the Gilcryst Cup for a time in 1947–48. During 1955, the club moved from its home of North Road to their current ground Surrey Street. In 1957 Glossop rejoined the Lancashire Combination, finishing in eighth in 1957–58 and they spent nine seasons in the league before dropping back down once more to the Manchester League after the 1965–66 season. They joined the Cheshire County League as founder members of Division Two in the 1978–79 season, in 1980–81 they were Division Two runners-up, only losing out on the title on goal difference, but still winning promotion to Division One. In 1986, the club marked their centenary season with a match with sister club Arsenal and they joined Division One, however they struggled in the league for the next six seasons and after finishing bottom in 1987–88 were relegated to Division Two
4. Hyde United F.C. – Hyde United Football Club is a semi-professional football club in Hyde, Greater Manchester, England. Formed in 1919, the changed its name to Hyde FC between 2010 and 2015 as part of a sponsorship deal with Manchester City. The teams strip is red shirts and white shorts and their ground is the 4,250 capacity Ewen Fields. Hyde Uniteds record attendance was in 1952 when 7,600 spectators attended a game against Nelson, the clubs all-time leading goalscorer is Pete OBrien who scored 247 goals. Hyde F. C. was founded on 27 July 1885 at the White Lion pub in the town centre and they played on a field near the Bankfield Hotel, until 1898 when they moved to Townend Street and set up a club headquarters at the Gardeners Arms pub. They moved to Ewen Fields in 1906 after merging with Hyde St. Georges, in 1917, Hyde FC folded because of what was termed war reaction. Hyde United formed in 1919 after demands for a club to be re-established. After one season in the Lancashire and Cheshire Federation, Hyde joined the Manchester League and by 1930 had won it five times, in the 1920s, players wore black-and-white halved shirts for a spell. The club moved into the Cheshire County League in 1930 and won the League Challenge Cup four years later, the decade after the Second World War proved to be a purple patch for the club. In 1946, they won the Cheshire Senior Cup, the first of many trophies to arrive at Ewen Fields during the ten years. In 1953, Hyde won the League Cup followed by a league, the 1955–56 season saw the club retain the championship and finish as runners-up in the following three seasons. They reached the FA Cup first round in 1954 only to lose 5–1 away to Workington and they won the League Cup in 1973, and in 1981 finished as runners-up in the league and winners of the Cheshire Senior Cup and The League Challenge Shield. The first year saw the club score 91 goals. They reached the first round of the FA Cup where they lost 2–0 at Burnley, with Peter Wragg as manager, also reaching the Northern Premier League Cup final— only to lose on penalties to South Liverpool. However, they were back in the final in 1986 when they beat Marine 1–0. In 1986, as a result of the changes introduced following the Bradford City stadium fire, in 1993, Pete OBrien was appointed manager for a second time, but only remained in charge until the end of the season, when he resigned to take-over at Droylsden. Mike McKenzie took over from OBrien in June 1994, during the 1995–96 season, Ewen Fields astroturf pitch was relaid in grass, then played host to another FA Trophy semi-final, this time against Northwich Victoria. After Mike McKenzie left the club in 2001 by mutual consent, after an unsuccessful 2001–02 season, Nolan was sacked
5. Northwich Victoria F.C. – Northwich Victoria Football Club is an English football club based in Northwich, Cheshire, playing their home games at Wincham Park, Northwich, the home of Witton Albion. The new club was a member of several leagues including the Football League Second Division. They played at the same Drill Field ground for over 125 years, at the time Drill Field was believed to be the oldest ground in the world on which football had been continuously played. The generally accepted year for the original Northwich Victoria Football Clubs founding is 1874 by Charles James Hughes and James Heyworth, however, according to club historian Ken Edwards book A Team for All Seasons, the organisation itself could have been in existence earlier in the 1870s. Northwich played their first challenge matches in the 1874 season and originally accepted both association football and rugby rules. This was shown in 1876 when they contested a match under Rugby rules at Farnworth and Appleton F. C. and then at home under association rules. The first time the club entered a competition was the 1877 Welsh Cup. Its best achievement in the competition was in the 1881–82 and 1888–89 seasons, when they reached the final in 1882, they were the first English club to do so. In 1880, the club entered the competition for the new Cheshire Football Association Challenge Cup. They went on to win the cup for the five seasons, defeating in the finals, Birkenhead, Northwich Novelty, Crewe Alexandra. In 1890, the became a founding member of the second incarnation of The Combination. In their second season in the league they finished as runners-up, a great leap forward was taken in 1892, when Northwich became one of the founding members of the English Second Division, which saw the team turn professional. In the leagues inaugural season, Northwich finished 7th, the highest finish in the clubs history and it was during the latter stages of this season that Northwich acquired the services of Billy Meredith, the Welsh International, who is widely regarded as the first football superstar. It was said by many that Finnerhan made Meredith, another notable result was holding Woolwich Arsenal to a 2–2 draw at the Drill Field. However, as a result of their position at the bottom of the league. Up to the middle of decade, Northwich played in red. However a major change in the clubs livery occurred when they adopted the colours they wear today, green. Lured by the chance of increased revenues, the joined the Manchester League in the 1900–01 season
