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TONY CUNNINGHAM AND THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL

Welcome to the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium, and may I wish each and every one of you “Season’s Greetings”, and a hope that Christmas Day was an enjoyable event. This afternoon it’s back to the football and we welcome everyone who has made the journey up the A56 from Salford City. The Ammies are long-standing rivals of ours and it’s a pleasure to welcome them back here for what will hopefully prove to be an entertaining encounter.

DÉJÀ VU Those who ventured up to Barrow earlier in the season witnessed a dreadful piece of officiating which saw us concede a penalty and a red card for Andy Dawson, which was ultimately proven to be an incorrect decision by the referee. We appealed, and the sending off was retracted, or at least as far as a ban was concerned. Amazingly, it still remains on Andy’s record and that of the club. I shall return to this at a later date to prove that natural justice and the F.A. do not appear in the same sentence. However, whilst the decision at Barrow did not affect the game (we went from 2-0 down to 3-0 down), a similar decision last Saturday at Bamber Bridge certainly did affect the match, and deprived us of a hardearned point. Billy Priestley’s tackle was superb, and perfectly legal. I had an excellent view of it, yet the match official, a certain John Walton, from a matter of yards away was unable to differentiate between a perfectly timed tackle and a foul. If that is the case, what on earth is he doing on a football pitch! Dreadful decision that could prove costly at the end of the season. Our players get yellow and red cards for mistakes. What do the referees receive? What was that about natural justice and the F.A.? ON A PERSONAL NOTE…. ….Many of you will remember my son, Phil, who had learning difficulties. For years he used to accompany me as we watched the Rams, before he moved to north Wales with my ex-wife. Sadly, just before Christmas, he passed away, suddenly, at the age of just 38. Despite my best efforts to persuade him to support Airbus UK, he latched on to Chester, and followed them religiously during his latter years. Whenever I had the chance, I ventured over there, and wherever possible took him to the Airfield in the hope of switching his allegiance, but I also took him to the Deva on a number of occasions and joined in with his passion. His limited ability seemed to focus on music, which he loved, and football, for which he had an encyclopaedic knowledge. Every week we would discuss the latest games featuring both Chester and Ramsbottom United, although I have to state he wasn’t too impressed with his side’s form so far this season! He is sadly no longer with us, but I am proud of the fact that football played such an important part in his life, and that a part of that involved the pleasure of supporting the Rams. Enjoy your non-league football!

President: J Smith Chairman: H Williams Secretary: G Shuttleworth Treasurers: H Williams, C Woolfall Committee: C Woolfall, A Edmundson, G Lay, D Wolfenden, K Topping Life Members: FA Rothwell, L Read, A Whalley, F Rothwell, J Wolfenden, P McSherry, A Mcleod Programme Editor: R Moss Hospitality Manager: I McCool Catering Manager: S Fletcher Team Managers: A Johnson, B Morley First XI Coaches: J Hunter, G Moses, D Green Physio: K Brooks Recent Honours: NWCFL Champions 2011/12 Premier Runners Up 2010/11 2nd Div Champions 96/97 2nd Div Trophy 95/96 Bolton Hospital Cup Winners 2005/06. 2006/07, 2007/08 The Harry Williams Riverside, Acre Bottom, Ramsbottom, Lancashire Tel: 01706 822799 www.rammyunited.co.uk


Welcome to the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium for what will hopefully be a festive cracker I hope you have all had a great Christmas so far and let’s see if we can make it a great Boxing Day as well. It’s always a great time of the year to be involved with football and personally I really look forward to the Boxing Day clash every year. This time out we find ourselves pitting our wits against a Salford side that of late have had a upturn in ther fortunes, so we could expect a tough encounter anyway; but throw into the mix the fact it’s a local derby and it’s all set up for a tasty clash. Last time out we come away from Bamber Bridge empty handed and feeling a little hard done by after conceeding a late, late penalty which, if I said was a touch harsh, would be an understatement. But if we’re honest, we felt that we didn’t do ourselves justice, and on balance we perhaps didn’t do enough to take all 3 points. The great thing about the Christmas period is that we get the chance to put it right straight away with the games coming thick and fast. This is the first of two important home games and we'll be doing our utmost to get the results required. Please get behind the lads as is the norm now and we hop you enjoy the game. Coyr - Glenn


