In 1980, Sunday football came to Ruskin Drive. However the team, which was the youngest in the Warrington Sunday League was too inexperienced to make an impact. In 1983, older and wiser, the Sunday team won the club's first title.
On a Saturday, the club continued to compete in the Liverpool County Combination until in 1983/84, the club was the first local side to successfully join the Mid-Cheshire League and finish in 14th place in their first season. Under the stewardship of Geoff Barlow, the 80's saw the first team struggle with the competitiveness of the Mid-Cheshire and were regularly finishing in the bottom half of the table.
1989/90 saw the arrival of Brian Yates as manager of the 1st Team but again he struggled to make an impact in what was a very competitive league. The club decided that it would be in the best interests of the club if the Reserves also joined the Mid-Cheshire League. They entered Division Two in 1990/91 and although finishing 8th, the 1st Team finished at the bottom of Division One and were relegated meaning the Reserves consequently lost their place.
It was at this time that Lol Stanton and Jon Dawson, both qualified FA coaches, arrived at the club and in the 1991/92 season they narrowly missed out on promotion, finishing fourth in their first season in charge of the 1st Team.
The start of the 1992/93 season saw the club elect a new Chairman, John Potter Jnr., the club's youngest ever Chairman who was still playing 1st Team football. A concerted effort saw them almost gain promotion but they had to settle for third.
The club had always had a tradition of running under 16's-18's football but it is at this time that the committee decided they must look to the future of the club, to maintain its continuing improvement. So at the start of the 1992/93 season, under the guidance of Dave Burrows, a well respected figure in the ranks of local junior football, the club took on board Junior teams from Under 9's to Under 16's for the first time.
Season 1993/94 saw a change at the top with players, John Wright and Paul Pinder, forming a new management team. The new few years were a period of frustration as the club tried to get back to the top tier of Cheshire League football. Thrown in between this were 2 League Cup Final appearances that also ended in defeat. At the end of 1996/97, John Wright left the club and Paul Pinder ran the 1st Team with Andy Hockenhull.
Season 1997/98 was the best year in that decade for the club as the 1st Team finally gained promotion back into the First Division. The club also won the Bill Gray Trophy - Club of the Year Award. The season after saw the 1st Team finding life in Division One tough and they finished bottom of the league. However, due to AFC Zeneca leaving the league, they managed to keep their Division One status, whilst the reserve side were re-elected into the Second Division.