L & C AFL weekly update

Another entertaining season has come to an end; all awards were handed out at the presentation evening on 17 May. In the latest update, Club Secretaries are given an update on the evening, as well as pitch information for next season and information for teams that plan on continuing into the 2019/20 season.

  1. The L & C AGM will be held at 8 PM at Curzon Ashton on the 13th June. If there are any more proposed rule changes or agenda items please send them to me by the end of this month. I will issue the agenda on the 1st of June.
  2. Bedians will have pitches available for 2019-20, please contact Rob O’Connor on 07738195124.
  3. The presentation evening for the 110th anniversary of the L & C AFL, was enjoyed by 300 attendees, and we are hoping to book the same venue for the 2019-2020 season end.
  4. All member clubs are continuing in the league in 2019-2020. If there are any changes in the number of teams you will run, or requests for divisional changes, you can let me know, however you will have until  the end of June to decide.
  5. Brian Davies will be away 20th – 30th of May, please contact Graham Ellis asstsecretary@landc.org.uk if you need assistance during that time.

Rochdalians crowned Premier Division champions

Rochdalians AFC First are celebrating after securing the Premier Division title.

It is fitting that manager Tony Luker has delivered the title in the season the club celebrate their 25th anniversary as part of the Lancashire & Cheshire AFL.

In the end, Rochdalians have been richly rewarded for a dominant league season that has seen them drop points in just five games, registering a league-high 17 wins in the process.

At the back end of any season when honours are being handed out, there’s always a worry that pressure will tell. Rochdalians emphatically bucked this trend. In the last month of the season, they racked up a perfect record of four wins in four, scoring 13 goals and conceding three in the process.

It has re-established them as the dominant force in the Premier Division; in their 25 years, this is the sixth league title they have captured.

And in recent history, their place at the top of the L&C AFL tree is secure – this league triumph is their third in just five seasons and now the team will have their sights firmly fixed on emulating the class of 2015/16, who retained their crown as the league’s best.

During the season, Rochdalians racked up 81 goals in 22 games – bettered by just one side, but no team could get near their impressive defence, which conceded just 31 goals – a goal difference of +50, double the tally of second-place High Lane Open.

It meant a title triumph by seven points, which is a fitting way for captain Davey Luker and his brother John to bow out, both of whom have announced their retirements.

The next generation of Luker will continue to influence the fortunes of the team next season, as Tony’s son Jamie has already broken into the first team.

The retirements will undoubtedly hit the side, but it is built upon a strong defensive unit. Although Davey will no longer be part of that, the contributions of Scott Hopley and Reece Gregory will give Rochdalians the platform to move forward.

And with the scoring feats of the likes of David Devlin and Nick Hands, whose goals have helped to fire Rochdalians to the title, they’ll be primed to defend their crown in 2019/20.

 

L & C AFL update for club secretaries

The latest round of updates for club secretaries provides information on the remaining cup finals, the league’s alcohol policy, and news on the 125th anniversary end of season presentation evening.

  1. League Cup Finals have been booked for the following venues, all are 7.30pm kick offs, and £2 for spectators.
  • Thursday 2nd May at West Didsbury & Chorlton – Whitehead Cup Final Chadderton Cott v Stoconians 3rds.
  • Thursday 9th May at Hyde United – Rhodes Cup Final Radclyffe v Salford Vic.
  1. At this time of the season it is timely for me to remind all clubs who have cause for celebration of the need to comply with L & C Alcohol Policy. Here’s a link to the new website. The drugs and alcohol policy is included, https://landc.org.uk/rules-and-articles/ Save the celebration for the pub ie not at the pitchside and certainly not while the match is in progresss.
  2. For the remainder of the season please contact Chris Millward 07487646355 for Stoconians.
  3. The special presentation evening for the 110th anniversary of the L & C AFL, is on the 17th May at the Renaissance Hotel on Blackfriars St, corner of Deansgate, Manchester, where tickets at £20 will be subsidised. Please send me your requirements for additional places as soon as possible. A more detailed letter is also being issued to clubs today. Any nominations for long service (25 years in the L & C) can be sent to me.

