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Curzon Ashton: 10 Things

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Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Fri 18 Nov 2016
Posted in First Team

1. Curzon Ashton was formed in 1963 after the merger of two clubs, Curzon Road Methodists F.C. and Ashton Amateurs F.C., who played in the Manchester Amateur Football League. The amalgamated club’s name was originally Curzon Amateurs before being changed to the current name.
2. Curzon Ashton have played at the Tameside Stadium in Ashton-under-Lyne since 2005, which has a capacity of 4,000 (524 seats).

3. The stadium was officially opened by Sir Alex Ferguson. For the first game at the new ground, Curzon played a Manchester United XI, which included Gerard Pique, Giuseppe Rossi, Fraizer Campbell and Jonny Evans.

4. Outside the Tameside Stadium stands a statue commemorating three locally born footballers associated with the World Cup; Geoff Hurst, Jimmy Armfield and Simone Perrotta.

5. The club’s nickname of “The Nash” comes from their old stadium, the National Park.

6. Curzon originally played in the Manchester League before becoming founder members of the Cheshire League Division Two in 1978. They won promotion in their debut season and the following year they navigated through six rounds of the FA Vase before losing out in the semi-finals to Stamford. They lost both legs 2–0 with the home tie played in front of a record home attendance of 1826 at National Park

7. Their debut season at the Tameside Stadium was a memorable one, amassing 99 points in the 2006-07 title race, finishing runners-up to FC United of Manchester and promotion to the Northern Premier League First Division North.

8. From 2013 to 2015 the club gained back to back promotions to the National League North, winning the NPL Division One North and the playoffs in the Northern Premier League Premier Division.

9. The 2015–16 season saw the Nash record their highest ever finish in the club’s history, finishing 11th in the National League North in manager John Flanagan’s 5th season in charge.

10. The club boasts a lady’s side, Curzon Ashton Ladies, who play in the North West Women’s Regional Premier League division one south. They were originally founded as Oldham Athletic Ladies FC.

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