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

2022 saw the 24th anniversary of Emley AFC’s greatest moment when they 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...

Emley 2-1 Evenwood Town – FA Amateur Cup 1st Round

In 1968 Emley entered the FA Amateur Cup and along with a successful bid to join the Yorkshire League the following season sowed the seeds of the many years of success that were to follow.  The Amateur Cup was a prestigious competition for amateur clubs.  Established...

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...
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 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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Emley at Wembley

Emley at Wembley

By 1986 Gerry Quinn had a talented set of players who were pushing for promotion from the Northern Counties East league towards the Northern Premier League.  But Emley were also aiming to progress in the FA Vase which held out the reward of a trip to Wembley Stadium...

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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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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 dominate the Yorkshire League – the 1970s

Emley dominate the Yorkshire League – the 1970s

This decade saw Emley build on the wonderful Amateur Cup success and a golden generation of local players such as Mick Pamment, Dennis Brookes, Stuart Greaves, Melvyn Matley, Ian Kettlewell and Roger Wood.  Emley had finished runners-up in Division 2 in 1970 but much...

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Emley rise to the Yorkshire League

Emley rise to the Yorkshire League

The new season will mark 120 years of Emley Association Football Club which as far as we know was formed at the beginning of 1903 as Emley Clarence FC.  Initially playing friendlies, the Club joined the Huddersfield Football League in the summer of 1903, playing, it...

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

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

2022 saw the 24th anniversary of Emley AFC’s greatest moment when they 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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