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If any club wants me to post a message on this page for friendlies, please email secretary@landc.org.uk with the details. Brian

  1. Dukinfield Athletic Still have dates available in August for pre season friendlies, we have a pitch available and are willing to host with a 50/50 split in costs, or alternatively we are more than happy to travel and split any costs incurred. Please note we are using a new email address this season so best replying with details to: dukinfieldaafc@gmail.com Thanks Stephen Limb Tel: 07837 992720

2. GMFC Rochdale – We have our 3G Pitch available and will share Referee Fees. Available from 22nd May onwards. Contact Sabar Ansari 07966 166587

3. Cheadle FC Saturday are looking at arranging some pre-season friendless in August. I’d really appreciate if you could send my details to all your clubs to see if any are interested. Jay Cheadle FC 07801234738

4. South Manchester Reserves are looking for friendlies from teams across any division. If you are interested, please contact Mark on 07980 005492

5. Milton FC

Away games only at the moment any weekend, for first or second team (likely to be a mix). Happy to share costs. Best contact is Sam Johnson 07817 697457

6. Staly Lions are looking to arrange friendlies where we can, starting with Saturday 26th June. Contact Liam Bewley on 07555286162

7. Salford Vics 2nd team and development team are looking for Friendlies in August, we are happy to share costs for away games and would expect cost sharing at our ground Contact Chris Carney 07956106564 or chrisdcarney@hotmail.com

8. Old Stretfordians are looking for friendlies on the following dates – 31st Jul, 14th Aug, 28th Aug, 4th September Rob McIlroy 2nd Team Manager 07772502462

9. Aldermere Dates available throughout August for both our Division 3 and Division B teams. Happy to split costs for pitch (if required) and or referee. Please contact Thomas Jacobs 07903556912 to schedule.

10. Radclyffe AFC are look for friendlies on 21st August and 28th August. We will have to play away on the 21st but we have our home pitch on the 28th with 2pm kickoff, we also have a referee booked for both dates. Looking for division “2” and division “A” opponents please. Contact Peter Folan 07771593328

11. Deans 1st team are looking for friendlies from 7th August. Can host on 7th, need to play away on 14th, can host 21st, need to play away in 28th. Contact Steve Lockett 07925 488738 email nicsteve@hotmail.co.uk

12. Milltown reserves are looking for away games on : 07/08/21 14/08/21 21/08/21 Please contact Anthony Raymond Williams 07854587236

L & C season structure and start dates confirmed

The L & C is delighted to confirm the official start dates for the 2021/22 league season.

Hopes are high for a campaign free of disruption after the previous two truncated seasons and although we were pleased that the committee enabled an ending of sorts to last season, we hope that the following season is one that is played in its entirety.

The popularity of the competition remains fierce; despite the many challenges encountered by teams in amateur football, we have actually seen the size of our structure increase once again. All eight divisions have at least 12 teams in them, and in total, there are 104 sides competing for league and cup glory.

There will be a different start date for the different divisions, confirmed below with the rest of the latest update. Fixtures are yet to be confirmed, but will be released in due course.

Here’s to another competitive campaign for all of our teams.

  1. Club Affiliation to County FA. Please continue to complete your affiliations, I can see from WGS that progress is being made, however a handful are still to make a start.
  2. The next general meeting will be held at Curzon Ashton FC, Richmond St, Ashton Under Lyne OL7 9HG on Thursday 19th August, starting at 7:30 PM. All clubs must be represented. The agenda and other papers will be sent nearer the time.
  3. Commencement of the season: SATURDAY – 21st August 2021 – Premier and Division 1. SATURDAY 28th August 2021 – Premier and 1 (B/H weekend). SATURDAY 4th September 2021 – Premier, 1, 2, 3, A.        SATURDAY 11th September 2021 – Premier, 1, 2, 3, A, B, C, D
  1. Please continue to send in any ground information for us, and detail changes for the club details file.
  2. The league structure was issued on Sunday, and was sent to all clubs on email last week.
  3. We have still some work to do before we are able to generate the fixtures on Full Time, so the sooner you send in your information the better.

Salford Vics donate kit to Africa

Salford Victoria are getting ready to ship kits to Africa if anymore clubs would like to donate old kits (still useable) can they either ring or email me. Chris Carney chrisdcarney@hotmail.com or phone 07956 106564

Chris would like to thank Newton FC,  Irlam Tiger and Radclyffe FC for their donations of kits for Africa.

