Wakefield
Full nameWakefield Football Club
Nickname(s)The Bears
Founded1903, as Emley
DissolvedJune 2014
GroundBelle Vue
Wakefield
West Yorkshire
Capacity12,000
2013–14Northern Premier League
Division One North, 22nd

Wakefield F.C. was an English football club based in Wakefield, West Yorkshire. The club was previously based in the village of Emley and was known as Emley A.F.C. from 1903 to 2002. The club was wound up in June 2014.

History

A pre-1913 Emley squad.
A pre-1913 Emley squad.
Old Emley A.F.C. logo
Old Emley A.F.C. logo
The Welfare Ground at Emley, the club's long time home
The Welfare Ground at Emley, the club's long time home
Wakefield–Emley logo
Wakefield–Emley logo
Belle Vue, Arthur Street side
Belle Vue, Arthur Street side
Belle Vue, Arthur Street stand
Belle Vue, Arthur Street stand
Belle Vue, Trinity Street End
Belle Vue, Trinity Street End
Belle Vue, Doncaster Road End
Belle Vue, Doncaster Road End
Belle Vue, East Stand
Belle Vue, East Stand
Belle Vue, Main Stand
Belle Vue, Main Stand

Emley played at the Welfare Ground until 2000. Ground grading regulations prevented them from playing at a higher level. From the beginning of the 2000–01 season, the club played at Belle Vue, Wakefield as the club sought Conference football at its new ground. Despite reaching a mammoth 101 points Emley lost out to Stalybridge Celtic by one point.

In January 2002 the club became a Limited Company and changed its name to Wakefield & Emley FC, becoming Wakefield-Emley in 2004 and then Wakefield FC in 2006, changing the colours from Claret and Blue to Yellow and Blue, and finally severing ties with the Emley name after 103 years and moving across the city to the former Wakefield Rugby Union FC round at College Grove

During the period 2000–01 to 2004–05 the reserve side continued to compete in the Northern Counties East League Reserve Division, playing their home fixtures at the Welfare Ground in Emley. However, the league gave notice that at the end of the season the Reserves Division would be terminated due to a continual loss of clubs. This essentially led to the formation of a new club, Emley AFC, who set up to play in Division 1 (2nd level) of the West Yorkshire League for season 2005–06.

Wakefield resigned from the Northern Premier League at the end of the 2013–14 season[1] and had planned to participate in the Northern Counties East Football League in the 2014–15 season with a view to returning to The Welfare Ground in Emley, where they were to share with AFC Emley.[2] However the club informed the FA and the Northern Counties League on 21 June 2014 that they would not be competing in the forthcoming season ahead of the club being wound up.[3]

Records

All-time leading scorer: Dan Ford 115 in 230 games.

Honours

See also

References

  1. ^ "Wakefield withdraw from NPL". Archived from the original on 15 April 2014. Retrieved 14 April 2014.
  2. ^ "Club Statement". Archived from the original on 15 April 2014. Retrieved 14 April 2014.
  3. ^ "Wakefield Wound Up". Archived from the original on 10 November 2016. Retrieved 17 July 2014.