High Lane pull off impressive win in packed cup programme

IT was again a pretty full programme of games with a variety of outside and domestic cup and
league competitions with the Stockport Senior Cup taking the top highlight.
It was provided by High Lane who accounted for Manchester FL Premier League’s Old Alts 4-2 to march into the later stages.
But there was no joy for Stockport Sats who put on a good display in losing 4-2 to another top Manchester League side Stockport Georgians.
It was catch-up time in the Rhodes Cup with Manchester Polonia putting on a great display as they
cruised to a 5-1 win hosting division one high-fliers AFC Oldham.
Norbert Niegowksi pounced on to an Oldham defensive error to open their account in two minutes but Oldham responded quickly to level through Dan Jackson.
Niegowski made his a double on 22 minutes and Polonia kept up their momentum to add three more without reply and they now await the winners of the Parrs Wood Celtic v Signol Athletic tie in round two.
There was a much closer contest at Stoconians they shared six goals with Urmston Town and in the penalty shoot out Town ran out easy winners by 4-1.
It also went to a penalty shoot-out in the Whitehead Cup match at Flixton JFC after a goalless deadlock with Parrs Wood Celtic and Celtic kept their nerve to prevail by 5-4 in a gripping finale.
Joining them in the next round are Salford Storm who edged a close game at Rochdale Galaxy by the odd goal in five
Salford Storm reserves made it a double for their club as they won their Hellawell Shield match by 3-
1 over Whalley Range and joining them in the next round are Old Stretfordians thirds who won a thriller with Oldham Vics reserves by 5-3.
Whalley Range extended their lead at the top of the Premier division to a massive 14 points but they were taken to the wire by a spirited Dom Doyle before winning 4-3.
It was also close in the other games as Waterloo won 2-1 at Abacus Media to leapfrog them on goal difference into third place.
South Manchester moved out of the bottom two, also on goal difference with a 2-0 win at Trafford United.
Salford Vics and Lancashire Amateur Cup semi-finalists Milton both found goals had to come by as they drew 1-1 with Josh Lawman netting the point-saver for Vics.

In the Lancashire Amateur Cup final Milton will play Darwen reserves at Padiham FC on Wednesday Feb 19, 7.30ko.
With division title rivals AFC Oldham in cup action leaders Radclyffe extended their lead to six points with a clinical 3-0 win at Signol Old Boys to move into third place behind the pace-setters.
Chorltonians had Luke Grey (two) and Aaron Rodger netting in a 3-1 win at Bury Ams. Newton were good value for a 5-2 win at Moston Brook to keep in mid-table security.
Division two leaders Dukinfield Athletic were held to a 1-1 draw against Santos and North Walkden moved to within seven points of Athletic with five games in hand as they were emphatic 5-0 winners at Rochdalians reserves.
There was a real cliff-hanger at Chorltonians reserves as visiting Mellor reserves were on easy street as goals from Louis Isaacs, Sam Parker and Ryan Prescott saw them lead 3-0 well into the second half.
Then Chorlts came alive and stormed back with goals from Shola Kawala(two) and Abi Eccles to look to have saved a point until a breathless last minute goal from Louis Isaacs gave Mellor victory.
Just one game in division three with Chadderton Park beating Milton reserves 4-2 to close the gap on leaders Chadderton Cott to four points.
Plenty of action in division A with new boys Wythenshawe Wanderers sitting proudly on top of the table for the first time after a 6-3 victory at Waterloo reserves.
Hot on their heels are Old Strets reserves who beat Deans 2-1 and are two points behind with two games in hand and Mellor thirds who beat Dukinfield Athletic reserves 3-0.
In the other game AFC Oldham reserves won a close contest with Moston Brook reserves by 2-1.
With division B leaders Parrs Wood Celtic in cup action, Moston Brook thirds took full advantage to move within two points with a comfortable 5-0 win at Chorltonians Athletic.
On target for Brook were John Mulcahy, Mark Terris, Dale Reid, Des Rosser and Martin O’Malley after a sublime assist from club legend Joe Ryan.
Plenty of goals in the local derby at Heaton Mersey as visiting Stoconians thirds won 6-4.
The other two games both ended at 2-1 in favour of Chadderton Cott reserves against Spurley Hey reserves and Hillgate over AFC Oldham thirds.
Division C leaders Irlam Tiger Rangers extended their lead to ten points but were made to work hard for a 3-2 win by Bury Ams thirds.
Second-placed Chadderton Park reserves lost ground as they went down 3-0 at Govan Athletic.
Staly Lions had one of their best wins of the season cruising to a 5-0 win at Altrincham Hale and a local derby at AFC Stockport Warriors saw the Warriors emerge with a 3-2 win over Stoconions Fourth.

