Radcliffe

Latest news

Radcliffe bolster defensive line
Radcliffe Radcliffe bolster defensive line By James Gordon

Experienced centre-back Rick Smith has become Radcliffe FC’s 10th signing of the summer.

Bermuda pair sign for Radcliffe
Radcliffe Bermuda pair sign for Radcliffe By James Gordon

Radcliffe have added some Bermudan flair to their squad with the signing of young winger Kenyi Mills and full-back Zakiyah Lee.

Radcliffe sign former Premier League midfielder
Radcliffe Radcliffe sign former Premier League midfielder By James Gordon

Radcliffe FC have pulled off the signing of former Premier League midfielder Jem Karacan.

Radcliffe signs second EFL midfielder
Radcliffe Radcliffe signs second EFL midfielder By James Gordon

Radcliffe have confirmed the signing of former Football League midfielder Nicky Adams from Oldham Athletic.

Radcliffe land Joyce
Radcliffe Radcliffe land Joyce By James Gordon

Radcliffe FC have announced the signing of experienced midfielder Luke Joyce from AFC Fylde.

Address

Address:
Neuven Stadium Colshaw Close East Radcliffe Gtr Manchester M26 3PE
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Seated:
Standing:
4,000
Telephone:
0161 724 8346
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History

The club was formed on the 24th May 1949 at the Owd Tower Inn in Radcliffe by Jack Pickford and a committee of seventeen and became a member of the South East Lancashire Football League. In 1974 it was accepted into the Cheshire League, which subsequently became the North West Counties League.

The first season in the North West Counties brought success when Radcliffe secured the Second Division championship in front of a then record Stainton Park crowd of 1,468. After one season in the First Division, Radcliffe lifted the First Division championship in 1985 and made the step up into the newly formed Northern Premier League First Division in 1987. After many years in the division, the ‘90s saw an upturn in fortunes on the pitch.

In 1996 the club reached the last sixteen of the FA Trophy and in 1997 won the league. The stay lasted for one season as having to invest in the stadium to be allowed to compete at that level meant that matters on the pitch suffered and so the club was relegated back to the NPL First Division.

Radcliffe reached the First round of the FA Cup in 2000 losing 4-1 at home to Division Three side York City at Gigg Lane, Bury in front of 2,495 supporters.

The club was promoted again in 2002/03 via the Play-offs, beating Chorley 4-2 on penalties after a thrilling 2-2 draw at Stainton Park. Jody Banim scored 46 goals in a fantastic season for him.

Radcliffe was back in the NPL Premier Division again and a place in the newly formed Conference North was up for grabs. Sitting in sixth position in the league by November the club was looking good to play at its highest ever level. Jody Banim set the English record for scoring in consecutive games and received national recognition and bigger clubs came calling. He was sold to Shrewsbury Town in December for £20,000.

The club continued to be near the Play-offs and solid mid table finishes followed but after four seasons were relegated back to the First Division in 2006/07, where the club remained until 2019. Mid-table finishes and the occasional battle against relegation was the order of that period after a decade of success and a few cup runs.

In 2016 management changed, a new chairman and manager took the reins. Off the field investment was given to the stadium, much needed after many years, a new stand at the Pilkington Road end of the stadium, a new press area and director's area after being destroyed by fire. Additionally, a new covered turnstile block, a TV Gantry, Boardroom, club shop, Sponsors Lounge and Social Club, all giving the stadium a fresh new-look.

The club changed name, dropping the ‘Borough’ officially in 2018. Reaching the Lancashire Cup Final in 2017 nearly brought the first silverware to the new era. League finishes for the first two seasons were roughly the same as before but with a new manager in charge, Jon Macken with Frank Sinclair as his assistant brought some positive results towards the end of 2017/18 from when he took the reins in October 2017. The future looked bright and the hard-work and investment on and off the pitch paid off as the club was promoted via the Play-offs back to the NPL Premier Division in 2019.

In 2020, Lee Fowler was appointed as the new first team manager. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the following season did not go ahead as planned but in 2021, football was back, and Radcliffe were ready to compete again. Radcliffe had a good start to the new season, but those performances began to slip. After a seventh league defeat to Morpeth Town, Radcliffe mutually parted ways with Fowler and striker Bobby Grant stepped in as player-manager.

Performances were on the up again and Grant stayed in his position after a successful run. The re-signing of Luca Navarro after leaving earlier in the season gave the club a well-needed boost and increased the threat up front. Consistent performances from existing squad members like Matthew Crothers and Olly Thornley meant that Radcliffe finished 15th in the league on a respectable 51 points.

In March 2022, the Radcliffe Football Foundation was established and since then, the club has been building to make sure the 2022/23 season is as successful as it can be. Not only have the club secured new deals off the pitch with new kit suppliers and sports technology but also on the pitch with some new players. The feel good factor is back at the Neuven Stadium and the future once again looks bright for the club.

PLAYERS

Over the years many former League players have appeared for The Boro’ – players such as Frank Worthington, Alan Kennedy, Peter Barnes, Ian Bishop, Craig Dawson and many more, each of them enhancing the Club’s reputation.

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