It’s not often that you end up coming up against two teams with the same name; Vauxhall Motors being one of the very few times. Obviously, we’re not talking about the Luton variant here. For a while, those folks were one of our big rivals in these parts. Instead, this Vauxhall Motors represent the Wirral’s Vauxhall plant. The first time we met the Motormen was during our 2009-10 FA Trophy campaign; a clash that ended in a comfortable win for Boro’
Vauxhall Motors: The Facts
Rivacre Road, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, CH66 1NJ
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.
How to get to Vauxhall Motors – Travel Information – Distance: 189 miles
The main things you need to remember about this trip is to go north on the M1, followed by the M6 – Toll or otherwise – until you come to Junction 20. Here, you’ll be exiting onto the M56 towards North Wales. After around 17-and-a-half miles, leave the motorway at Junction 15 for the Ellesmere Port-bound M53.
You won’t be on the M53 too long, though; leaving just over four miles later on the B5132 North Road towards Overpool and Whitby. Take the first exit at the roundabout for the B5132 and continue for half-a-mile (taking in another roundabout en route). Turn right onto Rivacre Road and travel for a mile – some of it parallel to the motorway – for the stadium.
You shouldn’t have too much trouble parking at the stadium.
Services to: CHESTER for LONDON EUSTON
The London Euston option involves an additional change compared to the shortest, but is likely to work out a bit cheaper if National Rail is anything to go by. And you’ll be wanting Hooton station, which is around 1.7 miles from Rivacre Park.
That walk might take you the best part of half an hour, but is relatively simple to do. Leave the station and turn right onto Hooton Road. Continue along onto Hooton Green, crossing the A41 (yes, the A41!) as you get nearer to your destination. you’ll need to turn left onto Hooton Lane and then right onto Rivacre Road to complete the walk.
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