Rawtenstall Athletic F.C.

Rawtenstall F.C., was an English football club based in Rawtenstall, Lancashire. They were nicknamed The Cobblers (not to be confused with Northampton Town) after the town's shoe-making industry.

The club was founded in 1893 as Rawtenstall F.C. when members of Rawtenstall Cricket Club who had been using the cricket ground for football during the winter months decided to formally organise and enter a team in the Central Lancashire League. Their first secretary is listed as a Mr. Sidney Thwaites. The team would complete just three seasons in the Lancashire Combination before leaving after finishing next to bottom in 1897.

In recent years the name was revived as Rawtenstall F.C. were short term members of the East Lancashire Football League, finishing 6/13 in Division Two at the end of the 2008-2009 season.However they do not appear to be members of the East Lancashire Football League for the 2009-2010 season.

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