FC Humber United | NCEL Division One Review

Upon the Football Associations recent unveiling the league constitutions for competitions at Steps 3 to 6 of the National League System, FC Humber United are now aware of their league opposition for the coming 2021/22 NCEL season. The resulting reshuffle has seen five teams depart, three upwards and two laterally, whilst the we welcome five teams to the now twenty-one team NCEL Division One which will no doubt provide a competitive challenge for all, over the forty-game season. 

FC Humber United extend an opportunity to all in viewing the NCEL Division One in its entirety;

Club: Armthorpe Welfare FC
Ground: Marra Falcons Stadium
County: South Yorkshire

The club was formed in 1926 as part of the Colliery Social Welfare scheme. Throughout it’s years, it achieved varied but limited success before disbandment in 1974. The lack of senior football in the village was soon recognised, and the club was reformed in 1976 when they registered in the Doncaster Senior League Division Three. The ground at Church Street has a capacity of 2,500, and it held close to that in 1986 when facing Doncaster Rovers in a charity match.

Club: Brigg Town CIC
Ground: The Hawthorns Stadium
County: North Lincolnshire

Brigg Town FC, known as the Zebras, are the oldest surviving club in Lincolnshire, and one of the oldest clubs in England, having been formed in 1864. In the non-league world only Sheffield (1857), Harefield Utd (1858), Hallam (1860) and Cray Wanderers (1860) are older. Brigg football was said in early 1870 to have become a recognised institution in the town, and members were practicing hard to take part in some important matches at Lincoln, Hull etc. 

Club: Clipstone FC
Ground: The Lido Ground
County: Nottinghamshire

Clipstone FC began life under the name of Clipstone Combine, they then became Clipstone Welfare in 1955. In 1955/56 they won the treble of Spartan League Champions, League Cup Winners and Notts County F.A. Intermediate Cup winners and promotion to Notts Alliance League. With promotion they left their ground at Baulker Lane and moved to a new ground which has remained their home to the present day… “The Lido Ground”. 

Club: Dronfield Town FC
Ground: HE Barnes Stadium 
County: Derbyshire

A Dronfield Town existed in the mid 1890’s but folded in around 1914. Although the club was revived in the 1920’s, it dissolved shortly afterwards. Another incarnation of the club in the 1950’s also folded soon after being re-established. The club was re-established again in 1973 as a Sunday League team, playing in the Sheffield Sunday League. It continued until folding in 1996. The modern club was originally formed as Dronfield Sports Junior Football Club, before becoming Dronfield Town when we moved to the Pioneer Club ground in 1998.

Club: Glasshoughton Welfare FC
Ground: The Lee Johnston Signage Stadium
County: West Yorkshire 

The Club was formed in 1964 as works outfit, Anson Sports. A change to Saturday football and entry to the West Yorkshire League saw the policy of only playing company employees scrapped. However, lack of a regular home ground prevented further success. In 1974, an approach was made by the Glasshoughton Colliery to adopt the name of the Colliery Welfares disbanded club and play on its Leeds Road ground. This enabled the move into senior football and entry to the West Yorkshire League and ultimately the Yorkshire League and currently the Northern Counties East Football League. 

Club: Hall Road Rangers FC 
Ground: Haworth Park
County: East Yorkshire 

The club moved to a senior division in 1968, stepping up into the Yorkshire Football League Division Two. In 1970, they were moved to the newly formed Division Three and won the title twice in eight years – in 1973 and 1980 – either side of a relegation in 1976. Rangers were founding members of the Northern Counties East League in 1982. After being placed in Division One North, they finished bottom in the inaugural season of the league. A league reshuffle saw Hall Road return to Division One North for the 1984/85 season. 

Club: Hallam FC
Ground: Sandygate Road
County: South Yorkshire

Located in a leafy suburb of Sheffield, to the West of the city centre and some 800 feet above sea level lies Sandygate Road, officially the oldest football ground in the World and home of Hallam FC since 1860, thus making them the second oldest football club in the World to Sheffield FC. After the formation of Hallam Cricket club in 1804 by the landlord of the Plough Inn the club blossomed. By the 1850’s it had in excess of 300 members. Many of these members, familiar with the team football being played by Sheffield FC (formed in 1857), wished to create a less exclusive club led by cricketers. Thus in 1860, Hallam FC was born.

Club: Harrogate Railway Athletic FC
Ground: Station View
County: North Yorkshire 

Formed in 1935 by Railway workers Harrogate Railway Athletic FC have a long history supporting the local community and developing young talent. We have been one of the most successful Amateur football teams in our region winning multiple competitions at all levels throughout the years even reaching the FA Cup second round in 2002/03 and 2007/08 just losing on both occasions against Bristol City and Mansfield Town. 

Club: North Ferriby FC
Ground: Dransfield Stadium
County: East Yorkshire 

Formed in 1934 as North Ferriby United AFC, the club reached the Premier Division of the NPL for the first time in the club’s history in 2005, after winning the Division 1 of the NPL. In 2013, North Ferriby won promotion to the Conference North. In 2015, they beat Wrexham of the Conference Premier to win the 2014–15 FA Trophy. They were promoted to the National League in 2016, having won the National League North play-offs, but were relegated after one season. The club was liquidated following a court order on 15 March 2019. On 20 April 2019 it was announced that a phoenix club had been formed to be known as North Ferriby Football Club and approval had been granted for them to participate in the Northern Counties East Football League commencing in the 2019/20 season. 

