2014 – 2015
In the spring of 2014, the relationship between the Club and the Royal Oak team had strengthened to the point that there was an approach made requesting that they be allowed to join us from the start of season 2014 – 2015. This was quickly agreed by the Club committee. The Works Team finished at the bottom of the League whilst the Royal Oak team won Division Four of the District League and the Groom Cup.
We then agreed to ditch the Works League Team in favour of entering two teams in the District League. The First Team having a place in Division Three (having been promoted) and a Reserve Team having a place in Division Four. The Under Sevens Move to Under Eights, the Under Thirteens to Under Fourteens and the Under Sixteen team moved to Under Seventeens.
Since then the Under Eights have two teams playing satisfying demand and an Under Six team has been added. The Girls remain directly under Gareth’s control.
Currently six Junior Teams and two Open Age Teams are playing compared with the three that played at the start of last season.
Hopefully this demonstrates that the Club has a long term strategy of rebuilding through Juniors following through into Open Age. Players keeping their allegiances with Marsden Football Club
To ensure that the Club can continue supporting this number of teams, major investment has been made to both grounds. This has started with the appointment of a Professional Groundsman, he is contracted to work on both pitches on a weekly basis. Initial work has already been completed, verti draining and fertiliser etc. In the first year the outgoing costs have totalled just over £10,000, this has been on top of the investment of £2,500 spent at Fall Lane last June for one-off work that needed completing.
Our Football Club is rapidly expanding and we must ensure that suitable pitches are always available to be played upon.
Off the field there has been a great upsurge in local support, not just from local businesses in the village but from down the valley and into Huddersfield. This includes sponsorship of team kits and equipment and the purchase of over 40 banners that decorate the railings at our Fall Lane Ground advertising their businesses.
At our AGM on the 30th October 2014, a new committee was elected, this included several of the ex. Royal Oak club. Meetings of the newly elected committee are held at the end of each month. Non-Committee members can attend but are not eligible to speak unless requested to. They are also not allowed to vote on any proposed suggestions.
Season 2013 – 2014
Another change of Management, a stabilisation of the club followed. Due to circumstances beyond the Clubs control, we withdrew from the West Riding League in August 2013. The Works team then found a new home. Another team of youngsters replaced them. This was managed by Adrian Patterson alongside our Coach Gareth Metcalf. The Juniors moved up to Under Thirteens’ and Under Sixteens’, we were now down to just three teams.
Informal committee meetings were arranged and in November at the AGM a properly elected committee took control of the Club. Gareth was appointed Head of Football, he was in charge of all on field activities.
We began 2014 by establishing an under seven team followed by a girls team. Meltham Juniors were hiring the Hemplow pitch on Sundays paying £30.00 each time, whilst the Royal Oak open age team also started hiring the pitch on Saturdays, funding for Saturday paid £50.00 each use. This was due to their normal pitches being waterlogged and unsuitable to play on.
The new committee were able to bring in much needed sponsorship, whilst Julie Walker and team increased our fundraising events so much that the 2013-2014 season saw the club back in profit.
Recent History 2000 – 2013
The success of the 90’s was clearly a tough act to follow, the 1st team having won the WRCAF League Premier Division twice and the Huddersfield Challenge Cup 5 times, all in a nine year period.
In the year 2000, a total of eight teams were operating. Alongside the first team, we had 3 teams in the District League and 4 Junior teams being Under 13, Under 14, Under 15 and Under 17.
A gradual change of management saw the number of teams decline. By the 2011/2012 season the was just the West Riding League Team and our teams playing at ages of Under 11 and Under 14. In the 2012-2013 season, we added a Works League Division 2 team with the Juniors moving up to 12’s and 15’s.
The first team reached the Challenge Cup Final, but lost 2-1 to Bay Athletic. Off the field, finances suffered with bar sales and total income in a rapid decline.
Here is a link to Marsden History Group where the full history of the Club is shown