6. Carlisle United F.C. – Carlisle United Football Club is a professional association football club based in Carlisle, Cumbria, where they play at Brunton Park. The team play in League Two, the tier of the English football league system. Formed in 1904, they have won three titles and two cup competitions in their history. They played in the then First Division in the 1974–75 season, making the city of Carlisle the smallest location, by population, to have had a resident top-flight English football club since 1906. The club has reached the final of the Football League Trophy 6 times, more than any other team, the clubs traditional kit is blue with white and red detail. The badge takes elements from the coat of arms including two wyverns which are the regent of Cumbria. The club was formed on 17 May 1904 at Shaddongate Uniteds annual general meeting where the members voted to change the teams name to Carlisle United. The newly formed club initially played at Milhome Bank and later at Devonshire Park, when the Carlisle United first team left to join the Football League the reserve team resumed its place in the competition. Carlisle United were crowned champions of the North Eastern League in 1922, the 1927–28 season was Carlisles last in the North Eastern League. An excellent home record helped them to second in the table finishing a full 10 points behind Champions Sunderland Reserves, the close season meant the usual round of applications to join the Football League. Carlisle went up against Chester City, Durham City, Nelson, on 4 June 1928 a delegation of representatives from Carlisle United took their seats at the Football League meeting in London to hear the results of the vote. Carlisle received the second-most votes with 33, and replaced Durham City and their next game was played against Hartlepool United and still stands to this day as their record victory at 8 goals to nil. When the Second World War began in 1939, Carlisle United withdrew from national and regional competitions, when the war was over the club returned to the Football League and appointed Ivor Broadis as player-manager, making him the youngest league club manager in history. He then had the distinction of becoming the first manager to transfer himself when he moved to Sunderland, he continued to live, Broadis returned to Carlisle United in 1955 an ex-England international. In 1949, the became the first to appoint Bill Shankly as manager. It is at Carlisle where he met local player Geoff Twentyman, who he would sign as head scout at Liverpool. According to Shankly, he said to Broadis, What do you think youre doing, who do you think you are. If you do the training we do you can train with us and well play five-a-side, Carlisle were members of the Third Division North until 1958 when it combined with the Third Division South to become the Fourth Division
7. Fleetwood Town F.C. – Fleetwood Town Football Club is a professional association football club based in the town of Fleetwood, Lancashire, England. The team compete in League One, the tier of English football. Established in 1997, the current Fleetwood Town F. C. is the incarnation of the club which first formed in 1908. Their home strip is red shirts with sleeves and white shorts. The home ground is Highbury Stadium in Fleetwood and its supporters are known as The Cod Army. The club won the 2011–12 Football Conference, and played in the Football League for the first time in the 2012–13 season, in May 2014, at Wembley, Fleetwood won the promotion play-off to League One, the clubs 6th promotion in 10 years. The current club was established in 1997 but, in two previous incarnations, the clubs history dates back to 1908. The original club, Fleetwood F. C. were champions of the Lancashire Combination in 1923–24 and their goalkeeper in the first of those victories was Frank Swift, then only eighteen years old. After almost sixty years as a Lancashire Combination club, they were founder members of the Northern Premier League in 1968. The club finished in 10th place in their first season, great players include the late Percy Ronson, after whom one stand is named. The club was re-established in 1977 as Fleetwood Town F. C. with many of the original personnel. Initially placed in Division One of the Cheshire League, they were moved in 1982 to the North West Counties League Division Two in its inaugural year, and promoted to Division One in 1984. They reached the final of the FA Vase in 1985, losing 3–1 to Halesowen Town in front of a 16,000 crowd at Wembley. The club was placed in Division One of the Northern Premier League when the established a second tier in 1987. In 1990–91 the club finished 4th in the NPL Premier Division, however, by 1996, this second club had also folded. C. The club was promoted to the Premier Division of the North West Counties League in 1999, tony Greenwood was appointed manager in 2003, and soon afterward, Andy Pilley took over as chairman. Successive promotions as North West Counties League champions in 2005 and Northern Premier League First Division runners-up in 2006 saw the club reach the Northern Premier League Premier Division. In the 2006–07 season Fleetwood Town won the Northern Premier League Challenge Cup beating Matlock Town 1–0, the 2007–08 season Fleetwood won the Northern Premier League, gaining promotion to the Conference North
