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With the England football team on their way to the Semi Finals of the Euros 2024, Football fever has hit the Whitaker Museum and Art Gallery!

We had a look into our collection and found two Rossendale United programmes from 1949-50 season and 1950-51 season these programmes were printed by the club at the end of the respective seasons to document the events of that season.

Rossendale United was founded in 1898, with their first competitive fixture being played on the 3rd of September 1898 against Oswaldtwistle Rovers. The team soon became famous for their blue and white striped kits which became well recognisable around the local area.

The programme from the 1949-50 season in which Rossendale United struggled to a disappointing finish of 18th, discusses how the team was lacking a main centre forward for the majority of the season and this was seen as a key reason for their poor performances, (if only they had Harry Kane!)

In the 1950-51 season with the team were again struggling and finished in 19th place narrowly escaping relegation from the Lancashire combination league. The programmes give us a really interesting insight into the team, highlighting the players and in this season, Johnny Clark from Liverpool is mentioned.

Things did improve for the stags with them finishing second to Accrington Stanley second eleven in the 1954-55 season however this was their last taste of success in this division with them being relegated the very next season.

More recently, the club were hit with financial issues and the team’s stadium Dark Lane burned down in 2012. There is hope for Rossendale football fans however as there is still Rossendale FC that play out of marl pits.

Good luck to the England Team today in their semi- finals play-off!

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