Barton Town Old Boys F.C.
("The Swans")


Barton Town Old Boys Runners Up NCEL division 1 2010/11 season 
Barton Town Old Boys F.C. team for the 2010/11 season. (club colours: blue shirts, white shorts, blue socks).  Runners up in the KoolSports Northern Counties Eastern League Division One.

 

Barton Town Old Boys Football Club was formed in 1995 when the two longest established and most successful clubs of Barton (Barton Town F.C. and Barton Old Boys F.C.) merged.  Barton Town Old Boys F.C. currently play at the Euronics Ground on Marsh Lane (DN18 5JD for sat-nav users) and have their own very useful and informative website at www.bartontownoldboysfc.co.uk which includes fixtures, tables, game statistics and much more.  The ground capacity is 3000, with 540 covered and a seating capacity of 240 (covered).

This page will look at the history of both clubs, and other Barton football clubs in more depth.

For the 2015/2016 season Barton Town Old Boys will be playing in the Northern Counties Eastern League Premier Division.

For season statistics click here.

The current east stand. The south stands.
The current east stand. The current south stands.
The current club house. Promotion celebrations after the match
The club house. Promotion celebrations after the Louth match in 2011
BTOB v Worksop 220415 Barton v Heanor
Barton Town Old Boys v Worksop Town 22/04/15
Final Score = 1 - 5
  
Barton Town Old Boys v Heanor Town 02/05/15
Final Score = 5 -
Barton Town v Nostell 130811 Barton Town Old Boys v Shirebrook Town 23/10/10
Barton Town Old Boys v Nostell Miners Welfare 13/08/11
Final Score = 2 - 2 
  
Barton Town Old Boys v Shirebrook Town 23/10/10
Final score = 3 - 2
Barton Town Old Boys v Appleby Frodingham 06/11/10
Final Score = 3 - 0
Barton Town Old Boys v Staveley Miners Welfare 20/11/10
Final Score = 2 - 2
Barton Town v Louth 
Barton Town Old Boys v Louth 02/05/11
Final Score = 5 - 0 
Barton Town Old Boys v Lincoln Moorlands Railway 15/10/11
Final Score = 3 -
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The History of Football Clubs in Barton upon Humber

Barton Town Old Boys F.C.
Barton Town Old Boys F.C. was created out of a desire to progress the fortunes of both clubs.  They were formed in 1995 and started the 1995/96 season in the Lincolnshire League, finishing fourth and winning the Lincolnshire County Senior "B" cup.  In the 1996/97 season the team won the league and also the challenge cup.  In the 2000/01 season the club decided to join the newly formed Humber Premier League.  they were the only team on the south of the Humber, but nevertheless managed to finish third.  A desire to join the Football pyramid saw the team join the Central Midlands Premier League in the 2001/02 season, finishing runners up and gaining promotion to the Central Midlands Supreme Division in 2002/03.  In the summer of 2005 floodlights were installed at the ground.  The 2005/06 season saw the team become the Supreme Division champions, but due to ground grading requirements the team were denied promotion to the Northern Counties Eastern League.  This lead to the extensive redevelopment of the ground, resulting in re-siting the pitch and floodlights, building a new clubhouse, access, car park and stands.  The team then finished the 2006/07 season as runners up in the Supreme Division and were promoted to the Northern Counties Eastern League Division One thanks to the superb ground improvements.  The team have enjoyed relatively good success in this division since, especially in the 2010/2011 season when some fantastic results, including a 9-0 away win at Appleby Frodingham and a 5-0 home win against Louth Town on the final day of the season, saw them promoted to the Northern Counties Eastern League Premier Division for the first time in the clubs history.  The 2011/2012 season also produced some good football, and some success, finishing eleventh which secured their NCEL Premier league status, and being the loosing finalists in the Presidents Cup and the Lincolnshire Senior Trophy.  The 2012/2013 season saw the team improve on the previous season, finishing a creditable 8th in the league. The 2013/2014 season was a season to remember.  The team won 29 of their 44 games, only losing nine in total, and finishing runners up in the league.  They had an incredible 23 game unbeaten run in the league, and had a huge goal difference of 76 at the end.  They scored five goals or more in a match eight times, the best result being 8-0 against Winterton Rangers.  The 2014/2015 season was always going to be a difficult one after the success of the last season, but a very creditable 5th place finish, again with some large results along the way, made for another great one to watch.  There were some large victories, including beating Glasshoughton 8-1 at home and Abbey Hay 7-0 at home, and some large crowds including a record-breaking 517 to watch the Ground-Hop home game against Cleethorpes Town in April.

 

Final Statistics For All Seasons For Barton Town Old Boys F.C.

