Update on cup fixtures and registration deadline

L & C AFL has provided updates to all points, which all Club Secretaries should refer to. 

  1. Contact Fixtures secretary Malcolm Kershaw, fixtures@landc.org.uk with any issues or for assistance with 3/4G bookings. To assist clubs in finding 3G/4G pitches a list was issued on the 7th Feb. All fixtures, visible to the end of the season will be subject to alteration with cup and rescheduled matches.
  2. League Cup Finals have been booked for the following venues, all are 7.30pm kick offs. Tuesday 16th April at Wythenshawe Amateurs – Wray Cup Final Village Manchester v Radclyffe. Thursday 25th April at Chorlton & West Didsbury – Hellawell Shield Final. Thursday 2nd May at Chorlton & West Didsbury – Whitehead Cup Final. Thursday 9th May at Hyde United – Rhodes Cup Final.
  3. League Cup semi-finals.
    1. Hellawell Shield second leg 23rd March Bury Amateur 3rd v Chadderton Park Res at Alder High School kick off 2PM.
    2. Hellawell Shield two legs 23rd March – Irlam Tiger Res v Hollingworth Res, 30th March second leg.
    3. Rhodes Cup 6th April at Astley Sports Village, kick off 2:30 pm Salford Victoria v Parrswood Celtic.
    4. Rhodes Cup 23rd March at Wright Robinson, kick off 2:00 pm Rochdalians v Radclyffe AFC.
    5. Whitehead Cup 30th March. Dukinfield Athletic reserves v Chadderton Cott at Wright Robinson 3G kick off 2pm. Stoconians 3rd v Chadderton Cott reserves at Astley Sports Village 4G ko 2.30pm.
  4. Congratulations to Parrswood Celtic who have reached the Manchester Amateur Cup final against Failsworth Dynamoes on Friday 12th April, kick off 7.30pm at Trafford FC.
  5. The deadline for new registrations is 31st March.
  6. The EGM for all clubs to attend is on Thursday 21st March at 8PM at Curzon Ashton. The agenda was issued on 7/3/19.
  7. The League have a representative inter league match against the Lancashire Amateur league on Weds 20th March at Daisy Hill FC, St James St, Westhoughton, BL5 2EB kick off 7:45PM.
  8. The end of this season marks the 110th anniversary of the L & C AFL. The special presentation evening is on the 17th May at the Radisson Hotel on Deansgate, Manchester, where tickets will be subsidised. Save the date! Notification of the club mandatory place numbers will be issued by the end of the month.



Radclyffe still on course for treble

Results from 16.03.19: Radcylffe through to Wray Cup final, as treble remains firmly in their sights. R

After a week of poor weather things got a lot worse on Saturday as strong winds and torrential rain caused most games to be postponed.

It was thanks to the use of artificial surfaces that some games were able to go ahead with some teams making astute moves to avoid postponement due to their grounds being waterlogged.

Rhodes Cup

The top game of the day – the Rhodes Cup semi-final between Parrs Wood Celtic and Salford Victoria was postponed until a later date due to the weather.

Wray Cup

Due to the cancellations in the Rhodes Cup the main focus switched to Wright Robinson School and the Wray Cup Semi- final between Radclyffe from Division Three and Urmston Town from Division Two.

Urmston Town got off to a flier as Darryl Garwood gave them the lead in the first minute with a clinical strike., but Radclyffe showed why they are going for a trophy treble in the Rhodes Cup and Division Three championship as they drew level through Darryl Hardman.

It was nip and tuck after that with Urmston creating more chances for victory but their inability to convert them was punished as Radclyffe scored a late winner to book their final against Village Manchester next month.

Premier Division

Premier Division action was confined to two mid-table matches with both ended with honours even.

South Manchester shared four goals with Waterloo after Paul Sunderland had given them the lead but the hosts came back in a well contested game to earn their point

Trafford United hosted Abacus Media and the match ended deadlocked at 1-1.

Just one game in division one and Irlam Tigers reduced the big gap on the top three teams with a well constructed 4-2 win at Moston Brook.

Division Two

Division Two was much busier with three games played, the outstanding result coming from South Manchester Reserves who beat second-placed Manchester Polonia 5-2.

