The story...
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1. The story...

A short history of our club……

Shelley Football Club was established in 1903 and was originally located on Back Lane, opposite the village hall in Shelley.

In the late 1950’s the club relocated to Westerly Lane in Shelley which heralded a period of success including a double in 1960/61 winning both Huddersfield & District Division 3 title and the Groom Cup.

This success wasn’t maintained and the club folded in 1972.

In 1980 the club was reformed by Ash Berry, Paul Hirst and Steven Shephard and in 2000 moved to Skelmanthorpe Rec.

The club slowly grew and with the support of the Leslie Sports Foundation and the Football Foundation, moved to Storthes Hall in 2011.

After several years of hard work, the Storthes Hall facility was formally opened by Sarah, Duchess of York in June 2015.

Since the move to Storthes Hall Park (also known as the Stafflex Arena) the Club has enjoyed several promotions, from the Huddersfield & District League, through the West Yorkshire Association League Divisions 2,1 and Premier and into the North West Counties Football League.

After two successful seasons in the NWCFL Division 1, and with the team sitting in third place with a handful of games remaining, and on track for promotion to the NWCFL Premier Division, the season was cut short and the competition terminated, due to the Covid-19 global pandemic, which had a devastating impact on the global economy, and society in general.

As a result of the economic downturn, the club returned to it's all Amateur status and resigned from the NWCFL and returned to play in the West Yorkshire Association Football League, with the Reserve and Development Squad playing in the Huddersfield & District Association Football League, with a vibrant junior section boasting 13 sides (correct as at December 2020)

1904/05 Huddersfield & District Div 2 Section A - Winners
1904/05 Championship - Runners-up
1928/29 Huddersfield & District Division 2 - Winners
1960/61 Huddersfield & District Division 3 - Winners
1960/61 Groom Cup - Winners
1986/87 Huddersfield & District Division 3 - Winners
2000/01 Huddersfield & District Reserve Division 2 - Winners
2009/10 Huddersfield & District Division 4 - Winners
2009/10 Groom Cup - Winners
2010/11 Huddersfield & District Division 3 - Winners
2010/11 Groom Cup - Winners
2011/12 West Yorkshire League Division 2 - Winners
2012/13 West Yorkshire League Division 1 - Runners up
2013/14 Huddersfield & District Division 2 - Runners up (Reserve team)
2016/17 West Yorkshire Association League Alliance Division 2 - Winners (Reserve team)
2018/19 West Yorkshire Association League - Division 2 - Promotion (Reserve team)

Picture shows Sarah, Duchess of York officially opening Shelley FC , June 2015.

Picture by Daniel Hambury/Stella Pictures Ltd +44 7813 022858 (16/06/2015)