Season League Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Points Position/Out of
2014/15 Northern Counties Eastern League (Premier) 40 24 4 12 94 59 76 5/21
2013/14 Northern Counties Eastern League (Premier) 44 29 6 9 124 48 93 2/23
2012/13 Northern Counties Eastern League (Premier) 42 19 12 11 81 68 69 8/22
2011/12 Northern Counties Eastern League (Premier) 38 16 5 17 74 77 53 11/20
2010/11 Northern Counties Eastern League (1) 38 23 8 7 97 45 77 2/20
2009/10 Northern Counties Eastern League (1) 34 18 6 10 59 55 57 6/18
2008/09 Northern Counties Eastern League (1) 36 20 7 9 76 53 67 5/19
2007/08 Northern Counties Eastern League (1) 32 13 9 10 82 62 45 9/17
2006/07 Central Midlands League (Supreme) 38 28 6 4 128 36 90 2/20
2005/06 Central Midlands League (Supreme) 40 30 4 6 112 41 94 1/21
2004/05 Central Midlands League (Supreme) 42 21 14 7 84 55 77 4/22
2003/04 Central Midlands League (Supreme) 36 18 7 11 62 47 61 7/19
2002/03 Central Midlands League (Supreme) 38 18 1 19 62 77 55 13/20
2001/02 Central Midlands League (Premier) 38 26 4 8 104 49 82 2/20
2000/01 Humber League 30 19 5 6 68 40 62 3/16
1999/00 Lincolnshire League 34 20 9 5 104 53 69 3/18
1998/99 Lincolnshire League 36 24 6 6 124 47 78 2/19
1997/98 Lincolnshire League 36 25 8 3 112 45 83 2/19
1996/97 Lincolnshire League 38 31 3 4 108 32 96 1/20
1995/96 Lincolnshire League 36 22 6 8 97 47 72 4/19

Details courtesy of F.C.H.D. (Football Club History Database) and Kool Sports Northern Counties East League website.

 

Barton Town football pitch prior to turning.  The very left shows the old club house and stand.

Barton Town football pitch prior to turning.  On the left is the old club house and stand.

 

Barton Town F.C.
(Colours: blue and white) Barton Town F.C. was formed on Wednesday 8th December 1880 when a group of people met at the George Hotel with the intention of starting a football club in the town.  They agreed to play by association rules from the very start.  The very first game they played was on Saturday 17th December 1880, kicking off at 2.30pm, on the cricket ground which was, at that time, a ground a few fields north of their current ground (now a pond at Waters' Edge Country Park).  Their first Honorary Secretary was J. Stow.  In September of 1881 they secured a field to play on at West Acridge and arranged to play several local teams.  In November of 1882 they played Brigg Town, loosing 5-0.  In December of the same year they played them again, this time loosing 7-1.  They lost to Brigg Ancholme in the first round of the Lincolnshire Association Challenge Cup competition of 1882/83 being on the wrong side of a 2-0 score line.  In 1895 the Lincolnshire Football Association had an AGM in Lincoln and decided on the following league structure for Lincolnshire clubs.  Division 1 was for Gainsborough clubs, division 2 was for Grimsby and Cleethorpes clubs, division 3 was for Lincoln clubs, division 4 was for Kirton Lindsey, Epworth and West Butterwick clubs, division 5 was for Grigg, Scunthorpe, Frodingham and Barton clubs, division 6 was for Horncastle, Spilsby, Boston, Woodhall and Louth clubs, division 7 was for Grantham and Barrowby clubs, and division 8 was for Stamford, Spalding and Cleethorpes clubs.  Barton Town were in division 5.  By 1896 however Barton Town were predominantly playing teams from the north of the river, something which they did quite often on and off throughout their early existence.  They moved back to the field shared with the cricket ground (just north of the current ground) sometime before 1908, as a map of the time shows.  By 1919 Barton was playing in the Bennett League Championship, which was made up of local Lincolnshire clubs such as Winterton and Brigg.  In 1921 and 1922 however they had once more chosen the north bank teams to play against in the East Riding County League.  By 1923 they were playing in the North Lindsey League Division 1, which comprised of the usual local teams.  They moved to their current ground in 1927 and have played there ever since, although it is now smaller and aligned north south instead of east west.  In 1929 Barton Town were still playing in the North Lindsey League, and were in second place at the beginning of January.  This league had some familiar names, as Louth Town, Brigg Town and Frodingham also played in the league.  Barton Town were admitted to the Scunthorpe and District Football League in July 1946, playing in division 1 between 1946 and 50.  They then moved into the Lincolnshire League.  Barton Town played in the Lincolnshire League for many of their early seasons, and won it in the 1960/61 season, finishing with three of the top nine goal scorers (being Cawthorne with 22, Wilson with 22 and Chapman with 19).  In the 1964/65 season they joined the Yorkshire League division two and were runners up in that season, being promoted to division one.  The 1965/66 season saw them finish eighth, the 1966/67 season sixth and the 1967/68 season tenth.  In the 1968/69 season they joined the Midlands League, finishing seventeenth in that season, and the 1969/70 season too.  The 1970/71 season say Barton Town rejoin the Yorkshire League division one where they had enjoyed some success in past seasons but this wasn't to be repeated this season as they finished second-bottom and were relegated to the Yorkshire League division two.  The 1971/72 season saw the same success as the 1960/61 season as they finished champions and again were promoted to the Yorkshire League division one.  The 1972/73 season saw them finish a good third, but again in the 1973/74 season things didn't go as hoped when they finished third-bottom and were again relegated to the Yorkshire League division two.  Barton Town then spent six seasons in this league, finishing sixth in 1974/75, eighth in 1975/76, sixth in 1976/77, eighth in 1977/78, twelfth in 1978/79 before tasting success again in the 1979/80 season when once more they finished as champions and were promoted to the Yorkshire League division one.  In the 1980/81 season they finished eleventh and decided that for the 1981/82 season they would rejoin the Lincolnshire League division one, winning it in their first season.  Barton town remained in the Lincolnshire league for the next ten years before dropping out because of lack of help and finance.

