Chorlton-cum-Hardy is a suburban area of the city of Manchester, England, known locally as Chorlton. It is about four miles southwest of Manchester city centre, Chorlton is a ward of the City of Manchester with a population taken at the 2011 census of 14,138. Chorlton Park is another Ward in the same area and this ward had a separate population at the same census of 15,147. By the 9th century, there was an Anglo-Saxon settlement here, later in the Middle Ages, improved drainage methods led to population growth. In the late Victorian and Edwardian periods, its rural character made it popular among the middle class. Historically, Chorlton was a village on Lancashires southern border with Cheshire, and it was incorporated into the city of Manchester in 1904. Chorlton borders Stretford, Sale, Didsbury, Withington, and Whalley Range, the River Mersey runs past Chorlton along its southern boundary. The areas eastern boundary has changed since the 19th century because of incorporation into the City of Manchester, Chorlton probably means Ceolfriths farm or settlement from the Old English personal name and tūn, an enclosure, farmstead or village. Hardy is derived from a name, Hearda, and ēg. It has alternatively been suggested that Hardy may mean by the woods, Chorlton was recorded as Chollirton in 1250, Chollerton from 1292 and as Chourton in 1572. The name was adopted by Victorian property developers who arrived in the wake of the coming of the railway in 1880, the form Chorlton with Hardy was used to some extent from the early 19th century onwards and in the early years of the 20th. The district was part of the kingdom of Northumbria from the 7th century, Thomas L. Ellwood suggested 610 AD as the date of founding the settlement, but John Lloyd in his 1972 history considered the period 610 to 900 AD more likely. Chorlton was part of the Withington manor, Hardy was little more than a farm and a few houses, but Barlow was home to the family of that name, who occupied the manor house of Barlow Hall for several hundred years. Barlow Hall was built on a site on rising ground on the north bank of the Mersey. In 1567 the lord of the manor was Alexander Barlow, a recusant who was imprisoned for his beliefs. Two sons of the papist, Anthony Barlow were charged with treason in the Jacobite rising of 1715, the estate remained with the family until the death of Thomas Barlow in 1773, when it was sold to the Egertons of Tatton Hall. In 1666 Barlow Hall was one of the largest houses paying hearth tax in the Withington manor, the estimated population in 1640 was 85, in 1714 it was 325. The 1801 census recorded 513 inhabitants, and the 1811 census 619, the Tithe Commissioners survey carried out in 1841 provides details of the size and tenure of every piece of land
North West Counties Football League
The North West Counties Football League is a football league in the North West of England, and is known as the Hallmark Security League for sponsorship reasons. In the past, the league has also hosted clubs from North Wales, the league currently has two divisions, the Premier Division, at level nine in the English football league system, and the First Division at level ten. The league is a member of the Joint Liaison Council which administers the Northern arm of the National Football System in England, the league was formed in 1982 by the merger of the Cheshire County League and the Lancashire Combination. It originally consisted of three divisions, but this was reduced to two in 1987, partly because of the creation of a division in the Northern Premier League. The first sponsorship of the NWCFL came in with Bass who remained the league sponsors until 1995, in 1998, the regional train operating company, First North Western became the new sponsor in a two-year deal. In the 2008–09 season, Division One was renamed the Premier Division and Division Two became the First Division, for three consecutive seasons in the 1980s Clitheroe won each of the NWCFL divisions. In 1983–84 they were Division Three champions, the season they won the Division Two championship. The league is home to one former Football League clubs, Nelson. The Bootle club is not the one as the former Football League club. Former NWCFL members Accrington Stanley have risen to play in the Football League, for sixteen years the record attendance for a NWCFL match was 1,353 for a First Division championship decider between Radcliffe Borough and Caernarfon Town in the 1982–83 season. In the 1998–99 season a crowd of 2,281 saw Workingtons championship deciding match with Mossley at Borough Park. In the 2005–06 season a new record was set, with 6,023 at Gigg Lane for a Division Two match between FC United of Manchester and Great Harwood Town on 23 April 2006. The league has two cup competitions – the League Challenge Cup which is open to all clubs, and the First Division Challenge Cup, from 1990–91 to 1999–2000 the league also ran a Floodlit Trophy competition. The league was formed three divisions. In the 2008–09 season, the league renamed their divisions to the Premier Division, the NWCFL League Challenge Cup is for all members of the league. The First Division Challenge Cup is for all members of the First Division and it was known as the Second Division Trophy from 1989 to 2008. The NWCFL Floodlit Trophy was for all members of the Premier, official website Current league tables NWCL at Non League UK
Kit (association football)
In association football, kit is the standard equipment and attire worn by players. The sports Laws of the Game specify the minimum kit which a player must use, footballers generally wear identifying numbers on the backs of their shirts. Professional clubs also usually display players surnames or nicknames on their shirts, Football kit has evolved significantly since the early days of the sport when players typically wore thick cotton shirts, knickerbockers and heavy rigid leather boots. The Laws of the Game set out the equipment which must be worn by all players in Law 4. Five separate items are specified, shirt, shorts, socks, footwear, goalkeepers are allowed to wear tracksuit bottoms instead of shorts. While most players wear studded football boots, the Laws do not specify that these are required, shirts must have sleeves, and goalkeepers must wear shirts which are easily distinguishable from all other players and the match officials. Thermal undershorts may be worn, but must be the colour as the shorts themselves. Shin pads must be covered entirely by the stockings, be made of rubber, plastic or a similar material, and provide a reasonable degree of protection. The only other restriction on equipment defined in the Laws of the Game is the requirement that a player must not use equipment or wear anything that is dangerous to himself or another player. In the event of a match between teams who would wear identical or similar colours the away team must change to a different colour. The England national team plays in red shirts even when it is not required. Many professional clubs also have a kit, ostensibly to be used if both their first-choice and away colours are deemed too similar to those of an opponent. Most professional clubs have retained the basic colour scheme for several decades. Teams representing countries in international competition generally wear national colours in common with other sporting teams of the same nation, shirts are normally made of a polyester mesh, which does not trap the sweat and body heat in the same way as a shirt made of a natural fibre. Depending on local rules, there may be restrictions on how large these logos may be or on what logos may be displayed, competitions such as the Premier League may also require players to wear patches on their sleeves depicting the logo of the competition. The captain of team is usually required to wear an elasticated armband around the left sleeve to identify him as the captain to the referee. Most current players wear specialist football boots, which can be either of leather or a synthetic material. Modern boots are cut slightly below the ankles, as opposed to the high-ankled boots used in former times, studs may be either moulded directly to the sole or be detachable, normally by means of a screw thread
Away colours are a choice of coloured clothing used in team sports. They are required to be worn by one team during a game between teams that would wear the same colours as each other, or similar colours. This change prevents confusion for officials, players, and spectators, in most sports it is the visiting team that must change – second-choice kits are commonly known as away kits or change kits in British English, and road uniforms in American English. Some sports leagues mandate that teams must always wear an alternative kit. In some sports, conventionally the home team has changed its kit, in most cases, a team wears its away kit only when its primary kit would clash with the colours of the home team. However, sometimes teams wear away colours by choice, occasionally even in a home game, at some clubs, the away kit has become more popular than the home version. Replica home and away kits are available for fans to buy. Some teams also have produced third-choice kits, or even old-fashioned throwback uniforms, in American sports, road teams usually wear a change uniform regardless of a potential colour clash. Further, almost all road uniforms are white in American football, in the National Basketball Association, home uniforms are white or yellow, and visiting teams wear a darker colour. In the United States, color vs. color games are a rarity, most teams choose to wear their color jerseys at home, with the road team changing to white in most cases. White road uniforms gained prominence with the rise of television in the 1950s, a white vs. color game was easier to follow in black-and-white. According to Phil Hecken, until the mid 1950′s, not only was color versus color common in the NFL, even long after the advent of color television, the use of white jerseys has remained in almost every game. The NFLs current rules require that a home jerseys must be either white or official team color throughout the season. If a team insists on wearing its home uniforms on the road, the road team might instead wear a third jersey, such as the Seattle Seahawks Wolf Grey alternate. According to the Gridiron Uniform Database, the Cleveland Browns wore white for home game of the 1955 season. The only times they wore brown was for games at Philadelphia and the New York Giants, in 1964 the Baltimore Colts, Browns, Vikings and Rams wore white regularly for their home games according to Tim Brulias research. The St. Louis Cardinals wore white for several of their home games, until 1964 Dallas had worn blue at home, but it was not an official rule that teams should wear their colored jerseys at home. The use of white jerseys was instigated by general manager Tex Schramm, the Cowboys still wear white at home today
Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played between two teams of eleven players with a spherical ball. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies making it the worlds most popular sport, the game is played on a rectangular field with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by getting the ball into the opposing goal, players are not allowed to touch the ball with their hands or arms while it is in play, unless they are goalkeepers. Other players mainly use their feet to strike or pass the ball, the team that scores the most goals by the end of the match wins. If the score is level at the end of the game, the Laws of the Game were originally codified in England by The Football Association in 1863. Association football is governed internationally by the International Federation of Association Football, the first written reference to the inflated ball used in the game was in the mid-14th century, Þe heued fro þe body went, Als it were a foteballe. The Online Etymology Dictionary states that the word soccer was split off in 1863, according to Partha Mazumdar, the term soccer originated in England, first appearing in the 1880s as an Oxford -er abbreviation of the word association. Within the English-speaking world, association football is now usually called football in the United Kingdom and mainly soccer in Canada and the United States. People in Australia, Ireland, South Africa and New Zealand use either or both terms, although national associations in Australia and New Zealand now primarily use football for the formal name. According to FIFA, the Chinese competitive game cuju is the earliest form of football for which there is scientific evidence, cuju players could use any part of the body apart from hands and the intent was kicking a ball through an opening into a net. It was remarkably similar to football, though similarities to rugby occurred. During the Han Dynasty, cuju games were standardised and rules were established, phaininda and episkyros were Greek ball games. An image of an episkyros player depicted in low relief on a vase at the National Archaeological Museum of Athens appears on the UEFA European Championship Cup, athenaeus, writing in 228 AD, referenced the Roman ball game harpastum. Phaininda, episkyros and harpastum were played involving hands and violence and they all appear to have resembled rugby football, wrestling and volleyball more than what is recognizable as modern football. As with pre-codified mob football, the antecedent of all football codes. Non-competitive games included kemari in Japan, chuk-guk in Korea and woggabaliri in Australia, Association football in itself does not have a classical history. Notwithstanding any similarities to other games played around the world FIFA have recognised that no historical connection exists with any game played in antiquity outside Europe. The modern rules of football are based on the mid-19th century efforts to standardise the widely varying forms of football played in the public schools of England
Manchester City F.C.
