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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.
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
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
also a good attendance of former league Presidents and committee members with
Mike again paying tribute to the league over many years.
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.
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.
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
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.
Cup winners were:
Rhodes Cup (with GP Property
Management) – Salford Vics
Wray Cup – Radclyffe FC
Whitehead Cup – Chadderton Cott
Hellawell Shield – Irlam Tigers Reserves
Winners – Rochdalians
Runners up –
Winners – Dom
Runners up –
Parrs Wood Celtic
Winners – Newton
(their first-ever trophy win in the league)
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.
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.
Bedians will have pitches available for 2019-20, please contact Rob O’Connor on 07738195124.
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.
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.
Brian Davies will be away 20th – 30th of May, please contact Graham Ellis firstname.lastname@example.org if you need assistance during that time.
provided a great stage for an excellent game in the top L and C knock out final
for the Rhodes Cup.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
league programme now completed the winners of the seven divisions are:
Premier – Rochdalians FC
Division One – Dom Doyle FC
– Newton FC
– Radclyffe FC
Division A –
Chadderton Cott FC
Division B –
Division C –
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.