On The Road With The Blues – Parkgate FC

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A Brief History

The club began life in 1969 when a team of men from the Wire Department of a steel firm decided to form a football team. This was called BSC (British Steel Corporation) Parkgate. A change of ownership of the company caused the club to change its name to RES (Rotherham Engineering Steels) Parkgate in 1990 with the current name being adopted in 1994.

The Leagues

Hatchard – 1970-72 – Champions 1972
Sheffield Association – 1972-74 – Best 6th 1973
Yorkshire – 1974-82 – Best 6th (Div 2) 1980, 1982
Norther Counties East – 1982 to Date – Best 2nd 2011

Last Five Seasons

Season League Position FA Cup FA Vase
2013-14 NCEI-Prem 18th EPR 2
2014-15 NCEL-Prem 16th EPR 1Q
2015-16 NCEL-Prem 17th EPR 1Q
2016-17 NCEL-Prem 17th PR 1Q
2017-18 NCEL-Prem 21st (Relegated) PR 2Q

Parkgate first entered the FA Cup in 1997 with the first tie being a 2-0 victory over Nantwich Town in the Preliminary Round. The Steelmen were knocked out of the competition in the Second Qualifying Round when they lost 2-0 to Belper Town in a Replay. This remains the furthest that Parkgate have gone in the competition – a feat that was equalled the following season.

The Last Six Matches

In addition to the above matches Parkgate have also lost home League matches to Nostell Miners Welfare and Swallownest but defeated Sandbach United 2-0 in the FA Cup. They lie in 19th position in the NCEL Division One with 1 point from 5 games.

Goal Scorers (All Competitions)

4 – Fox (1p), 2 – Bagley, Brissett, 1 – Szanto, Whittaker, Simpson, Khalifa

The Ground

Parkgate play at:

Roundwood Sports Complex
Green Lane
Rawmarsh
S62 6LA

Distance from Harrison Park – 52.6 miles

The complex also comprises a golf course and the training facilities for Rotherham United.

The football stadium is largely uncovered but there is a seating area for approximately 150 behind the goal at the Turnstile End. There is also cover for another 150 near to the dugouts. The spectator area is elevated above the pitch. There is a licensed clubhouse and a refreshment bar.

Admission is: Adults £5, Concessions £3

Average attendance for the season so far this season is 84.

Time to Spare?

• Parkgate Shopping Outlet is nearby for a variety of food and discount outlets. It was built on the site of Park Gate Iron and Steel
• Rawmarsh St Mary’s Parish Church contains some interesting 17th Century monuments
• Parkgate pumping station is a Newcomen engine house built in 1823
• Parkgate and Rawmarsh railway station and surrounding streets were used as locations for the 1958 film “Tread Softly Stranger”. Its star – Diana Dors – was the partner of Milton-born actor Alan Lake.

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