Heswall F.C – A club profile on the proud Merseyside non-leaguers
This year the Yellows have their 120th anniversary, this profile examines why they are different from any other non-league outfit.
7 x West Cheshire league champions
7 x Wirral senior cup winners
10 x Wirral amateur cup winners
4 x Pyke cup winners
3 x West Cheshire league bowl winners
2 x Cheshire Amateur cup winners (at least)
Heswall F.C, The Yellows, was founded in 1891 and play their football at the picturesque Gayton Park. The club’s current chairmen are Robbie Matthews and Andy Cass, Cass is also the first team manager alongside coaches Ben Scoffield and Jake Cripps. Ben’s family have a long history at Heswall, his grandfather was involved in the 1960’s whilst his father Alan played over 700 times for the club. The reserve team manager is Nathan Brooks, his assistant is Dave Hird. The West Cheshire League is the division that they operate in.
The Gayton Park club certainly plays its part in improving the community, if you ever have the pleasure of coming to this ground you can enter the clubhouse where meetings take place and spectators can grab a pint and something to eat. On the pitch, every summer there are games played for the Alzheimer’s society. On the side of the pitch sees the only stand being named after a local guy who fairly recently passed away ‘The Ron Wells Stand’. The Well’s family is still prominent throughout the well-established club, Ron’s son and grandson being heavily involved with every vital subject matter.
In these unprecedented times, when reading the news you often see the lack of food that working-class families have and are greeted by the great work that Marcus Rashford has done in communication with the Government for families like the one he grew up in. Heswall Football Club has, for a long time now, opened its doors for food bank collections. The club’s work has been appreciated by the Wirral Foodbank Collection, awarded with a certificate.
However, on the pitch, it is fair to say that Heswall is successful in its own right. Last season, a campaign that was unfortunately brought to a halt by the COVID-19 pandemic, saw the Yellows win the West Cheshire League Bowl. As seen above, as well, they have won a good amount of non-league trophies including being named champions of the first division on an impressive seven occasions.
Furthermore, if the class that the club has needs to be put on show again then you mustn’t look any further than the story involving young Rory. The little man takes pleasure in being a ‘groundhopper’ with his dad and as Gayton Park was his 50th stadia visit, a plaque was made for him by those that knew of his story by the club.
Heswall F.C, the Yellows, a non-league side like no other.