Ahead of the seasons kick off, we managed to grab a few words with United Manager Paul McNally, in between taking training sessions and dealing with incoming phone calls we managed to sit down and discuss the forthcoming season
Amateur Cup Winners 1970-71 Amateur Cup Runners up 1966-67 Amateur Cup Semi Finalist 1968-1969, 1969-70 Liverpool County Combination League Winners 10 Occasions Liverpool Challenge Cup Winners 8 Occasions Lancashire Junior Cup Winners 1914-15 Lancashire Combination Division Two Winners 1955-56 Cheshire League Champions 1968-1969, 1969-70 Lancashire Challenge Cup Winners 1969-1970, 1970-1971, 2008-09 Lancashire Floodlite Cup Winners 1969-70 FA Cup 1st Round Proper 1966-67, 1968-69, 1971-72, 202021 European Amateur Cup Winners 1971-72 North West Counties League Cup Winners 1999-2000 North West Counties League Cup runners-up 1982-1983, 2004-05 North West Counties Division Two runners up. 1997-1998 Northern Premier League (North) Champions 2012-13 Liverpool Senior Cup Winners 2014-15
HOW HAVE YOU BEEN DURING THE LOCKDOWN ? Not much really to be honest other than working from home (teaching through zoom) and looking after the kids. It has been a very quiet time and one we have been thankful for as we was playing up until December and still training once a week up until the end of May due to our activity in the St Luke’s cup. Time spent with the family and recharging the batteries is always good because our job is 24/7 and we can become wrapped up in the football world instead of finding the balance needed. Fingers crossed this season we can have a full one for all the fans to enjoy. HOW DID THE GAMES GO IN THE ST LUKE'S CUP ? It was great to finally get some game time in, I think the organizers, Winsford United, were hoping that supporters would be allowed but it wasn’t to be. The matches gave us the opportunity to get some game time in for the regular lads, whilst also giving us a chance to look at some of the younger players who have come through the Academy and also give minutes to some lads who didn’t get much game time last season, Josh Niblock, Ged Traynor and Nathan Carnell along with Harry Jones all did their part. We had good games against all three of our opposition, the two games against Winsford both ended in 3-2 defeats but the games could have gone either way. Danny Mitchley was outstanding at Runcorn scoring all four goals in what was a brilliant team performance, I was really proud of the lads after that one and the last 2-3 games was possibly the only time we got near our strongest squads in the cup The only downside being the defeat at home to Sandbach, which was to say the least, very disappointing but a learning curve for many players who played that day and also give them a look at what is needed to play at a North West Counties club.
LOOKING FORWARD TO PRE-SEASON ? We had a few weeks off after the St Luke’s Cup games but we are now back in full swing, training has started 3 times a week since 17th June and we are looking forward to see what this season brings. We have a good mix of pre-season games coming up, some from lower down the pyramid, which again will give a chance to all of the squad to stake a claim for a place. These game won’t be taken lightly as the opposition will again see us as a scalp, having been on TV for the FA Cup game the opponents will want to have bragging rights.Prescot Cables, Marine and Radcliffe will provide a sterner test at the JMO, hopefully with a good crowd backing us we will look to put in some good performances in those games. I am pleased that we have managed to get Accrington Stanley as our show piece home fixture, we are building strong bonds between the two clubs, Andy Gray who most “Skemmers” will know and is part of the Accy set up has been a regular visitor to the JMO in recent seasons. Gabriel Ellis and Alex O’Neill was previously on their books and I am told they have a couple of ex Skem players in their ranks. I think they will have a mix of Senior and youth players but whatever side they have I’m sure it will be a wonderful occasion. ANY IN'S OR OUT'S FOR NEXT SEASON ? Obviously, you have seen that young Jack Grimshaw (below left) has departed for Macclesfield, Jack comes from Stafford and was looking for a club closer to home. He has been a regular for our side in the two season’s he has been at the club and has scored some important goals, the last minute winner against Bootle in the FA Cup springs to mind - we wish him very well and hope he is successful but not when he plays against us ha ha.
