About us

Founded by the late Brian Bakes in 1975 who identified a need for a boys team in the local area and Heyside Juniors was born, completing their first full season with just one team.  Through the support of many dedicated people volunteering their own time, the club has grown and developed to become Heyside FC.

As an FA Charter Standard Club affiliated by Manchester FA we are now present in 8 Leagues with over 50 teams including boys, girls, open age, ability counts and a major contributor to supporting the local community with grassroots and amateur football.

ALL managers and coaches are DBS(CRB) checked and hold an FA Level Certified Coaching Football which include safeguarding and first aid certification


Our academy forms the roots of the club allowing new teams to grow from it and start a footballing journey for 1000’s of local children, giving them life experiences and memories to cherish into adulthood.

This is why our club mantra has always been ‘YOUTH IS THE FUTURE’


Brian Bakes – Club Founder and Chairman

The late Brian Bakes was the founder of the original Heyside Juniors in 1975 and he dedicated 25 years of his life to the club as chairman.  He played a major part in the development of Blackpool goalkeeper Matt Gilks in his under 13’s side.  People that knew him said that he was much like Bob Paisley — quiet, determined, knowledgeable but with a will to win and to have a good team, he never wanted the limelight, he was a football man.

He always showed interest in all the teams and helped thousands of Children play football from our area.  They all owe Brian a debt of gratitude for starting and developing the club. He laid the foundations of this club which we should all be grateful for.  Brian realised we had to go with the times but always wanted to ensure traditional values of the club were not lost — a philosophy that is still in place today.

Martin Buckley – Committee Member for over 25 years


Martin Buckley played a major part in the clubs history and success.  He was deeply committed to Heyside Juniors, where he ran the open-age team for many years and held several committee positions over a 25-plus year period.  Martin was instrumental in setting up an exchange visit with a club in Holland over 30 years ago that still takes place every year and has been a memorable part of being a player for Heyside for many generations.

Martin sadly passed away in 2009 but Heyside continue to honor the great work he did with the club and as such one of our player presentation awards are named after him.

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