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OUR HISTORY

The club was formed in 1964 as works outfit, Anson Sports. Initially the club plied its trade on a variety of parks pitches and competed in the Castleford Sunday League. 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.


The retirement of almost all the Committee in 2007 threatened the Club’s existence, but funding and publicity raised by the involvement of former Liverpool goalkeeping legend Bruce Grobbelaar ensured the Club were able to take their place in the NCEL Premier Division for the 2007/2008 Season. However, the need to appoint 3 Managers in as many months saw the Club make a poor start to the season from which they never recovered. Battling against all odds, Manager Dave Holmes made use of limited resources and fielded a number of teams packed with youngsters from the Club’s strong Under 19’s. For many of these players it was a difficult transition into Premier Division football, and the Club ultimately ended the season in bottom place, resulting in relegation to the First Division.


Despite a good pre-season which led to an optimistic outlook, the Club continued to struggle to adjust to life in the new Division. Despite a total of 3 Managers at the helm we endured a torrid season and despite some creditable performances against some of the top sides, a lack of experience was again the team’s downfall, which resulted in a second successive bottom place finish. Fortunately the Club remained in the First Division for the 2009/2010 season, but another poor start saw the Committee turn to former Harrogate Railway Assistant Manager Stuart Waddington who turned around the Club’s fortunes and saw them climb from bottom of the Division in September to a very respectable and comfortable 13th place come the end of the season. This gave the Club a very optimistic outlook for the new season, but only 3 weeks from the start we received the surprising news that Stuart Waddington had resigned for personal reasons. Prompt action by the Committee saw former Glasshoughton players Craig Elliot and Paul Mattison appointed as the new management team within a week, and they worked hard to take the club back to the NCEL Premier Division. After a number of management changes in the past few seasons, 2014/15 saw the club relegated to the First Division once again.

Recently awarded Charter Standard, the Club is striving hard to bring the good times back to Glasshoughton Welfare as soon as possible. Mick Norbury was appointed manager in June 2015 but, as the club began to fall down the league, he resigned in November that year and joint managers Simon Houghton and Craig Wilkinson were appointed to try and stem the tide.

The pair did well but Houghton was forced to resign towards the end of the season and Wilkinson was unable to find a suitable assistant and he too left.

Darren Holmes and Lee Vigars were appointed in early June 2016 and they had a good first season claiming 11th place in the league and taking the side to the semi-final of the NCEL cup. They will hopefully get the good times back at Leeds Road.


MEMBERS OF:


West Riding County Football Association
Northern Counties East Football League
Northern Youth Alliance Football League


Honours: West Riding County Cup 1993/94, NCEL Presidents Cup 1998.
League History: West Yorkshire League; Yorkshire League, NCEL.
Records: Attendance - 350 v Ossett Albion, NCEL Presidents Cup 1998.

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