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Time Line
Written by Steve Rampley   
Friday, 13 February 2009 00:00

'Time Line' gives some historic context to the Whaley Bridge Football Club story in red text; as much as we know!

Local news in blue text & national/international news and events in normal text colour.

Click on the years underlined to get to team photos and any other underlined links for more news/information.

If you have further info relating to people, places, honours or know of any corrections to the list below then please let us know

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1800

Peak Forest Canal opens taking limestone from Dove Holes via Peak Forest Tramway to Bugsworth & the canal system

1831

The Cromford & High Peak Railway opens linking the Peak Forest Canal, form Whaley, to the Cromford Canal

1831:

Toddbrook Reservoir is constructed essentially to top up the canal system along with Combs reservoir

1857:

Main line steam railway ends at Whaley;a level crossing carries Whaley Lane over the line past Jodrell Arms to Bridge St

1863:

The railway is extended to Buxton

1871

The industrial revolution had reached the area and the population almost trebled to 2322 from 853 in 1841 Census

1874

Cromfrod & High Peak Railway 'official' passenger service commences; once daily in each direction

1876

The Mechanics Institute built for the purpose of providing education to Mechanics; an adult educatuiion centre

1877

Cromfrod & High Peak Railway official passenger service closes after a passenger fatality

1890

Local Football is played at Hogs Yard; now the home of Tesco

1892

Northern end of Cromford & High Peak Railway largely abandoned; section from Shallcross yard to Whaley still in use

1894:

Railway bridge constructed to replace level crossing at the bottom of Whaley Lane

1899

October 1899 : Début du Boer War

 

Invention of agricultural tractor by B Holt

 

Invention of rigid airship by von Zeppelin

 

August 1900 : Boxer rebellion in Peking

1901

First successful safety razor sold by K Gillette

 

22 January 1901 : Fin du reign of Queen Victoria

 

23 January 1901 : Début du reign of Edward VII

1902

5 April 1902 : 20 killed as terracing collapses at Ibrox Park

 

1 June 1902 : Fin du Boer War

1905

4 October 1905 : Convicted Suffragettes choose to go to prison

1906

7 Canal St is home to first telephone exchange set up by the National Telephone Co.not many get phones until after 1945

 

Wassermann test for syphilis developed

1907

Albert Einstein postulates "E=mc²" theory

1910

Invention of first synthetic plastic, Bakelite

 

6 May 1910 : Fin du reign of Edward VII

 

7 May 1910 : Début du reign of George V

 

31 July 1910 : Radio used to arrest Dr Crippen fleeing to Quebec

1911

E. Rutherford puts forward nuclear model of the atom

 

3 January 1911 : Three policemen die in the Seige of Sidney Street

 

31 August 1911 : Troops clash with strikers in north of England

1912

15 April 1912: SS Titanic sinks with loss of 1513 lives

 

The first sewage works is built in Furness Vale and piped water begins to be available at about the same time.

1913

Great War puts football in Whaley Bridge on hold

 

10 February 1913 : Capt. Scott found dead in Antartica

 

June 1913 : Suffragette dies under King's horse at Epsom

1914

Invention of military tank by E Swinton

 

28 June 1914 : Austrian Archduke Ferdinand assassinated in Sarajevo

 

28 July 1914 : Austria declares war on Serbia

 

28 July 1914 : Début du World War I

 

1 August 1914 : Germany declares war on Russia

 

August 1914 : Battle of Tannenberg

 

3 August 1914 : Germany declares war on France

 

4 August 1914 : Germany invades Belgium

 

4 August 1914 : Britain declares war on Germany

 

September 1914 : First Battle of the Marne

1915

February 1915 : Start of German submarine blockade of Britain

 

22 April 1915 : Germans first use of mustard gas at Ypres

 

26 April 1915 : British land in Turkey

 

7 May 1915 : SS Lusitania sunk by German submarine

 

22 May 1915 : 200 soldiers killed in train crash at Quintinshill

 

