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Staveley MWFC - A History

The beautiful game has been played in Staveley for well over a hundred years and in 1883, a Staveley side beat Sheffield Wednesday 3-1 in the F.A Cup.

In 1962 at nearby Barrow Hill under the name, Nag’s Head FC, a Sunday side was formed, playing friendlies for three years before being accepted into the Mansfield League. In 1968 they transferred to the Chesterfield League, before a Saturday side was formed in 1989 at their current home of Inkersall Road, finishing runners-up in the Chesterfield Amateur League, and winning the Byron Cup.

In 1991 the club moved up to the Sheffield County Senior League, winning Division Three, then Division Two in consecutive seasons.

Staveley bypassed Division One and were welcomed into the Central Midlands League in 1993, finishing 4th, 12th, 5th and 3rd and, after passing the necessary ground grading requirements, continued their rise up the pyramid by being accepted into the Northern Counties East Division One in 1997, and finished runners-up, and claimed their place in the Premier Division, joining the likes of Buxton and Sheffield.

They also picked up their first piece of Northern Counties silverware, when winning the Wilkinson Sword Trophy, beating Harrogate Railway 8-3 on aggregate.

In 2000/01 season, Staveley MW suffered the first relegation in their short history after finishing bottom, 67 points behind Champions BriggTown, and then followed another disastrous season, finishing 2nd bottom of Division One, but surviving their status by re-election.

Following a terrible run until Christmas with just one league victory and despite winning their last three away games, the club still finished bottom of Division One, but were again duly re-elected.

In 2003/04 the club finished 3rd bottom that year avoiding relegation somewhat fortuitously by re-election in the final minute of the season.

Things improved in 2004/05 with a creditable 9th place finish and in 2005/2006 and 2006/2007 finishes of 10th and 6th respectively were achieved.

In May 2007 it was reported that the clubs football committee had resigned en-masse and the club was ready to fold before Terry Damms, who was appointed as Chairman and his team of helpers, rushed through a rescue package to save the club from extinction in early June.

Since then, the club has undergone a remarkable change.

The Chairman spearheaded the joining of Handley Wood Juniors Football Club in to the structure of Staveley MWFC. This was a huge piece of the Staveley ethos jigsaw and a great deal of hard work has gone in to securing a 25-year lease for the kids just down the road on Chantry Park, where they can enjoy their football within secure and pleasant surroundings.

The club had strengthened its strategy of being a Community based club here for the benefit of the Community.

In 2010/2011 the club produced its best ever season with the first team having an array of youngsters in it winning the NCEL Division 1 Title, the reserves winning the Central Midlands Reserve league and the U19’s finishing runners up and winning the Minishield.

All sorts of records were broken during that season with us having the NCEL Top Scorer Ryan Damms, who netted 38 times and surpassed 100 goals for the club, a record number of consecutive and total clean sheets was achieved as well as a last 32 FA vase place.

In 2011/2012, perhaps one of the clubs greatest achievements came when we came within a whisker of appearing in an FA Vase Final at Wembley, eventually going out to the winners UTS Dunston by 3-2, a heart breaking experience if ever there was one.

In early 2013 the clubs main sponsorship was lost and all but a handful of players - and the manager - also left the club which eventually finished mid-table.

This was an exceptionally testing time for the club, but it’s strategy remained and from where it started, its youth ethos, the club dusted itself down and set about re-building its model.

The 2013/2014 season started with a fair expectation, but ill-discipline and a string of poor results and performances followed and a mid-table finish was achieved.

For the 2014/2015 season the club went on an 11 game winning streak, but that was followed by the club taking just 18 points from the last 20 league games and a 9th finish was achieved. The U21 team however was starting to flourish and a top 3 finish and wining the HKLDFL Cup was a superb achievement.

The Chairman decided that new management and direction was needed in the Spring of 2015 and Brett Marshall was appointed.

In the 2015/16 season we saw the first team finish 8th, its second best ever NCEL finish, the U21’s won the League and were runners up in the League Cup.

The club is we believe, in its best ever shape on and off the field, which brings us to the off field facilities.

The Non-League Fan is a breed of its own!

It is not all about watching success on the field, it's about value for money, it’s about getting good food and drinks in a comfortable environment and feeling “welcome.”

When managers and players are long gone, the ground and its fans won’t be!

Here, we've set about producing a stadium and facilities that are not just football biased. Kids are allowed in for free but rarely do they want to watch all 90-minutes, they want to 'adventure', watch goals but also 'mix and enjoy' and here we are, providing a myriad of differing facilities for our community.

We have also set aside a luxury Marquee as The Trojans Elderly & Disabled Seating Area - that is to provide a little more comfort and we hope this will ensure that they can get to most games despite the cold and rain of the winter months.

In the Summer of 2015, a democratic vote on the clubs nickname produced 'The Trojans' perhaps fitting towards the ethos of the club and its Chairman and helpers, all very much hard working for the benefit of others perhaps not as well as others.

It is about the Community, the families and kids of our Juniors Section. It is about creating sporting opportunities for the community of Staveley and wider afield.

Up The Trojans

 

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