Dock AFC (History)

Old Dock
Back Row Billy ‘Blue’ Skillen, Frank Atherton, John Skillen, Hughy Cavanagh, Dennis Hignett, John Devlin, Roy Lancely, Joey Dadoma, Danny Bartley, Carl Appleton, George Atherton Jimmy Woods.
Front Row Collin Skillen, Billy Skillen Jnr, Jimmy Murphy, Brian Wilson, Jeff Sheeran, Terry Nugent.

The Dock Association Football Club was first formed in 1967 initially as the Rose & Shamrock FC, based at the hostelry of the same name in Laird Street, Birkenhead. The Club joined Division 4 of the Birkenhead Sunday Football League and in 1970-71 gained successive promotions as Division 4 and Division 3 Champions, respectively. In 1972 further promotion to Division 1 was achieved as Division 2 Runners Up and in 1976, now under the name of Corsair FC, were invited into the League’s Premier Division (there was no automatic promotion to the Premier Division at that time).

Corsair FC gained a reputation as a young team playing attractive football throughout the late seventies and early eighties, who although achieving consistent league placings and appearing in a couple of domestic cup finals, failed to go that one step further and pick up any silverware.

In 1986 after losing several players through transfers or retirements the Club were relegated to Division 1. Following a year of consolidation and rebuilding the Club bounced back in 1988 by winning the Division 1 Championship and the President’s Cup double. On promotion back to the Premier Division the Club was renamed as Dock AFC and in 1992 achieved a major success by lifting the League Memorial Challenge Cup at Prenton Park.

In 1995 under the management team of Kenny Hawkes and former Tranmere Rovers stalwart, Gary Williams, Dock AFC were crowned Birkenhead Sunday Football League Premier Division Champions for the first time.

The Dock Amateur Football Club - Champions!In 1999 Jason ‘Binxy’ Williams took over as Player-Manager, together with his management team of Jason Packenham and Mike Stephens, and since that time the Club have enjoyed a period of unprecedented success winning the Birkenhead Sunday Football League Memorial Challenge Cup in 2000, 2003, 2004 and 2007, the Veronica Conway Premier Cup in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2007 (a Houlihan’s Birkenhead Sunday Football League record), the Wirral District Football Association Premier Cup in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2014 (another record) and the Birkenhead Sunday Football League Premier Division Championship in 2002, 2003 (undefeated), 2004 (undefeated), 2005 (undefeated) and 2006 which equalled another Houlihan’s Birkenhead Sunday Football League record. The Club has in recent seasons enjoyed participating in the country’s most prestigious Sunday football competition, the FA Sunday Cup, in which we hope we can progress this season and we are also continuing our quest for our holy grail of the Cheshire County FA Sunday Cup which has managed to elude the Club throughout our history.