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Eagle Sports FC
Eagle Sports FC began as a works football team under the name of Electro Hydraulics. The club 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.
The original home ground was at Hood Lane and began to play in the Warrington & District Football League around 1941, although the club were originally founded in 1928. The club later moved over to play at their current ground, Thornton Road Recreation Ground.
Eagle Sports FC were always regarded as one of the top teams within the Warrington and District Football League, with the honours list including league honours as well as the Dodds Shield, Drinkwater Cup, Jubilee Cup and probably their greatest achievement was to play in the Final of the Liverpool FA Junior Cup in both the 1991/1992 and 1992/1993 seasons.
The first final ended in a loss to Aigburth Peoples Hall FC, however, the second final ended in victory against the same opponents, who are a Liverpool based club with a very big reputation in Amateur football.
Under the management of Colin Hope, the club became the first team from Warrington in 27 years to win this coveted trophy.
The club reached the final again in more recent times, this time in the 2008/2009 season, however they were defeated were 3-2 against Knowsley South at the home of the Liverpool County FA.
Eagle Sports FC have always encouraged players to play at the highest level possible and have provided players to many non-league football clubs in the North West region.
The club eventually left the Warrington and District Football League in 2004, having been elected to join the Mid Cheshire Football League. A change in league was necessary, not only to progress the club as a whole onto the next level but also the squad were demanding a fresh challenge in a league whose reputation was growing rapidly.
The club were re-named as Penketh and Sankey Eagle upon joining the Mid Cheshire Football League and went onto to win the 2nd Division Title in their first year, earning promotion to Division One to play alongside fellow top Warrington sides Crosfields, Rylands, Daten and Greenalls Padgate St Oswalds the following season. Robert Hope was named as the league’s Joint Player of the Year for the 2004/2005 season, giving him a place in Mid Cheshire Football League’s history.
Following another name change back to Eagle Sports FC, the club could not sustain their success in the 1st Division and were relegated at the end of the 2005/2006 season.
After two seasons in the lower regions of Division 2, the club appointed Rob Hope as their new manager for the 2008/2009 season. An upturn in fortunes was seen with a mix of the current squad blended together with both returning players from the North West Counties Leagues and new members of the squad.
The club earned promotion back to Division 1 of the Cheshire Association Football League (the new name for the Mid Cheshire Football League) in the final minute of the final game of the season, with Ian Berry scoring the winning goal in injury time against Whitchurch Alport FC at Thornton Road to put the club in the Runners Up position behind Golborne Sports FC. Ged McAllister also received the league's Division 2 leading scorer award for that season.
Eagle Sports FC have thoroughly enjoyed life in the Cheshire Football League and have a small but very committed group of dedicated committee members who have given so much time to the club over the years.
Colin Hope, current Chairman and Treasurer, has now been with the club over 20 years after arriving from Warrington Town FC to play and manage Eagle Sports FC. Dave Myers, currently Assistant Secretary, is also over 20 years’ service to the club.
The club have had many players from years gone who went onto to turn up every Saturday to support the present squad. Club greats such as Reg Williams, Jack Taylor and Brian Radley all used to be at fixtures both home and away before their sad passing and the club will never forget these men, who all helped us get to where Eagle Sports FC currently are.
Other names such as Geoff Bell also gave excellent service to the club over the years and are still to this day are involved in football with other local clubs and are always welcomed back warmly when visiting Thornton Road.
Former players who are still regular spectators and volunteers are Alan Taylor, Martin Timmins, Rob Preidt, Ian Martin, Dave Reid, Steve Heywood, Mal Baker, Neil Williams and Peter Glover.
In recent years, still under the stewardship of Rob Hope, the club have begun to improve their rankings in both the Cheshire and North West regions.
The club’s Reserve side finished Runners Up in the Cheshire Football League Reserve Division for the first time ever in 2010/2011 season, under the management of Player/Manager Dave Holland.
The First Team then had a very successful 2011/2012 season as firstly, the club won their first ever Cheshire Football League J.B. Parker Cup, defeating Billinge FC 2-0 in the Final played at Trafford FC. This was then joined by the Guardian Cup as local rivals Rylands FC were defeated 3-1 in the final at Cantilever Park, home of Warrington Town FC. The club finished in 3rd position in the Division One table, narrowly being pipped to the Runners Up spot by fellow Warrington side Greenalls Padgate St Oswalds. Striker Ged McAllister finished joint top goal scorer in Division One with 27 goals.
The following season (2012/2013) brought more success. Firstly, the club were again victorious in the J.B. Parker Cup, defeating Rylands FC 1-0 in the final held at Trafford FC one again. The First Team also managed to achieve Runners Up in the CFL Division One for the first time in the club’s history.
The Reserves also achieved excellent third place finishes in the Reserve Division during these seasons, meaning that the club had one of its strongest squads in years gone by.
The 2013/2014 season again saw Rob Hope's First Team finish Runners Up in Division One again, being in with a chance of the league title until the last game of the season.
During these successful seasons, many of the squad were selected to represent the Cheshire Football League in the form of their Inter League squad. Rob Hope, Richard Chinn, Ged McAllister, Adam Coleman, Neil McDermott, Chris Quirk and Nathan Williams all made appearances for the league representative side, making the club one of the most heavily represented in these years.
Having been beaten by Knutsford FC in the previous two seasons, the club bucked that trend and won their first ever CFL Memorial Cup at the start of the 2014/2015 season, defeating Garswood United FC 2-0 to earn another place in Cheshire Football League history.
Current players such as Nathan Williams, Danny Nixon, James Maher, Rob Hope, Chris Quirk, Ged McAllister and Richard Chinn are all now over or approaching double figures in their years representing the club. This again shows the loyalty of the players towards the club, a tradition which everyone involved is proud to hold and may it continue into the future.