Handsworth Parramore – A brief history
Handsworth Parramore FC were formed at the start of the 2014/2015 season after the merger of two highly successful clubs, Handsworth FC of the S&H County Senior League Premier Division and Worksop Parramore of the NCEL Premier Division. The clubs had been working together towards the merger during the previous season after first announcing their plans in the Summer of 2013. The NCEL and the FA allowed the new club to take over the position of Worksop Parramore, who had just finished in 4th place in the Premier Division, whilst the S&H CFA allowed their reigning Champions to continue under the name of Handsworth Parramore Reserves. The decision was made for the first team to play their home matches at Sandy Lane, Worksop whilst the Reserves and the other senior teams (Under 21’s, Under 19’s, Under 18’s A & B sides and Over 35’s) play their home games at Olivers Mount in Handsworth, Sheffield. The aim of the clubs joint Chairmen, Pete Whitehead and John Ward, is for the first team to return to Sheffield in a brand new facility within the next two years.
The new club could not have begun life better as in their first game, they crushed Glasshoughton Welfare 6-0 and followed this up with a 5-1 victory over Oadby Town in their first ever FA Cup tie. After leading the table for a number of weeks, a downturn in fortunes led to a change at the top and the installation of the ex Belper Town management team of Peter Duffield and Mick Godber. The duo rebuilt the squad who ended their inaugural season in 7th place and with the clubs first piece of silverware, the NCEL League Cup, secured after a thrilling 4-3 victory over Cleethorpes Town. Our second season started in positive fashion but halfway through the campaign, the difficult decision was made to relieve Duffield of his duties, with Mick Godber stepping up as Caretaker Manager. However, such was the impact that Godber made, including an unbeaten run of 17 games that propelled The Ambers to the top of the table, the decision to make the role permanent was taken just prior to the 5-0 thrashing of Worksop Town in the last home game of the season. The Ambers eventually fell just short in their quest for the title, finishing a comfortable second behind Champions Tadcaster Albion. 2016/17 saw The Ambers make a record breaking FA Cup run and finished 4th in the NCEL Premier Division. Manager Mick Godber and assistant Jason Dodsworth left his posy early April 2016. Just Prior to the Final Day of the season the club announced the appointment of Jas Colliver as 1st team manager and assistants Gary Middleton & Ryan France in readiness for the 2017/18 season.