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Marsden Football Club - 1983-84 the 'new' Marsden Football Club

Following a series of meetings between working parties from both clubs, agreement was reached for them to join forces on 21st June 1983 at a specially convened meeting at Marsden Royal British Legion (at that time being used as the Headquarters of Marsden AFC). Marsden Football Club became the new name of the club whose officials were:-

President Brian Irving
Chairman Mick Herbert
Vice Chairman Steve Butters
Secretary John Sykes
Assistant Secretary John Moxon
Treasurer Jack Midwood
Assistant Treasurer Rodney McLaughlin

Plans included major improvements to the Fall Lane and Hemplow playing areas and changing rooms and to provide a clubhouse at Fall Lane.

Sponsorship of teams was also introduced and proved a success (£200 per Open age/£100 per Junior team)with Gelpack/Snappies sponsoring the first team. On the playing side Open age District League teams remained in Division 4 winning the title and Reserve Division 3 wining the title after remaining unbeaten. A new "A" team introduced in to Reserve Division 4 just missed out on promotion, whilst in order to accommodate all the players, a team was entered in the Works League Division 2 as Marsden British Legion.

Four Junior teams were run – Under 12, 14, 16 and 18 providing continuity through to Open age. To accommodate these teams, on Saturdays the Under 18's continued to use Hollins Glen at Slaithwaite whilst the 'First' and 'Second' teams used Fall Lane. The 'Third' and 'Works' the Hemplow.

Although the Juniors failed to win anything, three 'old boys' Andrew Watson, Ian Wadsworth and Robert Ragiste became apprentices at Huddersfield Town in July 1983. Under 16 goalkeeper Lee Martin (15 years old) was also on Associate Schoolboy terms with 'Town' having been outstanding for Huddersfield Schools the previous two seasons, playing for his County and then for England at Wembley in March 1984 against Scotland. And so the first season following the merger proved a resounding success both on and off the field.