In 1959 it was agreed by the Norton Cricket Club Trust management committee that they would encourage the founding of a football section. With the ambition and energy of Secretary Wilf Lawson the organisation began to take shape, D.C.H Townsend was the first president and he did much to encourage the development of this initiative. Bill Russell, Ken Williamson and Barry Lee each of whom had senior football experience also joined the new committee.
The Club applied for membership and were accepted into the then very strong Teesside League, now up and running the first silverware to arrive was the Durham Minor Cup in 1968. Norton Cricket Club Trust FC became the last Teesside League Club to lift this trophy as the following season the league’s teams were to compete in the Durham Amateur Cup competition in which we were beaten finalists on two occasions. Much more success was enjoyed in the following seasons with the club winning the North Riding Amateur Cup three times, the Teesside League Cup and league runners up.
In 1980 the ‘old’ Stockton football club was folding and the remaining assets were transferred to Norton Cricket Club Trust, Members of the Stockton board joined the Norton set up and to recognise the forming of the two clubs the Norton committee voted to change the name to Norton + Stockton Ancients FC, Soon after this step the Club joined the reformed second division of the Northern League.
The Club won the Northern League Cup in our first season beating several good strong clubs on the way to meeting and beating Whitby Town in the final 2-1, The following season saw us in the final of the Durham Challenge Cup losing 2-1 to Coundon Three Tuns FC.
In 1988 the Club’s record attendance of 1,430 was set in a friendly against Middlesbrough and in October 1995 floodlights were installed for the first time. Our best ever League placing fifth in Division Two followed in 1999 and in 2005-06 season we reached the 2nd round proper of the FA Vase.