8. Leigh Genesis F.C. – The senior team was reintroduced for the 2012–13 season. The club was based in Leigh, Greater Manchester, and played at Grundy Hill, Hilton Park, Leigh Sports Village, and finally Crilly Park. The highest level at which the club competed was the Conference National, the club was founded in 1896 and was initially known as Horwich RMI F. C. the clubs name until 1995 when it relocated to Leigh and was renamed Leigh RMI. Its name was changed again in June 2008 when the club became Leigh Genesis FC, RMI was one of two football clubs founded at the locomotive-building works of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway, it was started at the main works in Horwich. The other club was started at the Newton Heath works and later became known, manager Les Rigby led RMI to the final of the GMAC Cup in 1988 against Weymouth, which was played on the sloping pitch of Grundy Hill. The home advantage was credited by many, including Rigby, for spurring RMIs victory in the match, as part of this deal, a new company, Grundy Hill Estates, was formed to take over the ownership of the shared ground. Once the move had been finalised and agreements had been made to share the 10,000 capacity stadium, RMI lost its first match at Hilton Park in March 1995 to Boston United 4–0, and were relegated at the end of the 1995 season. In 2000, five years after this move, Leigh RMI reached the top tier of the Conference, upon entering the Conference, RMI had a very successful first season, finishing a very respectable fifth place. Steve Jones spearheaded the attack that season, scoring 19 league goals. Leigh RMIs reprieve only lasted one season, however, as they were relegated after finishing bottom of the Conference table in 2004–05 with only 18 points from 42 games. The season after relegation, Leigh RMI hosted F. C. Leigh RMIs ownership had previously offered to merge with FCUM prior to this friendly in 2005. It would seem hypocritical to some degree, in light of the Glazer events, if a team came into being by taking over another club, in the 2006–07 campaign, RMI avoided relegation more easily, despite finishing 17th and in the bottom half of Conference North. As of 6 October 2007, Leigh RMI were again facing a fight as they stood on the threshold of the relegation zone in 19th place. In May 2008 Leigh RMI lost their fight for survival and were relegated to the Northern Premier League, in June 2008 the club was renamed Leigh Genesis to signify a new beginning for the club ahead of its move to the Leigh Sports Village. The rebranding was also used to signify chairman Dominic Speakmans restructuring of the club with the view of taking the club forward. In October 2008, chairman Dominic Speakman announced his departure from the club, Genesis had been due to move into the new Leigh Sports Village Stadium. Continuing delays and unrealistic pricing, in the end cost the club, with the rising losses, and lack of home ground Speakman withdrew his financial backing from the club. A large amount of the staff agreed to play voluntarily
9. Nantwich Town F.C. – Nantwich Town Football Club is a semi-professional football club based in Nantwich, Cheshire, England. The club was founded in 1884 and is nicknamed The Dabbers, the club is currently a member of the Northern Premier League Premier Division, the seventh tier in the English football league system, with home matches played at the Weaver Stadium. Nantwich Town won the FA Vase Final on 6 May 2006, two goals from Andy Kinsey and one from Stuart Scheuber produced a 3–1 win over Hillingdon Borough at St Andrews. Cup preliminary round tie against Droylsden, Andy Locke scored the fastest ever F. A, Locke completed his hat trick in 2 minutes 20 seconds. This record still stands for a hat trick in any round of the F. A. Cup, Nantwich followed up their FA Vase winning season of 2005–06 with another successful campaign in 2006–07. Nantwich also progressed to the Semi-Final stage of the FA Trophy in their 2015-16 campaign, founded in 1884, Nantwich has a long and proud football tradition. Early years were spent playing friendly and cup matches but in 1891 the club joined the Shropshire & District League, Nantwich moved into the stronger Combination the following season and on 15 October 1892 hosted Liverpool in the Merseysiders’ first ever FA Cup match. Before the First World War, Nantwich also had spells in a variety of including the North Staffs & District. In those early years, the club were honoured to have A. N, hornby captained England at rugby and cricket and, as well