- Radcliffe Borough F.C.
Football club infobox
clubname = Radcliffe Borough
fullname = Radcliffe Borough Football Club
nickname = The Boro, The Cliff, The Blues
founded = 24 April 1949
ground = The Inn2gether Stadium
capacity = 3,500
chairman = flagicon|England Bernard Manning Jnr
manager = flagicon|England Kevin Glendon
Northern Premier League
Division One North
season = 2007-08
Northern Premier League
Division One North, 16th
Radcliffe Borough F.C. is an English football club based in Radcliffe,
Greater Manchester. The club was formed on 24 April 1949 and currently plays in the Northern Premier League Division One North. Radcliffe Borough reached the first round of the F.A. Cup for the first time in its history in 2000.
The club was formed on 24 April 1949 at the Owd Tower Inn in Radcliffe by Jack Pickford, and became a member of the South East Lancashire Football League. After a short period in that league, the club joined the Manchester League before gaining access to the Lancashire Football Combination in 1963. In 1972, Radcliffe won the League Cup and finished third in the league. Two years later it was accepted into the Cheshire League, which subsequently became the
North West Counties Football League.
The first season again brought success when Radcliffe secured the Second Division championship in front of a record
Stainton Parkcrowd of 1,468. After one season in the First Division, Radcliffe lifted the First Division championship and made the step up into the newly formed Northern Premier League. After many years of consolidation in the league, and at times, fighting against relegation, the 1995-96 season saw an upturn in the club's fortunes, both on and off the pitch. The club, for the first time in its history, reached the last 16 of the FA Trophy, narrowly losing to Football Conferenceside, Gateshead 2-1.
Under present manager Kevin Glendon who has been at the club since 1990, the playing side has gone from strength to strength. Kevin is renowned for producing young players and selling them on, in total he has made £80,000 in selling players. Radcliffe achieved its highest honour in the 1996-1997 season, winning the Unibond First Division title by 2 points ahead of local rivals Leigh RMI. Unfortunately, the club's stay in the `top flight' lasted only one season. Having sacrificed all its revenue on ground development, to allow it to be promoted, it found itself without the resources to invest in quality players to stay in the division. Each year since then, however, it has competed for promotion, finishing regularly in the top six.
For the first time in its history the club reached the first round of the FA Cup in 2000, losing 1-4 to York City in a match played at
Gigg Lane, the home of Bury, in front of a crowd of 2,495. Boro again missed out on promotion in the 2001-2002 season when after leading the division until February a poor run to the end of the season, meant that the club entered the newly formed play-offs losing to Bamber Bridge in the semi-final at Irongate.
In the 2002-2003 season Boro missed out on the championship by two points to
Alfreton Town, and reached the 4th qualifying round of the FA Cup, losing to Chester City in front of 1,138 at Stainton Park. Promotion was finally won thanks to the play-offs by beating North Ferriby United in the semi final and Chorley in the final at Stainton Park winning 4-2 on penalties after Chorley scored two goals in the last 10 minutes to make it 2-2 and take the game into extra time. Boro's Jody Banimgot 46 goals in what was an unbelievable season for him.
With Boro back in the
Northern Premier League Premier Divisionand a place in the newly formed Conference Northup for grabs, promotion was obviously the aim. By November Boro were as high as sixth thanks to the 22 goals of Jody Banimwho set an English record by scoring in 14 consecutive games. Boro sold Banim to Conference promotion chasers Shrewsbury Townfor a record fee of £20,000 in December 2003, and without his goals the club slid down the table eventually finishing 19th and into the relegation play-offs beating Whitby Town on penalties 8-7 in the quarter finals, before bowing out to Burscough in the semi finals at home. In 2004/2005 the club finished 9th in the Northern Premier League. In 2004/5 Radcliffe narrowly avoided the playoffs due to the Spennymoor problem in which the team was liquidated 10 games from the end, but they could not follow this as in 2005/6 they narrowly avoided relegation on the last day as Steve Foster scored the goal that kept them in the Northern Premier League Premier Division at the expense of Bradford PA. The trend continued as, in April 2007, following the 4-0 loss to Ossett, Radcliffe lost their place in tier 3 of the NLS, being relegated to the new Northern Premier League Division One North.
