AFC Emley

FA Cup Extra Prelim Round 
AFC Emley 2 
Ashton Athletic 1
Gate £6
Atten 186


An excellent afternoon spent high up on Emley Moor in the shadows of the transmitting station. FA Cup fever had again started with the locals.
The original Emley AFC's history stretches back as far as 1903. They were somewhat successful in Yorkshire non-league football over the years, winning several championships but were perhaps most famous for their FA Cup run in the later part of the 1990s which saw them playing against West Ham United. That famous day back in Jan '98 the whole of the village had made its way to East London and the unthinkable nearly happened. Watch it HERE

Todays match was played in sunshine , light rain showers, and strong winds of which both teams found hard to adapt to in the first half. Shooting down the slope and with the wind behind them in the second half Emley scored two quick goals. But fair play to Ashton Athletic they fought back and made the last ten minutes tense, especially for those in claret and blue. 

An excellent tea hut was in operation today serving a bumper crowd with delicous home made meat and potato pie , mushy peas and gravy. The famous Emley Mixed Grill Raffle was also in operation but sadly a smaller platter than when i visited four years ago. An excellent colour programme with few adverts and with lots of information sold out early. Probably one of the best programmes i have seen at a non league club for a very long time. The modern bar displaying memorabillia from their famous day out in East London in '98 hangs proudly for all to see, was a hive of activity. A plethora of hoppers were also in attendence which always boosts the attendence.

Cup matches played on a Sunday at Emley have a special atmosphere - simply superb ! 

Ground Enjoyment 10/10 



  1. Welcome back!! One of my favourite blogs which captures the heart of the game. Cheers!!

  2. Another ground full of character in the north of England! Excellent stuff, as always, Mr OB :-)