Final Statistics for Selected Seasons For Barton Town F.C.

Season League Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Points Position/Out of
1980/81 Yorkshire League 1 30 8 10 12 39 41 26 11/16
1979/80 Yorkshire League 2 30 22 4 4 62 20 48 1/16
1978/79 Yorkshire League 2 30 10 6 14 43 47 26 12/16
1977/78 Yorkshire League 2 28 13 3 12 43 36 29 8/15
1976/77 Yorkshire League 2 30 10 14 6 48 38 34 6/16
1975/76 Yorkshire League 2 28 9 12 7 40 32 30 8/15
1974/75 Yorkshire League 2 28 11 6 11 41 41 28 6/15
1973/74 Yorkshire League 1 30 9 3 18 38 57 21 14/16
1972/73 Yorkshire League 1 30 18 2 10 54 33 38 3/16
1971/72 Yorkshire League 2 28 20 5 3 89 28 45 1/15
1970/71 Yorkshire League 1 26 5 9 12 41 65 19 13/14
1969/70 Midlands League 34 7 4 23 38 92 18 17/18
1968/69 Midlands League 34 7 7 20 35 78 21 17/18
1967/68 Yorkshire League 1 32 13 5 14 67 65 31 10/17
1966/67 Yorkshire League 1 32 16 2 14 69 69 34 6/17
1965/66 Yorkshire League 1 30 15 4 11 83 68 34 8/16
1964/65 Yorkshire League 2 28 18 4 6 33 35 40 2/15
1960/61 Lincolnshire League 30 23 3 4 93 35 49 1/15
1949/50 Scunthorpe League (1) 22 5 2 15 49 73 12 10/12
1948/49 Scunthorpe League (1) 16 11 2 3 45 24 25 2/9
1947/48 Scunthorpe League (1) 19 4 4 11 39 42 12 11/13
1946/47 Scunthorpe League (1) 20 6 12 2 32 59 14 10/11

Details courtesy of F.C.H.D. (Football Club History Database) and A History of Scunthorpe and District Football League

 

A programme from the 1970/71 season against Hallam
A programme from the 1970/71 season against Hallam Two programmes from the 1975/76 season, against Mexborough (which Barton won 5-1) and Leeds Ashley Road.
Playing for Barton at this time:-
Greest, Bloomer, Maguire, Gale, Lowe, Neylon, Maycock, Pinkney, Slater, West and McCunnell.
Playing for Barton at this time:-
Brian Pickles, Colin Woodhouse, Glyn Smith, Jim Currie, Bill Partlett, Frank Horne, Alan Fuller, Gren. Nile, Robin East, Alan Warwick, Dave Slater, DaveWhiteley, Gordon Williams and John Carmody.

Early Photographic History Of Barton Town F.C.
As with many non-league football clubs the early history of Barton Town F.C. is not well recorded.  Inbarton has, however, managed to track down some photographs and with your help hopes to expand on the details in this page.

Barton Town A.F.C. team members for the 1889/90 season
(Picture courtesy of Brian Peeps)

The above photograph is presumably taken from their old ground to the north of the current ground.  The landscape behind the players is very difficult to place, being mainly vegetation, and could be anywhere along the banks of the Humber or one of the many fields around at this time.  Luckily the names were marked on the photograph, and thanks to the 1891 census I have managed to expand our understanding of some of them.

