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Quorn's Football History

Based in the village of Quorn, near Leicester, now playing in Midland Football League Premier.

The origins of Quorn Football Club can be traced back to 1924 when a group of local lads from the Village Wesleyan Chapel formed a football team. In 1937 the Club, then known as Quorn Methodists gained access to the Leicestershire Senior League with a final name change to Quorn Football Club taking place in 1952.

Throughout its history Quorn FC has consistently been a high flyer among Leicestershire’s senior teams, producing several players that have progressed to higher levels of excellence. Jackie Lee a Centre Forward went on to play for Leicester City and Derby County becoming an international, when he played for England v Ireland and scored. Richie Barker, who went on to play for Derby County and Notts County later managed Stoke City, Dion Dublin, who enjoyed a great playing career joining Manchester United, Aston Villa, Coventry, Leicester City, and Norwich as well as playing for England.

In recent times Luke Varney, who was sold by the Club to Crewe Alexandra FC, and who developed into one of their most exciting players scoring 25 goals for them in the 2006/7 season, his quality was then recognised by Charlton Athletic who signed him for £2.5 Million in July 2007. Luke is currently playing for Leeds United after his time at Portsmouth and spells at Derby County and a season long loan period for Blackpool in the Premiership.

The club joined the Leicestershire Senior League. Immediately after World War II they played in the Central Division, and then from 1948 in Division 2 after a league re-organisation.

Quorn won this division in 1950 and then followed up by winning the first division the following season. Over the next fifty years the club moved up and down between the divisions on four separate occasions, finally cementing their place in the renamed Premier Division in the late 1990s, before claiming the league title, and with it promotion to the Midland Alliance in 2001. In 2003 the club was the only one at its level to sell a player to a Football League team, when Luke Varney moved to Crewe Alexandra for £50,000. Dion Dublin also once played for the club.

In 1998 Newcastle United trained at the club's ground whilst staying in the area. Management asked if Alan Shearer would be willing to be photographed wearing Quorn's number 9 shirt, which he was, but unfortunately the shirt itself was unavailable as it was at the launderette at the time.

Over the years Quorn Football Club has played at several grounds in and around the village, but it was in 1960 that it relocated to Warwick Avenue, there it enjoyed the reputation of always providing good hospitality and due to the pitch’s natural drainage, games were very seldom called off. Quorn moved to its present ground on Farley Way in 1994 with the establishment of a new modern Clubhouse large enough to cater for the demands of a progressive Football Club both on and off the field, a football pitch with a playing surface that is second to none, and a large Astroturf training area. Driven by the Club’s ambition to have a ground satisfying the facility criteria of Leagues at a higher level in the Football Pyramid, the following 14 years has seen remarkable progress, with the development of a 350 Seat Grandstand, built with the potential of increasing it’s future capacity to 500, large spectator car parking facilities, outside spectator toilets, and the establishment of a large grass training pitch to compliment the Astroturf.

The sale of Luke Varney from Crewe Alexandra to Charlton Athletic brought a hefty windfall for the club following the Chairman‘s Stuart Turners astute sell on clause that was part of the deal that took the striker to Crewe five years ago and the committee have invested the money wisely developing the ground even further with the construction of a new stand at the Farley Way end and a new extension to the clubhouse bringing the ground up to near Conference level. On the football playing side 2000/01 saw the Club under Manager Bob Steel gain promotion from the Leicestershire Senior League to the Midland Football Alliance, where it more than held it’s own until the 2006/7 season which saw Marcus Law replaced the departed Doug Keast as Manager and along with assistant Paul O'Brien, they steered the club to a promotion winning third place, securing promotion to the Unibond Northern Premier League. Under the new management the team also enjoyed exciting runs in both the FA Cup and the FA Vase, progressing further in both competitions than ever before and along with the shrewd deal mentioned above that our Chairman struck with Crewe for Luke Varney, the club can look back on the 2006/7 season as the most exciting in its history.

The following 2007-8 Season saw a few managerial changes with Gavin O’Toole given the task of steadying the ship in early January. Following the loss of several senior players Gavin along with Assistant Charlie Palmer gave opportunities to the younger players and a respectable league position was achieved. The end of the 2008/9 season saw the departure of Gavin O’Toole and Charlie Palmer, and former Manager Dougie Keast was approached to come back, along with his Assistant Mickie Cotter.

The following two seasons saw the Club finish in the bottom half of the division, and following a poor start to the 2011/12 campaign the management pair offered their resignation, leading to the appointment of former professional player Lawrie Dudfield. Lawrie appointed his assistant Calum Osborne, who joined following a successful coaching role at Arnold Town.

A string of poor results led to a further change in Management with Craig Armstrong appointed along with Reserve team Manager, Denis Moran in place of the departed Dudfield. Craig and Denis were placed in charge with 6 matches remaining and relegation almost inevitable.

Following the Clubs relegation to the Chromasport & Trophies United Counties League, a new management team were appointed ahead of the 2012-13 season. Tommy Brookbanks and assistant Mark Harvey will look to change the Clubs fortunes and hope to achieve promotion back to Step 4, at the first attempt.