The club was formed in summer 1990, being the brainchild of David Brown, John Harrison,
David Law, and Bill Whitten under the name North Trafford, sharing Shawe View with Trafford
Borough Rugby League Club. After initially being denied entrance, a late withdrawal resulted
in the club being invited to join Division 2 of the Mid-Cheshire League for 1990/91 season.
The first game at competitive level versus Macclesfield College was won 3-1, leading to a
finish in second place, and promotion to Division One.
As a bonus the club obtained sole tenancy of Shawe View via a 30-year lease, and
substantial ground improvements were undertaken.
1990/91 Manager David Law took North Trafford to 2nd place in the Mid-Cheshire League
Division 2 and were promoted to Division One.
1991/92 saw progress continue on the field as 4th place was achieved coupled with a
successful application to join Division Two of the North West Counties League.
1992/93 the club had another good season ending with in 7th place in the NWCL Division
1993/94 a magnificent second half of the season in which 20 out of 22 games were won,
resulted in 2nd place and promotion to Division One. Additionally, the first trophy was won via
a 3-1 victory versus Maghull in the Lamot Pils Cup.
Promotion was dependent on further ground improvements resulting in the erection of
floodlights and the South Stand, which was granted.
1994/95 was launched under the club's present name, ending in 4th place and defeats in the
finals of the Manchester Senior and Carling Cups, progress being maintained the next
season via 3rd place and reaching the last 16 of the FA Vase losing to the eventual winners,
1995/96 Trafford had another successful league programme finishing in 3rd place.
1996/97 was undoubtedly our most successful, winning the NWCL and gaining promotion to
Division One of the Unibond League but losing out in the finals of the Manchester Senior Cup
and the League Cup. David Law who had managed the club since inception was named
NWCL Manager of the Year, and the Reserves won the NWCL Reserve Division, the Reserve
League Cup, and the Manchester Amateur Cup.
1997/98 saw an indifferent start but the club finishing 12th, and a further trophy was won, the
Unibond First Division Cup, beating Lincoln United 3-1.
1998/99 started with the appointment of Mark Molyneaux as assistant manager to David Law,
taking over the reins in the December, and guiding us to a final place of 14th.
1999/2000 Manager Mark Molyneaux along with his assistant Wayne Goodison guided
Trafford to victory in the Unibond President’s Cup Final beating Whitby Town in the 2nd Leg
on their ground.
2000/01 Trafford finished the season with thirteen games unbeaten run placing them in 5th
place, their highest ever league position in the club’s eleven-year history.
2001/02 saw Mark Molyneaux resign to take over at fellow Unibond First Division side
Chorley, with the club finishing in 15th place. Trafford then appointed Joey Dunn as the new
2002/03 the results didn’t come Trafford’s way and at Christmas the club decided to release
manager Joey Dunn and appoint the vastly experienced Mike McKenzie who has won so
many honours as a manager in the Unibond League. Sadly, results still didn’t come and
Trafford were relegated to the North West Counties League.
2003/04 By October Trafford decided to part-company with MikeMcKenzie after finding
themselves in 19 th position in Division One. A month later Trafford appointed 28-year-old
former Leigh RMI Reserve Team Manager Danny Johnson as the new manager. Within a
couple of weeks, the results changed and Trafford began to improve their league position.
2004/05 By the end of season Danny Johnson’s young entertaining side finished in 16th
position with 50 points.
2005-06 was Trafford got off to a flying start in the League and had a good run in the FA
Vase, but sadly couldn’t maintain their league form throughout the season finishing in 14th
Season 2006-07 saw Trafford finish in 5th place in the NWCL Division One the club’s best
campaign since 2001 when they finished in 5th place in the Unibond Division One. The
season included a good run in the FA Cup, two players in the top 20 goalscorers in the
NWCL, with Glyn Barker in 6th place with 34 goals and Troy Hayder in 16th place with 20
goals, and an end of season run of 17 games unbeaten to round off a marvellous season. At
the end of the season sadly manager Danny Johnson decided to move up to the Unibond
League with Ashton United, with our player Ged Kielty becoming Trafford’s ’new’ Player
Manager, assisted by Lee Southwood and coached by Tony Coyne.
2007-08 With the new look management Trafford had one of their most successful
campaign’s winning the Vodkat League Championship title by 11 points with a club record of
95 points to be promoted to the Unibond League for a second time after winning the title in
1997. From September 2007 Trafford went on a 29-league game unbeaten run including 18
straight wins which is a League record. Manager Ged Kielty was also voted Manager of the
Year and the club won Programme of the Year. Centre forward Andy Lundy ended the season
with 34 overall goals putting him in second place in the League goalscoring chart but was the
League top scorer with his 28 goals in Division One. His ‘sidekick’ Scott Barlow came close
behind in fourth overall place with 29 goals.
2008-09 saw Trafford return to the Unibond League after an absence of five seasons.
Manager Ged Kielty led the team to the club’s second Unibond League President’s Cup win
beating First Division South Quorn 2-0 on their ground in the Final. Trafford previously won
the President’s Cup back in 1999-2000. Trafford’s striker Scott Barlow finished runner-up as
the First Division North Overall Leading Goalscoring charts with 40 goals. Trafford finished in
15th place in the Division.
2009-10 former Trafford stalwart Garry Vaughan in the ‘hot-seat’ as Ged Kielty decided to
step down as manager. During seven seasons in the 90’s Garry played a record 305 games
for Trafford and is still the overall leading club goalscorer with 89 goals. In his first season as
a manager at Unibond League level Garry along with his Assistant Manager Loz Greenhalgh
guided the club to a creditable 12th place in the First Division North and were finalists in the
Manchester County FA Premier Cup. During this season striker Scott Barlow scored 21 goals
to become the joint overall club top goalscorer with a total of 89 goals in his three seasons at
the club along with Manager Garry Vaughan.
2010-11 Trafford had a poor first half of the season, then Manager Garry Vaughan made a
number of personnel changes including bringing back former Assistant Manager Wayne
Goodison and the clubs fortunes changed finishing in a respectable 14th place.
2011-12 Trafford didn’t have much luck in any of the cup competitions and had a rollers
coaster season in the First Division North finishing in 12th place.
2012-13 In Garry Vaughan’s fourth season as Manager along with his Assistant Wayne
Goodison they led Trafford to promotion to the EVO-STIK League Premier Division, after
winning the First Division North Play-Off Final against Cammell Laird 4-2 on penalties AET on
2013-14 Trafford playing in their highest ever level of football in the EVO-STIK NPL Premier