Having secured a point from their previous outing, in a game that offered a multitude of positivity, FC Humber United continue their league campaign on Saturday against one of the league’s high flyers. Having established an initial foothold at the club, management aim to further instil their ideals in a visit to Oxford street against Doncaster outfit, Rossington Main in a 3.00pm kick-off. As has been the way for a sizable period of the season, Humber will begin the day as in eighteenth place after perhaps a turbulent time thus far. The squad, now perched on seven points from their fourteen games, will certainly be aspiring to achieve something from the remaining fixtures, under the guidance of Luke, Marc and Paul.
Sighting our opponents for Saturday’s league fixture, the hosting Rossington Main welcome Humber off the back of a comfortable three-one victory on the road to Hall Road Ranger. Rossington themselves begin the day toward the top end of the table, inside the top four to be precise. Having made a decent start to the season, the club have collected twenty-eight points from their opening thirteen games of the season. Despite perhaps being the underdog going into the fixture, Humber will certainly aim to make a decent account of themselves.
Moving forward with the football season, the moment has returned for Humber to hopefully kick on from their previous outing against Rainworth MWFC 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:
“Like many local football clubs, the history of Rossington Main FC has been revised several times in recent years, and below is a brief rundown of the history. Please visit the club’s website for a more detailed look. http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/rossingtonmain/
Originally thought to have been formed, reaching the 4th Qualifying Round in the 1924-25 season, where they were beaten 3-0in 1926, local knowledge has since revised this date to 1919 when ‘Rossington Colliery’ entered the Sheffield Association League, playing their fixtures on ground at the back of the Colliery offices. A club had competed under the Rossington Colliery name in 1917, but only since 1919 has the club been in continued existence.
The club moved to their current Oxford Street ground in 1921, and just a few years later enjoyed their best ever run in the FA Cup at Lincoln City. The club continued under the name Rossington Colliery for thirty years, enjoying its most successful season at the end of the Second World War when they did the ‘Doncaster Double’, winning both the Doncaster Senior League and Cup in 1944-45. Following the nationalisation of the mines in 1948, the club endured a change of name to Rossington Miners Welfare, and under this moniker they lifted the Doncaster Senior League Premier Division Cup in 1974.
1983 saw a name change to Rossington Main, Founding members of the Central Midlands League, winning the Premier Division and Premier Division Cup in the 2nd year. 1991 saw floodlights erected and a crowd of 1,200 came to ’christen’ them with a match against Leeds Utd. Promotion to the NCEL came that year also and has remained in Division to this date. 1998 saw the club merge with CML neighbours Rossington FC.
Formed as Station FC in the 1970’s they began life in local Sunday football, but progressed rapidly. Initially playing on Tornedale school fields they relocated to a field behind the Social Club on Rossington Welfare, joining the CML in 1986. Early success came with 9 awards in the first 2 seasons including the Division One title in 1987-88. They continued to grow to running four teams with Under 18’s and a Sunday side flanking the 1st & 2nd Teams, but due to League expectations and finances the merger was facilitated. The Sunday side was dropped after the merger with an Over 35’s being formed
This was possibly the most successful period for the club since the merger with no less than 9 trophies in the first 13 years along with 9 Runners-up spots in that time. Highlights included the Reserves winning the Doncaster & District FA Challenge Cup in 2003 and the 1st Team being Runners-up in the NCEL Wilkinson Sword Trophy in 2011. Also, the 1st Team had their best season, breaking Club goal-scoring and points records to finish 7th, all this despite losing 11 regular players throughout the season.
During 2008 our current Chairman Carl Stokes, a local business man took over the running of the club and wasted no time in introducing changes both off and on the pitch. Off the field vast improvements to the ground were rewarded with a prestigious pre-season friendly in 2008 against newly promoted to the Championship, Doncaster Rovers. A record crowd of 1245 enabled the club to start the season on a sound financial footing.
As with all clubs Managers come and go, and we have generally promoted from within the club but this changed in 2013 when former Scarborough Athletic Reserves Manager Steve Brennan took over the reigns and in his 1st half season saw them go on a 9-game unbeaten run (8 wins) and finish 13th with 57 points.
The club took a major step forward in 2014 with the joining together with the Junior sections with them rebranding as Rossington Main Juniors and the Reserves as Development Squad, with the whole intention of bringing the best of the village talent through the club and hopefully to play for the first team and beyond. Another step forward came during the season when a Partnership with Club Doncaster Rovers Foundation. This will help both clubs to develop players with the added bonus of them getting an education in the game.
During the close season Brennan was relieved of his role as the club went back to its roots appointing from within. With the appointment of record goal scorer, Lee Homes, who had hoped to push the team onto greater heights, but although the club certainly progressed off the pitch the results did not match on the pitch. On the 12th of November Lee Holmes stepped down as Manager. With the full backing of the club both Lee and Shaun, his assistant, have both returned to play in the 1st team.
After an unprecedented number of applications, the club chose their new management team, Chris Glarvey taking over as 1st team manager and Ben Scott as his assistant in time for their 1st game in charge away at Nostell Miners Welfare FC on 19/11/16.”
Tale of the Tape
When it comes to FC Humber United Versus Rossington Main, 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 Rossington Main and as the record stands, FC Humber have picked up one victory and a single draw, whilst Rossington have won on four occasions. Saturday’s fixture will again prove a different test for FC Humber, however, the Club will certainly have their sights set on improving their fortunes, from the previous outings this season.
Of the six fixtures FC Humber and Rossington have met in competitive action, there have only been nineteen goals between the two; six from FC Humber and thirteen from Rosso. The last time these two met, was in league action on 17th October 2020, the tie ended in a close two-one victory for Rossington Main. It would be suffice to say Humber will aim their sights on a much-improved result in the latest meeting between the two, as the club search for their next points on the board.
Tom Devereux | Media Executive | FC Humber United