Fixtures and Results Saturday 17th August 2019

Another Lancashire & Cheshire League season began on Saturday for clubs with teams in the Premier and Division One.

Rochdalians Start the New Season as they Finished the Last

Premier Division

In the Premier Division, current League Champions Rochdalians took a 2-0 win against last year’s runners-up High Lane.

Newly promoted Dom Doyle found life a little tougher in the top division going down 4-3 away at Abacus Media.

With their ground unavailable, South Manchester switched their local derby with Whalley Range to 3G but ended up on the losing end of a 4-2 scoreline.

In the other games in the division Waterloo took the points at home to Trafford Utd, hitting four goals with no response from Trafford and Mellor played out a 1-1 draw with Milton.

Division One

In Division One, the clash of the newly promoted sides saw Signal Old Boys take a 3-1 win against Urmston Town whilst their new to the division colleagues Newton went down 2-0 at AFC Oldham.

Fresh down from the Premier, Old Stretfordians found themselves on the losing end of a 5-3 scoreline in their match with Chorltonians.

The other two matches in this division, Irlam Tiger versus Swinton and Moston Brook against Bury Amateurs both ended in 3-3 draws.

Introducing the new League President for the 2019 -2020 season

The new league President is Tim Roebuck of Abacus Media FC and he is looking forward to his new role with great anticipation.

After 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.

Tim said: “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 this role.

“Also as 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.

“In addition 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.

“So every 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.

“I am 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 gentlemanly football.”

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League Chairman Mile Yates (Left), welcomes Tim into Office

League ready to kick off the new season

The Lancashire and Cheshire AFL is well prepared for their 111th season which begins with some games in the top two divisions on August 17.

The league will have 88 teams in action in seven divisions providing football for a range of ages and abilities until the end of April 2020.

The new 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.

Rochdalians 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

110th Year Presentation Dinner

at The Renaissance Hotel, Manchester

on Friday 17th May 2019

The 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 excellent venue.

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

There was also a good attendance of former league Presidents and committee members with Mike again paying tribute to the league over many years.

Mike also 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.

This was 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.

More 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 office.

Dermot 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.

The Knock-Out Cup winners were:

Rhodes Cup (with GP Property Management) – Salford Vics

Wray Cup – Radclyffe FC

Whitehead Cup – Chadderton Cott

Hellawell Shield – Irlam Tigers Reserves

The Divisional winners were:

Premier Division

Winners – Rochdalians

Runners up – High Lane

Division One

Winners – Dom Doyle

Runners up – Parrs Wood Celtic

Division Two

Winners – Newton (their first-ever trophy win in the league)

Runners up – Hollingworth

Division Three

Winners – Radclyffe

Runners up – Dukinfield Athletic,

Division A

Winners – Chadderton Cott

Runners up – Elton Lib Hargreaves,

Division B

Winners – AFC Stockport

Runners up – Old Stretfordians Reserves

Division C

Winners – Deans

Runners up – Old Stretfordians 3rds.

Aggregate Trophy – Parrs Wood Celtic

Fair Play Trophy – AFC Oldham

Secretary of the Year – Ian Ward (Santos)

Referee of the year – Mike Crump

Lancashire and Cheshire AFL

Fixtures and Results we 12.05.2019

Rhodes Cup Final

Vics put their name on top trophy

Hyde United provided a great stage for an excellent game in the top L and C knock out final for the Rhodes Cup.

An 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.

Radclyffe 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.

Vics have 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.

But 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 Jones.

A great 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

Lancashire and Cheshire AFL

Fixtures and Results 04.05.2019

Whitehead Cup Final

West 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.

They were 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.

Cott were 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 opponents.

Then the 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.

Cott then 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.

Seconds 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.

Stocs came 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.

Ashley 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.

The only 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.

With the league programme now completed the winners of the seven divisions are:

Premier – Rochdalians FC

Division One – Dom Doyle FC

Division Two – Newton FC

Division Three – Radclyffe FC

Division A – Chadderton Cott FC

Division B – AFC Stockport

Division C – Deans

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.

High Lane confirmed as Premier Division runners-up

Fixtures & Results w/e 28.04.2019

High Lane take Runners-up spot in Prem

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

In the Premier Division the main focus was on the runners-up behind newly crowned champions Rochdalians.

Second-placed 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 runners-up.

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.

Old 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.

South 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.

Milton also rounded off a good season with a 3-1 win at Old Stretfordians for a comfortable mid-table finish.

Division One

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 in contention.
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.

Swinton also 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.

Division Two

The 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.

The other game in the division saw champions Newton lose out by the odd goal in five hosting Mellor Reserves.

Division Three

In Division 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.

With a 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.

Village 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.

Division A

Division A 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.

Division B

AFC 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.

Mixed 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.