Rossendale Free Press
David books in to chart club history
ANEW book has been published which documents the history of the now-defunct Rossendale United FC.
David Rogan, a former secretary at the club, who works as a teaching assistant at St Christopher’s C Of E High School in Accrington, has published Rossendale United Football Club: A Season by Season History to mark the ten-year anniversary of the club’s demise.
Rossendale United Football Club was a non-league football club based in Newchurch, founded in 1898 and was active until it
folded at the end of the 2010/11 season.
David, 60, who also served as a programme editor during his 30 years working for the club, said the process of researching
and writing the book started as soon as the club folded.
He said: “When they folded ten years ago, I started on the process to write a book.
“Obviously it’s taken me ten years to get it done.
“Having been programme editor I had a lot of background information. There was a lot of time spent in the library going through old copies of the Free Press and things like that.
“I talk about each season and the events that happened and then at the end I talk about the greatest players and the people who have made the most appearances and scored over 100 goals.”
Despite playing a role at the club since 1984 and having grown up supporting the club, David said he was still surprised by some of the things he discovered during his research.
“During my research I found out that the club had five test cricketers who played for them, including David Lloyd, which was quite interesting and pretty unique for a club the size of Rossendale United,” said David.
“Also C.E Sutcliffe who was secretary of the Football League, for many years was president of the club and involved in setting it up, he’s quite an interesting character.
“Over the years he used to do the fixtures for the Football League, back in the 1920s and 1930s.”
David also said that he hopes the book emphasises the role the club played in the community and in putting Rossendale on the map – especially during the 1970s FA Cup runs where the team faced Bolton Wanderers and Shrewsbury Town.
As well as the cup runs David also counts winning the North West Counties League as one of the club’s highlights.
“It was an important part of the community. There isn’t a senior non-league club in the Valley that carries the name now,” he said.
“Rossendale’s a funny place anyway, as secretary when you played teams
from other parts of the country quite often they ask ‘where are you’? Because when they look for Rossendale on a map, it’s not there.
“So that name in senior football circles has disappeared, which is a shame. It doesn’t get the recognition that it used to, now there is nothing there to represent the Valley as such.”
David added that the book also acts as a tribute to all the former players, members and volunteers who played their part in the
club’s rich history.
He said: “There’s lots of people who were involved in the club as players or committee members so it’s also a tribute to them so they’re not forgotten. It’s an important part of the Valley’s history so hopefully people who are interested in Rossendale will go out and buy the book.”
The book is available from Amazon and Waterstones and by emailing David directly on rossy. firstname.lastname@example.org.