Manchester City Football Club is a football club in Manchester, England. Founded in 1880 as St. Marks, they became Ardwick Association Football Club in 1887, the club moved to the City of Manchester Stadium in 2003, having played at Maine Road since 1923. After losing the 1981 FA Cup Final, the club went through a period of decline, having regained their Premier League status in the early 2000s, the club was purchased in 2008 by Abu Dhabi United Group and has become one of the wealthiest in the world. Since 2011 the club have won five major honours, including the Premier League in 2012 and 2014, by 2014–15, Manchester City had the sixth-highest revenue in the footballing world with an annual revenue of €463.5 million. In 2016, Forbes magazine estimated they were the sixth most valuable football club. City gained their first honours by winning the Second Division in 1899, with it promotion to the highest level in English football. A fire at Hyde Road destroyed the main stand in 1920, in the 1930s, Manchester City reached two consecutive FA Cup finals, losing to Everton in 1933, before claiming the Cup by beating Portsmouth in 1934. The club won the First Division title for the first time in 1937, after relegation to the Second Division in 1963, the future looked bleak with a record low home attendance of 8,015 against Swindon Town in January 1965. In the summer of 1965, the management team of Joe Mercer, in the first season under Mercer, City won the Second Division title and made important signings in Mike Summerbee and Colin Bell. Further trophies followed, City won the FA Cup in 1969, before achieving European success by winning the European Cup Winners Cup in 1970, beating Górnik Zabrze 2–1 in Vienna. City also won the League Cup that season, becoming the second English team to win a European trophy, the club continued to challenge for honours throughout the 1970s, finishing one point behind the league champions on two occasions and reaching the final of the 1974 League Cup. Former United player Denis Law scored with a backheel to give City a 1–0 win at Old Trafford, the final trophy of the clubs most successful period was won in 1976, when Newcastle United were beaten 2–1 in the League Cup final. A long period of decline followed the success of the 1960s and 1970s, Malcolm Allison rejoined the club to become manager for the second time in 1979, but squandered large sums of money on unsuccessful signings, such as Steve Daley. A succession of managers then followed – seven in the 1980s alone, under John Bond, City reached the 1981 FA Cup final but lost in a replay to Tottenham Hotspur. The club were relegated from the top flight in the 1980s. However, this was only a respite, and following Reids departure Manchester Citys fortunes continued to fade. City were co-founders of the Premier League upon its creation in 1992, after two seasons in Division One, City fell to the lowest point in their history, becoming the second ever European trophy winners to be relegated to their countrys third league tier, after 1. After relegation, the club underwent off-the-field upheaval, with new chairman David Bernstein introducing greater fiscal discipline, under manager Joe Royle, City were promoted at the first attempt, achieved in dramatic fashion in a play-off against Gillingham
Rusholme is an inner-city area of Manchester, England, about two miles south of the city centre. The population of Rusholme ward at the 2011 census was 13,643, Rusholme is bounded by the neighbourhoods of Chorlton-on-Medlock to the north, Victoria Park and Longsight to the east, Fallowfield to the south and Moss Side to the west. It has a student population, with several student halls and many students renting terraced houses. Rusholme, unlike other place names in Manchester with the suffix holme is not a water meadow. Its name derives from ryscum the dative plural of the Old English rysc, the name was recorded as Russum in 1235, Ryssham in 1316 and Rysholme in 1551. Late in the Roman occupation of Britain a hoard of about 200 gold coins was hidden in the valley of the Gore Brook and these coins date from the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD and were found where Birchfields Road crosses the brook in the 1890s. They are now kept in the Manchester Museum, an early record of the Platt estate mentions the Nico Ditch, an Anglo-Saxon linear earthwork which runs east–west through the area and was probably used as an administrative boundary. It dates from the 8th or 9th century, tales of battles between the Danes and the Normans associated with the road names of Danes Road and Norman Road are not accepted by historians. Another black and white hall existed at Birch, this was built in the 16th century. Over the Victorian era, there were several different socio-political meanings of Rusholme, primarily, it was a township based around a general area known as Rusholme since at least the 13th century. The area grew into a township, and by the beginning of the 19th century, it had its own government responsible for health, roads, policing, poor relief. The low-cost terraced housing built between 1880 and 1930 dominates the landscape, along with a council housing estate erected in the interwar period. Richard Cobden, William Royle, and Thomas Lowe were long-time residents, Lowe began working as a baker and became also a flour dealer and later a nurseryman and finally the proprietor of a dairy. Prime Minister H. H. Asquith was married here in 1877, conservative Dame Kathleen Ollerenshaw was for twenty-six years one of the councillors for Rusholme on Manchester City Council before becoming Lord Mayor of Manchester from 1975–1976. Rabnawaz Akbar was elected as Labour councillor for Rusholme ward in May 2010, councillor Akbar serves on the Citizenship and Inclusion Committee, his end of term is 2014. Rusholme was a town until it was incorporated into Manchester in 1885. It is served in Westminster by the MP for Manchester Gorton, councillors Rusholme is represented on Manchester City Council by three Labour councillors, Rabnawaz Akbar, Kate Chappell and Ahmed Ali. indicates seat up for re-election. The community is surrounded by Fallowfield to the south, Moss Side to the west, Victoria Park to the east and Chorlton-on-Medlock to the north
Sunday league football
Sunday league football is a term used in the United Kingdom to describe those association football leagues which play on Sunday, as opposed to the more usual Saturday. These leagues tend to be lower standard amateur competitions, whose players may have less ability or less time to devote to football, the term pub league may also be used, owing to the number of public houses that enter teams. Sunday leagues are sanctioned by the local County Football Association, however, ambitious Sunday teams may apply to join a Saturday league for a higher standard of football, and from there graduate to the FA-sanctioned leagues. The FA Sunday Cup is a national competition for English Sunday league football teams administered by the FA. It was first staged in 1964, the most prominent single location for Sunday league football is Hackney Marshes in east London. The oldest Sunday League in England is the Edmonton & District Sunday Football League, based in North London, town Team Baseball Hackney & Leyton Sunday Football League
Manchester Football League
The Manchester Football League, currently known under terms of sponsorship as FBT Football League, is a football league in England, covering a 30-mile radius from Manchester Town Hall. It was formed in 1893, although play ceased between 1912 and 1920, currently it consists of five divisions, only two of which are part of the English football league system. The league consists of five divisions, Premier Division, Division 1, Division 2, Division 3, a team from the reserve divisions can be promoted to the top Manchester League divisions only if its first team participates in a higher than the Manchester League competition tier. There is no promotion/relegation between Division Three and Division Four, hence lower than reserve teams of clubs are bound to Division Four. The Premier Division has an arrangement with the North West Counties Football League. Ashton Athletic took the step up in 2006, despite only finishing 4th in Division One, teams such as Salford City, Maine Road and Northern Nomads have all played in the league at some point. Teams from the Premier Division are relegated to Division One making Division One the twelfth level of the English football league system. However, first teams from Division One are relegated to their respective leagues at Level 13 since divisions Two and Three are only for reserve teams of the clubs in divisions Premier. Thus, only the Premier Division and Division One of the Manchester League are part of the English football league system at levels eleven, for the 2015–16 season there are 29 clubs competing in Level 11 and Level 12 of the system. James Hollinwood Irlam Steel Leigh Athletic Pennington Westbury Sports Wilmslow Albion Official website Manchester Football League at FA Full-Time
Abbey Hey F.C.
