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History of

Chadderton Park Sports Club

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Chadderton Park F.C. has not always been the efficient, well run Club that you see today.

In fact, the Club’s development from its humble origins is quite an incredible story.

 

Early in summer 1979 Jack Halliwell of Ferney Field Road Chadderton,

a renowned football coach and referee, met some lads playing football in the local streets.

He offered to coach the lads in the basic skills of football and the coaching sessions soon became a regular event.

 

By July 1979 Jack realised he had enough lads training with him to form a football team.

They were: Billy Clynes; Philip Wakeman; David O’Neill; David McCann; Darren Sutcliffe; Ross Wild; Stuart Wolfenden;

Ian Dickinson; Carl Greaves; Andy Weaver; Michael Walton; and Jason Bowes.

 

Jack then enlisted the help of another local football stalwart, Roy Kelly of Taunton Road Chadderton

to manage the team. The lads were entered into The Manchester Youth League.

They played their home games on The Haggate at Royton and Chadderton Park Football Club was born.

 

As funds were relatively non existent, they wore green shirts and black shorts.

Jack’s reason for this was that as no other team wore these colours they would not have to buy an away kit!

The club’s colours have changed little over the years as today’s teams still wear yellow and green shirts with black shorts.

 

Team 1981

Team 81 / 82

Top Left: Jonathan Broughton, Andy Weaver, Billy Clynes, Darren Sutcliffe, David McCann, Jason Bowes
Front Left: Not Sure, David O’Neill, Ross Wild, Phil Wakeman, Martin Taylor.

This picture has just been kindly sent in by former player Ross Wild

We started the team after Jack Halliwell set up a training school for schools in the Chadderton area.

The team was made up from boys mainly from Chadderton Hall and Mills Hill schools

we trained at Grange Sports centre in Oldham.

David Boler was the first kit sponsor and we wore it for the first time at a 5 a side tournament,

From my recollection we lost every game but won a trophy for best turned out team.

Team 81 / 82

Top Left: Jonathan Broughton, Phil Wakeman, David McCann, Goal Keeper: Not sure, Andy Weaver, Billy Clynes, Darren Sutcliffe, Jason Bowes
Front Left: Martin Taylor, Stuart Wolfenden, Ross Wild, David O’Neill, Carl Greaves.

This picture has just been kindly sent in by former player Ross Wild

This is our first sponsored kit and I think the picture was taken on the old Newton Heath pitch,

apparently a pitch Man United played on in the very early days.

Team 82

Team 1981

- “Let’s wear green, then we don’t need an away kit”

Carl Greaves and Billy Clynes Both have sons playing for the club

David Boler was the 1st kit sponsor and we wore it for the first time at a 5 a side tournament,

hence the reason for not having a full team and it being in a sports hall.

From my recollection we lost every game but won a trophy for best turned out team.


Original Team & Jack Halliwell meet up again

  Click here for large picture

The above picture was a club fun day with Jack Halliwell and his oringinal team

meeting up for one final game together.


Needless to say the first season can only be described as “less than successful” on the pitch

and most of the other established teams saw the opportunity to improve their goal difference against the “new boys”. However, the dedication of the Managers and the team saw a complete transformation in the second season.

As well as finishing in a respectable position in the League table, they made it to the Cup Final where they were desperately unlucky to lose to a single goal in the dying minutes of the match against a team that had run up double figures against them in their first season in the League.

 

The Club then went from strength to strength and at one point had eight teams playing in the Youth League.

By the late 1980s Jack Halliwell decided to stand down from the club and concentrate on his successful coaching classes at Grange School.

The Club appeared to have hooked Roy though. He stayed on in one capacity or another for the best part of 25 years!

 

Chaddy Park

Some early success. Look what can be achieved

when players and coaches work together.