today’s visitors salford city


The club was formed in 1940 as Salford Central. We progressed steadily through local leagues until, in 1963, we stepped up to the Manchester League and changed the name to Salford Amateurs. Nicknamed “The Ammies” the club became a real force in the 1970s winning the Lancashire Amateur Cup in ‘73,’75 and ’77. All the Manchester County Cups and the League title came our way and in one season of note seven major trophies sat with pride in our trophy cabinet. The ultimate prize –Champion of Champions – was secured in 1977.In 1979, after a decade of success, we took our first major step towards securing our status in non-league football. The players and committee took on the task of restoring our present Moor Lane ground. The pitch was in poor condition, the main stand roofless and derelict. Working all hours the challenge was met head on and Moor Lane was passed as acceptable for entry to the Cheshire League in 1980.When the North West Counties League was formed in 1982 with the amalgamation of the Lancashire Combination and the Cheshire League the foresight of upgrading the ground bore fruit and Salford seized the opportunity of joining football’s non-league pyramid. The transition hasn’t always been easy but with the re-organisation into two divisions we eventually took our place in Division One. Salford appeared in the Manchester County Premier Cup Final at Old Trafford in 1989 and the same season saw floodlights installed at Moor Lane and the dropping of our Amateurs tag to become Salford City. In 1990 we celebrated our fiftieth year by entering the F.A.Cup for the first time and received national exposure on BBC Television’s Grandstand’s “Road to Wembley “ feature. Unfortunately relegation followed the same season. With League restructuring in 1992 we regained our place in Division One and with ex Manchester United starlet Billy Garton in charge we finished ninth, our highest league position. The following years have seen improvement on this and under Andy Brown we finished third (on goal difference) missing out on promotion only in the last few games as well as again reaching the final of the Premier Cup. The last few seasons, under manager Gary Fellows, saw the club establish itself as one of the dominant sides in the Vodkat North West Counties League having won the League Challenge Cup in 2006 and just missing out on promotion in 2007 with virtually an all local squad. At the end of season 2007-08 the club’s immediate ambition of stepping up to the Unibond League was finally achieved when a second promotion spot from the Vodkat League became available. Unfortunately early results were poor and Ash Berry took over as manager in late October. In turn, his reign at the club was brief and Salford entered the second half of the season with Paul Wright and Neil Hall in the hot seat. It took until the last game of the season for Salford to secure another season in the Unibond League. During the following seasons Salford’s place in the fourth level of the English non-league game was consolidated with chairman Darren Quick, Rhodri Giggs, Darren Sheridan & Andy Heald having spells in the Moor Lane managerial hotseat. During the 2012-2013 season early form was good under ex-professional Sheridan but he left the club in January and a disappointing second half of the campaign finished with Salford occupying sixteenth place in the league. There was some excitement in the knock-out competitions with FC United of Manchester edging a five-goal thriller at Moor Lane with over 1300 fans in attendance for the FA Cup tie. Under the guidance of Andy Heald Salford also reached the final of the Manchester Premier Cup but a stirring comeback against Mossley at Stockport’s Edgelely Park ground was not enough as the Lilywhites triumphed in a penalty shoot-out following a 2-2 draw. At the end of the 2012-2013 campaign the club appointed local lads Barry Massay and Phil Power as joint managers and Salford based businesswoman Karen Baird took over as chairman from the long-serving Quick. Hopes are high for the new season, with a play-off place the target as the Ammies seek to climb another level within the pyramid of non-league football. Salford is the largest city in England without a professional football club. Living under the shadow of Manchester’s two senior clubs does not make our task any easier but everyone at the club can see the huge potential for a successful semiprofessional team in an area steeped in a love of football and proud of their local heritage.