Abbey Hey Football Club are a football club based in the Abbey Hey area of Gorton, Manchester, England. The club are members of the North West Counties League Premier Division. They are full members of the Manchester Football Association, the club was established in 1902 as Abbey Hey W. M. C. They joined Division One South of the Manchester League in 1970 and they went on to win the Premier Division in 1981–82, 1988–89, 1990–91, 1993–94 and 1994–95. After finishing as runners-up in 1997–98 the club were promoted to Division Two of the North West Counties League and they were runners-up in their first season in the division, resulting in promotion to Division One. In 2009–10 the club finished bottom of the Premier Division and were relegated to Division One and they were promoted back to the Premier Division after finishing as runners-up in 2012–13. After joining the Manchester League, the club were required to have an enclosed ground, however, two years later they were required to leave, this time moving back to Abbey Hey to a ground named for councillor Godfrey Erman. After eighteen years at Godfreys, the club were told to move out and they spent two seasons playing at the English Steel ground, during which they negotiated the purchased of land in Goredale Avenue in Gorton and built a new ground, the Abbey Stadium. The stadium is fully enclosed with a clubhouse on one side of the pitch which has two bar areas. Opposite the clubhouse is a covered enclosure which has basic bench-style seating at each end with a standing area in the middle. C
1874 Northwich F.C.
1874 Northwich Football Club is a football club based in Northwich, Cheshire, England. Established in 2012 by supporters of Northwich Victoria, they are members of the North West Counties League Premier Division. Home matches are played at Winsford Uniteds Barton Stadium The club is owned by its supporters. The vote ended with a 141–4 vote in favour of a new club and it had emerged on the day of the vote that the owner of Northwich Victoria had been declared bankrupt and therefore failed the FA Fit and Proper Persons test. On 29 November 2012 fans attended a meeting in Northwich. In order to legal issues over the new clubs name. The date 1874 was chosen because it was the year in which the original Northwich Victoria was founded, or at least, One of the other options included the Latin translation, Semper Gloriosa. On 25 April 2013 it was announced that former Winsford United, on 28 April 2013 Lee Duckworth was named as his assistant. The club played their first match on 10 July 2013 against local team Lostock Gralam and their first honours came three days later in the Supporters Direct Shield, when they defeated AFC Rushden & Diamonds 3–0 in Widnes at the Halton Stadium. Their first league game was played on 3 August 2013 against Oldham Boro, in their first season, the club finished third in Division One, initially missing out on promotion to the Premier Division on goal difference. However, following the resignation of Formby in May, Northwich were promoted in their place, in their second season, the club finished third in the Premier Division and entered the FA Cup for the first time. They finished fourth in the Premier Division in 2015–16, and also won the Mid-Cheshire Senior Cup, the club play at the Barton Stadium in Winsford, groundsharing with Winsford United. Since the club was formed, average attendances have dropped from 320 in 2013–14 to 307 in 2014–15 and 265 in 2015–16, note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. C, players Official website 1874 Northwich F. C. on Twitter
Manchester Football Association
The Manchester Football Association is the governing body for association football in Greater Manchester, England. They are responsible for the governance and development of football at all levels in the county, Manchester Football Association aims to establish safe and structured football opportunities for the benefit of all concerned irrespective of age, colour, gender and ability. The MFA provide the structures and systems to enable the association to manage. The administrative area covered by the Manchester FA and Lancashire County FA overlaps, according to the Memorandum on Areas and Overlapping of Associations the Manchester FA covers the area 12 miles from Manchester Town Hall. Manchester FA has relocated their Administration Headquarters to the Platt Lane Complex, the offices were opened at their new Headquarters in 2014
F.C. United of Manchester
F. C. United of Manchester is a semi-professional football club based in Moston, Manchester, England. The club competes in the National League North, the tier of the English football league system. They achieved three promotions in the first three years of their existence and were promoted for a fourth time to compete in the National League North for the 2015–16 season. In cup competitions, F. C. United reached the round of the FA Cup during the 2010–11 season. After sharing multiple stadia across Greater Manchester between 2005 and 2015, F. C. United opened their own ground, Broadhurst Park in north-east Manchester, the team has been managed by former professional footballer Karl Marginson since its formation. The clubs regular kit colours are red shirts, white shorts and their badge is based on the Manchester coat of arms and features a ship at sea and three stripes for the three rivers that flow through Manchester. F. C. United are the largest fan-owned football club in the United Kingdom by number of members and have one of the highest home attendances in English non-league football. The club is run by its members who have equal voting rights. The club was founded in 2005 by disaffected supporters of Manchester United, although fans had various reasons for dissatisfaction, the catalyst for F. C. Uniteds formation was the 12 May 2005 takeover of Manchester United by American businessman Malcolm Glazer. Supporters first considered forming a club in 1998 during an attempted takeover of Manchester United by BSkyB. The creation of F. C. United in the event of a Glazer buyout was first proposed in February 2005 by Manchester United fanzine Red Issue. Public meetings for fans were held on 19 May 2005 at the Central Methodist Hall in Manchesters Northern Quarter, subsequently, a steering group was created to set up the new club. After the name F. C. United was rejected by The Football Association for being too generic, on 14 June 2005, it was announced that F. C. United of Manchester had been chosen, beating A. F. C. Manchester 1878, Manchester Central and Newton Heath United, and F. C. United were officially registered with the Manchester County Football Association on the same day. Karl Marginson was appointed as the manager on 22 June. Around 900 players applied to part in the trials, of whom 200 were chosen to take part and 17 selected to play for F. C. United. Jonathan Mitten, great-nephew of Manchester United forward Charlie Mitten, was the clubs first signing. F. C. Uniteds inaugural members meeting was held on 5 July 2005 at the Methodist Central Hall, members voted on the constitution, badge, core principles
Bower Fold is a football stadium in Stalybridge, Greater Manchester, England and is the home ground of Stalybridge Celtic. There has been a ground at Bower Fold since 1906, the current main stand was built in 1996, with the covered stand at the Town End dating from 1994. The main stand, replaced a wooden one dating from 1909, the Lord Pendry Stand opened in 2004, replacing a covered terrace dating from the 1950s. The Mottram End cover stems from construction starting in the 1970s, the main stand, holding about 700 people, is all seated. Its opposite stand, the Lord Pendry stand has 652 seats and it is possible for the ground to be segregated with self-contained areas which include separate turnstiles, refreshment facilities and toilets. The away fans area in case is uncovered. The next area around the ground is the Lockwood and Greenwood stand which is a standing area. This area is popular with fans when Stalybridge are kicking towards this goal. Next is a standing area, followed by the Lord Pendry Stand with a capacity of approximately three hundred. Next is an uncovered area followed by the covered Joe Jackson stand. The club shop and bar are behind this stand, away fans are allowed to use the bar and there is no admission charge. Next are the main turnstiles, refreshment facilities and disabled spectators area, capacity is currently 6,500 with 1,200 seats. Attendances for Stalybridge Celtic have been short of capacity, with average crowds in the 2008–09. FC United generally exceeded Stalybridges home attendances when they played at Bower Fold, Bower Fold was F. C. Uniteds official home ground for the first half of the 2014–15 season. The record attendance at Bower Fold stands at 10,400 and this was achieved on 8 February 1921 when Dick Kerr Ladies beat a Rest of Lancashire XI 10–0. £600 was raised for the Ashton-under-Lyne Infirmary, which part of Tameside Hospital. Stalybridge Celtics record attendance was achieved on 17 January 1923, against West Bromwich Albion,9,753 spectators saw Stalybridge Celtic lose 2–0 in a F. A. It was announced in December 2015 that Oldham RLFC would play their games at Bower Fold from 2016 onward
