Statement from the Lancashire and Cheshire AFL

Following the FA announcement of the 26th March, the management committee have considered the situation and have decided that the league divisional programme 2019-2020 is null and void. There will be no trophies or medals awarded. Furthermore the league presentation dinner which was to be held on 15th May has been cancelled.

We understand there will be concern over finances; with this in mind, do assess your financial position, but do not send to us at this stage. The league committee will meet as soon as the crisis is over and work out a plan to give as much help as possible.

We do have a plan which would allow the League Cup competitions to be completed, if the go ahead to resume football activity is received by the end of May. We are going to discuss the possibility of this with the County FA and will report the outcome.

We hope that you are all safe and well, and look forward to normal life resuming.

A fond look back at a great football venue

THE L&C is now in its 111th season – sadly interrupted – but it gives a chance to look back at some of the highlights etc in its glorious history.

One of the league’s top playing venues for well over 50 years was The Christie Playing Fields in Chorlton on the edge of Princess Road and Barlow Moor Road.

It had, due to superb underlying natural drainage, magnificent pitches probably the best pitches in the league.

Among the clubs from our league who enjoyed playing there for many years from the 1930s to the 1980s were South Manchester, West Didsbury, Rusholme, Mantact and Wythenshawe Amateurs, who all had their own club changing rooms.

West Didsbury stayed there until the 1990s before the fields were taken over to build a business park and residential homes on the beloved soccer site.

West Didsbury moved to their current occupation of Brookburn Road, Chorltonville in 1997 taking over from another historic L&C club East Chorlton who had played there since 1966 and they eventually changed their name to West Didsbury and Chorlton AFC.

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At Brookburn Road the ground was part of the development of Chorltonville in the early 1900s.

The estate, now subject to a conservation order, was to be built for the poor of Hulme with sporting facilities but the finished article did not end up the way the developers intended.

The housing was built in the Arts and Crafts style of William Morris and all properties have distinctive ‘motifs’ on the front gables.

It is the setting of the houses, with grass verges and tree-lined roads which gives Chorltonville its special garden village character.

Isolated from traffic noise it is a quiet area as the roads do not provide an easy through route and it has a resident’s association that was formed to maintain the roads, paths, verges and trees.

However the sports side was provided with tennis courts and the rest of the area occupied by the football pitch which was originally the home of Old Bedians Rugby Club before they moved to Underbank Farm in East Didsbury.

It is great to see that the sporting intention of the original developers has been carried on to this day by the provision of football utilised by the younger generations of the current occupiers of the housing and other people in the area.

After leaving the league in the new millennium, to join the North West Counties FL under the guidance of West legend Rob Turley, who was the L&C President in 2003-4, the club have developed a superb football complex involving the adjoining playing fields on Chorlton Meadows catering for all levels of football, for men, juniors and ladies.

Many of the original committee from the L&C days are still involved in running a very successful and friendly club and have kept up their connections by hosting several cup finals in recent seasons and will continue to do so.

Grassroots football postponed with immediate effect

The FA has confirmed that grassroots football in England has been postponed due to the risk of spreading the coronavirus.

It comes after the government’s latest update which advises people to avoid social contact and gatherings unless absolutely necessary.

The number of confirmed cases of the virus has increased once again and as such, the health and wellbeing of people is of the utmost priority.

This decision not only includes matches, but training sessions are to cease with immediate effect too.

Until any updates to the contrary, this advice remains the protocol that all clubs must abide by.

Update issued on Coronavirus protocol

Following up on the statement from Manchester FA last week, the L&C has taken the decision to continue playing at the current time. This is subject to change as and when further action is necessary. We will keep the league updated if our position changes. All updates this week are below.

  1. The fixture schedule is released until the end of the season. Cup fixtures that can be, have been scheduled, a reminder that after 90 minutes it is straight to penalties and referee fees are shared. Further changes will be necessary, so please check regularly. For all fixture matters contact Malcolm Kershaw fixtures@landc.org.uk.
  2. 3/4G bookings – for the best prices please book pitches direct with the facility, ie the pitch provider, not via a third party such as ‘Total Football’. More information about 3G pitches, discussed at the EGM was issued last week.
  3. Coronavirus : The league carries on playing until further notice. Please see messages of 14th March. The Respect Handshake was suspended in this league, see messages issued 29th Feb.
  4. Dukinfield Athletic have pitch availability at Astley Sports for the following dates – April 4th, 18th and 25th, if anyone needs a 4G pitch on these dates to help alleviate any fixture backlog. Pitch cost would be £75 a game. Please contact Steve Limb Tel: 07837 992720
  5. South Manchester’s secretary Tony Brogan is away 9th – 22nd March, please contact Frank Forster (0161 432 4532) or Jim Donohue 07768180780 in his absence.
  6. Many of you will remember Lee Wilkinson, long serving manager of Parrswood Celtic, who sadly passed away last weekend. His funeral will take place on Monday 23rd March at 12:00 at Manchester Crematorium.

Signol Athletic cruise through in Stockport Senior Cup

Cup and inter league fixtures round-up

A VIRTUALLY full programme of matches saw three cup ties played and in the Stockport Senior Cup Signol Athletic had few problems in disposing of Stoconians reserves to make it through to the latter stages.