6 September 1915 : Poland and Lithuania overrun by Germany

 

14 October 1915 : Britain and France declare war on Bulgaria

 

20 December 1915 : British withdraw from Gallipoli

1916

February 1916 : Battle of Verdun

 

24 April 1916 : 450 die in Easter Rising in Dublin

 

31 May 1916 : Battle of Jutland

 

1 July 1916 : Début du Battle of the Somme

 

15 November 1916 : Fin du Battle of the Somme

1917

6 April 1917 : USA declares war on Germany

 

December 1917 : Fin du Battle of Caporetto

 

7 December 1917 : USA declares war on Austria-Hungary

 

15 December 1917 : Russian Bolsheviks now allies with Germany

1918

21 March 1918 : Début du German offensive

 

1 April 1918 : Royal Air Force created

 

18 May 1918 : Sinn Féin banned and leaders arrested

 

July 1918 : Second Battle of the Marne

 

8 August 1918 : Fin du German offensive

 

4 October 1918 : Germany offers surrender

 

11 November 1918 : Hostilities cease on Western Front

 

11 November 1918 : Fin du World War I

 

28 December 1918 : Women allowed to vote for the first time

1919

Local football recommences after the Great War

 

March 1919 : Spanish flu kills 150,000 throughout Britian

 

28 December 1919 : Lloyd George becomes Prime Mini

1920

Football moves to Slack’s field next to Toddbrook reservoir thanks to the intervention of Colonel Ramsden Jodrell

Horwich End join the Buxton League and win it several times in the 20s

 

18 October 1920 : State of emergency declared as miners strike

 

21 November 1920 : "Bloody Sunday" - 12 Irish killed by the Black and Tans

1921

6 December 1921 : Irish Free State created

1922

Banting and MacLeod isolate human insulin

 

The last commercial gang of wagons travels the complete length of the Peak Forest Tramway

1924

23 April 1924 : First royal transmission by wireless

1925

Peak Forest Tramway formally closes.

1926

Football moves across to what has become the permanent pitch, bought by public subscription

 

Invention of the liquid-fuelled rocket by R Goddard

 

First demonstration of television by J L Baird

 

10 May 1926 : TUC calls first General Strike

1928

7 January 1928 : River Thames floods killing 14

 

30 September 1928 : Penicillin discovered by Alexander Fleming

1929

Trent Valley & High Peak Electricity Co. first supply but many houses/factories not connected until after 1939/45 war

1930

World Cup URUGUAY; Uruguay 4-2 Argentina

 

The last member of the Grimshaw family of Errwood Hall dies and Stockport Corporation buy their estate

 

24 May 1930 : Amy Johnson flies solo to Australia

 

5 October 1930 : Airship R101 crashes in France killing 48

1932

Horwich End win the Buxton League 5 times between 1932 & 1940

 

12 February 1932 : Whipping of children under 14 is banned

 

30 September 1932 : Unemployment reaches 25%

1933/34

Horwich End FC win Reporter Cup

1933

Fernilee reservoir is built covering the old gunpowder mills and several farms

1934

World Cup ITALY; Italy 2-1 Czechoslovakia

 

Invention of first practical radar by Watson-Watt

 

21 September 1934 : 262 killed in blast at Gresford colliery

1935

18 March 1935 : Thousands protest in Wales at "means test"

1936

Whaley Bridge Urban District Council is formed, merging its various townships & parishes, to become part of Derbyshire

 

Sir Frank Whittle invents the jet engine

 

Invention of helicopter by H Focke

 

20 January 1936 : Fin du reign of George V

 

21 January 1936 : Début du reign of Edward VIII

 

11 November 1936 : Jarrow Crusade reaches London

 

10 December 1936 : Edward VIII abdicates

 

10 December 1936 : Fin du reign of Edward VIII

 

11 December 1936 : Début du reign of George VI

1937

28 May 1937 : Chamberlain becomes Prime Minister

1938

World Cup FRANCE; Italy 3-2 Hungary

1938/39

Horwich End win Buxton League and Hospital Cup

 