The club made a poor start to the 2007/08 season with only 1 point from the first 6 league games. But has started well in the FA Cup beating
Lancaster City3-0 in the preliminary round and Cammell Laird F.C.4-1 in the 1st qualifying round, with Radcliffe being knocked out 2-1 in the 93rd minute away at Blyth Spartans,this cup luck continued in the FA Trophyas the club made the third qualifying round, beating Sutton Coldfield in the prelimenary round 3-1, Harrogate Railway 4-2 away in the First qualifying and Chasetown 1-0 at home in the Second qualifying round Replay after a goalless draw at the first game. This had become a sort of a club joke as fans have said if it were not for them, the latter two teams would not have had their cup runs if they had not beaten them. (Harrogate Railway reaching the FA Cup Second Round, Chasetown the Third and Kirkham and Wesham(now AFC Fylde) who the club had beat in this seasons Lancashire FA Cup, won the FA Vase). The run ended at Retford of the Unibond 1st division south division losing 4-1 away. The teams form had improved over the Christmas period with a 6 match unbeaten streak, which was ended against Woodley sport in January, but have only lost 5 games at the moment in the new year, and recording a 7 match unbeaten streak. which involved 2 back to back games against the Red Rebels. On 5 April, Radcliffe finally managed to elude the doubters by getting off the bottom of the table after beating Woodley 1-0 .Steve Howson has also helped the club during this time as he has scored 37 goals in all competitions.The season ended with 9 games in a month, with Radcliffe winning 4 of the games. They secured their status as a Unibond team after they won 2-1 against Bridlington Town, and ended their league campaign by stopping Ossett reaching the Playoffs. The club also won the Manchester Premier Cup2-1 against Hyde United in the final, Radcliffe also made the Final of the Unibond Presidents Cup which they lost 2-1 to FC United of Manchester and the .
Steve Howson was awarded the supporters player of the year,with Craig Dawson picking up the Players Player and Mike Flynn the directors award, whilst Simon Kelly was given the special recognition award for 450 appearances for the club, which he broke David Bean's record of 401 during this season.
There are problems off the field also as well with the chairman, Bernard Manning announcing that he is to step down before 1 January and left the club on the 1 November, but is still an active member of the club. However, David Murgatroyd has stepped forward that the club will still be playing next season, regardless on the division they play in and after an article in the "Non League Today", have said that the club would still be going in 2058.
The season was ended on a high for Steve Howson as he was ranked 39th in the Non League Today's Top 50 Strikers list, beating players from the 3 leagues above him
Radcliffe will play their 22nd season in the Unibond League, and their 2nd in the Unibond 1st Division North,and will start in the Prelimanary Round of the FA Cup, the 1st Qualifying Round of the FA Trophy,1st Round of the Unibond League Cup and will also compete in the seasons Unibond Presidents Cup, Manchester Premier Cup and Lancashire FA Cup.
However, they will start the season with a new Director of Football, Gerry Luczka after Peter Coyne had left due to personal reasons.For the 1st time in several seasons they will start with the same squad that ended last season with a few additions, with both Mark and Griff Jones Completing Full Transfers to the club after successful loans last season, and Billy Dempsey and ex England Schoolboy player Tom Rutter both joining the club. Lee Unsworth may have also joined but due to a lack of information due to the website being down this cannot be confirmed yet, but Lee appeared in the 4-1 defeat against Bury.
This season saw the formation of a Sunday League team under the teams name, as well as the completion of a major renovation of the club's bar facilities.
Ownership and finances
Off the field the club is widely recognized as having made more progress than many other non-league clubs.Fact|2007-04-10|date=April 2007 With the help of grants from the Football Association, Football Foundation, Lottery Sports Fund, Club Funds and personal investments, it has so far been able to provide the following: Floodlit all weather pitches, Upgrade the terracing, New car park, Purchase the social club & Refurbish the building, Build a new sponsors lounge, Changing room block, 350-seater stand and six brand new
Nationwide Conferencestandard floodlights. The club now claims to have one of the best non-league grounds at its level. In 2006 the club upgraded its facilities with the addition of two 3G Synthetic 6 a-side football pitches, a Sports Bar, Sports Injury Clinic, Conference and Meeting room and a re-furbished Function room.
tatistics and records
Simon Kelly has made the most appearances for the club, making 450 starts.
Ian Lunthas scored the most goals for the club, scoring 147 times. Their highest attendance overall came in the FA Cup first round in 2000 when they faced York City. 2,495 people went to see the game. Their highest attendance at home was against Carnarfon Town when 1,468 people went to the game. Their highest transfer fee they received was from Shrewsbury Town for £20,000 for Jody Banim. The highesy transfer fee they paid was for Gary Walker as they paid £5,000 to sign him from Buxton.The record for the most goals in a season is 46 - which is held by Jody Banim.
There are no required squad numbers in Step 4.
Northern Premier League Division One - Play Off Winners:"Winners (1):" 2002-03
Northern Premier League Division One:"Winners (1):" 1996–97
* Northern Premier League Presidents Cup:"Runners Up(1) 2007/8"
North West Counties Division One:"Winners (1):" 1984–85
North West Counties Division 2:"Winners (1):" 1982–83
South East Lancashire League:"Winners (1):" 1980–81
South Lancashire League Division 1:"Winners (1):" 1951-52
South Lancashire League Division 2:"Winners (1):" 1950-51
Manchester Premier Cup: "Winners " (1)" 2008: "Runners up (1)" 1997
South Lancashire League Shield:"Winners (3):" 1949-50; 1950-51; 1951-52
South Lancashire Cup:"Winners (3):" 1950-51; 1952-53; 1954-55
Lancashire League Cup:"Winners (1):" 1969-70
Manchester League Gylchrist Cup:"Winners (2):" 1958-59; 1961-62
Bury Amateur League Cup:"Winners (1):" 1949-50;
* [http://www.radcliffeborough.com/ Official Site]
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