league President is Tim Roebuck of Abacus Media FC and he is looking forward to
his new role with great anticipation.
beginning his soccer at Manchester Grammar School Tim enjoyed his soccer in the
Middleton area playing Sunday League Football for St Thomas More in Sunday
Leagues before forming what would eventually become Abacus Media with a number
of family members who joined the L and C in 2003
After playing most of his career in the club’s
second team Tim also took on the role of Chairman of the club working with John
Rees /Secretary for Abacus Media from 1997 onwards and in this time the club
has won one League Cup the Woollam Aggregate Trophy numerous promotions and
their individual League winners, runners up in the Manchester FA Charter
Standard Cup and runners up in last season’s Saturday Challenge Trophy.
“Obviously, it is a fantastic honour in being asked to become the President of
the L&C and I would like to thank all of the league committee in firstly
discussing me as an option and the subsequently deciding to ask me to take on
mentioned above there have been a lot of individuals over the years involved
with Abacus Media and they have all contributed to the club we have, not only
on the football pitch but also with the culture we have created off the pitch,
with an amazing bunch of people wanting to be involved in amateur football and
giving so much time and effort.
“It has to
be said, the short time John Rees was involved with the club left an impact
that has lasted and will last for decades to come, even with international
links to Ireland, where club members still go every year to compete against
local teams in Clonakilty, in County Cork.
“I hope to
gain an insight into the running of the league from the committee point of view
and hope to visit games and maybe create a link for clubs to be more involved
from a committee point of view, as ultimately we are all putting in a huge
effort, on a voluntary basis in order for hundreds if not thousands of games
every season to go ahead, which is sometimes a life line for individuals within
our local communities.
to that, it will also be a wonderful opportunity for us to develop the inter
league team to create again a squad that the teams in the League are proud to
play for and we represent all our teams in the League.
club has the chance to put forward players, to enjoy fixtures, at grounds they
wouldn’t normally play in week in week out and from this they can convey their
experiences back to the club to incentivise other players to step up and
perform in their club games, which will in turn help both the clubs and the
inter league team.
looking forward to yet another exciting season in the Leagues 110th
year and I am sure that it will yet again turn out to be another one filled
with twists and turns, together will lots of competitive, sporting and
League Chairman Mile Yates (Left), welcomes Tim
Lancashire and Cheshire AFL is well prepared for their 111th season
which begins with some games in the top two divisions on August 17.
will have 88 teams in action in seven divisions providing football for a range
of ages and abilities until the end of April 2020.
teams joining the league include Barr Hill, Hadfield Athletic, North Walkden,
Denton Town, Salford Storm, Wythenshawe Wanderers and Altrincham Hale who it is
hoped have been placed in divisions appropriate to their ability.
will be defending their Premier division title and Dom Doyle will be looking
forward to their first venture into the Premier division.
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
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
also a good attendance of former league Presidents and committee members with
Mike again paying tribute to the league over many years.
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.
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.
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
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.
Cup winners were:
Rhodes Cup (with GP Property
Management) – Salford Vics
Wray Cup – Radclyffe FC
Whitehead Cup – Chadderton Cott
Hellawell Shield – Irlam Tigers Reserves
Winners – Rochdalians
Runners up –
Winners – Dom
Runners up –
Parrs Wood Celtic
Winners – Newton
(their first-ever trophy win in the league)
provided a great stage for an excellent game in the top L and C knock out final
for the Rhodes Cup.
enthusiastic audience saw two in-form teams, Salford Victoria and Radclyffe,
put on a great display of organised and exciting football that went right to
the wire before Vics put their name on the historic trophy that was first
played for in 1913 with a 3-2 win.
had already won two trophies- the Wray Cup and the division three championship,
and had beaten four Premier division teams on their way to the final, including
Premier division champions Rochdalians in a season that had seen them lose just
one game in the league.
finished their season in hot form scoring goals for fun with their young and
exciting attacking team to finish fourth in the Premier division so it was all
set up for a great contest.
It proved to
be just that as the game flowed well thanks to the fine officiating by referee
Mike Crump and his team and there was little to separate them until the
half-hour mark when the outstanding Ruben Rose for Vics and Nathan Gray for
Radclyffe netted in quick succession.
Vics then took
a 2-1 lead with a powerful strike from Dale McAndrew before the teams and
spectators enjoyed a well-earned interval break.
It was again
nip and tuck in the second half until the 65th minute when Zac
Faulkner made it 3-1 for Vics with a stunning strike that looked to have
secured them victory.
Radclyffe came back well and reduced the arrears with Ryan Leeming on target
with 18 minutes left to play and they then tested the Vics defence to the full
but they stood firm to lift the trophy presented by League President Mike
night and a superb game bringing great credit to both teams and the league to
finish another excellent season in its 110th year.
Pics- Both teams (Vics in green and white), officials, action and Vics celebrations
Didsbury and Chorlton were again great hosts for a match attended by a bumper
crowd as Chadderton Cott and Stoconians 3rds played the Whitehead Cup final, a knock
out competition for teams in Divisions A and B.
