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Ossett Town >> 2008/09 >> Rough Guide > Ossett Town

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Prospect Road
West Yorkshire

Matchday prices: Adults – £7
Concessions – £4
Kids under 16 – £1

Who the hell are Ossett Albion?
Ossett Town Football Club was founded in 1936 after a public meeting involving a number of local dignitaries and, naturally, a fine spread of pickles, jams, sheep entrails and boiled hedgehogs. Because that’s what they used to eat in pre-rationing Yorkshire, of course.

The man charged with providing the town with a club it could be proud of was an ex-referee called John Carter. Carter remained the central figure at Ossett until his death, aged 88, many years later in 1994, and fans still remember his unswerving – and sadly very rare - loyalty and dedication to the club with the sort of fondness that is only ever reserved for indisputable legends.

Seeking their first competitive home in 1936, the newly formed club initially entered the local Leeds League. The Leeds League was unique in that every single competing club was required to fulfil a number of criteria to be eligible for membership. Clubs were required to:-

(a) Demonstrate that they were owned by an autocratic, white-bearded fanatic
(b) Prove that at least 96.3% of their fans were deluded, self-pitying, placard-brandishing nutcases with an abnormal understanding of the definition of ‘justice’
(c) Agree, without right of appeal, to a deduction of an arbitrary number of points for ‘financial irregularities’ prior to every season.

Eventually, much to the delight of its member clubs, the Leeds League eventually vanished and was re-branded as the West Yaaarkshire League in 1939. After the might of the Third Reich had been crushed by the stern resolve of the Allied powers in 1945, Ossett celebrated by switching from the West Yaaaaarkshire League to simply the Yaaaarshire League, home to the ‘A’ teams of Leeds, Sheffield United, a sheep, Sheffield Wednesday, a Yorkshire pudding, some faggots, Barnsley, a flat cap and, um, Doncaster Rovers. They achieved their highest finish in that division in 1950 – third place – on the back of 120 goals.

After bouncing between the top two divisions of the Yaaaarkshire League for a number of seasons, Ossett became the reluctant founders of a new division three – the equivalent of the crap subs of a crap Sunday league team being told to go train by themselves. After an abortive attempt to escape the bottom rung resulted in immediate relegation back to division three, Ossett managed successive promotions to division one in 1978.

They lasted two years before being relega- you’ve stopped reading haven’t you?

Claims to fame

We'll level with you: we've found zip for the club. So, back to the town. Well, The Cribs hail from Ossett, and we're not sure whether that's a good or a bad thing. impsTALK will admit to owning one of their albums, purchased in our 'laddish indie band' days. We're into Japanese jazz-folk-hop-metal now.

Oh, yeah. Gail from Corrie was born in Ossett. Not Ashton? Weird.

Last three seasons
2007/2008 – 18th in Northern Premier
2006/2007 – 10th in Northern Premier
2005/2006 – 11th in Northern Premier

Where do they keep getting caught offside?
At the time of their formation, Ossett used a pitch behind the Fern House Working Mens Club but when war broke out in 1939 the army commandeered the premises and instructed Ossett to do one. The club obligingly vacated and pitched up at Brick Lane.

In 1959 Ossett moved to a new site in Ingfield, close to the centre of the town, with the proceeds of the sale of Derrick Blackburn to Swansea Town for the grand total of £1,350. The club still reside at the site, but the ground has seen extensive redevelopment and improvements over the years, most notably in the late 1980s when the pitch was re-laid, floodlights installed and new dressing room and leisure facilities constructed.

What's Ossett like?

Ossett is in ‘border country’, a moniker used by local historians to describe the fuzzy grey area between the pits and the wool mills. Ossett had both, and lost both as Britain moved to a call centre economy in the 20th century, although the town still boasts three working textile mills today.

The pits, however, are all closed. The most infamous of the derelict pits is Low Laithes, which closed in 1926. Within weeks of its closure, its workings were completely flooded by groundwater, only to be inadvertently breached decades later by miners working at the face of Lofthouse Colliery. Seven miners were lost in the catastrophic flood. Only one body was ever recovered. Try making a witty joke out of that.


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