History of club

Liversedge Football Club was founded in 1910 following the demise of the old Liversedge Rugby Club. Liversedge FC started in the Bradford League for three years and won it in the 1920/21 season.

The club was a founder member of the West Riding County Amateur League in season 1922/23 and went on to be the most successful club in the league’s infancy, taking the league title three times in the first five seasons (1923/24. 1925/26, 1926/27) and again in 1964/65 and 1965/66.

The long association with the County Amateur League was maintained until the early 1970s when the club won again in 1968/69. The decision was taken to apply for membership in the Yorkshire League, and the club’s acceptance for season 1972/73 was followed by immediate promotion from Division Three.

Whilst not winning trophies this time, success did come the club’s way as promotion to Yorkshire League Division One was achieved before the amalgamation of the Midland and Yorkshire League to form the Northern Counties East League in 1982. The early years in the new set-up saw Liversedge struggle on and off the pitch, but good strides were made in the late 1980s.

After finishing as runners-up in NCEL Division 2 in 1988/89, they were promoted to NCEL Division One. However, a lack of floodlights the following season saw them miss out on promotion to the Premier Division after finishing runners-up in Division One again.

A great club effort the following season by players, officials and supporters alike saw them promoted to the Premier Division after finishing third. The disappointment of missing out the previous season had been tempered by winning the West Riding County Cup for the first time in the club’s history.

Life in the topflight brought fluctuating fortunes, but Liversedge is still proud of their record of never being relegated despite flirting with it a couple of times. Sedge started to find stability and achieved sixth-placed finishes in 1999/2000 and 2004/05.

The high point of the 2004/05 season was undoubtedly a fine FA Cup run to the Fourth Qualifying Round, beating three higher-ranked opponents, losing out to Coalville in the replay.

The 2005/06 season saw a new look to Sedge’s ground, as the famous Clayborn slope was removed. The club’s epic FA Cup run enabled it to finance, with the help of The FA, the levelling of the playing area, a fitting reminder of their FA Cup exploits.

Success also came on the field in 2005/06 by way of winning the NCEL League Cup for the first time and Sedge’s highest-ever runner-place in the Premier Division behind Buxton. Unfortunately, Sedge was not granted promotion as the changing rooms were not to satisfactory size for the next step.

After two highly successful seasons, 2006/07 was one of instability with an indifferent start leading to manager changes as the club continued to push towards the Unibond NPL League. In June 2007, Steve Newton was appointed to spearhead that push and, with the help of a new committee strengthened by our junior club colleagues, now putting together plans and resources for a new clubhouse, which was to be built in phases, and a high team spirit all around Clayborn, 2007/08 saw Liversedge win the NCEL Presidents Cup.

Liversedge returned to stable, and sometimes struggling, in the NCEL over the following few years, with managers coming and going after some flirting with relegation. At the end of the 2014/15 season, Jonathan Rimmington stepped up to the hot seat from the U19s and successfully kept the club in the NCEL Premier Division.

At the end of the 2017/18 season, Liversedge reached the League Cup Final against AFC Mansfield, but the game was not played due to unforeseen circumstances. 2018/19 saw a new chairman in former Ossett Town/Wakefield/Nostell/Ossett Albion’s Simon Turfrey join the club. At the end of the season, Liversedge again reached the League Cup Final, losing out 3-1 to Worksop Town.

Pre-season 2019/20 saw lots of off-field progression with new changing rooms, club and tea bar extensions, and new faces football-wise. These developments showed an ambitious new vision for the club’s future. On the field, Liversedge was well on course for possible promotion to the Northern Premier League with two games in hand and 2nd position. Covid-19 struck, and the rest of the season’s matches were cancelled, with the season decided void by the FA.

The 2020/21 season was again curtailed early due to an escalating COVID situation, with Sedge on course again for promotion and achieving their best FA Vase run to the Fourth Round. This time, the FA came to the solution to ensure the excellent work of ambitious clubs did not go to waste and award promotion on a points-per-game basis based on the previous two curtailed seasons.

Sedge hit the ground running in their first-ever Northern Premier League season, winning the league following a tight title battle with Marske United, losing one league game all season, and gaining promotion to the NPL Premier Division at Step 3. Jonathan Rimmington’s side made it a league and cup ‘double’ with a 3-1 West Riding County Cup Final win against local rivals Brighouse Town. The 2021/22 season will be remembered as the club’s best, with records broken on and off the field.

Sedge had it rough in 2022/23 in the NPL Premier Division. Still, the spirits were high throughout, putting in a good run towards the back end of the season. Unfortunately, Sedge was relegated but learnt much in a higher division, hoping to return there soon. Sedge has made some crucial appointments behind the scenes to build the foundations of a great community club; one of them is ex-Premier League footballer Ross McCormack, who joined in 2023/24 as a player/director of football.

