Thorne Colliery

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Address:
Moorends Welfare Grange Road Moorends South Yorks DN8 4NH
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History

Although very little is known of the early days of the club, it has been said that records show the club being formed as early as 1929, where they played football in the Yorkshire League.  Evidence has also shown a record crowd of 750 local people at one match in the early days on what was described as the best playing surface in the County. The club had to resign from the North East Counties League in 1986 due to financial problems, and joined the Doncaster Senior League, under the management of Paul Spence, where success came in abundance with a squad built on experience and youth, and our now Chairman Graham Jones in goal at the tender age of 15. Colliery then applied to the Central Midlands League, under the management of Barry Spence, brother of Paul and a talented centre forward.  Again success in the first season saw the side win promotion to the Supreme Division and win the West Riding County Cup for the first time in 50 years. Paul Morrell then took over and led the club in the 90's, keeping the team in the Supreme division and matching the top clubs with a team that was being rebuilt. Paul then left the club to try his luck at higher levels in the Counties League, unfortunately taking the team he had built with him, so therefore the club was relegated. During their time in the Premier division, Colliery were runners-up in the League Cup in 2000/01 season. During the 2004/5 season the team was completely re-built under the management of both Graham Lewis and then Mark Turner & Ryan Saunders. This proved to be quite a surprising season, from 2 points at Christmas and bottom of the league, the team managed to obtain 30 points by the end of the season and finished 4th from bottom, just outside the relegation zone. The following season Mark Turner and Ryan Saunders continued to work hard and managed to bring the team to a final finishing point of 7th in the league, before moving on to pastures new. Since then the club have had a challenging time, struggling to maintain consistency until in 2008/09 a local manager, Mr Tony Stroud from Moorends FC was appointed. Since then Tony has brought stability to the club, ably assisted by ex Thorne Town manager Gary Hinchliffe, finishing 7th in the league in 2011/12 and winning the Team of the Month for April and the Goole & Thorne Cup. The club had an outstanding season in 2013/14, finishing third behind AFC Mansfield and Westella, and losing narrowly in the League Cup final to Mansfield, but after losing players found it more difficult last time around, finishing in twelfth position. After winning their first four matches last season, again retaining players proved a problem, Thoirne eventually finishing in 10th position.

Latest Results

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Sat 12 May
3 – 0 W
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Thu 10 May
4 – 1 W
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Sat 5 May

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