THE STORY SO FAR AT SHAWE VIEW
The club was formed in summer 1990, being the brainchild of David Brown, John Harrison, David Law, and Bill Whitten under the name North Trafford, sharing Shawe View with Trafford Borough Rugby League Club. After initially being denied entrance, a late withdrawal resulted in the club being invited to join Division 2 of the Mid-Cheshire League for 1990/91 season.
The first game at competitive level versus Macclesfield College was won 3-1, leading to a finish in second place, and promotion to Division One.
As a bonus the club obtained sole tenancy of Shawe View via a 30 year lease, and substantial ground improvements were undertaken.
1990/91 Manager David Law took North Trafford to second place in the Mid-Cheshire League Division 2 and were promoted to the Division One.
1991/92 saw progress continue on the field as fourth place was achieved coupled with a successful application to join Division 2 of the North West Counties League (NWCL).
1992/93 the club had another good season ending with in seventh place in the NWCL Division 2.
1993/94 a magnificent second-half of the season in which 20 out of 22 games were won, resulted in second place and promotion to Division One. Additionally the first trophy was won via a 3-1 victory versus Maghull in the Lamot Pils Cup. Promotion was dependent on further ground improvements resulting in the erection of floodlights and the South Stand, which was granted.
1994/95 was launched under the club's present name, ending in fourth place and defeats in the finals of the Manchester Senior and Carling Cups.
1995/96 Trafford had another successful league programme finishing in third place and reaching the last 16 of the FA Vase losing to the eventual winners, Brigg Town.
1996/97 was undoubtedly our most successful, winning the NWCL and gaining promotion to Division 1 of the Unibond NPL League but losing out in the finals of the Manchester Senior Cup and the League Cup. David Law who had managed the club since inception was named NWCL Manager of the Year, and the Reserves won the NWCL Reserve Division, the Reserve League Cup, and the Manchester Amateur Cup.
1997/98 saw an indifferent start but the club finishing twelfth, and a further trophy was won, the Unibond First Division Cup, beating Lincoln United 3-1.
1998/99 started with the appointment of Mark Molyneaux as assistant manager to David Law, taking over the reins in the December, and guiding us to a final place of fourteenth.
1999/2000 Manager Mark Molyneaux along with his assistant Wayne Goodison guided Trafford to victory in the Unibond President’s Cup Final beating Whitby Town in the 2nd Leg on their ground.
2000/01 Trafford finished the season with thirteen games unbeaten run placing them in fifth place, their highest ever league position in the club’s eleven year history.
2001/02 saw Mark Molyneaux resign to take over at fellow Unibond NPL First Division side Chorley, with the club finishing in fifteenth place. Trafford then appointed Joey Dunn as the new manager.
2002/03 the results didn’t come Trafford’s way and at Christmas the club decided to release manager Joey Dunn and appoint the vastly experienced Mike McKenzie who had won so many honours as a manager in the Unibond NPL League. Sadly results still didn’t come and Trafford were relegated to the North West Counties League.
2003/04 By October Trafford decided to part-company with Mike McKenzie after finding themselves in nineteenth position in Division One. A month later Trafford appointed 28 year old former Leigh R.M.I. Reserve Team Manager Danny Johnson as the new manager. Within a couple of weeks the results changed, and Trafford began to improved their league position. By the end of season Danny Johnson’s young entertaining side finished in sixteenth position with 50 points.
2004/05 Trafford didn’t have much joy in any of the cup competitions but finished in an improved twelfth position on 56 points. While the Reserve Team won their third County Cup in four seasons by winning the Manchester FA Trophy.
2005/06 saw Trafford got off to a flying start in the League and had a good run in the FA Vase, but sadly couldn’t maintain their league form throughout the season finishing in fourteenth position.
2006/07 saw Trafford finish in fifth place in the NWCL Division One the club’s best campaign since 2001 when they finished in 5th place in the Unibond NPL Division One. The season included a good run in the FA Cup, two players in the top 20 goalscorers in the NWCL, with Glyn Barker in 6th place with 34 goals and Troy Hayder in 16th place with 20 goals, and an end of season run of 17 games unbeaten to round off a marvellous season. At the end of the season sadly manager Danny Johnson decided to move up to the Unibond NPL League with Ashton United, with our player Ged Kielty becoming Trafford’s ’new’ Player/Manager, assisted by Lee Southwood and coached by Tony Coyne.
