Pontefract Collieries F.C.

Pontefract Collieries Football Club is a semi-professional football club based in Pontefract, West Yorkshire, England. The team currently plays in the Northern Premier League Division One East. The club is affiliated to the West Riding County Football Association and Castleford & District Football Association. Founded in 1958 and nicknamed 'The Colls', they have traditional local rivalries with neighbours Glasshoughton Welfare, Hemsworth Miners Welfare and Selby Town. More recently, a rivalry has developed with Ossett United, including a promotion play-off at the end of the 2018–19 season.

Pontefract Collieries
Full namePontefract Collieries Football Club
Nickname(s)The Colls
GroundBeechnut Lane, Pontefract
Capacity1,200 (300 seats)
ManagerCraig Rouse
LeagueNorthern Premier League Division One East
2021–22Northern Premier League Division One East, 12th of 19


Pontefract Collieries play their home games Beechnut Lane, situated near to the site of the former Prince of Wales Colliery.

The ground is fully floodlit with a capacity of approximately 1,200 spectators and comprises hard standing area around the perimeter of the pitch. One stand behind the goals has a terrace with cover. The main stand holds the seating provision, with the seats obtained from Manchester City's old Maine Road ground when it was demolished.

Main Stand at Pontefract Collieries
Terrace behind the goals

Recent historyEdit



The season ended with only one defeat in the last ten games including victories over Askern Villa of 9–0 and 10–2. The club finished 5th for the third season in a row.


This was a season of consolidation which ended in a disappointing 9th place but with a clear plan in place for the 2014–15 season.


The plan was delivered as The Colls finished as runners-up in North Counties East League Division One and were promoted back to the NCEL Premier Division after a 15 year absence. Along the way they recorded the highest away win, best aggregate score, most goals scored (joint with Louth Town), 2nd best defense and the most clean sheets.


The latter part of the season saw the Colls with a new management team of Craig Parry, Manager and former Colls Keeper, assisted by Craig Rouse and Nigel Danby. The Colls fought to the bitter end but ended up third from bottom and back in Division One.


A great start to the season led by Manager Craig Parry, Assistant Manager Craig Rouse and Head Player/Coach Luke Jeffs saw the Colls win 9 from 9 (including pre-season friendlies) The League performance saw some brilliant runs of form including one of 21 games with only one defeat. With the Colls fate in their own hands they only needed to win away at Worsborough Bridge in the final game. This they duly did and returned to the NCEL Premier Division at the first time of asking.


After two consecutive promotions the Colls had an extremely successful first ever season at Step Four of non-league in the NPL Division One East finishing as runners-up to Morpeth Town. A good pre-season saw the Colls gain 2 pieces of silverware – The Bill Cook Memorial Trophy against Glasshoughton Welfare and the Inaugural Colliery Cup from a keenly contested game against NPL Division One West side Atherton Collieries. The Colls narrowly lost out on promotion to the NPL Premier Division at the first time of asking after losing to Brighouse Town in the Play-offs.


A successful pre-season saw the Colls again retain the Bill Cook Memorial Trophy against Glasshoughton Welfare (winning 9–2) and also retain the Colliery Cup against the 2018–19 NPL Division One West champions Atherton Collieries (winning 6–1).

Pontefract Collieries playing at Tadcaster Albion in January 2022.


  • Northern Counties East League
    • Premier Division champions 2017–18
    • Division One North champions 1983–84
    • Floodlit Cup winners 1987–88, 1988–89
    • Wilkinson Sword Trophy winners 1995–96
  • Yorkshire Football League
    • Division Three champions 1981–82
  • Castleford & District FA Embleton Cup
    • Winners 1982–83, 1986–87, 1995–96, 1999–00, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08


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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   POL Sebastian Malkowski
2 DF   ENG Jack Greenhough
3 DF   ENG Connor Smythe
4 DF   ENG Jameel Ible
5 DF   ENG Jake Picton
6 DF   ENG Spencer Clarke
7 MF   ENG Cody Cromack
8 MF   ENG Jamie Williams
9 FW   ENG Joe Lumsden
10 FW   ENG Vaughan Redford
No. Pos. Nation Player
11 MF   ENG James Baxendale
12 DF   ENG Fabien Bailey
13 GK   ENG Adam Lax
14 MF   ENG Alex Starcenko
15 MF   ENG Gavin Rothery
16 MF   ENG Bradley Docherty
17 MF   ENG Michael Dunn
18 DF   ENG John Cyrus
19 DF   ENG Luke Jeffs
FW   GIB Adam Priestley


  1. ^ "Pontefract Collieries – North West Division – The BetVictor Northern Premier". www.betvictornorthernpremier.co.uk. Retrieved 21 January 2020.

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Coordinates: 53°41′47.37″N 1°18′50.57″W / 53.6964917°N 1.3140472°W / 53.6964917; -1.3140472