Founded in 1909 by a local group of enthusiasts, Guiseley were starved of much success for almost half a decade, and by 1956 they’d claimed just six local league titles and two showings in the last 16 of the old F.A. Amateur Cup.
However this was followed by a steady run of achievements as the club was switched once again to the West Yorkshire League, and from there they picked up a commendable nine Wharfedale Challenge Cups in ten years throughout the 1960’s.
The next two decades were inconsistent as The Lions joined Division Two of the Yorkshire League in 1968, suffering relegation within two seasons before gaining promotion again at the first attempt.
They were promoted to the First Division in 1974 but again they were relegated and promoted in consecutive seasons. Things began to look up once they gained promotion to the Northern Premier League Division One in 1991. From here there were FA Vase runs followed by another promotion to the Premier Division in 2004.
They won this division in 2010, picking up a spot in the Conference North for the first time in their centenary year. Guiseley managed a remarkable feat for the next four campaigns as they reached the play-offs in every season, but failed to climb the final hurdle each time.
However the 2014/15 campaign saw a change in fortune as they finally made it to the top level of non-league football for the first time in the club’s history. Since then Guiseley have struggled to have much of an impact in the firth tier and have relied on final day great escapes to avoid relegation. They’ll be hoping for better this time around.
The 2016/17 campaign was another testing one for Guiseley fans as the side just about survived in the National League. The Yorkshire side finished one place above the drop zone on 51 points from their 46 games and needed a 90th minute equaliser from Danny Lowe to secure a point against Solihull on the Final Day and confirm safety.
In the games against the Silkmen both matches ended with away victories with Macclesfield securing a 2-1 win at Guiseley in September before losing the reverse game at the Moss 2-1 in January.
How To Get There
Train: Macclesfield - Manchester Piccadilly - Leeds - Shipley - Guiseley.
Car: Head along the M60 and M62. Leave the M62 at Junction 28 and take the A653 towards Leeds. After passing the White Rose Shopping Centre on your left, bear left where the road forks onto the ring road (A6110). Continue on the A6110 passing underneath the M621, following signs for Bradford (A647). Continue following the ring road for another eight miles, until you reach a roundabout that is the junction with the A65. Take the first exit onto the A65 towards Skipton. Continue on the A65 for four miles and you will reach Nethermoor Park on the right.
Postcode: LS20 8BT.