✔847. Shawbridge

Clitheroe 1-1 Bury AFC
FA Cup 3rd Qualifying Round
Saturday 1st October 2022

Clitheroe is a town and civil parish in the Borough of Ribble Valley in Lancashire, near the Forest of Bowland. (population: over 16,000) 

The name is believed to come from the Anglo-Saxon for "Rocky Hill" and was previously called Clyderhow and Cletherwoode. The town's most notable building is Clitheroe Castle, said to be one of the smallest Norman keeps in Britain.

The club was formed as Clitheroe Central in 1891 as a breakaway from the existing Clitheroe Football Club, founded in 1877. After playing in local leagues, they joined the Lancashire Combination in 1903 and at the same time dropped Central from their name. The original club was wound up and left the Lancs Combination in 1910. 

The club was reborn in 1924, then following a season in the North-East Lancashire Combination, rejoined the Lancashire Combination for the 1925-26 season.

Lancashire Combination: 1925 - 1982  

Division 2 Champions 1959-60

Division 1 Champions 1979-80

North West Counties League: 1982 - 2004

Division 3 Champions 1983-84

Division 2 Champions 1984-85

Division 1 Champions 1985–86, 2003–04

Northern Premier League Division 1 (step 4 regions) 2004 - present

The Blues reached the FA Vase final in 1996, losing 3-0 to Brigg Town at the old Wembley Stadium.

The Eco Giant Stadium


Pendle Road




Capacity 2,250

Record Attendance - 2,050 v Mangotsfield FA VAse SF 1995-96

Current NPL Division One West grounds visited 11/20

Clitheroe moved a few hundred yards from Salthill Road to its present home of Shawbridge in 1925. The ground has the main stand, refreshment kiosks and changing room on the dugouts side, with plenty of cover and terracing behind both goals and on the far side. There's also a large TV screen in one corner and plenty of bar facilities. 

Clitheroe 1(Cane 10)

Bury AFC 1(Comber 51)

FA Cup 3rd Qualifying Round 

3pm ko

Att. 1,756


Admission £9

Pin badge £3.50

Coffee ☕ and steak pie(excellent) £4.50

Both clubs go into the pot for tomorrow's 4th Qualifying Round draw after a good competitive cup tie. The Blues got off to a great start when a flicked header fell to Max Cane, who smashed home a right foot volley, but the hosts couldn't get that vital second goal before half time. 

Bury played much better after the break and grabbed an equaliser when a shot from outside the box was met by Connor Comber, who slid the ball home from close range. 

Both teams had chances to win it, but in the end had to settle for a draw, so they'll go again on Wednesday night at Neuven Stadium.


112 drive door-to-door (via A1/A61/A59)

After returning from the United States on Thursday I managed to pull my body clock around and felt fit enough to take a leisurely drive down to Lancashire. Clitheroe has been on my to do list for a long time, so with this being the last weekend of my holidays, it was the ideal time to tick it off, especially with it being for a big FA Cup tie. I was pleased to be amongst the big crowd in attendance for this cup game, but it's a shame I didn't see them reach the 4th Qualifying Round for the first time in their history.

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