EDITORIAL - FROM THE DUGOUT

After a testing few games littered with players missing through injury, car trouble and suspensions we are looking to being back at home for todays game against Salford City. Our game against Bamber Bridge was, yet again, a poor result for us which we feel was caused by a disappointing decision by the referee who awarded a penalty against Billy Priestley for, what we deemed, was a clean and fair tackle. Regardless of this we are moving onwards and upwards and are feeling positive for today’s game against Salford and hope to get straight back to winnings ways and back on the push for promotion. At the Bamber Bridge game we were without Jon Robinson who was completing the last game of his 2 match suspension for 10 yellow cards; he is eligible for selection for todays game. We will still be without Jordan Hulme who has one match of his ban, for the straight red he picked up against Kendal, to see Straining at the leash - Jon Robinson out. Apart from the suspensions everyone else was fit for selection against Bamber Bridge and we are still in the same position for today’s fixture. Lee Gaskell, who was substituted during the Bamber Bridge game had a tight tendon behind his knee following the game but it should not affect his ability to be selected for todays game. I'm going to take this opportunity to have a quick recap on the season so far. I found it interesting reading in the Bamber Bridge programme that at this time last season we were in the same league position but worse off by 2 points. This after a terrible start to the season and some significant players being injured, like Andy Dawson, along with numerous, lengthy suspensions. I feel that this is a positive position to be in and our squad of players is as strong as it has ever been, with some key signings along with a set of players who are in good physical shape and not carrying any knocks or injuries. I hope that we will continue to work hard and progress up the league in a bid to better our finished league position from last season. I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and I wish you all a very happy new year. Come on you Rams!! - Katy


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TONY’S NON-LEAGUE TEASERS

1 John Coleman recently took over at Southport. Who has he appointed as his assistant? 2 In which League do Staines Town play? 3 What is Guiseley’s nick-name?

4 Darren Edmundson recently took over the vacant managerial post at Barrow. From which club did he move? 5 In which country do Cefn Druids play?

6 What is the name of Leek Town’s ground?

7 Which Leicestershire club known as the Knitters, were wound up in October?

8 Former Crystal Palace Chairman Mark Goldberg is currently in charge of which Kent-based non-league side? 9 Which Skrill North club plays at Northolme?

ANSWERS: 1 Jimmy Bell 2 Skrill South 3 The Lions 4 Workington 5 Wales 6 Harrison Park 7 Hinckley United 8 Bromley 9 Gainsborough Trinity 10 Stockport County

