More than 100 years’ of history was brought to an end when Rothwell Town 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 The Bones. 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; a point that no-one wants to see.