L & C AFL weekly update – alcohol policy

As we’re entering the business end of the season, a number of our football clubs will have cause for celebration, whether winning leagues, promotions, cup success or surviving relegation.

However, it is important to adhere with the alcohol policy when enjoying celebrations, and these are highlighted in the weekly update.

  1. All fixtures, can still be subject to alteration, including  night matches, please review and contact Fixtures secretary Malcolm Kershaw, fixtures@landc.org.uk if you plan to avoid Premier League by switching nights.
  2. League Cup Finals have been booked for the following venues, all are 7.30pm kick offs, and £2 for spectators.
  • Thursday 25th April at Chorlton & West Didsbury – Hellawell Shield Final Chadderton Park Seconds v Irlam Tiger seconds.
  • Thursday 2nd May at Chorlton & West Didsbury – Whitehead Cup Final Chadderton Cott v Stoconians 3rds.
  • Thursday 9th May at Hyde United – Rhodes Cup Final Radclyffe v Salford Vic.
  1. At this time of the season it is timely for me to remind all clubs who have cause for celebration of the need to comply with L & C Alcohol Policy. Here’s a link to the new website. The drugs and alcohol policy is included, https://landc.org.uk/rules-and-articles/ Save the celebration for the pub ie not at the pitchside and certainly not while the match is in progress.
  2. For the remainder of the season please contact Chris Millward 07487646355 for Stoconians.
  3. The special presentation evening for the 110th anniversary of the L & C AFL, is on the 17th May at the Renaissance Hotel on Blackfriars St, corner of Deansgate, Manchester, where tickets at £20 will be subsidised. Notification and invoices for the club mandatory place numbers were issued in last week. Please send me your requirements for additional places as soon as possible. A letter was issued to all clubs as well. Also any nominations for long service (25 years in the L & C) can be sent to me.

Rhodes Cup final fixture confirmed

This week’s L & C AFL update includes the confirmed fixture for the Rhodes Cup final, which will be played at Hyde United.

  1. All fixtures, visible to the end of the season will be subject to alteration with rescheduled matches, including  night matches, please review regularly and contact Fixtures secretary Malcolm Kershaw, fixtures@landc.org.uk if you plan to avoid Champions League and Premier League by switching nights.
  2. League Cup Finals have been booked for the following venues, all are 7.30pm kick offs.
  • Tuesday 16th April at Wythenshawe Amateurs – Wray Cup Final Village Manchester v Radclyffe.
  • Thursday 25th April at Chorlton & West Didsbury – Hellawell Shield Final Chadderton Park Seconds v Irlam Tiger seconds.
  • Thursday 2nd May at Chorlton & West Didsbury – Whitehead Cup Final Chadderton Cott v Stoconians 3rds.
  • Thursday 9th May at Hyde United – Rhodes Cup Final Radclyffe v Salford Vic.
  1. Invoices for the second half of the season’s registrations will soon be issued.
  2. Congratulations to Parrswood Celtic who have reached the Manchester Amateur Cup final against Failsworth Dynamoes on Friday 12th April, kick off 7.30pm at Trafford FC.
  3. Hooley Bridge Celtic reserves have folded and their results have been removed from Division B.
  4. Information about the introduction of Sin Bins can be found by Googling “FA sin bins”.
  5. For the remainder of the season please contact Chris Millward 07487646355 for Stoconians.
  6. The special presentation evening for the 110th anniversary of the L & C AFL, is on the 17th May at the Renaissance Hotel on Blackfriars St, corner of Deansgate, Manchester, where tickets will be subsidised. Notification and invoices for the club mandatory place numbers will be issued in the first week of April. Please send me your requirements for additional places as soon as possible.

