In continuation from their monumental victory in midweek, that saw the club scalp the Northern Counties League One leaders, FC Humber United continue their league campaign on Saturday against local side Hall Road who find themselves in a similar position to that of FC Humber. Aiming to further instill the sensation from their midweek fixture, management take their squad back on the road against Hull side, Hall Road Rangers in a 3.00pm kick-off. As has been the way for a sizable period of the season, Humber will begin the day toward the foot of the table after perhaps a turbulent start, however, the sensational performance mid-week will perhaps be the catalyst the squad requires to press on.
Humber begin the day seventeenth in the league after a much needed win, boosted the team into double figures from their sixteen games played, and all involved will certainly be aspiring to achieve a further haul from a competitive fixture in Hull, under the guidance of Luke, Marc and Paul.
Sighting our opponents for Saturday’s league fixture, the hosting Hall Road Rangers face Humber off the back of a three-nil defeat on the road against Brigg Town. Hall Road themselves begin the day two places and three points above the visiting Humber, which makes it all the more interesting and gives everything to play for. Like Humber, Hall Road made an average start to the season collecting thirteen points from their opening fourteen games of the season. Despite what the form books may suggest going into the fixture, Humber will certainly aim to make a decent account of themselves.
Aiming to press on with the continuing football season, the opportune moment has come for FC Humber to learn from their efforts and continue to move forward. Quoting sources on Hall Road Rangers’ history, FC Humber extend an opportunity in viewing a brief history of the team they face Tuesday:
The club was formed in 1959 as a Sunday league team by Ted Richardson. They later switched to Saturday football, joining the East Riding County League. In 1968 they joined Division Two of the Yorkshire League. League reorganisation saw the club demoted to the new Division Three in 1970. They went on to win the division in 1972–73, earning promotion back to Division Two; the season also saw them win the East Riding Senior Cup for the first time. They were relegated to Division Three at the end of the 1975–76 season but won the division again in 1979–80 and were promoted back to Division Two.
In 1982 the Yorkshire League merged with the Midland League to form the Northern Counties East League. Hall Road Rangers were placed in Division One North, but finished bottom of the division in the league’s first season, resulting in relegation to Division Two North. League restructuring saw them placed in Division One North for the 1984–85 season, and the following season they were placed in the new Division Three. However, Division Three was dissolved after a single season and the club moved into Division Two. In 1990–91 they won the Division Two title and were promoted to Division One. The 1993–94 season saw the club win the East Riding Senior Cup for the second time.
In 2003–04 Hall Road Rangers won the league’s Wilkinson Sword Trophy, beating Garforth Town 5–4 on aggregate in the final. In 2007–08 they were Division One runners-up, earning promotion to the Premier Division, and also won the Wilkinson Sword Trophy for a second time with a 3–2 aggregate win over Teversal in the final. However, after finishing bottom of the Premier Division in 2012–13 they were relegated back to Division One. In 2016–17 they won the Division One title and were promoted to the Premier Division. The club finished bottom of the Premier Division in 2018–19 and were relegated back to Division One.
Tale of the Tape
When it comes to FC Humber United versus Hall Road Rangers, the two sides have only met in competitive action on four occasions. Through the short period FC Humber have existed in their many forms, four occasions they have met Hall Road Rangers and as the record stands, it is not a pretty sight for FC Humber as Hall Road have won all four prior games. There has yet to be a draw between the two sides or a victory for FC Humber, perhaps this opening salvo in the league between the two may break the streak.
Of the four fixtures FC Humber and Hall Road have met in competitive action, there have been twenty-one goals between the two: four from FC Humber and seventeen from Hall Road. The last time these two met, 10th August 2021, the tie ended in a hard fought 3-2 victory for Hall Road Rangers, so it would be suffice to say that FC Humber will have their sights set on bettering that in their favour.
Tom Devereux | Media Executive | FC Humber United