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.
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)
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 Roebuck
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)
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com ideally or 07824153669
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
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
Didsbury FC are looking for new players. Please contact Christian Griffiths on 07787822128
High Lane into Senior Cup Final & Victorious Vics. march on into Rhodes Final
On a lovely weekend for football the Lancs & Cheshire is now reaching the business end of the season with clubs looking at a place in a final or how to make that last gasp push to finish higher up their division.
Stockport Senior Cup
There was an all L&C clash in the semi-final of the Stockport Senior Cup when High Lane were drawn at home to Mellor. High Lane came out 3-1 winners on the day and will now play Poynton in the final.
In the other semi-final, the L&C’s AFC Stockport who have an amazing run in the cup this season were drawn against Poynton from the Cheshire League, sadly their run came to an end with a 7-0 defeat by opposition from a much higher league.
It was the last day of our domestic cup semi-finals, with Premier Division Salford Victoria taking on Parrswood Celtic from Division One, for the opportunity to meet Radclyffe AFC in the final at Hyde Utd’s Ewen Fields ground on the evening of the 9th May 2019.
Parrswood Celtic have had an amazing cup run this season, but this was brought to end in this hard-fought semi-final. Two goals each from Salford Victoria strikers Ruben Rose and Joe Axon plus one each from Jonathon Hayes and Aaron Brown gave Vics. a comfortable 6-2 victory in the end.
In the Premier Division fixtures, with top of the table High Lane on cup duty, Rochdalians took their chance to pull three points with a 2-1 win at home to Abacus Media and they are now just two points behind the leaders.
Third place Whalley Range also took their chance to move a further three points ahead of the chasing pack, with a 5-0 victory at home to old Stretfordians.
In the remaining Premier Division fixture South Manchester and Trafford United shared the points in a 1-1 draw where a Ryan Sanchez goal was matched by a late penalty from Trafford Utd’s Nathan Bradley.
Just two games in Division One this weekend where in a mid-table clash Swinton took all three points from Moston Brook with a 2-1 win and Hooley Bridge Celtic just eased over the line with 3-2 against bottom placed Stoconians.
With the top of Division Two already decided, the mid table matches were still to be played Mellor Reserves took a 2-1 win at whilst Chorltonians Reserves had a goal feast at home to Spurley Hey winning 7-1 and Urmston Town won 5-2 at bottom club Santos.
In Division Three, with the leaders Dukinfield not in action, second placed Stoconians AFC Reserves played catch up with a 1-0 against Mellor 3rds.
Chadderton Park took a 5-4 win at home to Signol Athletic and used the opportunity to move up the fourth by ‘leap-frogging’ their opponents, whilst Milton Reserves went down 4-7 at home to Salford Victoria Reserves.
In the other matches in the division Aldermere AFC lost 1-4 at home to Village Manchester whilst bottom placed club Heaton Mersey lost 2-0 at home to Radclyffe with goals from Tom Robb & Jamie Lord.
In Division A, leaders Elton Lib Hargreaves kept up their good form with a 4-0 win away at Spurley Hey Reserves, but second placed Chadderton Cott. maintained the pressure with 5-1 win at home to Chorltonians Villa.
In the mid-table clashes Unicorn Athletic took an 0-8 drubbing from Signol Athletic Reserves and Trafford United 2nds shared the points in a 2-2 draw with AFC Oldham 2nds.
In Division B, with table toppers AFC Stockport not in action, Old Stretfordians 2nds moved up to second place and within two points of the leaders, with a 2-0 win against AFC Oldham 3rds.
Lowly Chorltonians Athletic excelled with a 2 – 1 win over fourth placed Parrswood Celtic Reserves.
In the middle of the table clash Hillgate took the spoils with a 1-0 win over Stoconians 3rds whilst bottom placed Didsbury FC 2nds lost 3-4 at home to Moston Brook 3rds.
Just two matches this week in Division C, where Chadderton Park 2nds took a heavy defeat losing 2-7 against Bury Amateurs 3rds and in the other match Irlam Tiger Reserves won 5-2 against Stoconians 4ths.