Glossop North End A.F.C.

Glossop North End Association Football Club is a football club in Glossop, Derbyshire, England. Formerly members of the Football League, they currently play in the Northern Premier League Division One West and are members of the Derbyshire County Football Association. Their home ground is Surrey Street, which has a capacity of 1,350 (209 seated, 1,141 standing). The club play in blue, and are nicknamed the Hillmen or the Peakites. Between 1899 and 1992 the club was officially known simply as Glossop.

Glossop North End
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Full nameGlossop North End Association Football Club
Nickname(s)The Hillmen, The Peakites
Short nameGlossop
FoundedFeb 1886; 135 years ago (Feb 1886), as Glossop North End
GroundSurrey Street, Glossop
Capacity1,350 (209 seated)
ChairmanDavid Atkinson
ManagerStuart Mellish
LeagueNorthern Premier League Division One West
2020–21Northern Premier League Division One South East (season curtailed)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Glossop is one of the smallest towns in England to have had a Football League club, and it remains to this day the smallest town whose team has played in the English top flight.[1]

At the turn of the 20th century, Glossop played in the Football League First Division, the highest level of English football, for a single season. During this period the club was bankrolled by Sir Samuel Hill-Wood, who was later to become chairman of Arsenal. The club retains some connections with Arsenal.[1]


Early yearsEdit

Glossop team of 1899–1900
Glossop team of 1904–05
Glossop team of 1906–07
Glossop team of 1914–15
Glossop team of 1915–16
Glossop team of 1927-28

Glossop North End were founded in 1886, when they played friendly amateur matches. They played at various grounds in the town, including Pyegrove, Silk Street, Water Lane and Cemetery Road before settling at North Road. The club joined the North Cheshire League in 1890, before moving to the Combination in 1894 and turning professional. In their first season in the Combination, 1894–95, they finished as runners-up. After ending the following season, 1895–96, in third, the club moved to the Midland League and in the 1896–97 season finished as runners-up. After a second season in the Midland League, they were elected to the Second Division of the Football League in 1898–99 finishing as runners-up to Manchester City and winning promotion to the First Division.[2] They then changed their name to Glossop (primarily to avoid any confusion with Preston North End) before spending their one and only season in the top flight, 1899–1900 when they finished in last place and were relegated back to the Second Division, having won only 4 matches, all at home, against Burnley, Nottingham Forest, Blackburn and Aston Villa.

They then spent the next fifteen seasons in the Second Division, during which time they reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup in 1908–09 where they lost to 1–0 to eventual finalists Bristol City in a replay on 10 March 1909. The club's chairman and benefactor at the time was Sir Samuel Hill-Wood, who was later to become chairman of Arsenal. However, the club became perennial strugglers in the Second Division.[3][4]

The 1913–14 season saw a club record attendance of 10,736 for an FA Cup second round match against Preston North End on 31 January 1914.[5] However, the following season they finished bottom of the league and had to apply for re-election. This was curtailed when the start of World War I meant the Football League closed down. Glossop were then re-formed toward the end of the war by Oswald Partington, but failed to be re-elected back into the Football League. Glossop then joined the Lancashire Combination, playing just one season, 1919–20.[3][4] Northern Nomads ground-shared with Glossop for several years during this time.[citation needed] The club then dropped out of the Lancashire Combination and into the Manchester League. In the 1920s and 1930s they won the Gilcryst Cup three times and were crowned Manchester League champions in 1927–28. They won the Gilcryst Cup for a fourth time in 1947–48.[3][4]

