Taken from the Great Harwood Town v Colne programme


Saturday 10th October 1970, and it’s F.A. Cup 2nd qualifying round day as the Robins travelled to Lancaster City. Taken from the programme that day is this interesting little piece.
Great Harwood’s rise in recent years has been one of the romances of non-league football in Lancashire. From a lowly position in the Lancashire Combination they rose as the Champions and earned promotion to the Northern Premier League. By their own efforts they have created an attractive ground with some modern amenities. In our recent meetings-in the Combination, in a cup tie and a friendly game, Great Harwood have slightly had the edge, but when we met at Great Harwood in the first match of the season, we lost by only the odd goal in three and in the opinion of many who saw the game, we were unlucky not to get at least a point. (Oh yeh!-Ed.)
We welcome Great Harwood to Giant Axe and feel sure that they will give us a good game. They have an attractive side sprinkled with ex-Internationals. In addition to Bryan Douglas, a familiar figure now at Harwood, they also have Ronnie Clayton, the former Morecambe manager, and Welsh International Roy Vernon, who Lancaster were so anxious to sign but were unsuccessful.
The game ended in a draw with Harwood wining the replay on the following Thursday. That season saw the clubs best ever run in the F.A. Cup culminating in the famous 1st Round game against Rotherham United.
Strangely, the Harwood programmes that season didn’t list the results, just the original fixture list.

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