L&C discrimination policy re-issued

As part of the L&C’s drive to make playing in the league inclusive for all, we have re-issued our policy on discrimination. It is imperative that everybody reads this and is aware of its contents. It is part of this week’s update.

  1. The fixture schedule is released up to 8th February. Delayed Cup fixtures have been scheduled, a reminder that after 90 minutes it is straight to penalties and referee fees are shared. For all fixture matters contact Malcolm Kershaw fixtures@landc.org.uk.
  2. This season we have lost Old Ashtonians, Unicorn, Didsbury, Swinton, Barr Hill, and one team from each from Chorltonians and Spurley Hey. All have been for the same reason, lack of player commitment. If any clubs have found ways of increasing the commitment, please let us know and we’ll share best practice to try to avoid any more casualties.
  3. For Irlam Tiger please contact Mike Cartwright on 07810517492 instead of Kenneth Cartwright until further notice.
  4. For Hooley Bridge Celtic contact Alec Gill on 07887367160.
  5. The league’s policy on discrimination was re-issued on Thursday 16th Jan, along with a communication on the subject from MFA. Please ensure all club members are aware of the contents.

More teams drop out of league

This season has seen more teams drop out of the L&C AFL. So far, seven teams have pulled out of participating and as such, we’re looking for collaboration from league secretaries about the best ways of increasing commitment. More details are confirmed in this week’s update.

  1. The fixture schedule is released up to 25th January. Over the month, delayed Cup fixtures have been scheduled, a reminder that after 90 minutes it is straight to penalties and referee fees are shared. For all fixture matters contact Malcolm Kershaw fixtures@landc.org.uk.
  2. This season we have lost Old Ashtonians, Unicorn, Didsbury, Swinton, Barr Hill, and one team from each from Chorltonians and Spurley Hey. All have been for the same reason, lack of player commitment. If any clubs have found ways of increasing the commitment, please let us know and we’ll share best practice to try to avoid any more casualties.
  3. For Irlam Tiger please contact Mike Cartwright on 07810517492 instead of Kenneth Cartwright until further notice.
  4. For Hooley Bridge Celtic contact Alec Gill on 07887367160.
  5. A reminder that there are a number of fines outstanding, the clubs have been notified by Phil Faulkner. Unpaid fines will be doubled unless you pay or contact the treasurer.

Fixtures confirmed for January

Our first update of the new decade gives club secretaries information regarding where to look for the fixture schedule for the vast majority of the month. Details are also available on the format for Cup games.

  1. The fixture schedule is released up to 25th January. Over the month, delayed Cup fixtures have been scheduled, a reminder that after 90 minutes it is straight to penalties and referee fees are shared. For all fixture matters contact Malcolm Kershaw fixtures@landc.org.uk.
  2. This season we have lost Old Ashtonians, Unicorn, Didsbury, Swinton, Barr Hill, one team from each from Chorltonians and Spurley Hey. All have been for the same reason, lack of player commitment. If any clubs have found ways of increasing the commitment, please let us know and we’ll share best practice to try to avoid any more casualties.
  3. For Irlam Tiger please contact Mike Cartwright on 07810517492 instead of Kenneth Cartwright until further notice.
  4. For Hooley Bridge Celtic contact Alec Gill on 07887367160.
  5. A reminder that there are a number of fines outstanding, the clubs have been notified by Phil Faulkner. Unpaid fines will be doubled unless you pay or contact the treasurer.

Information for outstanding fines

The final update of 2019 includes information for all clubs regarding fines still to be paid, as well as news on the rearrangement of postponed fixtures. On behalf of L&C AFL, we would like to wish all clubs a happy and successful 2020.

