Glossop North End A.F.C.

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Glossop North End
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Full name Glossop North End Association Football Club
Nickname(s) Peakites
The Hillmen
Founded 1886; 132 years ago (1886), as Glossop North End
Ground Arthur Goldthorpe Stadium, Glossop
Ground Capacity 1,350 (209 seated)
Chairman David Atkinson
Manager Mark Canning
League Northern Premier League Division One West
2017–18 Northern Premier League Division One North, 11th of 22
Website Club website
Current season

Glossop North End Association Football Club are a football club in Glossop, Derbyshire, England. Formerly members of the Football League, they are currently in the Northern Premier League Division One West and are members of the Derbyshire County Football Association. They play their home matches at Surrey Street, which has a capacity of 1,350 (209 seated, 1,141 standing), the club play in blue, and are known as the Hillmen. Between 1899 and 1992 the club were known as Glossop.

Glossop is one of the smallest towns in England to have had a Football League club: it still is the smallest town whose team has played in the English top flight,[1] at the turn of the 20th century, Glossop played in the Football League First Division, the highest level of English football at the time. During this period the club was bankrolled by Sir Samuel Hill-Wood, who was later to become chairman of Arsenal, the club retains connections with Arsenal.[1]


Early years[edit]

Glossop team of 1899–1900
Glossop team of 1904–05
Glossop team of 1906–07
Glossop team of 1914–15
Glossop team of 1915–16

Glossop North End were founded in 1886, when they played friendly amateur matches, 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 and turning professional; in their first season in the Combination, 1894–95, they finished as runners-up. After ending the following season, 1895–96, in third, the club moved to the Midland League and in the 1896–97 season finished as runners-up, after a second season in the Midland League, they were elected to the Second Division of the Football League in 1898–99 finishing as runners-up to Manchester City and winning promotion to the First Division.[2] They then changed their name to Glossop (to avoid any confusion with Preston North End) before spending their one and only season in the top flight, 1899–1900 when they finished in last place and were relegated back to the Second Division, having won only 4 matches, all at home, against Burnley, Nottingham Forest, Blackburn and Aston Villa.

They then spent the next fifteen seasons in the Second Division, during which time they reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup in 1908–09 where they lost to 1–0 to eventual finalists Bristol City in a replay on 10 March 1909. The club's chairman and benefactor at the time was Sir Samuel Hill-Wood, who was later to become chairman of Arsenal. However, the club became perennial strugglers in the Second Division.[3][4]

The 1913–14 season saw a club record attendance of 10,736 for an FA Cup second round match against Preston North End on 31 January 1914.[5] However, the following 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, 1919–20.[3][4] Northern Nomads ground-shared with Glossop for several years during this time.[citation needed] 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 fourth time in 1947–48.[3][4]

1950s onwards[edit]

During 1955, the club moved from its original home of North Road to their current ground Surrey Street; in 1957 Glossop rejoined the Lancashire Combination, finishing in eighth in 1957–58. 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, finishing in 17th. 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, after a sixth-place finish in 1981–82, the club became founder members of the newly formed North West Counties Football League in 1982 when the Cheshire County League merged with the Lancashire Combination. In 1986, the club marked their centenary season with a match with sister club Arsenal,[1] 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. The 1990–91 season saw the club reach the fourth round of the FA Vase where they lost to Cammell Laird 2–1 in a replay, they also won the North West Counties Football League Division Two Cup, beating Cheadle Town 2–1 in the final.[6] However, the club almost folded in 1990–91 when their then Chairman sold the ground to the local council and left the club with large debts, the present Board of Directors took over in January 1991. After a sixth-place finish in 1991–92 they were promoted back to Division One over higher-placed clubs and after the season the directors reverted the club's name to Glossop North End.[2][3][4]

In their first season under the club's original name, they reached the semi-finals of the North West Counties League Cup, before losing to Nantwich Town 5–2 over two legs,[7] they reached the semi-finals of the League's floodlit Cup in 1994–95, losing to Penrith 3–1 over two legs.[8] In the 1996–97 season they beat Trafford in the final of the Manchester Premier Cup at Old Trafford, before winning the competition again the following season, this time beating Radcliffe Borough in the final at Maine Road. They also reached the semi-finals of the North West Counties League Cup, losing to Vauxhall Motors 3–1 over two legs.[7]

2000s onwards[edit]

In the 2000–01 season they won the Derbyshire County Football Association Senior Challenge Cup beating Glapwell in a two-legged final, drawing 3–3 away and 2–2 at home before winning 4–2 on penalties. In the league the club struggled to avoid relegation from Division One throughout much of the early 2000s, before finishing ninth in 2006–07, the highest position attained by manager Chris Nicholson in his six seasons at the club.[2][4] Nicholson announced in March 2007 that he was to step down at the end of the season, as a result, his assistant Steve Young was eventually appointed manager for 2007–08.[9] In the 2008–09 season they reached the final of the FA Vase where they lost 2–0 to Northern League First Division side Whitley Bay at Wembley Stadium, on 10 May 2009.[10] Due to this achievement, Arsenal, with whom they retain connections due to Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood's grandfather Sir Samuel Hill-Wood having owned and bankrolled Glossop during their run in the Football League, invited them to their state-of-the-art London Colney training ground during their stay in London, to prepare for the FA Vase final.[1]