as being President, turned out for the club on a number of occasions. After the war, the club became members of the Cheshire County League in which they were perennial strugglers. The season before, a home attendance of 5,121 watched the Dabbers play Winsford United in the Cheshire Senior Cup at their temporary home at Kingsley Fields. Ironically, this is the location where the club is now looking to build a new modern stadium and move to for the 2005–06 season. Success, though, came in the Cheshire Senior Cup in 1933 when the Dabbers lifted the trophy after beating ICI at the Drill Field, Northwich in front of 8,000 fans. After the Second World War, the Dabbers joined the newly founded Mid Cheshire League and in 1952, the club entered the inaugural FA Youth Cup competition. However, the mid-1960s saw considerable success and in the 1963–64 season the club completed a treble, winning the Mid Cheshire League, League Cup and Cheshire Amateur Cup under manager Alan Ball. According to former player the late Mike Brookes, Mr Ball trained us very hard and he made us think ‘the game’ more. One ploy was when we were attacking – for me as centre forward to mark the centre out of the game. The other forwards could still use me for the wall pass to break through
10. Oldham Athletic A.F.C. – Oldham Athletic Association Football Club is a professional association football club based in the town of Oldham, Greater Manchester, England. The team compete in League One, the tier of English football. The history of Oldham Athletic A. F. C. begins with the founding of Pine Villa F. C. in 1895, playing in the Manchester and Lancashire leagues. When rivals Oldham County F. C. folded in 1899, Pine Villa F. C. moved into their stadium and they were Football League runners-up in the 1914–15 season but were relegated from the Football League First Division in 1923. They reached the 1990 Football League Cup Final and won the Football League Second Division title in 1991 and they secured their top division status a year later to become founder members of the new Premier League but were relegated in 1994. After a period of insolvency in 2003–04, the club was taken over by a group of US-based expatriate British businessmen led by Simon Blitz, Pine Villa Football Club was formed in 1895, though the club changed its appearance and name in 1899 to Oldham Athletic Football Club. The club immediately gained professional status and played in both the Lancashire Combination and Lancashire League, unlike many clubs, Oldham Athletic gained quick success and gained acceptance into the Football League in 1907–08. After three years in the Second Division, Latics gained promotion to the First Division, within a couple of seasons, Oldham had announced themselves serious contenders, finishing 4th in the league in 1912–13, and reaching the F. A. Cup semi-finals the same season, losing out 1–0 versus Aston Villa, in 1914–15, Latics reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup but were knocked out once again after a 0–3 replay against Sheffield United. In the league season they almost won it all, Latics lost the league by one point. Latics early success was halted by the First World War. Many of the players from their former squads had either retired from football or had killed in the war. Their highest success came in the 1929–30 season as finished in 3rd. From then on they slowly but surely fell down the league table and they found life in this new division much more to their liking, coming 7th in their first season and following this with three seasons in the top five. Promotion back to the Second Division looked like it might just be a possibility, players contracts were terminated, and relying largely on guest players, the club was to play in the war-time Northern League until August 1946. Following the return of football there was to be no immediate success for Oldham Athletic. They finished 19th in the first league season after the war, Hardwicks appointment came at a cost, with a £15,000 transfer fee paid to Middlesbrough. In Hardwicks first full season in charge they finished 4th after topping the table for a considerable time, eric Gemmell scored seven of these to establish an individual club record for one game which still stands to date
11. Chester City F.C. – Chester City Football Club was an English football team from Chester which played in a variety of leagues between 1885 and 2010. The club, which was founded as Chester F. C. joined the Football League in 1931, over the next eight decades, the club spent most of its time competing in the lower divisions playing its home games at Sealand Road. In 1983 it was renamed Chester City, the club moved to the Deva Stadium in 1992 after playing two seasons of home games at Macclesfield Towns Moss Rose. In 2004 Chester won the Conference National, their league title. However, halfway through the 2009–10 Conference season, HM Revenue & Customs served a winding-up order on the club in January 2010, the Conference National subsequently suspended Chester – which had been put up for sale – for breaching its financial rules and for cancelling matches. A month after the winding up order was served it was dismissed from the league with all results annulled, in March 2010 Chester was formally wound up after unsuccessfully trying to join the Welsh Premier League. With