L&C AFL AGM set for 4 June

Club secretaries in the league have been sent details about the annual general meeting which is set to take place on Thursday 4 June at 7pm. Secretaries should be aware that the deadline for extending invitiations to other club members, and to submit questions, is 1 June.

As detailed below, the league has been trialling the most appropriate way to conduct the meeting in these unprecedented times, and Zoom is the preferred option.

The AGM on the 4th June will take place by video conference at 7 PM. Please note we have brought the start time forward by an hour from our normal general meeting start time of 8PM. This is to avoid clashing with the weekly ‘clap for carers’. The meeting will be available to join from 6:45, and will start at 7PM prompt. Attached to this email are the agenda, previous minutes, rule changes and ballot paper.

We successfully tested Zoom with Manchester FA on their licenced version (avoids timing out after 40 minutes), so we’ll be using Zoom and MFA will issue the invitations. Further, more detailed joining instructions will be issued to secretaries.

The invitations to attend will be sent to club secretaries, if secretaries want invitations to go to other club members, let me know by 1st June. Every club is expected to do their utmost to attend.

If you would like to submit questions in advance of the meeting, again let me know by the 1st June. There will be a facility to ask questions on the night.

Attendees will be logged, achieving a virtual roll call. All voting items are on the ballot paper which is to be sent in to me by 9AM on the 8th June, by email by club secretaries. The votes will be verified by MFA and the results declared soon after.

Clubs may qualify for “Small Business Grant”

It has come to our attention that football clubs may be eligible for a water payment holiday or “small business grant.”

If you pay business rates and at the beginning of March were claiming Small Business Rates Relief,  you can apply for a “Small Business Grant” of £10,000.  This is non-refundable and the application is a very simple process. You will need your business rates reference and go on to your local authority website, enter this reference number and the club’s bank details. The Grant is then paid direct.

If your club pays water bills, an application can be made by filling in a short form on the supplier’s website.

Any queries please contact Treasurer Phil Faulkner. His direct mobile is 07957 883165, and email is treasurer@landc.org.uk

Goalkeeper needed

Do you have multiple goalkeepers at your club, which means that one of them may not get regular games, but wants to play every week?  If so Spurley Hey are looking for a goal keeper.  If anyone knows of a keeper that wants to play regular football, please can you ask them to call Dave Jameson on 07753503468.

September fixtures – weekly update 01/09/19

As part of the latest weekly update for all L&C members, information is available regarding this month’s fixtures.

  1. All September fixtures are now visible on Full-Time. On the 28th September, Round 2 of the Manchester Challenge Trophy takes place so there will be mass Premier Division fixture changes.
  2. A reminder that at the EGM we agreed that attached Respect Codes of Conduct would be sent to all participants to abide by. Please forward them on within your clubs
  3. The Secretary will be away from 2nd Sept to the 13th. If you need help with Full Time Team Administrators please contact Malcolm Kershaw, on fixtures@landc.org.uk. Contact the relevant committee member for all matters please.
  4. If you need to contact Urmston Town please contact Kyle O’Connor k.y.199@msn.com or 07376133676, and not Chris Cole.
  5. Remember to refer to the new league website www.landc.org.uk for all information other than fixtures, results, tables and associated admin which remain on Full Time.
  6. An ex-referee from the league will be running in his 22nd Great North Run. If anyone would like to help him raise funds for Breast Cancer Care could you please visit his Just Giving Page? Just search Steve Grimsley. The page is titled “Grimmers 22nd Great North Run”. This message is also on the league website.

Lancashire and Cheshire AFL Fixtures & Results 31.08.2019

All set for a great title contest

Premier Division

The race for the Premier Division title looks set to be the most competitive for some time as several teams look set to put in a strong challenge on reigning champions Rochdalians. The champions showed their intent with a comfortable 3-0 derby win over Milton to stay on top of the table on goal difference.

Level on points are new-look Whalley Range who enjoyed a 3-0 win over last season’s runners-up High Lane. Netting for Range were Luke Bennion, Danny Heffernan and Jay Fowls.

Chasing the top two hard with 100 per cent records but having played a game less are Salford Vics who won 5-1 at Trafford United and Waterloo who won by the odd goal in seven in a thriller with Abacus Media.

Newly promoted Dom Doyle were impressive in a 4-1 win over Mellor to show that they will be in the title mix.

Division One

Division One also looks to be a very competitive area with AFC Oldham and newly promoted Radclyffe leading the way with 100 per cent records.

AFC Oldham accounted for Swinton by 2-1 in a tight encounter but Radclyffe continue to score goals for fun as they romped to a 7-0 win at Old Stretfordians.

Chorltonians lost their first game of the season in an entertaining encounter with Irlam Tigers.

