Information for outstanding fines

The final update of 2019 includes information for all clubs regarding fines still to be paid, as well as news on the rearrangement of postponed fixtures. On behalf of L&C AFL, we would like to wish all clubs a happy and successful 2020.

  1. All the postponed and delayed fixtures have been re-organised into a new 2nd half of the season fixture schedule starting on the 4th Jan, and released up to 11th January. For all fixture matters contact Malcolm Kershaw fixtures@landc.org.uk.
  2. Unfortunately following Swinton and Barr Hill, Spurley Hey 1sts have folded, and their results expunged from the division tables.
  3. For Irlam Tiger please contact Mike Cartwright on 07810517492 instead of Kenneth Cartwright until further notice.
  4. For Hooley Bridge Celtic contact Alec Gill on 07887367160.
  5. A reminder that there are a number of fines outstanding, the clubs have been notified by Phil Faulkner. Unpaid fines will be doubled unless you pay or contact the treasurer.

Two teams drop out of L&C AFL

Sad news to report this week, as it’s been confirmed that two of our sides have folded and will no longer participate in the league. For more on this, and further information, please check this week’s update.

  1. All the postponed and delayed fixtures have been re-organised into a new 2nd half of the season fixture schedule starting on the 4th Jan, and released up to 11th January. For all fixture matters contact Malcolm Kershaw fixtures@landc.org.uk.
  2. Unfortunately Swinton and Barr Hill have folded, and their results expunged from the division tables.
  3. For Irlam Tiger please contact Mike Cartwright on 07810517492 instead of Kenneth Cartwright until further notice.
  4. For Hooley Bridge Celtic contact Alec Gill on 07887367160.
  5. The L & C Inter League team played the Lancashire Amateur League on Saturday 21st Dec, 2PM at Hyde United FC, winning 4-3. A report of the 99th meeting of the two leagues has been published and is available at landc.org.uk
  6. I wish all players, club officials, referees and committee members a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Inter-League Football – 21.12.2019 John Howard Shield

L and C win thriller against old rivals

Hyde United were great hosts for the 91st annual match between old friends and rivals the Lancashire and Cheshire AFL and the Lancashire Amateur FL.

The fixture has been played for since 1920, and in the last nine years for the John Howard Shield, and once more it was a great advert for the quality of football and commitment provided by both of these historic and prestigious true grass roots football leagues.

The excellent 3G surface at Ewen Fields was ideal for some fine team and individual skills to be displayed and in the first two minutes the LAL set the sparks flying as they took the lead with a stunning 20-yard strike from Terry Qualters (Failsworth Dynamos).

The L and C kept their nerve and played some great possession football which gained its reward on 21 minutes with a clinical equaliser despatched by Claudio Campos (Manchester Polonia).

Just eight minutes later Campos tapped in his second to give the L and C the lead.

The thrills and spills continued as a brace, one from the penalty spot, from David Warburton (Old Boltonians) swung the game back in favour of the LAL.

What was probably the defining moment came on 55 minutes when a professional foul on the edge of the box by the LAL saw the player dismissed and a superb free kick from Paul Arrowsmith (Radclyffe) arrowed into the top corner to level the scores.

The drama continued apace as a touchline incident saw both teams lose a player to red cards.

The one-man advantage eventually paid off for the L and C as MOM Sam Wrigley (Waterloo) capped a great display in midfield with a cool lob for the eventual winner on 80 minutes and his team defended their advantage with few problems in the remaining minutes.

Over the game both teams produced plenty of chances and a combination of good goalkeeping, great defending and many near misses provided an exciting spectacle in a game well controlled by referee Joe Morrell and his team.

In the after-match presentation Land C officials Tim Roebuck and Mike Yates paid due tributes to the players from both sides and gave out league medals to the L and C players and also thanked Hyde United for the use of their excellent facilities.

John Howard provided a fitting finish to a great day for amateur football by outlining his inspirational time and nostalgic experiences in the league since 1947 before handing over his trophy to L and C Captain Jordan Ware (Waterloo).

Old Stretfordians Proud Defeat

No football team likes to get hammered 12-1 but a defeat of this size is one of the proudest in the 91-year history of Lancashire and Cheshire League stalwarts Old Stretfordians.

The defeat for Old Stretfordians came in 1966 as part of the World Cup preparations for a very useful Bulgaria team.

