Junior football began in Greetland with the creation of Greetland Boys Club, founded by Annie Carrol, Katie Jagger, Dick Young and Marjorie Alderson (the Treasurer). They came up with the club's orginal name, Greetland Boys Football Club. Formed in 1970, teams at the club were not involved in league football as such but played friendly matches.
Greetland Boys first entered competitive football in the Halifax U12's league in 1973. At that time there were only U12's and U14's teams. Roy Barber first became involved at Greetland Boys Club in November 1974, with the U12's and later became the Club's first secretary. He was joined 12 months later by Tony Sutcliffe, who eventually took over as treasurer, and Keith Sutcliffe (no relation). As Roy moved up to managing the U14's, Tony moved into managing the U12's assisted by Keith and then as Roy moved up to U16's, Tony moved up to U14's and Keith took on the U12's.
Greetland Boys Club Under 12's - 1972/73 Back Row: Philip Ackroyd, Rob Clayton, Michael Coldwell, Simon Mackeral, Chris Lowson, Michael Hosty Front Row: Chris Alderson, Bob Duffy, Brian Duffy, Michael Denton, John Crossley, Steven Mackeral (Ball Boy)
After starting their first competitive season in junior football, the club’s U12’s successfully claimed the Sporting Club of the Year award, in the 1973-74 season.
Greetland won their first trophy in 1976 (the Bondina 6-a-side competition). That summer the club took a coach full of U12's and U14's players to Belgium (funded by the boys own parents) where they took part in matches over a 3 day period.
In 1978 they went to France. This time, to fill up the coach, they also took a group of girls, supposedly to play hockey. However, the girls were more interested in the boys than playing hockey. Six of the boys on this particular trip were sponsored by Knowles' Pipe Manufacturers, as their parents could not afford to pay for them to go. In France the teams played in the Algerian quarters on a floodlit pitch and the U15's and U16's went on to win. The boys also found out about hooliganism as their coach was stoned by opposing supporters on leaving.
Around this time Mick Beeby became involved with the Club and took on the role of treasurer. He is currently the Secretary for the Halifax and District FA. Another member of the Club at this time was a Norweigan man named Spen Lager. He eventually married the local hairdresser and they went to live in Norway. The Club raised funds by selling draw tickets in all the local public houses on a Sunday night. The draw took place every week and the winners won prizes of £5 for 1st, £3 for 2nd and £1 for 3rd.
The Club had no base as such. Committee meetings were held at the Rose & Crown pub in Greetland. There were also no changing facilities, so the boys used a room below the local hairdressers to get changed in preparation for matches.
In May 1984, Greetland Community Centre opened and the Boys Club moved in along with Greetland AFC (Open Age team). The facilities still stand as the club’s home to this day.
The 1980’s may have been scarce on the silverware front, though the club was recognised with several honours for teams and individuals. Amongst the awards were Mick Beeby, who won the Manager of the Year award in 1984-85 and M. Wormald, who won Player of the Year award at U14 level in 1985-86, both at U14 level. Indeed the U14 age group were the most successful throughout the decade and also earlier won Sporting Club of the Year in 1982-83.
In 1987, the local council built more changing rooms alongside the Community Centre and started to hire the facilities out to other clubs. Later in 1987, Roy Barber retired as secretary. He continued his association with the Club and was heavily involved with the running of the Community Centre until he sadly passed away in 2010.
The 1990s were a quiet time at the club. With still only a handful of teams, silverware was again hard to find. The team of the decade were the U15s, lead by Alan Topham, who won the League and Challenge Cup in the 1994-95 season. The double trophy win meant Alan deservedly claimed the Manager of the Year Award that season. The following season, the U13s won the Cup and, in successive seasons, U12s teams were successful in both 1997-98 and 1998-99. The U10s were also successful towards the back of the decade, when they secured the Huddersfield Gelpack Championship in 1998-99.
During this time, John King joined the club, leading a young side to several pieces of silverware. John remains involved at the club to this day, as the club Vice Secretary.
Perhaps the biggest event of the 1990’s, was the renaming of the club. In 1998, based on the growing reputation for girls’ football, Greetland Boys Club became Greetland Goldstars JFC. The name was chosen by the players themselves to recognise girls’ integration into the sport.
