A BRIEF HISTORY
The village of Hesketh Bank has a long tradition of football going back as far as the late 19th century. The present club was formed in 1922. Until the 1987/88 season when joining the West Lancashire League, the club played mainly in the local Southport & District League. In common with most village sides, the club was kept alive by the efforts of a small number of individuals who worked hard to provide football for the community.
In the late 1970's and early 1980's there was a complete re-organisation of the club which saw a planned programme of improvements, including the re-drainage of the pitch, building of changing rooms in conjunction with the Cricket Club, pitch side fencing, the stand and refreshment facilities.
In 1995 a new unified club was born out of an amalgamation of the senior club and the Hesketh Bank Boys club who had been formed in 1972. The club now currently operates teams from under 8's through to Veterans. All the teams are sponsored which enables them to turn out in the traditional black and amber quartered kits. The amalgamation of the two clubs helps maintain the continuity of youngsters being able to move up through the youth teams and into the senior squads.
TO BE CONTINUED.....
Division One - 2003-04, 2013-14
Presidents Cup - 1994-95, 1996-97, 2003-04, 2009-10, 2013-14
Presidents Cup Runners-up - 2002-03
Fermor Hesketh Challenge Cup - 1923, 1927, 1929, 1953, 1957, 1958, 1960, 1995, 2001, 2003, 2006.
Division 2 Perpetual Cup - 1939/40, 1950/51, 1965/66.
Division 3 Mosscrop Benevolent Fund Cup - 1981/82.
The Major White Trophy - 1936/37, 1952/53, 1956/57.
Club of the season - 2014/15
Most 'Team of the Month' in a season - 3 - 2013/14 - August 2013, November 2013 and April 2014.
Reserve Cup winners - 1970/71
Reserve Division Two Runners-up - 2002-03, 2013/14
Lancashire Sunday League Division 4 - 2013/14
Lancashire Sunday League Division 2 - 2014/15
Fermor Hesketh Challenge Cup - 2004.
2. JUNIOR HONOURS
Mid Lancs Colts Serie A Under 9's Champions - 2011/12
Mid Lancs Colts Serie A Under 9's Runners-Up - 2008/09
Mid Lancs Colts League Cup Under 10's Runners-Up - 2010/11
Central Lancashire Junior Football League Fair Play Award Under 11's - 2010/11
Central Lancashire Junior Football League Fair Play Award Under 12's - 2010/11
Central Lancashire Junior Football League 'B' Division Under 15's - 2010/11
Central Lancashire Junior Football League Under 16's Fair Play Award- 2015/16
Lancashire Evening Post Syndicate Trust Youth Trophy Under 18's Runners-up 2007/08.
APPEARANCES AND GOALS
ALL records are since we joined the West Lancashire Football League in 1987.
Most appearances - Tony Rothwell - 416.
Most goalkeeper appearances - Alan Proctor - 121.
Oldest player - Shaun Teale - 53 years 44 days - April 2017 vs Whitehaven.
Longest serving manager by years - Graham Peters - 5 years - 2000-2005
Longest serving manager by matches - Graham Peters - 174 matches.
Most first team goals - Daniel Birkby - 196
Most goals in a season - Daniel Birkby - 35 - 2012/13.
Most hat-tricks - Daniel Birkby - 6
First goal in West Lancashire League - Aidy Hall - August 1987.
Most league goals scored in a season - 88 - 1997/98
Fewest league goals scored in a season - 26 - 1987/88
Most league goals conceded in a season - 123 - 1987/88
Fewest league goals conceded in a season - 30 - 1995/96
Most clean sheets in a season - Paul Sergeant jnr. - 16 - 2013/14
HONOURS AND MATCHES
Most medals: Daniel Birkby - 8
Most league championship medals - Jamie Johnson, Will Morris and Daniel Birkby - 2 each
Most Presidents Cup medals: Daniel Birkby - 3
Most Successful manager - Graham Peters - 4 trophies (1 x Div One, 1 x Presidents Cup, 2 x Fermor Hesketh Challenge Cup).
Players who have represented the first team in the league or cup at least 100 times become members of the HBAFC 100 club. Records began when the club joined the West Lancashire League in 1987 and since that season 42 players have made it into this exclusive list.
