Friendly requests

The league will act as a publisher for Club’s friendly requests, please supply your script for dates etc and email and mobile phone details :-

Deans FC are looking for friendlies on August 15th , 22nd, 29th September 5th – if season not started. Want teams from A,B,C divisions. August fixtures need to be away due to our pitch being prepared for new season following FA grant Thanks Steve Lockett 07925 488738 Deans FC

Radclyffe AFC are looking for team to play our 2nd team on Saturday 15th August, 3pm kickoff on our 4G pitch (split cost of pitch and ref)
Prefer Div C team, division B at a push. Both our pitches have had risk assessments, all teams who play at the pitch were invited down to see what they have put in place.
Contact Peter Folan 07771593328 Radclyffe AFC

Dukinfield Athletic 1st’s and Reserves are looking for home and away pre season friendlies on the following dates: August 15th, 22nd and September 5th should the league not have started by then. Our home pitch is available for 14:30 ko’s and we’re asking teams to arrive match ready as our changing rooms are not open at this moment in time. Anyone interested Should contact myself directly. Steve Limb Tel: 07837 992720 

South Manchester (1st team) are looking for friendlies on August 8th, 15th , 22nd, 29th. Our home pitch is also unavailable (getting some much needed maintenance) so they will have to be played away or we can look into booking a 3G sharing the referee/pitch costs. Please contact Tufail Baloch on  07813146515

Rochdale Galaxy  are looking for friendlies with teams in Div B,C who have their own facilities please. Contact Sabar Ansari on Mobile/Text: 07966 166587. All dates available.

Lancashire and Cheshire AFL Statement end of July 2020

The key question everyone is asking is when will the league start – not before the 5th September, but that may not be possible. This statement was prepared before the government announcement of 9:30PM on 30/7/20 of Greater Manchester restrictions for which we will issue further instruction when we can.

Following the FA announcement of 18th July, and the L & C notes on distribution of that FA and Government material on the 20th July, there are now more detailed instructions from the league following the special committee meeting of the 23rd July. The league broke the information down into different topics.

  1. Grounds

Currently, grounds may only open their pitches, dressing rooms remain closed, and the advice is to arrive changed. There is no information as to when council pitches will be open. It was agreed that the league fixtures would not start without dressing rooms, toilets and showers being open. When they are open, they may have a social distancing regime, restricting numbers at any one time. Please see the Return to Football – Grounds 30-7-20 from Graham Ellis which gives more detail, and links to FA and Government documents.

  1. Friendlies

Allowed from the beginning of August, the league strongly advises clubs not to proceed with friendlies unless full precautions, Covid-19 officer and risk assessments are in place, as friendlies have all the dangers of a full competitive match. We also strongly advise ensuring a referee is appointed and is made aware of the full safety arrangements.

  1. Club Covid19 officer

This is the key role which every club must appoint and name to the league. Keith Marsden has compiled the communication COVID-19 Officer statement 270720. It must be a responsibility of this officer to put a risk assessment process in place, and record a full contact list of all those who are present at training or matches, and to provide this to the relevant authorities.

  1. Risk assessment

Risk assessment is to be carried out before each training activity or match. The FA template is 22 pages long and was not focussed specifically on Covid-19. The league saw this as a problem, that clubs would feel they had to write their own, and there have been some excellent plans sent to us, for which we are grateful and thank the clubs who have helped us shape and populate the spreadsheet. We have developed a risk assessment League Risk Assessment – 30-07-20 which will provide a standard approach. Tim Roebuck and Brian Davies have worked on this. 

  1. Equipment There are many constraints around handling of equipment, and the FA guidance issued relies upon individual players keeping their own kit. This does/can not happen in open-age football in the case of kit, as kit would be lost. The team is not the same week to week. There must be cleaning materials provided, a cleaning regime and team assigned to do it under the control of the Covid-19 officer. Handling of match sheets has been raised by club as a source of contamination, and further details will be issued before match sheets come into use.
  2. Referees Stephen Howard has received communication yesterday from the FA to referees with guidance and instructions, which are being reviewed. Many referees are asking for games, and Steve is being asked for referees for friendlies. We feel that Steve should only help with appointments if it is clear that adequate precautions are in place so that it is safe to play before a match starts.  Payment by cash has been raised as an issue, Stephen Howard has a solution to this, on the Wednesday confirmation call, the ref gives their bank details and how much the fee is, the club then pay direct into the bank.
  3. Insurance Reckless acts are  an exclusion, so going into a match unprepared could be deemed reckless, and public liability insurance would be invalid.
  1. First Aid

First aiders and other officials on the touchline will need adequate protection equipment eg face masks, and this and first aid kits will need to be checked before a match goes ahead. Mouth to mouth resuscitation is now not recommended. We have had serious health issues in this league so this must be resolved.