Picture – Kits from Newton & Salford last year

Village Manchester FC complete GFSN Cup hat-trick

The Lancashire & Cheshire AFL is proud that Village Manchester FC have won the national Gay Football Supporters’ Network (GFSN) Cup for a record third time, beating Millwall Romans 3-1 on penalties after a dramatic 3-3 draw in normal time.

Both sides went into the game, which was meant to take place in May 2020 but was delayed due to Covid, looking to triumph in the GFSN Cup for a third time, so the stakes were high in the encounter held in Birmingham.

GFSN Chair Mike Kalogerou, who plays for the Leicester Wildecats inclusive team beaten by Village Manchester in the first round, said: “The GFSN has provided a safe space for LGBTQ+ people to support, campaign and play football in a safe and encouraging arena for over 30 years. The final was an example of two honest teams battling out to be this year’s cup winners. It was an enthralling match which Manchester edged after a penalty shootout.

“We would like to thank both teams for playing the game in a fantastic spirit and to Millwall Romans who showed fantastic dignity in defeat. Both teams have raised the bar again with respect to the quality of football on show that afternoon.”

Village Manchester FC was formed 25 years ago to give gay and bi men a safe, welcoming space to play and support football. Over the years, the club has grown and developed, and now has five teams, a number of trans players in addition to players of every sexuality and race, and an increasing number of straight players attracted by the club’s ethos of inclusivity.

VMFC Chair James Cole said “I am absolutely delighted that in our 25th anniversary year, and after much delay, Village Manchester Football Club is once again the national GFSN Cup champions. I would like to congratulate the team’s manager Jay McNaught. It’s a huge achievement for him, having managed our previous GFSN Cup winning squad three years ago.

“The club is based at Trinity Sports Centre near Manchester University, not far from the Gay Village, from where it gets its name. New players are always welcome, and with five teams there is a wide range of ability.”

James continued: “We always want to hear from more players in the LGBTQ+ community who want to join us, whether because they feel uncomfortable in their current team or because they’ve never even dared try to play the sport they love because of their fears of discrimination. We offer a welcoming atmosphere to queer players and straight allies alike.”

Full information on joining Village Manchester FC can be found at www.vmfc.co.uk/new.

L & C Diversity Officer Rob Brown said: “This is brilliant news and I give my congratulations to Village for their success.”

L & C chairman Mike Yates added: “The Village teams are a credit to the league and this victory is well deserved for their superb organisation and quality of play.”

League Diversity and Inclusion

The Lancashire and Cheshire AFL, a football league with a diverse membership condemns and abhors any form of discrimination, typified by the racism England footballers have been subjected to, especially after the way our England team have lifted and galvanised this country in the face of a life stealing pandemic.

We all need to do more to eradicate this type of behaviour from a small minority who hide behind a computer screen or deface a mural late at night.

We call upon the authorities and social media companies to do more, and as individuals we will do more ourselves to enjoy our national sport and treat it for what it is “a game”.

Footballers are human and like us all they fail and lose, but let’s lose and win together.

The league Diversity & Inclusion group will debate this and other issues at a date to be announced, so please look out for the invitation to join us.

The L & C Committee

Emotional reunion at Didsbury FC

MANY club and league legends enjoyed a great day at Didsbury FC with ‘old’ boys from Burnage HSOB, Metro FC, Burnage Metro and Didsbury at a match played in memory of some club heroes.

The main organiser was Mal Maginn, a former President of the L & C,  who has been involved in the club for the best part of 50 years and also played in the game before pulling several muscles that he never knew he had forcing an early exit from the game.

Mal said: “The main purpose of the event was in memory of Ross Fowler- the son of my schoolmate Stuart Fowler and both played for the Burnage HSOB for many years.

“Ross sadly died in December 2019 in Colorado but the planned event was prevented by Covid until the recent lifting of some restrictions.

“It was also in memory of Mick Marchington, who also played for Burnage HSOB and sadly died recently when walking in the Peak District and other Old Boys no longer with us.

“Paul and his son Chester videoed the game and other events on the day which I will forward to Ross Fowler’s wife Ann and the kinds in the US and also to Mick’s wife Lorren.”

There was a great attendance of former players watching the game and enjoying refreshments and the presentation outside their splendid clubhouse after the game and it was good to see Mo Perkins back in action with a superb performance running the line in his inimitable style.

The trophy was presented to Alistair Fowler, brother of Ross by L & C league committee member Keith Marsden.