Youngster Harry Jones (above right)) has also departed, having only made a few appearances, he has been given a two year professional scholarship with AFC Fylde so well done to him and Danny Murphy has stepped up and joined Prescot Cables. We wish them all well and good luck in the future. I am always tight lipped at this stage of the season, as is every other manager, regarding new recruits. Players promise you they will come then let you down. We have had a few new faces at our first couple of training sessions, ones I would very much like to keep but we shall wait and see. We cannot sign anyone until 1st July, so when we do, you will be the first to hear about it. My biggest and best signings will be keeping most of last seasons team together and adding a few quality players to strengthen us for a challenge
HOW DO YOU SEE THIS SEASONS NORTH WEST COUNTIES ? Of the “New” teams will be looking forward to facing Macclesfield, they are now “the big club in the league” and everyone will be out to beat them. I expect they will be going all out to win the league this season. Vauxhall Motors have a good set up and will be one of the teams to watch during the season. Lower Breck will be a tough team as always and will have some of the best local talents playing for them. We will be aware of Wythenshawe Town having knocked us out of the Vase a couple of years ago, they are a well run club with players with plenty of experience behind them. The established teams in the league will also be providing the usual challenge and Longridge Town, they are possibly the best ‘footballing’ side in the league so expect them to be at the front. Winsford United who we faced in the St Luke's Cup, look to have assembled a good unit and again expect them to be well placed. There will be local “Derbies” to look forward to with AFC Liverpool and Lower Breck along with REMY, Burscough and Ashton Athletic, so plenty of local rivalry to wet the appetite. NO DOUBT YOU WILL BE GLAD TO GET BACK PLAYING FULL TIME AGAIN ? With the last two seasons being curtailed, I am eagerly awaiting the start of the coming season, mainly to have supporters back in the grounds. We had built up a good following at home before covid stuck, I have said it before and I will say it again, that the encouragement from the side lines propelled us on to greater things in a number of matches, remember we were 2 down in our first FA cup game against Penistone and the lads were encouraged from all in the ground, it does make a big difference, hopefully we can continue from where we left off. We have proved over the past two seasons we are capable of beating any team, we will need to be more consistence in all areas to compete at the very top but Im looking forward to a good season. Bring it on
1971 Skelmersdale United Amateur Cup Winners
Peter Frankish, Stan Allen, Robin Poole, John Turner, Wally Bennett, Alan McDermott, Alan Swift, Alan Wolfe, Ted Dicken, Peter Hardcastle, Paul Clements, Andy Windsor. Terry Crosbie, Roy Rees Tony Saunders Tony Williams
On 17th July, Skelmersdale United will welcome home the players from the 1971 victorious Amateur Cup winning side, along with players from the 1967 side, that also reached Wembley. April 24th 1971 was the day the boys kitted out in white ran out at the famous old Wembley Stadium, lead by Manager Roy Rees and skipper John Turner the United side turned over Dagenham 4-1 thanks to a hat trick from Ted Dicken. On the way to the Twin Towers in 71, they had seen off the challenge of Spennymoor, Sutton Coldfield, Tow Law, Wycombe Wanders and Leatherhead in a mudbath of a Semi Final at Bolton. Today we pay our respects to all the lads that won the most famous of trophies and to those that put Skelmersdale on the footballing map in 1967 Some of the players and management maybe no longer with us, but we will show them all the respect they deserve. The players will walk out before the current United side take on Marine Please put your hands together and give these United heroes a reception to be proud of
WHO ARE WE
Skelmersdale United Football Club has a very rich pedigree with an extensive list of honours since they were founded in 1882. The Club had its genesis in a team of players brought together by the teachers of the Skelmersdale Wesleyan Day School and it was called Skelmersdale Young Rovers, the name was changed to Skelmersdale Wesleyans, subsequently the minister expressed his disapproval of this and the team became Skelmersdale United. The club returned to the Town in December 2019 after spending two years in exile at Prescot Cables, having been evicted from their home of “Stormy Corner” by the landlords. Having had a highly successful spell in recent seasons having won the Northern Premier League North in 2012-13, also claiming the Lancashire Cup in 2009, The Liverpool Senior Cup in 2015 under the guidance of mercurial manager Tommy Lawson. Players from the club made it to the Football league, Craig Noone (below), Sean McConville, George Donnelly, and Ben Tollitt. Whilst others moved further up the pyramid.
