The season opened in August with a President's XI v Huddersfield Town XI organised by Brian Shears to raise funds for the club. Town won 8-1, The likes of the retired Roy Ellam, Jimmy McGill, Steve Smith, Bob Wallis and Steve Kindon aided by some apprentices proved far to good for Brian Shears, Geoff Lodge, Duncan Matley, Jonathon Pigford and Bob Simmonite. It was young Nick Howe who scored for Marsden.
On Sunday 2nd March 1986 Steven David Simmonite's Testimonial match took place at Fall Lane between a team from the club and a Representative District League XI. Marsden won 2-1 in front of a large crowd who had turned up to pay their tribute to Steve who had been at the forefront of local amateur football for over 30 years, in particular in Marsden where he lived. Failing health over the past six months had meant him having to take things easier. Steve was small in stature but a giant for the club.
Continuing success came again on the field, the First team just failed to make it a hat trick of promotions missing out by one place. The Reserves did well in their first season in the top division to finish fourth but went one better in the Richardson Cup beating Golcar 1-0 in the final at Brook Motors with a Tony Cross goal. Outstanding amongst others was Johnny Joyce, still playing in the Under 16 team.
Not to be outdone the 'A' team gained promotion as joint runners-up of Division IV whilst the Works Team did well to finish mid table in their first year in the top flight. The Juniors enjoyed mixed fortune with the 12s and 14s both finishing third bottom but the 16s, third in the league, went on to lift the League Cup beating Wyke 6-1 at ICI. Captain Matthew Dalton received the trophy from Trevor Cherry.