Burnage HSOB was founded in 1938 and has played for many years at Didsbury Sports Club.

They initially played in the Lancashire Amateur FL before joining the L & C in 1999.

Metro FC was founded in 1982 and switched from the Stockport League to the L & C in 1992.

The two clubs merged in 2002 to form Burnage Metro and subsequently changed their name to Didsbury FC and was joined by three senior teams from Chorltonians in 2020.

League Closes New Applications for the 21-22 season

The popularity of the league hit new heights during the 20-21 season and in the last few weeks new enquiries have continued to come.

A record 25 enquiries have been received. Four new clubs have been elected to the membership at the AGM in early June, Baguley Athletic, Eccles United, Milltown FC and Milnrow Firgrovia.

There could be other clubs who will be co-opted in the coming weeks if their applications which are in progress are successful.

Signol Athletic edge marathon shootout to claim Wray Cup glory

Signol Athletic outlasted Chadderton Cott in a marathon penalty shootout to secure the Wray Cup. 

In a record for the competition, Signol edged out their opponents 16-15 after a goalless 90 minutes in the blazing sun at Flixton FC.

It was a fitting end to the L & C season and the fourth cup final in three days was the third to end in penalty agony and ecstasy. 

In the climax to the amateur football season, this encounter for teams in Division Two and Three couldn’t match the heights for drama during normal time, but certainly did so after the end of the 90 minutes. 

The teams were second and fourth respectively in Division Two when the regular season ended and the result in regular time reflected the similar qualities of the sides. 

Although there were no goals, the game was high on quality, with both created good chances, but respective defences came out on top and both Aaron Barrow in Chadderton’s goal and Signol stopper Chris Singleton produced fine goalkeeping displays to take the game to penalties. 

Nerves were evident in the penalty shootout as neither side could take advantage of the other’s slip-ups and remarkably, it took 36 spot kicks to separate the sides, with Signol prevailing 16-15. 

It was a fitting conclusion to the season and the competitive nature of the games bodes well for the start of the new season in August.

Radclyffe Reserves lift Hellawell Shield after pulsating final

Radclyffe reserves lifted the Hellawell Shield after edging Salford Storm 6-5 on penalties in a pulsating final. 

In a weekend of tight and tense finals, this was perhaps the most thrilling of the three to date. 

Played at West Didsbury & Chorlton FC, the game swung back and forth, with two goals in the final five first-half minutes giving Radclyffe a healthy and deserved two-goal advantage.

But Salford stormed back after the restart with two goals of their own and it was fitting that only sudden death penalties could separate the two sides who had the same number of points after the end of the regular season.

Radclyffe flew out of the traps in the first half, only to be denied by the excellent Darren McCartney in Salford Storm’s goal. 

He could do nothing about Kade Howarth’s 40th-minute penalty though, which broke the deadlock and Howarth doubled his and Radclyffe’s goal tally for the afternoon just before half-time. 

Salford’s Shea Smyth notched a penalty of his own within three minutes of the restart and Dale Taylor completed the comeback 15 minutes from time. 

But it was heartbreak for Salford Storm, who couldn’t convert after 11 perfect penalties had been taken in the shootout, sending Radclyffe into raptures who celebrated wildly after securing the trophy.

Irlam Tiger Rangers battle to Whitehead Cup glory

Irlam Tiger Rangers survived a late onslaught to defeat Salford Albion 2-1 and lift the Whitehead Cup. 

In a weekend of tense finals, the cup competition for teams playing in Division A and B lived up to expectations as the Tigers toppled Albion, who had made the final without losing a single game. 

But Rangers upset the form book and two second-half goals from Sean Dawson and Tom Nelson gave them a commanding lead with 20 minutes to go. A late David Hudson goals ensured a nervy finish in the game played at West Didsbury & Chorlton, but Irlam deservedly held on. 

Irlam Tiger Rangers were rewarded for a performance in which they dominated the first half against the team who they finished runners-up to in the group stage of the Whitehead Cup competition. 

It was only a combination of superb goalkeeping from Michael Ayres and some heroic last ditch defending that kept Salford Albion level at the break. 

However, the Tigers put the first-half profligacy behind them and hit the front five minutes after the restart when their forward Dawson broke the deadlock, and when Nelson tapped in following a corner in the 70th minute, the game looked up for Albion.

However, they displayed the spirit and quality that has characterised their run to the final, and Hudson’s strike 10 minutes from time meant a nervy end to the game.

But Irlam survived the late surge to deservedly take victory and the trophy.