The Clubs History

Our Clubs History

Halton Farnworth Hornets, when started, was just called Halton Hornets. The name ‘Halton Hornets’ came about from the idea of of the two rugby posts on a field the two H’s, and the connection with Runcorn, where the club sometimes trained, and also had a number of players from. The connection ‘Halton”, Widnes had Halton View and Runcorn had Halton Castle, and the Hornets you may well ask? Well that came from Rochdale Hornets and so the famous club was now named and incorporated – Halton Hornets.


Where it all began

Halton Hornets was founded by our late president of the club Mr David Walsh and one of our former Fund Raising Officer Mr David Oldham.

It was decided to hold the club's meetings, where else but a pub, called the Castle Hotel in Widnes.
Training was ongoing and professional players were helping out suchas the likes of Jim Mills (Widnes), George Nicholls (St Helens), Jimmy Nulty (Wigan) and the late Mick Naughton (pro Referee and founder member of Widnes Tigers). Two coaches were brought in, Tony Karalius a pro at Wigan and later Player/Coach at Leigh, and Bob (Bo) Goulding who was playing for Huyton Professional Club.



First Success

1979 season saw the club's first success in the North West Counties League with our U16's coached by the late Harry Currier winning the League Championship and finishing runners up in the cup.

Halton Hornets became one of the founding members of North West Counties Junior League.


1980 Season

1980 Season and we where unto 5 teams at the club U11s, U12s, U15s, U16s and U17s and this was quite a hectic and exciting time for the club.


Doing The Double

1981/82 season was also a very successful one with the new U9's winning the League and the U16's broke all records in the North West Counties League by winning all their 28 matches and doing the 'double' by winning the cup as well.


New Home For The Hornets

1985/86 season saw Tom Bebbington join the club, Tom was instrumental in taking the club forward in securing Crow Wood Park and changing it into playing fields for the Hornets to use as a base.


More Teams

1992/93 season saw 9 teams at the club: U8's, U9's, U10's, U11's, U12's, U13's, U14's, U15's and U17's.


Very Busy Season

1996/97 was a very busy season with 10 teams no registered and they where U7's, U8's, U9's, U10's, U11's, U12's, U13's, U14's, U15's and U17's.


25th Anniversary

What a way to celebrate our 25th Anniversary and looking forward to the 1999/2000 season and we we're now upto 12 teams! U15 had won again the Premier League Championship for the third time in a row. The U13 won the League Championships, and to start our 25th Anniversary year the U18 team won the N.W.C. League Championship by being unbeaten in 20 League games.


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