Ormskirk Football Club was formed in 1997 by the club's first manager, Peter Wearden, and the club's first secretary was Kathryn Hurst. The club originally had one adult team and played in the Wigan & District league.
The club initially played their football at Churchfields on the Comrades club in Ormskirk. From here, the club moved onto the infamous Grimshaw Park, Ormskirk, where players spent many a Saturday afternoon painting changing facilities and even goal posts!
Ormskirk FC then moved to the Thomas Galvin Sports Ground pitches in Burscough (formerly known as Abbey Lane). The club's current home pitch is at Edge Hill University in Ormskirk, which has one of the best pitches around.
Ormskirk FC's first game was a friendly match away to Standish St Wilfred’s, a premier league team in the Wigan league. Standish went on to win the game 1-0. Unfortunately the promise that came out of this game was short lived as Ormskirk FC's first season (1997/1998) in the old third division seen them struggle and finish bottom.
Ormskirk FC's second season (1998/1999) didn’t prove too successful either as they finished in the bottom half.
Into the clubs third season (1999/2000), Ormskirk FC finished 11th and at the end of the season Peter Wearden stepped down as manager. A vote was called between the players as to who would succeed Peter. The two front runners were Graham Hughes and Jamie Hampson. The players voted all but one in favour of Graham Hughes. And there it was, Ormskirk FC had their second manager. Graham named a new secretary in Jamie Hampson.
Into season 2000/2001 and unfortunately, a change in management didn’t provide the team with any success on the pitch as Ormskirk FC finished in the bottom half again.
Seasons 2000/2001 to 2003/2004
Over the next couple of seasons (2001/2002, 2002/2003 and 2003/2004) Ormskirk FC would endure misery finishing 13th, 12th and 13th respectively. At the end of season 2003/2004, there was to be a change of manager as Graham Hughes stood down and was replaced by Jamie Hampson. Kevin Duffy became the club's new secretary.
Season 2004/2005 seen a significant change to the club as its name was changed, having previously been known as from Ormskirk Athletic FC before then. A big player recruitment took place pre season and it paid off as Ormskirk enjoyed the dizzy heights of the top half of the league finishing 7th. Ormskirk made their first appearance in a semi final losing out 3-1 to Standish St Wilfred’s reserves in the divisional cup. Also this season Ormskirk had entered into a new cup competition the Northern Cup. In the second round of this Ormskirk met Team Highfield from Cheshire. After a close game the tie was eventually settled as Ormskirk won 4-2 on penalties. Unfortunately Ormskirk where knocked out in the next round.
In season 2005/2006 Ormskirk added an U18s team to the club. The U18s where entered into the South Lancashire Counties league and Neil Lawrenson was named as their new manager and the team would play at venues such as Ashton Town and Warrington Town. A new role was formed as Jason Percy became the clubs development officer, and for the first time the club committee of Ormskirk FC was formed. The committee was as follows Kevin Duffy club secretary, Ian Hendrie club treasurer, Jamie Hampson club chairman/1st team coach, Jason Percy club development officer and Neil Lawrenson U18s team coach. Ormskirk FC 1st team recorded their best ever position in the league finishing 5th. Ormskirk U18s finished their first season 12th.
Season 2006/2007 again brought new changes as Neil Lawrenson stood down from the U18s and became club secretary with Jamie Hampson taking temporary charge of the U18s until October when Kevin Duffy became their new coach. Kevin also became the new club development officer replacing Jason Percy. Chris Wood became the clubs new treasurer. Ormskirk FC's First Team recorded their worst season in two years finishing 10th with the U18s team recording an impressive 6th position. It was also Ormskirk's First Team's first venture into the Lancashire Amateur Cup losing out in the second round to Chaddertonians FC.
Ormskirk FC formed two new teams for the 2007/2008 season with the addition of the U8s and U9s. Both these age groups played in the Craven Minor league with Roy Hampson taking charge of the U8s and Kevin Wong taking charge of the U9s. They began their season at their new home, Ormskirk School. The U18s entered into the Lancashire Sunday trophy for the first time. The First Team recorded an impressive 4th place finish, their highest position so far. They also reached the divisional cup final playing under the floodlights at the Robin Park Arena. Unfortunately, they lost 3-2 to Hindley Celtic.
Season 2008/2009 seen the introduction of yet more teams and a new secretary. Jacky Edwards replaced Neil Lawrenson as secretary and for the first time in its history, Ormskirk FC formed an U11s Girls team who would play in the West Lancashire Girls league. Three U10s, an U9s and an U8s alongside the first team completed seven teams operated by the club. Ormskirk FC U10s claimed the club's first ever silverware success beating Formby JSCB 2-1 after extra time in the league cup final. The First Team improved on last year's 4th placed finish, by finishing an impressive 3rd.
Season 2009/2010 to 2013/2014
The club continued to grow as more kids joined the club, so we were able to have more kids teams that played in the Skem JFL and the Craven Minor JFL.
The First Team were delighted to win the St Helens Cup.
The First Team were delighted to win the Mike Taylor Cup.
The origins of 'Ormskirk FC' go back as far as 1948, when a team named Guinness Exports FC was formed. This team played in the Liverpool Shipping League Division 5, and progressed into the Liverpool Football League, the Liverpool County Combination Football League, the Lancashire Combination League (1964-68), and the Cheshire County League (1968-70).
In 1970, Guinness Exports FC changed its name to Ormskirk FC. This earlier version of Ormskirk FC played in the Cheshire County League (1970-1974) and took part in the FA Cup, the FA Amateur Cup, and the FA Trophy; before folding in 1975 (source).