THE 'oldest football club in Lancashire' is appealing for photographs and anecdotes from those who are or have been connected to the club as its 150th birthday approaches.

Turton Football Club will celebrate the milestone at The Last Drop Village Hotel and Spa with a sit-down meal before live entertainment, drinks and an auction on the evening of October 30.

Club chairman, Pete Gray, is appealing for anyone with archive images or anecdotes to send them into the club. They will be on display in the bar area on the night.

He said: "Everybody connected to the club is very much looking forward to celebrating our 150th birthday. This is a milestone that only a handful of clubs in the entire world have been able to celebrate.

"We would love anyone who has, or has had, connections to the club to share any pictures, or even anecdotes from their time with the club."

Formed in 1871, Turton have a rich history and for much of the 1870s were the leading club in the county. They currently ply their trade in the West Lancashire Premier League and have in recent times enjoyed success under manager Craig Jones - winning the Richardson Cup and the Lancashire Amateur Shield in 2019 before also emerging victorious in the Wilf Carr Memorial Trophy in 2020.

A nod to the club can be found in the National Football Museum, where they are recognised as being significant pioneers of Association Football in the North West and amongst the founder members of the Lancashire FA.

The club currently play their games at Thomason Fold in the North Turton district of Blackburn with Darwen.

Anybody wanting to send in pictures or anecdotes are asked to send them to