Skelmersdale United A Brief History However success could not be maintained and United with the eviction at Stormy Corner have found themselves back in the North West Counties as Manager Paul McNally looks to re build the club to former glories. United have had a long and varied past, they competed in the Liverpool County Combination, winning the title on 10 occasions, also claiming the Liverpool County Cup 8 times and the George Mahon Cup on 5 occasions. They moved to White Moss Park, their spiritual home in 1957 and progression to the Lancashire Combination saw them clinch the Division Two title in their first season.
Steady progress was made in the Combination as United became a force to be reckoned with, Chairman Bill Gregson’s dream to make progress in the Amateur Cup and with the appointment of Manager Bernie Banks in 1966 saw United become one of the most respected non league sides in the Country reaching their first Wembley final in 1967, drawing 0-0 against Enfield beneath the Twin Towers, United lost the replay at Maine Road 3-0, Bill Gregson was not unperturbed as two Semi Finals in the following 3 years saw United come ever so close to a return to Wembley. The Appointment of Roy Rees in 1970 saw United make that a reality as the United side conquered all before them, including Dagenham in the Final, comprehensively outplaying their opponents, a Ted Dicken hat trick gave United a 4-1 win.
One of the everlasting memories of the successful Amateur Cup days was the tremendous support for the club. The phenomenal increase in crowds will probably never be repeated again, with regular crowds between 1,000 and 1,500 for league games, rising to several thousand for cup games. Indeed the record gate for the club was 7,500 for a quarter final game in March 1967 that resulted in a 1-0 victory over Slough Town. It was not United’s only success in the late 60’s and early 70’s,as United’s roll of Honour included Two Cheshire League titles, 2 Lancashire Cup winners. 2 Cheshire League Shield winners, plus 3 appearances in the 1st Round of the FA Cup. There is no doubt that the 19671971 period was a golden era for Skelmersdale with many players progressing into the Football League. Steve Heighway, Mickey Burns, Norman Whitehead, Dave Moorcroft and Alan Mansley amongst others to have stepped up to league football. Although the club joined the Northern Premier League in 1971 it was to be an unhappy time for the club, with financial problems that the club would have hanging round its neck for over two decades and performances on the pitch were less than impressive. The club had to wait till 2000 to claim their first piece of silverware, The North West Counties League Cup The club left their spiritual home of White Moss Park in 2002 and eventually moved to the newly named Westgate Interactive Stadium (Stormy Corner). United’s fortunes changed becoming a potent force in the North West Counties, eventually gaining promotion to the Northern Premier League in 2006 and enjoying the success that followed. Despite the last two seasons being badly interupted by the covid pandemic, Skelmersdale United made headline news as they battled through to the first round of the FA Cup in 202021, for the first time since 1971, the club were featured live on BT Sports, going down to Harrogate 4-1
WIDNES WHO ARE YA
Widnes FC were formed in February 2003 as The Dragons AFC, later to be known as Widnes Dragons. The Club developed a fantastic reputation locally for their contribution towards the development of grassroots football in Halton and for providing opportunities to play football for over 200 players from the age of 6 to open age. In March 2012 Widnes Dragons started a consultation process with Widnes Vikings RLFC to become part of the Vikings Sports brand, a partnership that would enhance the clubs community status. A First Team was established with the short-term goal of being granted entry into the North West Counties Football League.
