A winning combination as Town secured title success

Lancaster Town 1934-35.
Lancaster Town 1934-35.

Lancaster football by Terry Ainsworth, sponsored by Vincenzo’s coffee shop. This article was compiled from photographs and information kindly supplied by David Pye, a longstanding supporter of grassroots football and Lancaster City.

Lancaster Town 1934-35, pictured after they won the Lancashire Combination title in 1935.

The reverse of the Ardath cigarette card with details of the club and players.

The reverse of the Ardath cigarette card with details of the club and players.

This photograph was an “Ardath Tobacco Company” cigarette card.

Ardath were manufacturers of State Express and Ardath Cigarettes.

Back Row: Harry Gorst (trainer), W. Newton, T. Pritchard (captain), J. Illingworth, F. Wilson, J. Gardiner.

Front Row: Fred Heaton, George “Pinky” Grass, J. Roscoe, E. Parker, T. Edmundson, J. Millar.

1959 Lancaster Reserves v Vickers SC.

1959 Lancaster Reserves v Vickers SC.

Also printed on the reverse of the photograph were the names of the players and a brief report on the club which stated “The club was founded in 1911; has always maintained a high standard of football, having won the Lancashire Combination Championship on four occasions and been runners-up on three occasions. In season 1921-22 they won the League Championship and the Combination Cup. They have also won the Lancashire Junior Cup on four occasions.”

David Pye also gave me access to his extensive collection of programmes from 1922 and one piece of news from 1929 was as follows: “Overtures had been made to the five cricket clubs using the Giant Axe to allow us its use on May 4th 1929 when the reserves play their final game of the season against Westhoughton in the West Lancashire League, but as one of them could not see their way the match will now be played on the King’s Own Ground on Coulston Road.”

I wonder who the uncooperative club was.

In May 1959 Lancaster Reserves played the final of the North West Combination Challenge Cup against Vickers Sports Club at Milnthorpe.

Lancaster City Reserves 1958-59.

Lancaster City Reserves 1958-59.

Vickers had been crowned champions of the League but Lancaster, Morecambe and Netherfield would leave this ill-fated League to play in the Lancashire Combination Second Division in season 1959-60.

Milnthorpe Corinthians produced a programme for this game as they did for all their home games and it is interesting to note that it contained 16 pages advertising 58 businesses.

A Lancaster City programme in 1960 was made up of four pages with seven advertisements.

Milnthorpe at the time were playing in the North West Combination and the North Lancashire League.

Lancaster City Reserves in March 1959 were already holders of the North West Combination Shield, which they won for the second time since the trophy was first offered for competition, and now qualified to play Vickers Sports Club in the final of the North West Combination Challenge Cup by beating Bentham United 3-0 on the Giant Axe.

Back Row: A Smith, John Shuttleworth, L Firth, Dave Townley, John Webster, Brian Shuttleworth, Terry Jackson, Bill Cotter.

Front Row: Bernie Goulding, Dennis Smith, Bill Williams (Captain), Roy Cunliffe, B Swann.

This team showed a couple of changes for the final, maybe because of injury, with Bracewell and Glover coming in for John Shuttleworth and Firth.