Stalybridge /steɪlɪˈbrɪdʒ/ is a town in Tameside, Greater Manchester, England, with a population of 23,731 at the 2011 Census. Historically a part of Cheshire, it is 8 miles east of Manchester city centre and 6 miles north-west of Glossop, with the construction of a cotton mill in 1776, Stalybridge became one of the first centres of textile manufacture during the Industrial Revolution. The wealth created in the 19th century from the cotton industry transformed an area of scattered farms. Due to the decline of the industry in the first quarter of the 20th century and the development of modern low-density housing in the post-war period. The earliest evidence of activity in Stalybridge is a flint scraper from the late Neolithic/early Bronze Age. Also bearing testament to the presence of man in prehistory are the Stalybridge cairns, the two monuments are on the summit of Hollingworthall Moor,153 yards apart. One of the round cairns is the best-preserved Bronze Age monument in Tameside, a branch of the Roman road between the forts at Manchester and Melandra Castle is thought to run through Stalybridge to the fort of Castleshaw. The settlement was originally called Stavelegh, which derives from the Old English staef leah, the medieval Lords of the manor took de Stavelegh as their name, later becoming Stayley or Staley. The lordship of Longdendale was one of the ancient feudal estates of Cheshire, Buckton Castle, near Stalybridge, was probably built by one of the earls of Chester in the 12th century. William de Neville was the first lord of Longdendale, appointed by the Earl of Chester between 1162 and 1186, the first records of the de Stavelegh family as Lords of the Manor date from the early 13th century. The present hall was built in the late 16th century on the site as an earlier hall of the Stayley family. Sir Ralph Staley had no heirs and after his death his daughter, Elizabeth Staley, married Sir Thomas Assheton, uniting the manors of Ashton. Elizabeth and Thomas had two daughters and no sons, Margaret, the eldest of their two daughters, married Sir William Booth of Dunham Massey The younger daughter, Elizabeth, was widowed without children. She continued to live at Staley Hall until her death in 1553, in her will her share of the lordships of Staley and Ashton were left to the Booths. The manor of Staley remained in the possession of the Booth family until the death of George Booth, upon his death, the Earldom of Warrington became extinct. His only daughter, Lady Mary Booth, the wife of Henry Grey, 4th Earl of Stamford, the manor of Staley was owned by the Grey family until the extinction of the Earldoms on the death of Roger Grey, 10th Earl of Stamford in 1976. At this point the family estates were dispersed, Stamford Street, Grey Street, Groby Street, Stamford Park, Stamford Golf Club and the two Stamford Arms public houses in Stalybridge are all named after the Grey family. As Stayley expanded in the 18th century, it reached the banks of the River Tame, after the construction of a bridge in 1707, the settlement was commonly referred to as Stalybridge, meaning the bridge at Stayley
The FA Cup, known officially as The Football Association Challenge Cup, is an annual knockout association football competition in mens domestic English football. First played during the 1871–72 season, it is the oldest association football competition in the world and it is organised by and named after The Football Association. For sponsorship reasons, from 2015 through to 2018 it is known as The Emirates FA Cup. A concurrent womens tournament is held, the FA Womens Cup. A record 763 clubs competed in 2011–12, the tournament consists of 12 randomly drawn rounds followed by the semi-finals and the final. The last entrants are the Premier League and Championship clubs, into the draw for the Third Round Proper, in the modern era, only one non-league team has ever reached the quarter finals, and teams below Level 2 have never reached the final. As a result, as well as who wins, significant focus is given to those minnows who progress furthest, especially if they achieve an unlikely giant-killing victory. Winners receive the FA Cup trophy, of which there have two designs and five actual cups, the latest is a 2014 replica of the second design. Winners also qualify for European football and a place in the FA Community Shield match, in 1863, the newly founded Football Association published the Laws of the Game of Association Football, unifying the various different rules in use before then. On 20 July 1871, in the offices of The Sportsman newspaper, the inaugural FA Cup tournament kicked off in November 1871. After thirteen games in all, Wanderers were crowned the winners in the final, Wanderers retained the trophy the following year. The modern cup was beginning to be established by the 1888–89 season, following the 1914–15 edition, the competition was suspended due to the First World War, and did not resume until 1919–20. The 1922–23 competition saw the first final to be played in the newly opened Wembley Stadium, due to the outbreak of World War II, the competition was not played between the 1938–39 and 1945–46 editions. Having previously featured replays, the modern day practice of ensuring the semi-final and final matches finish on the day, was introduced from 2000 onwards. Redevelopment of Wembley saw the final played outside of England for the first time, the final returned to Wembley in 2007, followed by the semi-finals from 2008. The competition is open to any club down to Level 10 of the English football league system which meets the eligibility criteria, all clubs in the top four levels are automatically eligible. Clubs in the six levels are also eligible provided they have played in either the FA Cup. Newly formed clubs, such as F. C. United of Manchester in 2005–06 and also 2006–07, all clubs entering the competition must also have a suitable stadium
The Football Association Challenge Vase, usually referred to as the FA Vase is an annual football competition for teams playing below Step 4 of the English National League System. For the 2013–14 season 535 entrants were accepted, with two qualifying rounds preceding the six rounds, semi-finals and final to be played at Wembley Stadium. The 2016 winners were Morpeth Town, who beat Hereford 4–1 at Wembley Stadium, until 1974, football players were either professionals or amateurs. Professionals were paid to play by their clubs, and the cup competitions such clubs were allowed to enter were the FA Cup and after 1969, for clubs outside The Football League. Amateurs, on the hand, did not get paid by their clubs, and such clubs had their own cup competition. In recent years, entry to the FA Vase has been restricted to clubs in the ninth, reorganization of the National League System for 2004 onwards moved the dividing line down to the new Step 5. Clubs from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man also entered the Vase in the past, guernsey F. C. who were formed in 2011 and played in the Step 5 Combined Counties League, gained entry for the 2012–13 season and reached the semi-finals. Eligible teams who played in the FA Trophy the previous season and were relegated from a Step 4 league are exempt from qualifying and start play in the First round Proper of the Vase as well. Clubs that played in the 4th round or later of the previous seasons FA Vase are exempt from qualifying, only six teams have managed to win the FA Vase more than once. Whitley Bay are the team to win the FA Vase three times in successive seasons. Two FA Vase winners, Forest Green Rovers and Tamworth, have gone on to play in the National League at the top level of the non-league pyramid, billericay Town won three times in the mid to late 70s. BT Sport showed the 2016 FA Vase Final between Hereford and Morpeth Town live on 22 May as part of a double-header along with the 2016 FA Trophy Final, the FA Vase at the FA website
Manchester City W.F.C.
Manchester City Womens Football Club are an English womens football club based in Manchester who play in the FA Womens Super League and are current champions. They are affiliated with Manchester City F. C. who play in the Premier League, Manchester City Ladies was formed in November 1988, playing their first match against Oldham on Boundary Parks artificial pitch. City won the friendly 4–2 and joined the North West Womens Regional Football League the following season and this was followed in 2003–04 when the under-13s won the Tameside League and Cup double, narrowly missing out in the final of the League Cup. Following on, the team competing in the following season had a clean sweep of the honours. In 2003 the club achieved The FA Charter Standard Club award for both junior and adult sections, in 2007/08 now former manager Leigh Wood was appointed which proved to ignite an upturn in the Ladies fortunes. With constant improvement season on season the 2011–12 Season proved to be the most successful yet, on 23 January 2014, the club was relaunched with a minor renaming to Manchester City Womens Football Club, ready for the new season. Nick Cushing was appointed first team manager, with Leigh Wood moving to 1st team head coach. Embarking on a 13-match unbeaten run, including 12 wins, the club turned its bottom-half league form into a challenge for the title. Despite their disappointment, the position was enough to secure them European football for the first time in their history. As they embarked on their late-season surge, City also broke the attendance record not once but twice. The stadium has on three occasions since the middle of 2015 set a record for a FA WSL league game. Prior to moving into Academy Stadium, the side were based in the Manchester Regional Athletics Arena. For most of their history, MCWFC have had an affiliation with Manchester City, replica kits of the mens team were still worn and the team was financially supported by the professional side, yet organisationally it was left to run itself. The womens club is now part of Manchester City Football Club proper, following an announcement on 28 August 2012, Manchester City Ladies became an official part of the club under a new formal agreement. All results list Manchester Citys goal tally first, note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality, note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality, for details of current and former players, see Category, Manchester City W. F. C. Record attendance,4,096 vs Chelsea, FA WSL1,25 September 2016 Official website
Manchester City F.C. EDS and Academy