Ground: DCBL Stadium Lowerhouse Lane, Widnes, Cheshire, WA8 7DZ. Nickname(s): The Whites Capacity: 13,350 Founded: 2003
League Honours NWC First Division Champions 2016/17 NWC Premier Division Runners Up 2017/18 Cup Honours NWC Macron Challenge Cup Winners 2017/18 NWC Champions Cup Winners 2018/19
Steve Hill was appointed First Team manager in September 2012, and steered the Club to a 4th placed finish in its inaugural and so far only season in the West Cheshire League Third Division. During this season, the Club also submitted its application to join the North West Counties Football League for the 2013/14 season. Prior to the season, Widnes’ application was successful and the Club began life in the North West Counties Football League First Division with a 3-1 home defeat to Cheadle Town. Hill eventually guided his side to a 14th placed finish in their inaugural season in the First Division with 36 points from 36 games. Former Burscough, Warrington Town and Runcorn Linnets manager Joey Dunn was appointed First Team Manager in 2016 During the season, Kevin Towey became the Club's new record goalscorer following a brace at Skelmersdale United in November. The season ended on a highly successful note as Widnes were crowned Hallmark Security League First Division Champions Success was again on the cards as the club finished 2nd to Runcorn Linnets in the North West Counties league and gained promotion to the NPL West Division at the end of the 2017-18 season. They finished their first season in the NPL a respectable 12th
March 16th 2019, Jordan Tyrer heads United’s consolation goal in a 4-1 loss, Joel Douglas, Danny McLoughlin and Sean Yeldrem look on. (Courtesy John “The Lensman” Driscoll)
Mike Burke, Kev Towey, Shaun Holden,
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RADCLIFFE WHO ARE YA
The club was formed on 24th April 1949 at the Owd’ Tower Inn in Radcliffe by Mr Jack Pickford, the home ground being Ashworth Street. They became members of the South East Lancashire Football League where they won the South East Lancashire Shield and the Bury Amateur League’s Parks Cup. In 195051 they again won the South East Lancashire Shield plus the League Division Two title and the W Moore Champions Cup. The following season 1951-52 saw the club complete the double, again winning the South East Lancashire Shield, together with the Division One title. In 1952-53 the club won the W Moore Champions Cup, which they also achieved in 1954-55.
GROUND Neuven Stadium Colshaw Close East Manchester Greater Manchester M26 3PE FOUNDED 1949
HONOURS Northern Premier League Division One Champions 1996-97 Northern Premier League Division One Runners Up 2018-19 Lancashire FA Challenge Trophy Runners Up 2008-09, 2016-17 North West Counties Division One Winners 1984-85 North West Counties Division Two Winners 1982-83 North West Counties League Challenge Cup Runners Up 1984-85 Lancashire Combination League Challenge Cup Winners 1969-70
In 2007-08 the club made a disastrous start to the league and were bottom in December without one league win. The second half of the season was much better, relegation was avoided and the club reached two cup finals for the first time in 10 years. Boardroom and management changes at the start of the 2016-17 season heralded the start of a new era for the club. Manager Bill Prendergast and his team of coaches showed what can be done while developing young talent with Raul Correia earning a contract with Blackpool FC and Elliott Rokka drawing the attention of Tranmere Rovers to also receive a contract, while the team made progress and produced some exciting performances. Chairman Paul Hilton also started leading a programme of work around the ground and within the organisation, and with the support of sponsors Taurus Security and Neu ven, the club is optimistic of making further progress this season. To mark the significance of recent changes and future plans, in 2017 the club adopted the simplified title Radcliffe F C, together with a coat of arms better representing present features of the town.
Saturday 29th September 2018 United pile on the pressure, in a surprise 2-0 win at Radcliffe Dave Moore, Alex Griffiths (8), Phil Mooney and Dimitri Christou (6) (Courtesy Radcliffe FC)
Andy Owens, Danny Mitchley, Tunde Owalabi
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NEW LOOK LEAGUE
As part of the re-structure of the National league system in May, a number of clubs have been laterally moved across Steps 5 and 6 which has given the NWCFL Premier Division and Division One North and South a very different look as we head towards our 40th anniversary. A number of clubs accepted the FA's invitation for upward movement and County Feeder League clubs have been allocated to backfill the two vacancies in the North Division. So what does this mean for the North West Counties League? Below is a Divisional Breakdown on who has gone where. North West Counties League Premier Division. Bootle, 1874 Northwich and FA Vase Finalists Warrington Rylands have accepted The FA's invitation to be promoted to Step 4, they will compete in next seasons Northern Premier League West. Congratulations to all three clubs who have had massive momentum behind them in recent seasons
FA Restructure Details Announced We also say goodbye to longstanding member Congleton Town who have been moved into the Midlands Football League Premier Division. They move over with Hanley Town and Whitchurch Alport. It's not all goodbyes though, we welcome Macclesfield FC who have been placed into the Premier Division under National League System Regulation 6.3. They have big plans afoot and have been immediately been placed in at Step 5 There have been promotions into the Division, we can confirm that AFC Liverpool, Lower Breck and Prestwich Heys have accepted The FA's invitation to be promoted into the Premier Division from Division One North as have Vauxhall Motors and Wythenshawe Town from Division One South. Given all of the turmoil over the last two seasons caused by Covid-19, it is nice to see Vauxhall Motors promoted in particular as they mathematically won promotion in 2019/20 only to have it taken away from them.
