Our opening day adversaries, who are Kendal Town FC?

Drawn to face the Steelmen on opening day, Kendal Town will begin life in the Ebac Northern League here on the Redcar seafront on Saturday 27th July.

Far from a familiar foe to those of a Redcar persuasion, we delved into the history of our new Cumbrian compatriots so you didn’t have to.

Here’s everything you need to know about the aptly named Kendal Mintcakes.

Netherfield AFC

Formed in 1919, Kendal Town came to be when a group of employees at a Netherfield shoe factory were encouraged to form a football club, then simply named Netherfield.

The employees were allocated land near the factory at Parkside – where the club still resides to this day – and offered to compete in local leagues.

The club began to claim notable successes come 1925, first winning the Westmorland County Cup, before taking the Lancashire Combination Championship to cement their position as a major force in non-league.

It was in the FA Cup where Netherfield truly carved their legacy, regularly taking the fight to professional, Football League opposition, and coming out on top.

Across FIVE First Round Proper appearances in just EIGHT years, Netherfield took on the likes of Barrow, Gateshead, Watford, Gainsborough Trinity and Grimsby Town, with some 40’000 people watching on from the sidelines.

In 1968, the club accepted a new challenge, opting to become founder members of the Northern Premier League.

The 70s were unkind to Netherfield, with the club languishing toward to foot of the division, eventually making the drop to the North West Counties League after depleted finances.

Kendal Town FC

At the turn of the millennia, following the decline of shoemaking in the area, Netherfield adopted the name Kendal Town, which the club still sport to this day.

The Mintcakes have bounced between steps three and five on the footballing pyramid since their reinvention, flirting briefly with the possibility of a push for the National League.

Suffering a bitter relegation to the North West Counties League in 2022, Kendal fought valiantly to regain their Northern Premier League status, missing out on a spot in the elusive play-offs by the slimmest of margins.

Now moved laterally to the Ebac Northern League, the plucky Cumbrians with have their sights set on a step four return, and will certainly prove a tough adversary on opening day.

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