Following the aftermath of the heavy league defeat on the road at the hands of Harrogate Railway Athletic, Humber see their league campaign continue Saturday against fellow strugglers, Swallownest FC side who find themselves a mere place above FC Humber, after what can only be described as a struggled start to their campaign. Aiming to turn around the 7-1 defeat witnessed at Station View to Harrogate Railway, Humber return to familiar surroundings of the Fairfax Plant Hire Stadium in a revised 2.00pm kick-off. 

As has been the way for a sizable period of the season, Humber begin the day toward the foot of the table after what can only be considered as struggled beginnings to the season; however, sensational performances have proven sporadic thus far indicating the calibre of football the club can play, we can hope Saturday’s fixture will perhaps be the catalyst the squad requires to press on. With ten points on the board from a possible fifty-seven, Humber are under no illusions as to what is required thriving and moving forward at Northern Counties East level. 

Taking the focus to our opponent’s for Saturday’s Northern Counties fixture at home, Swallownest visit the Fairfax off the back of a two-nil defeat on the road to Hull side, Hall Road. With regards to their season this far, Swallownest have certainly had their frustrations as they find themselves eighteenth going into the next round of fixtures. With ten points collected from the opening third of the season, results indicate the enormity of the occasion that Saturday will bring; a win for either side will be very much needed in the potential for reigniting the season. 

Moving onto the next round of fixtures, once more we turn our attention to our next opposition in a hope to collect further points. Quoting their official website, FC Humber extend an opportunity to all, in reviewing a brief history of the team they face Tuesday: “The club first entered senior league football as Aston in 2006, playing in the South Yorkshire Amateur League (SYAL). They won promotion from Division 1 in their first year and followed that up by winning the SYAL title a year later.

In the summer of 2008 they were admitted to the Sheffield & Hallamshire County Senior League (S&HCSL), starting in Division Two.

They won two successive promotions to reach the County Senior League Premier Division by 2010, when they changed their name to Swallownest Miners Welfare.  A previous team representing the Miners Welfare had competed in the Yorkshire League during the 1960s. In their first season at Step 7 of the National League System, the new Miners Welfare FC clinched the County Senior League championship remaining unbeaten all season.

In 2014/15 they applied for promotion to the Northern Counties East League (NCEL) but ultimately failed to pass a ground grading inspection, and in 2015/16 (the year they were renamed as simply Swallownest) they finished in too low a position to attain promotion. Finally, after winning the S&HCSL Premier Division for a second time in 2017, they won promotion to the NCEL Division One.

In the first 3 seasons in the NCEL Division One Swallownest FC guided by manager Jordan Stocks maintained a top half finish. In December 2020 the club parted company with Stocks and the role was taken up on an interim basis by current player Alex Nightingale. Following a 5-2 win in his first game in charge Nightingale was confirmed as 1st Team Manager.”

Tale of the Tape

When it comes to FC Humber United versus Swallownest, 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 Swallownest and as the record stands, FC Humber have managed to collect two victories and a solitary draw against Saturday’s opposition, whilst Swallownest have won three prior encounters. 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 two fixtures FC Humber and Harrogate Rail have met in competitive action, there have only been twenty-nine goals between the two; eleven of those have come from FC Humber and eighteen from Swallownest. The last time these two met, was in league action on 18th January 2020, the tie ended in a comprehensive four-one victory in Swallownest’s favour. 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

November 18, 2021