Off the back of Tuesday’s disappointment that left the club empty handed from an otherwise decent outing, FC Humber United continue their league campaign on Saturday against fellow strugglers. The fixture will see the club’s new management set up host their first home league fixture against another Mansfield outfit, Rainworth MW in a 3.00pm kick-off. Humber will begin the day as they have been for a fair chunk of the season, in eighteenth place after an under par start to campaign. The squad remain on six points and will certainly be aspiring to achieve something from this fixture, which could well be considered another must win six-pointer. 

Sighting our opponents for Saturday’s league fixture, Rainworth MW who visit the FPH Stadium off the back of a heavy four-nil defeat at the hands of Hallam FC. Rainworth themselves begin the day toward the bottom of the league, sitting in sixteenth position, a mere two points ahead of Humber. The club have collected eight points from their opening nine games of the season, putting the emphasis on an important game for both and will perhaps look at this fixture in a similar light to that of FC Humber.

The moment has once more returned for Humber to hopefully kick on from their previous outing against Shirebrook Town and perhaps reinvigorate their season. Quoting their official website, FC Humber extend an opportunity to all, in reviewing a brief history of the team they face Saturday:

Rufford Colliery FC, as they were styled until the 1970s, were founded in 1922, but it was not until 1976 that they really began to take off with the arrival of Brian Phillips, the former Middlesbrough and Mansfield Town centre half, as manager. Phillips succeeded the club’s first ever manager, Tony Porter, whose appointment made Rainworth the first Notts Alliance club to take this step, although it was a move which other clubs in the league soon copied.

Phillips, whose death at the age of 80 was mourned by the club during the 2012 close season, led the side to runners-up spot in 1976, and then followed six successive league championships. They also enjoyed consistent success in the League Cup, and won the Notts Senior Cup twice.

The League, League Cup and Senior Cup were all won in 1982, but the icing on the cake came in the FA Vase. It was only the third time the club had entered the national competition, but they went all the way to the Wembley final before losing 3-0 to the upwardly mobile Forest Green Rovers – who now play at the highest level of non-League. 

The 1980s saw Rainworth, reach the last 16 of the Vase on three more occasions, plus further appearances in the Notts Senior Cup final, but after 1983 it was not until 1991 that silverware again graced the trophy cupboard in the form of the Notts Alliance championship, as Rainworth became the club everyone wanted to beat.

Successive managers had to work in the shadow of that great side. They included former Bolton, Burnley, Birmingham, Oxford and Mansfield forward Neil Whatmore, John Slater – himself a member of that 1982 team – who after leading Clipstone Welfare to three successive titles made it a nap hand by winning the next two as Rainworth manager… For further club history, please visit the club’s official website: https://www.pitchero.com/clubs/rainworthmwfc/

Head-to-Head 

Tale of the Tape

When it comes to FC Humber United against Rainworth MWFC in competitive action, the two have never previously met. Therefore, the stakes are set for both in taking an early step in the tale of the tape between the two clubs. A huge game it will be, both Humber and Rainworth are very much in need of points on the board after perhaps a lacklustre start for the two. 

The Saturday fixture could well be the stepping stone Humber requires to get back on track, however, the same could probably be said of their opposition. Only time will tell as we look forward to visiting and returning home to the Fairfax Plant Hire Stadium. 

Post-Match Thoughts

Ahead of the big game Saturday, newly appointed Luke Herriott shared a thought or two ahead of his opening home fixture at the Fairfax Plant Hire Stadium: “…My thoughts now turn to training Wednesday night and making sure all our players know their individual jobs and to tighten the back line for the better. Work on our defensive set pieces and corners. We have 4 days to make things better ready for Saturday and I feel we will come into the game fresh and hungry for three points. 

On a final note, Tuesday’s game proved a very scruffy battle and a battle we weren’t quite ready for. Ultimately, we fell into their trap and it cost us the game. However, moving onto Saturday’s game against Rainworth MW, I believe it is a must win game and I will make sure our lads are up for it and are going to give hundred percent for the club and themselves.”

Tom Devereux | Media Executive | FC Humber United

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September 30, 2021