Chorlts led 2-1 for the bulk of the game with strikes from Aaron Rodger and Jordan Bates, assisted by Rodger. The Tigers reply came from Tom Wright with his first goal in ten years for the Tigers.

Both sides had chances before late drama saw Ben Ravenscroft level the scores on 82 minutes taking advantage of a defensive error and two minutes later he seized on another Chorlts slip to give his side a 3-2 win.

Newton kept an impressive clean sheet as they beat Moston Brook 2-0 for their first win of the season and there were plenty of goals at Bury Amateurs as they beat Urmston Town 6-4.

Division Two

It was the first day of the season in Division Two and the goals flowed in most of the games.

Top of the hit list were Hadfield with a big 8-0 win over new boys Barr Hill and Bedians were not far behind as they won their local derby with Didsbury by 7-0.

South Manchester Reserves raced into a 6-0 lead at Oldham Victoria with strikes from Josh Harper (four), James Woodward and Mark Chadwick. They then took their foot off the pedal allowing Victoria to net three times without reply.

Chorltonians Reserves took an emphatic 4-1 victory at Rochdalians Reserves a score matched by new boys North Walkden over newly promoted Dukinfield Athletic.

The other game saw Santos win 2-1 at Mellor Reserves.

Division Three

The start of the new season in Division Three featured a local derby at Chadderton Cott who beat Chadderton Park 4-0 to become the first leaders in the division.

Aldermere were impressive in a 5-2 win at Hooley Bridge Celtic and Abacus Media Reserves accounted for Elton Lib Hargreaves 4-1.

Village Manchester were 3-1 winners at Stoconians Reserves and Salford Victoria Reserves emerged with an exciting 4-3 win over Spurley Hey and new boys Denton Town shared six goals with Milton Reserves.

Division A

The final action of the day came in Division A and AFC Stockport Sats set off in great style, looking for a second successive promotion with a big 9-0 win at new club Salford Storm.

Wythenshawe Wanderers began their life in the league with a 4-3 derby win at Trafford United Reserves and in another close encounter Mellor thirds won 2-1 at Deans.

Stalemate in the other two games with Dukinfield Athletic drawing 1-1 with AFC Oldham Reserves and Waterloo Reserves shared four goals with Moston Brook Reserves on their league debut.

Action from: 1) Whalley Range v High Lane (Lane in blue), 2) Chorltonians v Irlam Tigers (Tigers in red)

Steve Grimsley – Great North Run

An update on the Great North Run from Steve Grimsley, an ex-referee in the L & C.

“This year is my 22nd and l ran my first one over 30 years ago with the late Dave Wild, a Committee member and wonderful Referee.

Initially l ran to raise funds for Francis House and when Dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s I ran to raise funds for the society. In 2010 a double whammy – Dad passed away and my wife, Melanie, was diagnosed with Breast Cancer.

Thankfully she is responding well to all the treatments, operations etc and Breast Cancer Care helped us both immensely.

So now I Run in pink, the fringe is from Melanie. She was given it to tuck in her hat when chemotherapy affected her. The body is obviously from the Gods !!!!

If anyone would like to support me please visit my Just Giving Page, search Steve Grimsley, Grimmer 22nd Great North Run.

If anyone from the League is running it this year please contact me and we shall share a pint afterwards in South Shields. Of the 22 Runs, it’s my 7th on my knee replacement and it’s my first as an OAP.

Best regards to all who remember me in what is without doubt, the finest Amateur Football League.”

Yours in sport Grimmer

(BD – Steve also suffered from Cancer himself but does not mention it, if you can, please give to this very worthy cause, and very dedicated fund raiser)

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Fixture news and contact updates for L&C teams

To All Club Secretaries and Committee

  1. Fixtures have been released on Full Time up to Sept 14th, but will change. The County Cup draws except for the Manchester Amateur Cup (14th Sept) have been received and are being worked into the schedule.
  2. A reminder that at the EGM we agreed that attached Respect Codes of Conduct would be sent to all participants to abide by.
  3. 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.
  4. Richard Mottram of Old Ashtonians is on holiday until 1st September, and Ken Jones  is back on Wednesday.
  5. If you need to contact Urmston Town please contact Kyle O’Connor k.y.199@msn.com or 07376133676, and not Chris Cole.
  6. Remember to refer to the new league website (still work in progress) landc.org.uk for all information other than fixtures, results, tables and associated admin which remain on Full Time.
  7. An ex-referee from the league will be running in his 22nd Great North Run. If anyone would like to help him raise funds for Breast Cancer Care, please visit his Just Giving page Just search Steve Grimsley. The page is titled “Grimmers 22nd Great North Run”