The club is represented at the Under-18 level by the Manchester City Academy team. The Elite Development Squad from season 2012–13 plays in the Under 21 Premier League, starting with the 2011–12 season, the EDS competed in the NextGen Series competition, a Champions League format tournament only open to a select group of Under-19 teams located in western Europe. The NextGen Series organisers invited the 16 teams competing in the season of this new competition based on which clubs were considered to have the best academies in Europe. The EDS will continue to play fixtures in both the Manchester Senior Cup and Lancashire Senior Cup plus several other matches and tournaments such as the Central League Cup, Manchester City have fielded a reserve team since 1892, when the reserves played in the Lancashire Combination. The reserves were champions of the Lancashire Combination in 1901–02, the club left the Lancashire Combination in 1911 to join the Central League upon its formation. The City reserve team played in the Central League until 2000. In 2006 the club re-entered the Central League – now the Pontins League –, the EDS currently play all of their home fixtures at the CFA Academy stadium in Manchester. The MCFC official first team consists of about 40 players. The MCFC first team numbers are normally assigned and published in late July during the close season. As of 31 January 2016 Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Manchester Citys Academy is responsible for development at the club. The academy is one of the most revered in the country, carrington is responsible for such graduates as Micah Richards, Michael Johnson, QPRs Nedum Onuoha and Shaun Wright-Phillips, Fulhams Dickson Etuhu and Stoke Citys Glenn Whelan and Stephen Ireland. The clubs first youth team was set up by Albert Alexander in the 1920s, from 1951 the A team competed in the Lancashire League against reserve and youth teams of other clubs from North West England. From 1955 a second team, the B team, typically comprising younger players than the A team. Youth football in England was restructured by the Football Association in 1997, in its new incarnation, the A and B teams were replaced with Under-19 and Under-17 teams, which competed in the FA Premier Youth League. Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Academy graduates who play for Manchester City, including those that are currently out on loan to other clubs, are highlighted in blue
Since their inception in 1880 by Rev. Arthur Connell and William Beastow as St. Marks, Manchester City F. C. have developed a loyal, passionate and dedicated following. Evolving from a team which aimed to unite the community in industrial east Manchester. Marks changed to Ardwick F. C. before settling on Manchester City F. C. on 16 April 1894. In the 2010–11 season, they were one of only five Premier League clubs to sell out their 36,000 season ticket allocation, Manchester City supporters are distinguishable by their sky blue, a colour which is only used by a handful of professional football clubs in England. The inflatables were initially started as a laugh by numerous City fans after a City player Imre Varadi was nicknamed banana hence the inflatable bananas. Supporters refer to inconsistent results and unexpected events as Typical City, or City-itis, however, despite anguish, many City fans regard success and failure as part of being a loyal and real football supporter and specifically what it means to be a Manchester City supporter. However Manchester City F. C still hold the record for the highest attended all English football match,84,569 fans packed Maine Road for a sixth round FA Cup tie against Stoke City in 1934. Since then, the club has moved to the Eastlands near to where the club was formed in 1880, despite the clubs wealth, Manchester City have very strong working class roots which still remains today.6 million. The survey found that Bolton, Bury, Rochdale, Salford and Trafford had a majority of United fans while Stockport, Tameside, Oldham, Manchester City has a large fanbase in relation to its comparative lack of success in recent years on the pitch. Since moving to the City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester Citys average attendances have been in the top six in England, research carried out by Manchester City in 2005 estimates a fanbase of 886,000 in the United Kingdom and a total in excess of 4 million worldwide. In 1988 when City played against West Brom, during which City fans called for the introduction of City striker Imre Banana, Varadi said after his career, I remember running out at Manchester City and someone threw a banana and just called me Imre Banana. It didnt even rhyme with my name, the inflatable craze just swept the country and there was a banana craze. Indeed, Varadi was affectionately known as Banana from then on, although the bananas were present at Maine Road matches, the bigger inflatable displays were generally reserved for away matches, most notably against West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns. This was a match which City lost 1–0. The drab match itself has largely been forgotten apart from Brian Gayles original excuse for the mistake which cost the goal, at one end of the terrace stood Godzilla. Six feet tall, green and mean, this dinosaur was a match for anybody, at the other end of the terrace stood Frankensteins Monster. Slowly they began to converge towards the centre of the terrace, eventually they met and the creatures joined in battle. The craze soon died down and come the 1990s the inflatable displays on a large scale were nowhere to be seen, currently, inflatable bananas make sporadic appearances of at the City of Manchester Stadium in recent years
International Standard Book Number
The International Standard Book Number is a unique numeric commercial book identifier. An ISBN is assigned to each edition and variation of a book, for example, an e-book, a paperback and a hardcover edition of the same book would each have a different ISBN. The ISBN is 13 digits long if assigned on or after 1 January 2007, the method of assigning an ISBN is nation-based and varies from country to country, often depending on how large the publishing industry is within a country. The initial ISBN configuration of recognition was generated in 1967 based upon the 9-digit Standard Book Numbering created in 1966, the 10-digit ISBN format was developed by the International Organization for Standardization and was published in 1970 as international standard ISO2108. Occasionally, a book may appear without a printed ISBN if it is printed privately or the author does not follow the usual ISBN procedure, however, this can be rectified later. Another identifier, the International Standard Serial Number, identifies periodical publications such as magazines, the ISBN configuration of recognition was generated in 1967 in the United Kingdom by David Whitaker and in 1968 in the US by Emery Koltay. The 10-digit ISBN format was developed by the International Organization for Standardization and was published in 1970 as international standard ISO2108, the United Kingdom continued to use the 9-digit SBN code until 1974. The ISO on-line facility only refers back to 1978, an SBN may be converted to an ISBN by prefixing the digit 0. For example, the edition of Mr. J. G. Reeder Returns, published by Hodder in 1965, has SBN340013818 -340 indicating the publisher,01381 their serial number. This can be converted to ISBN 0-340-01381-8, the check digit does not need to be re-calculated, since 1 January 2007, ISBNs have contained 13 digits, a format that is compatible with Bookland European Article Number EAN-13s. An ISBN is assigned to each edition and variation of a book, for example, an ebook, a paperback, and a hardcover edition of the same book would each have a different ISBN. The ISBN is 13 digits long if assigned on or after 1 January 2007, a 13-digit ISBN can be separated into its parts, and when this is done it is customary to separate the parts with hyphens or spaces. Separating the parts of a 10-digit ISBN is also done with either hyphens or spaces, figuring out how to correctly separate a given ISBN number is complicated, because most of the parts do not use a fixed number of digits. ISBN issuance is country-specific, in that ISBNs are issued by the ISBN registration agency that is responsible for country or territory regardless of the publication language. Some ISBN registration agencies are based in national libraries or within ministries of culture, in other cases, the ISBN registration service is provided by organisations such as bibliographic data providers that are not government funded. In Canada, ISBNs are issued at no cost with the purpose of encouraging Canadian culture. In the United Kingdom, United States, and some countries, where the service is provided by non-government-funded organisations. Australia, ISBNs are issued by the library services agency Thorpe-Bowker
Ashton Athletic F.C.
Ashton Athletic Football Club is a football club based in Ashton-in-Makerfield, Greater Manchester, England. They are currently members of the North West Counties League Premier Division and they are full members of the Lancashire County Football Association. The club was formed in 1968, initially as a Sunday league club playing in the Wigan Sunday League, after winning every division in the league in successive seasons, they switched to playing Saturday football, joining the Warrington & District League. Success in the Warrington League saw the club join the Lancashire Combination in 1978, however, the move up saw the club struggle, finishing bottom of the league in 1978–79 and 1981–82. When the league merged with the Cheshire County League to form the North West Counties League in 1982, Ashton were placed in Division Three, after a fourteenth-place finish in 1984–85, they finished bottom of the table again in 1985–86. At the end of the season the club were expelled from the due to Brocstedes Park failing to meet the ground grading criteria. They subsequently dropped into Division One of the Manchester League and they continued to struggle in the Manchester League, with several lower-half finishes before finishing bottom of Division One in 1989–90. In 2007–08 a third-place finish saw them promoted to the renamed Premier Division of the league, although they finished bottom of the division in 2010–11, they were reprieved from relegation after New Mills were promoted from the division and Formby were relegated due to a breach of the rules. In 2013–14 they won the Challenge Cup, defeating Maine Road 1–0 in the final. C, halifax Town, FA Cup second qualifying round,17 September 2016 Ashton Athletic F. C. players Official website
Barnoldswick Town F.C.