10. For which team does Phil Jeavons currently play?


On a cold and windy afternoon at the rain-lashed Harry Williams Riverside Stadium, Ramsbottom United made heavy weather of seeing off their struggling Yorkshire opponents. In a game ruined by the conditions, the Rams had to wait until the 90th minute before ensuring that their points tally from the last twelve unbeaten league games topped the 30 mark. The visitors offered very little, yet somehow the home side rarely moved out of second gear. They should have opened the scoring after just seven minutes when Dominic Smalley’s pin-point cross saw the unmarked Lee Gaskell slide in at the far post, but somehow he failed to find the touch needed to convert with no Wakefield defender in sight. Kelvin Lomax saw a close range header from a corner fumbled by make-shift Wakefield keeper Adam Hayton, and the custodian did well to deny Phil Dean, as he raced goalwards in acres of space only to find his effort blocked. The home side did nudge in front, and it was new-comer Darren Green who found himself in the right spot. With the visitors appealing for a foul on full-back Jamie Allsop as Smalley pushed past him, the winger then delivered what appeared to be a disappointing cross into the area. However, the defenders somehow missed the ball and it reached Green at the far post for him to hammer home his first goal for the club just 22 minutes into his debut. Ferdinand Annor tried his luck from 20 yards as the visitors looked to overcome the deficit, whilst a good run forwards by their captain Ryan Donoghue set up Harrison Blakey, but his shot was off-target. Gaskell had another chance to score when he weaved his way past the offside trap, but as he took the ball wide in the area, he couldn’t find the angle to beat the keeper. Against the run of play, Wakefield managed an equaliser just before the break. Slack marking allowed Annor all the time and space he needed to nod home from a right-wing corner. The visitors almost grabbed a shock lead eight minutes into the second half, when Grant Shenton in the home goal had to change direction to keep out a free-kick that took a wicked deflection. On the hour mark, the hosts re-took the lead, thanks to a Grant Spencer penalty. Gary Stopforth raced into the area from the left, and was adjudged to have been brought down by Jason Mycoe. Spencer confidently stroked home the spot-kick to give the Rams the advantage. With little goalmouth action to keep the crowd warm on a miserable day, Lomax came to the rescue as Wakefield came close to an equaliser with minutes to go. Tom Marsden found himself in space in the box, and as he struck the ball, Lomax did enough to block it and send it out for a corner, from which Ryan Grant sidefooted the ball the wrong side of the post. Anthony Johnson came on as a substitute and should have sealed the points on 87 minutes. A low ball in from Dean found the player-manager, but as he slid in, he only succeeded in sliding the ball wide from six yards out. Any fears that such a miss could prove costly were soon forgotten as the ninety minute mark arrived. Keeper Hayton failed to collect an innocent looking back-pass, and the predatory Tom Brooks was on hand to place the loose ball into the empty net from the edge of the box. Moments later the referee called a halt to proceedings, leaving everyone to dash off for the shelter of the changing rooms. Another three points but a game that will not last long in the memory.


debut goal 3-1

Harry Williams Riverside Stadium 14th December 2013 Att: 181 Rammy Goals: Green (22), Spencer (61), Brooks (90) Wakefield Goals: Annor (44)


woeful blunder Dan Warrender heads Rammy’s equaliser


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Irongate 21st December 2013 Att: 248 Rammy Goals: Warrender (31) Bamber Bridge Goals: Williams (26), Watt (83) An eagerly awaited contest between two of the league’s form teams ultimately produced a match lacking in the usual fluency and entertainment expected from these two sides. Both sides gave the opposition little time on the ball resulting in a hurried error-strewn contest which appeared to be heading for a deserved draw until a late intervention from referee John Walton. With just seven minutes to go, and the scores level at one apiece Billy Priestley beat a Brig forward to the ball in the area, and slid it away as his opponent’s momentum saw him go to ground. The official pointed to the spot, with the Rams’ defenders rightly incensed. His blunder offered substitute Jerome Watt the opportunity to gleefully stroke the spot kick home and clinch the three points that neither side deserved on the day. Even the home side’s first goal was contentious. On 26 minutes, a corner from the right ricocheted around the six yard box, before the linesman signalled that at some point it had crossed the line. After consultation with Mr Walton, the goal was given. Up to that point the game had been rather scrappy, and it never really recovered over the whole ninety minutes, due in part to a heavy surface and the windy conditions. Two minutes after the goal, the Rams were almost level when Dominic Smalley headed over an Owen Roberts corner, but three minutes later, parity was restored. A perfectly flighted cross from the left by Darren Green fell invitingly for Danny Warrender and he dived low to power a header inside

the left hand post to make it 1-1. A well-struck Roberts’ free-kick was well held by Steve James in the home goal, whilst one of the few fluent moves, involving Smalley and Lee Gaskell, saw Grant Spencer unable to direct his header goalwards. Grant Shenton, in the visitors goal was almost left red-faced early in the second half, when his poor clearance was instantly returned with the keeper out of position, but, luckily for him, it sailed just wide of the post. Shenton was almost caught out again when Matt Lawlor beat him to a free-kick, but saw his header clear the bar. A cross-cum-shot from Smalley just cleared the bar, before Gaskell was denied when his free-kick was held by the foot of the post by the diving James. At the other end, a fine cross from Brig winger Chris Marlow was nodded inches wide by Tom Williams, but clear-cut chances were hard to come by as both sides appeared to cancel one another out. Then, with the clock ticking down came the moment of controversy which handed the points to the home side. It was to prove to be an unlucky thirteen for the Rams as their twelve match unbeaten league run came to an end in unfortunate circumstances, made worse by the fact that Warrender was sent off in the dying minutes for a second yellow card. After such an encouraging run, it’s down to the team to shake off this disappointment and set off on another charge towards the playoffs.