It is Cott’s
first season in the league and they showed their class by winning the Division
A title by five points from Elton Lib Hargreaves and being the only team in the
entire league to have a proud unbeaten record.
taking on Stoconians 3rds from the division below them where they finished in
mid-table but had enjoyed a great cup run with the highlight being a 2-0 local
derby win over Division B champions AFC Stockport.
obviously the favourites to take the trophy but Stocs showed their intent with
some determined play in the opening minutes as they took the game to their
young and impressive Cott team upped their momentum and took the lead through
the outstanding Ashley Curran on ten minutes and he added a second with a
clinical finish five minutes later.
dominated the game and were denied by some fine goalkeeping from Callum Crone before
Stoconians almost reduced the arrears as they struck the bar on a breakaway.
later 0came a killer blow as Cott extended their lead to 3-0 through skipper
Ryan Higginson after 29 minutes, a lead they maintained to the interval.
within inches of opening their account early in the second half but Cott then put
the game out of sight with Bradley Delves making it 4-0 on 52 minutes.
Curran confirmed a great night for himself and his club as he completed his
hat-trick and all credit to Stoconians who continued to search for a
well-deserved consolation goal in vain and they could not be faulted for their
100 per cent effort.
Credit must also
go to referee Joe Perselli and his team, for keeping the game flowing and being
played in an excellent spirit by both teams, backed by enthusiastic support
from their fans.
remaining game now left in the league is the Rhodes Cup Final between Salford
Victoria and Radclyffe FC, neither of whom have won the League’s top KO trophy previously.
This match takes place at Hyde United on Thursday May 9, kick off 7.30pm.
league programme now completed the winners of the seven divisions are:
Premier – Rochdalians FC
Division One – Dom Doyle FC
– Newton FC
– Radclyffe FC
Division A –
Chadderton Cott FC
Division B –
Division C –
Pics -Chadderton Cott (blue) and Stoconians thirds (blue and amber), teams, match officials, game action, Cott celebrate their victory, the sun sets at West Didsbury.
It was the
final day of action in most divisions with players and officials having to put
up with the demands of Storm Hannah.
Premier Division the main focus was on the runners-up behind newly crowned
High Lane lost out in a tight game at Waterloo by 3-2 but as third-placed
Whalley Range also went down 6-2 at an in-form Salford Vics High Lane were the
Vis were too
hot to handle and on target were Mike Gandy (two), Ruben Rose, Pat Gregory,
Dale McAndrew and Joe Axon set up a comfortable 6-1 lead with Range grabbing a
late second consolation.
Ashtonians were celebrating after posting their first win of the season when
they were 3-0 up hosting Mellor. Mellor came back with two goals but Ashtonians
held on to win 3-2.
Manchester have enjoyed a solid season and they finished in style with a 5-2
win at Abacus Media and providing the nap-hand for South were Kiefer Greig,
Marc Critchley, Azuka Otutu (two) and Milo Edwards.
rounded off a good season with a 3-1 win at Old Stretfordians for a comfortable
The match of
the day was in Division One as the top two teams battled for the title with
Parrs Wood Celtic hosting Dom Doyle at Curzon Ashton. Dom Doyle have topped the
table for most of the season but victory for Celtic would have seen them firmly
Dom Doyle opened the scoring through Will Anderson but Celtic were level on 22
minutes through Craig Lawler. Within a minute Dom Doyle regained the lead
through Jake Betts to go into the interval with a slender lead. The outstanding
Pat Davin struck on 47 minutes to bring Celtic back on terms but Dom Doyle had
Jordan McCann on 62 minutes and Leyton Devlin on 70 to seal victory to give Dom
Doyle the title in a very competitive division.
enjoyed a good week with a big 8-2 win at Didsbury in mid-week followed by a
close 2-1 win over Bury Amateurs.
runners-up slot in division two was decided on goal difference in favour of
Hollingworth who drew 2-2 at Santos to see them home from Urmston Town who
cruised to a 6-1 win at Spurley Hey.
game in the division saw champions Newton lose out by the odd goal in five
hosting Mellor Reserves.
Three, Radclyffe were catching up on their big backlog of games, with a 3-0 win
in midweek over Mellor 3rds and a win yesterday over Salford Victoria Reserves
by 5-3, to see them overtake long-time leaders Dukinfield Athletic to secure
the title as Dukinfield were held 2-2 at Chadderton Park.
strong wind on their backs Radclyffe led 4-0 at the break but then Victoria
exploited the conditions after the break to take it to 4-3 before Radclyffe
sealed victory with a late strike.
Manchester also had two games with a 3-0 midweek win at Signol Athletic
followed by a 4-1 defeat hosting Stoconians Reserves.
The other Saturday
game in this division saw Signol Athletic beat Aldermere 3-1.
champions Chadderton Cott completed their season in style and preserved their
unbeaten record with a 4-1 win over Flixton and the other game had Trafford
United Reserves winning 3-2 at Chorltonians Villa.
Stockport wrapped up the Division B title with a 3-0 win over Chadderton Cott Reserves
keeping their two-point lead over Old Stretfordians Reserves who finished their
season strongly with a big 8-0 win at Didsbury Reserves.
fortunes for Parrs Wood Celtic Reserves who drew 1-1 with AFC Oldham 3rds in
midweek but lost out 3-1 at Bury Amateurs Reserves.
An excellent game at Hillgate saw them win by 3-2 over AFC Oldham 3rds.
Pics – 1) Action from Waterloo v High Lane (Waterloo in yellow), 2) Village Manchester v Stoconians Reserves (Village in dark blue), 3) Parrs Wood Celtic v Dom Doyle (DD in red), 4) Dom Doyle celebrate their title win, 5) AFC Stockport celebrate their Division B success.