Discovery of nuclear fission by Hahn and Strassmann

 

11 July 1938 : Last British troops leave Eire

1939

25 August 1939 : IRA bomb Coventry killing 5

 

1 September 1939 : Germany invades Poland

 

September 1939 : Children evacuated from London and major cities

 

3 September 1939 : Début du World War II

 

3 September 1939 : Britain and France declare war on Germany

 

17 December 1939 : the Graf Spee scuttled off Montevideo

1940

10 May 1940 : Churchill takes over as Prime Minister

 

10 May 1940 : Germany invades Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg

 

12 May 1940 : Germany invades France

 

26 May 1940 : Allied evacuation from Dunkirk begins

 

10 June 1940 : Italy declares war on France and Britain

 

10 June 1940 : Italy invades France

 

14 June 1940 : Germans enter Paris unopposed

 

22 June 1940 : France surrenders to Germany

 

14 November 1940 : Coventry bombed

1941

17 April 1941 : Yugoslavia surrenders to Germany

 

27 April 1941 : British leave Greece

 

22 June 1941 : Germany attacks Russia

 

14 August 1941 : Britain and USA sign Atlantic Charter

 

7 December 1941 : Japan attack USA at Pearl Harbour

 

11 December 1941 : Britain and USA declare war on Japan

 

11 December 1941 : Germany and Italy declare war on USA

1942

15 February 1942 : British surrender Singapore to Japanese

 

9 April 1942 : USA surrenders Bataan peninsula to Japanese

 

6 May 1942 : USA surrenders Corregidor Island to Japanese

 

10 June 1942 : Lidice, Czechoslovakia razed by Germans

 

8 November 1942 : British and US troops land in North Africa

1943

14 January 1943 : Casablanca conference

 

1 February 1943 : Germans surrender at Stalingrad

 

12 May 1943 : War in Africa ends

 

25 July 1943 : Mussolini deposed

 

3 September 1943 : Allies land in Italy

 

8 September 1943 : Italy surrenders

 

10 September 1943 : Germans take Rome

 

22 November 1943 : Cairo conference

 

28 November 1943 : Teheran Conference

1944

22 January 1944 : British and US troops land at Anzio

 

4 June 1944 : British and US troops enter Rome

 

25 August 1944 : Paris liberated

 

13 October 1944 : Athens liberated

 

20 October 1944 : USA invades Philippines

 

16 December 1944 : Battle of the Bulge

1945

11 February 1945 : Yalta agreement

 

28 April 1945 : Mussolini killed at Lake Como

 

1 May 1945 : Hitler's suicide announced

 

2 May 1945 : Berlin falls

 

7 May 1945 : VE Day. Germany surrenders

 

17 July 1945 : Potsdam conference

 

6 August 1945 : USA drops atom bomb on Hiroshima

 

8 August 1945 : USSR declares war on Japan

 

9 August 1945 : USA drops atom bomb on Nagasaki

 

14 August 1945 : Japan surrenders

 

2 September 1945 : VJ Day. Japanese sign surrender aboard USS Missouri

 

2 September 1945 : Fin du World War II

1946

February 1946 : 50,000 "GI brides" shipped out to the USA

 

December 1946 : Fuel and food shortages continue

1947/48

Whaley Bridge FC win New Mills & District League

 

20 November 1947 : Princess Elizabeth marries the Duke of Edinburgh

1948/49

Whaley Bridge FC win New Mills & District League

 

1 January 1948 : Railways nationalised

 

28 June 1948 : Troops break dockers' strike

 

December 1948 : Labour government constructs "Welfare State"

1949

15 March 1949 : Clothes rationing ends

 

18 April 1949 : Eire becomes Republic of Irel

1950

World Cup BRAZIL; Brasil 1-2 Uruguay (Att 199,854)

