It would be fair assessment that FC Humber have compiled a mixed effort thus far in their northern counties east campaign, collecting a well-deserved victory on the opening day in a 7-1 drumming of Dronfield Town. Then came an away trip to Worsbrough Bridge in a battle of the early leaders, FC Humber unfortunately came away worse off after a 5-2 defeat. However, despite the mixture in fortune FC Humber have shown what they are capable of as a team and it is only a matter of time until this begins to click on a regular basis, with sights firmly set on the commencement of the NCEL Division One season.
As for Saturday’s league opposition, Glasshoughton Welfare have themselves opened their Northern Counties East campaign in a similar manner to FC Humber; Narrowly missing out in the opening day of the campaign losing a thrilling 3-2 fixture away to Brigg Town. Then came their first home fixture of the season on a lovely summer’s eve against Hall Road Rangers; Glassy Welfare came away with their first three points as they dispatched their visitors in a tight 2-2 victory.
Both FCHU and Glasshoughton Welfare have faced a mixture of fortune in their pre-season campaigns; FC Humber ended their pre-season with two wins and four loses whereas Glasshoughton ended with two wins and three loses. Both FCHU and Glasshoughton have faced a familiar foe in Thorne Colliery during pre-season, FC Humber winning 5-2 and Dronfield departing with a 2-1 defeat. However, with the focus during pre-season being around fitness and working through tactical aspects during games, a side may not have the best of pre-season campaigns but could go on to have a decent season.
As the second week of the season comes to an end with the continued hopes that football does not fall into yet another period of disruption, FC Humber have the opportunity to size up their opposition once more as the club look ahead to their third league fixture of the season. The club end their second week with a League fixture at home to Glasshoughton Welfare in a 3.00pm Kick off at the Fairfax Plant Hire Stadium.
With the season now underway, the opportune moment is upon us as FC Humber to learn from their efforts and continue to move forward. Quoting sources on Glasshoughton Welfare’s history, FC Humber extend an opportunity in viewing a brief history of the team they face Saturday:
The club was established in 1964 as a Sunday league works team under the name Anson Sports. They initially played in the Castleford Sunday League and adopted their current name in 1974 after moving to the sports ground of Glasshoughton Colliery on Leeds Road. The new ground enabled them to switch to Saturday football, with the club joining the West Yorkshire League. In 1985 they were admitted to Division Three of the Northern Counties East League. The division was abolished at the end of the 1985–86 season, with the club moved up to Division Two.
After a sixth-place finish in 1989–90, Glasshoughton were promoted to Division One, and the following season league restructuring saw them placed in the Premier Division. In 1993–94 they won the West Riding County Cup, beating Selby Town 4–0 in the final. In 1997–98 they won the league’s President Cup, beating Ossett Albion 7–2 on aggregate in a two-legged final; the home leg was watched by a record crowd of 350.
Despite only two top-half finishes, including a best-ever third-place in 1999–2000, Glasshoughton remained in the Premier Division until being relegated at the end of the 2007–08 season, which saw them finish bottom of the Premier Division. They finished bottom of Division One the following season, failing to win a league match all season, but after two seasons of improvement, they were Division One runners-up in 2011–12, earning promotion to the Premier Division. In 2014–15 the club finished bottom of the Premier Division and were relegated back to Division One.
FC Humber United
The club made a good start to the 2020-21 season, collecting two victories from their opening three games. Collecting a 1-0 victory at home to Armthorpe Welfare on the opening day; the very same score line appeared a week later when away to Worsborough Bridge Athletic, A 6-2 defeat to Retford FC separated victories. The then East Hull, would go on to collect one further point thereafter in a 2-2 draw at home to Worsbrough Bridge Athletic.
Prior to the prematurely curtailed season, FC Humber or East Hull as they were then known closed out the season in 18th place above Worsbrough Bridge Athletic and Selby town, having collected seven points from their ten games played.
The start of the 2020-21 season wasn’t particularly kind to Glasshoughton Welfare as they failed to collect a single point in their opening five games. However, in Glasshoughton’s defence their opening fixtures of the campaign came in the form of away trips to Campion, Skegness Town and Rossington Main; The club also saw home ties come against North Ferriby and Hall Road Rangers. Glasshoughton would go on to collect eleven further points.
Prior to the prematurely curtailed season, Glasshoughton Welfare closed out the season with a respectable mid-table finish, ending the campaign in 13th place, after securing eleven points from their twelve games played.
Tale of the Tape
When it comes to FC Humber United Versus Glasshoughton 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 Glasshoughton and as the record stands, it is not a pretty sight for FC Humber as Glasshoughton have won five prior games and FCHU one. There has yet to be a draw between the two sides, perhaps this fixture has a draw all over it to break the streak.
Of the six fixtures FC Humber and Glasshoughton have met in competitive action, there have been thirty-four goals between the two: Nine from FC Humber and twenty-five from Glasshoughton. The last time these two met, 3rd November 2020, the tie ended in a comfortable 7-0 victory for Glasshoughton, so it would be suffice to say that FC Humber will have their sights set on bettering that in their favour.
In a pre-match interview, Club Manager Mark Maspero shared a few thoughts ahead of FC Humber United’s League Cup fixture at the Fairfax Plant Hire Stadium and a Hall Road Rangers. We began on Mark’s thoughts on Glasshoughton Welfare and the challenge they will offer being yet another established NCEL outfit:
“Glasshoughton again is an inspiration to us. Obviously a well run and established NCEL club. They have had a mixed bag of results during preseason and a steady start to this campaign. They will offer a different challenge to us, but a challenge we will relish.”
In what could be considered a tough end to the month as we square off against landlords Selby followed by North Ferriby FC and Hallam FC; Saturday’s fixture against Glasshoughton and perhaps the Ollerton tie the following Tuesday would be games you’d be searching for more points on the board and a platform to build on?
“Honestly these are both games we should be looking to get positive results from. But I also know, they will be thinking the same about us. We will expect to compete against Glasshoughton, but our form has been so inconsistent that the one thing we can guarantee is goals and entertainment.”
With games coming thick and fast, with the pandemic looming over our shoulders. Preparation will be key for a new squad such as ours; Therefore, a thoroughness will no doubt ensue, how will you prepare the squad?
“We are a good technical and tactical young squad. What we do need to work on is our pre game preparation. We are using player experience from within the group, but may need to think outside the box to improve this area.”
FC Humber would also like to take this opportunity in offering supporters and the wider football community in viewing the club’s official website www.fchumberunited.co.uk for further updates and information throughout the season.
Tom Devereux | Media Executive | FC Humber United