My aim in this series which will cover eight decades is to explore the character of football as well as to ratiocinate and identify the “team of the decade” from the 1890’s to the 1960’s in the North Lancs League. These decades take us on a journey from the squalor and hardships of the Victorian era to the second Elizabethan age through two World Wars, the Wall Street crash, the General Strike and rationing. Football remained a constant companion for our ancestors and would change and evolve into the game we know today. The conditions that surrounded the teams in their specific decade will also be looked at and they only reinforce my belief that I was fortunate indeed to be born in the 1940’s as the following twenty years saw me exposed to some wonderful teams and players. I ask the reader to try and imagine how difficult life was in the Victorian and Edwardian eras and beyond. In 1914 men and boys were taken from their jobs, their football and their families and thrown into the maelstrom of World War I. Even when the fortunate ones returned home the next two decades were more than challenging and then they were plunged into yet another war.