Our History

Nobody knows the exact formation date of Northallerton Town Football Club, but The Elliott Bowl, a trophy donated by local M.P. Sir George Elliott, was contested for the first time in 1895 carries the club's name as its first winner.

 

Known variously as Northallerton, Northallerton Alliance and Northallerton Town, the club played for many years on The Bluestone Ground behind County Hall. Many honours were won during this period including The Harrogate and District League Championship, The Richmond Cup, Bedale Cup, Milbank Cup, Orde-Powlett Cup, Dales Cup, Harrogate Invitation Cup and The Alverton Trophy.

 

The Club was forced to leave its Bluestone Ground in 1974 when North Yorkshire County Council put a compulsory purchase order on the ground in order to extend County Hall. (The extensions never took place and the Bluestone Ground still remains a football ground to this day.) The N.Y.C.C re-housed the club on its present Ainderby Road Ground (re-named the Regency Stadium in 2006) where two pitches, a clubhouse, changing rooms and a car park was officially opened on August 21st. 1976.

 

Northallerton continued to play in the Harrogate and District League until the end of the 1981-82 season when, with chairman Stan Kirkbride and manager Neil Milestone at the helm, they successfully applied to become founder members of new the Northern League Second Division in 1982. Sadly, Mr Kirkbride passed away during that first season of Northern League football and was replaced by Vice-chairman Ron Longstaff.

 

Joining the Northern League was a big step for the club as something like £150,000 had to be raised to upgrade the Ainderby Road Ground to Northern League standards. The Club’s first game in the Northern League was on August 28th 1982 when they were defeated 4-1 at Ryhope. A week later, Town gained revenge with a 2-0 home victory when Ryhope became the first Northern League visitor to Ainderby Road.

 

Early years in the Northern League were difficult but they reached the final of the North Riding County Cup in the 1983-84 season, unfortunately losing 2-1 to York Railway Institute. The appointment of former Burnley, Leeds United and Middlesbrough star Ray Hankin as a manager in March 1989 saw an upturn in the club’s fortunes. Hankin guided them to promotion to the First Division in 1989-90 having finished runners-up in the Second Division behind champions Murton. Season 1990-91 saw the club consolidate itself in Division One, but at the end of that season Hankin resigned and his number two Geoff Cane was appointed manager.

 

Under Cane, the Club enjoyed great success in both the F.A Trophy and the F.A Cup - reaching the last sixteen in the F.A Trophy in 1992-93 before going out to Farnborough of the Vauxhall Conference - and in the same season, they reached the fourth qualifying round of the F.A Cup before narrowly losing at Accrington Stanley.

 

In our last full season pre-Covid-19 2018-19 however, the Club under Darren Trotter managed to win the Ernest Armstrong Memorial Cup for a record time and gained promotion for the first time in ten years back into the Ebac Northern League Division One. After a history of financial struggle and disappointment in recent years, there is now real optimism around Calvert Stadium.