  1. All the postponed and delayed fixtures have been re-organised into a new 2nd half of the season fixture schedule starting on the 4th Jan, and released up to 11th January. For all fixture matters contact Malcolm Kershaw fixtures@landc.org.uk.
  2. Unfortunately following Swinton and Barr Hill, Spurley Hey 1sts have folded, and their results expunged from the division tables.
  3. For Irlam Tiger please contact Mike Cartwright on 07810517492 instead of Kenneth Cartwright until further notice.
  4. For Hooley Bridge Celtic contact Alec Gill on 07887367160.
  5. A reminder that there are a number of fines outstanding, the clubs have been notified by Phil Faulkner. Unpaid fines will be doubled unless you pay or contact the treasurer.

Two teams drop out of L&C AFL

Sad news to report this week, as it’s been confirmed that two of our sides have folded and will no longer participate in the league. For more on this, and further information, please check this week’s update.

  1. All the postponed and delayed fixtures have been re-organised into a new 2nd half of the season fixture schedule starting on the 4th Jan, and released up to 11th January. For all fixture matters contact Malcolm Kershaw fixtures@landc.org.uk.
  2. Unfortunately Swinton and Barr Hill have folded, and their results expunged from the division tables.
  3. For Irlam Tiger please contact Mike Cartwright on 07810517492 instead of Kenneth Cartwright until further notice.
  4. For Hooley Bridge Celtic contact Alec Gill on 07887367160.
  5. The L & C Inter League team played the Lancashire Amateur League on Saturday 21st Dec, 2PM at Hyde United FC, winning 4-3. A report of the 99th meeting of the two leagues has been published and is available at landc.org.uk
  6. I wish all players, club officials, referees and committee members a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Great memorabilia for Old Stretfordians

Old Stretfordians – one of L&C AFL’s oldest clubs – have unearthed a piece of club memorabilia belonging to one of English football’s most celebrated and tragic figures: the great Duncan Edwards.

The Flixton Fields-based club, who turned 90 years old this year, have discovered a pair of raffle tickets bought in 1957 to raise money for the club by none other than Edwards.

Edwards was the last of the Busby Babes to perish in the Munich air disaster; the precociously talented 21-year-old’s death is one of the greatest tragedies of English football. Sir Bobby Charlton described the Dudley-born left half as the player who he felt inferior to, such was his footballing ability.

In Busby, the documentary film biopic, Manchester United’s legendary manager said of the Babes, that himself and the coaching team always looked for weaknesses for them to work on, but with Edwards, they could find none.

Because of his untimely death, Edwards has become a mythical figure of English football, an England captain-in-waiting, sadly destined never to be. But this most famous name of the game on these shores is now inextricably linked to Old Strets after club chairman and secretary Malc Kershaw received an unexpected email, resulting in the memorabilia being framed and donated to the club by Martin Haigham of Allegiance Sports Memorabilia Ltd.

It now has pride of place in the Old Strets clubroom.

The raffle tickets were in Duncan’s wallet when he lost his life after the Munich Air Disaster in February 1958, and have been returned to the club by Mrs Gail McCormack, daughter of Duncan’s then-fiancee, Miss Molly Leach.

Molly and Duncan had lived on Gorse Avenue, Stretford at the time, and Molly had brought these tickets with the rest of Duncan’s belongings back from Germany, and had kept them safe for 60 years.

It’s thought that Duncan bought these tickets from a close friend, an Old Strets player named Arthur Warrington.

Arthur and Duncan played tennis every Sunday afternoon, during the summer, at Longford Park.

Several friends from Old Strets would often watch them, including Alan Smith, to whom the club are grateful for the story behind these tickets.

He said: “The email received by Malc read ’My name is Gail McCormack and my Mum’s name was Molly Leach. She was engaged to Duncan Edwards who you will know very sadly died after the Munich Air Disaster in 1958.

“My Mum brought some of Duncan’s possessions back from Munich most of which are going to either Man Utd or are personal and we are keeping. However also amongst the items was his wallet and within that we found five raffle tickets for Old Stretfordians AFC November 1957 Handicap Raffle. They are all in pristine condition and my sister and
myself wondered if you would like them for the club to either auction for funds or keep for prosperity?’”

Malc said: “Since I received the email the club committee and former members decided to set up the memorabilia and we have had great support from so many people in doing this.”

Colin Neeson who wrote the words in the memorabilia concluded: “So with this little piece of our Club’s history we can take heart in knowing, as today we worship and support the greatest players in the world, there was a time when one of the very greatest supported us!”