The team:
From left to right (top row):- William H. Stow (secretary) : Joseph Small (details unknown) : William Hutchinson (aged around 20, labourer, living on Ings Lane) : Charles Farr (aged around 20, hemp dresser, living on Victoria Terrace) : Frank Small (aged around 20, painter, living on Hungate) : George Farr (possible related to Charles but not recorded in the 1891 census for Barton) : Frederick Barrett (aged around 18, general labourer, living on Gashouse Lane) : Fred Robinson (aged around 30, brick maker, living at Burley's brickyard) : Amos Ebbatson (committee - aged around 21, cement works labourer, living on Pasture Road).
From left to right (bottom row):- James Flowers (aged around 27, general labourer, lining on Ings Lane) : Robert Walker Johnson (aged around 20, wheelwright, living on Butts Road) : William Fenton (aged around 24, cement tester, living at Ness End Farm) : Frank Sellars (aged around 21, millwright, living at Wade's Yard).
It must be remembered that there was two years between this photograph being taken and the census being taken.  I have tried to match up the likely candidates to match the initial and surname recorded, and in most cases there was only one match, but it is still possible that one or more of the above names is incorrect.  If anyone knows of any errors please contact me so I can amend the page.

Barton Town A.F.C. team members from the 1900s.
Barton Town A.F.C. team members from the 1900s.
(Picture courtesy of Bob Atkin)

The above photograph again is presumably taken from their old ground to the north of the current ground.  Again the landscape behind the players is very difficult to place, being mainly vegetation.  As this is close (in time) to the picture above some of the team members are already known.  Top row (from left to right) is George Farr, Fred Robinson, ?, Amos Ebbatson.  Middle row (from left to right) is Joseph Small, ?, ?.  Bottom row (from left to right) is ?, ?, William Fenton, ?, Robert Walker Johnson.  If you know of any other player names please email webmaster@inbarton.co.uk so it can be included above.

Barton Town A.F.C. team members for the 1920/21 season
(Picture courtesy of Brian Peeps)

The above photograph shows the Barton Town A.F.C team which won the Barton and District league and the Winterton Charity Cup in that season (both trophies can be seen to the left and right of Henry Wilson Esq JP, who was the president of the team).  It is interesting to note that Henry Wilson was also the president of the club in 1907 which would suggest a long association with the club, rather similar to Denis Cox today.  I am not sure where this photograph was taken, although I'm sure an eagle-eyed reader will be able to tell me.

The team:
From left to right (top row):- G. H. Thompson (trainer) : W. Clapson : R. Cox : W. Southall : W. Dickinson (captain) : G. Havercroft (committee) : A. E. Wilson (committee) : G. Wilkinson (captain) : G. Lunt : J. Bacon : J Southall (vice captain) : J. Stamp (committee) : C. Farr (committee - highly likely to be Charles Farr from the 1889/90 team) : R. W. Johnson (committee - highly likely to be Robert Walker Johnson from the 1889/90 team) : J. Wood (trainer).
From left to right (bottom row):- J. Whitehead : F. Cox : F. Oldridge : K. V. Ducker (hon. secretary) : Henry Wilson Esq JP (president) : H. Farr (chairman and treasurer) : C. Wilson : A Wright : A. Rose.

Barton Town A.F.C. team members for the 1928/29 season
(Picture courtesy of Brian Peeps)
Barton Town A.F.C. (date unknown) in front of the old wooden stand of the Marsh Lane ground
Barton Town A.F.C. (date unknown) in front of the old wooden stand of the Marsh Lane ground
(Picture courtesy of Brian Peeps)

Unfortunately as yet I have no details of the team members in the above photographs, although there is a strong possibility that some were still playing from the 1920/21 season.

Barton Town A.F.C. reserve team for the 1925/26 season.
Barton Town A.F.C. reserve team for the 1925/26 season.
(Picture courtesy of Brian Peeps)
Middle row - right - Stephen Atkin. Front Row - 2nd left - Ernie Lacey
If you know of any other player names please email webmaster@inbarton.co.uk so it can be included above.
 
Barton Town A.F.C. junior team for the 1911/12 season
Barton Town A.F.C. junior team for the 1911/12 season
(Picture courtesy of Brian Peeps)
 
An extract of a map showing the old football ground
An extract of a map showing the old football ground.  The road at the very bottom of the image is Butts Road and Willowtree Lane is modern-day Pasture Road.

Again, with the two pictures above I have no details of the team members, but they do highlight the success of Barton Town A.F.C. in having both a reserve team and a junior team.  This shows the popularity of the game at this time, just as it is now. 

Barton Town F.C. from around 1961.
Barton Town F.C. from around 1961.
(Picture courtesy of Bob Atkin)

The above photograph shows a very smart looking team from around 1961, possibly around the time they won the Lincolnshire League.

