Following on from a very successful season the club approached Makers to continue their sponsorship. The Club plays in the Mexborough and District Adult Sunday League which comprises of 3 divisions covering 30 teams.
Founded in 2020 the club took its name from the local social club in the Rotherham area, the Union Jack Memorial Club and has been its home since 2020, with all the players coming from the local community.
Under the watchful eye of Shaun Williamson; joint Manager and Chairman they saw their first season in Division Two see them promoted to Division One after finishing runners up to Ville FC the only team to beat the that season who became the divisions champions. With a record of 16 wins, 3 draws and a loss with a goal difference of plus 63 the team sporting the “Makers Construction” sponsorship were promoted to Division One.
As with all promotions the opposition gets tougher but under the guidance of Jason Renshaw; joint manager & secretary and coach Adam Stevenson secured a very creditable 4th place in their second season winning 10 of their 18 matches.
All players have come up through the junior ranks under the stewardship of Shaun and Jason and are well prepared for this season challenges. Playing their home games at Clayton Lane, Thurnscoe, Rotherham they have become a force to be reckoned with, with training taking place on Wednesday evenings.
“It’s tough to balance work and club sometimes with working away but this also goes for the players so we plan ahead, but now winter nights are drawing in we move our operations to the 4G Floodlit pitch and all our sessions are well supported”.
Shaun Williams, Club Chairman
The club has 25 registered players scrambling for 15 places on match days. The team has an average age of 22 with some still out at 31 still being able to make the grade. The increase cost in administration costs has meant that some clubs in the area have folded with players looking for a new home at Union FC.
“The team is self-funded and sponsored where possible with additional fund raisers to cover admin fees, pitches, referees and costs around £3500 so we are very grateful to Makers for their continued support”.
Jason Renshaw, Club Secretary
Given Unions recent successes their eyes are firmly fixed on reaching the Premier Division and have made a firm start with two wins out of two, but there is a desire to create a development team for the 22/23 season to provide that opportunity for younger players to develop and make it into the first team. The expansion of the club will see players registrations exceed the 50 mark and the coaching staff increase to 5.
“It’s always a good match if you can sponsor ground root sports and your own employees are involved… it gives it more meaning and a better connection.
Shaun warned me not to pick pink! I didn’t… he did, initially I said I didn’t mind if they couldn’t play in our corporate colours, paying homage to their clubs’ roots of red, white and blue but somehow, I think something got lost in translation with the away kit and I’m not sure our new vans could take it!”
Simon Lamb, MD Makers
We wish Union Jack FC every success for the season and maybe a cup victory?