Marsden Football Club - Marsden Old Boys
This team was formed originally as Marsden Open Youth Club, joining the District League in 1964-65 and operated by Steve Simmonite (Bobs' father). This was at a time Marsden AFC were still in the SELAL and although in decline had also introduced a Reserve team in the District League. Steve's team had to be content with playing all their games out of the village in the early years as no suitable playing field was available in the village. Their "Home" games were played on pitches at Golcar and Milnsbridge. Subsequently Steve was able to cajole the appropriate people in developing a pitch on spare land behind the cricket club at Hemplow.
Success came in their second season when they became champions of Division 6 in 1965-66. 1967-68 saw a name change to Marsden Old Boys & the introduction of a Reserve team. Progress was such that in 1973-74 they became Division 3 champions, their highest position ever coming the following season when finishing fourth in Division 2. Quite an embarrassment for Marsden AFC who found themselves relegated from Division 4!!
Unfortunately it was to be downhill all the way from then on. In1976-77 they were relegated to Division 3 and by the end of 1982-83 were in a relegation place in Division 4, ironically with Marsden AFC having won promotion from Division 5 as runners-up, due to take their place.