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United Football Club are an English football club based in Ramsbottom, Greater Manchester. They play in the Northern Premier League Division One North, having been relegated from the Northern Premier League
Premier League
Premier Division, in the 2015–16 season. Their home stadium is the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium, Acrebottom, Ramsbottom
and their nickname is The Rams. They are full members of the Lancashire County Football Association.


1 History 2 Stadium 3 Players 4 Non-playing staff 5 Notable former players 6 Honours

6.1 League 6.2 Cup

7 Attendances

7.1 Records 7.2 Averages

8 References 9 External links

History[edit] The club was founded in 1966 by present chairman Harry Williams. They first played in the Bury Amateur League.[2]

Founder and club chairman Harry Williams.

In 1969 Ramsbottom
moved leagues to the Bolton Combination. In the 1972–1973 season they won the Division One Championship and in the 1976–1977 season they won the Premier Division. The Rams spent a total of twenty years in this league before moving in 1989 to the Manchester League, playing in Division One.[2] The 1989–90 they finished in third place, and the following season were Division One champions, earning promotion to the Premier Division, where they spent the next four seasons.[3] At the end of the 1994–95 season, the club applied to the North West Counties Football League
North West Counties Football League
and following substantial ground improvements, were admitted into the league's Second Division in June 1995.[3] In their first season, The Rams finished twelfth and also won the Second Division Trophy with a 2–1 victory over Cheadle Town at Darwen's Anchor Ground.[2] The following season they were crowned Second Division champions, pipping local rivals Haslingden on goal difference on the last day of the season.[3] On 9 November 1996 they beat Stantondale 9–0, setting a club record winning margin[4] and they also won all of their first 17 home fixtures.[citation needed] The club also entered the FA Vase
FA Vase
for the first time, losing in the first qualifying round 0–1 at home to Tetley Walker.[3]

Team Captain Andy Dawson lifts the 2011–12 league trophy.

The 1997–98 season, The Rams first season in First Division, the club finished Seventeenth.[3] The following season saw the club finish in Eleventh place and also enter the FA Cup
FA Cup
for the first time. They beat Maine Road 2–1 in a replay in the preliminary round, then won 3–0 at home to Shildon in the first qualifying round. In the second qualifying round they beat Billingham Town 3–0 before losing 0–5 at home to Conference National
Conference National
club Southport in the third qualifying round.[3] The 1999–2000 season saw a third-place finish, on 79 points.[3] Russell Brierley became the club's top scorer in any one season with 38 league goals.[4] In the following season they finished third again, this time on 88 points. In the 2001-2002 season the club finished fifteenth. Further mid-table finishes continued in the early 2000s, with a fifth-place in 2004–05,[3] which also included a league double over eventual champions Fleetwood Town.[2]

Former management duo Bernard Morley (left) and Anthony Johnson.

The Rams won the Bolton Hospitals Cup in the 2005–06 season with a 2–1 victory over Eagley at the Reebok Stadium, Bolton.[5] In the league they finished in 18th place.[3] The following season they finished 8th[3] and won the Bolton Hospitals Cup again.[2] And in 2007–08 they completed a third successive Bolton Hospitals Cup win,[2] while finishing in 16th place in the league.[3] The following season was once again seen as a disappointment, a 14th-placed finish and being unable to retain the Hospital's cup led to both manager and caretaker manager losing their jobs.[citation needed] The 2009–10 season saw two former players return as joint managers, 26-year-old Anthony Johnson and 25-year-old Bernard Morley. The team finished in 4th place with a new club record of fourteen away victories.[2] The following season (2010–11) was even better as the team once again broke plenty of club records including its highest ever finish in the club's history by taking the runners-up trophy. The 2011–12 season saw the club take the Premier Division title, gaining not only promotion to the Northern Premier League
Northern Premier League
Division One North but also giving the club its highest-ever finish. The side broke many club records – 31 league wins, 16 away league wins, 108 league goals scored, and 96 points amassed, were just a few of the season's highlights, as well as numerous 'Player of the Month' awards being won.[6] At the North West Counties AGM dinner in Blackpool, joint managers Johnson and Morley were awarded with the Managers of the Year award.[citation needed] The 2012–13 season saw the club play in the Northern Premier League for the first time. The team missed out on a play-off place in the last minutes of the season: needing a single point, for which a draw would have sufficed, after 81 minutes the team were 1–0 up before division champions Skelmersdale United scored two late goals. The club finished in 6th place and two of its players, Lee Gaskell and Gary Stopforth, were named in the league's 'Team Of The Year'.[citation needed] 2013–14 proved to be Ramsbottom's best season to date. Despite being deducted three points towards the end of the season, they managed to take fifth place and the last play-off spot. They proceeded to defeat Darlington 1883
Darlington 1883
in the semi-finals, before passing Bamber Bridge 3–2 after extra time in the final, reaching the Northern Premier League Premier Division, the seventh tier of English football, for the first time in their history.[citation needed] After six years in the role, joint managers Johnson and Morley resigned in January 2015, moving to manage Salford City.[7] The club appointed former player Jon Robinson as new manager.[8] Along with the management duo, the club lost quite a few of their influential players to Salford City at this time. Whilst the club succeeded in staying in the Northern Premier League
Northern Premier League
Premier Division for the start 2015-16 season, they never really recovered from the player and management losses and the club were relegated for the first time in their 50-year history at the end of the 2015-16 season. 2016/17 saw a mid table finish in the Evo Stik North Division 1, Mark Fell and Paul Fildes were appointed in May 2016 with former league player Gareth Seddon signed. It was an inconsistent season with Fildes sacked after the Boxing Day defeat to Radcliffe, leaving Fell in sole charge. Stadium[edit] Ramsbottom
play their home games at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium, which is situated near the town centre, next to the East Lancashire Railway line and Ramsbottom
Cricket Club. The ground was given the name of their long-serving chairman form the 2010–11 season. It is fully enclosed and behind one goal is a long covered stand named after long serving club stalwart Jack Wolfenden. The other goal has terracing behind it, over which covers were erected in 2013. One side of the pitch has two smaller covered stands, situated either side of the halfway line.[9] Floodlights were installed in the 1996–97 season, acquired from Oldham Athletic's Boundary Park stadium.[citation needed] Ground developments during the summer of 2013 saw the addition of a large sponsors' lounge, however, the Boxing Day floods of 2015 caused significant damage to the whole stadium including the sponsors' lounge. Players[edit]