The team:
From left to right (top row):- Barry Goodhand, Fred Brumfield, Maurice Wright, Maurice Such, Jack Gouldthorpe, Walt Kingswood, Ron Leedham, Dennis Cox, Clam Leedham, Reg Broughton, Peter Hostick & Rushby (trainer)
From left to right (middle row):- Terry Teal (half back), Jimmy Mulholland (right wing), Bryan Douglas, Chuck Cawthorne (half back), George Nixon (captain), Carl Samuels (left fullback) & Bill Garrod
From left to right (bottom row):- Peter Nicholson (centre forward), Cliff Wilson (inside forward), Mick Chapman & Ron Stanham (left wing).

The reserve team played in the Scunthorpe and District Football League (division 1) during the 1937-38 season.  They resigned from this league but were readmitted in July 1947, playing in division 4 for the 1947-48 season.  1948 to 1950 saw them play in division 1, but they then resigned from the league in July 1950 and were recorded in the Humber League during the 1949-50 to 1951-52 seasons.  They were readmitted to the Scunthorpe and District Football League in July 1952, playing in division 3 between 1952 and 1956.  They again resigned in October 1956, but were readmitted in July 1964.  They again played in division 1 between 1964 and 1966, before resigning again in June 1966.  They were once more readmitted in 1984, playing in division 4 for the 1984/85 season.  In October 1985 their place was taken by the 1st team.

Barton Old Boys F.C.
(Colours: black and white) Barton Old Boys F.C. was founded sometime around 1923 and was a member of the North Lindsey League division 3.  They then became members of the Scunthorpe and District Football League around 1929.  They originally played on a ground on Pasture Road until around 1963 (after playing along West Acridge and Marsh Lane).  They then played on a pitch next to the Humber Bridge, around the area of ponds at the Humber Bridge Viewing Area.  They used the Coast Guard house as a changing room at this time.  They were not as big as Barton Town F.C.  Barton Old Boys name came from the fact they were the "Old Boys" of the Barton Boys Club team of under 18 year olds.  In July 1929 they were admitted into the Scunthorpe and District Football League and played for two seasons, 1929-30 in Division 2 and 1930-31 in Division 1, before resigning from the league in October 1932.
Barton Old Boys reformed again in the 1949-50 season and played three seasons in the Humber League, which comprised of many local teams, including Barton Town Reserves.  At this time they played on the Boys Club pitch on Marsh Lane.  In 1952 they moved pitches to the Barton County Grammar School and in July they again joined the Scunthorpe and District Football League and played in division 4 for the 1952-53 season.  They gained promotion to play in division 3 during the 1953-54 season, but again resigned from the league in October 1954 as houses were built on the West Acridge (Barton County Grammar School) pitch and they had no other pitch to play on.  In 1959 they reformed again after securing permission to play on the Pasture Road pitch, and were readmitted to the Scunthorpe and District Football League in July, playing in division 3 during the 1959-60 season.  They had a great start to the season, being undefeated in the opening nine games, and by January 1960 were still in that position.  They had four top scorers, being D. Clark with 28 goals, N. Reynolds with 27 goals, R. Grindell with 21 goals and D. Dickinson with 18 goals.  They gained promotion that season.  The seasons of 1960 to 1963 saw them play in division 2, and promotion saw them play in division 1 from 1963 to 1965. 
In the 1961/62 season they had the following players on their books:- H. Markham (chairman), Stan Espin, John McIntyre, Bob Atkin, Mick such, Jeff Plumtree, Ralph Manchester, Dick Hildrid, M. Fletcher, Tom Stanley, Terry Clark and Barry Fowler.  In 1962/63 they were the Scunthorpe Division Two winners, and they also won the New Holland Ambulance Cup in the same season.  In the 1962/63 season they had the following players on their books:- H. Sharp, H. Markham (chairman), R. B. Creasey, D. S. Dickinson, M. Such, J. Brailsford, T. Stanley, B. Atkin, C. Leedham, R. Louden (league secretary), B. Gouldthorpe, M. Fletcher, B. Fowler and G. Chapman.  It was in this season of success that a reserve team was formed (see below) and they moved pitches to the Humber Bank (see above). 

Old Boys were again playing in division 2 between 1965 and 1969 and by 1967 they had moved grounds to the Marsh Lane ground, along with Barton Town.  Promotion that season again saw them play in division 1 for the 1969-70 season.  Division two beckoned again for the 1970-71 season, but this was short-lived as they were again promoted that season and played in division 1 between 1971 and 1975.  The 1974/75 season saw them win the Hospital Cup and the season after saw them win the Barton Brotherhood cup.  Again the 1975/76 season saw them play in division 2 for one season before getting back into division 1 and staying there between 1976 and 1979.  The 1979/80 season saw them play in division 2 and in June of 1980 they resigned from the league. They were readmitted in June 1981, playing in division 3 between 1981 and 1983 (winning the Ironstone Cup in the 1982/83 season), then division 2 in the 1983/84 season before again climbing into division 1 for the 1984/85 season (and also winning the Hospital cup in the same season), where they stayed until 1995 when they merged with Barton Town.  In the 1982/83 season they won the Challenge Cup.  They became very consistent, winning the league in 1986/87 and 1989/90, winning the Rod Mill cup in the 1992/93 season, winning the Challenge Cup again in the 1993/1994 season and cumulating in the very successful 1994/95 season where they won all four major Scunthorpe League competitions. 

