Crest of Leek Town Football Club

Leek Town

The Blues

Leek Town Football Club, nicknamed “The Blues,” is a non-league football club based in Leek, Staffordshire.

Established in 1946, they currently compete in the Pitching In Northern Premier League Division One West, which is part of the eighth tier of English football. The team calls Harrison Park their home ground.

Leek Town FC’s modern history began in 1946 as Leek Lowe Hamil, progressing from the Leek and Moorlands League to the Staffordshire County League, where they achieved an undefeated championship win in 1949/50. Renamed Leek Town in 1951/52, they won the Manchester League championship in their first season. After fluctuating between leagues, they settled back into the Staffordshire County League.

Key developments occurred in 1968, including ground improvements and success in local leagues. Geoff Harrison, the namesake of Harrison Park, was the chairman during this period. The club joined the Cheshire League in 1973/74, winning the championship soon after and later becoming founding members of the North West Counties League in 1982.

Promotion to the Northern Premier League in 1987 marked a significant rise, with manager Neil Baker leading them to the Premier Division in 1989/90 and to the FA Trophy final at Wembley. Despite a strong performance in the 1993/94 season, financial issues led to a move to the Southern League, followed by a return to the Northern Premier League and eventual promotion to the Conference in 1996/97.

The early 2000s were challenging, with relegations and a rebuild of the team. The club saw fluctuating fortunes under various managers, including a return and success under Neil Baker, culminating in a strong performance in the 2019/20 season before the COVID-19 pandemic curtailed their promotion hopes.