L & C season structure and start dates confirmed

The L & C is delighted to confirm the official start dates for the 2021/22 league season.

Hopes are high for a campaign free of disruption after the previous two truncated seasons and although we were pleased that the committee enabled an ending of sorts to last season, we hope that the following season is one that is played in its entirety.

The popularity of the competition remains fierce; despite the many challenges encountered by teams in amateur football, we have actually seen the size of our structure increase once again. All eight divisions have at least 12 teams in them, and in total, there are 104 sides competing for league and cup glory.

There will be a different start date for the different divisions, confirmed below with the rest of the latest update. Fixtures are yet to be confirmed, but will be released in due course.

Here’s to another competitive campaign for all of our teams.

  1. Club Affiliation to County FA. Please continue to complete your affiliations, I can see from WGS that progress is being made, however a handful are still to make a start.
  2. The next general meeting will be held at Curzon Ashton FC, Richmond St, Ashton Under Lyne OL7 9HG on Thursday 19th August, starting at 7:30 PM. All clubs must be represented. The agenda and other papers will be sent nearer the time.
  3. Commencement of the season: SATURDAY – 21st August 2021 – Premier and Division 1. SATURDAY 28th August 2021 – Premier and 1 (B/H weekend). SATURDAY 4th September 2021 – Premier, 1, 2, 3, A.        SATURDAY 11th September 2021 – Premier, 1, 2, 3, A, B, C, D
  1. Please continue to send in any ground information for us, and detail changes for the club details file.
  2. The league structure was issued on Sunday, and was sent to all clubs on email last week.
  3. We have still some work to do before we are able to generate the fixtures on Full Time, so the sooner you send in your information the better.

Salford Vics donate kit to Africa

Salford Victoria are getting ready to ship kits to Africa if anymore clubs would like to donate old kits (still useable) can they either ring or email me. Chris Carney chrisdcarney@hotmail.com or phone 07956 106564

Chris would like to thank Newton FC,  Irlam Tiger and Radclyffe FC for their donations of kits for Africa.

Picture – Kits from Newton & Salford last year

League Diversity and Inclusion

The Lancashire and Cheshire AFL, a football league with a diverse membership condemns and abhors any form of discrimination, typified by the racism England footballers have been subjected to, especially after the way our England team have lifted and galvanised this country in the face of a life stealing pandemic.

We all need to do more to eradicate this type of behaviour from a small minority who hide behind a computer screen or deface a mural late at night.

We call upon the authorities and social media companies to do more, and as individuals we will do more ourselves to enjoy our national sport and treat it for what it is “a game”.

Footballers are human and like us all they fail and lose, but let’s lose and win together.

The league Diversity & Inclusion group will debate this and other issues at a date to be announced, so please look out for the invitation to join us.

The L & C Committee

League Closes New Applications for the 21-22 season

The popularity of the league hit new heights during the 20-21 season and in the last few weeks new enquiries have continued to come.

A record 25 enquiries have been received. Four new clubs have been elected to the membership at the AGM in early June, Baguley Athletic, Eccles United, Milltown FC and Milnrow Firgrovia.

There could be other clubs who will be co-opted in the coming weeks if their applications which are in progress are successful.

Friendlies Requests

If any club wants me to post a message on this page for friendlies, please email secretary@landc.org.uk with the details. Brian

  1. Dukinfield Athletic Still have a date available on 4th Sept, our is pitch available and are willing to host with a 50/50 split in costs, or alternatively we are more than happy to travel and split any costs incurred. Please note we are looking for Div A or below opponents. Email address : dukinfieldaafc@gmail.com Thanks Stephen Limb Tel: 07837 992720

2. Altrincham Hale – I am looking for a friendly for our Res team – so pref div C or D, for next Sat happy to travel or host. Rob Walsh 07986 382147 email R.J.Walsh@hotmail.co.uk

3. Deans 2nds Looking for a friendly for this Saturday (04/09). we can host or travel. Looking for a team in divisions C or D Thanks, Ashley 07739877267

4. Old Stretfordians 2nd are looking for a friendly this week 04 Sep as the team we were playing now have a league fixture. Rob McIlroy 2nd Team Manager > 07772502462

6. Staly Lions are looking to arrange friendlies where we can, starting with Saturday 26th June. Contact Liam Bewley on 07555286162

7. Salford Vics 2nd team and development team are looking for Friendlies, we are happy to share costs for away games and would expect cost sharing at our ground Contact Chris Carney 07956106564 or chrisdcarney@hotmail.com

8. North Walkden reserves are looking for a friendly, this Saturday. Preferably a team in division A or below. Janine jjward@sky.com George georgemcmanus97@hotmail.co.uk.

9. Aldermere Dates available division B team. Happy to split costs for pitch (if required) and or referee. Please contact Thomas Jacobs 07903556912 to schedule.

12. Milltown reserves are looking for away games. Please contact Anthony Raymond Williams 07854587236.

15. Govan A team are still looking for a game on 4th Sept home or away. We currently play in div c happy to play teams from c or d divisions. Contact Paul on 07944625438.


Kits for Africa – Salford Victoria Kit Collection/donation

Please see Chris Carney’s message and get in touch if you can help with this worthy cause.

As we come out of lockdown we are getting kits together again to donate to sub Saharan African teams if any L & C teams have any old kits they would like to donate they would be much appreciated. If they get in touch with me I will sort out details of getting them.

