Nelson FC

I got a message from George AKA “The Oldham Groundhopper” with a request to share a message to Real Madrid FC.

It seems a great cause, so here I go, “


Of course we are not expecting the likes of Benzema or Modric to rock up in Lancashire. But I think it would be great if Madrid could send some type of team over.”

Wikipedia tells me …

100 Years ago next month now 10th tier Nelson became the first English team to beat Real Madrid in Spain. On 15 May 1923, Nelson achieved a 4–2 victory against Real Madrid at the Campo de Ciudad Lineal, two of the goals coming from Dick Crawshaw, who had been signed towards the end of the previous campaign. In doing so, Nelson became the first English club to defeat Real Madrid at their home ground.

After speaking to those involved at the club based near Burnley on Thursday night, they would love to have a re – match against Real Madrid to celebrate 100 years since the clubs met but unfortunately haven’t heard anything back.

Nelson Football Club is a football club based in NelsonLancashire, England. Originally established in 1882, the club played in the Lancashire League, North-East Lancashire Combination, Lancashire Combination and Central League before becoming founder members of the Third Division North of the Football League in 1921. They were Division Three North champions in 1922–23 and were promoted to the Second Division. However, they were relegated back to the Third Division North after a single season.

In 1931 the club lost their Football League status and returned to the Lancashire Combination, where following reformation in the summer of 1934 they played on until ceasing football activities in 1936. A new amateur club, Nelson Town, was quickly formed in the town, playing at Seedhill until the outbreak of World War II in September 1939. Following the resumption of football at the end of the war, Nelson FC reformed again in 1946. The reconstituted club joined the Lancashire Combination, playing in that league until it merged with the Cheshire County League to form the North West Counties League in 1982. They dropped out of the league between 1988 and 1992, playing in the West Lancashire League. Although the club left the league again in 2010, they returned the following year, and are currently members of the North West Counties League Division One North, playing home matches at Victoria Park.


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