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Parrs Wood Celtic are through to the final of the Whitehead Cup after an excellent 3-1 semi-final win over Salford Storm who gave a great account of themselves despite having a man sent off.

The MoM was Celtic’s dynamic striker Matt Garbett who capped an outstanding display with a superb hat-trick with Storm getting a well deserved consolation goal in the dying minutes.

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The other cup match was in the Wray Cup at Chadderton Cott the leaders in division three and they had to work hard to edge a 2-1 win over Village Manchester.

Cott now have an exciting semi-final against Division Two high-flyers North Walkden to look forward to.

The L&C league team enjoyed playing the Liverpool Premier League on an excellent pitch at Liverpool FA and despite the 5-0 scoreline, had several attempts on goal, which were unlucky not to yield what would have been a deserved consolation goal, especially in the closing exchanges after a superb move cut through the Liverpool defence. the team was made up of players from Manchester Polonia, Radclyffe, Milton and Abacus Media and none from the leading teams in the Premier Division.

The team, made up of players from Manchester Polonia, Radclyffe, Milton and Abacus Media, never gave up in a game played in great spirit, without a single booking.

Manchester Polonia’s Tomasz Koperwas was man of the match after producing a string of stunning saves against a very strong Liverpool outfit.

The team was organised by Tim Roebuck, and managed by Mike Treanor and Phil Noon.

The L&C thank our Liverpool hosts for a superb facility and their hospitality and we look forward to a return match at a ‘home’ ground next season.

Premier Division

Premier Division action saw Whalley Range clinch the title with a convincing 6-1 win at High Lane which leaves them untouchable with two games to play.

Reigning champions Rochdalians are within four points of claiming the runners-up spot as they too won comfortably by 6-2 in a local derby against Lancashire Amateur Cup finalists Milton.

Waterloo won 2-1 at basement club Trafford United who put in a great effort before going down with Waterloo staying in fourth spot.

At the other end of the table South Manchester defended well to keep a clean sheet in a 2-0 win over Dom Doyle which virtually leaves them safe from the bottom two.

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The other mid-table fixture saw Mellor defeat Abacus Media 4-1.

Division One

It’s still all to play for in thrilling race for the Division One title as the top three all posted victories.

AFC Oldham stay in top spot by a point with a 4-2 win over Bury Ams in an excellent game and local rivals Radclyffe showed their determination in an 8-1 cruise over Moston Brook.

Irlam Tigers have five games in hand over the top two and kept in the hunt with a 4-2 win over Chorltonians which leaves them 14 points adrift of AFC Oldham.

Manchester Polonia won 3-0 at Old Stretfordians to leave Strets in bottom spot as they have now completed their fixtures.

In the other game Urmston Town and Newton shared six goals.

Division Two

Division Two leaders Dukinfield Athletic also completed their season and drew 3-3 with North Walkden who are one of four teams poised to take over at the summit.

Hadfield Athletic beat Bedians 4-1 and are a point behind Dukinfield with five games left to play.

Stoconians had no game but are still in the hunt as are South Manchester reserves and Oldham Vics had the biggest win in the division with a 7-1 win at Chorltonians reserves.

Division Three

The top two on Division Three were in cup action and they remain well clear of the pack with the other games ending in 2-1 scorelines.

They went in favour of Abacus Media seconds against Hooley Bridge Celtic and Salford Vics reserves against Chadderton Park.

Division A

Mellor thirds won 2-1 in a close contest at Waterloo reserves to stay on top of Division A but their main rivals have vital games in hand.

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Wythenshawe Wanderers are a point behind Mellor with two games in hand after an efficient 2-1 win at third-placed AFC Stockport and the other game was won 4-2 by Deans hosting AFC Oldham seconds.

Division B

Division B leaders Parrs Wood Celtic were in cup action and Moston Brook thirds moved to within a point of Celtic with a 3-1 win over Chadderton Cott reserves but Celtic still look favourites as they have three games in hand.

AFC Oldham thirds stay in third spot with a comfortable 4-1 win at Spurley Hey reserves but are well adrift of the top two.

Basement team Stoconians thirds were able to celebrate long and hard after posting their third win of the season by 4-2 over Bury Ams reserves and the other game was a lively 3-3 draw between Old Strets thirds and Hillgate.

Division C

Just two games played in Division C and they did not affect the teams at the top with Staly Lions winning  3-1 at Moston Brook fourths and Altrincham Hale drew 2-2 with Oldham Vics reserves.

Inter League team set for action

Tonight sees the Inter League team take the field to do battle with Liverpool FA. Other updates for the week are posted below.

