|Full name||Glapwell Football Club|
|Ground||Hall Corner, Glapwell, Derbyshire|
|Capacity||1250 (150 Seated)|
|League||Central Midlands League North Division|
|2020–21||Central Midlands League Division One North (promoted)|
After originally playing as the Young Vanish FC in the mid-to-late 1980s, the club played for the first time as Glapwell FC in 1989 when they joined the National League System for the first time playing in the Central Midlands Football League Division One. in 1992–93 under manager Roy Overton, and helped by the goalscoring form of former Chesterfield player Dave Waller, the club won the Supreme Division as well as the Wakefield Cup at Field Mill against bitter rivals Oakham United F.C. With Waller in the dugout two seasons later the club finished as runners-up and were finally suitably placed for promotion to the Northern Counties East Football League. The club's first season at their new level was a success, finishing fifth in Division One as well as reaching the second round of the FA Vase for the first time.
The 1997–98 season will always be remembered at Hall Corner for their most memorable success when, against all the odds, they won the Derbyshire Senior Cup for the first, and still only, time. Trailing 2–1 after the first leg at Hall Corner, Glapwell travelled as massive underdogs to the second leg against a Matlock Town F.C. side who were two leagues above. Goals from Willie Gamble and Jamie Morgan, though, gave Glapwell a 2–1 win to take the tie to extra-time with Glapwell holding their nerve to win the resulting penalty shoot-out 3–2. After slowly improving their league position each season, Glapwell were finally promoted to the Premier Division of the Northern Counties East Football League in 1999–2000 with a second-placed finish enough to secure Step 5 football for the first time. In 2000–01, the club nearly secured a second Derbyshire Senior Cup title but this time they were on the wrong end of the penalty shoot-out after a 5–5 draw on aggregate against Glossop North End A.F.C. After five years of consolidation in the league, and with a couple of decent cup runs, a 14-game unbeaten run at the start of the 2007–08 season set the club up for a second-placed finish in the Premier Division and winning promotion for the first time to the Northern Premier League Division One South.
In 2002, former England international Chris Waddle played briefly for the club and in late 2008-early 2009, the club also had Dean Gordon, ex-Middlesbrough, play a handful of league games for them in the Northern Premier League Division One South.
There was gradual improvement, the first season ended in disappointment by missing out on the play-offs by just a single goal after a 3–1 defeat at Stamford A.F.C. on the final day of the season. A change in manager saw John Gaunt replace Les McJannet in the Hall Corner dug-out and the following season Glapwell were just inches away from promotion after an agonising 1–0 defeat at Chasetown F.C. in the play-off final in front of 1300 people. At the start of the 2010–11 season, the club entered an agreement with Mansfield Town F.C. to play their home games at their Field Mill ground. But when the Stags were locked out by their landlord at Christmas, Glapwell returned to play the second half of the season at Hall Corner. After a ninth-place finish and despite striker Ian Holmes's best efforts finishing top goalscorer of the league with 32 goals, poor results at the end of the season had cost them another shot at the play-offs, the club were forced to resign from the Northern Premier League at the end of the season due to ground licensing issues after a dispute with the local parish council.
So 2011–12 saw a return to the Central Midlands Football League with a brand new committee, management team and playing squad. However, the season on a whole was a disaster, finishing second bottom after winning only three games all season and registering 15 points. The 2012–13 season started much better under the guidance of former Mansfield Town F.C. physio Jason Truscott but the momentum was greatly disturbed when he left just before Christmas to join Northern Premier League side Hucknall Town F.C. along with his assistant Alex Weston and several of the first team squad. Former Heanor boss Jamie Bennett came in for the second half of the season and restored some momentum as the club finished in eighth place. Big things were expected ahead of the 2013–14 season but it started disastrously and after only one point from the opening four league games Bennett resigned after a 6–1 defeat at Sherwood Colliery. Two days later with Craig Humphreys in charge, Glapwell upset all the odds by recording a 3–1 victory at Clay Cross Town F.C. to start a bit of momentum. Humphreys eventually took the job on permanently at the end of the following month, appointing Carl Vickers as his assistant and results generally improved. The club did, however, suffer their heaviest league defeat at the end of September after a 10–0 thrashing at A.F.C. Mansfield who would go on to win the league at the end of the season. But a mid-table finish marked a great achievement for the club, and Humphreys, considering where the club had been when he took over. However, Humphreys and Vickers immediately resigned after the final game of the season and Glapwell were again looking for a new manager.
In 2014, in came former Alfreton player Jordan Hall who brought Neil Grayson back to the club as his assistant. The club finished sixth at the end of that season, breaking the record for most league goals scored in a season for the club with 88. Following Grayson's retirement from football in the summer of 2015, John Styring was promoted to assistant manager. After installing a squad he thought capable of winning the league, Hall's side stormed to the top of the league, breaking many records along the way. The club went on a 17-game unbeaten league run, breaking the 16 from 2009 to 2010 season, as well as recording the club's largest home and away league victories, both of which came against Dinnington Town F.C. They broke the club record for most league goals scored in a season, with still seven league games remaining, after smashing in 94 goals in only 21 league games, helped by nearly 60 from Josh Parfitt, Daniel Russell and Jake Ballinger.
The club has hosted the Jamie Walker Charity Match on a few occasions, most recently in 2013, where all proceeds go to local cancer charities where former Glapwell player Walker was successfully treated after his own diagnosis.
On 22 June 2016 Glapwell confirmed that the club had folded.
In July 2020, the newly reformed club with a new chairman, committee, management team, playing squad was accepted in to the Central Midlands League, Division One North. Dave Turner has been appointed manager, assisted by Lee Fletcher. The most notable player in the squad is ex-Accrington Stanley and Doncaster goalkeeper Ross Etheridge. A development team will also compete in the Midlands Regional Alliance; the youth team compete in the North Derbyshire Youth Football League and the club also run a KickStarts Sunday morning club for children between 4 and 7 years old on the pitch at Hall Corner.
Notable former playersEdit
Players that have played in the Football League either before or after playing for Glapwell Football Club –
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- Football Clubs History database – Glapwell