Final day for emergency registrations from Saturday 30 March

As part of the weekly update from L & C AFL, all club secretaries and the league committee are reminded that Friday 5th April is the final day for emergency registrations from last weekend. More details follow, as well as other updates.

  1. ll fixtures, visible to the end of the season will be subject to alteration with cup and rescheduled matches, including  night matches, please review regularly and contact Fixtures secretary Malcolm Kershaw, fixtures@landc.org.uk if you plan to avoid Champions League and Premier League by switching nights.
  2. League Cup Finals have been booked for the following venues, all are 7.30pm kick offs.
  • Tuesday 16th April at Wythenshawe Amateurs – Wray Cup Final Village Manchester v Radclyffe.
  • Thursday 25th April at Chorlton & West Didsbury – Hellawell Shield Final Chadderton Park Seconds v Irlam Tiger seconds.
  • Thursday 2nd May at Chorlton & West Didsbury – Whitehead Cup Final Chadderton Cott v Stoconians 3rds.
  • Thursday 9th May at Hyde United – Rhodes Cup Final Radclyffe v Salford Vic or Parrswood Celtic.
  1. League cup semi-finals.
    1. Rhodes Cup 6th April at Astley Sports Village, kick off 2:30 pm Salford Victoria v Parrswood Celtic.
  2. Congratulations to Parrswood Celtic who have reached the Manchester Amateur Cup final against Failsworth Dynamoes on Friday 12th April, kick off 7.30pm at Trafford FC.
  3. Any emergency registrations from yesterday must be on WGS and approved by Friday 5th April. Any submitted after that date will be rejected.
  4. Information about the introduction of Sin Bins can be found by Googling “FA sin bins”.
  5. For the remainder of the season please contact Chris Millward 07487646355 for Stoconians.
  6. The end of this season marks the 110th anniversary of the L & C AFL. The special presentation evening is on the 17th May at the Radisson Hotel on Deansgate, Manchester, where tickets will be subsidised. Save the date! Notification and invoices for the club mandatory place numbers will be issued this week.

Team of the month: Radclyffe AFC 1st

Radclyffe AFC 1st are the team of the month for March after an undefeated run that has the team fighting on three fronts.

There was really only one candidate in the running after a month which saw Radcylffe’s dreams of an historic treble kept alive by pulling off giant-killing acts in the Wray Cup and Rhodes Cup semi-finals.

In the Wray Cup semi-final, Radclyffe came from behind to beat Division 2 Urmston Town First 2-1.

But it was the Rhodes Cup that sent shockwaves through the L&C AFL, as Radclyffe – on course for promotion from Division 3 – put four past premier division championship chasers, Rochdalians AFC First, on their way to a 4-2 win.

It capped off a hugely successful month for the side; in five outings in league and cup, Radclyffe won four times, racking up 12 goals in that time, before ending the month with a hard-fought goalless draw in a top-of-the-table clash with division 3 league leaders Dukinfield Athletic AFC.

It means Radclyffe are 16 points behind the league leaders. However, it’s not a surprise that their cup exploits mean they have games in hand.

Rob Holden’s side are just one point behind second-place Stoconians AFC 2nds, but with five games in hand, will fancy their chances of a second successive promotion.

But a league championship for the second year on the bounce is what is driving Radcylffe. They have seven games in hand over Dukinfield Athletic, so the treble is very much on.

March’s performances have made it possible and is just part of a meteoric rise of a club that has existed for less than two years.

Rob Holden, said his players have had a remarkable season, which is very much the product of a team effort.

He said: “Whatever happens until the end of the season, to achieve what we have is remarkable. The players have been unbelievable this year.

“The players, board and people who have supported and believed in us have helped us get this far in a short space of time.”

Radclyffe will play Salford Vic or Parrswood Celtic in the Rhodes Cup final on 9th May, while the first part of the club’s treble chase will be decided on 16th April, with Village Manchester the opposition in the Wray Cup final.