Chadderton Park FC


Wembley 1988

Andrew Pietkiewicz Paul Birley Barry Dickson Jonathan Haughton Ken Massey

Leon Schofield Scott Mckenna stood up Stephen Massey John Mather on the ground


Roger Palmer

1990 Roger Palmer presenting Alex Marsh

Alex Marsh nows runs his own Football Coaching School

 

In 2001 the F.A. launched its Charter Standard Scheme

This was aimed at raising the standard of coaching in junior football.

Chadderton Park F.C. under the guidance of Chairman John Lundy, was amongst the first clubs

to enrol in the scheme and by the following year was granted “Charter Standard” status by the F.A.,

one of the first in Chadderton and the borough of Oldham to achieve this distinction.

   

In more recent years the Club has developed its Mini Soccer teams and now runs at least two teams in each mini soccer age group which now rivals the number of teams and players in the older youth leagues.

We now have 3 Girls teams and the mini soccer teams mainly now have 3 teams per age group.

In 2007 the Club won the Manchester FA Charter Standard Club of the Year

In 2007 the Club won the Northwest Charter Standard Club of the Year

In 2008 the Club won the Manchester FA Coach of the Year

In 2009 the Club won the Manchester FA Administrator of the Year

In 2009 the Club Achieved Charter Standard COMMUNITY Club Status,

( the Highest award possible from the FA )

In 2010 the Club won the Manchester FA Fairplay Award of the Year

In 2011 the Club won the Manchester FA Fairplay Award of the Year

In 2012 the Club won the Manchester FA Equality Award

In 2012 the Club won the Manchester FA County Cup ( 1st time in 33 years )

Click here to see details / pictures of that Great Victory

In 2012 Steve Lynch won the Oldham Un-sung Hero Sports Award

In 2013 The Club won Manchester FA Equality Award

In 2013 the Club won the Manchester FA Community Sports Club of the Year

In 2013 the Club won Oldham Sports Club of the Year

In 2013 the Club - Finalist in Regionals - Sports Club of the Year

In 2014 the Club won the Manchester FA Community Sports Club of the Year

In 2014 the Club won Northwest Community Sports Club of the Year

In 2014 the Club - Finalist in Nationals - Sports Club of the Year

In 2015 the Club won Manchester FA Club of the Year

In 2015 Chris Hanson won Manchester FA Coach of the Year

In 2015 Andy Eastwood won Manchester FA Un-sung Hero of the Year

In 2015 the Club won Pride of Oldham Club of the Year

In 2015 the Club won Pride of Oldham - Readers award for Cerebral Palsy Football

In 2015 Edward Minien-Keane Finalist in Oldham Sports - Disability Sports achiever

In 2016 Craig Simpson won Oldham Sports Volunteer of the Year

 

June 2010

Changing Rooms

New Changing Rooms Opened by

Paul Scholes - Manchester United

Click here for more pics from the Opening Day

 

In 2013. Chadderton Park FC became known as Chadderton Park Community Sports Club, we have seen the football teams grow rapidly to approx 80 teams and more and more people are contacting us to become part of our club. We decided to expand the sports that we offer so that more people can participate in sports like Netball and Rounders. Our netball section has grown from strength to strength with girls teams from school year 2 upwards to open age. We also have 2 ladies netball teams.

In Nov 2013 we set up our own veterans football league, we have 12 teams, each team has 10 players aged 35 + so approx 120 adults enjoying playing football again.

In May 2014 we launched our Cerebral Palsy football, the first club in the Northwest to offer children age 4-16 who have CP to play football, the group has continued to grow, we have approx 50 children registered, 5 FA affilated teams and we have inspired other clubs Nationally to setup similar. We have travelled to London to play against Chelsea and also travelled to Worcester to play against another CP club. One of our players is now playing with the England development squad so watch this space.

Please have a look at the pictures and video footage by clicking here

 

Craig Simpson

(Secretary)

Chadderton Park Community Sports Club

 

  CLICK HERE FOR PICTURES FROM PAST TEAMS OVER THE YEARS 

If you have any Past Pictures or Stories to tell, please email them to me

and we'll add them to this website

Craig@Chaddypark.co.uk

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