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Blackpool Wren Rovers


Website last updated: 29 Mar, 2015 @ 12:54


Brief History

The club was formed in 1931 as Wren Rovers and took their name from Wren Grove, a street around the corner from the Boars Head public house. The earliest recorded picture of the team is pictured left. When the club reformed after the second world war the club joined the Blackpool Amateur League

In 1959 the club were instrumental in reviving the defunct West Lancashire League winning the League in 1969/70 and the league and cup double the following season.

In 1971/72 the club were elected to the Lancashire Combination and after finishing runners up in the league and beaten finalists in the league cup in 1977/78 they went one better the following season and completed the double. They also won the League in season 1980/81.

With the amalgamation of the Lancashire Combination and the Cheshire League into the North West Counties League in 1982 the club were placed in the second division where they always managed to finish in the top half of the table and only lack of facilities denied them promotion to the first division.

In 1989 Wren Rovers also incorporated Boston Rovers into its setup which not only strengthened the committee, but also helped provide funds for the much needed gound improvements. During this period the club moved to the towns ex greyhound stadium at Borough Park in 1988 for 2 years while ground improvements were completed.

Promotion to the first division was finally gained in 1990/91 season, which saw them win their last 10 games of the season to finish runners up to Great Harwood Town.

In 1991 they celebrated opening the new clubhouse with a 2 - 0 win over Manchester City who at that time were managed by Peter Reid and was also the first game under the new floodlights. The town name of Blackpool was added to the clubs name to give it an area identity.

In 1998 the club reverted back to the West Lancashire League winning the second division title in their fist season. The first division title and Presidents Cup followed in 2000/01.

After struggling for a while Wrens have now established themselves as a team to be reckoned with in the Premier Division with consecutive runners up positions.

Currently the club runs a 1st team, Reserves (reformed in 2005) and Under 18s teams.

In recent years the 1st. team have won the West Lancashire League Division 2 title 1998/9 Division 1 title 2000/1 and Premier League title in 2009/10 and 2010/11 as well as 3 runners up slots. The team has also won the Lancashire Shield in 2009/10, Richardson Cup in 2011/12 and the Northern Counties Cup (as Lancashire FA) 2010/11.

The reserves have also won the Reserve Division 2 title twice in 2005/6 and 2012/13. 

In the 1990's the club took on the towns ladies team who have enjoyed a lot of success over the years.