North West Counties League Division One South We welcome four clubs into Division One South from the Midlands region. Stafford Town, Brocton and Rocester have been placed into the Division from The Midlands Football League Division One and Wem Town join us from the West Midlands Regional League. These moves give us a slightly larger geographical range in the league but also continues in making that a very strong division to compete in. North West Counties League Division One North Not too many changes to Division One North, however the ones that there are, are significant. We welcome Campion AFC who have been laterally moved to us from the Northern Counties East League Division One. We welcome Ilkley Town AFC from the West Yorkshire League who were doing well in the West Yorkshire League before Covid brought an end to their season. Their journey into Step Six has seen them take great strides on and off the park and we offer them a warm welcome into the NWCFL.
The other promoted side are a classic name in NonLeague Football and that is South Liverpool FC. South Liverpool join us from the West Cheshire League, a Division they have dominated over the last few years. The club has a long history and was hastily reformed in 1991 following the swift demise of the original club who had been stalworts of the Northern Premier League for many years, So all-in-all there is change to around a third of the North West Counties Football League with a number of moves, promotions and backfill vacancies having taken place. It should be noted that this is a restructure carried out by the Football Association rather than a normal promotion/relegation situation generated by a normal league season. As we head towards our 39th year the league, as always looks as strong as ever and will give all member clubs a strong platform to build, compete and to play football in the right spirit. Here's hoping for a strong season with very few interruptions! PREMIER DIVISION - AFC Liverpool, Ashton Athletic, Avro, Barnoldswick Town, Burscough, Charnock Richard, Irlam, Longridge Town, Litherland Remyca, Lower Breck, Macclesfield FC, Northwich Victoria, Padiham, Prestwich Heys, Runcorn Town, Skelmersdale United, Squires Gate, Vauxhall Motors, Winsford United, Wythenshawe Town. DIVISION ONE NORTH - AFC Blackpool, AFC Darwen, Ashton Town, Atherton LR, Bacup Borough, Bury AFC, Campion AFC, Chadderton, Cleator Moor Celtic, Daisy Hill, FC Isle of Man, Garstang, Golcar United, Holker Old Boys, Ilkley Town AFC, Nelson, Pilkington, South Liverpool, Steeton, St Helens Town. DIVISON ONE SOUTH - Abbey Hey, Abbey Hulton United, Alsager Town, Barnton, Brocton, Cammell Laird 1907, Cheadle Heath Nomads, Cheadle Town, Eccleshall, Ellesmere Rangers, Maine Road, New Mills, Rocester, Sandbach United, St Martins, Stafford Town, Stockport Town, Wem Town, West Didsbury & Chorlton, Wythenshawe Amateurs.
WHO ARE YA
ACCRINGTON STANLEY Accrington Stanley is one of football’s oldest names, here's a brief summary of the club since the reformation in 1968. The club had resigned from the Football League six years earlier after suffering financial difficulties.
GROUND Wham Stadium, Livingstone Road, Accrington, Lancashire. BB5 5BX
1968 The current Accrington Stanley Football Club is formed after a meeting in Bold Street Working Mens Club. The Crown Ground is acquired and former Stanley player Jimmy Hinksman is appointed as the new club’s first manager. 1970/71 Stanley enter the Lancashire Combination and a crowd of 620 watch the team beat Formby in their first game. 1973/74 Stanley win the Combination Cup for the third year running and also finish league champions in the Lancashire Combination.
Founded 1968 NICKNAME The Reds MOST GOALS David Hargreaves, 318. MOST LEAGUE APPEARANCES Andy Proctor, 375 MOST CAPPED PLAYER Rommy Bocco, 17, Benin. HONOURS EFL League Two: Winners: 2017–18 Conference National: Winners: 2005–06 Northern Premier League: Winners: 2002–03 Northern Premier League Division One: Winners: 1999–00 Cheshire County League Division 2: Winners: 1980–81 Lancashire Combination: Winners 1973–74, 1977–78
1977/78 Once again the club wins the league championship. David Hargreaves moves to Blackburn Rovers after scoring 318 goals for Stanley, another record that still stands today. 1978/79 The club enters the newly-formed Cheshire League Second Division. 1983/84 Stanley elect to play in the newly-formed North West Counties League, with the club then losing to South Liverpool in the ATS Challenge Trophy Final.
