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Eagle Sports FC
Eagle Sports FC were formerly a works football team under the name of Electro Hydraulics. They later amalgamated with Rubery Owen and Conveyancer a company which relocated to the Warrington area from the midlands by the then owner Sir Alfred Owen. They were a manufacturing company who made equipment for the war effort.
They originally played at Hood Lane next to Crosfields and played in the Warrington & District League around 1941 but there are some suggestions that they were originally founded in 1928.
It is unclear how the name of Eagle Sports FC was generated and even more mystifying how they started playing at their current ground of Thornton Road.
Eagle Sports FC were always one of the top sides in the Warrington and District League and their league honours included the Guardian Cup, the Dodds Shield, Drinkwater cup, Jubilee Cup and probably their greatest achievement was to play in the finals of the Liverpool Junior Cup in both 1991/1992 and 1992/1993 the first year as runners up to Aigburth Peoples Hall and the second year as victors over Aigburth Peoples Hall FC, a Liverpool club with a very big reputation in Amateur football.
Under the management of Colin Hope they were the first team from Warrington in 27 years to win this coveted trophy.
Eagle Sports again reached the final of the Liverpool Junior Cup in 2009 managed by Colin's son Robert Hope but were unfortunate to lose 3-2 against Knowsley South.
Eagle Sports FC has always encouraged players to play at the highest level possible and have provided players to many non league football clubs in the North West area.
Eagle Sports FC eventually severed all ties with the Warrington and District league and applied to join the Mid Cheshire league in 2004 as many of their players demanded a fresh challenge in a league which was growing rapidly in its reputation and in order to keep its better players from seeking pastures new.
Eagle joined the Mid Cheshire League as Penketh and Sankey Eagle FC and won the 2nd division title in their first year. We, however, could not sustain their early successes in the 1st division and were relegated the following season.
Season 2008/2009 brought promotion back to Division 1 of the Cheshire Association Football league (formerly Mid Cheshire league) in the final game of the season with Ian Berry scoring the winning goal in injury time against Whitchurch Alport.
Ged McAllister received the league's Division 2 leading scorer, and Eagle were now hoping to make a name for themselves in the top tier for 2009/2010 season.
Eagle Sports FC have thoroughly enjoyed life in the now Cheshire Football league but have suffered like many other clubs in continually losing players which has contributed to a general decline in amateur football.
We do however have a small very committed group of dedicated committee members who have given up so much time to Eagle Sports FC.
Colin Hope, the current chairman and treasurer, has now done over 20 years after arriving from Warrington Town FC to play and manage Eagle Sports FC. Dave Myers, former secretary, is also over 20 years service and Neil Williams originally played for Eagle before going to Warrington Town.
Eagle still to this day have former players from the 1940's who turn up every Saturday to support us, ex players such as Reg Williams (sadly Reg passed away on December 31st 2009), Jack Taylor, Mal Baker and Brian Radley (sadly Brian passed away on October 3rd 2013).
Additionally we have ex players such as Steve Ward, Alan Taylor, Martin Timmins, Ian Martin, Dave Reid, Steve Heywood and Peter Glover who all have 20 years plus of dedicated service to Eagle Sports which epitomises their loyalty to our club.
The club won the JB Parker Cup for the first time in 2011/2012 season after defeating Billinge FC 2-0 in the final played at Trafford FC. This was then joined by the Guardian Cup as Rylands were defeated 3-1 in the final at Warrington Town FC.
Ged McAllister again finished joint top goal scorer of the CFL Division One with 27 goals.
In the 2012/2013 season, the club were again victorious in the JB Parker Cup, defeating Rylands FC 1-0 in the final. Rob Hope's side also claimed runners up in the CFL Division One for the first time.