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Shenton Shenton Shenton Shenton Shenton Shenton Shenton Shenton Shenton Shenton Shenton Shenton Shenton Shenton Shenton Shenton Shenton Shenton Shenton Shenton Shenton Shenton Shenton Shenton Chadwick Shenton Shenton Shenton Shenton Shenton Shenton Shenton

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Pilkington Pilkington * Pilkington * Pilkington Roberts * Roberts * 1 Pilkington Pilkington Pilkington Pilkington Roberts Roberts Roberts Roberts Roberts Roberts Roberts Roberts Pilkington Pilkington Hulme Hulme Roberts Roberts Roberts Roberts Roberts Roberts Roberts Roberts Pilkington Roberts

Stopforth + Drew Drew + Drew + Stopforth + Pilkington Morley + Stopforth Stopforth Stopforth Stopforth Stopforth # Stopforth Stopforth Stopforth # Gaskell 1 Stopforth # Stopforth # Stopforth Stopforth Stopforth Stopforth Pilkington Stopforth Stopforth # Stopforth Stopforth # Stopforth Stopforth Stopforth Stopforth Stopforth

Dawson Dawson Dawson Dawson Dawson Dawson Dawson Dawson Dawson + Robinson Priestley Dawson Dawson Dawson * Warrender Warrender Dawson * Dawson Warrender Warrender 1 Warrender Warrender 1 Warrender Warrender Warburton * Warrender 2 Warrender Lomax Warrender # Edghill + Toth Warrender 1

Hulme Hulme Hulme Spencer * Robinson Robinson Robinson Robinson * Robinson Flannery # Flannery + Warrender Priestley Priestley Priestley Priestley Warburton Priestley Priestley Priestley Priestley Priestley Priestley 1 Priestley Priestley Priestley Priestley Priestley Priestley Priestley Priestley Priestley


Morning * Morning + Smalley Smalley Smalley Smalley Smalley Smalley 1 + Smalley # Smalley Smalley Smalley * Smalley Smalley Smalley 1 Smalley Prickett Smalley 1 Smalley 1 Smalley Smalley Smalley Toth Smalley Smalley Smalley Smalley Smalley Smalley 1 Smalley Smalley Smalley

Spencer Spencer Stopforth Stopforth Spencer Spencer Spencer # Spencer Spencer Spencer Spencer Spencer Spencer Spencer Spencer * Spencer Toth Spencer Spencer # Spencer Spencer Spencer + Hulme # Spencer Pilkington Pilkington 1 + Robinson 2 + Robinson + Spencer Spencer Spencer * 1 Spencer +

Robinson # Robinson Robinson Robinson Gaskell 2 Gaskell Gaskell 2 Gaskell Gaskell 1 Gaskell Gaskell Gaskell Gaskell * Hulme Robinson 1 + Robinson 1 + Smith 2 Robinson 1+ Robinson 1 + Robinson + Robinson Brooks * Robinson Robinson * Brooks + Gaskell 1 * Gaskell 1 Gaskell 1 Gaskell 1 Brooks * Gaskell + Gaskell *

Brooks 1 Brooks # Gaskell # Gaskell Brooks # 1 Hulme Hulme Hulme # Roberts * 1 Roberts Robinson * 3 Robinson Robinson + Brooks Brooks 2 Brooks * Brooks 1 Brooks 2 * Brooks * Gaskell * Gaskell Gaskell Brooks Gaskell + Hulme 3 Hulme # Hulme * Hulme 2 Pilkington Hulme # Green # 1 Green