As of 1 November 2016.[10]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.


Position Player

GK Dan Taberner

GK Dean Hardy

DF Bradley Roscoe

DF Luke Thompson

MF Dean Stott

MF Grant Spencer

MF Alex Meaney

MF Jamie Rother

FW Max Hazeldine

Non-playing staff[edit]

Name Role

Harry Williams Chairman

John Smith President

Chris Woolfall Treasurer

Tony Cunningham Secretary

Scott Campbell Coach

Mark Fell Manager

Source:Club details Notable former players[edit]

Andy Barlow[11] Donal McDermott Dominic McHale Joel Pilkington Jack Tuohy

Honours[edit] League[edit]

Northern Premier League
Northern Premier League
Division One North

Play-Off Winners: 2013-14

North West Counties Football League
North West Counties Football League
Premier Division

Champions: 2011–12 Runners-up: 2010–11

North West Counties Football League
North West Counties Football League
Division Two

Champions: 1996–97

Manchester Football League
Manchester Football League
Division One

Champions: 1990–91

Bolton Combination Premier Division

Champions: 1976–77

Bolton Combination Division One

Champions: 1972–73 Runners-up: 1984–85

Bolton Combination Division Two

Runners-up: 1982–83

[12] Cup[edit]

North West Counties Football League
North West Counties Football League
Second Division Trophy

Winners: 1995–96

Bolton Hospitals Cup

Winners: 1974–75 1998–99 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08 Runners-up: 2001–02

Bolton Combination Jackson Cup

Winners: 1979–80 Runners-up: 1981–82 1985–86

Bolton Combination Open Cup

Winners: 1976–77 1983–84 Runners-up: 1987–88

[12] Attendances[edit] Records[edit]

Largest attendance: 2,104 vs United of Manchester, Evo-Stik Northern Premier, 4 April 2015[13]

Averages[edit] At the end of the 2013–14 season, the average league-game attendance at the Riverside Ground for the 2013–14 season was 262. Past averages (league only):

2013–14: 262 2012–13: 233 (231 in all competitions) 2011–12: 197 (202 in all competitions) 2010–11: 151 2009–10: 135 2008–09: 115 2007–08: 123 2006–07: 214 2005–06: 141 2004–05: 159 2003–04: 133

Source: English football site References[edit]

^ " Ramsbottom
United capacity". LiveFootball.co.uk. Retrieved 31 March 2017.  ^ a b c d e f g "Club History". Ramsbottom
United Official Website. Retrieved 31 March 2017.  ^ a b c d e f g h i j k " Ramsbottom
United". Football Club History Database. Retrieved 2009-02-24.  ^ a b "Club Details". Ramsbottom
United Official Website. Retrieved 31 March 2017.  ^ "Bolton Hospital Cup". Retrieved 31 March 2017.  ^ " Ramsbottom
Are Champions". NonLeagueDaily.com. Retrieved 29 April 2012.  ^ "Managerial Change At Ramsbottom
United". NonLeagueBet.co.uk. 3 January 2015. Retrieved 3 January 2015.  ^ "Jon Robinson named new manager". rammyunited.co.uk. 4 January 2015. Retrieved 4 January 2015.  ^ "Riverside Ground". Ramsbottom
United Unofficial website. Archived from the original on 2009-08-07. Retrieved 2009-02-24.  ^ "Player Statistics". Ramsbottom
United. Retrieved 1 November 2016.  ^ Bevan, Chris; Jonathan Stevenson (2 January 2008). "Were you there ... ?". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2009-02-23.  ^ a b . Ramsbottom
United Official Website http://www.rammyunited.co.uk/index.php/club-info/club-honours. Retrieved 31 March 2017.  Missing or empty title= (help) ^ "Club Details". Ramsbottom
United Unofficial website. 12 December 2008. Archived from the original on 5 October 2011. Retrieved 2009-02-24. 

External links[edit]

Official website Online matchday programmes Ramsbottom
United at the Football Club History Database

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