It’s not often that we need to make clear where a club is from by putting their location in fancy pants brackets. Of course, this is not the official FA protocol – or at least that’s what we believe. Nor are the brackets that you see us using in any way fancy. We get our brackets at Lidl, not Waitrose. Look, our shopping habits are none of your business. In only one instance that we can think of (and be arsed to look up. Ed.) do we need to do this. So, why is it Vauxhall Motors (Cheshire) and not just Vauxhall Motors? Clunk click kids, we’re about to go on a trip.
Vauxhall Motors (Cheshire): Who Are They?
The club formed in 1963, just after the opening of the Vauxhall Motors Car Plant in Ellesmere Port. A clear link between these two events is pretty self-evident, right? In any case, the Motormen proved too strong for both the Ellesmere Port League and Wirral Combination in their formative years. So, in 1987, a bid was made to join the North West Counties League, and it was approved. After rising into Division One and finishing fifth in 1991, however, came a back step a year later; a decision taken to move back down to the West Cheshire League.
Three years on, Vauxhall Motors were back in the NWCL and went from strength-to-strength. In 1998-9, there was an FA Vase Fifth Round appearance. In 1999-00, though, came an FA Vase semi-final outing and the NWCL title; the latter winning ’em a place in the Northern Premier League. In 2004, the Motormen booked their spot in Conference North. It was a rocky ride at this level and in 2007-8, their fourth season, they finished 21st. Yet, strife at Nuneaton Borough and Boston United gained them a reprieve from relegation.
Vauxhall Motors (Cheshire): Us And Them…
In 2009-10, too, another stay of execution thanks to off-field issues; this time at Farsley Celtic and Northwich Victoria. But, we still haven’t explained why this Vauxhall Motors deserve the (Cheshire) treatment! Oh, you demanding lot. Well, put it this way. This ain’t the only ‘Vauxhall Motors’ we’ve played. There were the Luton lot; a much more familiar bunch. There was, for a time, a VM mob down in Dunstable. It’s getting a bit silly. So, let’s focus on the Wirral lot. A side who, in tough times amid the 2009-10 campaign, ran up against us.
It was the FA Trophy Second Round. Our reward, as holders, for seeing off Ebbsfleet in the First Round was a visit of our friends from the norf. For one time only. For a once-in-a-well-not-quite-lifetime-because-we’re-not-taking-the-piss meeting. We can’t quite recall why things went down on a Tuesday evening, unlike most normal cup ties. Anyway, Robbo and Lee Boylan scored. It would have been more, but for some fine goalkeeping from Jamie Coates. It wasn’t until the 80th minute, when the floodgates open to let four more in.
Vauxhall Motors (Cheshire): And Then What?
We went on and lost in the final to Barrow, which was fine ‘cos we were going up to the Football League anyway. As for Vauxhall Motors, they soldiered on for another four seasons in the Conference North. Given their predicaments in 2008 and 2010, that is not a bad effort at all. And, yet, cash issues reared their ugly head in 2014. The club opted to leave the competition, and returned to the West Cheshire League. It’s where you’ll still find them too; two fourth positions were respectable enough, but last season left a little to be desired.
Vauxhall Motors (Cheshire): Boro’s Record
P1 W1 D0 L0 F6 A0 – League Points: 0, Cup Meetings: 1, Win Rate: 100%
• BoroGuide’s Vauxhall Motors (Cheshire) club profile – for old time’s sake…