David Williams set up the game at Manchester University Playing Fields as a practice match for the Bulgarian team against his Old Stretfordians team prior to their opening World Cup fixture against Brazil, who had a certain player called Pele in their ranks.

The undoubted highlight for Old Stretfordians was a stunning goal on three minutes from Frank Hough with a screaming 25-yarder leaving the Bulgarian keeper totally helpless.

But that was the end of the Old Stretfordians glory as Bulgaria went on to score six goals in each half but it is a game that lived for ever in the memory of the fourteen Old Stretfordians players involved in the game and a great feature of the club’s long history in amateur soccer.

Photo – Newspaper cuttings about the match

Great memorabilia for Old Stretfordians

Old Stretfordians – one of L&C AFL’s oldest clubs – have unearthed a piece of club memorabilia belonging to one of English football’s most celebrated and tragic figures: the great Duncan Edwards.

The Flixton Fields-based club, who turned 90 years old this year, have discovered a pair of raffle tickets bought in 1957 to raise money for the club by none other than Edwards.

Edwards was the last of the Busby Babes to perish in the Munich air disaster; the precociously talented 21-year-old’s death is one of the greatest tragedies of English football. Sir Bobby Charlton described the Dudley-born left half as the player who he felt inferior to, such was his footballing ability.

In Busby, the documentary film biopic, Manchester United’s legendary manager said of the Babes, that himself and the coaching team always looked for weaknesses for them to work on, but with Edwards, they could find none.

Because of his untimely death, Edwards has become a mythical figure of English football, an England captain-in-waiting, sadly destined never to be. But this most famous name of the game on these shores is now inextricably linked to Old Strets after club chairman and secretary Malc Kershaw received an unexpected email, resulting in the memorabilia being framed and donated to the club by Martin Haigham of Allegiance Sports Memorabilia Ltd.

It now has pride of place in the Old Strets clubroom.

The raffle tickets were in Duncan’s wallet when he lost his life after the Munich Air Disaster in February 1958, and have been returned to the club by Mrs Gail McCormack, daughter of Duncan’s then-fiancee, Miss Molly Leach.

Molly and Duncan had lived on Gorse Avenue, Stretford at the time, and Molly had brought these tickets with the rest of Duncan’s belongings back from Germany, and had kept them safe for 60 years.

It’s thought that Duncan bought these tickets from a close friend, an Old Strets player named Arthur Warrington.

Arthur and Duncan played tennis every Sunday afternoon, during the summer, at Longford Park.

Several friends from Old Strets would often watch them, including Alan Smith, to whom the club are grateful for the story behind these tickets.

He said: “The email received by Malc read ’My name is Gail McCormack and my Mum’s name was Molly Leach. She was engaged to Duncan Edwards who you will know very sadly died after the Munich Air Disaster in 1958.

“My Mum brought some of Duncan’s possessions back from Munich most of which are going to either Man Utd or are personal and we are keeping. However also amongst the items was his wallet and within that we found five raffle tickets for Old Stretfordians AFC November 1957 Handicap Raffle. They are all in pristine condition and my sister and
myself wondered if you would like them for the club to either auction for funds or keep for prosperity?’”

Malc said: “Since I received the email the club committee and former members decided to set up the memorabilia and we have had great support from so many people in doing this.”

Colin Neeson who wrote the words in the memorabilia concluded: “So with this little piece of our Club’s history we can take heart in knowing, as today we worship and support the greatest players in the world, there was a time when one of the very greatest supported us!”

Lancashire and Cheshire AFL Fixtures & Results 14.12.2019

Milton keep their cool and march on in Lancashire Amateur Cup

Milton keep their cool and march on in Lancashire Amateur Cup

Once more the busy league and cup programme was decimated by awful weather prior to match day and just a handful of games were played on artificial surfaces.

County Cups

Lancashire Amateur Cup

Cup competition dominated the day and top of the shop were Milton playing in the Lancashire Amateur Cup against Wythenshawe Amateurs from the Manchester League.
Last week the game at Wythenshawe was postponed and even their switch to a local 4G pitch failed as it was flooded but the game went on as it was finally switched to Milton’s home at Heywood Sports Centre.
It proved to be an excellent contest with Milton, who have yet to win a game in the L and C Premier division this season, played with great spirit led by MoM Mike Hampson.
With ten men for the last few minutes due to a red card for a professional foul they held on the keep the tie goalless and on to penalties.
Both teams missed spot kicks and Milton keeper Jack Hudson made a crucial save from his Wythenshawe counterpart allowing the cool Ollie Bonyage the chance to clinch victory and he did not let his side down and booked a quarter-final home tie in 2020.

