Warrington Rylands 1906
Full nameWarrington Rylands 1906 Football Club
GroundGorsey Lane
ChairmanMark Pye
ManagerDavid McNabb
LeagueNorthern Premier League Premier Division
2021–22Northern Premier League Division One West, 1st of 20 (promoted)

Warrington Rylands 1906 Football Club is a football club based in Warrington, England. The club currently plays in the Northern Premier League Premier Division, is an FA Charter Standard Club and its nickname is the Blues.[1]


The club was founded as Rylands F.C. in 1906 as a works team from a manufacturer of wire.[2] The club started playing in the Liverpool County Football Combination league and then joining the Warrington & District Football League.[3] The club had to wait until 1928 before winning their first Silverware, the Depot Cup.[4] The 1950s saw the club became champions of the Warrington & District Football League Premier Division 6 times in a row, commencing from the 1953–54 season.[5]

The 1968–69 season saw the club join the Mid-Cheshire League.[6] The 1980–81 season saw the club finish as champions of the league, as well as make their debut in the FA Vase.[6] The club collected another league championship trophy in the 1983–84 season.[6] In 2008 the club merged with fellow Mid Cheshire league side Crossfields F.C. becoming Crossfields/Rylands F.C.[7] After two seasons, the club reverted to Rylands F.C.[7]

On 15 July 2016, Wayne Rooney's agent Paul Stretford stated he is aiming to get Rylands to the Football League after investing £100,000 on ground improvements.[8] On 2 April 2018 the club published a letter from Paul Stretford which confirmed his proposed takeover will proceed, subject to due diligence.[9] The 2018–19 season saw the club move to Division one south of the North West Counties Football League, and winning it at the first attempt, so gaining promotion to the Premier Division.[10] In the 2019–20 season the club took part in their first-ever FA Cup qualifying campaign.[11]

The club announced a name change in August 2020 to Warrington Rylands 1906 FC to reflect their locality.[12]


The club play their home games at Gorsey Lane.[13] Floodlights were added to the ground at the start of 2019.[14]



  2. ^ Club History: Club History, access-date: February 11, 2020
  3. ^ Rylands Club Information Page: NWCFL | Rylands Club Information Page, access-date: February 11, 2020
  4. ^ Manchopper's Ventures: Manchopper in….Padgate (Rylands FC) | Manchopper's Ventures, access-date: February 11, 2020
  5. ^ a b c d e f Roll of Honour: Roll of Honour, access-date: February 11, 2020
  6. ^ a b c d e Rylands at the Football Club History Database
  7. ^ a b CROSFIELDS/RYLANDS at the Football Club History Database
  8. ^ Sport, Simon Stone BBC. "Wayne Rooney's agent Paul Stretford has non-league dream". BBC Sport. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
  9. ^ "Future of Rylands Recreation Club". Rylands FC website. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  10. ^ Warrington Guardian: Rylands gear up for North West Counties Premier Division | Warrington Guardian, access-date: February 11, 2020
  11. ^ "FA Cup: Wayne Rooney's agent Paul Stretford on owning his own football club". BBC Sport. 7 August 2019.
  12. ^ "StackPath".
  13. ^ Gorsey Lane: Groundhopper United: Ground #296 – Gorsey Lane, access-date: February 12, 2020
  14. ^ Warrington Guardian: Rylands Football Club to host first ever floodlit match | Warrington Guardian, access-date: February 12, 2020
  15. ^ Rylands win the First Division Champions Cup: NWCFL | Rylands win the First Division Champions Cup, access-date: February 12, 2020
  16. ^ Rylands win the First Division Champions Cup Triple S Sports and Entertainment Group Ltd, access-date: February 12, 2020

Coordinates: 53°24′01″N 2°34′32″W / 53.400407°N 2.575607°W / 53.400407; -2.575607