L&C AFL weekly update

Further to the final preparations for the new season, all club secretaries and committees are reminded of the information set out below.

  1. The League pre-season EGM is on Thursday 15th August 8PM at Curzon Ashton. The agenda was sent out on Thursday 1st August.
  2. The League structure has been attached via email and sent to all secretaries. Fixtures have been released on Full Time for August 17th and 24th. Thank you for your patience.
  3. A reminder that at the AGM we agreed that on registering, the players are agreeing – among other conditions which are on the registration form – to abide by the Respect Codes of Conduct. The documents are attached via email.
  4. The free Emergency First Aid training course on the 9th September at 6:30PM is now full and candidates have had details sent to them.
  5. Team Administrators: I have worked through every division and sent invites to those who don’t have a login ID and re-invited some to create one, as I could remember their names from the club details. New teams, I have sent invites to your people. If you have not received an invite and think you should have, check spam, and/or email me if you will need to login to Full-Time.
  6. If you need to contact Salford Victoria please contact Chris Carney on 07956 106564, and not Janet Carney.
  7. If you need to contact Urmston Town please contact Kyle O’Connor k.y.199@msn.com or 07376133676, and not Chris Cole.

Final preparations for the new L&C season

It’s less than a week until the 88 teams in the Lancashire and Cheshire AFL lock horns and get the 111th season underway. With that in mind, there are some final instructures for club secretaries and the committee.

  • All new documents relating to the L&C can be found on the new website www.landc.org.uk. All out of date documents have subsequently been removed from the Full Time website.
  • If you are a club secretary or any other club official and you need to access Full Time to input referee marks and team statistics, you must assign a role of ‘team secretary’ on the Whole Game system. All club secretaries have been emailed FA guidelines about this by the League Secretary, Brian Davies.
  • Those who have done so will be assigned a ‘team administrator’ role on Full Time, and invites have been sent out to those done on Saturday to create logins. Any other interested parties should ask the League Secretary to send invites.
  • SMS results: if the people nominated by any club secretaries to receive texts have subsequently changed, or are new, send the names to the League Secretary.

Lancashire and Cheshire AFL update

With just weeks to go until the start of next season, there are updates for all club secretaries, including advice on registration, and any changes in kick off times, as part of the weekly update.

  1. The League Structure for season 2019-2020 has been distributed.
  2. Registrations are now open, and the registration form is on the Club Secretary Reference page on the League website. https://landc.org.uk/secretary-reference/. I also attach a brief guidance document.
  3. We are now ready to receive any ground or kick off time changes, any grounds where you are sharing with other clubs, any allocations of A/B weeks, and any periods of when your pitch is unavailable. This is so we can programme these details into the fixture scheduler, which will mean minimum change after the fixtures are built.

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.