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.

League Coronavirus statement

The Lancashire and Cheshire AFL held a committee meeting last night, and it was agreed that fixtures would continue as normal. However, where a club has particular difficulties with fielding a team, please get in touch with the fixtures secretary (again as normal) and the committee will look at these cases on their merits.

The league urges all participants to take the government advice about hand washing and other precautions, and as you all know we suspended the Respect handshake two weeks ago.

For further information please see below the statement from Manchester FA.

Brian

Manchester FA statement on coronavirus

FA Spokesperson: “The FA is fully aware that there are questions about whether grassroots football in England should be played because of the Covid-19 virus.”

“Consistent with Government advice, The FA is recommending that grassroots football is able to continue as usual for now, with each league or centre making its own individual decision based on its local situation and the availability of players and officials. However, we would fully respect and support any leagues, centres or teams that wish to postpone fixtures in light of the Covid-19 virus.

The decision to postpone all professional football in England has been taken with the integrity of the competitions in mind, considering the availability of players, staff and facilities.

We will continue to monitor all Government advice and keep the situation under constant review, with the priority being the health and wellbeing of all. Further updates will follow as needed.”

Respect Handshake suspended

In light of the concerns surrounding the spread of Coronavirus, the L&C has taken the step of suspending the Respect Handshake initiative until further notice. It may be ultimately an unnecessary step, but we deem it worthwhile to minimise any risk. Further information on the weekly update can be found below.

  1. The fixture schedule is released until 14th March. Delayed Cup fixtures have been scheduled, a reminder that after 90 minutes it is straight to penalties and referee fees are shared. Further changes may be necessary, so please check. For all fixture matters contact Malcolm Kershaw fixtures@landc.org.uk.
  2. Chorlton High School pitch is has been repaired, although to our knowledge it has not been re-inspected this venue is on the FA 3G register.
  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, on the 3G pitch, Tuesday 10th March 2020, 7.30m kick off
  5. The next EGM where all clubs must be represented is on Thursday 5th March 8PM at Curzon Ashton. The agenda was issued on 20th Feb.
  6. Trophy winners from last season, please return the trophies at this meeting.

Clubs required to attend League meeting on 5th March

The weekly update for 23rd February

  1. The fixture schedule is released until 7th March. Delayed Cup fixtures have been scheduled, a reminder that after 90 minutes it is straight to penalties and referee fees are shared. Further changes may be necessary, so please check. For all fixture matters contact Malcolm Kershaw fixtures@landc.org.uk.
  2. Please do not book Chorlton High as a backup ground, as the pitch is worn out and dangerous, although this venue is on the FA 3G register.
  3. For Irlam Tiger please contact Mike Cartwright on 07810517492 instead of Kenneth Cartwright until further notice.
  4. A reminder that the MFA Fund 4 Football application window closes on 28th
  5. The next EGM where all clubs must be represented is on 5th March 8PM at Curzon Ashton. The agenda was issued on 20th
  6. Trophy winners from last season, please return the trophies at this meeting.

February fixtures now available

The updated schedule for the rest of the month is now available. For information about this, and other matters, please see the update below.

1.       The fixture schedule is released for all February. Delayed Cup fixtures have been scheduled, a reminder that after 90 minutes it is straight to penalties and referee fees are shared. Further changes may be necessary, so please check. For all fixture matters contact Malcolm Kershaw fixtures@landc.org.uk.

2.       Please do not book Chorlton High as a backup ground, as the pitch is worn out and dangerous, although this venue is on the FA 3G register.

3.       For Irlam Tiger please contact Mike Cartwright on 07810517492 instead of Kenneth Cartwright until further notice.

4.       An article celebrating the 50 year anniversary of Moston Brook was released in the week on the league website.

5.       The next EGM where all clubs must be represented is on 5th March 8PM at Curzon Ashton. If there are any items for the agenda (will be issued by 20th Feb), please let me know.

6.       Trophy winners from last season, please return the trophies at this meeting.

All clubs must be represented at 5 March EGM

After a weekend when the league came together to reiterate the anti-discrimination policy, the weekly update contains information on the fixture schedule, advice where pitches are unplayable, and the date and venue for the next EGM, at which all clubs must be represented.

  1. The fixture schedule is released up to 22nd February. Delayed Cup fixtures have been scheduled, a reminder that after 90 minutes it is straight to penalties and referee fees are shared. Further changes may be necessary, so please check. For all fixture matters contact Malcolm Kershaw fixtures@landc.org.uk.
  2. A reminder to reverse fixtures if possible when home pitches are unplayable, and ensure Full Time is updated. Please see the postponement instructions attached and sent via email. Please do not book Chorlton High as a backup ground, as the pitch is worn out and dangerous, although this venue is on the FA 3G register.
  3. For Irlam Tiger please contact Mike Cartwright on 07810517492 instead of Kenneth Cartwright until further notice.
  4. Geoff Garnett (ggggarnett@aol.com) is pleased to receive brief match reports on Sat evening for inclusion in the weekly results report.
  5. The next EGM where all clubs must be represented is on 5th March 8PM at Curzon Ashton. If there are any items for the agenda (will be issued by 20th Feb), please let me know.