1950/51

Whaley Bridge FC win Hospital Cup & Derbyshire Medals & are runners up New Mills & District League

 

14th May Portugal 3 England 5 and Bill Jones gets his 1st cap

18th May Belgium 1 England 4; Bill Jones gets his 2nd cap

 

About 1950 : Albert Einstein puts forward theories of relativity

 

28 June 1950 : Royal Navy enters Korean War

 

25 December 1950 : Stone of Destiny taken from Westminster Abbey

1951

7 June 1951 : Soviet spies Burgess and MacLean disappear

1952

Cromford & High Peak Railway; the section between Whaley Bridge and Shallcross yard, via the incline, finally closes

 

6 February 1952 : Fin du reign of George VI

 

7 February 1952 : Début du reign of Elizabeth II

 

24 November 1952 : "Mousetrap" opens in London

 

11 December 1952 : Derek Bentley sentenced to hang

1953

Discovery of measles vaccine by Enders and Peebles

 

31 January 1953 : Ferry Princess Victoria sinks in the Irish Sea

 

3 February 1953 : Hundreds die as East Coast is floode

 

30 May 1953 : Edmund Hillary reaches the top of Mount Everest

1954

World Cup SWITZERLAND; West Germany 3-2 Hungary

1954/55

Whaley Bridge win the Stockport Shield

 

Discovery of first polio vaccine by J E Salk

 

May 1954 : "Teddy Boys" appear

 

3 July 1954 : Rationing ends

1955

13 July 1955 : Ruth Ellis is the last woman to be hanged

1956

31 October 1956 : Britain invades Suez

1957

17 October 1957 : Air borne radiation leaks from Windscale nuclear plant

 

November 1957 : First motorway in Britain, M1 opens

1958

World Cup SWEDEN; Sweden 2-5 Brazil

 

6February 1958 : 7 members of Manchester United die in plane crash

1960

31 December 1960 : National Service abolished

1961/62

Whaley Bridge FC runners up in Manchester League Div 2 & also win the Murray Shield

1962

World Cup CHILE; Brazil 4-2 Chile

1963/64

Whaley Bridge FC win Manchester League Div 2

 

27 March 1963 : Dr Beeching proposes cutting 25% of rail line

 

5 June 1963 : John Profumo resigns after sex scandal

 

4 November 1963 : The Beatles appear in the Royal Variety Show

1964

21 December 1964 : Death penalty abolished in Britain

1965

28 October 1965 : Brady and Hindley charged with Moors Murders

1966

World Cup ENGLAND; England 4-2 West Germany

 

21 October 1966 : 144 die in Aberfan as coal bing buries school

1967

Emergence of Flower Power

 

Remainder of the Cromford & High Peak Railway closes

1967/68

Stockport League Div 1 Winners

1968

Stockport Corporation comple the Goyt Reservoir, now called the Errwood Reservoir covering the village of Errwood

1968/69

Stockport League Div 1 Winners

1969/70

Derbyshire Cup Winners

 

5 March 1969 : London gangsters the Kray twins sentenced to life

1970

World Cup MEXICO: Brazil 4-1 Italy

1970/71

Stockport League & Haslam Cup winners

 

2 January 1971 : 66 die when barriers collapse at Ibrox Park

 

15 February 1971 : British currency goes decim

1972/73

Derbyshire Cup Winners

1972

Local Government Act of 1972; Whale y Bridge U D C becomes part of the Borough of the High Peak

 

22 January 1972 : Britain joins the EEC

 

30 January 1972 : 13 shot in another Bloody Sunday in Derry

 

February 1972 : Miners strike leads to power cuts

1973/74

Derbyshire Cup Winners

 

8 March 1973 : IRA begins mainland bombing

 

17 December 1973 : Three day week introduced

1974

World Cup WEST GERMANY; West Germany 2-1 Netherlands

1974/75

HVFL Premier League, Lawrence Cup & Derbyshire Cup Winners

 

12 November 1974 : Lord Lucan escapes and disappears

1975/76

HVFL Premier League Winners

 

