When Steve Hill decided to hang up his boots in 1989 he had no idea how quickly he’d be back involved in football. Ladybridge chairman Steve Hill formed the club’s first team in 1989 for his sons and their friends.
But it wasn’t always this glamorous.
“Two of my kids asked me in 1989 if I would organise a team for them and their friends,” Steve told ladybridgefc.co.uk
“We were able to secure Ladybridge Lane, where we still train today, but it was a dilapidated field with no changing rooms or protection from the stables down there!
“Would you believe our very first strip came from Bolton market!”
The following season saw the inclusion of another team but it wasn’t until the club’s third term that Steve realised where his true ambitions lay.
“1992 was definitely the turning point for this club,” says Steve.
“We were due to take part in a football tournament in Blackpool but a local family, who had just returned from living in Holland, put us in contact with an amateur Dutch side called Marvilde.
“We decided instead to take the kids across to Holland for their first taste of European football!
“Once I’d seen the facilities that Marvilde had for their young players, I decided that this was exactly the type of thing I wanted to set up because the facilities in Bolton were woefully inadequate.”
The club grew steadily in numbers during the 1990s and enthusiasm levels among parents, children and volunteers were high. But it wasn’t all plain-sailing for Steve and Ladybridge F.C.
“1992 to 1997 was a very frustrating period because we couldn’t get hold of an appropriate piece of land to develop,” Steve says.
“But with the help of local councillors we eventually secured a plot of land in Lostock, which we have been developing from 2000 to the present.
In 2002 the club built its clubhouse at St Johns Wood Lostock including 6 changing rooms, toilet facilities, fully equipped kitchen social room and store rooms along with a full sized grass surface and car park. These new facilities gave the club the confidence to increase participation and additional teams were formed.
The club has won the Lancashire County Cup on 2 occasions and numerous junior and youth cup finals.
In 2013 the club converted its grass surface into an artificial surface and has never looked back as the surface provides all the year end use and telescopic floodlights were installed in 2015 providing the club with quality facilities to be proud of.
There are plans to continuously improve the clubs assets over the coming years as well growth of girls and womens football.
As we look back so much has been achieved and looking forward so much to look forward to.