“More than a club” outside the league celebrates 100 years of football

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In 1921, two ambitious men embarked on the dream of establishing a football club in Maghull.

Through fires and relegation battles, Maghull FC defied all odds and, unlike many of their non-league contemporaries, continue to thrive to this day. The club celebrated its centenary last week after celebrations were delayed by the pandemic.

Former manager-turned-president Ron Young, who has been at the club since 1969, does not attribute the club’s longevity to success on the pitch or a burgeoning trophy cabinet. Ron, who began his career in Dundee United’s youth system before taking charge of Maghull in 1985, credits the club’s survival to the people who have dedicated their lives to playing, supporting and leading the non-Championship side.

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Speaking to ECHO, Ron said: “It’s more than a club and the people who were involved with Maghull as players have stayed here. We have two treasures at the club and they played in the club. team from 1966 when they won the Liverpool County Cup and they are still around now – one is 80 and the other 82.

“I think that’s one of the main reasons why Maghull has continued, it’s because of the longevity of the people who have put so much into running it. We see ourselves as a community club, we have outside players in Maghull and Lydiate, but the majority of the players come from the community and they are welcome at the club at all times.”

From a single team, the club has grown to encompass three men’s teams, a women’s first team and a host of youth teams for boys and girls. Ron, who is 77, said: “It’s very important to encourage kids to get into football from an early age because it gives them values ​​because they have people who coach them, guide them and help them. help and it gives the kids something to focus on.”

The club had to go through difficult times and almost went into liquidation in the 1950s. It barely survived thanks to the efforts of the Maghull FC supporters club which raised funds by organizing whist drives.

Originally playing its football at Deyes High School, Maghull FC moved in the 1960s and found a home at Old Hall Field. Following a fire that destroyed the locker rooms and clubhouse in 1991, Maghull erected a new building which still stands to this day.

They currently play in the Cheshire National League and are looking to move up the non-league ranks by developing the pitch, setting up new stands and adding floodlights. Ron, who led Maghull’s first team for seven years, said: “That’s what we’re working on and if it comes to fruition that’s great.

“But if it doesn’t happen, at least we can say we tried and more importantly we will continue to play football. If a club has something about it, people won’t leave unless you don’t be abandoned.

“There are not many clubs that have been gone for 100 years. There are thousands of clubs, but only a few hundred that have been gone for so long. It all depends on the people, bricks and mortar do nothing for anyone – it’s the people who have been involved for so many years who set the standards, and it’s up to us to uphold them and keep the club running.”

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