1894

EST

SOUTH KIRKBY COLLIERY FOOTBALL CLUB
(ALMOST) COMPLETE HISTORY

Welcome to 'South Kirkby Colliery Football Club (Almost) Complete History' website, where you can discover the astonishing history of a Yorkshire village football club. The website is constantly under construction, please be patient during this process. Thank you for visiting.

Image from South Kirkby Colliery Athletic Club postcard, circa 1910.

Formed sometime prior to 1894 simply as South Kirkby, the club went on to become the works team of South Kirkby Colliery, Pontefract, West Yorkshire. Like many football clubs that were formed in the industrial heartlands of Yorkshire in the 1800's the football club had a close affiliation with a cricket club and wider 'Athletic Club'. As the football club and cricket club both grew and emerged as separate entities the popularity of the football club at the start of the 20th century saw it reach a golden era, with many former and future Football League players gracing the South Kirkby grass in the colours of the club. International players were also no stranger to the club, with capped players moving to the club and also players leaving the club to go on and earn international caps for their country. At one stage the club boasted a stadium which was the envy of many a northern rival and in winning the Sheffield and Hallamshire Senior Cup twice and finishing as runners-up in the Yorkshire League prior to World War II the club faced a bright future.

Image from South Kirkby Colliery Athletic Club postcard, circa 1910.

Sadly both wars heavily impacted upon the progress of the club and the loss of the much lauded stadium in between the two conflicts also dealt the club a bitter blow. Following World War Two, the club entered into an unstoppable spiral of decline that saw it fall from a professional club with a fierce FA Cup fighting pedigree to an almost forgotten colliery football team. This website charts the rise and fall of a small, non-league football club and that remarkable history will no doubt surprise a few readers along the way.