  1. The fixture schedule is released until the end of the season. Cup fixtures that can be, have been scheduled, a reminder that after 90 minutes it is straight to penalties and referee fees are shared. Further changes will be necessary, so please check regularly. For all fixture matters contact Malcolm Kershaw fixtures@landc.org.uk.
  2. 3/4G bookings – for the best prices please book pitches direct with the facility, ie the pitch provider, not via a third party such as ‘Total Football’. More information about 3G pitches, discussed at the EGM will be issued in the next day or two.
  3. The Respect Handshake has been suspended in this league until further notice, see messages issued 29th Feb.
  4. The L&C Inter League team are playing away at at Liverpool FA, Walton Hall Park, Walton Hall Avenue, Liverpool, L4 9XP on the 3G pitch, Tuesday 10th March 2020, 8.00m kick off
  5. South Manchester’s secretary Tony Brogan is away 9th – 22nd March, please contact Frank Forster (0161 432 4532) or Jim Donohue 07768180780 in his absence.
  6. Trophy winners from last season, who did not return trophies to the meeting please contact Mike Yates 07968162588 to return.

L&C enjoys rare joy of full fixture list

WITH the arrival of March the weather at last relented and allowed a full fixture list to take place.

The league’s amazing fixture secretary Mal Kershaw was delighted with this and has now accomplished a minor miracle of planning the fixtures until the end of the season.

Rhodes Cup sponsored by GP Property Management

The premier cup competition for the Rhodes Cup saw three fixtures played and two teams reached the semi-finals.

Chadderton Cott, leaders of Division Three, pulled off the shock result of the day as they blunted free-scoring North Walkden and secured an impressive 2-0 win.

The other two ties both involved Premier Division clubs and there were routine wins for reigning champions Rochdalians who cruised to a 6-1 win against Mellor and high-flying Waterloo won 4-1 at South Manchester to make the last four.

Whitehead Cup

The Whitehead Cup semi-final between Moston Brook reserves and Chadderton Cott reserves went into a penalty shoot-out after ending locked at 1-1 at full-time.

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Both goals came in the first half with Matt Kelly drawing Brook level just before the break.

The penalty shoot was won 4-2 by Brook who now await the winners of the semi-final between Salford Storm and Parrs Wood Celtic.

Hellawell Shield

The other cup match was in the Hellawell Shield and Hillgate made it through to the last four with a 3-1 win over Altrincham Hale where they will play Moston Brook thirds in the semi-final.

Premier Division

Premier Division action was limited to just three games and runaway leaders Whalley Range are within one win of clinching the title after winning 6-3 at Abacus Media.

The other two games saw comfortable wins for High Lane by 5-1 over Lancashire Cup semi-finalists Milton and Dom Doyle who won 6-3 at Trafford United.

Division One

It’s still all to play for in Division One as the top two teams both posted victories.

AFC Oldham stay top by a point with a 3-1 win at Urmston Town but Radclyffe are on their shirt tails as they cruised to a 4-0 win over Newton.

Irlam Tigers, with a huge backlog of games in hand, remain in the mix as they won 5-1 at Signol Athletic OB and the other game had Manchester Polonia beating Chorltonians 2-0.

Division Two

The top game in Division Two saw the top two teams in action and Hadfield Athletic kept in the title hunt beating leaders Dukinfield Athletic 2-0 to move to within three points of Dukky with five games in hand.

Stoconians also have games in hand but they dropped two vital points as they shared six goals with Mellor Reserves.

South Manchester reserves won 4-1 at Santos and the game between Bedians and Oldham Vics was abandoned with Bedians leading 5-3 with the Vics goals coming from Drew Bowyer, Arron McKenna and Jacob Davies.

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Division Three

Division Three leaders Chadderton Cott were in cup action but the chasing pack were unable to make much of a dent in their lead.

Second-placed Signol Athletic JFC were held 2-2 by basement team Milton reserves and Chadderton Park went down 3-2 at Hooley Bridge Celtic.

Village Manchester shared four goals with Elton Lib Hargreaves and there were 5-2 wins for Abacus Media reserves at Aldermere and Stoconians reserves hosting Denton Town reserves.

Division A

Division A saw Mellor thirds take over top spot from AFC Stockport by a point.

Mellor had a big 8-0 win at Dukinfield Athletic reserves as AFC Stockport were held to a 2-2 draw by Trafford United reserves.

Old Stretfordians reserves’ title hopes took a dip as they drew 2-2 with Rochdale Galaxy and now just two points separate the top four teams in the division.

The other game produced a comfortable 5-0 win for Salford Storm at AFC Oldham reserves.

Division B

Plenty of action in Division B and leaders Parrs Wood Celtic stay four points clear with a 4-1 win over Stoconians thirds.

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AFC Oldham thirds moved up into third spot with a 6-2 cruise at Chorltonians Athletic and Bury Ams reserves were 4-2 victors over Heaton Mersey.

It was close in the other games with Flixton JFC winning their local derby with Old Strets thirds with the only goal of the game and there was1-1 draw between Moston Brook thirds and Spurley Hey reserves.

Division C

Irlam Tiger Rangers roared ten points clear in Division C as they won their local derby at Salford Storm reserves by 5-1.

Chadderton Park reserves lost ground on the leaders with a 2-0 reverse hosting AFC Stockport Warriors.

Stoconians fourths and Staly Lions shared six goals in an entertaining encounter and Whalley Range seconds could only fire blanks as they lost out 2-0 hosting Oldhan Vics reserves.

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