Everything you need to know about the history of the club.
Chadderton Park F.C. has not always been the efficient, well run Club that you see today. In fact, the Club’s development from its humble origins is quite an incredible story.
Early in summer 1979 Jack Halliwell of Ferney Field Road Chadderton, a renowned football coach and referee, met some lads playing football in the local streets. He offered to coach the lads in the basic skills of football and the coaching sessions soon became a regular event.
By July 1979 Jack realised he had enough lads training with him to form a football team. They were: Billy Clynes; Philip Wakeman; David O’Neill; David McCann; Darren Sutcliffe; Ross Wild; Stuart Wolfenden; Ian Dickinson; Carl Greaves; Andy Weaver; Michael Walton; and Jason Bowes.
Jack then enlisted the help of another local football stalwart, Roy Kelly of Taunton Road Chadderton to manage the team. The lads were entered into The Manchester Youth League and they played their home games on The Haggate at Royton and Chadderton Park Football Club was born.
As funds were relatively non existent, they wore green shirts and black shorts. Jack’s reason for this was that as no other team wore these colours they would not have to buy an away kit!
The club’s colours have changed little over the years as today’s teams still wear yellow and green shirts with black shorts.
Needless to say the first season can only be described as “less than successful” on the pitch and most of the other established teams saw the opportunity to improve their goal difference against the “new boys”. However, the dedication of the Managers and the team saw a complete transformation in the second season.
As well as finishing in a respectable position in the League table, they made it to the Cup Final where they were desperately unlucky to lose to a single goal in the dying minutes of the match against a team that had run up double figures against them in their first season in the League.
The Club then went from strength to strength and at one point had eight teams playing in the Youth League.
By the late 1980s Jack Halliwell decided to stand down from the club and concentrate on his successful coaching classes at Grange School.
The Club appeared to have hooked Roy though. He stayed on in one capacity or another for the best part of 25 years!
In 2001 the F.A. launched its Charter Standard Scheme and this was aimed at raising the standard of coaching in junior football.
Chadderton Park F.C. under the guidance of Chairman John Lundy, was amongst the first clubs to enrol in the scheme and by the following year was granted “Charter Standard” status by the F.A. - one of the first in Chadderton and the borough of Oldham to achieve this distinction.
In more recent years the Club has developed its Mini Soccer teams and now runs at least two teams in each mini soccer age group which now rivals the number of teams and players in the older youth leagues.
We also now have three girls teams and the mini soccer teams mainly now have 3 teams per age group.
In 2013. Chadderton Park FC became known as Chadderton Park Community Sports Club, we have seen the football teams grow rapidly to approx 80 teams and more and more people are contacting us to become part of our club.
We decided to expand the sports that we offer so that more people can participate in sports like Netball and Rounders. Our netball section has grown from strength to strength with girls teams from school year 2 upwards to open age. We also have 2 ladies netball teams.
In Nov 2013 we set up our own veterans football league, we have 12 teams, each team has 10 players aged 35 + so approx 120 adults enjoying playing football again.
In May 2014 we launched our Cerebral Palsy football, the first club in the Northwest to offer children age 4-16 who have CP to play football, the group has continued to grow, we have approx 50 children registered, 5 FA affilated teams and we have inspired other clubs Nationally to setup similar. We have travelled to London to play against Chelsea and also travelled to Worcester to play against another CP club. One of our players is now playing with the England development squad so watch this space.
2015 was another great years for receiving awards, Manchester FA Coach of the Year, Manchester FA Club of the Year, Pride of Oldham Club of the Year and Pride of Oldham Readers Award Winners.
2016 Saw myself win Oldham Sports Award - Volunteer of the Year
2017 was an amazing year, the club was awarded the highest award in the country, in June 2017 myself and Frank Nolan were invited to the Queens garden party at Buckingham Palace and we were awarded the Queens Awarded for Voluntary Services to the Community which is a MBE for the club.
The club also made the finals of the National Diversity Awards for our cerebral palsy section.
In 2007 the Club won the Manchester FA Charter Standard Club of the Year
In 2007 the Club won the Northwest Charter Standard Club of the Year
In 2008 the Club won the Manchester FA Coach of the Year
In 2009 the Club won the Manchester FA Administrator of the Year
In 2009 the Club Achieved Charter Standard COMMUNITY Club Status, ( the Highest award possible from the FA )
In 2010 the Club won the Manchester FA Fairplay Award of the Year
In 2011 the Club won the Manchester FA Fairplay Award of the Year
In 2012 the Club won the Manchester FA Equality Award
In 2012 the Club won the Manchester FA County Cup ( 1st time in 33 years )
In 2012 Steve Lynch won the Oldham Un-sung Hero Sports Award
In 2013 The Club won Manchester FA Equality Award
In 2013 the Club won the Manchester FA Community Sports Club of the Year
In 2013 the Club won Oldham Sports Club of the Year
In 2013 the Club - Finalist in Regionals - Sports Club of the Year
In 2014 the Club won the Manchester FA Community Sports Club of the Year
In 2014 the Club won Northwest Community Sports Club of the Year
In 2014 the Club - Finalist in Nationals - Sports Club of the Year
In 2015 the Club won Manchester FA Club of the Year
In 2015 Chris Hanson won Manchester FA Coach of the Year
In 2015 Andy Eastwood won Manchester FA Un-sung Hero of the Year
In 2015 the Club won Pride of Oldham Club of the Year
In 2015 the Club won Pride of Oldham - Readers award for Cerebral Palsy Football
In 2015 Edward Minien-Keane Finalist in Oldham Sports - Disability Sports achiever
In 2016 Craig Simpson won Oldham Sports Volunteer of the Year
in 2017 Club awarded the Queens Award for Voluntary Service - MBE
in 2017 the Club - Finalist in the National Diversity Awards
in 2017 the Club won Oldham Sports Club of the Year
in 2017 the Club won Greater Manchester Sports Club of the Year
In 2018 Lee Hadfield won Oldham Sports Award Coach of the Year
in 2019 the Club won Greater Manchester Sports Club of the Year
in 2019 the Club won The National FA Sports Club of the Year
in 2020 Silver Award UEFA Sports Club of the Year - 2nd best in Europe