the official winding up of Chester City, supporters immediately began forming a new club, Chester F. C. was officially established in May 2010. Chester F. C. was founded in 1885 as an amalgamation of Chester Rovers and Old Kings Scholars F. C. after a few years of playing only friendly and occasional cup matches, Chester joined The Combination League in 1890. In 1898 the club moved to The Old Showground, but were forced to leave a year later when the ground was destroyed to make way for housing, leaving the club temporarily disbanded. In 1901, however, they moved to Whipcord Lane, again their stay was only brief and their new stadium on Sealand Road, called simply The Stadium became their first long-term home and provided them with their first league success, as they won the Combination League in 1909. In 1910, Chester moved to the Lancashire Combination League and stayed there until after World War I, charlie Hewitt was appointed manager in 1930, and in 1931 he guided Chester City to the Football League, in place of Nelson F. C. Throughout the 1930s Chester never finished outside of the top ten in Division Three North, during this period Chester recorded their biggest win in the FA Cup, beating Fulham 5–0 in 1933, and in 1936, they recorded their highest league victory, beating York City 12–0. The period also saw Chester win the Welsh Cup for the time after beating growing rivals Wrexham at Sealand Road in May 1933. Unfortunately, the side was to be split up by the outbreak of the Second World War, although the 1946–47 brought a third-place finish and another Welsh Cup triumph, grim times lay ahead. No top half placings would be achieved until the divisions were merged in 1958. They would still have to wait six years until they finished above halfway in a league table. Chesters fortunes began to take a turn for the better after the appointment of South African Peter Hauser as manager in 1963 who put Chester in contention for promotion from Division Four. In 1964–65 all five forwards managed 20 goals – a unique achievement – as Chester scored 119 in Football League games alone, apart from missing out on promotion by just a point in 1970–71 the next few years were largely uneventful
12. Burscough F.C. – Burscough Football Club is an English football club based in Burscough, Lancashire. The club are members of the Northern Premier League Division One North and their home ground is Victoria Park, Mart Lane, in Burscough. The first Burscough Association Football Club was formed in 1880, playing in the Liverpool, in 1905 Burscough Rangers were founded and moved to the present Mart Lane ground in 1908. They established many of the traditions carried on by the current club, playing in green, in the 1920s they had success winning the Liverpool County Combination Championship three times. In 1926 Rangers purchased a grandstand from Everton and erected it on Victoria Park, the following year they joined the Lancashire Combination but never experienced the same level of success and began to run into financial difficulties, finally folding in 1935. Following World War II the present Burscough club was founded in 1946, in their second season, 1947–48, they achieved a treble, winning the Lancashire Junior Cup, George Mahon Cup and the Liverpool Challenge Cup. Two years later they claimed the Junior Cup and also won the County Combination title for the first time. In 1952 they won the Liverpool Challenge Cup for a second time, in 1953–54 they joined the Lancashire Combination winning the Second Division Championship in their first season and scoring 155 goals in the process. 1955–56 saw probably the clubs greatest ever achievement as they won the First Division Championship. Another milestone was reached in 1959 when they reached the first round of the FA Cup for the first time going down 3–1 to Crewe Alexandra in front of 4,200 at Victoria Park. The Lancashire Combination First Division title was regained in 1969–70 season, in 1970–71 Burscough joined the Cheshire County League, finishing runners-up to Rossendale United. The following season won the Liverpool Non-League Senior Cup and in 1974–75 the Cheshire League Cup was lifted. The Linnets also reached the FA Cup first round proper on three other occasions, in 1977, a 1–0 defeat at Blyth Spartans, in 1979, a 3–0 defeat at Sheffield United in front of 14,000 spectators and in 1980, a 2–1 defeat against Altrincham. In 1981 the club became members of the North West Counties League. A new grandstand seating 250 was built in 1986 to replace the old stand which had stood for 60 years. In the 1989–90 season the club were relegated to Division Two of the league, the appointment of Russ Perkins as manager in 1991 was to bring about a change in the clubs fortunes as Burscough reached the League Cup final and gained promotion back to Division One. In 1992–93 Burscough lost 2–1 to Southport in the Liverpool Senior Cup Final at Goodison Park before 2,000 spectators, success was achieved by winning the League Challenge Cup with a 2–1 victory over Nantwich Town. 1993–94 was one of the most eventful seasons in Burscoughs history as three players, Gary Martindale, Kevin Formby and Alex Russell, joined Football League clubs for substantial fees, further covered standing accommodation for 500 spectators was erected at Victoria Park during the close season