Leek Town

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Ex-Port Vale midfielder in for Leek
Leek Town Ex-Port Vale midfielder in for Leek By James Gordon

Leek Town added former Port Vale midfielder Billy Reeves to their injury-hit squad at the back end of last week.

Short stay without kicking a ball ...
Leek Town Short stay without kicking a ball ... By David Watters

Full-back Lewis Short has left EVO-STIK League Leek Town without kicking a ball.

Recovering after four day festival!
Leek Town Recovering after four day festival! By David Watters

Leek Town's fans are recovering from a four beer festival at the EVO-STIK League club's Harrison Park!

Address

Address:
Harrison Park Macclesfield Road Leek Staffordshire ST13 8LD
Directions:
Seated:
Standing:
3600
Telephone:
01538 399278
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Chairman:
Jon Eeles
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Match secretary:
As secretary
Programme editor:
Manager:
Neil Baker

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History

Although some say the origins of Leek Town go back as far as 1876, the history of the club as we now know it begins in 1946. Starting out as Leek Lowe Hamil in the Leek and Moorlands League and progressing to the Staffordshire County League, where they still hold the record of being the only team to win the championship without the loss of a match in 1949-50.

On moving into the Manchester League in 1951-52, they became Leek Town and won the championship at the first attempt. After a brief flirtation with the Birmingham League in 1954-55, they moved back to the Manchester League and eventually back to the Staffordshire County League.

It was 1968 when Leek Town started to become the club it is now. The ground was improved adding a clubhouse, small stand and floodlights. Manager Paul Ogden led the team to success in the Staffordshire County League and the Manchester League before joining the Cheshire League in the 1973-74 season and winning that championship at the second attempt. The chairman at the time was the late Geoff Harrison, after whom Harrison Park is named. Leek became founder members of the North West Counties League in 1982, but had little success.

When the Northern Premier League was formed in 1987, Leek were again, founder members. After two seasons finishing third, they were promoted to the Premier Division on topping the First Division in 1989-90. This season also saw them reach the FA Trophy final at Wembley, where they lost 3-0 to Barrow. This was a historic achievement, as no other side from that level of the pyramid had ever done so previously. The success, all under the guidance of manager, Neil Baker, continued in the following season in the form of an FA Cup run where they defeated Scarborough in the First Round Proper and forced a replay against Chester City in the Second Round.

Leek’s second place finish in 1993-94 should have been enough to see them promoted to the Vauxhall Conference. Instead, they were rewarded by being shunted sideways to the Southern League, as they were denied a place for financial reasons. They enjoyed a fairly successful campaign, finishing in seventh place, but due to the crippling financial commitment, requested a move back to the Northern Premier League. Success followed shortly as they won the championship in the 1996-97 season and were promoted to the Conference. The club managed to retain its Conference status at the end of the first season, a feat that required them to play six matches in the final eight days of the season.

The following season proved one too many and relegation back to the UniBond Premier Division resulted. The relegation saw a complete change in the playing staff, with a side of mainly local players. The team struggled and was relegated again at the end of the 2000-01 season to the UniBond First Division. Following the league restructuring at the end of the 2003-04 season, Leek returned to the Premier Division where they finished in seventh position.

In the following three seasons Blues struggled against relegation and after two great escapes they succumbed in the 2007-08 season. Relegation saw a complete rebuilding of the side but under managers Wayne Johnson and Neil Cox they failed to reach the promotion play-offs. Lee Casswell then took charge and has led the Blues to the promotion play-offs three times in four seasons, losing twice in the final including most recently in 2014-15 against Sutton Coldfield Town.

Neil Baker returned to the dugout for season 2017-18 after spending 23 successful years with Crewe Alexandra, the veteran boss coming close to leading his side into the promotion play-offs at the first attempt as Blues finished a respectable seventh in Evo-Stik South. Baker took charge again for season 2018-19 as the Blues kicked off in the newly constituted EVO-STIK League West Division.

Upcoming Fixtures

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Sat 24 Nov
15:00
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Sat 1 Dec
15:00
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Sat 8 Dec
15:00

Latest Results

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Sat 17 Nov
3 – 2 L
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Tue 13 Nov
3 – 1 W
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Sat 10 Nov
0 – 1 L

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