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Howard Town FC (Glossop) 1880s.


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Mar 26, 2018, 6:33 PM

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Has anyone come across a team called Howard Town FC?

I've seen two sources on the net. Would be good to validate them.

1. From the Glossop Tours website:

From early childhood Samuel Hill-Wood known locally as “Sammy” showed an unbelievable understanding of his family’s cotton business and how it was constructed and managed. Inspired by his father and grandfather to continue the business he was sent to be educated at Eton College. It was here where Sammy first acquired his obsession with sport. On returning from College, Sammy was fascinated to hear that Glossop had set up their own football club (Glossop North End) and that some of his father’s employees were involved. In response he organised a team representing his fathers company named Howardtown F.C. He played alongside employees in local leagues which consisted of teams from butchers, victuallers and rival mills. As the football game grew nationally, Howardtown F.C was not enough for Sammy and he began talks with other clubs. It was around this time rumours began saying that Samuel Hill Wood wanted to “buy” a football club.

2. From the Clay Cross FC Website

Howard Town has a Mill and a Brewery and it once had a football club. Old Glossop is the name given to the original old town on the eastern side of Glossop which itself was formerly called Howard Town and like I said - it once had a football club. Glossop nestles in the foothills of the Pennines, with Bleaklow to the northeast and Kinder Scout to the south. Glossop is about 13 miles north of Buxton and 13 miles east of the city of Manchester with a direct rail link to that city. The town is twinned with Bad Vilbel in Germany. Glossop was once occupied by the Romans and there are the remains of a Roman fort standing on high ground above the River Etherow, named Ardotalia by the Romans, but renamed Melandra. The extensive site has been excavated to reveal fort walls, a shrine and the fort headquarters. The site has now been landscaped to provide parking and picnic areas and I’m telling you - that once upon a time they had a football club there called Howard Town FC and we had drawn them in the Derbyshire FA Junior Cup.


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