2007/08 With the new look management Trafford had one of their most successful campaign’s winning the Vodkat League Championship title by 11 points with a club record of 95 points to be promoted to the Unibond NPL League for a second time after winning the title in 1997. From September 2007 Trafford went on a 29 league game unbeaten run including 18 straight wins which is a League record. Manager Ged Kielty was also voted Manager of the Year and the club won Programme of the Year. Centre forward Andy Lundy ended the season with 34 overall goals putting him in second place in the League goalscoring chart but was the League top scorer with his 28 goals in Division One. His ‘sidekick’ Scott Barlow came close behind in fourth overall place with 29 goals.
2008/09 saw Trafford return to the Unibond NPL League after an absence of five seasons. Manager Ged Kielty led the team to the club’s second Unibond League President’s Cup win beating First Division South Quorn 2-0 on their ground in the Final. Trafford previously won the President’s Cup back in 1999-2000. Trafford’s striker Scott Barlow finished runner-up as the First Division North Overall Leading Goalscoring charts with 40 goals. Trafford finished in fifteenth place in the Division.
2009/10 former Trafford stalwart Garry Vaughan in the ‘hot-seat’ as Ged Kielty decided to step down as manager. During seven seasons in the ‘90s Garry played a record 305 games for Trafford and is still the overall leading club goalscorer with 89 goals. In his first season as a manager at Unibond League level Garry along with his Assistant Manager Loz Greenhalgh guided the club to a creditable twelfth place in the First Division North and were finalists in the Manchester County FA Premier Cup. During this season striker Scott Barlow scored 21 goals to become the joint overall club top goalscorer with a total of 89 goals in his three seasons at the club along with Manager Garry Vaughan.
2010/11 Trafford had a poor first half of the season, then Manager Garry Vaughan made a number of personnel changes including bringing back former Assistant Manager Wayne Goodison and the clubs fortunes changed finishing in a respectable fourteenth place.
2011/12 Trafford didn’t have much luck in any of the cup competitions and had a roller-coaster season in the First Division North finishing in twelfth place.
2012/13 In Garry Vaughan’s fourth season as Manager along with his Assistant Wayne Goodison they led Trafford to promotion to the Evo-Stik NPL League Premier Division, after winning the First Division North Play-Off final against Cammell Laird 4-2 on penalties AET on their ground.
2013/14 Trafford playing in their highest ever level of football in the Evo-Stik NPL League Premier Division the club had a very successful season finishing in a very impressive tenth place and won the Manchester Premier Cup against Football Conference side Hyde at Bury FC’s Gigg Lane.
In January 2015 Manager Garry Vaughan and his Assistant Wayne Goodison resigned from the club with former Altrincham Manager Graham Heathcote taking charge along with his Assistant Chris Adams. At the end of the season Trafford were relegated back to the Evo-Stik NPL First Division North and Graham Heathcote retired from Football management.
In May 2015 Trafford appointed former FC Halifax and Chorley Captain Tom Baker as the club’s new Manager. After a mixed first half to the season from mid-December Trafford’s form turned for the better with only five defeats in twenty two league and cup games finishing the season in a creditable eighth place in his first ever season as a Manager.
After an impressive first season as Manager Tom Baker along with his assistant Manager Chris Shuker took Trafford to an improved sixth place in the First Division North missing a Play-off place by just two points.
Trafford had another successful season finishing in sixth place for the second consecutive season, runners-up in the Manchester Premier Cup.
In his fourth season at Trafford Manager Tom Baker crowned the season by winning the Integro League Cup for the first time in the club’s history beating League Champions Farsley Celtic in the Final.
Trafford finished in ninth place in the NPL North/West Division and reached the Final of the Manchester Premier Cup to play FC United of Manchester. Unfortunately due to the Covid-19 the final did not that place. During the close season Manager Tom Baker resigned after five seasons at Trafford and his assistant Danny Caldecott stepped up to become the new Manager of the club.
This season was cancelled after only ten games due to the Covid-19.
This was Danny Caldecott’s first full season as the Manager and Trafford had a steady first half of the season but had a poor end of season finishing in mid-table.