Ossett Town was formed in 1936, with Ossett Albion in 1944 and were two clubs with longstanding and proud histories who spent the majority of the last two decades competing in the Northern Premier League. On occasion challenging at the top end but for much of the time a mid-table position, which given the resources of both clubs was considered a success.
In January 2018 discussions between the clubs began to merge the two; believing one club as a single ‘United’ entity would be the best way forward.
On June 1, 2018 those talks became reality after a two-year process was condensed into six short months. Ossett United Football Club was born following a ratification process by The Football Association.
To protect the interests of both Ossett Albion and Town, and to ensure the merger was just that and not seen as a takeover of one by the other shares were split equally between Ossett Albion (2016) Ltd and Ossett Town Ltd with both nominating three Board Members each.
Andy Welsh was appointed as the clubs first manager, Alex McQuade the first captain. As far as on the field goes the first season will long remain in the memory of those involved. A fifth place finish in the league saw the club in the Play-off’s, whilst silverware was won by the senior club in the form of the West Riding FA County Cup thanks to a victory against National League North side Guiseley.
The Under 23s won a trophy too and the Ladies went one better winning their league and cup and are progressing very well.
On field success came at a cost and following a review of the season there were changes in the boardroom and the club’s budgets were reassessed.
Despite this, the majority of the side returned for the 2019/20 season, but results dipped, in November Andy Welsh and the board felt it was time for a change in the dugout.
Around this time our landlords, Ossett Town Ltd received the news that following the unfortunate injury to a player some years earlier a court case had been lost and were hit with a bill for £135,000 – the only asset available to them was Ingfield, our home.
Not wanting to have to find a new home Ossett United lead a fundraising campaign to save Ingfield whilst our plight was shared to a wider audience with Sky Sports, TalkSPORT, BBC Sport and many local and national media outlets broadcast the news.
This is just another setback in our early life but one that we will and are going to overcome.
Wayne Benn was appointed manager in November 2019 with Andy Hayward as his assistant and made an instant impact thanks to a 3-2 victory in their first game – the clubs first league win in two months.
‘Benno’ set about revamping the squad following some departures and put together some excellent results in the January however that was all in vain when Covid-19 hit, and the season was declared null and void.
This enforced, extended break, gave the management team additional time to target the players they wanted to bring in to form their squad, young, hungry, quick, and ambitious players were recruited as well as ex-professionals Jack Cowgill and George Green.
As lock-down eased the Supporters Club set about several improvements at Ingfield which have impressed everyone who has seen them. With a largely new squad in place everyone associated with the club is confident that 2020/21 will see the club back heading in the right direction.