1990/91 Stanley clinch promotion to Northern Premier League Premier Division after the resignation of South Liverpool. 1992/93 The club reaches the Second Round Proper of the FA Cup. A Paul Beck hat-trick secures victory for Stanley in the First Round against Gateshead, watched by 2,270 at the Crown Ground. 1999/2000 John Coleman and his assistant Jimmy Bell are appointed after leaving Ashton United and immediately take Stanley back up to the Unibond Premier Division as Champions. The Championship is collected in front of a record crowd of 2,468. 2002/03 Stanley enjoy their most successful season ever by clinching the Unibond Premier League title in April with a 3-1 victory over Altrincham in front of 2,263 fans – attaining their highest ever finish since reformation in 1968 and finishing on 100 points, scoring 97 goals. 2003/04 Stanley finish a creditable tenth in their first season in The Nationwide Conference and enjoy their best ever FA Cup run, beating two Football League Clubs before losing to Colchester United in a Third Round replay. 2005/06 Stanley win The Nationwide Conference Championship by eleven points and with it earn promotion to The Football League.
2006/07 Stanley return to The Football League after a gap of 44 years, playing their first game at Chester City. 2013/14 Former England striker James Beattie becomes the new man in charge at the newly-named Store First Stadium ahead of the 2013/14 season after Richardson departs for Chesterfield. 2014/15 John Coleman and Jimmy Bell return as Management duo finishing 17th in League Two to set up a tenth consecutive Football League campaign. 2017/18 A historic season for Stanley as they won promotion to League One for the first time. The Reds suffered five successive defeats at the end of 2017 but then never looked back – winning 18 of their remaining 22 league games. 2019/20 Stanley secure a third successive campaign in League One with a 17th-placed finish, after the season is curtailed early due to the COVID-19 pandemic
JOHN COLEMAN MANAGER – ACCRINGTON STANLEY John Coleman had a long playing career mainly in non league for Burscough, Marine, Southport, Macclesfield and Ashton United, amongst others He also had a short spell in Wales with Rhyl. He was one of the most prolific non-league goalscorers in history, with over 500 goals to his name in a career spanning almost two decades. This success saw him play for the England National Game XI (the England team for semiprofessional players) and receive many Player of the Year awards from the clubs he played for. He was appointed player-manager of Ashton United in 1997. The prolific non-league striker joined Stanley as player manager after a successful spell at Ashton United in 1999, leading Stanley to the UniBond First Division title at the first time of asking. The Premier Division title, numerous cups and ultimately promotion to the Football League followed in 2006. In League Two, they made the Play-Offs during the 2010/11 season but suffered heartache in the Semi-Finals at the hands of Stevenage. Coleman then joined Rochdale in 2012, but after a year with the Dale and spells with Southport and Sligo Rovers, he returned as Stanley manager in September 2014. In his first full season back with the Reds he led the side to the brink of promotion, claiming fourth place in League Two before losing out to AFC Wimbledon in the Play-Offs. They clinched promotion to the third tier of the EFL for the first time in their history in 2018, winning 18 of their final 23 games.