Barton Old Boys had a reserve team which also played in the Scunthorpe and District Football League.  They were admitted in July 1963, playing in division 5 during the 1963/64 season.  They played in division 4 between 1964 and 1967, before resigning in July 1967.  They were readmitted in June 1984, playing in division 5 between 1984 and 1986, division 3 between 1987 and 1989 and division 2 between 1989 and 1993.  They dropped down a league to division 3 for the 1993/94 season but again played in division 2 for the 1994-1995 season.  The reserve team then merged with Barton Town reserves in 1995.

Final Statistics for Selected Seasons For Barton Old Boys

Season League Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Points Position/Out of
1994/95 Scunthorpe & District League (1) 24 21 2 1 102 26 44 1/13
1993/94 Scunthorpe & District League (1) 20 11 5 4 72 34 27 2/11
1992/93 Scunthorpe & District League (1) 18 12 1 5 66 30 25 3/10
1991/92 Scunthorpe & District League (1) 20 14 2 4 71 32 30 3/11
1990/91 Scunthorpe & District League (1) 24 12 4 8 70 49 28 5/13
1989/90 Scunthorpe & District League (1) 24 18 4 2 73 22 40 1/13
1988/89 Scunthorpe & District League (1) 24 16 2 6 82 41 34 3/13
1987/88 Scunthorpe & District League (1) 24 16 5 3 71 28 37 2/13
1986/87 Scunthorpe & District League (1) 21 20 0 1 68 17 40 1/12
1985/86 Scunthorpe & District League (1) 20 10 1 9 45 40 21 6/11
1984/85 Scunthorpe & District League (1) 22 15 0 7 57 36 30 4/12
1983/84 Scunthorpe & District League (2) 22 16 3 3 63 19 35 1/12
1982/83 Scunthorpe & District League (3) 24 19 3 2 96 38 41 1/13
1981/82 Scunthorpe & District League (3) 19 10 3 6 40 35 23 5/12
1979/80 Scunthorpe & District League (2) 24 13 4 7 70 40 30 3/13
1978/79 Scunthorpe & District League (1) 26 3 4 19 28 83 10 14/14
1977/78 Scunthorpe & District League (1) 26 8 6 12 43 51 22 10/14
1976/77 Scunthorpe & District League (1) 25 12 4 9 60 49 28 7/14
1975/76 Scunthorpe & District League (2) 22 18 2 4 90 25 36 2/12
1974/75 Scunthorpe & District League (1) 26 3 3 20 38 77 9 14/14
1973/74 Scunthorpe & District League (1) 26 11 3 12 46 56 25 8/14
1972/73 Scunthorpe & District League (1) 26 8 4 13 63 64 20 12/14
1971/72 Scunthorpe & District League (1) 26 12 3 11 58 38 27 8/14
1970/71 Scunthorpe & District League (2) 26 21 2 3 127 33 44 2/14
1969/70 Scunthorpe & District League (1) 24 6 5 13 31 41 17 13/13
1968/69 Scunthorpe & District League (2) 26 17 4 5 104 38 38 1/14
1967/68 Scunthorpe & District League (2) 26 8 3 15 51 72 19 10/14
1966/67 Scunthorpe & District League (2) 26 9 5 12 63 66 23 10/14
1965/66 Scunthorpe & District League (2) 26 7 3 16 62 82 17 11/14
1964/65 Scunthorpe & District League (1) 24 2 3 19 36 39 7 13/13
1963/64 Scunthorpe & District League (1) 24 8 5 11 52 62 21 8/13
1962/63 Scunthorpe & District League (2) 22 15 5 2 92 48 35 1/12
1961/62 Scunthorpe & District League (2) 26 11 5 10 60 63 27 9/14
1960/61 Scunthorpe & District League (2) 20 13 1 6 78 43 27 3/11
1959/60 Scunthorpe & District League (3) 26 17 2 7 129 53 36 4/14
1953/54 Scunthorpe & District League (3) 25 11 3 12 70 94 25 7/14
1952/53 Scunthorpe & District League (4) 24 15 2 7 100 55 32 4/13
1931/32 Scunthorpe & District League (1) 16 12 3 1 58 39 27 1/9
1930/31 Scunthorpe & District League (1) 24 16 4 4 82 44 36 3/13
1929/30 Scunthorpe & District League (2) 26 23 0 3 109 36 46 1/14

Details courtesy of  A History of Scunthorpe and District Football League

 

Barton Old Boys team members from the 1950s.
Barton Old Boys team members from the 1950s.
(Picture courtesy of Bob Atkin)

The above photograph shows the team in the early 1950s around the time it was reformed. 

