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The origins of the Norton & Stockton Ancients date back to the late 1950s when the Norton Cricket Club Trust decided to start a football section to provide a winter option for its members.
A club was formed and was accepted into the then very strong Teesside League. In 1968 the club, known as the Norton Cricket Club Trust FC, won its first silverware, the Durham Minor Cup. Over the following years the club won the North Riding Amateur Cup three times and the Teesside League Cup.
Two clubs come together
In 1980, following its winding up, the remaining assets of Stockton football club were transferred to Norton. Members of the two boards agreed to form one club, Norton & Stockton Ancients FC—’Ancients’ being the recognised nickname of the Stockton club.
Norton & Stockton Ancients FC was a founding member of the Northern League Division Two in 1982. In 2009 it secured promotion to Division One and the following year reached the quarter finals of the F.A. Vase.
Also in 2010 the club topped its previous attendance record when a crowd of 1,526 watched the Ancients take on FC United of Manchester in the third qualifying round of the F.A. Cup.