Barnoldswick Town Football Club is a football club based in Barnoldswick, Lancashire, England. They are currently members of the North West Counties League Premier Division and they are affiliated to the West Riding County Football Association. The original Barnoldswick Town joined the Lancashire Combination in 1924, after finishing bottom of the league in 1932–33 and 1933–34 they left the league. They joined the Yorkshire League in 1935, but left after a single season, the modern club was established in 1972 as Barnoldswick United, and joined the Craven & District League, where they playued until joining the East Lancashire League in the early 1990s. In 1997 they switched to Division Two of the West Lancashire League, after finishing as runners-up in their first season, they were promoted to Division One. The following season saw them win Division One, earning promotion to the Premier Division, in 2003 the club absorbed Barnoldswick Park Rovers and Salterforth Juniors, and was renamed Barnoldswick Town. A sixth-place finish in 2008–09 was enough to see the club promoted to Division One of the North West Counties League and they finished as runners-up in their North West Counties League, earning promotion to the Premier Division. C
Bootle Football Club is an English football club based in Bootle, Merseyside. The club are members of the North West Counties League Premier Division, the original Bootle F. C. were formed in 1879 and played their first fixture in 1880, adjacent to Bootle Cricket Club, on Hawthorne Road. The club were Everton FC’s main rivals and competed with Everton for the place in the newly formed Football League. However Bootle lost out and in 1889–90 Bootle became founder members of the Football Alliance and that season was the most successful as the club finished league runners-up and reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, losing to Blackburn Rovers. When the Alliance merged with the Football League in 1892, Bootle became founder members of the new Second Division, however, despite finishing in a respectable 8th place, the club dropped out after one season due to ongoing financial problems. Ironically a new club, Liverpool, took Bootle’s place in the second division. For years now it had been an exporter of its players to other clubs. The promise of money from local businesses brought great optimism. Players mostly came from the league and surrounding clubs, however one player that Bootle overlooked was a tall, blonde, ex-prisoner-of-war German. They kicked off their new campaign in 1948 against Barnoldswick and district, the league was won at the first attempt. However, Bootle struggled in the top-flight and after several seasons and also a change in Council priorities they withdrew from the league. In 1953, the current club was formed as Langton with Frank Doran Senior, the club played in the various local Bootle leagues. After a very successful spell in the Liverpool County Combination – winning the leagues and this was accepted in 1973 and a year later ‘the Bucks’ joined the Lancashire Combination. After winning the Combination in both 1976 and 1977, Bootle then joined the Second Division of the Cheshire County League, which was won in the first season, and were promoted to the First Division. In 1982 the Cheshire County League was one of the leagues merged to form the North West Counties League. The club spent most of their time in the First Division until 2000 when the club was relegated to the Second Division. However, despite finishing 6th in 2002, the club dropped into the Liverpool County Combination as Bucks Park on Copy Lane closed its doors for the final time. In 2006 the club, with a new ground on Vesty Road, in 2009 Bootle won promotion to the NWCFL Premier Division and also won the Championship
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
Congleton Town F.C.
Congleton Town F. C. is a football club based in Congleton, Cheshire, England. They currently play in the North West Counties League Premier Division and are members of the Cheshire County Football Association. The club have played in a number of leagues in the Cheshire area. The club was formed in 1901 and joined the Crewe and District League, in 1904–05 they finished in fifth place. They then joined the North Staffordshire and District League in the 1905–06 season finishing in third place, up until the outbreak of World War I their highest league placing came in 1914–15 when they were runners-up. When the league resumed after the war Congleton spent one last season in the league, in 1920 they joined the Cheshire County League, finishing as runners-up to Winsford in their first season, 1920–21. In 1939–40 they spent one season in the Macclesfield and District League, finishing in equal first place, when football resumed after World War II Congleton Town were once again back in the Cheshire County League. However, the struggled at first including finishing in last place in 1947–48, the club continued to struggle and spent the 1950s finishing toward the bottom of the table each season. They began the 1960s still struggling culminating in a last place finish in 1964–65, before joining the Manchester League in the 1965–66 season and their stay in the league though lasted just three seasons and in the 1968–69 season they joined the Mid-Cheshire League, finishing in eighth place. They were runners-up again in 1971–72 then in 1973–74 they were crowned Mid-Cheshire league champions, the following seaso they finished third before winning the league for a second time in 1975–76. After another runners-up finish in 1976–77 they won the title for a time in 1977–78. In 1978 the club re-joined the Cheshire County League, finishing in place in their first season back in the league. In 1985–86 they were runners-up in the league, only missing out on the title on goal difference, in 1987–88 they joined the Northern Premier League in the newly created Division One, finishing in ninth place. In the 1989–90 season, they reached the First Round of the FA Cup after beating Witton Albion in the qualifying round. In the first round they were away to Football League club Crewe Alexandra where they lost 2–0. They did though reach the round of the FA Trophy where they lost 6–2 to Worksop Town. The club remained in Division One which was renamed the Premier Division for the 2008–09 season, regardless of where they had finished, Congleton would not have gained promotion because they did not submit a promotion application. At the end of the 2010–11 season joint managers Anthony Buckle and he was replaced on 6 November 2011 by Dean Sibson, who took on the role of caretaker manager until a successor was appointed on 31 January 2012
Hanley Town F.C.
Hanley Town Football Club is an association football club based in Hanley, Staffordshire, England. The team plays in the North West Counties League Premier Division which is part of step 5 of the football pyramid. It takes its name from the largest of the six towns in Stoke-on-Trent, Hanley Town plays home games at Abbey Lane ground which is about a mile and a half outside the City Centre. The clubs roots can be traced as far back as the mid to late 1880s, the new Hanley Town were formed in 1966 and ten years later they joined the Mid Cheshire League playing in the Second Division. This led to one of the clubs most successful periods, the club gained promotion to the First Division of the Mid Cheshire League in 1978 and in 1982 they were League Champions, after losing just 2 of their 30 games. However, that success was hard to follow and despite two consecutive third-placed finishes in 1987 and 1988, Town were on the slide. The lowest point came in 1994 when the club were relegated back to the Second Division of the Mid Cheshire League after winning just once all season, following this setback, Hanley returned to local football and took two years regrouping as a club. However, the found the transition tough and they finished their first season in 17th place out of 20. The next six years saw steady improvement from the club and in 2003 they were beaten in the Final of the Midland League Cup by Norton Adderley Green, success was finally achieved under the management team of David Price and Darren Stairs in 2004–05. Hanley Town completed a treble of the League Championship, the League Cup. 2005–06 saw the Midland League merge with the Staffordshire County League, however, the name change didnt stop Hanley Town claiming their second consecutive title, losing just once. There was disappointment though, in the shape of the Leek and Moorland Cup, following the retention of the Championship, Dave Price and Darren Stairs decided to step down as the first team management team. The new season did not get off to the best of starts though, a 5–0 opening day reversal to Alsager Reserves was followed by losses against pace setters Wolstanton United and Hanford. However, the ship steadied and Hanley went on a run of 18 wins from 19 games before a second defeat to Alsager Town in January. This was followed in February by disappointment in the Staffordshire F. A. Vase, however, the first piece of silverware under the new regime arrived courtesy of a 2–0 defeat of Redgate Clayton in the Leek & Moorland Cup at the end of March. Hanford won by a goal to nil, only for it to transpire that the goalscorer was ineligible to play in the match. That defeat left Hanley with just the chase for the Championship to focus on, the 2007–08 season started well with the team winning all of their first 7 games. However, after a draw with fellow table toppers Ball Haye Green, on 17 October 2007, with the club sitting joint top of the league, manager Steve Norris announced his resignation from the club citing personal reasons for his decision
Irlam Football Club is a semi-professional association football club situated in Irlam, Greater Manchester, England. The team competes in the North West Counties League Premier Division, the founding members were Bob Cowlishaw, Bill Russell and Charlie Flynn. Mitchell Shackleton FC entered the Eccles and District Amateur Football League in 1970 and that in turn led to the closure of the sports and social club, and since then the football club has been self-financing. The club was headquartered at the Oddfellows Arms, Patricroft, before moving to St Michaels Community Centre. The club now plays its games at its Silver Street ground in Irlam. During this period, a re-structuring of the league saw Irlam competing in the Industrial B Division, in season 1983–84 Irlam finished Industrial A Division runners-up, but ended the season on a high by winning the Gosling Cup. Irlam joined the Manchester League in 1989, gaining promotion to the Premier Division at the second attempt, a change of management saw Paul Traynor and Kenny Davies take on the first team responsibilities, with George Walker and Ron Parker managing the reserves. In 1993 Irlam reached the Gilgryst Cup Final, only to lose out to Woodley Sports in the final. 1994 saw the formation of a team which was entered into the Eccles and District League. This management team took Irlam to its highest ever position in the Premier Division. Prior to the start of 1997–98 season Kenny Davies walked out, Dave Rowan and Craig Woodley, who had forged a successful partnership with the reserves, were promoted and asked to rebuild the side. Roy Bluer, a manager in Sunday football, was recruited to run the reserves. By the end of December 1997, the first team were bottom of the Premier Division, however a run of six wins, three draws and only two defeats saw Irlam catch the side above them. Losses in the two games saw Irlam drop into the bottom two, but a dramatic win against fellow strugglers Wythenshawe Town and mid-table Monton Amateurs saw the club avoid relegation. The start of 2001–02 season saw the club change its name to Irlam Mitchell Shackleton in anticipation of its move to Irlam, in 2006 the team dropped the Mitchell Shackleton suffix to become Irlam Football Club. League form fell short of expectations, but the team did put together a good Gilgryst Cup run to reach the semi-finals. Gary Fellows managed the team to the title in the 2002–03 season only to have the title stripped through a player technicality. The following season the finished in a disappointing 7th but the team bounced back the season after only to be pipped to the top spot by one point by Prestwich Heys
Litherland REMYCA F.C.
