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Step 6 club to change name from next season

It has been revealed recently that AFC Emley are going to be changing their club name from next season.

The Northern Counties East Division One side have stated that they will be making a subtle change and will be called Emley AFC from the summer onwards.

Club chairman Nigel Wakefield said: “We’re immensely proud of the original club’s achievements. For many those are considered our achievements but, regardless of the history books, they are integral to the current club’s heritage.

“Our home ground and our reputation were forged by the many people that moved the club up the leagues from 1903 until the move out of the village. I can think of no more fitting way to honour all those that have gone before us than reinstating that famous name.”

The original Emley AFC were previously members of the Yorkshire League, Northern Counties East League, and the Northern Premier League in 1989.

In 2000, new ground grading regulations forced Emley to move to Belle Vue in Wakefield, yet the reserves team remained at the Welfare Ground.

2002 saw the club was renamed Wakefield & Emley, the reserve team disbanded three years later ands supporters of the original decided to set up their own, based in Emley, under the name AFC Emley.

The following year Wakefield & Emley was renamed Wakefield, remained in the Northern Premier League until they then folded in 2014.

The new Emley club joined Division One of the West Yorkshire League for the 2005–06 season, got promoted first season and remained in the Northern Counties East League Division One ever since.


The news comes coincidentally that a new football club for Wakefield is being planned and are due to play at a new Belle Vue stadium.

Former Sheffield Wednesday, Lincoln City, Sunderland, Manchester United and Leeds player and ex-Leyton Orient, Hartlepool United and Stockport County manager Chris Turner is among businessmen setting up Wakefield AFC who will be playing in the Central Midlands League for the 2019-20 season and are to play home games at Pontefract Collieries’ Harratt Nissan Stadium.


Following the news of AFC Emley’s name change, fans took to social media, with some seeing the funny side to the subtle changes – find out what more they had to say on the next page.


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