Farsley AFC were formed in June 2010 from the embers of Farsley Celtic F.C which entered Administration in June 2009 whilst in the Blue Square North and which failed to fulfil its fixtures eventually being expelled from that league early in 2010.
The old Farsley club (the name Celtic being added later) initially competed in the Leeds Amateur leagues and played its first game at the current site in 1948. Throughout the 1950’s and 60’s Celtic established themselves in the Yorkshire Leagues, being crowned champions in 1959-60 and 1968-69, although failing to be promoted as a result of ground regulations. A First Round FA Cup tie against Tranmere Rovers at Leeds United’s Elland Road ground in 1974 proved to be the highlight of the decade, and the 11,000 crowd that saw the Celts lose 2-0 to a Steve Coppell inspired Rovers is still the largest crowd in the club’s history.
As the Yorkshire and Midland leagues merged in 1982, Farsley began in Division One North. By the mid 80’s the club was invited into the Northern Premier League.
After a few largely uninspiring seasons, the new decade brought unparalleled success. In 2004-05 under the inspired management of Lee Sinnott, the team won the Unibond League Premier Division only to have points deducted as the result of Spennymoor Town going out of business and its results being expunged. The reduction in points resulted in the Celts securing only a play-off place, losing controversially on penalties against Workington in the final.
Promotion was secured the following season after a playoff final victory against North Ferriby and in the following season, the club’s first in the Conference North, they reached the first round of the FA Cup losing in a replay to MK Dons as well as securing promotion to the Conference National following a memorable evening at the Pirelli Stadium in Burton Upon Trent, when Simeon Bambrook’s last minute penalty saw the Celts beat Hinkley United 4-3.
A single season of Conference National football resulted in relegation to the Conference North. On-going financial difficulties saw the Administrators appointed in June 2009 with the club’s results expunged in March 2010 when the Administrator prohibited the club from fulfilling its fixtures.
The re-formed club were placed in the NCEL Premier Division for their first season which turned out to be highly successful with a league and cup double recorded. Many of the former players remained loyal to the club and top spot was held for much of the season, with the title confirmed on the penultimate weekend of the season. The club also reached two cup finals, the NCEL Presidents Cup, in which Tadcaster won but the season ended on a positive note with the League Cup being lifted despite Farsley having to play the majority of the final with 10 men.
The 2011/12 season was almost as successful, with a top five spot being secured ensuring qualification for the play-offs. Unfortunately, the semi-final opponents were Witton Albion who won 3-0 and deservedly booked a place in the final, going onto win promotion after defeating Curzon Ashton in the final.