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Club History

The Beginning - 1963

The club was originally formed in 1963, as a representative side of the Blakeborough Valve Company of Brighouse and their home games were played on the Woodhouse Recreation Ground, with the side competing in the Huddersfield Works League.


The club gained various league honours over the years, the most successful coming in the 1968/69 season, when they won both the League Cup as well as the Halifax District Cup.


Following this success, the club took the huge step of obtaining its own ground at Hove Edge. Whilst at Green Lane, where they played for more than a decade, they achieved two more league titles before taking another major step, in applying for and achieving West Riding County Amateur League status in 1975. The club thrived there, until their Green Lane ground was developed for housing, upon which they moved to their present ground, just round the corner, on St Giles Road. 


There followed a period of stagnation, competing mainly in the lower divisions of the WRCAL until 1988 when the demise of the Blakeborough Company resulted in a new outlook, as well as a new name. This change proved to be the catalyst for the most successful period in the clubs history so far. The newly named Brighouse Town AFC won promotion to the WRCA Premier Division in their first season, as well as winning the WRCAL Division One Cup.


In 1991 the Premier Division Championship was won for the first time and in 1992 soon followed the West Riding County Challenge Cup. In 1994 Town won the Premier Division League Cup and were runners up in the County Challenge Cup, and they were Premier Division Champions again in 1995.

1991 - 95

Season 1995/96 was perhaps the most successful season in the clubs history so far. Brighouse Town once again won the WRCAL Premiership title and also completed the double by winning the WRCA League Cup. They also won the Bob Wedgeworth Memorial Trophy.


Season 2008-09, saw the club make the significant step into Semi-Professional football by entering and being accepted into the Northern Counties East League Division One. After only two seasons in NCEL Division One, the Club won promotion to the NCEL Premier Division under the guidance of Mark Brier and Daz Attwood. 


2011/12 Season saw the appointment of Paul Quinn as Manager and after 4th and 2nd place finishes in his first two seasons, the NCEL Premier Title was achieved with a record points total in 2013/14 – the Clubs 50th anniversary season.
Promotion to the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Division One North brought the highest level of football in the history of the Club only six years after leaving the West Riding County Amateur League, and a new and exciting challenge lay ahead. A very respectable 15th place finish was achieved in the Club’s inaugural season, and with valuable experience gained, solid foundations have been laid for playing football at this level.


Another 15th place finish but with a far higher points tally for Paul Quinn’s side in season 2015/16 brings optimism the Club is still heading in the right direction and coming to terms with the demands of the NPL. The Club’s development side winning the Lancashire League East Division for the first time and supplying a steady stream of players to the First Team, brings hope for further progress in 2016/17 season.


In what ultimately became his final season, Paul Quinn cemented his legacy at the Club with a 9th place 2016/17 finish , the highest position achieved in the Clubs history and a fitting reflection of the tremendous job Quinn and his Assistant Mark Booth have done for Brighouse Town.


2017/18 Season brought a new era with Manager Vill Powell and Assistant Nat Brown taking over the reins and starting to rebuild the squad after a player exodus following Paul Quinn’s departure. Early signs were positive with a solid pre-season campaign, and a new squad that looked to have gelled quickly under the enthusiastic new Management Team. Vill's first season in charge of the club ended with the club avoiding relegation and having a steady base heading into the new year.


The 2018/19 season was a season to remember for the club and will go down as one of the best season's in the club's history. With players returning to the club such as Kurt Harris and Reece Kendall as well as experienced recruitments in Tyler Williams and Zeph Thomas, the club had a well balanced squad going into the year. The club finished 2nd in the league and had to face the play-offs. With top scorer Aaron Martin and fellow strike partner Gabby Johnson in top form, it would be hard for any team to stop them and this proved to be the case in the play-offs. After beating Sheffield FC 3-1 in the semi-final, Brighouse had a chance to reach step 3 of non league football, all they had to do was beat Pontefract Collieries in their own back yard, something which they had failed to do earlier in the season. With a crowd of over 850 people in attendance on the day, Vill's side showed how good they have been all year in front of goal and beat Pontefract 3-0 to win the Evo-Stik East Division Play Off Final. Unfortunately due to a PPG basis, 2 teams in the playoffs wouldn't be reaching the promised land and Brighouse was one of these teams meaning they would have to play in step 4 again next season.


The 2019/20 season was a season of recovery as the club lost their main goal threats to Guiseley which meant that Vill Powell had to try find strikers who could find the net as much as Martin and Johnson. The season came to an end on 13th March 2020 where the season was declared null and void due to COVID-19


Club ground


St Giles Rd, Hove Edge, Halifax HX3 8BG