Dean Dean Dean Dean # Dean 1 Dean 1 Dean * Dean 1 Dean Dean 1* Dean Dean Dean Dean + Dean Dean 1 Gaskell + Dean 2 Dean 2 Dean Dean 1 Dean # Dean * Pilkington Spencer Spencer 2 Spencer 1 Spencer # Dean + Dean Dean Dean

66/7: Parks Cup Runners-Up 67/8:Parks Cup Runners-Up 67/8: Kenyon Cup Winners 71/2: Cornall Cup Winners 72/3: Bolton Combination Div One Champions 74/5: Bolton Hospital Cup Winners 76/7: Bolton Combination Premier Division Champions 76/7: Bolton Combination Open Cup Winners 79/80: Bolton Combination Jackson Cup Winners 81/2: Bolton Combination Jackson Cup Runners-Up 82/3: Bolton Combination Second Division Cup Runners-Up 82/3: Bolton Combination Second Division Runners-Up 83/4: Bolton Combination Open Cup Winners 84/5: Bolton Combination First Division Runners-Up 84/5: Bolton Boys Federation Under-16’s League Champions 85/6: Bolton Combination Jackson Cup Runners-Up 85/6: Bolton Boys Federation U18’s League Runners-Up 85/6: Bolton Boys Federation U18’s Jubilee Cup Winners 86/7: Lancashire FA Under-18’s Cup Winners 86/7: Bolton Boys Federation U18’s Jubilee Cup Winners 86/7: Bolton Boys Federation Under-18’s League Champions 87/8: Bolton Combination Open Cup Runners-Up 90/1: Manchester League Division One Cup Winners

SUBSTITUTES Drew + Warburton Warburton * Edghill * Pilkington * Bradbury Toth * Roberts + Flannery # Hulme # + Pilkington + Edghill + Brooks * 1 Edghill + Edghill * Edghill + Dean Hulme 1 + Toth * Toth Toth Toth Smalley * Toth Warrender *1 Toth Toth # Toth # Toth Warburton + Warrender Toth

Smalley * Smalley * Brooks # Morley Bradbury # 1 Edghill Prickett Flannery * Morley Brooks * 2 Brooks * Brooks * Hulme + Gaskell * Gaskell + Pilkington * Smalley + Pilkington Gaskell + Brooks * Johnson Robinson * Spencer # Hulme * Gaskell + Robinson * Pilkington + Pilkington + Brooks Bradbury Edghill * Pilkington +

Gaskell # Gaskell # Spencer + Johnson + Edghill + Prickett Johnson Brooks # Prickett Toth + Toth Toth # Toth Toth Toth # Toth Priestley * Toth # Prickett # Hulme + Brooks Pilkington + Gaskell + Brooks + Smith # Brooks + Brooks * Brooks Robinson + Smith # Brooks + 1 Edghill

Toth Toth Toth Brooks 1 # Drew Toth Toth * Bradbury # Morley Toth Brooks * Prickett Dawson # Morley Morley Morley Morley Morley Spencer # Gaskell * Chadwick Morley Warburton Chadwick Chadwick Warburton Bradbury Dean 1 # Warburton Johnson Hulme # Gaskell * Johnson # Brooks *

