ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties Football League
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Thursday, 22 February 2018
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Year formed: 1946
Ground: Byfield Road, Woodford Halse, Northants NN11 3QR. Tel/fax: 01327-263734.
Directions: A361 Daventry to Banbury road, Turn left in Byfield following rosd to Woodford Halse. Ground on left just past industrial estate.
Chairman: Andy Worrall
Secretary: David Allen, 25 Townsend, Woodford Halse,Daventry, Northants. NN11 3QL. Tel: 01327-262183 (h), 07889-847428 (m). e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Programme editor: Dave Allen, 25 Townsend, Woodford Halse, Daventry, Northants NN11 3QL. Tel: 01327-262183 (h), 07889-847428. e-mail: as above
Colours: Yellow and black; change colours: all red.
The first football club in Woodford Halse was Woodford Central, a club based on the Great Central Railway. The Central club was disbanded at the start of the Second World War and when football resumed post war the current United club was formed in 1946.
United played originally in the Rugby & District League, moving to the Central Northants Combination in 1964. After winning the Comb in 1966 and 1967 and the league cup in 1966 Wiidford sought a new challenge, joining the UCL in 1970. Under the management of Alf Fox they won the Division 2 league and cup double in 1973-74.
In 1978 Woodford withdrew from the UCL after the railway authorities sold the ground. They moved to the village recreation ground and rejoined the Central Northants Combination.
The nineties saw the club emerge as a real force. They won the Combination double in 1990, 1995 and 1998, plus the title in 1992 and league cup in 1993.
United rejoined the UCL in 1998 and won promotion to the Premier Division in 2002. They won the Daventry Charity Cup in 2004 and were runners-up in the League Knockout Cup a year later, losing 1-0 to Potton.
The club has developed its facilities to a high standard in recent years while broadening the structure of the club and being awarded FA Charter Standard Development status in 2002. Ironically the land sold by the railway a quarter of a century ago will be back in club hands under the terms of a 50 year lease.
A memorable 2005-06 season saw the Reds reach the FA Cup 3rd Qualifying Round, claiming the scalp of Conference club Redditch along the way. The senior side won the Premier Division championship with the reserves doing likewise in Reserve Division Two. A programme of improvements to the Byfield Road facilities enabled Woodford to move up into the Southern League.