The team:
From left to right (top row):- H. Wilkinson, Ibbotson, Thobson, R. Osgerby, Dennis Stone, P. Osgerby, H. Windle, W. Seddon & H. Peeps.
From left to right (middle row):- Bernard Robinson, Ron Leedham & Jeff Plumtree.
From left to right (bottom row):- Herbert Hoodless, Ron Peck, Dennis Field, Chris Towle & Keith Brown.

Barton Old Boys team members for the 1960 season
Barton Old Boys team members for the 1960 season
(Picture courtesy of Bob Atkin)

The above photograph is taken from the Pasture Road football ground and shows the team in 1960 which finished third in division two this season. 

The team:
From left to right (top row):- A. Portass, B. Creasey, G. Chapman, C. Salter (the little lad poking his head above the team), M. Fletcher, J. McIntyre, B. Atkin, M. Such and H. Markham
From left to right (bottom row):- B. Fowler, R. Hildred, T. Stanley, N. Reynolds and P. Gray.

Barton Old Boys team members for the 1961/62 season
Barton Old Boys team members for the 1961/62 season
(Picture courtesy of Bob Atkin)

Again the above photograph is taken from the Pasture Road football ground and shows the team in 1961/62 which finished ninth in the season.

The team:
From left to right (top row):- H. Markham (chairman), Stan Espin, John McIntyre, Bob Atkin, Mick Such, Jeff Plumtree & Ralph Manchester.
From left to right (bottom row):- R. Hildred, M. Fletcher, Tom Stanley, Terry Clark & Barry Fowler.
The young lad sat at the front is David Markham.

Barton Old Boys team members for the 1962/63 season being presented with the New Holland Ambulance Cup.
Barton Old Boys team members for the 1962/63 season being presented with the New Holland Ambulance Cup.
(Picture courtesy of Bob Atkin)

The above photograph shows the team of 1962/63 being presented with the New Holland Ambulance Cup by Dr Tom Kirk.  This season also saw the team win the division two title.

The team:
From left to right:- Mick Fletcher, Brian Creasey, Bob Atkin, Ralph Manchester, Dr Tom Kirk, Barry Gouldthorpe, Howard Sharpe, Tom Starkey, Derick Dickinson, Geoff Castle, Mick Such and John Brailsford.
 

Barton Old Boys team members for the 1968/69 season
Barton Old Boys team members for the 1968/69 season
(Picture courtesy of Bob Atkin)

The above photograph is taken from the Marsh Lane football ground and shows the team in 1968/69 which one division two in this season. 

The team:
From left to right (top row):- T. Stanley, G. Chapman, T. Danson, B. Fowler, C. Leedham, M. Alerton, F. Cook, B. Atkin, H. Dixon, G. Smith, R. Hildred, T. Wingate & M. Fletcher.
From left to right (bottom row):- P. Clipson, D. Hewitt, D. Dickinson, G. Stanley & B. Whiteley.

 

Other Football Teams of Barton from the Past
In my quest to find the history of both Barton Town and Barton Old Boys I came across other football teams in Barton's past.  As yet I have found very little detail of them but as time progresses I hope to acquire further knowledge of all the teams and expand this page. 

Barton United
Barton United of 1966 onwards was established mainly from the Barton Youth Centre, being run by Cec Poulton and Alf Burton of the ACC company.  The team included Melvyn Thurlby, Pete Beadle, Dave Frow, John Stones, Colin Salter, Dave Cann, Gerald Philips, Bruce Clayton, Trevor Codd, Neil Codd, Paul Kirkby, Eric Hilton, Fred Cooke and John Hayes, amongst others.  Barton United were admitted into the Scunthorpe and District Football League in June 1966.  They played in an all-green strip on the Pasture Road football pitches.  In the 1966/67 season Barton United won the Scunthorpe and district Football League Division 3, winning 20 games, drawing 1 and losing 5, scoring 106 goals, conceding 35 goals and amassing 41 points. They played in division 3 between 1966 and 1968.  The 1968/69 season saw them play in division 2 and between 1969 and 1985 they played in division 1.  They resigned from the league in October 1985.  The Barton United reserve team also played in the Scunthorpe and District Football League.  They were admitted in July 1969, playing in division 6 for the 1969/70 season.  they played in division 4 between 1970 and 1973, and division 3 for the 1973/74 season.  Between 1974 and 1976 they played in division 2, before dropping back down to division 3 for the 1976/77 season.  They again dropped down a league to division 4 during 1977 and 1979, and again to division 5 for the 1979-80 season.  They won the Hospital Cup in the 1978/79 season.  They did get back to division 4 between 1980 and 1982, before again finding themselves in division 5 for the 1984/85 season.  They resigned from the league in June 1985.  This Barton United, however, was probably not the same Barton United of the early 1900s. 

