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The Club

Earl Barton United FC has the aim of identifying, coaching and educating young footballers of the future.

The Club and coaches recognise the importance of nurturing young talent in the area making sure that all aspects of development of young people are fully catered for. We also recognise that the centre is not only contributing to the development of player’s football abilities but also helping to develop their social, emotional and academic skills and will ensure that all players continue to work hard within their academic studies.

Whilst we hope that some players may go on to fulfil their ambitions to become professional footballers that is not the main aim of the programme. Our aim is to enable players to reach their full potential at whatever level of the game they play, whether amateur, semi-professional or full-time professional. The “success” of the programme should be measured by positive experiences young players and parents have had through involvement in programme.

Earls Barton United Football Club

We are one of the largest football clubs in Northamptonshire, with over 350 players forming over 20 teams every year.

The adult men’s and ladies teams play at The Grange, with the youth sides spread across both our Grange and Pioneer sites. Training is at the Pioneer during summer months, with all teams moving to alternative 3G/astro/carpet facilities during the winter months, to help preserve our award-winning pitches!

The club have two venues, The Grange Sports Field, Northampton Road, Earls Barton. This is run by the Earls Barton Sports and Community Trust, of which Earls Barton United Football Club is a member of. The clubhouse, with bar, is open to all members and visitors of the club and is available for private hire through the Secretary of the Trust.

The Pioneer Sports Ground, Grendon Road, Earls Barton. This is run by the Parish Council and has three pitches and newly developed changing facilities, i.e. showers, toilets and tea room.

Earls Barton United aims at providing football from 4 years to retirement, with managers and assistants actively encouraged to take coaching certificate badges, which include First Aid and Child Protection.

Our Identity

  • We are more than just a football club. We look at things beyond the limitations of the football pitch and match. 
  • Paramount to us as a club, is that players of all ages and abilities enjoy a positive experience with us.
  • We develop a strong sense of community and belonging where parents are confident their children are in safe hands.
  • Our coaching philosophy and practice develops transferable life skills that our players can apply to other sports, education and life in general.
  • We are an asset to our community and support its goals as well as it supporting ours.
  • Respect and inclusion are key and active constructive communication between us and our members provides a key influence in the direction of the club.
  • We believe in our football philosophy and help the players, coaches and officials to be the best they can be.
  • We provide a platform and fully support players, coaches and officials who wish to venture to the next level in their football career.

Our History

In the late 1800’s Earls Barton United F.C was formed, nobody seems to know the exact date but it is expected to be 1895. We do know one historic fact when Northampton Town F.C was first formed in 1897, their first game was against Earls Barton United on 18th September 1897 with the Cobblers coming out 4 – 1 winners.

Since then the club has seen many changes. In 1983 Earls Barton Saxons formed a youth team playing on Recreation field. Dave Pick, Jim Boughton, Graham Halsall, Bill Wellbourne and Mel Johnson sat round a table, threw in £10.00 each, which in those days bought a green / yellow kit and entered the Weetabix League.

1989 – there was a surge of interest from new managers, helpers and Committee Members and the club increased in size from one team to several.

1992   the use of the Pioneer Sports Field was offered to the “Saxons” and Earls Barton Rovers who played senior football on Sundays. The two clubs merged together and dropped the names “Saxons” and “Rovers” and became Earls Barton Football Club.

1996 – the club took a major step with the formation of its girls team.

1999 – the two clubs in the village, Earls Barton Football Club and Earls Barton United, merged together to be called Earls Barton United Football Club.

2005 – Earls Barton United Ladies first season in the league.

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