Clayton Albion FC
Clayton Albion started their Sunday career 13 years ago as Quarry.
But they have no connection with the present Quarry team based in Clayton who operate in division 1A. The name Clayton Albion came into being when they switched bases to the Albion pub a few years later.
Dave Hubbart, secretary until recently, helped form the club.
Since their formation the club have been unable to win a trophy.
They have gone through a couple of revamps with older players moving on and, in some cases, young and inexperienced lads trying to replace them.
The club’s recent form has not been great.
They were 11th in 1997-1998 with only four wins in division 2A, ninth with three wins from 20 in 1998-1999 and 11th with two wins in 1999-2000.
Last season, which was ruined by the wet weather, saw Albion go through a period of almost three months without a game.
Albion eventually had their best season for some time, winning six out of their 22 games. Their biggest improvement was in reducing the goals against from 100 in the previous season to to 59.
This performance has encouraged Pat Crossan, a Clayton lad who has played with teams like Chellow, to join the club for the coming season as player/manager.
New secretary Tony Quinn has become Crossan’s assistant and the club is hoping for more goals from one of their longest-serving players Mark Wyatt.
He was top scorer last season and will be hoping to emerge at the top of the goalscoring charts again when the new campaign gets underway.