[stm_block_quote bq_text=”Statement of Ownership: The owner of Liversedge FC is Liversedge FC (Clayborn) Limited (Company Number 7664270), a company limited by guarantee. The company has no shareholders and the Directors and Members take no economic/financial interest in the Club. The Directors and Members are all unpaid. In the event of dissolution, any surplus assets remaining after the discharge of the debts and liabilities of the Club shall be transferred to another Club, a Competition, the Parent County Association or The FA for use by them for related community sports.”]

TIMELINE

After finishing as runners-up in NCEL Division 2 in 1988-89, they were promoted to NCEL Division One. However, a lack of floodlights the following season saw them miss out on promotion to the Premier Division after finishing runners-up in Division 1 again.

A great club effort the following season by players, officials and supporters alike saw them promoted to the Premier Division after finishing third. The disappointment of missing out the previous season had been tempered by winning the West Riding County Cup for the first time in the club’s history.

Life in the top flight has brought fluctuating fortunes, and relegation has been flirted with on several occasions. However, Liversedge is still proud of their record of never being relegated. Recent seasons have brought league stability, and the club’s placing of 6th in 1999-2000 was emulated two seasons ago as the club maintained their improvement under Manager Eugene Lacy. The high spot of 2004/05, however, was undoubtedly a fine FA Cup run to the Fourth Qualifying Round, beating three higher-ranked opponents along the way, losing out to Coalville after a replay.

The 2005/06 season saw a new look to Sedge’s ground, as the famous Clayborn Slope was removed. The club’s epic FA Cup run enabled it to finance, with the help of the FA, the levelling of the playing area, a fitting reminder of their FA Cup exploits.

On the field, they also brought success in 2005/06 by entering the NCEL League Cup for the first time and Sedge’s highest-ever placing of runners-up spot in the NCEL Premier Division behind Buxton. Unfortunately, promotion was not to be gained, as the club’s changing rooms were not to the satisfactory size needed by the Unibond League.

On the pitch, though, an indifferent start to the season led to the resignation of Eugene Lacy in December, and at the start of 2007, the club appointed Gerry Quinn, the former Emley, Ossett Albion, Altrincham and Ashton United Manager, as their new boss.

This was a short-lived encounter, with Quinn struggling to make the most of an NCEL playing expense budget. So in June 2007, Steve Newton was invited to spearhead the club’s ambition to join the Unibond League and with the new committee, strengthened by our junior club colleagues, now putting together plans and resources for a new clubhouse which was to be built in phases, the future looked bright, with a new club lottery and high team spirit all around Clayborn, 2007/08 saw Liversedge win the NCEL Presidents Cup.

In 2009, Steve stepped down as manager and came on to the committee; his successor, Sean Regan, became manager on 20th May 2009; he spent time being the first team coach for Thackley. After one year, Sean took up a role as the manager of Scunthorpe United’s Academy.

Liversedge appointed Stuart Waddington at the start of season 2010, and after a lousy start, Stuart resigned from Liversedg; later, coach Billy Miller took over.
When Billy Miller left to join Harrogate Railway in 2012, Eric Gilchrist rejoined Liversedge for the second spell in charge as Manager after gaining the skills required at Ossett Albion & Ossett Town.

After Alan Colquhoun left as manager at the end of season 2014/15, Jonathan Rimmington stepped up to the hot seat from the U19s and successfully kept the club in the NCEL Premier League.

At the end of season 2017/18, Liversedge reached the League Cup Final vs. AFC Mansfield, but the game was not played due to unforeseen circumstances. 2018/19 saw a new chairman in former Ossett Town/Wakefield/Nostell/Ossett Albion’s Simon Turfrey join the club. At the end of the season, Liversedge again reached the League Cup Final, losing out 3-1 to Worksop Town.

Pre-season 2019/20 saw lots of off-field progression with new changing rooms and extensions to the club and tea bar and new faces football-wise, showing the club’s vision for the future.

On the field, Liversedge were well on course for possible promotion to the Northern Premier League. With 2 games in hand and 2nd position, COVID-19 struck, and the rest of the season’s games were cancelled with the season decided void by the FA.

The 2020/21 season was again curtailed early due to an escalating COVID situation, with Sedge on course again for promotion and achieving their best FA Vase run to the Fourth Round. This time, the FA devised a solution to ensure the excellent work of ambitious clubs did not go to waste and awarded promotions on a points-per-game basis based on the previous two curtailed seasons.

Sedge hit the ground running in their first-ever Northern Premier League season, winning the league following a tight title battle with Marske United, losing one league game all season, and gaining promotion to the NPL Premier Division at Step 3. Jonathan Rimmington’s side made it a league and cup ‘double’ with a 3-1 West Riding County Cup Final win against local rivals Brighouse Town. The 2021/22 season will be remembered as the club’s best, with records broken on and off the field.

Sedge had it rough in 2022/23 in the NPL Premier Division. Still, the spirits were high throughout, putting in a good run towards the back end of the season. Unfortunately, Sedge was relegated but learnt much in a higher division, hoping to return there soon. Sedge has made some crucial appointments behind the scenes to build the foundations of a great community club; one of them is ex-Premier League footballer Ross McCormack, who joined in 2023/24 as a player/director of football.