25 May 2018 in News
We are thrilled to announce that Wythenshawe Town have been accepted into the Hallmark Security League for the 2018/19 season.
Achieving Step 6 football for the first time in the club’s history has been a long-term aim for Town and is a reward for the hard work throughout the last few seasons both on and off the pitch. Having entered the Cheshire League in Division Two in 2014 after 40 years in the Manchester League, Wythenshawe Town were writing headlines immediately; going a full season unbeaten is not easy at any level but Town achieved exactly this to earn promotion at the first time of asking. Ericstan Park has become home to an established team in the Cheshire Football League Premier Division with all visitors knowing they will have to work hard to leave with any points at all.
Chairman Kenny Hope has been instrumental in achieving this aim. He commented, "Promotion is confirmed. It's a very proud day for Wythenshawe Town now we are a semi-professional football club. Just four seasons ago we lay in Division 2 of the Cheshire Football League. It's truly amazing all the work, passion, desire and commitment by so many fantastic people to get us here and it's been an absolute joy to be part of this wonderful group of volunteers here at the club."
The League, which is also known as the North West Counties, is undergoing a restructure this season to reduce the distances teams are required to travel and to implement the FA decision that all Divisions below Step 3 will be formed of 20 clubs. This involves the formation of a North and South Division underneath the Premier Division, mirroring the structure of both the Northern Premier League and the National League. To do this, the Hallmark Security League needed to increase the number of teams within their divisions providing an intriguing opportunity for clubs such as Wythenshawe Town.
When looking through the provisional league, there is one fixture that stands out. Next season will see the Town take on neighbours Wythenshawe Amateurs in what is sure to be an intense derby fixture for both newcomers to Semi-Professional football. A town with the footballing heritage of Wythenshawe has been crying out for this level of football meaning this match is sure to attract plenty of attention.
Town are not the only Cheshire League team to make the step up, with Rylands and Linotype Cheadle-Heath Nomads also joining the newly formed Hallmark Security League South. However, there will be plenty of new challenges for Town next term. Trips to established clubs such as Maine Road and Stockport Town will provide compelling tests for the team on this venture into Semi-Professional football.
It is an exiting prospect for the club to be entering the Hallmark Security League. We would like to thank the Cheshire League for their support over the past few years and the friends we have made in one of the best Step 7 leagues around.
However, the 2018/19 season can’t come quickly enough for everyone involved with Wythenshawe Town as we enter the most exciting season in the club’s history.
The feelings of everyone associated with the club were summed up perfectly by Hope, "An achievement to be very, very proud of. Thank you."