Dion Charles, Andy Gray, Sean McConville
ST LUKE’S CUP
Skelmersdale United wert invited to the first ever St Luke’s Cup, organised by Winsford FC, the Cup was a league basis with the top two teams competing in the final at Winsford, apart from the hosts, United were up against fellow NWC side Runcorn Town and NWC (South) Sandbach United. The competition opened on 17th April, with still no supporters allowed because of covid restrictions, there was just a few Volunteers able to watch the action First up it was off to Sandbach and it was stunning start for United with a 4-1 win in their first outing of the year. Michael Grogan and a hattrick for Emini Adegbenro giving Skem all 3 points. Whilst in the other game Winsford beat Runcorn 2-1. -----------------------A week later and United were at the JMO where they faced Winsford and it was Skem’s turn to be on the end of a hat trick hero as Sam Madeley got three for the visitors. A mixed team of regulars and trialists started the brighter, Jack Grimshaw and Callum Preston had put United 2 up after 23 minutes but they couldn’t hold on as Winsford turned the screws second half for their second victory. Sandbach provided a shock as they beat Runcorn 2-1 ------------------------Week 3 saw Skem again come up against Sandbach and Manager Paul McNally made numerous changes bringing in Nathan Carnell and Josh Niblock from the Youth team, the plan backfired as the visitors to the JMO quickly gained the ascendency, going in at the break 3 nil up. Taylor Jones got one back for Skem but Sandbach hit another 3, United going down 6-1 McNally must have wondered what went wrong on Saturday, he certainly didn’t put on his lucky pants! Winsford continued their fine form in the competition by seeing off Runcorn Town, 3-0, Town still remain without a point. --------------------------Week 4 and with all still to play for with Winsford heading the table unbeaten on 9 pts, Sandbach with 6 and United with 3, Runcorn Town 0pts United travelled to Runcorn on Tuesday 4th May and a win would give them a real good chance of appearing in the final. Up stepped FA Cup 1st Round goal scorer Danny Mitchley for his first game in the competition and duly bagged all four goals as United ran out 4-2 winners. In the other game Sandbach produced a real shock as they overcame Winsford 4-1. ----------------------------Week 5 and it was Runcorn’s turn to visit the JMO, with United completing a home/away double with a 3-1 victory Adegbenro, Callum Preston with his second of the tournament, and Alex Davies with the last kick of the game sealing the win. Winsford gained revenge over Sandbach in the days other fixture with a 4-2 win.
Emini Adegbenro and Danny Mitchley Top Goal scorers for United in the St Luke’s Cup With the table now standing Winsford 12 pts, Sandbach 9 pts, United 9 pts and Runcorn 0 pts, United travelled to Winsford for the last of the League fixtures, knowing that a win by 2 clear goals would put them into the Final, that or Runcorn beating Sandbach. Paul McNally made two changes from the win over Runcorn Town with club legend Kenny Strickland making a surprise return, making his debut for the club back in 2010, he made 311 appearances, scoring 31 goals before moving to Marine in 2017, where he featured in this season’s FA Cup 3rd round tie for the Mariners against Tottenham. It didn’t take Kenny long to get into the action, as a free kick from 25 yds was duly despatched for a 1-0 lead to Skem, 2 minutes later and the bar came to the rescue of the hosts as another freekick from Strickland went agonisingly close Adegbenro added a second for Skem but goals from Dowling and two from Duckworth sent Skem home empty handed and out of the competition Its been a good exercise for Paul McNally’s men, he has been allowed to blood some youngsters in Traynor, Carnell, Niblock and Jones without the pressures of league football and has seen some of his “older” stagers put in some fine performances. In the Final at Winsford on May 29th the hosts easily overcame Sandbach United to win 3-0 and claim the first ever victory in the competition
MARINE WHO ARE YA
The Club celebrated their 120 year anniversary in 2014-2015 season, having been formed by a group of local businessmen and former college students – taking its name from the hotel on the River Mersey sea front at Waterloo, seven miles to the north of Liverpool – where the founders met. They moved to their present ground The Arriva Stadium (formerly known as Rossett Park) in 1903. Marine quickly made an impression on local football, winning numerous titles in the I Zingari League and the Liverpool Combination. Their greatest success as an amateur team in this period culminated in an F.A. Amateur Cup Final appearance in 1931/32, when they lost 7 – 1 to Dulwich Hamlet in front of a 22,000 crowd at West Ham United. In 1946 they went close again by reaching the semi-final.