At the end of the First World War the local Hesketh Bank footballing community found itseldf with nowhere to play having been refused access to previous playing areas. To rectify this situation a group of local people banded together to purchase a plot of land exclusively for sporting purposes and on 23rd January 1920 formed the Hesketh Sports Company Ltd who bought the current land and ran the Football Club
To help raise the necessary money the Company took out a mortgage of £500, which was obviously a large sum in its day. To help pay off this mortgage the idea of running a Medals Competition was born. A cup for the winners was donated to the Sports Company by Major Fermor-Hesketh in 1920, which is the same cup presented to this day, and in 1921 the first competition was run.
A year later saw the formation of the present seperate Hesketh Bank AFC, but the Sports Company continued to organise the Medals and use the proceeds to reduce the debt. This continued until the Second World War and in 1947 the running of the competition was handed over to the Football Club who agreed to pay an increased rent for this honour which also entitled them to keep the proceeds. In 1994 the Sports Company disbanded and sold the land to the Parish Council.
Entry is by invitation only to Clubs who must be affiliated to their local Football Association. In the 80 years since the first competition, the tournament still seems to be as popular as ever with the teams enetering and the spectators. Nowhere outside the Lancashire County Cup competitions will such a variety of representatives be found in a single competition, with clubs from the West Lancashire League, Lancashire Amateur League, Preston & District League, Southport & District League and Sunday football represented from the Southport, Ormskirk, Wigan and Lancashire Evening Post (Preston) Leagues.
The competition was run on a knockout basis during April and May, with all matches played at Station Road. In recent years with the help of local sponsorship and advertising a competition programme is published with seperate ones for the semi-finals and final ties. Attendance at these games can be large and the competition is well known and respected throughout the area. Traditionally, the competition has provided open, entertaining football, and certainly in the modern era no one club has dominated the competition.
The Medals were disbanded in 2007 a seasons are now continuing into late April early May and of course the Medals were held during those months. The last final was won by Royal Garrison of Preston.
1921 - Walmer Bridge
1922 - Walmer Bridge
1923 - Hesketh Bank
1924 - Walmer Bridge
1925 - Banks
1926 - Dandys XI Tarleton
1927 - Hesketh Bank
1928 - Tarleton Mill
1929 - Hesketh Bank
1930 - Rydings XI Banks
1931 - Rydings XI Banks
1932 - St Bernards
1933 - Kirkbys Bretherton
1934 - Mere Brow
1935 - Rydings XI Banks
1936 - Rydings XI Banks
1937 - Rydings XI Banks
1938 - Rydings X1 Banks
1939 - Tarleton Corinthians
1940 - Banks
1941 - 1946 No Competition
1947 - Tarleton Corinthians
1948 - Winners Unknown
1949 - Banks Reserves
1950 - Winners Unknown
1951 - Sumners XI Southport
1952 - Banks Corinthians
1953 - Hesketh Bank
1954 - Winners Unknown
1955 - Fleetwood Hesketh
1956 - Winners Unknown
1957 - Hesketh Bank
1958 - Hesketh Bank
1959 - Little Hoole
1960 - Hesketh Bank
1961 - Southport Amateurs
1962 - Croston
1963 - Winners Unknown
1964 - Hoole Rangers
1965 - Banks
1966 - Winners Unknown
1967 - Parbold United
1968 - Almond Brook Celtic
1967 - Lostock Hall
1968 - Croston
1969 - Lostock Hall
1970 - Croston
1971 - Hoole United
1972 - Frenchwood Rovers
1973 - Crossens
1974 - Black Bull (Preston)
1975 - Black Bull (Preston)
1976 - Banks
1977 - Ormskirk Young Farmers
1978 - St Pauls Southport
1979 - St Pauls Southport
1980 - Banks
1981 - Birkdale Crown
1982 - Banks
1983 - Birkdale Garage
1984 - Birkdale Garage
1985 - Birkdale Garage
1986 - Parbold United
1987 - Tarleton Corinthians
1988 - BAC Saudi (Warton)
1989 - Moorgate Villa (Ormskirk)
1990 - Hesketh Celtic
1991 - Wigan College
1992 - Wigan College
1993 - Burscough Richmond
1994 - Shake Vaults (Southport)
1995 - Hesketh Bank
1996 - Fleetwood Hesketh
1997 - Walmer Bridge
1998 - Ormskirk West End
1999 - Crossens
2000 - Bedford Rangers (Southport)
2001 - Hesketh Bank
2002 - Fleetwood Hesketh
2003 - Hesketh Bank
2004 - Hesketh Bank "A"
2005 - Royal Garrison
2006 - Hesketh Bank
2007 - Royal Garrison