  1. Further notes
    1. Travelling to matches will have to be within government guidelines.
    2. The implications of a player/referee receiving a positive test for Covid 19 following a game, could see both teams being required to isolate for 14 days.
    3. In an excellent initiative, Gill Bowden has purchased a temperature scanner (approx. £40) with which she will check all participants. We recommend every club Covid-19 officer has one. We will issue further information soon on this, and are looking into whether any funding is available.
    4. We are mindful that there will be a risk to clubs of loss of players if we start later than other leagues, and similarly we will lose referees.
    5. There is a limit of 30 people allowed to be present, this will be exceeded, what is the FA position?
    6. For further guidance and support visit MFA Covid-19 page ​

      http://www.manchesterfa.com/news/2020/jul/18/return-to-football

We would like to thank all clubs for their co-operation and assistance over this difficult period for amateur football, and are also mindful of the tragic consequences this pandemic has had on society.

Kind Regards

Brian Davies

League Secretary

Lancashire and Cheshire AFL

All Grassroots Football Postponed

To All Club Secretaries and Participants in the L & C AFL, please see the announcement below.

 Note that it applies to training as well as matches.

 Kind Regards, Brian Davies, League Secretary

From: Colin Bridgford <Colin.Bridgford@manchesterfa.com>
Sent: 16 March 2020 18:54
To: Colin Bridgford <Colin.Bridgford@manchesterfa.com>
Subject: FA Announcement – All Grassroots Football Postponed
Importance: High

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Dear Clubs and Leagues,

The FA has this evening confirmed the postponement of grassroots football in England with immediate effect.

Following the Government’s announcement today, for people to avoid social contact and gatherings where possible, we are now advising that all grassroots football in England is postponed for the foreseeable future.

Throughout this period, we have taken Government advice with the priority being the health and wellbeing of all. We will continue to work closely with the grassroots game during this time.

We are in regular communication with the Government and the situation within English football at all levels remains under regular review. Further updates will follow as needed.

Manchester FA would like to remind all stakeholders within grassroots football in Manchester of the importance of abiding by the latest advice, which comes in with immediate effect.  Please note that this also applies to both training sessions and matches.

The above will remain in place until any future updates are provided by either The FA centrally or on behalf of The FA from ourselves.

League Coronavirus statement

The Lancashire and Cheshire AFL held a committee meeting last night, and it was agreed that fixtures would continue as normal. However, where a club has particular difficulties with fielding a team, please get in touch with the fixtures secretary (again as normal) and the committee will look at these cases on their merits.

The league urges all participants to take the government advice about hand washing and other precautions, and as you all know we suspended the Respect handshake two weeks ago.

For further information please see below the statement from Manchester FA.

Brian

Manchester FA statement on coronavirus

FA Spokesperson: “The FA is fully aware that there are questions about whether grassroots football in England should be played because of the Covid-19 virus.”

“Consistent with Government advice, The FA is recommending that grassroots football is able to continue as usual for now, with each league or centre making its own individual decision based on its local situation and the availability of players and officials. However, we would fully respect and support any leagues, centres or teams that wish to postpone fixtures in light of the Covid-19 virus.

The decision to postpone all professional football in England has been taken with the integrity of the competitions in mind, considering the availability of players, staff and facilities.

We will continue to monitor all Government advice and keep the situation under constant review, with the priority being the health and wellbeing of all. Further updates will follow as needed.”

Match Reports from 22/2/20

Salford ride the storm to first cup final in Hellawell Shield

MORE awful weather took another big toll on a busy fixture schedule despite several teams making sensible late switches to artificial pitches to get their games in.

The first domestic cup semi-final of the season saw new boys Salford Storm reserves take on Old Stretfordians thirds at the excellent Astley Sports Village in Dukinfield in the Hellawell Shield.

It proved to be a fantastic game that went to the wire of a penalty shoot-out.

Strets took an early lead as Mark Clewes took advantage of a defensive error to fire his team into the lead and after a ding dong game with thrills at either end it ended 3-3 at the end of normal time.SONY DSC

The penalty shoot out went the same way at 3-3 before Storm kept their nerve to win 4-3 to book their place in their first-ever L and C final.

Whitehead Cup

The other cup game to beat the weather saw Chadderton Cott pull off a great giant killing victory as the division B side beat division A leaders Wythenshawe Wanderers with an emphatic 3-0 scoreline.

Premier division

Midweek had seen Milton’s Lancashire Amateur Cup semi-final postponed but they enjoyed their second Premier division win of the season scoring the only goal of their game with high-flying Waterloo.

The win lifts them off the foot of the table ahead of Trafford United who went down 6-2 at Dom Doyle.

South Manchester also stay in the danger zone as they lost out 3-1 to Mellor.

With runaway leaders Whalley Range having their game postponed reigning champions Rochdalians closed the gap at the top to 11 points with a game in hand as they scored the only goal of their game at Salford Vics.