Club: Nostell Miners Welfare FC
Ground: Welfare Ground
County: West Yorkshire 

Records exist that a team from Nostell Colliery won a Wakefield District football competition in the 1890s; the club has photographs of Nostell Colliery teams from 1915 and 1921. At that time, the football field was not in its present location but on two sites close by. The Miners Welfare was formed in 1928 after the purchase of the land by the Miner’s Trust Fund. The sum of £400 was paid to a local land owner for 4.5 acres which includes the land on which the present ground is situated. 

Club: Ollerton Town FC
Ground: Walesby Lane Sports Ground
County: Nottinghamshire 

Ollerton has a long history of local football going back to the late 1800s. One of its best periods was immediately before the Second World War; when Ollerton Colliery reached three Notts Senior Cup finals in a row from 1936 to 1939, winning it in 1937/38. It’s reserve team also won the Notts Intermediate Cup the year previous. Ollerton Colliery ceased as a football club in the early 1980s but was reformed as Ollerton & Bevercotes F.C in 1988. Following the closure of the colliery in 1994, the club changed its name to Ollerton Town F.C. 

Club: Parkgate FC 
Ground: Roundwood Sports Complex 
County: South Yorkshire 

The club was established in 1969 as BSC Parkgate and played in the Hatchard and Sheffield Association leagues before joining the Yorkshire League in 1974. In 1979 they were promoted from Division Three to Division Two, and when the league merged with the Midland League to form the Northern Counties East League (NCEL) in 1982, Parkgate were entered into Division One South of the new competition. In 1986 they were promoted to the NCEL Division One. Two years after changing their name to RES Parkgate in 1990, they installed floodlights, and in 1994 they changed their name again, this time to just Parkgate.

Club: Rainworth MWFC
Ground: Welfare Ground 
County: Nottinghamshire

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 up, although it was a move which other clubs in the league soon copied. 

Club: Retford FC
Ground: The Rail
County: Nottinghamshire

The club was reformed in 2015. They joined the Central Midlands League and entered the FA Vase for the first time a year later. Retford FC were crowned champions of the Central Midlands North Division 2018/19 season. 2019/20 season will see them play in the Northern Counties East League Division One. 

Club: Rossington Main FC
Ground: Oxford Street
County: South Yorkshire 

Originally thought to have been formed in 1919, reaching the 4th Qualifying Round in the 1924-25 season, where they were beaten 3-0 in 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. 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. 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. 

Club: Selby Town FC
Ground: Fairfax Plant Hire Stadium 
County: North Yorkshire

Soon after the club’s formation, in 1920 they were entered into the Yorkshire Football League as a founding member. During the 1930s Selby were one of the most successful clubs in the league, winning it three times before the Second World War. After the war the club won two more Yorkshire League championships in 1952–53 and 1953–54 where they also reached the FA Cup 1st Round. During the 1954–55 season, they reached the Second Round of the FA Cup, the furthest in their history; they were knocked out by Hastings United 2–0. 

Club: Shirebrook Town FC
Ground: Langwith Road
County: Derbyshire 

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. 

Club: Swallownest FC
Ground: Miner’s Welfare Ground
County: South Yorkshire

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 

Club: Teversal FC
Ground: Teversal Grange Sports and Social Centre
County: Nottinghamshire

A previous club, Teversal Miners Welfare, had existed in the town since the 1918, playing at the same Carnarvon Street ground as is used today, but had long since dropped to playing youth football by the time the current senior set up re-established in 1986, under the name M W Teversal. The closure of the two local collieries (Teversal and Silverhill) lead to a period of uncertainty, but the local Ashfield District Council took over the trusteeship of the complex in 1989, with the name becoming the Teversal Grange Sports and Social Centre. The football club followed suit, changing the name to Teversal Grange. A further name-change took place in 2000 when they dropped the “Grange” to become simply Teversal F.C.

Club: Worsborough Bridge Athletic FC
Ground: The Pinto Property Stadium
County: South Yorkshire

The club was formed as Worsbrough Bridge St James in 1923. After the Second World War they were renamed as Worsbrough Bridge Athletic and then Worsbrough Bridge Miners Welfare Athletic in 1959. They played in a local Barnsley league until 1961, when they joined the Sheffield Association League. They won the league title in 1965–66 and 1969–70 and also played in the FA Amateur Cup during the same era. When the Yorkshire League merged with the Midland League to form the Northern Counties East League (NCEL) in 1982, Worsbrough were among the founder members of the new competition, being placed in Division Two South. They were subsequently moved around the NCEL following several league restructures, before winning promotion from Division Three to Division Two in 1986. In 2006 they changed their name back to Worsbrough Bridge Athletic. 

In conclusion, FC Humber United are now looking forward to working with the NCEL and all clubs in producing the best possible season ahead and welcoming each club to the Fairfax Plant Hire Stadium, as they say the hard work starts now. 

Tom Devereux | Media Executive | FC Humber United

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May 20, 2021