Litherland REMYCA Football Club is an English football club based in Litherland, Merseyside. They are members of the North West Counties League Division One, founded in 1959 at St Thomas FC, their early years were predominantly spent playing in local Church leagues. The name REMYCA United was adopted in 1967, having been created through combination of elements from the names of two closely connected with the club – REM Social Club and Bootle YMCA. Progression to the I Zingari League followed in the early 1970s, a 2006 merger between the two competitions led to the formation of the Liverpool County Premier League, with REMYCA being placed in the Second Division of this new structure. The club went on to claim the title in its inaugural season, the current name of Litherland REMYCA was adopted in 2013, in order to better identify the club with its local area. A successful application to join the North West Counties Football League was subsequently lodged, the club plays at Litherland Sports Park, Litherland, Merseyside. Liverpool County Premier League Second Division Champions, 2006–07 Zingari Cup Winners 1998-99 FA Vase First Qualifying Round 2015–161, players that have played/managed in the Football League or any foreign equivalent to this level. Players that hold a record or have captained the club
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
Padiham Football Club are an English football team based in Padiham, Lancashire. As of 2015–16, they play in the North West Counties League Premier Division, when the club was formed in 1878 it was among the first football clubs in Lancashire and was well supported, attracting an attendance of 9,000 for a match against neighbours Burnley in 1884. At this time Padihams ground was on the banks of the River Calder, hence the nickname, Padiham was one of the first clubs to support the legalisation of professional football. However, this backfired as they were unable to compete with clubs in towns such as Blackburn. The club lost their ground during World War I and lay dormant until after the end of the Second World War, then in 1949 the club was resurrected with the opening of the Arbories Memorial Sports Ground. A crowd of 1,777 turned up to see their opening fixture of the season in the Lancashire Combination Football League and they became founder members of the North West Counties Football League in 1982 but left the league in 1990. They returned in 2000 after spending £500,000 on upgrading the Arbories Memorial Sports Ground, united of Manchester v Padiham,20 August 2005 Padiham F. C. ^ This is the record attendance. They attracted an attendance of 1777 for their first match after reforming, against Chorley Reserves in August 1949, but have not recorded a higher attendance since then at the Arbories
Runcorn Town F.C.
Runcorn Town Football Club is an English association football club based in Runcorn, Cheshire, England. After spending most of their years in the West Cheshire League and their home ground is Pavilions in Runcorn. Runcorn Town also has a Junior Section with six junior teams under the clubs umbrella, Runcorn Town were formed in 1967 under the name of CKD and played in the Runcorn Sunday League. They changed their name to Mond FC in 1970, but little is known about the early years. At the start of the 1974/75 season, they made the decision to try Saturday football in the Warrington & District Football League, at the end of their first season, Mond amalgamated with Premier Division team ICI Weston, becoming Mond Rangers. The following season they finished third in the league and reached the Bowl final, and improved again the season by finishing third in the league. Promotion was achieved in 1994–95 when they finished second in the league and they also reached the Final of the Cheshire Amateur Cup but lost 2–1 to Poulton Victoria in a match played at Prenton Park, Tranmere. Apart from a 5th placed finish in 1996–97, the club were perennial strugglers in Division One, and were relegated for the first time in their history in 2001–02. The 2004–05 season saw return to the club with the first team finishing as runners up in Division Two, winning the Runcorn Senior Cup. Before the start of the 2005–06 season, the changed their name to Runcorn Town. The following season the club won Division Two for the first time in the history and were promoted. The 2007–08 season was probably the most successful in the clubs history, the club won the Runcorn Cup, were runners up in the Pyke Cup, and finished third in Division 1, which remains the clubs joint highest ever finish. They followed this with a 4th place finish in 2008–09 and another third place finish in 2009–10, in their opening match in Division One in August 2010 they beat Abbey Hey 5–1 with Marvin Molyneux scoring Towns first ever goal in the league after just three minutes. The first season was a success, with the club losing just two of their 34 league matches. Promotion to the Premier Division was achieved at the first attempt following a 2–0 victory at Pavilions against Chadderton and they finished the season on a club record run of 25 league games without defeat. In their first season in the Premier Division, Runcorn Town continued their success by finishing as runners up behind Ramsbottom United, Town won 4–1 with Scott Burton becoming the clubs first ever goalscorer in the competition. In the previous second qualifying round, Runcorn Town had recorded the most famous result in the clubs history beating Vanarama Conference North league leaders Barrow 1-0 at Holker Street, james McShane scored Runcorn Towns first ever goal in the competition with Town performing winning 3–1. The clubs best performance in the competition came in the 2012-13 season when they reached the Fifth Round Proper before losing 2–1 at home to Midland Football Alliance league side Walsall Wood, the 2010–11 season was also Towns debut in the Cheshire Senior Cup
Silsden A. F. C. are a football club that play in Silsden, West Yorkshire, England, and are currently members of the North West Counties League Division One The club was formed in 1904. In 2004–05, they reached the round of the FA Vase. For the 2014–15 season, Silsden AFC fielded a Development Squad to compete in the Lancashire Galaxy League under manager Paul Evans, ryan Haig was appointed first team manager for the 2015–16 season but resigned in February due to family commitments. He was replaced by former player James Gill, in January 2016 Silsden announced plans on their website to allow all Bradford City Season ticket holders free admission for the remainder of the season. However, in early 2010 plans were put in place to upgrade their former ground in Silsden, for the start of the 2012–13 season saw the name of stadium change to Angel Telecom Stadium following a five-year sponsor package with the Bradford-based telecommunications company. In 2016 the club again made improvements including new outside toilets. Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality
Squires Gate F.C.
Squires Gate Football Club are a football club based in Squires Gate, Blackpool, Lancashire, England formed in 1948. After spending thirty years in the West Lancashire League in 1991 they were elected to the North West Counties Football League Division Two and are currently in the Premier Division and their home ground is School Road. Squires Gate were formed in 1948 as Squires Gate British Legion and they won the leagues Rawling Shield in their first season. The name of the club was changed to Squires Gate FC in 1953 and they won the leagues First Division in 1955–56 and 1956–57, also the Blackwell Cup in 1958–59 and 1959–60. They spent the 1960–61 in the Fylde District League, winning the Fylde Cup, the following season they moved up to the West Lancashire League where they spent the next thirty years. From 1961 until 1980 they were in Division Two and were promoted in 1981 as champions, in the 1986–87 season they won the Richardson Cup. They were elected into the North West Counties Football League for the 1991–92 season, Squires Gate won the leagues Fair Play Award for the 1993–94 season and were losing finalists in the 1997–98 Division Two Trophy. C. Who had originally promoted as Division Two champions. They reached their highest league placing in the 2005–06 season also reaching the finals of the FA Vase. In June 2006, the chairman, Phil Days, resigned with a call for the merger of the three non-league clubs in Blackpool – Squires Gate, Blackpool Mechanics and Blackpool Wren Rovers. Days also revealed that the three clubs had held talks in 2005 about a merger with the aim being for a new merged club to reach the Northern Premier League, on 10 March 2007 Squires Gate played a home match against FC United of Manchester at Curzon Ashtons ground. The club had approached Blackpool about playing the game at Bloomfield Road, and so they played the match in Ashton-under-Lyne, as it was felt that FCUM fans were more likely to attend with the match being staged in the Greater Manchester area. A crowd of 1,650 saw Squires Gate lose 0–1, in the summer of 2012 Gate changed their Stadium name to The Royal British Legion Stadium. For Gate, Fletcher, Richards, Westwood, Anderson, Ferguson, Mckenna, Penswick, Kay, Dunn, Murphy, the clubs stadium is School Road which has seen some development since the club were elected to the North West Counties League. There is a clubhouse at the ground and floodlights, the record attendance at School Road is 600 for a pre-season friendly against Everton in 1995
West Didsbury & Chorlton A.F.C.
West Didsbury & Chorlton Association Football Club is an English football club located in Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester. The club plays in the North West Counties Football League Premier Division, West spent most of its history in the Lancashire and Cheshire League, then joined the Manchester League Division One in 2006. The club was formed in West Didsbury as Christ Church A. F. C. in 1908 by a local Sunday School Superintendent, Christ Church joined the Manchester Alliance League, in which they played until 1914. For the 1920–21 season, the changed its name to West Didsbury A. F. C. West played at the top level of this league for years, finishing runners-up four times. The club was relegated in 1951–52 but were promoted back the following year, in 1959–60, West were again relegated, but this time took six years to regain a place in Division One. This was short-lived, however, as West were relegated again in 1968–69, despite this, the club won the Rhodes cup for the second time in 1969–70. In the 1987–88 and 1988–89 season the club achieved back to back promotions as champions, in 2003, the club changed its name to West Didsbury & Chorlton, to reflect its new location after an earlier ground move. In 2006, they entered the Manchester League Division One, won two Murray Shields in three seasons, and were crowned champions in 2010–11, gaining promotion to the Premier Division. In the 2011–12 season, the played in the FA Vase for the first time. For the 2012–13 season the club had its application to enter the North West Counties Football League Division One accepted and this was the first time the club has played at level 10 of the English football league system. They also won the NWCFL Division One Cup competition defeating Abbey Hey 1–0 in the final, wests colours are white and black shirts, with black shorts and socks. The away kit is blue shirts, shorts and socks. The club originally played at Christie Playing Fields, but this ground was sold off, the club moved to Brookburn Road in Chorlton for the 1997–98 season and later changed their name to reflect this. The club typically draws support from the wider Chorlton-cum-Hardy area, with a small proportion drawing from the historical roots in West Didsbury. In recent times, the team have been noted for their celebrity support, including local indie-rock band Dutch Uncles, the band form part of the clubs Krombacher Ultras faction who take their name from Krombacher beer, a beverage sold in West Didsburys clubhouse throughout matches. West Didsbury & Chorlton has won three championships and six cup competitions in its history
Whitchurch Alport F.C.
