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WHO  ARE GLASSHOUGHTON WELFARE  ?

The club was founded in 1964 as a works outfit named Anson Sports . They played on a variety of Park pitches and competed in the Castleford Sunday League . A change to Saturday football and entry to the West Yorkshire League saw a policy of only playing company employees scrapped . However , the lack of a regular home ground stopped further progress. Then in 1974 an approach was made by the Glasshoughton Colliery to adopt the name of the Colliery Welfare's disbanded Club and to play on its Leeds Road ground . This enabled the move to senior football and entry into the Northern Counties East League .
 
WHERE IS GLASSHOUGHTON ?

Glasshoughton is the southern most suburb of Castleford and is bounded by the M62 . A traditional Mining Community it was devastated by the loss of its pit . However local pride and its excellent location enabled a regeneration that has seen the creation of one of Europe's leading retail sites in Freeport .Soon to open is the giant Xscape indoor ski complex and multiplex cinemas . The village ( as it is known ) has a creative spirit and is home to Yorkshire Arts Circus , has several thriving Pubs , Clubs and the  newly built Glasshoughton Centre on our Leeds Road site .

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Secretary Eric Jones keeping things tidy.

WHERE DO THEY PLAY ?

Glasshoughton Welfare, Leeds Rd, Glasshoughton, Castleford. Tel: (01977) 518981 . The Leeds Road ground is on the Northern side opposite the Working Mens Club and is easily identified by the floodlights and high brick wall . Directions: From M62, use either J31 or J32 towards Castleford. From J32, the road comes into Glasshoughton. From J31, turn right at 2nd roundabout at Whitwood Tech College.  Car parking is freely available on the ground , but when we share the site with the Cricket Club then an overspill car park is found to the rear of the Glasshoughton WMC . Castleford Station (BR) is 1 mile away . Ground Capacity is 2,000 and there are 250 Seats in the stand . Further Covered standing is behind the Leeds Road end goal : Bar and refreshment facilities are in the newly built Glasshoughton Centre . This was erected on the site after years of campaigning by the Glasshoughton Forum . An organisation which brings together all the users of the Welfare Ground  under the Chairmanship of our Secretary/Administrator Eric Jones . Major work has been done on the playing surface in recent years and we are hopeful of securing new dressing rooms in the near future . Our Metal Badges  are sold from the bar on matchdays at only  2-50 each . To buy one online please go to our merchandise Page .

WHAT HAVE THEY WON ? 

The Club have won two major honours so far . In 1994 the West Riding County Cup was won  and in 1998 we defeated Ossett Albion in both legs of the Northern Counties League Presidents Cup . The second leg at Leeds Road gave us our record attendance of 350 . A bigger achievement is that since being promoted to the Premier Division in 1992 , and despite lacking the finances of many others  ,we have maintained our premier division place. 1997 saw the best season , when under John Browns management , fourth place was achieved  . An unwanted record is the clubs awful F.A. Cup record . Despite being drawn at home six times in  the last eight years we have not progressed once .  The Vase has seen us enjoy a little more success and the flight to the Isle of Man for the away trip to meet Douglas H.S.O.B. in 1997 was a highlight of our short history .