Albion Sports are fast becoming one of the top teams in the Bradford district and their latest nomination at the Asian Football Awards is just a small sign of the club’s prosperous future.
Established in 1974, the side began life in the Bradford Amateur Sunday League, yet after more than three decades of success, in 2007, the side resigned from Sunday league football to focus on climbing the official Football Association pyramid.
With six Sunday Premier League titles, and more than ten cup wins, it was decided that the time to compete at a higher level had arrived and thus began life in the Saturday format.
In 2008, the West Yorkshire outfit were elected to compete in the West Riding County Amateur Football League and made an instant impact, successfully gaining promotion to the top tier in their first season, alongside winning the District Cup.
Triumphs continued to occur as Albion Sports went on to finish runners-up in their first two seasons of top flight football, and at the start of the 2011/12 season, the side finally progressed to the official ninth tier of English football – the Northern Counties East Football League (NCEL).
Competing in the First Division, Albion Sports were unlucky to miss out on promotion in their inaugural campaign, finishing just one point off the promotion places. This near miss was soon rectified the following year (2012/13 campaign) as Albion Sports cruised to the league title with games to spare, boasting the most lethal attack and defence in the division.
Chairman, Kultar Singh, has been involved with the club for a number of years and as recently as last season, was still sat on the dugout every week in his assistant manager role. Mr Singh has ambitious plans for the side that currently compete at Farsley AFC’s Throstle Nest ground and has his sights set on England’s fifth tier as a realistic target.
“I truly believe we can continue progressing as a club and even reach the heights of Conference (Skrill Premier Division) football,” he said. “A lot will be dependent on acquiring a Ground and we are currently very active in exploring various options for a new Home Stadium.”
Gerry Sutcliffe, MP for Bradford South and UK Minister for Sport between 2007 and 2010, also added his plaudits to the club’s meteoric rise.
Speaking after the club were awarded the title of West Yorkshire Development Club of the Year, he said: “Albion Sports are a fantastic sporting and community success story.
“It’s a club that is rooted in the local community, run by committed and dedicated volunteers. It fully deserves the recognition it has received from the FA, as a Charter Standard Community Club and as West Yorkshire Development Club of the Year.”
Albion Sports are currently competing in their first NCEL top flight season and sit in tenth position, just three points off fourth spot, with three games in hand. You can find out more about the team by visiting www.albionsports.co.uk, with fixtures and league tables readily available.