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Lancaster City

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The town of Lancaster had been represented by a variety of football clubs but Lancaster Town proved to be the survivor and competed in The Lancashire Combination from 1905 to 1970 although the club’s name changed to Lancaster City in 1937.

Long serving supporters will have despaired when their club, having earned a place in The Northern Premier League in 1970, were forced to drop back to the North West Counties in 1982 after off field problems, and then within three seasons relegation took them into The NW Counties Second Division.

During these very difficult times Richard Danson gave nine years service as manager and when The Northern Premier League formed a Second Division, ‘The Dolly Blues’ who had amended their name to ’The City of Lancaster FC’ were invited to join.

This was the turning point as the club gave the impression of steading down and after nine seasons they won the championship and promotion to the Premier League under manager Alan Tinsley.

Some competitive seasons, especially under manager Tony Hesketh at the beginning of the century were followed by a little luck in 2004, when the leagues were restructured and Lancaster City were invited to join the new Conference North. However three seasons later, the wheels came off again and after finishing at the foot of the table, the club sunk into The Northern Premier League First Division North. However, the club is again showing some consistency under the guidance of Tony Hesketh, who has now completed eight seasons in two spells as manager and only twice has his club finished outside the top ten!


Club Factfile

Giant Axe, West Road, Lancaster LA1 5PE
01524 382 238
From the South: Exit M6 at Junction 33. At roundabout take the second exit onto the A6, pass through Galgate and then Lancaster University on the right until the next roundabout. Take the second main exit into Lancaster and follow signs for the railway station. At the traffic lights by Waterstones Bookshop turn immediately left. Take the second right onto Station Road and follow downhill on West Road and take the first right into the ground. From the North: Exit M6 at Junction 34 and turn left onto the A683. Follow signs for railway station into City around the one way system. Move over to the right hand side lane at the police station and through traffic lights. Manoeuvre into the left-hand lane until traffic lights at Waterstones Bookshop. Follow directions as from the south.

Club History

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1977-1978Northern Premier League11thS.Gallagher
1978-1979Northern Premier League11thS.Gallagher
1979-1980Northern Premier League12thS.Gallagher
1980-1981Northern Premier League16thK.Dyson
1981-1982Northern Premier League17thK.Dyson
1982-1983North West Counties First Division7thRichard Danson
1983-1984North West Counties First Division6thRichard Danson
1984-1985North West Counties First Division19thRichard Danson
1985-1986North West Counties Second Division12thRichard Danson
1986-1987North West Counties Second Division13thRichard Danson
1987-1988Northern Premier League First Division16thRichard Danson
1988-1989Northern Premier League First Division7thRichard Danson
1989-1990Northern Premier League First Division10thRichard Danson
1990-1991Northern Premier League First Division8thRichard Danson
1991-1992Northern Premier League First Division16thJohn Smith
1992-1993Northern Premier League First Division18thKeith Brindle
1993-1994Northern Premier League First Division4thAlan Tinsley
1994-1995Northern Premier League First Division4thAlan Tinsley
 1995-1996Northern Premier League First Division1stAlan Tinsley
1996-1997Northern Premier League Premier Division17thAlan Tinsley
1997-1998Northern Premier League Premier Division19thGordon Raynor
1998-1999Northern Premier League Premier Division19thAlan Tinsley
1999-2000Northern Premier League Premier Division6thTony Hesketh
2000-2001Northern Premier League Premier Division4thTony Hesketh
2001-2002Northern Premier League Premier Division3rdTony Hesketh
2002-2003Northern Premier League Premier Division17thTony Hesketh
2003-2004Northern Premier League Premier Division8thPhil Wilson
2004-2005Conference North13thPhil Wilson
2005-2006Conference North15thPhil Wilson
2006-2007Conference North22ndGary Finlay
2007-2008Northern Premier League First Division North11thBarrie Stimpson
2008-2009Northern Premier League First Division North7thBarrie Stimpson
2009-2010Northern Premier League First Division North2ndTony Hesketh
2010-2011Northern Premier League First Division North8thTony Hesketh
2011-2012Northern Premier League First Division North6thTony Hesketh
2012-2013Northern Premier League First Division North13thTony Hesketh
2013-2014Northern Premier League First Division North6thDarren Peacock

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