Knowsley United F.C.
|Full name||Knowsley United Football Club|
|Ground||Alt Park, Huyton|
|Capacity||5,850 (250 seats)|
|1996–97||Northern Premier League Premier Division, 15th|
Kirkby Town joined the Second Division of the Lancashire Combination in 1963. In 1966–67 they won the division, and were promoted to the First Division. In 1969–70 they finished fourth, and were promoted to the Northern Premier League. In the same season they reached the first round of the FA Cup for the first time, but lost 6–0 at Bangor City. However, after finishing bottom of the Northern Premier League in 1971–72, they returned to the Lancashire Combination.
In 1978 the club switched to Division Two of the Cheshire County League. They finished third in 1979–80, and were promoted to Division One. However, they were immediately relegated back to Division Two after finishing 19th.
In 1982 they switched leagues again, joining the Third Division of the new North West Counties League. They won the division at the first attempt, and were promoted to Division Two, which they also won at the first attempt, resulting in promotion to Division One for the 1986–87 season.
In 1988 they changed their name to Knowsley United in an attempt to attract further support. After two second-placed finishes, the club won the league in 1990–91 and were promoted to Division One of the Northern Premier League. In 1992–93 they finished as runners-up, and were promoted to the Premier Division. The following season they reached the first round of the FA Cup for a second time, where they lost 4–1 at home to Carlisle United. The club folded in 1997.
Kirkby Town played their home games at Simonswood Lane and later Kirkby Sports Centre. Upon becoming Knowsley United, they relocated to Alt Park in Huyton which was previously used by Huyton RLFC from 1969 to 1984.
Although by the time Huyton RLFC had vacated Alt Park the ground had become subject to vandalism and general disrepair, after Knowlsey United moved into Alt Park the ground underwent a series of renovations thanks largely to the involvement of the Orr family, who were the footballing proprietors of Kirkby Town FC and also the people responsible for the team's relocation to Huyton with Roby. Due to the initial success of Knowlsey United floodlights were installed and with the help of Knowsley Borough Council the clubhouse, grandstand & social club were recommissioned & upgraded as well. Alt Park was transformed into a respectable ground for a club the size of Knowsley United.
Notable former players
- Mike Marsh – Started as a youth player eventually playing for Kirkby Town from 1984–87, Former Liverpool and Southend United player
- Ken Dugdale – Retired Wigan Athletic player and former New Zealand national team manager. Played for Kirkby Town at the start of his career
- Alan Dugdale – Retired Coventry City, Charlton Athletic and Barnsley player. Possibly played for Kikrby Town at the start of his career
- Gary Bennett – Kirkby Town was one of the first clubs he ever played for. Former Prescot Cables F.C., F.C. United of Manchester A.F.C. Telford, and Fleetwood Town F.C. Player. Notable for scoring F.C. United of Manchester's first ever goal in a friendly match against Flixton F.C.
- North West Counties Football League
- Liverpool Senior Cup
- Winners 1986–87
- Northern Premier League
- First Division runners-up 1992–93
- Champions Cup
- Winners: 1989–90
- Raab Karcher Cup
- Winners 1989–90
- Knowsley United at the Football Club History Database
- Kirkby Town at the Football Club History Database
- Photo of main stand at Alt Park during Knowsley United's tenure at the ground.