Chris Carney

Salford Victoria

Email chrisdcarney@hotmail.com

First match day cup fixtures now available

This week’s L & C update provides details on where to find the first match day of cup fixtures for when the restructured fixture list resumes next month.

  1. Reminder – tomorrow 29th March 7PM there will be a General Meeting via Zoom (invites sent yesterday), which clubs must attend to hear all the arrangements.
  2. Moston Brook 4th Team are looking for an away friendly, next Saturday 3rd April. Contact Mike Melia- 07837 251346
  3. Fixtures arranged for every team on the 3rd April are to be used as a warm up so teams don’t go into the cups on 10th April without having played. All normal procedures such as confirmation, referee payment by BACs, completion of result texts, match sheets, team stats and refs marks are to be followed.
  4. The Cup fixtures, Match day one on the 10th April through to the end if the group stage on 8th May are now visible on Full Time.
  5. The Cup squads from multi-team clubs can be sent in as soon as you are ready, and are required at the latest by next Sunday 4th April. Please send to me,  Keith Marsden registrations@landc.org.uk, John Howard john.howard15@btopenworld.com and Gill Bowden gillbowden@ymail.com please.
  6. Rob O’Connor of Bedians has kindly offered a set of football nets in good condition if any club needs them. If anyone wants them all they have to do is collect them, contact Rob O’Connor 07738 195124.

General Meeting, Cup and friendly fixtures, and info ahead of restart

This week’s update includes confirmation that fixtures have been arranged. For this and more information, please see below.

  1. Fixtures for every team on the 3rd April are released, some clubs did not want a match that day, so those have been moved. If you still want a game after your opponent declined, contact Malcolm Kershaw fixtures@landc.org.uk. They are to be used as a warm up so teams don’t go into the cups on 10th April without having played. Referees will be appointed as normal by the referee’s secretary. All normal procedures such as confirmation, referee payment by BACs, completion of result texts, match sheets, team stats and refs marks are to be followed.
  2. The cup draw was made at the committee meeting, issued on the 17th March and Match day one on the 10th April has been released.
  3. The cup rules and competition format were issued on the 6th March. Note the deadline for registration has been brought forward to the end of February (rule 4) and squad eligibility is in rule 5. Squads are required from multi-team clubs and can be sent in as soon as you are ready. Any queries on registrations to Keith Marsden registrations@landc.org.uk please.
  4. The preparation for the return continues – Important date for your diaries – 29th March 7PM there will be a General Meeting via Zoom, which clubs must attend to hear all the arrangements.

Warm-up fixtures announced in preparation for forthcoming cup competitions

Now that we have confirmed our plans for a streamlined cup competition programme that will run in the absence of the possibility to complete a full league programme, the L & C has announced warm-up fixtures in preparation for the competitive fixtures. More information on this, as well as other updates, can be found below.

  1. League fixtures for every team on the 3rd April have been released. They are league games to be used as a warm up so teams don’t go into the cups on 10th April without having played. We have saved everyone a job arranging friendlies. Referees will be appointed as normal by the referee’s secretary. All normal procedures such as confirmation, referee payment by BACs, completion of result texts, match sheets, team stats and refs marks are to be followed. The games are voluntary, so if for any reason you do not want a match that day, contact Malcolm Kershaw fixtures@landc.org.uk.
  2. The deadline for ensuring all match sheets, team stats, refs marks and payments are in is Thursday 11th March. After that the cup draw will be made with those who have complied included.
  3. The preparation for the resumption of football continues, the cup rules and competition format were issued yesterday. Note the deadline for registration has been brought forward to the end of February (rule 4) and squad eligibility is in rule 5. Any queries on registrations to Keith Marsden registrations@landc.org.uk please.

Lancashire & Cheshire AFL return to football

Since the announcement of the Government roadmap out of lockdown, and the resumption of team sports from 29th March, the league committee have been working on assessing the options available. The FA extension to the 30th June gives three months to conclude the 20-21 season.

Following the committee assessment, we are recommending to the clubs our plan – the league divisional season is curtailed now (null and void as we are nowhere near the point where Points per game is viable). The L & C roadmap for conclusion of the season has been sent to every club and shows the government’s timetable, the committee’s decision-making to this point, and how we plan to ensure competitive football for all clubs.

Despite the league season being curtailed, the positive aspect of this is that it allows the four league cups to run in an amended format of group matches followed by quarter and semi-finals, and the final. This plan would give all teams at least five games, and take up to the end of May to complete. Full details will be made available soon.

The reality is that the remaining 682 league fixtures will not fit into three months due to ground constraints and would involve a punishing Sat/Wed/Sat schedule for the whole of the 3 months, and include some Monday matches for some teams. We all are involved to enjoy our football, this would not be enjoyable, and it would most likely fail. We should not start what we cannot finish.

The reasoning for this decision has been sent to every club; in our preparation, we ran provisional trials to see how we could fulfil all league fixtures. This proved that it would be impossible even if there were no further disruptions.

A combination of the risks that remain because of Covid-19, the punishing – and unrealistic – schedule required to fit in all fixtures, player availability due to work, family, religious commitments, as well as pitch availability, is why the L & C have decided to move forward with a more slimline, and manageable competition format to ensure the season reaches a conclusion.

If any club disagrees, or has any questions, please let us know.

All match sheets, team stats, refs marks and payments MUST BE COMPLETED BY THE 11TH MARCH to be entered into the cup draw, unless you need County FA to fix user ID problems and are in communication with us about this.