Stokesley Sports Club FC History
Since being established in 1920, Stokesley has had various teams playing in local football leagues. These were the Stokesley & District League, Langbaurgh League and the South Bank & District League.
During that time, they played on a number of pitches around the town. The Bypass, Springfield and sharing with the original Cricket Team before being evicted in 1963 when the pitch was sacrificed to make way for the new town by-pass. Moving around again for another 29years ensued before eventually settling back at the Sports Club [the expanded Cricket Club].
Stokesley have won many cups over the years with most success coming in the Jefferson Cup [14 wins], a local cup played at the start and end of the season depending on the weather in the winter period.
In seasons 1977, 1978 and 1979, Stokesley won the 2nd division of the South Bank & District League. Next season they were hailed Champions on the 1st division, also winning the Barnard Bowl.
The club has run 2 teams for many years and in the season of 1994, Stokesley 1st team entered the Teesside League. As the club grew and an increasing number of people showed interest in playing football, a Sunday team was started later.
The Sunday team entered the Hambleton Combination where they won promotion in 3 consecutive years from the 4th to the 1st Division. They also won 4 cup competitions in that time.
In season 1999-2000, Stokesley added a 3rd Saturday team by joining the Wearside League. This latest period has been Stokesley’s most successful as they competed in 12 cup finals and winning 7 of them.
In 2004, Stokesley Sports Club and the North Riding Football Association won a lottery grant for £894,000 to build a new clubhouse, develop pitches and improve the main pitch to meet Northern League standards. The prize was winning promotion to the Arngrove Northern League division 2 in 2006 and achieving a five-year plan.
In their first season in the Northern League, they achieved a creditable 8th position and steady progress saw them becoming Champions of Division 2 in season 2009/10 as well being finalists in the North Riding Senior Cup.
Stokesley lasted 2 seasons in the top flight before being relegated in season 2012/13.
Stokesley are now in their ninth year in the Northern League and after the trauma of relegation, have consolidated and now feel ready to begin the climb up the league again.