1950s onwardsEdit

During 1955, the club moved from its original home of North Road to their current ground Surrey Street, with the first game played at their new home on Sept 17th 1955. In 1957 Glossop rejoined the Lancashire Combination, finishing in eighth in 1957–58. They spent nine seasons in the league before dropping back down once more to the Manchester League after the 1965–66 season. They joined the Cheshire County League as founder members of Division Two in the 1978–79 season, finishing in 17th. In 1980–81 they were Division Two runners-up, only losing out on the title on goal difference, but still winning promotion to Division One. After a sixth-place finish in 1981–82, the club became founder members of the newly formed North West Counties Football League in 1982 when the Cheshire County League merged with the Lancashire Combination. In 1986, the club marked their centenary season with a match with sister club Arsenal.[1] They joined Division One, however they struggled in the league for the next six seasons and after finishing bottom in 1987–88 were relegated to Division Two. The 1990–91 season saw the club reach the fourth round of the FA Vase where they lost to Cammell Laird 2–1 in a replay. They also won the North West Counties Football League Division Two Cup, beating Cheadle Town 2–1 in the final.[6] However, the club almost folded in 1990–91 when their then Chairman sold the ground to the local council and left the club with large debts. The present Board of Directors took over in January 1991. After a sixth-place finish in 1991–92 they were promoted back to Division One over higher-placed clubs and after the season the directors reverted the club's name to Glossop North End.[2][3][4]

In their first season under the club's original name, they reached the semi-finals of the North West Counties League Cup, before losing to Nantwich Town 5–2 over two legs.[7] They reached the semi-finals of the League's floodlit Cup in 1994–95, losing to Penrith 3–1 over two legs.[8] In the 1996–97 season they beat Trafford in the final of the Manchester Premier Cup at Old Trafford, before winning the competition again the following season, this time beating Radcliffe Borough in the final at Maine Road. They also reached the semi-finals of the North West Counties League Cup, losing to Vauxhall Motors 3–1 over two legs.[7]

2000s onwardsEdit

In the 2000–01 season they won the Derbyshire County Football Association Senior Challenge Cup beating Glapwell in a two-legged final, drawing 3–3 away and 2–2 at home before winning 4–2 on penalties. In the league the club struggled to avoid relegation from Division One throughout much of the early 2000s, before finishing ninth in 2006–07, the highest position attained by manager Chris Nicholson in his six seasons at the club.[2][4] Nicholson announced in March 2007 that he was to step down at the end of the season. As a result, his assistant Steve Young was eventually appointed manager for 2007–08.[9] In the 2008–09 season they reached the final of the FA Vase where they lost 2–0 to Northern League First Division side Whitley Bay at Wembley Stadium, on 10 May 2009.[10] Due to this achievement, Arsenal, with whom they retain connections due to Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood's grandfather Sir Samuel Hill-Wood having owned and bankrolled Glossop during their run in the Football League, invited them to their state-of-the-art London Colney training ground during their stay in London, to prepare for the FA Vase final.[1]

In May 2013 the club appointed Chris Wilcock as first team manager. In his first season the team finished third in the North West Counties League. During the season Glossop produced an unbeaten run in the league of 22 games, with only 5 draws, stretching from November 2013 until they were beaten by Bootle on April 2014.[11]

On 19 April 2015 Glossop beat Nelson[12] to win the North West Counties League Premier Division, earning promotion to Division One North of the Northern Premier League. They also reached two cup finals; the North West Counties League Cup,[13] where they faced Atherton Collieries winning 2–0,[14] and the FA Vase final,[15] in which they played North Shields at Wembley Stadium.[16][17] In a repeat of the 2009 final, Glossop were beaten 2–1 after extra time.[18]

Glossop began the 2015–16 season in the Northern Premier League Division One North. They also competed in the FA Trophy for the first time since 1986. The club finished fourth and qualified for the playoffs but lost 2–1 to Northwich Victoria in the semi final. At the end of the 2016-17 season Chris Wilcock resigned as manager,[19] leaving the position after 4 seasons and as the winningest manager in recorded history. On 19 May 2017 the club announced that the joint team of Steve Halford and Paul Phillips would take the reins at Surrey Street [20] On 12 March 2018 the management team left Glossop to join Buxton.[21] Goalkeeper coach Mark Canning took over as caretaker manager, assisted by Andy Bishop.[22] This was made a permanent position at the end of the 2017–18 season. However, after a poor run of results, culminating in a loss to Widnes in mid October, Canning and Bishop were sacked. After a short search the board appointed ex-Mossley duo Peter Band and Lloyd Morrison as joint managers on 14 October 2018.[23]

In an unprecedented move the majority of football activities were ceased mid March 2020 due to the coronavirus, and by the end of March the NPL took the decision along with all step 4 and lower divisions to end the season early and expunge all results with no promotion or relegation taking place.[24] The coronavirus took centre stage again in the 20/21 season, with only a handful of games being played before the season was cancelled in Feb 2021. This was followed in March 2021 by the resignation of manager Pete Band who left to join up with his hometown team Macclesfield FC. The new manager, Stuart Mellish, took charge at the beginning of May[25] ready to start the 2021/22 season in the newly realigned NPL Division One West Division.