The 2000s saw unprecedented growth at Greetland Goldstars and the decade got off the best possible start as the club were named Halifax and District Junior League Club of the Year in 2000-01. The club’s U18s ended a spectacular junior football journey by claiming a fantastic League and Cup double in the same year.
Receiving the FA Charter Standard Development Award
With success off the pitch making the news, results on it also improved dramatically with a host of competition wins in the early part of the decade, alongside several Fair Play awards for League and Cup winning sides. Individual awards also continued to come in, as Bob England (U12) and John King (U13) received Manager of the Year awards in 2001-02. At around this time, Nick Walker joined the club and Nigel Whitworth took over as secretary and with it, ushered in a period of exciting growth, stability and success.
In February 2004 the club achieved the FA Charter standard, with qualified coaches at all age groups, Child Welfare Officer, Codes of conducts for players, parents, supporters and coaches and a Club development plan. Greetland remains one of the first clubs in Calderdale to have gained the prestigious Charter Standard and is very proud of its achievement.
Also in 2005, the then under 8’s, perhaps the most successful side the club has ever produced, began their trophy haul with a Cup victory at the Shay. Led by Phil Greenwood and Martin Roberts, the team beat Northowram 4-3 in a thrilling contest.
Also in 2005, Greetland Goldstars Girls entered an Under 12 team into the West Riding Girls Football League that September. Having started the season with the minimum number of only 7 players they managed to finish the season with a squad of 13 and a respectable mid table position.
In January 2007, the Club attained FA Charter Development Club status. This is the next progression on from the Charter Standard and meets the extra criteria laid down by the FA.
The Club’s girls’ teams enjoyed excellent success. Indeed in 2007-8, the U12s won the West Riding Division 2 Title, following that up a year later with a Shield victory in 2008-09. The club’s most successful girls team however, was fielded more recently. Under manager Jason Raine, the U10s won a League and Cup double, the first and only girls team at the club to do so and the same group of girls followed this up with a Cup win at U11.
In November 2009, the club became one of three junior football clubs in Calderdale to create an official partnership with Calderdale College. As an Official Education Partner, Calderdale College backed the club financially and offered coaching sessions through their Academy to our older age groups and girls teams.
The last few years have continued to see unprecedented growth at the club. Success off the field continued to match success on it. The U13s secured another League and Cup double for the club in the Calderdale Leagues in 2010-11, following this up swiftly at U14 level with a Huddersfield League title. Joining them, were the sister U14 side, who also secured their respective League title to make it a club-first of two teams at the same age group winning their respective leagues.
After a brief period of illness in 2010, the club’s long-serving chairman, former manager and secretary, Roy Barber passed away.
In this time, the club made its first foray into supporting local charities and the wider community by taking part in the annual Greetland Community Cup. Fielding a host of club managers, coaches and assistants, as well as a few names synonymous with the club’s history and supporting Overgate Hospice, Greetland Goldstars and The Rose and Crown pub have helped raise over £6000. The club’s most recent title was in 2012.
In 2011, the club opted to field an Open Age side of its own for the first time. Under long-serving manager Nick Walker, the team started their first season well before settling for a mid-table finish.
2012 saw a year of change for the club, as Nigel Whitworth stood down from the secretary role to replace Alan Teale as Chairman following the passing of Roy Barber in 2010. A new fundraising strategy was also put in place, aiming to make 2012-13 the most successful in the club’s history in terms of funds raised. Alongside this, the club re-introduced a newsletter, inspired by the club name and the Olympics of the same year; Going For Gold began circulating in September 2012 and was the first newsletter of it’s kind since the Hotshot newsletters editions that ended in the mid 2000s.
2013 marked the clubs 40th anniversary in competitive junior football with Greetland Goldstars taking part in numerous events to help celebrate the milestone.
Also around this time the club took on Disability football which runs out of 3Gi in Halifax. As with most things over time this has evolved and now we run two junior team and three adult times.
Greetland AFC also joined the club and with the addtion of a pipeline to Open Age football the Club applied for and was given Community Club status. This is the highest award and amatuer club can achieve,
In 2018 Greetland Goldstars and Greetland AFC merged into the newly formed club Greetland FC.
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