Division one

Division one saw the top two playing each other in a tense local derby which ended with honours even at 2-2 between AFC Oldham and Radclyffe.

The point keeps Radclyffe one point clear of Oldham who have a vital game in hand.

It was also close at Chorltonians who stay in third spot after a nerve-jangling 5-4 win over Urmston Town.SONY DSC

Division two

It’s looking good for North Walkden in division two as they closed the gap on leaders Dukinfield Athletic with a hard-earned 3-2 win over Stoconians.

North trail Athletic by four points but have a massive five games in hand.

SONY DSCHadfield Athletic moved above Stoconians on goal difference after a clinical 4-0 win at Chorltonians reserves and Oldham Vics kept up their recent resurgence with a big 8-1 win at Santos.

Division three

Just two games played in division three with Signol Athletic moving to within four points of leaders Chadderton Cott with a game in hand.

Chris Carroll was the shooting star for Athletic with a hat-trick and James Grantham netted the Salford Vics consolation.SONY DSC

No problems either for Abacus Media reserves in a comfortable 5-1 win hosting Aldermere.

Division A

League action in division A saw Trafford United reserves have one of their best displays of the season rewarded with a welcome 6-3 win over Salford Storm.

The other game had Waterloo reserves cruising to a 4-1 win at Rochdale Galaxy.

Division B

The two league games in division B featured the top two teams who both posted victories. Parrs Wood Celtic had a gritty 2-1 win over AFC Oldham thirds to stay  two points clear of Moston Brook thirds with two games in hand as Brook eased to a 5-2 win over Stoconians thirds.

Division C

Remarkably three games were played in Division C and the ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ had leaders Irlam Tiger Rangers tearing Staly Lions apart 7-1.

Oldham Vics seconds made it a double for the club as they won 5-2 at Moston Brook fourths and mid-table action had Stoconians fourths winning 4-2 over Govan Athletic.

Pics- action from 1 Chorltonians v Urmston (Urmston in yellow), 2 Chorltonians reserves v Hadfield (Hadfield in blue), 3 Signol Athletic v Salford Vics reserves (Vics in green and white), 4 Salford Storm reserves v Old Strets thirds (Strets in red and black)

Clubs required to attend League meeting on 5th March

The weekly update for 23rd February

  1. The fixture schedule is released until 7th March. Delayed Cup fixtures have been scheduled, a reminder that after 90 minutes it is straight to penalties and referee fees are shared. Further changes may be necessary, so please check. For all fixture matters contact Malcolm Kershaw fixtures@landc.org.uk.
  2. Please do not book Chorlton High as a backup ground, as the pitch is worn out and dangerous, although this venue is on the FA 3G register.
  3. For Irlam Tiger please contact Mike Cartwright on 07810517492 instead of Kenneth Cartwright until further notice.
  4. A reminder that the MFA Fund 4 Football application window closes on 28th
  5. The next EGM where all clubs must be represented is on 5th March 8PM at Curzon Ashton. The agenda was issued on 20th
  6. Trophy winners from last season, please return the trophies at this meeting.

Anti Discrimination Update Feb 2020

Update on Respect Standards and Discrimination Reporting

The Lancashire and Cheshire AFL fully supports all initiatives that help to remove discrimination of all kinds from the game. Football is For All and we aim to make everyone; players, officials, spectators and fans feel welcome, safe and respected. We will challenge discrimination by reporting, raising awareness and standing by those affected by such unpleasant behaviour.

The League demands that all our member teams and officials do the same.

We are a Charter Standard League and therefore all our clubs must be Charter Standard certified. As such all clubs automatically have to abide by the Respect Code of Conduct as per below. Point 4 is quite clear on what is expected.

http://www.thefa.com/-/media/thefacom-new/files/get-involved/respect/fa-respect-code-of-conduct-mens.ashx

This update is especially relevant this month, February 2020, as it has been designated a Football v Homophobia month of awareness.

The Lancashire and Cheshire AFL will support any other anti-discriminatory initiatives, and supports improvement of FA processes for dealing with issues when they do occur.

For more information on reporting discrimination and hate crime please contact the league, Alex West at Manchester FA, or staff at LFA, CCFA, or DFA, or visit the following websites.

http://www.thefa.com/get-involved/respect/anti-discrimination

https://www.kickitout.org/

http://www.letsendhatecrime.com/

Hate Crime should be reported to the Police. This week is Hate Crime Awareness Week in Greater Manchester.

ALL County FA’s will have a discipline team email address – eg –discipline@manchesterfa.com ; discipline@lancashirefa.com ; discpline@cheshirefa.com

The FA have just launched more information on how to report discrimination and all County FA’s will have similar announcements to MFA in relation to the FA’s ‘Tell us and we’ll Tackle it campaign.

http://www.manchesterfa.com/news/2020/jan/23/tell-us-campaign-launched

The Lancashire and Cheshire AFL Management Committee

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.