Lincoln Moorlands Railway FC - History
Lincoln Moorlands Football Club was founded in May 1989 and began their football in the Websters Yorkshire Bitter Central Midlands League Premier Division. The first season was a very successful one under manager Stan Dye, winning the Lincolnshire County Senior B Cup and finishing an excellent 4th position in the Premier Division. Former Lincoln City player, Trevor Thompson took over before the commencement of the 1990/91 season. Trevor’s first job was to bring in the very well known Barry Ramm as his assistant and they began a ‘rebuilding job’ in readiness for the new C.M.L season. That season saw Moorlands finish in 6th position and very nearly retain their Lincolnshire Senior Cup crown losing to eventual winners Harrowby United in a close semi-final.
1991/92 season saw the C.M.L split into North and South sections. Moorlands playing in the Northern League finished 7th (after a poor start) but once again figured in both cup competitions reaching the quarter-finals. It was a during the close season of 1992 that the Central Midlands League took the decision to only allow clubs with a minimum ground grading into their League. Moorlands, although with the required financial backing and plans, were ‘thrown out.’ This left the club in a difficult position as all other Leagues were nearly all full but thanks to the Lincoln & District Football League, Moorlands found themselves a ‘home.’
The 1992 season was an enjoyable one. Moorlands finished in a joint top position along with AFC Friendship and Limestone Rangers and went on to win the Amateur Cup against Hykeham Town on the ground of Lincoln City.
The 1993/94 season saw the club gain acceptance into the Lincolnshire League. The following season saw a reserve side formed which duly became champions of the Lincoln & District Saturday League Division One.
1995/96 saw the club win another major honour, this time the Lincolnshire League Challenge Cup. A 2-0 win over Appleby Frodingham saw manager Stuart Gordon complete a county ‘double’ as he had recently previously managed a team that won a County Sunday Cup.
1996/97 Moorlands began their 4th campaign in the Lincolnshire League with Stuart Gordon and Dave Wilkinson in charge and during the campaign additionally secured the services of former Lincoln United Reserves manager Graham Clarke. The club compiled their record points and goals tally in a single season and also won the County Senior B Cup outplaying Limestone Rangers 4-0 at Sincil Bank.
1997/98 – Graham Clarke took over team affairs but was replaced in October by former Lincoln United player & manager Gary Goddard. Gary took Moorlands to a top 5 league spot and retained the County Senior B Cup following an exciting 2-1 win over Sleaford Town.
1998/99 – Moorlands moved into the C.M.L and Gary was assisted by well known player Stuart Park. Moorlands won the Premier Division and created C.M.L history by going through an entire season undefeated. Moorlands also came close to retaining the County Senior B but went down 2-0 to Barton Town Old Boys.
1999-2000 This season saw Moorlands move up into the Supreme Division of the C.M.L and at the first time of asking won the league by one point from Shirebrook Town who had led for the majority of the season and looked like certain winners. Also in that season Moorlands made more history by reaching their 4th successive County Cup Final. In that Senior A Cup Final they lost to highly rated Brigg Town 2-0.
2000-01 season saw Moorlands finish 2nd behind Shirebrook who won the title on goal difference. The club did however gain promotion to the Northern Counties East League for the first time. In reaching the final of the Senior A Cup, Moorlands had the distinction of requiring a penalty shoot out in every round including a 5-4 penalty win in the final to win the title.
2001/02 season saw Moorlands finish a creditable 4th in their first North East Counties league
campaign. Manager Gary Goddard departed for Lincoln United and took several players with him. John Priestley took over and Moorlands retained the Senior A Cup with a 1-0 win over Holbeach United at Sincil Bank creating a record 6th Cup Final appearance in as many seasons. The Youth team won the Intermediate League Premier Division and also reached a County Cup Final.
2002/03 season saw the club consolidating their position in the Northern Counties League although silverware eluded the club.
2003/04 then saw an excellent 6th place finish. The highlight of the season was reaching the 3rd round of the FA Vase eventually going out to Billingham Town in the north east. The club was also awarded the FA Cup Club of the Round Award after knocking out Arnold Town 1-0.
2004/05 season saw John Priestley lead the side to a 4th place finish and also lifting the Wilkinson Sword Trophy. 18 year old Sean Cann’s 29 league and cup goals were a tribute to John’s youth development policy. The season finished on a high with the legendary Peter Lorimer attending the clubs presentation night.
2005/06 season finished with a disappointing 7th placed finish and the departure of John Priestley as Manager to be replaced by Player/Manager Rick Ranshaw.
2006/07 Assistant Manager Darren Dye took charge following the departure of Ranshaw and the club ended on a high by beating Deeping Rangers in the County Senior A Cup and gaining the coveted promotion albeit at the expense of Sutton Town.
2007/08 season was Moorlands first in the North East Counties Premier Division. It proved to be a difficult step-up and the club narrowly finished in the last relegation position. However the club received a reprieve from relegation and began season 2008/09 in the Premier Division.
2008/09 season began with a run of 14 league defeats, the only respite coming in a couple of cup victories. The first points were finally gained on the 8 Nov with a remarkable 8-0 home win against Eccleshill. Points still proved hard to come by but to the immense credit of the management and players 6 victories and 2 draws in the final 9 games saw off relegation and an 18th place finish.
2009/10 season was as much a struggle as the previous one although the first league victory came early against the much fancied Scarborough Town. The highlight of the first half season were two FA Vase victories. Points remained hard to come by and after a 6-0 home defeat before Xmas the writing was on the wall. An enforced 6 week break caused by poor weather and a couple of changing room break-ins didn’t see the team play again until late Jan 10. Feb 2010 saw a new management team come in with Chris Moyses and Baz Barker replacing Darren Dye and Darren Stamp. New faces brought an immediate improvement and in a remarkable repeat of the previous season safety was gained with a late run of results. From taking over the new management team managed 7 wins and 3 draws from the final 19 games and comfortably avoided relegation.
2010/11 season saw Moorlands finish in their highest ever league position of 6th. The highlight of the season was a fine FA Cup run before losing in a 3rd Qual Rd replay at Mossley. The team played some attractive attacking football characterised by some exciting performances including a 8-2 victory at Armthorpe and a remarkable final day 7-4 win at Brighouse. In the summer the management duo of Moyses and Barker stood down, Moyses taking up a post at Lincoln City. The club moved quickly and appointed player coach Danny George as manager and former Burnley player Dean West as his assistant. Danny has brought in former Lincoln Utd manager Seamus Lawless as coach to form a very strong partnership that will hopefully see the Moors continue their steady rise.
2011/12 Will go down as a forgettable season with Danny and Dean finding it difficult to field a regular side and it was little of a surprise that the club struggled most of the season. Moorlands were to end in a second from bottom position and were expecting relegation, but the expulsion of Handsworth and an increase to 22 teams per Division meant a reprieve
Danny left and Dean after initially accepting the job to continue then left for Stamford
It was after a number of interviews with interested candidates that ex Lincoln City and Scunthorpe player Matt Carmichael was appointed for the new season, bringing experience and enthusiasm to what will be a very young squad of players. Despite last season’s difficulties the future is definitely looking rosy.
Matt as now left the club and Mostyn Chester as been appointed as manager with Paul Rawden his assistant.