Colne Football Club, nicknamed “The Reds,” is a non-league football club based in Colne, Lancashire.
Established in 1970, they currently compete in the NWCFL Premier Division, which is part of the ninth tier of English football. The team calls Holt House their home ground.
Colne F.C. was established in January 1996, taking over the Holt House Stadium for its home games, previously used by the Dynamoes. The club’s first competitive match ended in a defeat, but it didn’t take long for them to record their first victory. Under the management of various individuals over the years, including a significant appointment of Nigel Coates in 2002, the club experienced a resurgence. Notably, the 2003/04 season was remarkable for Colne, as they won their division by a comfortable margin, secured the Division Two Trophy, and had an impressive run in the FA Vase, reaching the semi-finals.
The subsequent years saw Colne F.C. continuing to strive for success, with notable achievements including a league title in the 2015-16 season and a historic high in the 2016-17 season by finishing in a playoff position at level 4 for the first time. The club experienced managerial changes, with Steve Cunningham taking over in 2013 and leading the team to several successful seasons, including playoff appearances and competitive league finishes. Despite the challenges, including the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, which nullified the 2019/20 season, the club showed resilience and ambition.
In the more recent years, Colne F.C. faced difficulties, including a relegation in the 22/23 season amidst off-pitch turmoil and managerial changes.
Former players and managers elsewhere in the non-league pyramid