110th Year Presentation Dinner
at The Renaissance Hotel, Manchester
on Friday 17th May 2019
The Lancashire and Cheshire AFL enjoyed a great celebration of its 110th season in style at the Renaissance Hotel in Manchester with around 300 attendees from the league, clubs and guests enjoying a memorable evening at an excellent venue.
The L and C chairman Mike Yates welcomed the distinguished guests who included main speaker Dermot Gallagher, a former Premier division referee, officials from the Lancashire Amateur FL, Manchester FA. League Sponsors Stuart Whiteman of Bodytech, GP Property Management who sponsor the Rhodes Cup, Paul Hett Trophys, Primeprint, Holt and Marsh and auditor Dave Powell
There was also a good attendance of former league Presidents and committee members with Mike again paying tribute to the league over many years.
Mike also gave a summary of another busy and successful season for the biggest Saturday amateur soccer league in the region.
Following a toast to the league proposed by Dermott Gallagher the league President Mike Jones (Stoconians) outlined the highlights of the season with a particular mention to the hard work done by the league management committee and club officials.
This was followed by a special presentation of league ties to players and officials who have completed 25 years of service in the league including four from Rochdalians and one from Old Stretfordians.
More presentations followed with Ian Ward (Santos) winning the Secretary of the Year award, Mike Crump the Referee of the Year and AFC Oldham the Fair Play award and current President Mike Jones with a trophy as a memento of his year in office.
Dermot Gallagher gave an excellent insight into his long career in the game, with plenty of funny stories, before the main trophies were given out to the top clubs in each division.
The Knock-Out Cup winners were:
Rhodes Cup (with GP Property Management) – Salford Vics
Wray Cup – Radclyffe FC
Whitehead Cup – Chadderton Cott
Hellawell Shield – Irlam Tigers Reserves
The Divisional winners were:
Winners – Rochdalians
Runners up – High Lane
Winners – Dom Doyle
Runners up – Parrs Wood Celtic
Winners – Newton (their first-ever trophy win in the league)
Runners up – Hollingworth
Winners – Radclyffe
Runners up – Dukinfield Athletic,
Winners – Chadderton Cott
Runners up – Elton Lib Hargreaves,
Winners – AFC Stockport
Runners up – Old Stretfordians Reserves
Winners – Deans
Runners up – Old Stretfordians 3rds.
Aggregate Trophy – Parrs Wood Celtic
Fair Play Trophy – AFC Oldham
Secretary of the Year – Ian Ward (Santos)
Referee of the year – Mike Crump