The Story Of Mill Hill Football Club

Posted on: July 30th, 2018 | by Jamie Knight | No Comments

“The story behind Mill Hill Football Club. The club was formed in in 1986 when a Legendary name in local football Griffin Celtic changed its venue and name to Kings Inn a local pub in the popular and community area of Mill Hill Blackburn.

At the helm of Griffin Celtic were two devoted football people Colin Brennan and Bill Cosgrove with a young ambitious manager Graham Shackleton. Kings Inn attracted young talented players from all over Mill Hill and with it a strong community support and following. Graham had an ambition to build the club further with a vision to acquire their own ground and club house with this in mind he looked for a club secretary who matched his drive and ambition this brought Pete Fryer to the club and between them started to develop the club into a very well respected unit both on and off the field, with it the club changed its name to Mill Hill in 1996 and with it developing a junior section which proved so successful formed its own junior committee and became self financing while the senior team went on to build two open age Saturday teams and a Sunday team.

In 2oo4 Graham and Pete successfully acquired the clubs present home of Griffin ground which has been central in the success of the club and developing the clubs community ethos further. Both Saturday teams have had success but the Sunday side put the club firmly on the map in terms of success winning 13 league titles since 1997-98, 7 league cups and 2 Lancashire Football Association cup victories in 2004-2005 and 2011-2012 a year that the club created history in claiming the treble a feat never matched since.

Of course behind every successful club are a hard working committee, Both Colin Brennan and Bill Costello became honorary life members, Graham Shackleton is club President while Pete Fryer is the club secretary and groundsman with 28 years standing with the club, but as is the tradition with our great club the committee has a strength with many old players staying on to drive the club forward, but Mill Hill Football club are more than a community sports club we are a family. The clubs motto Pride Loyalty Passion we are very proud of the Mill Hill Football club story we hope you like it too.”

Bill Maynard – Chairman

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