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90/1: Manchester League Division One Champions 93/4: Yorkshire Cup Runners-Up 93/4: Bury & Radcliffe Junior Under-16’s Cup Winners 93/4: Bury & Radcliffe Junior Under-16’s Champions 94/5: Gylchrist Cup Winners 94/5: Manchester Festival of Football Runners-Up 94/5: Manchester County FA Youth Cup Winners 94/5: Bolton Boys Federation Jubilee Cup Winners 94/5: Bolton Boys Federation Cup Winners 94/5: Bolton Boys Federation Premier League Champions 95/6: North West Counties Division Two Cup Winners 96/7: North West Counties Division Two Champions 97/8: North West Counties Reserve Division Cup Winners 98/9: Bolton Hospital Cup Winners 98/9: North West Counties Reserve North Champions 2000/01: Bolton Bys Federation Jubilee Cup Runners-Up 01/2: Bolton Boys Federation Premier League Champions 01/2; Bolton Hospital Cup Runners-Up 05/6: Bolton Hospital Cup Winners 06/7: Bolton Hospital Cup Winners 07/8: Bolton Hospital Cup Winners 10/11: North West Counties Division One Runners-Up 11/12: North West Counties Division One Champions

rammy club honours


On a wet and miserable afternoon in east Lancashire, the Rams treated their large following to a Festive cracker as they demolished the high-flying hosts. The 3-1 scoreline barely does justice to the complete dominance the visitors had on the home side. Indeed, the Ramsbottom intention was evident as early as 20 seconds in, as Grant Spencer found space in the area, only to see his shot bounce back into play off the inside of the post. In the third minute Lee Gaskell saw his effort blocked, and minutes later he saw another effort safely dealt with by Burton in the home goal. A rare attack by Clitheroe saw Simin Nangle hammer a 30 yard effort which Grant Shenton did well to stop, but most of the play was taking place in the home half, as wave after wave of attacks descended on the home goal. However, it appeared to be a case of trying to walk the ball in rather than first time efforts that allowed the Clitheroe defenders time to repel the onslaught. Gaskell had another attempt blocked, before Dominic Smalley played in Jon Robinson, but he fired straight at the keeper. A free-kick from Spencer then clipped the top of the crossbar. At the other end, the home side should have taken the lead when the Rams defence seemed to part leaving Mark Buchan in acres of space. His header from a corner fell inches the wrong side of the post, before normal service was resumed. Robinson and Gaskell linked up superbly on the left before putting through a ball for the unmarked Danny Warrender. The defender, in unusual territory, also dallied too long, and his close range shot took a deflection onto the bar and over for a corner. Gaskell then fired in a fierce cross from the left which was inches away from being converted by Robinson, as the incessant charge on the home goal continued. The Rams were then made to pay for their profligacy in front of goal, as totally against the run of play, Clitheroe took the lead on 34 minutes. An attack that seemed to be going nowhere on the right suddenly turned into a fine long cross which found the unmarked Nangle racing in to bury the ball at the far post. Instead of inspiring the home side, it merely ensured that the Rams continued in the same vein. A Spencer free-kick was headed over by Mark Ayres, before a fine run down the left by Phil Dean saw his driven cross bounce off Robinson for a goal-kick. Robinson again had the chance to equalise when put through by Jordan Hulme, but his effort was off target. So the Ramsbottom players trooped off at halftime wondering just how they had managed to fire so many blanks during a 45 minute spell that

