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.