League Statement on Discrimination

The Lancashire and Cheshire Amateur Football League is an all inclusive league where all participants are welcome. The league supports the FA in it’s application of Regulations, particularly to discipline. The league will do all it can to assist the FA to minimise bad behaviour, one type of which is discrimination.

The league has it’s own policy on discrimination, which it wrote on it’s own initiative, and that has been re-issued again this season. The league has requested that all clubs pass on the information to all participants. Discriminatory behaviour has no place in football, nor in wider society.

The Lancashire and Cheshire AFL was a founder member of the FA’s Respect project, helping to shape the programme 14 years ago and is still a leading light in promoting Respect.

Goalkeeper needed

Do you have multiple goalkeepers at your club, which means that one of them may not get regular games, but wants to play every week?  If so Spurley Hey are looking for a goal keeper.  If anyone knows of a keeper that wants to play regular football, please can you ask them to call Dave Jameson on 07753503468.

Steve Grimsley – Great North Run

An update on the Great North Run from Steve Grimsley, an ex-referee in the L & C.

“This year is my 22nd and l ran my first one over 30 years ago with the late Dave Wild, a Committee member and wonderful Referee.

Initially l ran to raise funds for Francis House and when Dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s I ran to raise funds for the society. In 2010 a double whammy – Dad passed away and my wife, Melanie, was diagnosed with Breast Cancer.

Thankfully she is responding well to all the treatments, operations etc and Breast Cancer Care helped us both immensely.

So now I Run in pink, the fringe is from Melanie. She was given it to tuck in her hat when chemotherapy affected her. The body is obviously from the Gods !!!!

If anyone would like to support me please visit my Just Giving Page, search Steve Grimsley, Grimmer 22nd Great North Run.

If anyone from the League is running it this year please contact me and we shall share a pint afterwards in South Shields. Of the 22 Runs, it’s my 7th on my knee replacement and it’s my first as an OAP.

Best regards to all who remember me in what is without doubt, the finest Amateur Football League.”

Yours in sport Grimmer

(BD – Steve also suffered from Cancer himself but does not mention it, if you can, please give to this very worthy cause, and very dedicated fund raiser)

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Chris Carney 50 Year Service Award

Chris gets well deserved recognition for his service to football

SALFORD Vics FC stalwart and legend Chris Carney received due recognition of his service to amateur football with a 50-year award presented to him by Lancashire and Cheshire AFL President Tim Roebuck at a recent league meeting.

Chris said: “I have spent the last 50 years doing something I enjoy. I don’t feel I have given service to anybody apart from myself doing one of the most enjoyable things I can.

I started playing for West Salford YC in 1968 as a 14 year old (in truth I started earlier playing unregulated youth club football for the YC) and  since then I have played in every decade of my life so far in my teens, 20’s 30’s, 40’s 50’s and my 60’s but my boots are well and truly hung up now.

I also refereed from being 22 until I was 55 (and again I have been called upon by Jason Rostron in the Manchester FL to run lines several times in my 60’s).

“I have also served League Management Committee’s in several leagues (Manchester League, Manchester and District Sunday League).

My club has played under many different names  due to sponsors, but I like the current name of Salford Victoria and I hope it sticks.

There have been many highs and lows at the Club, my first season was a massive low as we lost every game but since then we have won trophies or been in Cup Finals in every league we have played in.

I have fond memories of all of them and these include the Lancashire and Cheshire, Manchester League, Manchester Amateur League, Altrincham League and the Eccles Sunday League, but the L & C is my spiritual home.

During the last 50 years I have also been a youth leader in the Boys’ Brigade and with Salford Youth Service, as well as being a foster carer.

I have to say that my happiest memories of individual events have been the cup wins, Rhodes Cup, Gosling Cup, Hellawell Shield and winning the Aggregate Trophy.

The thing I am most thankful to are the people I have met over the years who are too numerous to mention,  but I will mention a few Harry Jack and Keith Marsden from the L & C, the Manchester League committee which included Phil Platt,  Russell Hoyte and Frank Ainsworth and there are so many others that are no longer with us whom I owe so much to.”

Chris receives his award from Tim Roebucklandcccarney50

Fixtures and Results 24-8-19

Champions battle back for a point

THERE were  only a limited number of games played in the Premier division and division one due to the bank holiday weekend and travellers causing High Lane’s fixture at Torkington Park to be called off due to pitch damage.

But the two games played in the top flight had plenty of thrills and spills with reigning champions Rochdalians hosting Whalley Range. Range stormed into a deserved 3-1 lead thanks to a hat-trick from Reece Jones but then Rochdalians showed their desire to retain their title as they battled back well as Range tired to earn a valuable point in a 3-3 deadlock in an excellent game..

Salford Vics entertained South Manchester with both teams showing plenty of young talent and playing some very slick football. Jonathan Hayes gave Vics the lead with a clinical finish only for Keiffer Greig getting South on level terms  after a great team move. Jordan Spiers restored the Vics lead capitalising on a defensive mistake and Josh Lawman looked to have put Vics in command making it 3-1 at the break. But South kept their nerve and reduced the arrears in the second half  to keep Vics in a tense mode before winning 3-2.

In division one new boys Radclyffe showed that they will enjoy life at this level after a comfortable 7-1 win hosting Bury Ams.

Few problems for AFC Oldham at Curzon Ashton as they cruised to a 6-2 win over Old Ashtonians.

The other game was a much closer affair as Green was the colour for Chorltonians as they entertained Signol Old Boys. Chorlts hotshot Aaron Rodger showed his customary predatory skills with a double before the break with Asa Melville replying for Signol before the break. There was a game-changing moment early in the second half as Chorlts conceded a penalty and were given a red card to reduce them to ten men.

But Chorlts keeper Dan Green pulled of a superb save from the spot kick followed by more smart saves as Signol looked to exploit their one-man advantage.

Their hopes were hit as Aaron Rodger completed his hat-trick before Harry Brown gave Signol hopes of a point with a strike on 65 minutes.

But their hopes were dashed as Ayron Beaumont restored the two-goal advantage for Chorlts on 86 minutes to give his team a well-deserved three points.

Pics –action from 1 Salford Vics v South Manchester (South in blue) 2 Chorltonians v Signol OB (Signol in yellow and Dan Green in pink saving the penalty)

Friendly Requests

Oldham Victoria

Reserves (Div C) are looking for fixtures away games if possible on 03/08 and 24/08. Looking for teams from division 3 down

Please contact Spencer on 07710080261

Trafford United

First team would like a friendly on the 10th August, ideally a team from the Prem/Division 1. If any teams are available for please contact

Roger White 07861 673804 or traffordunitedfc@gmail.com

Village Manchester

Are looking to arrange two friendlies on Saturdays 10th and 17th August against teams in divisions 2, 3 or A. Split costs 50/50 and we can host or happy to travel. If we host, £50 each for pitch and £15 each for ref so £65 each team total.

Get in touch with Jay McNaught jamesdavidmcnaught@gmail.com ideally or 07824153669

Staly Lions

Are looking to set some friendlies up with teams from divisions  A, B and C please contact Mark Eastham secretary on 07775995970 to arrange dates

South Manchester

First team are looking for friendlies on the 10th August.

Our home grass pitch will be available for the game (11am or 3pm kick off) – alternatively we can travel and happy to split associated costs (referee and pitch hire).

Any enquiries please contact Tufail Baloch 07813146515

South Reserves are looking for friendlies on the 17th and 24th August. Our pitch will potentially be available but we are happy to play away and split any costs.

Please contact Mark Chadwick on 07980 005492