Hollingworth increased their chances of overtaking Polonia to the runners-up slot as they beat Spurley Hey 5-1 and now lie six points adrift of Polonia with four games in hand.

Santos were delighted with their best win of the season as they cruised to a 4-0 win over Bedians but they stay in the basement position, seven points adrift of Spurley Hey.

Division Three

There were two games played in Division Three and Stoconians Reserves moved into joint second place after a convincing local derby win by 5-2 against Heaton Mersey.

It was much closer in the other game with Salford Victoria winning by the odd goal in five against Village Manchester.

Division A

Two mid-table games were completed in Division A and Trafford United Reserves won their local derby with Flixton by 5-1 and in a tight contest AFC Oldham Reserves edged out Signol Athletic Reserves by 3-2.

Division B

Division B saw a complete blank with all the fixtures postponed

Division C

Division C had one game with Chorltonians Albion visiting Irlam Tigers Reserves.

Albion have enjoyed a resurgence in form since Tony McNicholls took over the managerial reins and they kept up the momentum as they stormed into a 4-0 lead with strikes from Aaron Rodger (two), Conor Carlin and Kurtis Wallace.

The manager made several late changes on 85 minutes and the Tigers bit back as they scored two late consolation goals.

Pics- action from 1) Radclyffe v Urmston Town (Radclyffe in blue), 2) Waterloo v South Manchester (Waterloo in yellow shirts), 3) Heaton Mersey v Stoconians Reserves (Stocs in blue and amber)

Premier League giants toppled in Rhodes Cup

Lancashire and Cheshire AFL

Giant killers march into semi-finals

Rhodes Cup sponsored by GP Property Management

THE Rhodes Cup again produced upsets as two teams from lower divisions toppled Premier League giants to move into the competition semi-finals. Parrs Wood Celtic, who are through to the Manchester Amateur Cup final and flying high in division one, took on in-form Premier division title contenders Whalley Range and were soon a goal down with a clinical finish from Reggie Merriman. After a very tight first half Celtic showed great powers of recovery and why they are going so well in league and cup as they stormed back with four unanswered goals to set up a semi-final against Salford Vics this coming Saturday. Netting for Celtic were Pat Davin, Jack Timmons and Danny South (two).

Division three hotshots Radclyffe have already claimed two Premier division scalps in Trafford United and Old Stretfordians in the Rhodes Cup and took on recent cup winners Mellor from the Premier division. Mellor dominated the early stages and created numerous chances but paid dearly for their inability to convert them into goals as Radclyffe showed deadly finishing with strikes from Simon Ogden (two) and Kyle Hardman to take control. Both sides netted before the end but Radclyffe kept their nerve and now play Premier division leaders Rochdalians in the second semi-final.

Wray Cup

In a Wray Cup quarter final Urmston Town ran out 4-2 winners at Dukinfield Athletic and will take on triple-trophy chasers Radclyffe in an intriguing semi-final.

Hellawell Shield

The other cup competition was the first leg of a Hellawell Shield semi-final with Chadderton Park seconds taking a 3-1 lead into the second leg at Bury Ams A.

Premier division

Long-time leaders Rochdalians went back to the top on goal difference from non-playing High Lane with a 6-0 win at Waterloo and they still have a vital game in hand. Rochdalians were inspired by skipper Davey Luker (two) who was backed by strikes from Reece Gregory, Lewis Mahoney, Jamie Luker and Nick Hands in a game that was much closer than the final score suggests

The only team with a chance of overhauling the top two is Whalley Range who are just two points adrift of them. The other game in the division saw basement team Old Ashtonians remain at the foot of the table after a 3-0 defeat by Abacus Media.

Division One

The top game saw leaders Dom Doyle increase their lead over Parrs Wood Celtic to seven points after a hard-fought 2-1 win at Irlam Tigers but Celtic have three games in hand on Dom Doyle.

The other game in the division saw Didsbury enjoy a welcome win by 4-0 at Oldham Vics to give themselves a chance of climbing out of the bottom two.

Division Two

Just two games and new champions Newton showed that they do not intend to rest on their laurels with a bright 6-3 win at Santos. It was much closer in the other game with Spurley Hey winning by the odd goal in five against Bedians to see them get within a point of escaping the bottom two.

