CLUB HISTORY

CLUB HISTORY

Our club’s proud history stretches back over 100 years! Here is the (more recent) history of our junior club and how it was formed. The junior team (previously Rishton United Juniors FC) and adult teams (formerly Rishton FC), were joined together in 2011 to form Rishton United FC. Below may not be 100% accurate, but to our best knowledge, is correct and the most up to date record of our clubs’ history.

Rishton Utd. Juniors F.C. was formed in 1970, by David Lord and Olive Tate, with the help of Sid Hodson and help of the first team members Peter Tate, David Hill, Kevin Andrews and Neil Cowgill were all involved in the running of the club. Olive Tate was the Clubs first Secretary and Elizabeth Lord was the club Treasurer of RUJFC.

The first official manager was Alan Smith,who managed the team from 1970 till 1974,it was he and his late mother Jean H Smith who bought the very first official strip for the team,as before as you can see in the picture in front of St Peter and St Pauls School they played in an assortment of odd red shirts,Mrs Smith and her son Alan bought the original first team strip which was white shirts and black shorts,until after one season Mrs Smith bought the team the now famous black and white strip,which has remained apart of RUJFC to this day.

The club initially consisted of one team of 10 to 13 year olds who raised their own funds by collecting waste paper and holding raffles. The team originally met in the cellar of Jim Cruise Butchers across from the Roebuck Inn and they also used to meet once a month at Mrs Jean Smiths home in Fielding Street.

RUJFC joined the Accrington and district boys’ league and remain in this league to this day, as the oldest club in the league.There first ever cup final appearance was in 1972 when they lost 3-1 to Oswaldtwistle Rovers in the Consolation Cup final.

After a few years the club was helped by Roy Carter , Pete Nellany and Mick Presho as it became more popular. The original home ground was the ” top rec ” off Harwood Rd, Rishton and was partly sponsored in travel to away games by Walter Barnes who ran a local coach firm.

By the early eighties the club had grown and it was decided to form a formal committee to run the clubs finances with R. Carter as chairman, Robert Sinton (Scotty) secretary and J. Guilfoyle, as treasurer. In the mid eighties Scotty resigned and the secretary’s position was taken by Stuart Hogg.

In 1986/7 the committee decided to set up a training programme for youngsters between the ages of 5 to 9 year olds, so that we could possibly raise more than one team in an age group in any one-year for the future. This was probably the best venture that R.U.J.F.C. have undertaken since the formation. The team who were promptly nicknamed the ` nippers `and do not participate in any competitive games.  The nippers have grown to numbers of over thirty youngsters and it is still our biggest team!

Into the nineties saw the best achievements for the club. And it must be stated here, that R.U.J.F.C. Do not and never have, and hopefully, never will, put the winning of trophies or games as a priority over the enjoyment and sportsmanship of the lads playing the so called beautiful game.

Over the last few years we have continued to grow and now have many teams playing a number of leagues, both on Saturdays and Sundays. Our main aim was and still is to get young lads off street corners and interested in sport whether it is playing, training, keeping fit, even supporting the teams and helping out. And with more and more ladies participating in the so-called macho sports, getting young people regardless of gender involved.

In season 2008/2009 Rishton United Seniors and Rishton United Juniors became one club known as Rishton United FC, the club now provide football from the nippers age group right through to adulthood.

In 2009 Jodie Lonsdale, a player from a former girls team at the club, formed a Ladies team that entered the lancashire FA Women’s League – our first ever senior ladies team.