The club was formed in summer 1990, being the brainchild of David Brown, John Harrison, David Law, and Bill Whitten under the name North Trafford, sharing Shawe View with Trafford Borough Rugby League Club. After initially being denied entrance, a late withdrawal resulted in the club being invited to join Division 2 of the Mid-Cheshire League for 1990-91 season.
The first game at competitive level versus Macclesfield College was won 3-1, leading to a finish in second place, and promotion to Division One. As a bonus the club obtained sole tenancy of Shawe View via a 30 year lease, and substantial ground improvements were undertaken. 1990-91 Manager David Law took North Trafford to 2nd place in the Mid-Cheshire League Division 2 & were promoted to the Division One. 1991-92 saw progress continue on the field as 4th place was achieved coupled with a successful application to join Division 2 of the North West Counties League. 1992-93 the club had another good season ending with in 7th place in the NWCL Division 2.
1993-94 saw a magnificent second half of the season in which 20 out of 22 games were won, resulted in 2nd place and promotion to Division One. Additionally the first trophy was won via a 3-1 victory versus Maghull in the Lamot Pils Cup. Promotion was dependent on further ground improvements resulting in the erection of floodlights and the South Stand, which was granted. 1994-95 was launched under the club's present name, ending in 4th place and defeats in the finals of the Manchester Senior and Carling Cups, progress being maintained the next season via 3rd place and reaching the last 16 of the FA Vase before losing to the eventual winners, Brigg Town. 1995-96 Trafford had another successful league programme finishing in 3rd place.
1996-97 was undoubtedly our most successful, winning the NWCL and gaining promotion to Division 1 of the Unibond League but losing out in the finals of the Manchester Senior Cup and the League Cup. David Law who had managed the club since inception was named NWCL Manager of the Year, and the Reserves won the N.W.C.L Reserve Division, the Reserve League Cup, and the Manchester Amateur Cup. 1997/98 saw an indifferent start but the club finishing 12th, and a further trophy was won, the Unibond First Division Cup, beating Lincoln United 3-1.
1998-99 started with the appointment of Mark Molyneaux as assistant manager to David Law, taking over the reins in the December, and guiding us to a final place of 14th. 1999-2000 Manager Mark Molyneaux along with his assistant Wayne Goodison guided Trafford to victory in the Unibond President’s Cup Final beating Whitby Town in the 2nd leg on their ground.
2000-01 Trafford finished the season with thirteen games unbeaten run placing them in 5th place, their highest ever league position in the club’s eleven year history. 2001-02 saw Mark Molyneaux resign to take over at fellow Unibond First Division side Chorley, with the club finishing in 15th place. Trafford then appointed Joey Dunn as the new manager.
2002-03 the results didn’t come Trafford’s way and at Christmas the club decided to release manager Joey Dunn & appoint the vastly experienced Mike McKenzie who has won so many honours as a manager in the Unibond League. Sadly results still didn’t come & Trafford were relegated to the North West Counties League.
2003-04 By October Trafford decided to part-company with MikeMcKenzie after finding themselves in 19th position in Division One. A month later Trafford appointed 28 year old former Leigh R.M.I. Reserve Team Manager Danny Johnson as the new manager. Within a couple of weeks the results changed and Trafford began to improved their league position.
2004-05 By the end of season Danny Johnson’s young entertaining side finished in 16th position with 50 points. Trafford didn’t have much joy in any of the cup competitions but finished in an improved 12th position on 56 points. While the Reserve Team won their third County Cup in four seasons by winning the Manchester F.A. Trophy. 2005-06 was Trafford got off to a flying start in the League and had a good run in the FA Vase, but sadly couldn’t maintain their league form throughout the season finishing in 14th position
Season 2006-07 saw Trafford finish in 5th place in the NWCL Division One the club’s best campaign since 2001 when they finished in 5th place in the Unibond Division One. The season included a good run in the FA Cup, two players in the top 20 goalscorers in the NWCL, with Glyn Barker in 6th place with 34 goals & Troy Hayder in 16th place with 20 goals, & a end of season run of 17 games unbeaten to round off a marvellous season. At the end of the season sadly manager Danny Johnson decided to move up to the Unibond League with Ashton United, with our player Ged Kielty becoming Trafford’s ’new’ Player Manager, assisted by Lee Southwood & coached by Tony Coyne.
2007-08 With the new look management Trafford had one of their most successful campaign’s winning the Vodkat League Championship title by 11 points with a club record of 95 points to be promoted to the Unibond League for a second time after winning the title in 1997. From September 2007 Trafford went on a 29 league game unbeaten run including 18 straight wins which is a League record.
Manager Ged Kielty was also voted Manager of the Year and the club won Programme of the Year. Centre forward Andy Lundy ended the season with 34 overall goals putting him in second place in the League goalscoring chart, but was the League top scorer with his 28 goals in Division One. His ‘sidekick’ Scott Barlow came close behind in fourth overall place with 29 goals.
2008-09 saw Trafford return to the Unibond League after an absence of five seasons. Manager Ged Kielty led the team to the club’s second Unibond League President’s Cup win beating First Division South Quorn 2-0 on their ground in the final. Trafford previously won the President’s Cup back in 1999-2000. Trafford’s striker Scott Barlow finished runner-up as the First Division North Overall Leading Goalscoring charts with 40 goals. Trafford finished in 15th place in the Division.
2009-10 former Trafford stalwart Garry Vaughan in the ‘hot-seat’ as Ged Kielty decided to step down as manager. During seven seasons in the 90’s Garry played a record 305 games for Trafford & is still the overall leading club goalscorer with 89 goals. In his first season as a manager at Unibond League level Garry along with his Assistant Manager Loz Greenhalgh guided the club to a creditable 12th place in the First Division North & were finalists in the Manchester County FA Premier Cup. During this season striker Scott Barlow scored 21 goals to become the joint overall club top goalscorer with a total of 89 goals in his three seasons at the club along with Manager Garry Vaughan.
2010-11 Trafford had a poor first half of the season, then Manager Garry Vaughan made a number of personnel changes including bringing back former Assistant Manager Wayne Goodison & the clubs fortunes changed finishing in a respectable 14th place. 2011-12 Trafford didn’t have much luck in any of the cup competitions & had a rollers coaster season in the First Division North finishing in 12th place.
2012-13, Garry Vaughan’s fourth season as manager along with his assistant Wayne Goodison saw them lead Trafford to promotion to the Evo-Stik League Premier Division, after winning the First Division North Play-Off final against Cammell Laird 4-2 on penalties after extra-time on their ground.
In 2013-14 Trafford played in their highest ever level of football in the Evo-Stik League Premier Division the club had a very successful season finishing in a very impressive 10th place & won the Manchester Premier Cup against Football Conference side Hyde at Bury FC’s Gigg Lane.
The 2014-15 campaign saw manager Garry Vaughan and his assistant Wayne Goodison resign from the club in January 2015 before former Altrincham manager Graham Heathcote took charge along with his assistant Chris Adams. At the end of the season Trafford were relegated back to the Evo-Stik NPL First Division North and Graham Heathcote retired from football management.
In May of the 2015 Trafford appointed former FC Halifax & Chorley Captain Tom Baker as the club’s new manager. After in mixed first half to the season from mid-December Trafford’s form turned for the better with only five defeats in twenty two league & cup games finishing the season in a creditable 8th place in the Managers first ever season as a manager.
After an impressive first season in 2016-17 as manager Baker, along with his assistant manager Chris Shuker, took Trafford to an improved sixth place in the First Division North as the club missed out on securing a play-off place by just two points. Baker remained at the helm in another bid for promotion as the 2017-18 season got underway.