Division Three

The top three teams were not in league action but Signol Athletic missed the opportunity to close the gap on them as they lost 3-1 at Aldermere. The other two games produced plenty of goals as Milton seconds won 6-1 at Village Manchester and Salford Vics came out on top in thriller with Mellor thirds by 5-3.

Division A

Elton Lib Hargreaves increased their lead at the top to eight points with a hard-earned 3-2 win at Signol Athletic seconds after Zac Galbraith had given them an early 2-1 lead.

Moston Brook seconds lost ground in second place as they were beaten 4-2 by Chorltonians Villa who had Adrian Barnett (two), Lee Cawood and Oli Alozie on target.

Chadderton Cott remain as the only unbeaten team in the league but they were taken all the way by AFC Oldham seconds in an entertaining local derby before winning 4-3 to stay ten points behind Elton Lib Hargreaves with three games in hand.

Another exciting game at Flixton saw them share eight goals with Rochdale Galaxy.

Division B

There was an upset as runaway leaders AFC Stockport suffered their second defeat of the season going down 3-2 to Parrs Wood Celtic seconds. AFC still have a comfortable five-point cushion over second placed Old Strets seconds who bounced back into form with a 7-0 win over Staly Lions.

Chadderton Cott seconds stay in third spot after grafting to a 2-1 win at Chorltonians Athletic who had Tony Hardy providing their consolation strike.

Moston Brook thirds enjoyed a 7-0 win over Didsbury seconds and Bury Ams seconds were convincing 4-1 winners at Stoconians thirds.

Division C

Deans virtually wrapped up the title with a 6-1 win over Hollingworth seconds, a score matched by second-placed Old Strets thirds at Moston Brook fourths. Deans need just one more win in their remaining three games to clinch the top spot as they are five points clear of Old Strets and have played a game less.

Pics – action from 1 Parrs Wood v Whalley Range (PW in black and white), 2 Mellor v Radclyffe (Radclyffe in orange), 3 Spurley Hey v Bedians (Spurley in yellow) 4 Signol Athletic seconds v Elton Lib Hargreaves (ELH in blue)

Venues for League Cup finals confirmed

The latest update to all Club Secretaries and the League Committee includes confirmation of venues for League Cup finals, along with League Cup semi-final matches, and a reminder of the deadline for new registrations.

  1. Contact Fixtures Secretary Malcolm Kershaw, fixtures@landc.org.uk with any issues or for assistance with 3G/4G bookings. To assist clubs in finding 3G/4G pitches a list was issued on the 7th Feb. Fixtures will be subject to alteration with cup and rescheduled matches.
  2. League Cup Finals have been booked for the following venues, all are 7.30pm kick offs. Tuesday 16th April at Wythenshawe Amateurs – Wray Cup Final. Thursday 25th April at Chorlton & West Didsbury – Hellawell Shield Final. Thursday 2nd May at Chorlton & West Didsbury – Whitehead Cup Final. Thursday 9th May at Hyde United – Rhodes Cup Final.
  3. League cup semi-finals.
  • Hellawell Shield second leg 16th March Bury Amateur 3rd v Chadderton Park Res.
  • Hellawell Shield, two legs: first leg will be on 23rd March between Irlam Tiger Res and Hollingworth Res. The second leg will take place on 30th March.
  • Wray Cup, 16th March at Wright Robinson, kick off 2:00 pm Radclyffe AFC v Urmston Town.
  • Rhodes Cup, 16th March at Astley Sports Village, kick off 2:30 pm between Salford Victoria and Parrswood Celtic.
  • Rhodes Cup, 23rd March at Wright Robinson, kick off 2:00 pm Rochdalians v Radclyffe AFC.
  • Whitehead Cup, 30th March for Dukinfield Athletic reserves v Chadderton Cott at Wright Robinson 3G kick off 2pm. Stoconians 3rd v Chadderton Cott reserves at Astley Sports Village 4G ko 2.30pm.
  1. Congratulations to Parrswood Celtic who have reached the Manchester Amateur Cup final against Failsworth Dynamoes on Friday 12th April, kick off 7.30pm at Trafford FC.
  2. The next EGM for all clubs to attend is on Thursday 21st March at 8PM at Curzon Ashton. The agenda was issued on 7/3/19.
  3. The League have a representative interleague match against the Lancashire Amateur league on Wednesday 20th March. Offers of high quality players will be very welcome to Tim Roebuck of Abacus Media.
  4. A reminder that the deadline for new registrations is 31st March.
  5. The end of this season marks the 110th anniversary of the L & C AFL. A special presentation evening is being planned for the 17th May at the Radisson Hotel on Deansgate, Manchester, where tickets will be subsidised. Save the date! More details will follow as plans develop.