The original Barton United must have been around for a very long time as in the 1907/08 season they were big enough to have a junior team.  They were recorded in local newspapers as playing around 1900 onwards and were playing in the local leagues.   They must have ceased as a team before the later team was established.  This would suggest there have been two different Barton United teams at least.

The Barton United Junior team 1907/08
The Barton United Junior team 1907/08
(Picture courtesy of Brian Peeps)

 

Barton United 1909 1910
The Barton United Team of 1909/1910.  Frank Cox is pictured second from the left on the back row.
(Picture courtesy of Chris Cox)

 

Final Statistics for Selected Seasons For Barton United

Season League Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Points Position/Out of
1984/85 Scunthorpe & District League (1) 22 5 3 14 36 69 13 9/12
1983/84 Scunthorpe & District League (1) 20 8 0 12 31 54 16 7/12
1982/83 Scunthorpe & District League (1) 22 7 7 8 37 37 21 7/12
1981/82 Scunthorpe & District League (1) 22 9 3 10 43 48 21 7/12
1980/81 Scunthorpe & District League (1) 22 8 7 7 44 37 23 5/12
1979/80 Scunthorpe & District League (1) 24 6 7 11 37 55 19 10/13
1978/79 Scunthorpe & District League (1) 26 14 4 8 53 33 32 2/14
1977/78 Scunthorpe & District League (1) 26 9 1 16 50 66 19 12/14
1976/77 Scunthorpe & District League (1) 26 13 4 9 62 51 30 6/14
1975/76 Scunthorpe & District League (1) 26 12 2 12 48 50 26 8/14
1974/75 Scunthorpe & District League (1) 25 8 3 14 47 58 19 11/14
1973/74 Scunthorpe & District League (1) 26 8 9 9 74 60 25 7/14
1972/73 Scunthorpe & District League (1) 26 14 4 8 53 39 32 3/14
1971/72 Scunthorpe & District League (1) 26 14 5 7 70 51 33 5/14
1970/71 Scunthorpe & District League (1) 26 11 7 9 64 66 27 8/14
1969/70 Scunthorpe & District League (1) 24 9 5 10 64 57 23 4/13
1968/69 Scunthorpe & District League (2) 26 16 5 5 93 52 37 3/14
1967/68 Scunthorpe & District League (3) 26 20 1 5 106 35 41 1/12
1966/67 Scunthorpe & District League (3) 22 11 5 6 67 43 27 3/12

Details courtesy of  A History of Scunthorpe and District Football League

Other Barton Football Teams of the Past.
There have been a large amount of football teams playing in Barton over the years, especially in the early years when football was just beginning and was becoming very popular.  Barton Church Lads Brigade was a team made up of young men, just as Barton Church Choir, Barton St. John's, National United and Westfield Rovers were.  Barton Athletic, Barton Amatures, Barton Humber Rovers, Barton Rovers, Barton Terriers and Barton Wanderers are all teams who have played in Barton in the past.  Again more work is needed to discover the history of these other teams.

Barton Church Lads Brigade team of the 1913/14 season.
Barton Church Lads Brigade team of the 1913/14 season.
(Picture courtesy of Brian Peeps)
Barton Rovers and Barton Church Lads teams 1914.
Barton Rovers and Barton Church Lads teams 1914.
(Picture courtesy of Brian Peeps)

This page is work-in-progress and merely scratches the surface of what is a fascinating part of Barton's history.  There must be many memories of Barton's football teams in the town so please, if you do have any memories you would like to share, or any pictures/memorabilia you would be willing to let me use, please contact me on webmaster@inbarton.co.uk

Further reading/sources : Football Club History Database : Scunthorpe 7 District Nostalgia September 03, October 04, Spring 04, May 2005, Issue 103.
A History of the Scunthorpe and District Football League by Vic Duke.

A special thank you must go to Bob Atkin who has supplied many photographs and information for the early history of Barton football clubs, especially for Barton Old Boys.  Bob has written his own short version of the history of Barton Old Boys (which I have incorporated above).  If you wish to view the original article click here.  A special thanks also to Nick Lyons for supplying information.  Also, a special thanks to Melvyn Thurley for information regarding the later Barton United team. Some of the information has come from local newspaper reports.  There are too many to list them all here, but if you would like further details please email me.
 

 

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