Glossop North End Association Football Club, nicknamed “The Hillmen,” is a non-league football club based in Glossop, Derbyshire.
Established in 1970, they currently compete in the NWCFL Premier Division, which is part of the ninth tier of English football. The team calls Surrey Street their home ground.
Glossop North End, established in 1886, initially engaged in amateur friendly matches before turning professional in 1894 and joining the Football League by 1898. They achieved their only First Division appearance in the 1899-1900 season but were relegated after one season and struggled in the Second Division thereafter. Their early years featured fluctuating league performances and a significant FA Cup run in 1908-1909, with their history marked by financial and competitive ups and downs, including a notable involvement from Sir Samuel Hill-Wood, who later had a significant role at Arsenal.
Post-World War I, Glossop experienced various league changes and financial struggles, with notable achievements in the Manchester League and sporadic successes in regional competitions through the mid-20th century. Their centenary in 1986 featured a celebratory match against Arsenal, reflecting historical ties. The club faced severe financial difficulties in 1990-91, nearly folding, but was revived under new leadership, later achieving modest league success and participating in cup competitions, reflecting a resilient community presence despite ongoing challenges.
Entering the 21st century, Glossop North End navigated through league restructurings, management changes, and notable cup runs, including a memorable FA Vase final appearance at Wembley in 2009. They saw managerial turnover and fluctuating league performances but remained a competitive presence in lower-tier English football, with the 2014-15 season marking a significant high with league and cup success.