Whitchurch Alport is an English football club based in Whitchurch, Shropshire, England. That season it joined the Shrewsbury and District League, spending two seasons in the league, winning the league in their second season, in 1948 they were briefly elected as members of the Birmingham League, before becoming founder members of the Mid-Cheshire League. They were admitted to the North West Counties League Division One from the Mercian Regional Football League in 2015, stuart Mason began youth playing career here, later player with Wrexham and Crewe Alexandra and manager Bangor City. Jimmy Quinn, later professional player and manager, began his career with Whitchurch Alport playing in the season 1977-78
Winsford United F.C.
Winsford United Football Club are a semi-professional football club based in Winsford, Cheshire, England. The club was founded in 1883 and are nicknamed The Blues, the club is currently a member of the North West Counties League Premier Division, with home matches played at St. Lukes Barton Stadium. Winsford United were founded in 1883, as Over Wanderers and played football in the Welsh Combination Football League and they changed their name and moved to their current ground, the Barton Stadium, a few years later. However, after excessive spending, the club soon folded and they re-formed just before the outbreak of the First World War, and re-grouped after this had finished under a committee led by Mr. R. G. Barton, becoming a founder member of the Cheshire League. From then until the late 1970s, Winsford United played football locally in Cheshire, highlights of this period included one FA Cup first round appearance, against Peterborough United, and Cheshire league wins in 1920–21 and 1976–77. During this period, in the late 1970s, the club reached the quarter finals of the FA Trophy. They were promoted from that in 1992, and enjoyed their highest ever finish as runners up of the Northern Premier League Premier Division in 1992–93. They also reached the FA Cup First Round for a time, losing to Wrexham. The successful team was broken up, however, when manager Mike McKenzie moved on to local rivals Witton Albion, at the start of the 2003–04 season, they found themselves in the North West Counties Division Two. They were finally promoted, on 24 April 2007, to the North West Counties Football League Division One, Manager Joe Gibiliru left in the Summer of 2009 and Terry Murphy, former Middlewich Town F. C. manager, was brought in as replacement. Although at the end of August 2009 Murphy left the club due to family reasons and his assistant. Alcock did not, however, last long as at the beginning of September 2009 he was forced to resign due to ill health, at the end of the 2009–10 season, Alcock and Twite decided not to continue as managers and became involved in coaching and scouting roles instead. Street managed the team for the whole of the 2011–12 season, however, in June 2012 it was announced Street had left the club to take over as manager of Ashton Athletic F. C. On 17 June, it was announced that Lloyd Morrison had joined the club as the new manager, kevin Bircumshaw decided to stay on as assistant manager. C. Despite missing out on promotion in 2012–13, the club did win the Mid-Cheshire Senior Cup for the time in their history. In 2015 the club introduced their new Under 21s side managed by Chris Appleton, the club play at the St. Lukes Barton Stadium, which is located off Kingsway in the Wharton area of Winsford town. The stadium formerly had a greyhound track and it was formerly known as the Great Western Playing Field, but was renamed in honour of R. G. Barton, who led the committee to re-establish Winsford United after the First World War, the stadium also plays host to 1874 Northwich F. C. who, like Winsford, also compete in the North-West Counties League
Blackpool are a football club based in Blackpool, Lancashire, England. The club currently play in the North West Counties League Division One, based at Jepson Way, they are nicknamed The Mechanics or The Mechs, and are full members of the Lancashire County Football Association. The club was founded as Blackpool Metal Mechanics in 1947 before changing their name to Blackpool Mechanics and they initially played in local leagues on the Fylde coast. They also won a number of cup competitions, including the Lancashire FA Amateur Shield in 1957–58. In 1959 the club took the move up the leagues. In their first season, 1959–60, they were runners-up, in 1960–61 they were champions and also won the Lancashire FA Amateur Shield again. The following season they were again West Lancashire League champions, in 1962 they joined the Lancashire Combination Division Two. The division was disbanded in 1968, with the league becoming a single division, the 1971-72 season saw a third-place finish. In the 1972–73 season they won the Lancashire Combination Bridge Shield and in 1974–75 finished as runners-up in the league, with the formation of the North West Counties Football League, they were placed in Division Three, finishing sixth in their first season in the new League. They were promoted as champions to Division Two in 1985–86 and they were briefly promoted to Division One in 1991–92 before being relegated back to Division Two, renamed Division One in 2006. In May 2005 Lytham St. Annes FC, who had just won the West Lancashire League Division One title, in May 2008 the Mechanics merged with Squires Gate Junior FC, with the club renamed AFC Blackpool. As champions of Division One in 2010–11, they were promoted to the Premier Division, on 21 March 2015 some Blackpool FC fans boycotting their match with Leeds in protest at chairman Karl Oystons management of the club decided to attend AFC Blackpools match against Bootle. The game saw an attendance of 503 compared with an average of 35 that season, the club were relegated to the North West Counties League First Division at the end of the 2015–16 season, in which they finished bottom of the table. The club play at The Mechanics, Jepson Way having originally played at Stanley Park Arena, drainage work began on the pitch in April 2008, as well as levelling and reseeding the pitch. Following the clubs name change in May 2008 they leased a piece of land next to the ground to accommodate the enlarged club. Also investment to improve the facilities was begun and it was also decided that the ground would take the name The Mechanics to maintain the link with the past. In February 2006 the club had to switch their match against F. C. United of Manchester to Blackpools Bloomfield Road ground due to the large crowd. Around 4,300 spectators saw Mechanics lose the game 4–2, on the east side is the main stand which contains the dressing rooms, club offices and clubhouse with two rows of spectator seating
Darwen is a football club from Darwen, Lancashire, England. The club was formed in 2009 as a successor to Darwen F. C. who had wound up. AFC Darwen currently play in the North West Counties League Premier Division and are based at the Anchor Ground, on 22 December 2003 Carlsberg Tetley tried to wind up Darwen Football and Social Club. Plans were made for Blackburn with Darwen Council to buy the Anchor Ground, almost immediately, there were plans for a new Darwen football club to be formed. This was achieved before the start of the 2009–10 season, with AFC Darwen created, however, the new club had to start at step 7 of the football pyramid. They successfully applied for admission to the West Lancashire League, and were placed in the Premier Division, after finishing eighth in their first season, they were promoted to Division One of the North West Counties League. In 2014–15 the club won the Division One Trophy with a 3–1 win over Atherton Collieries in the final, also finishing third in Division One and qualifying for the promotion play-offs. After beating Chadderton 2–1 in the semi-finals, they defeated Hanley Town 5–3 in the final, earning promotion to the Premier Division. F. C
Liverpool is a semi-professional football club based in Liverpool, England. The club were formed in 2008 by 1,000 supporters of Liverpool Football Club and they are currently members of the North West Counties League Premier Division and play at Marines Rossett Park. The new club applied to enter Division Two of the North West Counties League for the 2008–09 season and they also agreed a groundshare with Prescot Cables to play at Valerie Park. By mid-July the club had attracted around 1,000 members, the club played their first match on 16 July, a friendly against St Helens Town at Ashton Towns Edge Street. In front of a crowd of around 600, the game ended in a 1–1 draw, the clubs first league match on 9 August saw them beat Darwen 5–0. Their first season saw the win the Division One Trophy with a 1–0 win over Padiham, whilst they finished fourth in the league. In 2009–10 the club finished fifth in Division One and they also played in the FA Vase for the first time, losing 2–1 at home to Dinnington Town in the second qualifying round. However, they retained the Division One Trophy, in 2010–11 the club entered the FA Cup for the first time, losing 4–1 at Hemsworth Miners Welfare in the extra-preliminary round. In the league they finished fourth, earning promotion to the Premier Division after Rossendale United were expelled from the league, however, they failed to retain the Division One Trophy, losing 3–2 after extra time in the final by Atherton Collieries. In 2012–13 they reached the final of the Liverpool Senior Cup, prior to the 2014–15 season the club announced that they would be leaving Valerie Park and playing at Rossett Park in Crosby. They reached the Liverpool Senior Cup final again in 2014–15, losing 5–4 to Skelmersdale United. F. C, Liverpool players List of fan-owned sports teams FC United of Manchester Official website A. F. C