Hanley Town
Hanley Town FC logo.png
Full nameHanley Town Football Club
Founded1966
GroundPotteries Park, Stoke-on-Trent
ManagerCarl Dickinson[1]
LeagueNorthern Premier League Division One West
2021–22Midland League Premier Division, 1st of 19 (promoted)
WebsiteClub website

Hanley Town Football Club is a football club based in Stoke-on-Trent, England. They are currently members of the Northern Premier League Division One West and play at Potteries Park.

History

The original Hanley Town were established in the 19th century, with their first recorded game being in 1882.[2] They joined the Combination in 1894, but left the league after a single season and subsequently folded in 1912.[2][3] The modern club was established in 1966,[4] based on an existing Sunday league pub team named the Trumpet.[2][5] The new club joined the Longton League for the 1966–67 season, winning it at the first attempt.[6] They then moved up to the Staffordshire County League, winning Division Two in 1967–68 and then Division One the following season, earning promotion to the Premier Division.[6]

Hanley were Premier Division runners-up in their first three seasons in the division, also winning the Premier Cup in 1969–70. They won the league title in 1972–73 and again in 1975–76, after which they joined Division Two of the Mid-Cheshire League. They won the Division Two Cup in 1976–77 with a 1–0 win over Knutsford in the final,[7] and a third-place finish the following season saw them promoted to Division One.[5] They were Division One champions in 1982–83, but after several seasons of mid-table finishes and being refused entry to the North West Counties League in 1988 due to failure to meet the ground grading requirements,[7] they finished bottom of Division One in 1993–94 and dropped into junior football.[5]

In 1996 Hanley returned to the Mid-Cheshire League, joining Division Two. However, after two seasons they switched to the Midland League and in 2004–05 they were Midland League champions.[5] At the end of the season the league merged with the Staffordshire County League to form the Staffordshire County Senior League. Hanley were placed in the Premier Division and were the league's inaugural champions in 2005–06 before finishing as runners-up the following season.[8]

Hanley were Premier Division runners-up again in 2010–11, before winning back-to-back titles in 2011–12 and 2012–13, after which they were promoted to Division One of the North West Counties League;[5] the 2012–13 season also saw them win the League Cup, the Staffordshire FA Vase and the Leek Cup.[9] In 2014–15 the club finished fourth and qualified for the promotion play-offs; after a 3–1 win over Holker Old Boys in the semi-finals, they lost 5–3 to AFC Darwen in the final.[10] However, the club were Division One champions the following season, earning promotion to the Premier Division.[5]

At the end of the 2020–21 season Hanley were transferred to the Premier Division of the Midland League.

Ground

The modern Hanley Town initially played on a pitch on Victoria Road which was leased from the Copestick & Farrell engineering company.[11] Changing rooms were built at the site once the club joined the Staffordshire County League.[11] However, the club was forced to leave the Victoria Road ground in 1971 when developers took over the site and moved to Eastwood Hanley's Trentmill Road ground.[11] However, when Eastwood Hanley attempted to increase the rent in 1974, the club relocated to Leek Town's Harrison Park. They played there until 1976 when the club moved to its current Potteries Park ground.[11]

Honours

Records

See also

References

  1. ^ "The Week In Words: Carl Dickinson takes Hanley Town job". The Non-League Football Paper. 21 March 2021. Retrieved 19 April 2021.
  2. ^ a b c Club Roots/History Hanley Town F.C.
  3. ^ Hanley Town (1) at the Football Club History Database
  4. ^ a b Mike Williams & Tony Williams (2016) Non-League Club Directory 2017, Tony Williams Publications, p455 ISBN 978-1869833695
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h Hanley Town at the Football Club History Database
  6. ^ a b c Honours Hanley Town F.C.
  7. ^ a b c Club Roots/History Pt3 Hanley Town F.C.
  8. ^ Staffordshire County Senior League 2005–2012 Non-League Matters
  9. ^ Hanley Town: Info North West Counties League
  10. ^ 2014–15 North West Counties League Football Club History Database
  11. ^ a b c d Club Roots/History Pt2 Hanley Town F.C.

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