A team know as Linby Church Institute plied their trade in the Notts Alliance as early as 1903, reaching the Semi Final of the Notts Senior Cup in 1905 , losing to Nottm. Forest Reserves , who went onto win the Cup. They disbanded in the early 1930s.
Re-Formed in 1946, under the shrewd guidance of ex Arsenal player Ernest “Tim” Coleman , Linby became the biggest non-League Club in Notts, in the space of ten heady years. Honours included Notts Alliance Titles, Central Alliance Titles, six consecutive Notts Senior Cup Final appearances , 3 wins 1950, 52 and 54. Linby were the last “Hucknall” based club to reach the First Round (Proper) of the FA Cup, in November 1950 , they hosted Gillingham in front of a record 6,585 crowd , at the old Gatehouse Ground . An astonishing 20,500 packed into Forests City ground to witness Linbys first Notts Senior Cup win , against Retford. A record for the competition. Crowds of over 2,500 flocked to the Gatehouse for Linbys League games .
When Coleman was tempted away , to save Notts County from Re-Election , in 1956, Linbys fortunes dipped. With relegation from the Central Alliance , in 1964, Linby were no longer the top Hucknall district club. The 1970s saw Rick Bentley and Phil Cresswell manage Linby in the old East Midlands League . But in order to stay in the League, Linby had to move from the now crumbling Gatehouse Ground and play their home games at Annesley Welfare.
Sadly , the iconic old ground has now gone, we moved to our present base in 1985. Church Lane was originally the Collieries Cricket ground, built in 1925.
Dave Ingram lead the Club back though the Divisions of the Notts Alliance , then in 2005 the Club attained FA Charter Standard status , and finished Runners up , the newly formed Notts Senior League, under Manager Dave Bradshaw.
After suffering a series of Cup Final defeats , in the late 2000s, the Club reached rock bottom in 2011, finishing with only 3 wins all season. Dave Bradshaw came back as Joint Manager along with Dave Marlow, and Linbys fortunes turned around again. Under Marlows guidance the Club has now established itself in the Central Midlands League , and have a flourishing Youth set up .
Linby have now definite 5 year Business and Football plans, and are looking to make major developments to its Church Lane Ground. The first of which , this year , is to move and widen the main pitch , to facilitate the installation of Floodlights. But the big priority is to build a new Dressing Rooms/Clubhouse . Planning permission has been granted by Gedling Council, and the Clubs Development Group are working hard to raise the £270,000 required for the whole project .
Dave Marlow left the Club after five years , to join EMCL outfit Arnold Town, at the end of 2015-16. The club moved swiftly to set on another young ambitious Manager , Lewis Saxby , who has now moved on to Blidworth , being replaced in the “Hot seat” by Richard Hannigan.
Looking forward to 2017-18 , Linby will be running two mens teams in the CMFL, and eight Junior teams , and will also be linked to our “Sister “ Club Hucknall & Linby Harriers , meaning we will cover the age groups of Five year olds up to Under 18s , and have two Girls teams . To guide the Clubs Development and growth Ade Ward, is the new Chairman.