Turton Football Club calls for archival footage ahead of 150th anniversary
THE ‘oldest football club in Lancashire’ solicits photographs and anecdotes from those who are or have been linked to the club as its 150th anniversary approaches.
The Turton Football Club will celebrate this milestone at the Last Drop Village Hotel and Spa with a sit-down meal before shows, drinks and an auction on the evening of October 30.
Club president Pete Gray is calling on anyone with archival footage or anecdotes to send them to the club. They will be on display in the bar in the evening.
He said: “Everyone at the club is looking forward to celebrating our 150th anniversary. This is a milestone that only a handful of clubs around the world have been able to celebrate.
“We would like everyone who has or had a connection with the club to share photos or even anecdotes from their time with the club.”
Formed in 1871, Turton has a rich history and for much of the 1870s it was the county’s premier club. They are currently plying their trade in the West Lancashire Premier League and have recently seen success under Craig Jones – winning the Richardson Cup and Lancashire Amateur Shield in 2019 before also winning the Wilf Carr Memorial Trophy in 2020.
A nod to the club can be found at the National Football Museum, where they are recognized as important pioneers of association football in the North West and among the founding members of the Lancashire FA.
The club currently play their matches at Thomason Fold in the North Turton district of Blackburn with Darwen.
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