GROUND The Marine Travel Arena, College Road, Crosby, Liverpool, L23 3AS FOUNDED 1894 RECENT HONOURS 2015-2016 – Northern Premier League Cup Winners 2007-2008 – Liverpool Senior Cup Winners 2002-2003 – Northern Premier League Cup Winners 1999-2000 – Liverpool Senior Cup Winners 1999-2000 – Lancashire Trophy Winners 1995-1996 – Northern Premier League Shield Winners 1994-1995 – Northern Premier League Shield Winners 1994-1995 – Northern Premier League Champions
In 1935/36 they moved to the all-professional Lancashire Combination and enjoyed limited success before moving to the Cheshire County League in 1969/70. In 1972 Roly Howard was appointed first team manager and completed 1,975 competitive games over a 33 year period before retiring at the end of the 2004/05 season. He was recognised by the Guinness Book of Records as the longest serving manager in world football as Marine enjoyed its most successful period winning some 30 trophies. Marine made national headlines in the 202021 season as a terrific run in the FA Cup saw them knock out Football league side Colchester United to reach the 3rd Round, where they faced the then Premier League leaders Tottenham in front of the BBC cameras, putting up a brave show before going down 5-0. Marine’s also reached the F.A. Cup 3rd Round in 1992/3 when they lost 3-1 to Crewe Alexandra. Marine have also achieved ten first and two second round appearances in the FA Cup and have beaten two Football League Clubs (Barnsley and Halifax Town) in the competition. Marine have twice reached the semi-finals of the F.A. Trophy in 1983/84 and 1991/92 and have been winners of 13 senior county cups.
Saturday April 17th 2017, Stormy Corner, Steve Irwin steps up to take a penalty, Bevan Burey and Seb Bradshaw watch on. Marine won 3-0. (Courtesy Lensmeister John Driscoll)
Alan Burton, Tommy Lawson, Peter Wylie
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PRESCOT CABLES WHO ARE YA
The "Cables" in their name came from the largest local employer, British Insulated Cables, which was founded in 1890 as the British Insulated Wire Company, Prescot Cables joined the Lancashire Combination in 1927–28, taking over the record of Fleetwood who resigned after playing 22 matches. (Until 1968, when the Northern Premier League was formed, the Lancashire Combination was the premier league for nonleague football in the north-west of England). Cables came runner-up in the Combination on three consecutive seasons from 1930–31 to 1932–33. In 1932 Valerie Park hosted its record attendance (8,122) in a game against Ashton National. Unfortunately for the Cables, the glory years were not to return for another 20 years
GROUND IP Truck Parts Stadium Eaton Street Prescot L34 6ED FOUNDED 1890
RECENT HONOURS 1986-87 North West Counties League Division Two Champions 1998-99 North West Counties League Challenge Cup Runners up 2001-02 North West Counties League Challenge Cup Winners, North West Counties League Division One Runners up 2002-03 North West Counties League Division One Winners 2015-16 Liverpool Senior Cup Runnersup, 2016-17 Liverpool FA Senior Cup Winners
In 2001-02, the club had its most successful season for over two decades, winning the League Cup and finishing as Division One runners-up, narrowly missing out on promotion to the Northern Premier League Division One. Prescot went one better in 2002-03 and finished as champions of the North West Counties League Division One to win promotion to the Northern Premier League Division One. Ground improvements were carried out at Hope Street to meet the relevant regulations and ensure that Prescot could take their place in the higher league. For the season 2004-05, Prescot found themselves playing at the highest level in their history. Due to a suitable finishing position, and a re-organisation of the National League System, Prescot took their place in the Northern Premier League Premier Division. For the 2018-19 campaign and was supplemented by some shrewd recruitment by Brian Richardson. Prescot spent virtually the entire campaign in the top six places and eventually finished fifth in the table, earning a place in the promotion play-offs. Trafford were defeated in the semi-final, but a 1-0 defeat at Bamber Bridge in front of more than 1,600 spectators saw Prescot miss out on promotion.
Wed December 26th 2018, Marvin Molyneux, Will Dunne, Alex Griffiths, Dave Moore and Tom Grimshaw look on in another Cables attack, (Courtesy John “the Cameraman” Driscoll.
Ben Barnes, Brian Richardson, Chris Almond
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Heswall, play in the First Division on the West Cheshire League. They play their home games at Gayton Park, Brimstage Road, Heswall, Wirral, CH61 1XB. Directions M53 Junction 4, follow signs for Heswall, after 3.3 miles the ground will be on the left. Approx Time 55 minutes
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Match action v Harrogate in the FA Cup 1st Rd (Courtesy “The Big Lens” John Driscoll)