Time to cel­e­brate 50 years of Hale­bank

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Front Page -

HALE­BANK FC will be cel­e­brat­ing its 50 years with a cel­e­bra­tion event at Hal­ton Sta­dium.

The Bridge Suite will host the event on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 27, and Ge­orge Ben­son And The Hedges, a DJ and buf­fet will be on the bill.

Hale­bank FC is the high­est ranked lo­cal am­a­teur side and com­pete in the Cheshire League Div one, win­ning the Wal­ton Cup Last sea­son.

Lit­tle would any­one have thought it, but 50 years ago – as Hale Vil­lage would not pick Hale­bankers for their side – the play­ers started their own team for the start of the sea­son.

This was not the first Hale­bank side and many of the play­ers in 1968 had played for the suc­cess­ful Hale­bank Ath­letic team that folded in mid 1960s.

Other teams had played un­der the Hale­bank name, even be­fore World War Two, with a team in Hale­bank which had the well­known lo­cal Clog­ger Hankin in the side.

This present club be­gan in the Widnes Al­liance in 1968 and in its first term took league and cup glory, and so be­gan the Hale­bank story, mov­ing into the Cen­tral Cheshire League in the 1970s with some great teams, then the War­ring­ton And District with sev­eral cup wins and pro­mo­tions and win­ning the Guardian Cup at last in 2016.

The War­ring­ton league is where Hale­bank FC Re­serves fin­ished run­ners-up in Re­serves Divi­sion 1 last term.

A move to the Cheshire League in the 2000s saw the club at its high­est level, and pro­mo­tion el­e­vated them even higher into Divi­sion 1.

A club spokesman said: “The re­cent Wal­ton Cup suc­cess en­joyed by the club is very sat­is­fy­ing as its 50th year ap­proached.”

Child Be­reave­ment UK staff at its of­fice in 2017. The char­ity moved from the High Street in Run­corn to Ash­ley House in Widnes from Oc­to­ber 1

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