Off the back of their league defeat to fellow NCEL outfit Teversal, FC Humber United return to league action in a home fixture that will see Mark Maspero’s squad return to a home tie against Wakefield outfit, Nostell Miners Welfare in a 7.45pm kick-off at the Fairfax Plant Hire Stadium. Humber will begin the day in eighteenth place after collecting five points from their opening ten fixtures and will certainly hope to achieve something from the game, despite their opposition making a decent start to the season. 

Sighting our opponent’s for Saturday’s league fixture, Nostell Miners Welfare visit the Fairfax Plant Hire Stadium on the back of a comfortable five-nil home victory against Hall Road Rangers. Nostell MW will begin the day inside the league’s top four after making a solid start to their Northern Counties East campaign; collecting twenty-two points from their opening nine games of the season. Nostell MW also have the fear of having the current league top scorer; Anees Younis who has netted thirteen times thus far. Humber themselves have Louis Blackwell, who also sits in double figures. 

Perhaps the opportune moment has arisen for FC Humber to learn, adapt and kick on in their Northern Counties East campaign after the club’s disappointment last time out. Quoting their official Nostell MW website, FC Humber extend an opportunity to all, in viewing a brief history of the team they face Tuesday:

“Records exist that a team from Nostell Colliery won a Wakefield District football competition in the 1890s; the club has photographs of Nostell Colliery teams from 1915 and 1921. At that time, the football field was not in its present location but on two sites close by. The Miners Welfare was formed in 1928 after the purchase of the land by the Miner’s Trust Fund. The sum of £400 was paid to a local land owner for 4.5 acres which includes the land on which the present ground is situated.

A Miners Welfare football team was formed and enjoyed early success. The club owns a medal donated by a former player from the 1930s and a photograph of the team that won the Wakefield & District League in 1938.

In the late 1960s, the club had a period of sustained success winning several Wakefield District competitions and eventually being selected into the West Yorkshire League. They lifted the League and Cup double in the 1966-67 season. However, the team eventually broke up and the club fell back to the Wakefield League in the early 1970s.

Enjoying relative success, the club began to develop again and two new teams were formed. The first team joined the West Yorkshire League in 1982.

Following mining subsidence to the ground, fundraising of over £30,000 allowed the pitch to be levelled off, drainage installed and other ground improvements undertaken. However, Nostell colliery was closed, the nearby colliery houses were demolished and the Welfare struggled to survive.

The football continued through this difficulty and promotions through the Divisions of the West Yorkshire League eventually led to Premier Division status.

The most successful period in the club’s distinguished history was about to begin, with the appointment of current manager Alan Colquhoun in the late 1990s. After initially struggling in the Premier League, the club gradually improved, eventually being crowned Champions of the West Yorkshire League.”


Tale of the Tape

When it comes to FC Humber United Versus Nostell Miners Welfare, the two sides have only met in competitive action on six occasions. Through the short period FC Humber have existed in their many forms, six occasions they have met Nostell MW and as the record stands, FC Humber have picked up one victory and zero draws, whilst Nostell have won on five occasions. The Tuesday night under the lights will prove a test for FC Humber, however, the Club will certainly aim to improve their fortunes. 

Of the six fixtures FC Humber and Nostell MW have met in competitive action, there have been twenty-eight goals between the two; six from FC Humber and twenty-two from Nostell MW. The last time these two met, 4th January 2020, the tie ended in a somewhat entertaining 5-2 victory for Nostell Miners Welfare. It would be suffice to say, Humber will aim their sights on perhaps bettering that result, as the club search for more points on the board. 

Tom Devereux | Media Executive | FC Humber United

September 20, 2021