Little is known of Phoenix FC origins, it is believed that what is now the complex of the Phoenix Sports & Recreation started with a football pitch and a wooden hut in the early years of the last century and that humble set up was the origins of the sports section of the local steel works.
What is known is that football was played at the Phoenix in the early 1920’s as reports of games can be read in original copies of the steel works newspapers held by a local resident.
More recent history shows that the Phoenix began as the football section of the local steel works Steel, Peech & Tozer, later to become part of British Steel and now known as Liberty Steel.
Honours for the Phoenix include numerous promotions (and relegations!) for the first team while playing in the Sheffield County Senior League. These included being Premier Division champions in 1997/8.
Honours for the other Phoenix teams being gained in the South Yorkshire League and the Wragg Over 35’s League.
Phoenix have also been winners of the Rotherham Charity Cup played at Millmoor on three occasions, the last, being the season 2009/10 when the Phoenix were the first team in over 20 years to do the Rotherham cup “double” also winning the Rotherham Association Cup that season.
When forming the Central Midlands League, administration problems resulted in the side having to adopt the title Phoenix Sports & Social Club FC in 2010 those problems were overcome allowing the side to revert to its roots as Phoenix FC.
The current set up shows the club supporting 3 adult teams, the first team playing in the Central Midlands League, a Sunday side, playing in the Sheffield Super Blades league, the veterans playing in the Wragg Over 45’s and this season we will be fielding three junior sides as a new team has been set up to play under 14’s alongside the existing teams which, this season will play at under 15’s and under 16’s.
The season 2015-2016 saw the club gain its biggest haul of silverware in recent years. Leading the pack were the Juniors who did the league and cup double, running close behind were the Sunday side who were their division champions and rounding off the haul, the Over 45’s finished runners up in their first year at that level gaining promotion to the top division.
While the club did not quite equal the previous seasons success 2016/17 season saw both the Juniors and the Sunday side match the previous seasons achievements, the Sunday side being promoted to the top division of the Blade Super Draw League, and although neither the first team nor the Vet’s had silverware to display for their effort both sides would consider that season to have been a success, the first team gained its highest ever position in the league finishing third while being in the top three for most of the season while the Vets comfortably retained their place in the top division of the Over 45’s league.
2016/17 proved to a bit of a bridge too far, following a poor pre season the first team failed to improve on the previous season and a string of poor results in early season saw the squad going through a major overhaul and it was Christmas before the poor run was reversed. The top flight of the Blades Super Draw league also proved to be too much for the Sunday side who were relegated at the end of the campaign. The Vets proved their stability and a retained a mid league finish while on the Junior front, the under 16’s again achieved promotion, finishing as runners up, while the new under 14’s struggled in their inaugural season.