Off the back of a decent point at home to top ten outfit Armthorpe Welfare, FC Humber United return to league action on the road, in a Tuesday night under the lights against fellow strugglers Tuesday’s fixture will see the club under new management visit Langwith Road against Mansfield outfit, Shirebrook Town in a 7.45pm kick-off. Humber will begin the day in seventeenth place, one place higher than previous outings, after the team secured a solid point last time out. Thus far the squad had totalled six points from their opening twelve fixtures and will certainly be aspiring to achieve something from this fixture, which could well be considered a must win six-point game.
Sighting our opponents for Tuesday’s league fixture, Shirebrook Town whom host Humber at the of the back of a tight defeat at home to Sleaford Town in the FA Vase. Shirebrook will begin the day in twenty-first position after a poor string of results has seen the club slip to the foot of the table. The club have collected three points from their opening ten games of the season and will perhaps look at this fixture in a similar light to that of FC Humber.
The moment is perhaps opportune for Humber to kick on from their decent outing against Armthorpe 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:
“Shirebrook Town Football Club formed in 1985 when the then very successful Sunday side decided it was time to try their hand at the more professional side of non-league football. Back then they were known as Shirebrook Colliery but, when the colliery closed in 1993, they changed their name to Shirebrook Town.
Warren Terrace was the venue for home games, but they soon realised that it was not suitable for the level of football they were hoping to attain. With this in mind, Langwith Road became the new home and, with some good local sponsorship, floodlights were erected. This was the first major phase of a program of ground improvements.
Town have always produced good teams, as well as good individuals, and there have been quite a few different records smashed in recent years.
Stuart Greenwood, ex-first team manager, is the longest ever serving, having joined the club in August 1987 and resigning as manager in 2007. Martin Rowbottom is the most capped player, with 384 appearances. Notable leading goalscorers have included Gary Quincey, Stuart Greenwood, Brendan Yates, Nathan Booth and Lee Widdowson.
The record attendance at Langwith Road is 2,200 when Mansfield Town came to play as part of a deal that saw Gary Castledine move to the Stags in 1991, Steve Harris scoring the only goal of the game to ensure Shirebrook fans went home happy!
The club was promoted to the Supreme Division of the Central Midlands League in 1991, having finished 5th in the Premier Division, before adopting the ‘Town’ name in 1993. They struggled in the first season and finished 14th out of 18 clubs but, after a number of seasons in mid and lower table, they were runners-up in 2000, going one better in 2001 and winning the championship.
Gound grading meant they were passed over for promotion to the NCEL that year, but they went one better and won the league in 2002, just to prove they were not downhearted by the rejection (beating Clipstone 12-0, to record their biggest ever win) and this time their application for a step up was accepted.
They finished in a promotion position in their first season in Division One of the NCEL but, once again, they club failed to satisfy the ground graders and were refused promotion to the Premier Division.
Heartened by the fact that they had been down this path before, they promptly set to and completed the improvements required, which in fact had been already underway but not completed, including a brand-new dressing room which was opened by World Cup 1966 winner Ray Wilson in the evening after they had secured the Division One championship with victory at Lincoln Moorlands. The travelling supports that day boosted the home crowd around 10-fold.
This time there was no denying Shirebrook their place in the Premier Division, and they stepped up to finish 10th in the 2004/05 season.
The Langwith Road ground now had an overall capacity of 2000 of which 400 was under cover and a further 300 seated, and there was also wheelchair access provided, all helping confirm the club’s ambitions of gaining Northern Premier League status.
However, Shirebrook found it hard in the Premier Division, struggling each season afterwards to break out of the bottom half of the table, and they were eventually relegated to Division One after finishing second-bottom at the end of the 2009/10 season.
Nevertheless, with ex-Rainworth Miners Welfare boss Rudy Funk coming in as manager around Christmas 2010, bringing an influx of new players and backroom staff with him, there was a definite buzz around the club again.
But Rudy didn’t stay very long, a move to NCEL Premier Division side Scarborough Athletic taking him away from Langwith Road with just a month of the season left, leaving assistant Micky Taylor in charge, with the side in relative safety in mid-table…”
Tale of the Tape
When it comes to FC Humber United Versus Shirebrook Town, 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 Shirebrook and as the record stands, FC Humber have picked up zero victories and two draws, whilst Shirebrook have won on two occasions. The Tuesday night 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 four fixtures FC Humber and Shirebrook have met in competitive action, there have only been eleven goals between the two; four from FC Humber and seven from Town. The last time these two met, was in league action on 20th April 2019, the tie ended in an even one all draw. 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