In May 2013 the club appointed Chris Wilcock as first team manager; in his first season the team finished third in the North West Counties League. During the season Glossop produced an unbeaten run in the league of 22 games, with only 5 draws, stretching from November 2013 until they were beaten by Bootle on April 2014.[11]

On 19 April 2015 Glossop beat Nelson[12] to win the North West Counties League Premier Division, earning promotion to Division One North of the Northern Premier League. They also reached two cup finals; the North West Counties League Cup,[13] where they faced Atherton Collieries winning 2–0,[14] and the FA Vase final,[15] in which they played North Shields at Wembley Stadium.[16][17] In a repeat of the 2009 final, Glossop were beaten 2–1 after extra time.[18]

Glossop began the 2015–16 season in the Northern Premier League Division One North, they also competed in the FA Trophy for the first time since 1986. The club finished fourth and qualified for the playoffs but lost 2–1 to Northwich Victoria in the semi final.

At the end of the 2016-17 season Chris Wilcock resigned as manager, [19] leaving the position after 4 seasons and as the winningest manager in recorded history, on 19 May 2017 the club announced that the joint team of Steve Halford and Paul Phillips would take the reins at Surrey Street [20] On 12 March 2018 the management team left Glossop to join Buxton.[21] Goalkeeper coach Mark Canning took over as caretaker manager, assisted by Andy Bishop,[22] this was made a permanent position at the end of the 2017-18 season


Glossop's North Road ground
Glossop North End's North Road clubhouse when they played in Division One

Glossop played at a variety of grounds, including Pyegrove, Silk Street, Water Lane and Cemetery Road before settling at North Road, the ground was originally used for cricket, but became home to Glossop North End in 1898 when the club were elected to the Second Division of the Football League. The football ground was located in the south-east corner of the site, with a seated stand was constructed on the northern side of the pitch and raised earth embankment on a triangular space in the south-east corner and eastern sides, during the football season a temporary wooden seated stand was erected behind the western goal, but removed for the cricket season. The first League match played at North Road was on 3 September 1898, with Glossop defeating Blackburn Rovers 4–1 in front of 4,000 spectators, the last Football League match at North Road was played on 17 April 1915, with just 500 spectators watching a 1–1 draw with Stockport County.

Glossop's new clubhouse

During 1955, the club moved from its original home to the club's home ground Surrey Street (official title: Arthur Goldthorpe Stadium) has a capacity of 1,350 with 209 seated.

Floodlights were installed in 1992.[4]

During the off-season of 2010 the Supporters' Club funded and helped build the new team benches, replacing the aged and basic ones with new spacious dugouts; in the summer of 2011 the club upgraded more of the facilities at Surrey Street. The new clubhouse, dressing rooms, refreshment bar and hospitality room were completed in a relatively short amount of time being ready for the first pre-season game of 2011–12. By March 2012 the club/ground had achieved the FA Ground Grading grade of E which is required for football clubs to participate at step 4 of the National League System.

During the off season of 2014 season Glossop were approved a grant from the Football Foundation to replace the aged pitch perimeter fence with a new sports rail with mesh panel infill, with that and a few other improvements they achieved the FA Ground Grade of D which is required to remain at step 4 of the National League System.


Current squad[edit]

Notable former players[edit]

Players who have international playing experience or top division experience who have played for Glossop include:[23]

Club staff[edit]

Current backroom staff[edit]

As of April 2018

Name Role
England Mark Canning Manager
England Andy Bishop Assistant Manager
England George Bryson Physiotherapist

Notable former managers[edit]

(Managers who have international playing experience before managing Glossop)

Managerial records[edit]

Based on win % in all competitive matches

Name Managed Record
From To P W D L %
Mark Canning 2018 11 2 3 6 18.18
Steve Halford / Paul Phillips 2017 2018 40 16 6 18 40.00
Chris Willcock 2013 2017 232 143 32 57 61.64
Paul Williams / Garry Brown 2012 2013 21 5 5 11 23.81
Paul Colgan 2011 2012 81 37 15 29 45.68
Terry Hincks 2011 2011 10 3 4 3 30.00
Steve Young 2007 2011 215 108 39 68 50.23
Chris Nicholson 2001 2007 301 95 54 152 31.56
Syd White 2001 2001 16 2 1 13 12.50
Mickey Boyle 1999 2001 91 27 18 46 29.67
Syd White 1996 1999 171 70 33 68 40.94
Ged Coyne 1993 1996 154 64 33 57 41.56
Pete O'Brien 1993 1993 6 1 0 5 16.67
Gordon Rayner 1993 1993 20 7 7 6 35.00
Roy Soule 1991 1993 106 41 23 42 38.68
Brent Peters 1990 1991 56 25 15 16 44.64
Jim Royle / Barry Walton 1988 1990 82 19 14 49 23.17
John Birchall 1986 1988 72 10 12 50 13.89
Tony Webber 1984 1986 76 15 21 40 19.74
Brian Grundy 1980 1984 152 53 50 49 34.87
D.Partridge 1978 1980 68 20 13 35 29.41
Ted Burgin 1966 19??

