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. 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.

Friendly Requests

Oldham Victoria

Reserves (Div C) are looking for fixtures away games if possible on 03/08 and 24/08. Looking for teams from division 3 down

Please contact Spencer on 07710080261

Trafford United

First team would like a friendly on the 10th August, ideally a team from the Prem/Division 1. If any teams are available for please contact

Roger White 07861 673804 or

Village Manchester

Are looking to arrange two friendlies on Saturdays 10th and 17th August against teams in divisions 2, 3 or A. Split costs 50/50 and we can host or happy to travel. If we host, £50 each for pitch and £15 each for ref so £65 each team total.

Get in touch with Jay McNaught ideally or 07824153669

Staly Lions

Are looking to set some friendlies up with teams from divisions  A, B and C please contact Mark Eastham secretary on 07775995970 to arrange dates

South Manchester

First team are looking for friendlies on the 10th August.

Our home grass pitch will be available for the game (11am or 3pm kick off) – alternatively we can travel and happy to split associated costs (referee and pitch hire).

Any enquiries please contact Tufail Baloch 07813146515

South Reserves are looking for friendlies on the 17th and 24th August. Our pitch will potentially be available but we are happy to play away and split any costs.

Please contact Mark Chadwick on 07980 005492


Lancashire and Cheshire AFL

110th Year Presentation Dinner

at The Renaissance Hotel, Manchester

on Friday 17th May 2019

The Lancashire and Cheshire AFL enjoyed a great celebration of its 110th season in style at the Renaissance Hotel in Manchester with around 300 attendees from the league, clubs and guests enjoying a memorable evening at an excellent venue.

The L and C chairman Mike Yates welcomed the distinguished guests who included main speaker Dermot Gallagher, a former Premier division referee, officials from the Lancashire Amateur FL, Manchester FA. League Sponsors Stuart Whiteman of Bodytech, GP Property Management who sponsor the Rhodes Cup, Paul Hett Trophys, Primeprint, Holt and Marsh and auditor Dave Powell

There was also a good attendance of former league Presidents and committee members with Mike again paying tribute to the league over many years.

Mike also gave a summary of another busy and successful season for the biggest Saturday amateur soccer league in the region.

 Following a toast to the league proposed by Dermott Gallagher the league President Mike Jones (Stoconians) outlined the highlights of the season with a particular mention to the hard work done by the league management committee and club officials.

This was followed by a special presentation of league ties to players and officials who have completed 25 years of service in the league including four from Rochdalians and one from Old Stretfordians.

More presentations followed with Ian Ward (Santos) winning the Secretary of the Year award, Mike Crump the Referee of the Year and AFC Oldham the Fair Play award and current President Mike Jones with a trophy as a memento of his year in office.

Dermot Gallagher gave an excellent insight into his long career in the game, with plenty of funny stories, before the main trophies were given out to the top clubs in each division.

The Knock-Out Cup winners were:

Rhodes Cup (with GP Property Management) – Salford Vics

Wray Cup – Radclyffe FC

Whitehead Cup – Chadderton Cott

Hellawell Shield – Irlam Tigers Reserves

The Divisional winners were:

Premier Division

Winners – Rochdalians

Runners up – High Lane

Division One

Winners – Dom Doyle

Runners up – Parrs Wood Celtic

Division Two

Winners – Newton (their first-ever trophy win in the league)

Runners up – Hollingworth

Division Three

Winners – Radclyffe

Runners up – Dukinfield Athletic,

Division A

Winners – Chadderton Cott

Runners up – Elton Lib Hargreaves,

Division B

Winners – AFC Stockport

Runners up – Old Stretfordians Reserves

Division C

Winners – Deans

Runners up – Old Stretfordians 3rds.

Aggregate Trophy – Parrs Wood Celtic

Fair Play Trophy – AFC Oldham

Secretary of the Year – Ian Ward (Santos)

Referee of the year – Mike Crump

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 if you need assistance during that time.

