Both Ossett Town and Ossett Albion managed to gain Northern Premier League status and maintain that level of football for a remarkable time period. Battling each year to survive in this league and infrequently even challenging for a promotion spot.
Over the years talk of merging the clubs has been flirted with and even advance talks took place but to no avail did the officials of each club ever reach an amicable solution.
Queue 2018 and a discussion between both clubs took place on the 4th of January after an Ossett Town Juniors match where the son of John and Emma Chidlaw (Albion owners, along with Lee Summerscales) played in a game refereed by Ossett Town Vice Chairman, Lee Broadbent who operated Town alongside James and Dawn Rogers.
On June 1st 2018 after six months of hard graft and passing the FA ratification process Ossett United Football Club was born.
With a clear vision for stability and progression the owners which consist of the names above along with Phil Smith the Chief Executive Officer and Steve Hanks, Club Secretary, have worked tirelessly to bring this new entity to life. The project is a constant work in progress and part of the clubs constitution states that this is not going to be a huge cash injection which will leave the club vulnerable in future years being dependant on a wealthy investor.
It will be a carefully engineered progression that involves the experience and business acumen the board have at their disposal. Money is available for essential spending and immediate development requirements but the business plan that is in place focuses around making the club self-sustaining and ultimately becoming a stable run business.
Exciting times ahead for football in Ossett and with the combination of the board and the fantastic volunteers the future looks very bright indeed.