The club was founded in 1946 as the North Withington Amateur Football Club and was the
idea of some young men who attended St. Crispin’s Church on Hart Road in Fallowfield. The
first committee was held in the lounge of a house in Garswood Road, Fallowfield and in
attendance was Eric Renard, Brian Honeysett and others. Stan Hahn became involved much
later, but then totally immersed himself in the club.
The club first played in the South Manchester & Wythenshawe League (1946 - 1958) and were
subsequently transferred to the Lancashire & Cheshire Amateur league (1958 - 1972). It was
in 1972 the club applied and were accepted into the Manchester league, when up until 1974
all games of football were played at Hough End Field, Princess Road, Withington.
In June 1974, under the helm of Chairman Billy Moore, the club’s headquarters were moved
from the Princess Hotel in Withington to the newly acquired ground at Timpson Road, Baguley,
M23 9LL where three pre-fabricated houses were purchased and turned into a clubhouse with
a bar, kitchen and changing facilities. After numerous discussions, it was decided to name the
ground after the residing Chairman (Stan Hahn) and the Club Secretary (Eric Renard) out of
respect, honouring them as founding members, hence the name Ericstan Park. And it was at
this point, the club decided to design a new badge incorporating a cockerel and a fox; the
cockerel related to founding member Stanley Hahn (the German for cockerel is Hähnchen) and
the fox to founding member Eric Renard (the French for fox is Renard), to forever recognise
the club’s founding members.
In 2014 and under new Chairman Kenny Hope, the club transferred to the Cheshire League
Division 2 and went on to become history-makers, making national headlines as they won
every single league and Cup game, 39 games in total, earning the side the title, ‘The
Invincibles.’ Back to back promotions on their debut in the Cheshire League, and with a
working partnership in place with professional football club Fleetwood Town, the club set their
sights firmly on bringing semi-professional football to the club for the first time in history.
That ambition came to realisation at the end of the 2017/18 season after two seasons in the
Cheshire Premier League when the club secured promotion to Step 6 and the Hallmark
Security North West Counties League South Division, heralding a new era at the club.
There were further changes at the beginning of 2019 when Chris Eaton took over as Chairman
with a promise to put the club on a sound business footing. Promotion was narrowly missed at
the end of the season but with Manager James Kinsey and his coaching team in charge the
club looked forward to the new campaign with optimism.
The optimism proved well-founded as the club showed its confidence in the players and
management team was justified with some remarkable highlights and a run in the league that
left them in third place and looking forward to a future in the next level.
Their greatest run of success was in the FA Vase where a series of victories against Goole
Town, Nostell Miners Welfare, Skelmersdale United and Northwich Victoria saw them matched
against competition favourites big-spending Consett Town. A draw at home saw Wythenshawe
visit the North-East for the replay but the FA’s experimental rule-change for the competition
saw the team short of six players while their opponents had a full squad to choose from. Even
so it was a narrow one-nil defeat that saw their visions of Wembley come to an end.
The highlight of the season was a remarkable two-one away victory over high flying National
League North stars Curzon Ashton in the Frank Hannah Manchester Senior Cup and their last
game before the season was brought to an end by COVID-19 was in the semi-final of the