Through the late 70s to early 80s they won the much respected Notts Alliance League no fewer than 10 times including a run of six consecutive league titles between 1977 and 1983.
At the height of being the most successful team in Nottinghamshire the club went on their best run the the FA Vase when they reached Wembley Stadium before losing to Forest Green Rovers by 3 goals to nil. The semi final at home to Barton Rovers saw a ground record attendance of 5071 spectators, this was to beat 13 Football League attendances on the day.
After a period of less success, the club won two more Alliance titles in the mid-1990s, and then began to build for a rise up the football pyramid. Floodlights had been erected at their Kirklington Road ground in 1991, with covered accommodation following, which has since been extended, and seating installed.
This enabled the club to be accepted for the Central Midlands League in 2003. They finished third in the lower ("Premier") division in their first season, earning promotion to the Supreme Division where they played until they were promoted to the Northern Counties East League Division One in 2007.
On 18 April 2009, they earned promotion to the Premier Division as runners-up, after a 3–0 win at Worsbrough Bridge.
In May 2010, Bridlington Town formally notified the FA that they would not accept promotion to the Northern Premier League. Consequently, Rainworth MW were promoted to the NPL Division One South ready for the 2010–11 season. On 13 April 2015 it was announced that the club had resigned from the NPL.
With the East Midlands Counties League becoming an increasingly difficult league to play in Rainworth have not found everything going their way and languish in 17th place having gained just 8 points.
However Clifton who had a quality 3-0 away win at Graham St Prims last week must take nothing for granted, its easy to turn out as an over confident team and come away with nothing. The team have won 5 out of their last six games and are really beginning to tick as a side and should be looking to rise up the table.
Updated 09:08 - 13 Dec 2018 by Ray Smithson