Let’s try again!
After last week’s postponed away fixture against Rossington Main, this weekend we’re going to attempt the home fixture!
As you an imagine little has changed in a week so the preview below may seem a little familiar…
Selby Town and Rossington Main both share the honour of celebrating their centenary this year. It is only fitting therefore that we do Rossington Main the honour of writing about their long history.
According to Wikipedia Rossington came into existence as Rossington Main Colliery in 1919. They moved to their current ground in 1921, and started in the Doncaster & District League in season 1920/21, finishing third, before joining The Sheffield Association League for season 1922/23. Season 1925/26 saw them back in the Doncaster & District Senior League until season 1931/32, when they returned to The Sheffield Association League, where they remained untiljust before the outbreak of the Second World War.
Season 1921/22 saw them enter the FA Cup, as they did for every season until 1938/39. Their best performance was reaching the fourth qualifying round in season 1924/25.
Rossington re-joined The Doncaster & District league for the season 1939/40, and they remained there, winning the league 1947/48, the second season after the post war restart.
I hasten to add that the club’s website, suggests that they won the League and Cup double in season 1944/45. I presume this must come from club records because Wikipedia has no trace of The Doncaster & District League operating in that year,and annoyingly the league itself has a website – but it doesn’t go back that far. Harworth Colliery were regular members of that league before joining The Yorkshire League after the war, but there is no record of them playing in that season. The trouble is most on line sources come back to Wikipedia. The Football Club History Database doesn’t help. Again I can find no record of any likely clubs playing in that season, so who knows?
It wasn’t until season 1975/76 that they moved again, this time into Division 3 of The Yorkshire League. They had alsochanged their name to Rossington Miners Welfare in the early fifties, following coal nationalisation.
Season 1980/81 saw them back in The Doncaster & District League, until they became founder members of The Central Midlands League in season 1983/84, with a brand new name, Rossington Main.They won the league in their second season, to make it a league and cup double. They had also won the cup in their first season.
They remained in The Central Midlands League, latterly in The Premier Division, before transferring to The Northern Counties East League in 1991. They have been in Division 1 ever since, and have become very familiar opponents for Selby Town. They merged with neighbours Rossington FC, of The Central Midlands league in 1998. Main were, very much,the senior partner.
Their best performance in our league was seventh in season 2011/2012. Last season they finished thirteenth. You may recall that Joe Dale ran riot at their place in December 2017, scoring four goals in a 0-5 Selby victory.
They have competed in the FA Cup regularly from 1993/94,until 2012/2013, their best being the Second Qualifying Round in 2002. They have reached the First Round proper of The FA Vase on half a dozen occasions.
Rossington have done a great deal of work, gradually, each season, to improve their facilities, and aim to be the focal point for all things football in the Rossington area. A noble ideal, one that should be shared by every community club.
Before our meeting, Rossington lie in thirteenth place, with thirty one points from twenty seven games. They are comfortably clear of the relegation places.
Interestingly, they have only won three of their home games, and have conceded twice as many goals as they have scored at home. This statistic is skewed by a 1-8 loss to Winterton in September, which led to current manager, Ryan Hindley, being appointed.
With Selby Town out of form, these games will be especiallytough, and as usual the players will need the support of every supporter to cheer them on!