Glossop's North Road ground

Glossop played at a variety of grounds, including Pyegrove, Silk Street, Water Lane and Cemetery Road before settling at North Road. The ground was originally used for cricket, but became home to Glossop North End in 1898 when the club were elected to the Second Division of the Football League. The football ground was located in the south-east corner of the site, with a seated stand was constructed on the northern side of the pitch and raised earth embankment on a triangular space in the south-east corner and eastern sides. During the football season a temporary wooden seated stand was erected behind the western goal, but removed for the cricket season. The first League match played at North Road was on 3 September 1898, with Glossop defeating Blackburn Rovers 4–1 in front of 4,000 spectators. The last Football League match at North Road was played on 17 April 1915, with just 500 spectators watching a 1–1 draw with Stockport County.

Glossop's new clubhouse

During 1955, the club moved from its original home to the club's home ground Surrey Street. The first game was played on Sept 17th 1955. Floodlights were installed in 1992.[4]

During the off-season of 2010 the Supporters' Club funded and helped build the new team benches, replacing the aged and basic ones with new spacious dugouts. In the summer of 2011 the club upgraded more of the facilities at Surrey Street. The new clubhouse, dressing rooms, refreshment bar and hospitality room were completed in a relatively short amount of time being ready for the first pre-season game of 2011–12. By March 2012 the ground had achieved the FA Ground Grading grade of E which is required for football clubs to participate at step 4 of the National League System.

During the off season of 2014 season Glossop were approved a grant from the Football Foundation to replace the aged pitch perimeter fence with a new sports rail with mesh panel infill. With that and a few other improvements they achieved the FA Ground Grade of D which was required to remain at step 4 of the National League System. In the summer of 2018 new floodlights were installed.[26]


Current squadEdit

As of 19 October 2021[27]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

Pos. Nation Player
GK   ENG Harry Allen
GK   ENG Ollie Wright
DF   ENG Sam Barratt
DF   ENG Will Hartshorne
DF   ENG Mark Haslam
DF   ENG Adam Owen
DF   ENG Nathan Whalley
DF   ENG Lee Wilshaw
MF   ENG Declan Baldwin
MF   ENG Bevan Burey
MF   ENG Jamal Crawford
MF   ENG Mitchell Glover
MF   ENG Sam Harding
MF   ENG Shakeel Jones-Griffiths
MF   ENG Tomas Kelly
Pos. Nation Player
MF   ENG Alex Moloney
MF   ENG Oliver Putnam
MF   ENG Oliver Russon
MF   ENG Michael Samson
MF   ENG Ethan Stanton
MF   ENG Finley Stanyer
FW   ENG Reuben Dass
FW   ENG Rory Fallon
FW   ENG Tyler James
FW   ENG Sewah Marah
FW   ENG Khius Metz
FW   ENG Asa Mitchell
FW   POL Arek Pociask
FW   ENG Louis Potts
FW   ENG Jamie Rainford

Notable former playersEdit

Players who have international playing experience or top division experience who have played for Glossop include:[28]

Club staffEdit

Name Role
Manager   Stuart Mellish
Assistant Manager   David Mannix
Goalkeeper Coach   Ollie Wright
First Team Coach   Liam Dickinson
First Team Coach   Sal Magrh
Physiotherapist   George Bryson
Assistant Physiotherapist   Gemma Egan

