Marsden Football Club - 1984-85 a momentous year
Autumn 1984 saw the completion of a major part of the Plan with the old bakehouse in the Car Park converted into changing rooms in August then on 11th October the clubhouse opened. 30th October was the official opening by Frank Beaumont, President of the Huddersfield District FA. Bitter was priced at 66p per pint and Whisky 48p a measure!!
On the field things only got better with the appointment of Barry Gibson as 'supremo' to oversee the operation of all four senior teams, training and to manage the 'First' team. He introduced much needed discipline, fitness and determination. Not everyone liked his approach or could cope with his training, but he could not be faulted for his commitment or the results gained. In six seasons at the club through to the end of 1988-89 he guided the First team out of the District League into the WRCAL Division l.
This first year saw the First team Champions of Division 3, the Reserves Champions of Division II and Richardson Cup runners-up, 'A' team miss promotion by one place & the Works League team Division II Champions. A hat-trick of Championships!
The Works League team lead by Manager/Captain Russell Peters did remarkably well considering they had really struggled the previous season and had to cope with the unsettled player position they were in being the 'fourth' team.
Not to be outdone the Under 16s finished as Champions, H & D FA Minor Trophy Winners and League Cup runners-up. The Under 14's were runners-up whilst the 12s finished mid-table. There was no Under 18s due to the Red Triangle League folding through lack of support.
Seven teams winning five trophies – not bad.
There is no doubt the opening of the clubhouse combined with the drive of Barry Gibson helped to generate tremendous spirit within the club which was reflected in the playing performances.