League cup venues confirmed

In the latest update to all clubs and their secretaries, L & C AFL has confirmed dates and venues for semi-finals and final fixtures. Here is the full round-up.

  1. Contact Fixtures secretary Malcolm Kershaw, fixtures@landc.org.uk with any issues or for assistance with 3/4G bookings. To assist clubs in finding 3G/4G pitches a list was issued on the 7th Feb. March fixtures but will be subject to alteration with cup and rescheduled matches.
  2. League Cup Finals have been booked for the following venues, all are 7.30pm kick offs. Tuesday 16th April at Wythenshawe Amateurs – Wray Cup Final. Thursday 25th April at Chorlton & West Didsbury – Hellawell Shield Final. Thursday 2nd May at Chorlton & West Didsbury – Whitehead Cup Final. Thursday 9th May at Hyde United – Rhodes Cup Final.
  3. League cup semi-finals. Hellawell Shield, two legs – 9th March Chadderton Park Res v Bury Amateur 3rd, 16th March Bury Amateur 3rd v Chadderton Park Res. 23rd March – Irlam Tiger Res v Hollingworth Res, 30th March – Hollingworth Res v Irlam Tiger Res. Whitehead Cup – 30th March. Dukinfield Athletic reserves v Chadderton Cott at Wright Robinson 3G kick off 2pm. Stoconians 3rd v Chadderton Cott reserves at Astley Sports Village 4G ko 2.30pm.
  4. Congratulations to Parrswood Celtic who have reached the Manchester Amateur Cup final against Failsworth Dynamoes on Friday 12th April, kick off 7.30pm at Trafford FC.
  5. The next EGM for all clubs to attend is on Thursday 21st March at 8PM at Curzon Ashton. The agenda will be issued later this week.
  6. The League have a representative inter league match against the Lancashire Amateur league on Weds 20th March. Offers of high quality players will be very welcome.
  7. A reminder that the deadline for new registrations is 31st March.
  8. The end of this season marks the 110th anniversary of the L & C AFL. A special presentation evening is being planned for the 17th May at the Radisson Hotel on Deansgate, Manchester, where tickets will be subsidised. Save the date! More details will follow as plans develop.

Three league teams make requests for friendlies

The season is beginning to wind down, and several teams are coming to the end of their league fixtures. But three – South Manchester Reserves, Whalley Range and Govan Athletic A – are on the hunt for friendly action. All three have issued the following requests:

South Manchester Reserves have a free weekend and are looking for a friendly this Saturday 9th March. They are happy to play either at their ground or away. If any clubs are interested please contact Mark Chadwick mtchadwick@hotmail.co.uk  on 07980 005492.

Whalley Range – their Division C team has now fulfilled its league fixtures and are looking for extra games, and can use their home pitch. For more information, contact Colin Glendon clinglendon@yahoo.co.uk 07746 216087.

Govan Athletic A are looking for a friendly game on the 16th March.  Govan are happy to provide and pay for the pitch if the opposition can pay for the referee. James Stokes Club Secretary stokiejoe22@gmail.com 07411733406

Lancashire & Cheshire AFL Results and Fixtures 02.03.19

Village defy the odds to reach the Wray final

Whitehead Cup

The first L and C semi-final of a domestic cup competition produced a game of real drama in the Whitehead Cup at the excellent venue of Astley Sports Village in Dukinfield.

It featured Village Manchester, looking to reach a cup final for the second successive year, and Chadderton Park.

Due to a shortage of players Village had to play the entire game with ten men and it looked ominous for them as they fell a goal down netted by Wilson for Park.

But then Village showed their intent and determination as they levelled through Munetsi Mbano.

Then they lifted their game and took the lead with a powerful header from Mbano and after that they had to defend for the last 20 minutes as Park threw everything at them.