Managerial recordsEdit

Based on win % in all competitive matches

Name Managed Record
From To P W D L %
Stuart Mellish 05/2021 5 2 2 1 40.00
Peter Band 08/2020 04/2021 11 3 2 6 27.27
Peter Band/Lloyd Morrison 11/2018 08/2020 75 18 19 38 24.00
Mark Canning/Andy Bishop 03/2018 11/2018 27 4 7 16 14.81
Steve Halford / Paul Phillips 05/2017 03/2018 40 16 6 18 40.00
Chris Willcock 05/2013 04/2017 232 143 32 57 61.64
Paul Williams / Garry Brown 12/2012 05/2013 21 5 5 11 23.81
Paul Colgan 05/2011 12/2012 81 37 15 29 45.68
Terry Hincks 04/2011 05/2011 10 3 4 3 30.00
Steve Young 05/2007 04/2011 215 108 39 68 50.23
Chris Nicholson 06/2001 04/2007 301 95 54 152 31.56
Syd White 02/2001 05/2001 16 2 1 13 12.50
Mickey Boyle 06/1999 02/2001 91 27 18 46 29.67
Syd White 1996 1999 171 70 33 68 40.94
Ged Coyne 1993 1996 154 64 33 57 41.56
Pete O'Brien 1993 1993 6 1 0 5 16.67
Gordon Rayner 1993 1993 20 7 7 6 35.00
Roy Soule 1991 1993 106 41 23 42 38.68
Brent Peters 1990 1991 56 25 15 16 44.64
Jim Royle / Barry Walton 1988 1990 82 19 14 49 23.17
John Birchall 1986 1988 72 10 12 50 13.89
Tony Webber 1984 1986 76 15 21 40 19.74
Brian Grundy 1980 1984 152 53 50 49 34.87
D.Partridge 1978 1980 68 20 13 35 29.41
George Allman 1974 1975
David Wilde 1974 1974
George Allman 1970 1971
Ted Burgin 1966 19??
Alex Mcintosh 1955 19??
Archie Goodall 1904 1905

Italic - denotes Caretaker Manager



Glossop North End NWCFL Champions 2015


Glossop North End League Challenge Cup winners 2015




League game statisticsEdit

average league attendances
Season Average Highest Lowest +/– %
2020–21[33] 238 333 176 +4.1
2019–20[34] [35] 228 324 139 -5.1
2018–19[36] 240 498 127 -20.8
2017–18[37] 303 604 170 -20.1
2016–17[38] 379 741 191 -2.9
2015–16[39] 390 529 275 +15.4
2014–15[40] 338 914 183 +61.0
2013–14[40] 210 445 105 +41.9
2012–13[40] 148 180 78 –18.2
2011–12[40] 181 243 116 –2.2
2010–11[41] 185 374 104 –21.6
2009–10[42] 236 658 142 +19.2
2008–09[43] 198 455 70 +46.7
2007–08[44] 135 231 86 –10.0
2006–07[45] 150 1219 64 +54.6
2005–06[46] 97 140 55 –15.7
2004–05[47] 115 184 88 –7.3
2003–04[47] 124

Historical kitsEdit

  • 0000–0000 years used
  • 0000/0000 football season used
Home and away kits (if known)
Crystal Sportswear
Crystal Sportswear
Crystal Sportswear
Crystal Sportswear
Crystal Sportswear
Glossop Builders Marchants
Davis Blank Furniss[51]
Davis Blank Furniss
Davis Blank Furniss[52]
1998–2000 Davis Blank Furniss[53]
Davis Blank Furniss
Davis Blank Furniss[54]
Davis Blank Furniss
The Hillmen
JJ Training Ltd [57]
JJ Training Ltd
JJ Training Ltd [58]
The Star Inn [59]
Victoria Vets [60]

Ladies' teamEdit

The club have a ladies team, Glossop North End Ladies, which was established in 1998.[61] In 2014–15 the team reached the final of the Derbyshire Girls & Ladies League Challenge Cup,[62] losing 2–1 to Mackworth St Francis.[63]

The following season saw them the Challenge Cup, defeating Castle Donnington Ladies 4–1.[64] On 11 May they won the Derbyshire Girls & Ladies League Division One title.
They retained the league title the following season, after which they transferred to Division One of the Cheshire WFL.


  • Derbyshire Girls & Ladies League
    • Division One champions 2015–16, 2016–17
  • Derbyshire Ladies Challenge Cup
    • Winners 2015–16

Youth teamsEdit

Glossop North End AFC Juniors was established in 1989. They have teams of both boys in age groups from 6 years old right to Under-21, and girls in age groups from Under-9 to Under-16.[65] They were accredited to the FA Charter standard Award in 2004, and in 2015 were awarded Derbyshire FA Charter Standard Community club of the year.


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External linksEdit

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