Officials of BROUGHTON AMATEURS AFC
1947 - Present

Brief History
For more History see book on 50 years of Broughton Ams FC.
or go to Previous Seasons page for info on an individual season.

Presidents :

 

How it all began . . .
The Club was formed in 1947 as Fulwood & Broughton AFC. Although the nucleus of the original squad came from Broughton Youth Club some of the founder members were also members of Fulwood & Broughton Cricket Club and it is thought that is where the name was derived from. Gordon Spicer our first Chairman was a former Captain of the Cricket Club and pictures can be seen of him in F&B CC clubhouse along with several Broughton footballers from that era. For many years (till the late 80's) we used to go back to the Cricket Club for after match refreshments. 

Then we started playing . . .
The newly formed organisation applied for and were granted playing membership of the Preston & District Football League (now the Mid-Lancashire League), two teams were entered in the 1947-48 season.

At the end of the 1949-50 season the club left the District League and joined the Lancashire Amateur League. The LAL asked them to change the name of the club as a team called Fulwood were already playing in the League so we became Broughton Amateurs. This move was viewed as a definite step up in standard from Local to County standard.

Then we started winning . . .
The Club won its first trophy in 1952/53 season when we finished level on points with Old Blackburnians, goal difference and penalty shoot-outs were not used as tie breakers and the teams had to play off on a neutral ground. We won 2-1 with Jackie Edwards and Colin Flintoff (Grandad of Andrew) scoring the goals.

The remainder of the 1950's and most of the 1960's saw a period of consolidation for the club with some occasional trophy wins for one team or another 1955-56, 1961-62, 1963-64, 1967-68, just enough success to keep things ticking over. During the late 1950's a young lad called Dave Wilson joined the Club.

Then we couldn't stop winning . . .
From the moment when the 1st team won the LAL Challenge Cup and Div 2 championship in 1971-72 season till the late 1980's we went crazy. In those 16 or 17 seasons we won 38 trophies. Some were club awards but most were league titles and a few Cup wins. During this period the 1sts won the Premier Division twice and were runners up 4 times, they also won the LAL Cup in 85-86 and the Jack Kelly Memorial Trophy (Preston based Cup comp) in 87-88. The 2nds won their league a staggering 8 times in 11 seasons, 3rds won their league 7 times in 11 seasons, 4ths only won 1 league title, mainly because they were in same division as our 3rds. For a few seasons we even had a 5th Team and they managed to win their league in 87-88. All this success contributed to the Club winning several Aggregate and other Club Trophies.

During this spell came the Clubs finest achievement when, with Eddy Brown as manager, we won the LFA Amateur Cup in the 1980-81 season defeating Sefton 3-2 at Burscough in the Final.

Read Eddy Brown's Wikipedia article - like many professional footballers, especially those who played in FA Cup Finals, Eddy (who sadly passed away on 12th July 2012) has an article about him on Wikipedia - and Broughton get a good mention too !!
ALSO: Who was the first English footballer to score against Barcelona? Read this newspaper article about Eddy, which also answers the question - in case you haven't guessed !!!

Stability is the key . . .
During all this time Dave Wilson was the Chairman, up to his untimely death on 18th October 2008. Having been involved with the club for over 50 years, Chairman since 1971, we owe him a great debt and in 2007 tried to recognise this by giving him an award for his 50 years service presented by his hero Sir Tom Finney. He was President of the Lancashire Amateur League in 1988-89 and in March 2008 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Sport an honour bestowed on him by the City of Preston. Which also qualified him to be nominated for the Lifetime Achievement - Commitment to Sport award presented by Lancashire Sports. He duly won this regional accolade, and had been notified about it, but sadly passed away the week before the ceremony, bravely wife Carole went and received it on his behalf.

Into the21st Century . . .
The 1990's and noughties saw us get sparse return as far as trophies are concerned with the last successes being 3rds winning their league in 1996-97 then in 1997-98 both the 2nds and 4ths won their Leagues, plus we had Trevor Lafferty as LAL Secretary of the Year in 2004. In 2005 Mick Jones and Dan Spensley were selected (and played) for the League Representative side. The 3rds and 4ths got to their Divisional Cup Finals in 2005 and 2007 but both lost. Finally our first trophy of the new millennium arrived in 2009 when the 3rds memorably won the cup 3-2 with an inspired performance against Rochdale St. Clements who were from 3 divisions above. See Previous Seasons page 2008/09 season for match details. Then the following season (09-10) the 4ths won Division 7 for our first League title in over a decade.

What are we up to now . . .
The 2011/12 season was our last in the Lancashire Amateur League. After 62 years we left the LAL and for start of 2012/13 season re-joined the newly formed Mid-Lancashire League - formerly the Preston & District League which was the league we first joined when we formed back in 1947. During our 2nd season 2013/14 Ian Hesketh was awarded Mid-Lancs League Secretary of the Year then in 2014-15 season the 1st Team won our first trophy in the Mid-Lancs League when they went unbeaten for the whole season whilst clinching the Division 1 championship AND the 2nd Team won the Cup. Let's hope it's just the start of something.
As stated above, "Stability is the key" and we are fortunate since 2009 to have Doug Birch as Chairman, providing the solid platform and sound leadership needed to run an outfit the size of ours.

Come and find us . . .
We now have 3 senior teams and all play their home games on the wonderful pitches at Myerscough College. We also have a Youth team, and this Under 18 team play in the Lancashire Youth Sunday League and they play their home games at Broughton.
You're welcome to come and support any of the teams on any match day, go to the Current Season page (link on the left navigation panel) for Fixture details.

 

   Arthur Dickinson

1947 - 1965

   Francis Eden-Wilson   

1965 - 1975

   Michael R. Dolphin   

1975 - 2009

   Alan Whittaker

2009 - Present

Chairmen :

 

   Gordon H. Spicer

1947 - 1959

   F. Hunter

1959 - 1960

   Hayden Sigley

1960 - 1961

   Brian Hawkes

1961 - 1963

 

   Norman Archer

1963 - 1964

 

   John Howard

1964 - 1966

 

   Michael R. Dolphin  

1966 - 1971

 

   David Wilson

1971 - 2008

 

   Doug Birch

2009 - Present

 

Hon. Secretaries :

 

   Harry Foster

1947 - 1950

   Cyril Archer

1950 - 1954

   D. Ryan

1954 - 1955

   Jim Tyrer

1955 - 1956

   Norman Archer

1956 - 1979

   Tommy Taylor

1979 - 1988

   Gordon Owen

1988 - 1997

   Trev Lafferty

1997 - 2005

   Stuart Spensley

2005 - 2012

   Ian Hesketh

2012 - Present

 

Hon. Treasurers :

   

   J. Monaghan

1947 - 1949

 

   Harry Lawton

1949 - 1972

 

   Henry Clarke

1972 - 1982

 

   Alan Roberts

1982 - 2009

 

   Ian Winn

2009 - 2017

 

   TBA

2017 - Present

 

 

 

 

Here it is
The History of Broughton's first 50 years
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Go to Previous Seasons page to see Playing Records from individual seasons throughout our history.

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