11 July 1975 : Inflation reaches 25%

1976/77

Dore Shield Winners

 

James Callaghan takes over as PM

1977

Toddbrook reservoir emptied and repaired (over 5 year period)due to leakage

 

2 April 1977 : Red Rum wins the Grand National for the third time

1978

World Cup ARGENTINA: Argentina 3-1 Netherlands

1978

13 December 1978 : Jeremy Thorpe, MP charged with incitement to murder

1979

January 1979 : "Winter of Discontent" causes chaos

 

4 May 1979 : Margaret Thatcher becomes first woman Prime Minister

 

2 September 1979 : Yorkshire Ripper claims 12th victim

1980

5 May 1980 : SAS storms Iranian embassy in London

1980/81

HVFL Premier League & Lawrence Cup Winners

1981/82

Derbyshire Cup Winners

 

Mmanager Jed Merrick and much of the old Whaley Team disband/retire to leave Club in disarray!

 

July 1981 : Riots break out in 8 inner city areas

1982/83

Jon Brogden Snr, Neil Woodcock & Steve Rampley keep things going with a team comprising much of the Disley side

1982

World Cup SPAIN; West Germany 1-3 Italy

 

2 April 1982 : Argentina invades Falkland Islands

 

14 June 1982 : British troops regain control of Falklands

1983/84

After losing the Lawrence Cup final most of the 'Disley' syndicate breaks up

1984/85

Steve Rampley stays on alone as Player/Manager and starts again from scratch; Martin Goddard becomes Chairman

Relegated after an initial year in the A Div (now Premier) the team is rebuilt & improves year on year & soon returns

 

25 September 1983 : 134 IRA prisoners escape from the Maze prison

1984

May 1984 : Coal strikes crushed by riot police

 

12 October 1984 : IRA bombs Tory conference in Brighton

1985

11 May 1985 : 40 killed as fire destroys Bradford City stand

1986

World Cup MEXICO: Argentina 3-2 West Germany

1987

16 October 1987 : Hurricane hits southern England

 

18 November 1987 : 30 die in King's Cross Underground fire

1988

6 July 1988 : North sea oil rig Piper Alpha explodes

1988/89

Roden Cup Winners - B Division (Res)

 

22 December 1988 : Pan Am jumbo jet explodes over Lockerbie killing 270

1989/90

Whaley's bright young team is now strarting to compete with the likes of Rowsley & Dove at the top of the League

1989/90

Challenge Cup Winners - B Division (Res)

 

15 April 1989 : 94 football fans crushed to death at Hillsborough

 

September 1989 : Thousands of Scots elect not to pay new Poll Tax

 

19 October 1989 : "Guildford Four" released from prison

1990

World Cup ITALY: West Germany 1-0 Argentina

1990

23 August 1990 : British and US troop build-up in Persian Gulf

1990/91 Junior Club founded by Bill Gregory; 2 teams initially in the Reddish & District League (CFA)

1991/92

Dore Shield Winners - the team matures

1991

17 January 1991 : Operation "Desert Storm" defeats Ira

 

7 February 1991 : Downing Street hit by IRA mortar bomb

 

14 March 1991 : "Birmingham Six" released from prison

1994

World Cup USA; Brasil 0-0 Italy penalties: 3:2

1993/94

Steve Rampley retires from 1st Team Management and becomes WBAFC Chairman

John Brogden Snr takes over as 1st Team Manager

1994/95

Roden Cup Winners - B Division (Res)

1995

September 1995 : Britain hit by worst drought for over 250 years

1996 Nov 1966: Initial Lottery application for new changing facility to replace the existing delapidated building

1996/97

Johnny Hardy moves from Chinley to become 1st team manager

HVFL Premier League Winners

Juniors move into the Stockport Metro League; Manchester FA

 

February 1996 : Major oil spill from "Sea Empress" at Milford Haven

1997

Tony Blair becomes PM

 

31 August 1997: Princess Diana dies after car crash in Paris

1997/98

HVFL Premier League & Derbyshire Cup Winners

1998

World Cup FRANCE; France 3-0 Brazil

1999/00

Jon Brogden Snr returns temporarily to 1st Team Management, assisted by Jon Gill, after Johnny Hardy

HVFL Premier League Winners, Lawrence Cup Winners (Derbyshire Cup Winners?)

