Vauxhall Motors Football Club
is an English football
club based in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire
, who play in the Conference North
. It was originally the works team
of the car manufacturer Vauxhall
. It had a lot of success in its local leagues and fought its way up to be among the highest ranked amateur football teams in England and currently has a semi-professional status.
It is generally regarded as the local team of Ellesmere Port, although another team, Ellesmere Port F.C. plays further down the pyramid in the West Cheshire League
Vauxhall Motors F.C. was founded in 1963, shortly after the opening of the new Vauxhall Motors
car plant in Ellesmere Port
, in Cheshire
. Early in its history, it played in the Ellesmere Port League
and the Wirral Combination
, but it soon grew too strong for those leagues. By 1970, the club had achieved several promotions and played on the company-owned Hooton Park
. By 1987 however, it had opened its own ground, Rivacre Park, where the club plays today. The opening of the new ground was especially important as then England
manager Bobby Robson
brought a number of former international stars for the opening game.
On the pitch, the club also started finding some success, winning its first West Cheshire League
championship in the 1985–86 season. Soon after, they reached their first Cheshire Amateur Cup
and triumphed in the Wirral Senior Cup
. These accomplishments did not go unnoticed, as the club successfully applied to join the North West......