You can believe it or not, but there was a time when taking on Rothwell Town for the first time was a step up in class for us. It sounds like a pretty big statement to make, doesn’t it. After all, we won’t blame (most of) you for not knowing who they are. We’re not even sure you’d be able to pick Rothwell out on a map. But every single team we’ve ever played has shaped our story somehow. And now we have the bones of this particular chapter in more ways than one.
The Bones being their nickname, yeah…?
More than 100 years’ of history came to an end when the club folded at the end of the 2011-2 campaign. An established member of the United Counties League Premier League by the time we first met, Boro’ struggled against them. In the four seasons we played each other, we won once. That came in March 1984 and was the last of our seven encounters; an FA Vase defeat adding to the three seasons’ worth of league fixtures.
After two title wins on the trot in the early 1990s, the Bones moved up in the world; joining the Southern League. They even secured promotion to the Premier Division in 1997. But their time in the Premier Division lasted just three seasons. By the end of the 2000s, their off-field matters started to derail things; not able to use their social club and forced to quit the Southern League in summer 2010. After two seasons back in the UCL, the club were at the end of the road.