Colne Dynamoes 1-0 Emley – FA Vase Final at Wembley

In the Spring of 1988 Emley had battled their way through to the FA Vase semi-finals.  They played the first leg at Bashley in the New Forest in Hampshire.  A Steve Codd goal gave Emley a 1-1 draw to bring back to Emley the following Saturday.  There in a howling...

West Ham United 2-1 Emley – FA Cup 3rd Round

2023 is the 25th anniversary of Emley AFC’s greatest moment when we played Premier League West Ham United in the FA Cup.  The media attention the village received has never been greater, even when the mast fell down, Emley did not get as many column inches in the...

FA Cup 3rd Round v West Ham – Steve Nicholson remembers

Late in 1994 former Scottish International Ronnie Glavin took over as manager from Steve Codd.  Glavin soon started to put a new team together that could challenge in the Northern Premier League and compete in the FA Cup and FA Trophy.  Steve Nicholson, Mark Wilson,...

Emley 0-1 Barking – FA Amateur Cup 3rd Round

Replay after first match on 1st February 1969 was abandoned with Barking leading 2-0 after 55 minutes The first match remains a highlight in Emley’s history mainly due to the fact the Welfare Ground’s highest ever attendance was recorded.  Somehow 5,134 people crammed...

Emley 2 North Ferriby 2 – Northern Counties East Premier Division

1987-88 was a famous year in Emley’s history which is mainly remembered for the FA Vase run that took the club to the final at Wembley where they narrowly lost to Colne Dynamoes in extra-time.  What tends to be forgotten is that Emley also won the Northern Counties...
Emley AFC Reclaims its History

Emley AFC Reclaims its History

Then in 2019 AFC Emley, with Wakefield FC now defunct reclaimed the Emley AFC name and took on a new management team in Richard Tracey and Steve Nicholson.  This, along with fresh faces on the committee and a new Chairperson, Andrew Painten and Vice-Chairperson,...

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Dennis Brookes – Emley Legend from the 60s to the 80s

Dennis Brookes – Emley Legend from the 60s to the 80s

Everyone at Emley was saddened to hear of the passing of Dennis Brookes on Sunday 18th September.  Dennis was a legend of Emley’s first great team in non-league football and was still visiting the Fantastic Media Welfare Ground up to a couple of seasons ago along with...

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AFC Emley – a New Beginning

AFC Emley – a New Beginning

When the NCEL disbanded its reserve division in 2005, it was possible that football would no longer be played at the Welfare Ground.  The reserve team had continued playing there despite the first’ team’s move to Wakefield.  Fortunately a group of supporters led by...

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Emley Move to Wakefield – the Noughties

Emley Move to Wakefield – the Noughties

Following the incredible cup run in 1997-98, Emley once again reached the first round of the FA cup in 1998-99.  This time they were drawn against Rotherham United and the match took place at Barnsley’s Oakwell ground.  It was a match Emley should have won, dominating...

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Emley in the Northern Prem – the 90s

Emley in the Northern Prem – the 90s

In the season Emley reached the FA Vase final they also won the Northern Counties East Title which should have entitled them to promotion to the Northern Premier League.  However changes to the ground grading rules meant the Welfare round was not up to standard and...

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West Ham United 2-1 Emley – FA Cup 3rd Round

West Ham United 2-1 Emley – FA Cup 3rd Round

2023 is the 25th anniversary of Emley AFC’s greatest moment when we played Premier League West Ham United in the FA Cup.  The media attention the village received has never been greater, even when the mast fell down, Emley did not get as many column inches in the...

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Emley 3-3 (3-1) Morecambe – FA Cup 1st Round Replay

Emley 3-3 (3-1) Morecambe – FA Cup 1st Round Replay

Emley had reached the first round of the FA Cup for only the second time and been drawn away at Morecambe – then a high-flying Conference team – much to the Club’s disappointment.  However, a 1-1 draw saw Emley earn a replay at the Welfare Ground on a foggy and...

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Emley are founder members of the NCEL – the 80s

Emley are founder members of the NCEL – the 80s

As 1980 began Emley were well established as the leading club in the Yorkshire League and that season won the league title again along with the Sheffield Cup and the reserve division.  In 1981 Emley were runners up in the league but continued the run of four seasons...

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