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Objection to Houses on Dark Lane Part 3
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Objection to Houses on Dark Lane Part 3

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Ref 7 Notes to Editors by Maze Planning Solutions

6. Rossendale United was expelled from the Vodkat League at the end of
the 2009/2010 (not true see above) season because funds were not available to pay the entry and registration fee for the 2010/2011 season (should read 2011/12 season despite the promises of Andrew Connolly to pay the entry fees. In addition the Club was penalised for failing to fulfil the fixture again Runcorn Linnets on 22nd February 2011 because the water was cut off after Andrew Connolly failed to pay the Water Rates. This failure by Connolly resulted in the resignation of the Football Club’s Voluntary Board) and to cover the costs of a playing campaign.

7. The football club has significant tax debts (the responsibility of Andrew Connolly) which are incurring interest until such time as they are cleared. The club has no income. The only remaining asset is the Dark Lane ground. (owned by Rossendale United Holdings, not Rossendale United FC Ltd)

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Some significant historical notes relating to the history of Rossendale United.
(source – Wikipedia) See
Notes added by me in Bold Italics.

ir first competitive fixture took place on 3 September 1898 which ended in a 3–1 home win over Oswaldtwistle Rovers with Jack Read having the honour of scoring the clubs first ever goal. Part way through their first season, Rossendale were invited to take over the fixtures of Darwen Reserves in the Lancashire Combination, as they had withdrawn from the League. The club took up the offer, but struggled at the higher level of competition winning just two games out of 17 played. Ground rented from Colonel Bolton
1899–1900 brought a third new League, and the first silverware to the club. The Central Lancashire League Championship was won at the first attempt, a feat that would have been repeated the following season but for teams withdrawing part way through the competition meaning the loss of vital points which were to prove costly at the end.
In 1901–02 Rossendale United began their long association with the Lancashire Combination. The club played in the League for 69 years until they left to join the Cheshire County League in 1970. Success was spread pretty thin on the ground during those years, one Division One Championship win in 1926–27, Runners-Up in 1954–55 and a Division Two Championship in 1956–57 being the only League success. In 1933, a 999 year lease was obtained for £450 from Colonel Bolton and the ownership was vested in Rossendale United Holding Company subject to a Rossendale Football Club Constitution including a provision that the Holding Company must allow Rossendale United to play on the ground, or if the Club did not want to continue to use the ground, it had to be offered to any suitable sporting organisation within 5 miles of St Nicholas’s Church.
The Combination Cup was also won twice, in 1929 and 1944, with Rossendale bringing home the Lancashire Junior Cup in 1912 thanks to a 2–1 win over Eccles Borough in the Final. It was also during that time the clubs greatest ever goal scorer, Bob Scott, played for Rossendale United. Between 1959 and 1964 he netted 223 goals in just 203 appearances, including an astonishing 72 goals in the 1959–60 season.
It was when the club left the Combination for the Cheshire League in 1970 - combined with the arrival of manager Les Rigby - that success started to come. The Championship was won at the first attempt in 1970–71, with Runners-Up spot claimed in 1971–72 and 1973–74. Eight other trophies were to arrive at Dark Lane in just five seasons. The Cheshire League Cup, Cheshire League Challenge Shield, Lancashire Floodlit Trophy (twice), Lancashire Floodlit League, Lancashire Junior Cup and Ashworth Cup (twice) were won by arguably the greatest Rossendale United side of all time. There were also two memorable FA Cup runs in the early seventies. The Second Round was reached in 1971–72 before defeat by Bolton Wanderers in front of 12,000 at Gigg Lane brought the run to an end. The other was in 75–76 when Shrewsbury Town claimed a controversial 1–0 win in the First Round to sneak through.
The cup run of 75–76 proved to be the last throw of the dice from that successful side as financial difficulties struck the club hard. Matters came to a head in February 1978 when the players walked out the night before the home game against would be Champions Marine. A scratch side managed to score two goals, the only problem being that Marine managed to score 14.
The club staged something of a recovery at the start of the eighties as Glyn Watson managed to bring some respectability back to the side. Trouble wasn’t far away though, and 1981–82 brought a high court battle for the club’s Dark Lane home. The litigation centered on the application of the 1933 constitution. During this time Rossendale United played their home games at Droylsden, and despite all the problems had their most successful season for a number of years. They finished fifth in the League and embarked on an FA Trophy run which took them to the Second Round before losing 1–0 at Slough Town.
In 1982 Rossendale United became founder members of the North West Counties League, and were placed in the Second Division on ground grading. Promotion to their rightful place in Division One was achieved in 1985–86 when they finished Runners-up to Kirkby Town. This proved to be the start of another successful period in the clubs history. 1986–87 brought a comfortable mid table finish, plus an eventful FA Vase run which eventually ended in Round Five at Emley.
NWCFL Division One Runners-Up spot was claimed in 1987–88, Rossendale losing out to Colne Dynamoes on goal difference for the title. They went one better the season after, claiming the Championship and setting a couple of League records on the way. They remained unbeaten in the League until February, a run spanning 22 games, and set a new points record of 56 from just 34 matches (in the days of two points for a win). With the title came promotion to the Northern Premier League First Division and a respectable mid-table finish in their first season.
1990–91 proved to be the start of the decline as the club struggled both on and off the pitch. The extra cost of the higher League, combined with falling gates and increasingly poor performances on the field led to the inevitable relegation back to the NWCFL in 1992–93. The club’s final season in the NPL was a shambles. Three managers failed to halt the slide as the campaign ended with 18 straight defeats in the club’s worst ever season.
Back in the NWCFL for the 1993–94 season, the club spent heavily to try to gain an immediate return to the NPL. Atherton LR pipped them to promotion as Rossendale finished Runners-up. They did however win the Challenge Cup, beating St Helens Town 1–0 in a drab Final at Gigg Lane. The cost of that season had a tremendous effect on the club. With little or no money, the facilities at Dark Lane fell into disrepair, as the team struggled to avoid relegation.
Rossendale United celebrated their centenary season in 1998–99, and until new owners (Andrew Connolly) took over at the end of the campaign, it could well have been the last season in the club’s history.
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