Lancashire and Cheshire AFL

Fixtures and Results we 12.05.2019

Rhodes Cup Final

Vics put their name on top trophy

Hyde United provided a great stage for an excellent game in the top L and C knock out final for the Rhodes Cup.

An enthusiastic audience saw two in-form teams, Salford Victoria and Radclyffe, put on a great display of organised and exciting football that went right to the wire before Vics put their name on the historic trophy that was first played for in 1913 with a 3-2 win.

Radclyffe had already won two trophies- the Wray Cup and the division three championship, and had beaten four Premier division teams on their way to the final, including Premier division champions Rochdalians in a season that had seen them lose just one game in the league.

Vics have finished their season in hot form scoring goals for fun with their young and exciting attacking team to finish fourth in the Premier division so it was all set up for a great contest.

It proved to be just that as the game flowed well thanks to the fine officiating by referee Mike Crump and his team and there was little to separate them until the half-hour mark when the outstanding Ruben Rose for Vics and Nathan Gray for Radclyffe netted in quick succession.

Vics then took a 2-1 lead with a powerful strike from Dale McAndrew before the teams and spectators enjoyed a well-earned interval break.

It was again nip and tuck in the second half until the 65th minute when Zac Faulkner made it 3-1 for Vics with a stunning strike that looked to have secured them victory.

But Radclyffe came back well and reduced the arrears with Ryan Leeming on target with 18 minutes left to play and they then tested the Vics defence to the full but they stood firm to lift the trophy presented by League President Mike Jones.

A great night and a superb game bringing great credit to both teams and the league to finish another excellent season in its 110th year.

Pics- Both teams (Vics in green and white), officials, action and Vics celebrations

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.


Lancashire and Cheshire AFL

Fixtures and Results 04.05.2019

Whitehead Cup Final

West Didsbury and Chorlton were again great hosts for a match attended by a bumper crowd as Chadderton Cott and Stoconians 3rds played the Whitehead Cup final, a knock out competition for teams in Divisions A and B.

It is Cott’s first season in the league and they showed their class by winning the Division A title by five points from Elton Lib Hargreaves and being the only team in the entire league to have a proud unbeaten record.

They were taking on Stoconians 3rds from the division below them where they finished in mid-table but had enjoyed a great cup run with the highlight being a 2-0 local derby win over Division B champions AFC Stockport.

Cott were obviously the favourites to take the trophy but Stocs showed their intent with some determined play in the opening minutes as they took the game to their opponents.

Then the young and impressive Cott team upped their momentum and took the lead through the outstanding Ashley Curran on ten minutes and he added a second with a clinical finish five minutes later.

Cott then dominated the game and were denied by some fine goalkeeping from Callum Crone before Stoconians almost reduced the arrears as they struck the bar on a breakaway.

Seconds later 0came a killer blow as Cott extended their lead to 3-0 through skipper Ryan Higginson after 29 minutes, a lead they maintained to the interval.

Stocs came within inches of opening their account early in the second half but Cott then put the game out of sight with Bradley Delves making it 4-0 on 52 minutes.

Ashley Curran confirmed a great night for himself and his club as he completed his hat-trick and all credit to Stoconians who continued to search for a well-deserved consolation goal in vain and they could not be faulted for their 100 per cent effort.

Credit must also go to referee Joe Perselli and his team, for keeping the game flowing and being played in an excellent spirit by both teams, backed by enthusiastic support from their fans.

The only remaining game now left in the league is the Rhodes Cup Final between Salford Victoria and Radclyffe FC, neither of whom have won the League’s top KO trophy previously. This match takes place at Hyde United on Thursday May 9, kick off 7.30pm.

With the league programme now completed the winners of the seven divisions are:

Premier – Rochdalians FC

Division One – Dom Doyle FC

Division Two – Newton FC

Division Three – Radclyffe FC

Division A – Chadderton Cott FC

Division B – AFC Stockport

Division C – Deans

Pics -Chadderton Cott  (blue) and Stoconians thirds (blue and amber), teams, match officials, game action, Cott celebrate their victory, the sun sets at West Didsbury.