Vauxhall Motors FC Youth Team

Vauxhall Motors F.C. was founded in 1963, shortly after the opening of the new Vauxhall Motors car plant in Ellesmere Port, in Cheshire. Early in its history, it played in the Ellesmere Port League and the Wirral Combination, but it soon grew too strong for those leagues. By 1970, the club had achieved several promotions and played on the company-owned Hooton Park. By 1987 however, it had opened its own ground, Rivacre Park, where the club plays today. The opening of the new ground was especially important as then England manager Bobby Robson brought a number of former international stars for the opening game.

On the pitch, the club also started finding some success, winning its first West Cheshire League championship in the 1985-86 season. Soon after, they reached their first Cheshire Amateur Cup and triumphed in the Wirral Senior Cup. These accomplishments did not go unnoticed, as the club successfully applied to join the North West Counties League for 1987-88. They easily won the league's Second Division in their second season at that level, and finished fourth in the First Division in 1989-90. Despite expectations to challenge for the league title the next season, the team only finished fifth, but won the North West Counties League Cup in the process, defeating Darwen 2-0.

Soon after its fifth place finish, the board took the decision to move back down to the West Cheshire League where the club finished in third place in the two following seasons. However, in 1994-95, the club won both divisions of the league — only the third time any club had achieved that in the 103-year history of the league. Soon after, they were accepted back into the North West Counties League. Just as before, they easily won the Second Division of the NWCL, but did not have the best of seasons in Division One, although they did reach the semi-final of the Cheshire Senior Cup. It continued to play in Division One, and reached the final of the NWCL Cup, losing to Kidsgrove Athletic in a closely contested match.

The 1998-99 season was the team's best by far to that point, reaching the Fifth Round of the FA Vase and earning its best ever league position in third place, and won the NWCL Cup. However, the next season was even better, with the team reaching the semi-finals of the FA Vase and romping to the NWCL title, thus earning a spot in the Northern Premier League Division One. The reserves also enjoyed a successful season, winning a number of smaller trophies.

The club enjoyed considerable success in the Northern Premier League as well, earning promotion to the Northern Premier League Premier Division in just one season and finishing in second place in the league. The team continued to play well, with its high point coming when they defeated then Division Two (now League One) side Queens Park Rangers in their first appearance in the FA Cup First Round proper[1][2] before losing in the next round in a televised match against Macclesfield Town.[3] The season after, the club hired manager Owen Brown and they earned promotion to Conference North.

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Rivacre Park History (2) Rivacre Park has been the home of Vauxhall since the 1980s, the club having formerly played at Hooto