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Rossington Main was originally thought to have been formed in 1926 but local knowledge suggests that the club formed seven years earlier, going by the name of Rossington Colliery and in their early days played on what later became a pony field behind the colliery offices, before moving to its present home at Oxford Street in 1921.
The Club was formed, as was in the majority of mining communities, to provide Colliery workers with a game of football, changing it's name to Rossington Miners Welfare when the mines were nationalised in 1948. Over the many years of it's existence the Club has competed at many levels; winning many trophies along the way. As is the modern trend, the Club has made vast improvements to the ground at Oxford Street in order to compete at the highest possible level in the Football Pyramid, and is indebted to the work of individuals who do it all for love, not money.
Today Rossington Main plys their trade in the Northern Counties East Division One and sitting in mid table another season of safety is more or less assured. My visit today was better than I had expected and was most enjoyable despite the icy cold wind. Friendly Staff who all work very hard to keep the club afloat made me most welcome with a coffee in the warmth of the busy and spacious clubhouse.
The match itself was not the best I have seen but to be fair the weather conditions were awkward at best. The swirling ice cold wind certainly had a effect on the fluidity of the game. But both teams battled away as best they could and in the end 'Rossy' scored a well taken free kick and one more breakaway goal just seconds from the final whistle.
I must say how welcoming everyone was at the club and how enjoyable they made my visit become. After accepting the kind offer from the Chairman to stay for some after match Chilli and Chips I was still feeling it's “kick” from the Chilli as I said my farewell and reluctantly left the cosy warmth of the clubhouse for another battle with the rapier wind.
A vist to Rossington Main comes with my warmest recommendation - in more ways than one !