FC Humber will put their league campaign on temporary hold, as they battle it out in the FA Vase at the Fairfax Plant Hire Stadium off the back of a rejuvenated performance against Clipstone FC. Humber will host Rotherham outfit Parkgate FC who are fairing a little better than Humber thus far this season. 

After the rejuvenated performance witnessed Saturday, the opportune moment is upon us to move and build upon these efforts. Quoting official sources on Parkgate FC, FC Humber extend an opportunity to all, in viewing a brief history of the team they face under the lights on a Friday night:

“The club was established in 1969 as BSC Parkgate and played in the Hatchard and Sheffield Association leagues before joining the Yorkshire League in 1974. In 1979 they were promoted from Division Three to Division Two, and when the league merged with the Midland League to form the Northern Counties East League (NCEL) in 1982, Parkgate were entered into Division One South of the new competition.

In 1986 they were promoted to the NCEL Division One. Two years after changing their name to RES Parkgate in 1990, they installed floodlights, and in 1994 they changed their name again, this time to just Parkgate. The 1997–98 season saw Parkgate reach the final of the Sheffield & Hallamshire Senior Cup for the first time, losing to Emley at Hillsborough (they lost two further finals in 2006 and 2011).

They were finally promoted to the NCEL Premier Division in 2007 when they won the Division One title, and they have remained in this division ever since, reaching a high point in 2011 when they finished as league runners-up.

The Steelmen suffered relegation from the NCEL Premier Division at the end of the 2017–18 season under the guidance of Manager Billy Fox.

Following a poor start to the 2018–19 Division One season, manager Billy Fox was relieved of his position as manager leaving the club with 1 point from the first 6 games. Chairman Albert Dudill quickly appointed former player Andy Dawson as First Team Manager, Lee Whitehead as assistant manager and Ben Starosta as player-coach.”

For the Record

First and second

For FC Humber United, the cup tie against Parkgate FC will be the second ever FA Vase fixture in the Club’s history. The only other feature in the competition, was an away tie against Cheadle Town for the then, East Hull; a game that saw Cheadle run away with a comfortable 4-0 victory in the 2019-20 season. It would be suffice to say that Humber will be chomping at the bit, for a venture into the later rounds of the FA Vase, especially considering the Club start their 2021-22 Vase endeavors with a home fixture, which is another first for the club’s record books. 


Tale of the Tape

When it comes to FC Humber United versus Parkgate FC, the two sides have only met in competitive action on three occasions. Through the short period FC Humber have existed in their many forms, three occasions they have met Parkgate, and as the record stands, FC Humber have yet to record a single victory or draw, whilst Parkgate have won all three meetings between the two teams. 

Of the three fixtures FC Humber and Parkgate have met in competitive action, there have been ten goals between the two; two from FC Humber and eight from Parkgate. The last time these two met, 12th October 2019, the tie ended in a somewhat entertaining 2-4 victory for Parkgate. Perhaps the Friday night cup fever will offer a boost to the Humber squad in recording their first result against the Rotherham outfit. 

Tom Devereux | Media Executive | FC Humber United

September 8, 2021