Aug 2000: Lottery application (3rd) is finally approved - grant is £130,000 towards total costs of £200,000

2000/01

Darryl Wainwright becomes 1st Team Manager; Paul Moore is assistant: Jon Gill takes over the Reserves

HVFL Premier League Winners

2001

11th Sept 2001: Nearly 3,000 people killed when four hijacked planes crashed into New York's World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a farm field in Pennsylvania.

 

October - US, Britain launch air strikes against Afghanistan after Taleban refuse to hand over Osama bin Laden

2001/02

Dore Shield winners

Hall Trophy Winners - A Division (Res)

2002

World Cup JAPAN/KOREA; Germany 0-2 Brazil

New Pavilion & MUGA opens

2002/03

Dore Shield Winners

2003

21st March 2003 US and British marines sweep into Basra - Iraq's second-largest city.

 

4th May 2003 Bush declares victory in Iraq

2003/04

Dore Shield & Lawrence Cup Winners

2003/04

A Division Winners (Res)

New pavilion built after successful (3rd time lucky)Sport England Lottery bid

2006

World Cup GERMANY;

2006/07

HVFL Premier League Winners & Lawrence Cup Winners

2007

Gordon Brown takes over from Tony Blair as PM

 

WBFC application to join the Cheshire League, Football League tier 7, fails pending pitch alterations

2008

World's financial markets collapse; government's bail out major banks and financial institutions

2008/09

Jon Gill retires and Jason Adshead takes over as Reserve Team Manager

Mike Prophet takes over as Treasurer from AdrianWest-Samuel

Adrian West-Samuel becomes Web Master and whaleybridgefc.co.uk is born

Lynn Ritchie retires and Ella Buttrill takes over as Secretary

Senior & Junior Clubs vote in principle to amalgamate

WBFC input intoHPBC's HLF bid to improve the Memorial Park inc. the football ground and facilities

WBAFC win Dore Shield

2009

20th Jan; Barack Hussain Obama is sworn in as United States President

2009/10
WBAFC win Derbyshire Divisional Cup at Silverlands & win HVFL Premier Division
Miles Drayson takes over the reserve team
Close season work commences on pitch extension
2010 May: Old Etonians Cameron & Clegg form coalition government 'ConDem'
Todbrook Reservoir emptied Sept through Dec for only 2nd time to reline the outlet pipe
World Cup South Africa: Spain 1 - 0 Holland
2010/11 June 28 WBAFC & WB Juniors amalgamate
Dec 01 WBAFC achieves FA Commuinity Charter Standard
WBAFC win all 4 domestic tropies; Derbyshire Cup; HVFL Premier; Dore Shield & Lawrence Cup
2011/12 WBAFC 1st Team join The Cheshire Football League Division 2 & win unprecidented League & Cup Double in inaugrial season
Dan Turner & Andrew Atkins take over Reserve Team
The new AGP is constructed and opens for business in April 2012
2012/13 WBAFC Res join Cheshire League
Jon Brogden takes over from retiring long term manager Darryl Hall
2013/14 WBAFC Res Division Runners Up & Res Division Challenge Cup Winners
WBAFC win CFL Fair Play Award
2015/16 Ian Coll takes over as 1st team manager only to be replaced by Darryl Hall mid season
WBAFC win Premier Challenge Cup
WBAFC win Res Div 1 & Res Div Challenge Cup
Dan Turner steps down as res manager after 5 years
BREXIT - UK votes to leave EU
England crash out of Euro 2016 losing to Iceland in last 16!
 
 
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