Some terrific and courageous defending denied Park with the Village keeper pulling off some outstanding saves to keep Park at bay and book their final slot where they await the winners of the other semi which will be between Radclyffe and the winners of the Dukinfield Athletic and Urmston Town quarter final.

Premier Division

Premier Division action saw the top three teams all post wins with current leaders High Lane staying two points clear of Whalley Range with a 4-2 home win over Trafford United as Range won a thriller by the odd goal in nine at Old Ashtonians.

But Rochdalians still have the title in their own hands with two games in hand on the top two and they kept firmly in the hunt with a 3-0 win at Milton.

There were also comfortable wins for Salford Victoria by 5-1 at Abacus Media and South Manchester who had Milo Edwards, Zain Shabir, Paul Sunderland and Badou Drameh netting in a 4-1 win at Old Stretfordians.

Division One

In Division One leaders Dom Doyle bounced back after last week’s shock first league defeat of the season to post a comfortable 6-1 win over Bury Amateurs with Will Hustler, Mike Murray and Jordan O’Neill on target for Dom Doyle.

Manchester Amateur Cup finalists Parrs Wood Celtic stay four points behind Dom Doyle with two games in hand after an emphatic 7-0 derby win over Didsbury.

Chorltonians are on the heels of the top two with a fine 3-1 win at Swinton, last week’s victors over Dom Doyle.

AFC Oldham also kept an immaculate clean sheet as they won 4-0 at Stoconians.

Division Two

Newton were celebrating hard and long as they clinched the Division Two title in the game of the day at Manchester Polonia. In a really good game Newton had Kake Hatton (two) and Ben Pollard netting in a 3-1 win and with Hollingworth losing out 5-0 at Urmston Town Newton pick up the season’s first silverware.

There was another good game at South Manchester Reserves with visiting Mellor Reserves winning by the odd goal in seven as they topped the South strikes from M Chadwick (two) and Chris McMahon.

No problems for Bedians as they cruised to a 4-0 win at Chorltonians Reserves.

Division Three

With Division Three leaders Dukinfield Athletic without a game their main title challengers Radclyffe took the chance to close the gap to ten points with a hard-working 2-0 win over Milton Reserves and they still have five games in hand over Athletic.

Stoconians Reserves are in third spot with a close 2-1 win at Salford Victoria Reserves and the other game saw Aldermere win 4-2 at Heaton Mersey, the outstanding strike of the match for Aldermere was their third goal, as a long cross from Bradley Ball was bullet-headed into the top corner by Robin Stapley.

Division A

In Division A there were wins for all of the top three teams with leaders Elton Lib Hargreaves enjoying a 4-0 win at AFC Oldham Reserves.

Moston Brook Reserves stay in second spot after an entertaining 4-3 win over Rochdale Galaxy but Chadderton Cott are their main threat for the title as they won 3-1 at Chorltonians Villa after taking an early lead with an own goal. Cott remain the only unbeaten team in the league and they have plenty of games in hand over their rivals.

Spurley Hey Reserves had their best win of the season beating Flixton 6-0.

Division B

AFC Stockport will take some stopping as they breeze towards the Division B title with an efficient 3-1 win at AFC Oldham 3rds moving them eight points clear of Old Stretfordians Reserves who lost 3-2 at Hooley Bridge Celtic Reserves.

The other challengers Chadderton Cott Reserves could only draw 1-1 with Hillgate and Parrs Wood Celtic also dropped back as they lost to the only goal of their game at Staly Lions.

This score-line was matched by Stoconians 3rds at Didsbury Reserves but there were goals galore at Chorltonians Athletic who went down 7-3 to Bury Amateurs Reserves.

Division C

Division C leaders Deans put some recent indifferent results firmly behind them as they hit top form at Hollingworth Reserves with a 9-0 romp while second-placed Old Strets 3rds had a bad day as they went down 7-2 hosting Bury Amateurs 3rds.

Whalley Range A moved into mid-table with an efficient 2-0 win at Chadderton Park Reserves and Stoconians 4ths and Govan Athletic shared four goals.

Pics – action from 1) Dom Doyle v Bury Ams (Dom Doyle in red and white, 2) Village Manchester v Chadderton Park (Park in yellow), 3) Chorltonians Reserves v Bedians (Chorltonians in green and black), 4) Chorltonians Villa v Chadderton Cott (Cott in blue)