National Conference League
Bradford Dudley Hill 46
Saddleworth Rangers 10
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Originally formed after the First World War, the club was re-established in 1948, and since 2006 Dudley Hill has proudly played in the National Conference League ever since.
The 1973 season turned out to be a tipping point in Dudley Hill's history which saw them start their long climb to the very pinnacle of the amateur game. Hill’s ambition was realised in 1987 when Hill gained membership of the 12-team inaugural National Conference League. Along the way from 1979 until 1992 Dudley Hill won every trophy available to them at local level, Regional and National levels.
As I arrived I was welcomed to wonderful vistas across Yorkshire.
The name of the ground came as a result of a major tragedy, which affected the development of the club. It has to be said that this tragedy kick-started the club and inspired key members to accelerate development in the memory of Neil Hunt. December 1976 was the month and year that Neil Hunt was to lose his life as a result of an accident on the field of play. Neil suffered a broken neck in a one-on-one tackle, a freak accident that we hope we have never to experience again. Neil was 16 years old and was making his way in what was becoming a very promising career that was tragically terminated . His picture still hangs proudly in the Clubhouse today. In 1993 they were able to fulfil a long dream by being able to install floodlights and improve the club house facilities including the addition of new changing rooms as a result of a generous grant from the sports council.
I was given a warm welcome by the Club's Staff and was made to feel at home very quickly.
There was smiles all round by the loyal followers of Dudley Hill and they were only too pleased to help the visitor who ever they were. In the end the game became a bit one sided as the hosts took early control and a comfortable victory was already in the bag by half time.
It goes with out saying that a trip to Bradford Dudley Hill comes with my warmest recommendation.
Please do not be concerned about my recent rugby league trips as next week i am back to football in one of the most beautiful areas of our country , namely Cumbria.