Italic - denotes Caretaker Manager



Glossop North End NWCFL Champions 2015


Glossop North End League Challenge Cup winners 2015




League game statistics[edit]

average league attendances
Season Average Highest Lowest +/– %
2017–18[27] 303 604 170 -20.1
2016–17[27] 379 741 191 -2.9
2015–16[27] 390 529 275 +15.4
2014–15[28] 338 914 183 +61.0
2013–14[28] 210 445 105 +41.9
2012–13[28] 148 180 78 –18.2
2011–12[28] 181 243 116 –2.2
2010–11[29] 185 374 104 –21.6
2009–10[30] 236 658 142 +19.2
2008–09[31] 198 455 70 +46.7
2007–08[32] 135 231 86 –10.0
2006–07[33] 150 1219 64 +54.6
2005–06[34] 97 140 55 –15.7
2004–05[35] 115 184 88 –7.3
2003–04[35] 124

Historical kits[edit]

  • 0000–0000 years used
  • 0000/0000 football season used
Home and away kits (if known)
Davis Blank
Davis Blank
Davis Blank
Davis Blank
Davis Blank
JJ Training
JJ Training
JJ Training

U21 Development Squad[edit]

Glossop North End AFC
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Full name Glossop North End AFC Development Squad
Nickname(s) The Hillmen
Founded 2017; 1 year ago (2017)
Ground Stockport sports village
Manager Logan Smith
League Lancashire Football League - East Division
Website Club website
[.|Current season]

The U21 Dev squad was started in 2017 and was entered into North West Under 21 Development League - East Division. Glossop has always had a 'reserve' team, but this is the first time they have entered a proper FA league, this team has task of preparing players to move up to the first team

Current squad[edit]

As of Sep 2017 Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
England GK Troy Butler
England DF George Daniel Ashton
England DF Daniel Birkhead
England DF Jamie Derbyshire (captain)
England DF Nathan Greenhalgh
England DF William Knight
England MF Archie Cannon
England MF Lewis Charnock
No. Position Player
England MF Mason Davies
England MF Elliot Fletcher
England MF George Leech
England MF Joshua Lowe
England FW Jordan McGrath (vice-captain)
England FW Aidan Waddock
England FW Harry Newton
England FW Liam Turner

Ladies' team[edit]

Glossop North End Ladies FC
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Full name Glossop North End AFC Juniors - Ladies Football Club
Nickname(s) The Hillwomen
Founded 1998; 20 years ago (1998)
Ground Glossopdale Community College, Newshaw Lane, Hadfield, Glossop
Manager Glenn Etchells
Jason Birkhead
League Cheshire WFL Division One
2016–17 Derbyshire Girls & Ladies League Division One, 1st (Champions)
Website Club website
[.|Current season]

The club have a ladies team, Glossop North End Ladies, which was established in 1998.[47] Glossop North End Ladies are currently competing in the Derbyshire Girls & Ladies League Division One, which is on Level 7 of the ladies football pyramid league structure, where they have played since the 2012–13 season. In the 2014–15 reached the final of the Ladies Challenge Cup,[48] the first time in their history they had reached a cup final, on 10 May they played Mackworth ST Francis FC but lost 2–1.[49]
On 1 May 2016 they played Castle Donnington Ladies FC in the Ladies Challenge Cup and won 4–1,[50] making this the 1st trophy won by the ladies team. On 11 May 2016 the ladies won the league for the first time in their history making the 2015–16 season a double success.
On 21 May 2017 the team won the league for a 2nd consecutive season after a 2-2 draw with runners up Mackworth SF LFC

At the start of the 2017-18 season the Ladies team took on a new challenge of playing in the Cheshire WFL Division One

Current squad[edit]

As of 29 August 2017 Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
England GK Helen Wildgoose
England GK Indya Bruce
England DF Heather Whitney
England DF Jen Gray (captain)
England DF Lucy Taylor
England DF Lucy Dotters
England MF Lucy Birkhead
England MF Martine Grocott
England MF Madeline Longsden
No. Position Player
England MF Georgia Bull
England MF Paige Connelly
England MF Cory Hallam
England MF Tilly Affleck
England FW Molly Etchells (vice-captain)
England FW Natalie Bamford
England FW Maisie Goddard
England FW Becca Austin



  • Derbyshire Girls & Ladies League Division One
    • Winners: 2015–16, 2016-17


  • Derbyshire Ladies Challenge Cup
    • Winners: 2015–16
    • Runners-up: 2014–15

Youth teams[edit]

Glossop North End AFC Juniors was established in 1989, they have teams of both boys in age groups from 6 years old right to Under-19, and girls in age groups from Under-9 to Under-16.[51] They were accredited to the FA Charter standard Award in 2004, and in 2015 were awarded Derbyshire FA Charter Standard Community club of the year.


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Coordinates: 53°26′43.83″N 1°57′28.63″W / 53.4455083°N 1.9579528°W / 53.4455083; -1.9579528