Hawkley Football Club was founded in 1985 by Ron Morrison and Phil Owen, both of whom are still closely involved with the club today as president and secretary respectively. To get the club up and running, they had to dig deep: each invested the massive sum of £10 to cover the first league and FA fees!!!
Many of the players in the first season had been members of the 25th Wigan Cubs football team, and were keen to continue playing after becoming too old for the Cubs. So, the idea of Hawkley FC took shape, and the new club applied for membership of the fast-growing Wigan and District Youth Football League. For the 1985-86 season, Hawkley entered an Under-12s team in the League. Players in that first season included Neil Parkinson, Peter Atherton, Carl McMullen, Christopher Davis and the two founders' own sons, Andrew Morrison and David Owen.
After a couple of friendlies, the very first competive match for Hawkley FC was played in August 1985, away to Holy Family FC, Platt Bridge. The result was a close-fought 1-0 win, and the honour of scoring the club's first-ever goal went to team captain Steven Maclure. The rest of the 1985-86 season brought mixed fortunes for the club, as many of the players were actually Under-11s playing in an Under-12s league, and the team finished in mid table.
(...to be continued...)