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Eastbourne Borough fans celebrate - August Bank Holiday Monday 2003                                Photograph by Sam Hicks

Littletown FC

Beck Lane, Cornmill Lane, Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire WF16 0JZ Telephone: 01489 600932
West Riding County Amateur Football League

Note The lovely scenic shot below was taken by cycling enthusiast and journalist Paul Kirkwood whilst out on his bicycle. He was surprised that a club playing at such a low level had such a well-appointed ground but, as usual there is an explanation. Beck Lane dates back at least to the 1880s, and was home to Heckmondwike RFC, who subsequently changed allegiances to football in 1903, and competed in the FA Cup up until the Great War. There was once a stand behind the goal at the railway end of the ground, but at the end of WW2 this was moved to the side of the pitch where the current cover now stands. The ground has been owned by Huddersfield Town since 1933 and has been used by various local clubs over the years, including Huddersfield’s junior sides.

The Football League club actually vacated the ground for a while and it began to deteriorate, but fortunately it was ‘rescued’ by the Committee of Littletown FC who now play there. The most famous game to have been played on the ground was in 1957 when over 5,000 spectators watched a 16 year old Denis Law in an FA Youth Cup semi-final. The ground still stages the WRCAL Cup Final. DB