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Vulcan Football Club


Website last updated: 24 Mar, 2015 @ 08:06




Warrington District League Winners

1970 - 1971, 1973 - 1974, 1974 - 1975, 1977 - 1978, 1978 - 1979

Guardian Cup

1974, 1978, 1979

Jubilee Cup

1972, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1978, 2005

Warrington Division One Championship

1994 - 1995, 2003 - 2004, 2012 - 2013

Drinkwater Trophy

2003, 2007


The Beginning.

When a football league constitution was formed in Warrington back in 1894-1895 Newton-le-Willows were responsible for three teams in the two divisions created. Newton-le-Willows F.C produced two teams and then Earlestown Victoria produced a further team. It wasn't until the 1908-1909 season until a football team from Newton were to win a trophy in which Earlestown St John were to lift the league title. Further teams were generated from the town and went onto lift trophies, Common Rd Utd, Earlestown B.L, Wargrave C.E, Earlestown L.M.S, Earlestown White Star, and Newton YMC all were victorious in either lifting the Warrington League Title or the Guardian Cup (Formally known as the Observer Trophy). It is possible that Wargrave C.E could have been linked to Vulcan F.C with the area of Vulcan and Wargrave being so close and so small. The earliest trophy on record that Vulcan won was the Warrington League in 1923-1924. I am led to believe that this Vulcan team may have been formed from the old works.

Vulcan Football Club were officially formed in 1955 and were primarily funded by the Vulcan works and funds were raised by the actual workers. With so many football teams at the time residing from Newton-le-Willows it was at first difficult to see how Vulcan would succeed. At the time Randles F.C were the most successful club in the Warrington area winning six consecutive league titles and two Guardian Cups. With Newton F.C the dominant team in Newton-le-Willows it took Vulcan 15 years to over throw them and finally grab their first league title. The season 1970-1971 really saw Vulcan come alive grabbing their first title and they then went onto dominate the local football scene for the next decade.

Decade of Success.

Records show that the standard of football from the Newton/Golborne/Ashton area from 1959 to 1979 was extremely high with the title coming to these areas 16 times out of the 20 seasons. Vulcan went onto grab the title on 4 occasions, 1973/1974, 1974/1975, 1977/1978, 1978/1979, the Guardian Cup was won on three occasions during the 70's, 1974, 1978 and 1979. During that decade Vulcan also won the Jubilee Cup in 1972, 1974, 1975, 1977 and 1978, in the process the club completed two trebles. Considering that Vulcan still weren't considered the primary force in Newton football then the trophy cabinet didn't support this argument.

Trophy - less.

Through the 1980's and early 1990's Vulcan went through a dry spell, not winning a trophy for almost a decade. By the time we were in the early 90's Vulcan were renamed as Vulcan Clock Face as the club linked up with Clock Face F.C from St.Helens. In 1994 this team won the Warrington League Division 1 title. A couple of years later the Clock Face was removed and the club again was Vulcan F.C. Following promotion Vulcan were relegated and it was Newton F.C who were again the dominant local football force. The doors were set to close on Newton Football Club as their ground was sold and later houses were built on the land. Following this Vulcan then had an influx of players however they couldn't consolidate a place in the top flight of Warrington football with the club being consistently promoted and relegated. During this time the 1st team went trophy-less for a number of years but the reserves won the Reg Oliver trophy and there were several trophies for the youth teams including a Lancashire Cup.

The Tolan Revolution.

In the late 90's Pete Prescott ended his reign as Vulcan Manager and Simon Saunders took the reigns and in his first season gained promotion to the Warrington Premier League by default however he then resigned. The club then lost almost half of it's squad and were manager-less. With Pete Prescott refusing a second stint in charge Paul Tolan took the reigns and started a mini revolution. After being relegated in his first season the club brought in a large number of young players from the local youth teams and narrowly survived relegation from Warrington Division 1. It was at this time that the Vulcan Sports Club closed it's doors for what a lot of people assumed for good, losing rugby, cricket, snooker and bowls teams. It was the reformed Vulcan football committee that erected the current changing rooms installing showers and maintaining the pitch. Tolan's turnaround season started brightly with a 9-0 victory over the now defunct Halfway F.C but the title charge fell short with several young players lacking the experience needed. The season did however finish with a trophy with the first team winning the Drinkwater Trophy in an epic extra time victory over Downall Green. So much was expected of Vulcan the following season and Paul Tolan's young side brought the division 1 title back to Vulcan. The reserve side also finished league runners up and lost in the Rylands Cup final and the Reg Oliver semi final.

After their division 1 title Vulcan were promoted to the Premier Division and were expected to hold a respectable position unlike past teams that had won promotion. After an early season crisis where Paul Tolan resigned due to player power his number 2 Derek McGowan took the reigns and led the club to a respectable 4th position and claiming the Jubilee Cup for the first time since 1978.

After two 'average' seasons Derek McGowan moved on but left on a high note bringing the Drinkwater Trophy to Vulcan once more with an easy victory over St.Michaels. The following season 2008-2009 current player Kabir Salihi took the reigns in order to consolidate the club and then resigned at the end of the season wishing to only be considered a player.

At the start of this coming season Vulcan FC are headed up by two ex players in Sean Bailey and Andy Burke who both have high hopes for the season.