Lancashire & Cheshire Cup Competitions

Rhodes Cup

There was also domestic cup action with some very close encounters in the Rhodes Cup.
Division C Altrincham Hale defied their lowly status as they gave Premier Division high-fliers Abacus Media as good as they got until Jack Aubrey broke the deadlock before the break with the opener for Abacus and they went on to add two unanswered strikes in the second half.
The all Division One tie between Signol Athletic and Irlam Tigers ended at 2-2 with Tigers going through as they won a thrilling shoot-out by 5-4.

Wray Cup

In the Wray Cup there was a giant-killing by Chadderton Cott as their game at Dukinfield Athletic was locked a 3-2 and in a nerve-jangling shoot-out Cott triumphed by 6-5.

Hellawell Shield

There was just one game played in the Hellawell Shield with Irlam Tiger Rangers showing why they lead the way in Division C as they were comfortable 9-1 winners over Moston Brook 4ths.

Division Two

In Division Two, third place Hadfield Athletic kept up their recent hot form cruising to a 4-1 win over South Manchester Reserves and in the other match in this division mid-table Santos won 3-2 at home to Chorltonians Reserves.

Division Three

Limited league action saw Salford Victoria Reserves in hot form in Division Three as they enjoyed a goal-fest against Stoconians Reserves.
Jay Carney and Jake Blair-Steenson both bagged hat-tricks backed by James Grantham (two), Isiah Parke, Ashley Emare and Chris Birkhead in an 11-2 romp with Stoconians having possibly the goal of the season as one of their two consolation strikes.

Division A

There were two games in division A which produced a 5-3 win for Rochdale Galaxy at Moston Brook 3rds and the spoils were shared in a 3-3 deadlock between AFC Oldham Reserves and Waterloo Reserves.

Inter League – John Howard Trophy

With no league or cup action for a couple of weeks all eyes will be turned to Hyde United this Saturday as they host the annual fixture between the Land C and their old friends and rivals from the Lancashire Amateur FL.
It is the 99th fixture between the two leagues and entry to the match is free with a nominal charge of £1 for a programme.The kick off will be at 2pm and the current Lancs and Cheshire squad is:
Davey Luker (Captain), Jamie Luker, Liam Murray, Jordan Simmonds and Reece Gregory from Rochdalians
Norbert Neigowski, Dawid Majewski, Claudio Campos, Kordian Nowak and Krystian Babicz from Manchester Polonia.
Rob Swallow, Ewan Malcolm, Jack Wray, Jack Davies and Sam Wrigley – (from Waterloo)
Phil Noon from Milton
Anthony Horrox from Abacus Media
Paul Arrowsmith and Daniel Deardon from Radclyffe
+ two players from Dom Doyle
Team Managers are Dave Haughton and Mike Treanor from Abacus Media. 
Team Coach is Jordan Ware from Waterloo

December fixture postponement information

For all club secretaries and committee, this week’s update contains information regarding postponed fixtures for the rest of the month.

  1. During the break of 14th Dec to 4th Jan, all the postponed and delayed fixtures will be re-organised into a new 2nd half of the season fixture schedule, we will release January fixtures asap. For all fixture matters contact Malcolm Kershaw fixtures@landc.org.uk.
  2. For Irlam Tiger please contact Mike Cartwright on 07810517492 instead of Kenneth Cartwright until further notice.
  3. The L & C inter-league team will play the Lancashire Amateur League on Saturday 21st Dec, 2PM at Hyde United FC, Ewen Fields, Walker Ln, Miles St, Hyde SK14 5PL. This is the 99th meeting of the two league teams. All are welcome to attend and support the team, entrance is free, programmes are a  nominal £1 charge. We have had a good response from clubs, players will be from Waterloo, Radclyffe, Abacus Media, Manchester Polonia, Milton, Rochdalians and Dom Doyle. Excellent training sessions have been held by coach Jordan Ware of Waterloo.
  4. I wish all players, club officials, referees and committee members a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.