Competition: Second Division.
Nelson: Abbot; Lilley, Rigg; Newnes, Braidwood, Wilson; Hood, Wolstenholme, Edelston, McCulloch, Humphries.
Referee: Mr A.F Kirby (Lostock Hall).
Thousands of supporters poured onto the
With Nelson struggling near the foot of the table, Unitedís fans expected to be swept into Division One on a tidal wave of goals, but the floodgates never opened.
For much of the first half Unitedís defence were left chasing shadows as the lively Nelson forwards pushed the ball around with considerable poise and skill. Just before the interval United came desperately close to falling behind as dependable full back Bert Duffield headed off the line with goalkeeper Billy Down beaten.
Fired by some choice words by Fairclough
during the break,
Time ticked away, but the vital goal continued to elude Unitedís front men. Then with three minutes left, Joe Harris took a corner on the left and floated it over the packed penalty area to Walter Coates, who steaded himself before firing in the goal which sent United up to the First Division.
The fans stayed on at the end to celebrate with the players, hear speeches of congratulations and appeals for financial help. Even in times of glory Unitedís cash problems were never far away.
Nelson FC Champions Third Division North 1922-23
LUFC: Second Division Champions 1923-24
Goalscorer: Walter Coates ††††††††††††††††††††† †††††Manager: Arthur Fairclough††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††Assistant Manager: Bill Norman
Goalkeeper: Billy Down††††††††††††††††††††† †††††Full Back: Bert Duffield †††††††††††††††††† †††††Winger: Joe Harris