they had totally dominated. It took just eight minutes of the second half to remedy the situation. Robinson cleverly lofted the ball over a defender and into the path of Gaskell, and his first time volley brought the scores level. This seemed to wake up the home side, for they produced their best football of the game in the following ten minutes. Andy Dawson scrambled the ball off the line, then Shenton had to dash off his line to throw his body into the path of the ball as Clitheroe looked to regain the lead. Substitute Daley Woods fired a snap shot wide as play, for the first time in the game, took place mostly in the Rams’ half. Gaskell then had two tremendous chances to give the Rams the lead within the space of two minutes. For both, Dean was the provider, firstly picking out the club’s leading scorer with a fine cross that Gaskell headed disappointingly wide. Moments later a perfectly laid low cross found Gaskell first to the ball before a defender and keeper, but again he squirmed the ball wide when it looked a certain goal. Rams substitute Glodi Kuba-Kuba fired in a terrific drive from 25 yards which the keeper fumbled before another raid by the home side needed a desperate tackle from Joel Pilkington to snuff out the danger. Hulme then had to produce another goal-line save as the game had turned into a much more even contest. However, it was the visitors who would eventually turn the game in their favour. On 79 minutes, Spencer somehow won what looked like a lost ball and marched down to the by-line before sending over an inch-perfect cross for the unmarked Gaskell, This time he gleefully nodded home from six yards, and the travelling contingent breathed a collective sigh of relief as the domination at last paid dividends. Gaskell almost added a third with a cheeky 35 yard chip, but on 88 minutes he did clinch his hat-trick, and with it a more convincing scoreline. New signing Kristian Evans, cleverly timed his run to perfection as a ball was played into the Clitheroe half. He raced forward before laying on the perfect through ball for Gaskell who unleashed an unstoppable shot past Burton to complete the scoring. In reality, it should not have taken until two minutes from time to wrap up the points. Despite a more spirited performance from the home side in the second half, this was a well-deserved win – an amazing eighth away victory already this season – and Clitheroe could not have complained if the Rams had doubled their tally. On a difficult pitch both sides produced a thrilling game for the bumper crowd of 357. Well-contested by both sides and sensibly refereed, this was an excellent advert for non-league football, and ultimately another fine three points for the League’s newcomers.


Shawbridge 26th December 2012 Att: 357 Rammy Goals: Gaskell (52, 76, 86) Clitheroe Goals: Nangle (34)

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THIS WEEK’S MATCHES Thursday 26th December Clitheroe v Padiham Darlington v Wakefield Harrogate v Farsley Lancaster v Kendal Mossley v Bamber Bridge New Mills v Curzon Ashton Northwich v Cammell Laird Ossett Albion v Ossett Town Prescot v Warrington Radcliffe v Burscough Rammy v Salford Saturday 28th December Clitheroe v Warrington Darlington v Salford Harrogate v Kendal Lancaster v Ossett Town Mossley v Burscough New Mills v Bamber Bridge

Northwich v Wakefield Ossett Albion v Curzon Ashton Prescot v Padiham Radcliffe v Cammell Laird Rammy v Farsley

Wednesday 1st January Bamber Bridge v Clitheroe Burscough v Lancaster Cammell Laird v Prescot Curzon Ashton v Mossley Farsley v Ossett Albion Kendal v Darlington Ossett Town v New Mills Padiham v Rammy Salford v Radcliffe Wakefield v Harrogate Warrington v Northwich All games kick off at 3pm


LEAGUE NEWS

Darlington have signed a landmark legal agreement that could see the fan-run club return home after two years in exile. Delighted officials at the First Division North’s Quakers announced on Friday that they’d signed a ‘memorandum of understanding’ with Darlington Rugby Football Club to share the rugby club’s Blackwell Meadows site from next season. The Quakers currently groundshare at Bishop Auckland’s Heritage Park and officials also warned fans that they still facing significant financial challenges and need to raise thousands of pounds for the return to Darlington to go ahead. Details of the exact amounts needed and the timescales are expected to be announced by the club early next week. A fans’ forum is also being organised for early January at their proposed new home to provide supporters with more details. A Darlington spokesman said: "The Board of Darlington Football Club is pleased to announce that a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed with Darlington Rugby Football Club which paves the way for the football club to share the facilities at Blackwell Meadows from the 2014-15 season onwards. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Ex-Chorley and Skelmersdale United striker Porya "Rio" Ahmadi has signed for Salford City. Iranian Born Rio started his footballing career with Sheffield United's youth academy before moving into non-league football with Chorley. A move to Skelmersdale United followed but a lack of first team opportunities prompted him to consider a move. Joining him at Salford in the last couple of weeks are Warren Gaskin from Droylsden, Damasa Kiwanda from Hyde and Troy PennycookeMorgan from Ytterhogdal IK in Sweden. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Gary Flitcroft’s Chorley hardly need a lift as the club fights for honours on four fronts but they got one anyway last weekend when the Magpies collected their Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Club of the Month accolade. The second placed Magpies are celebrating winning the accolade for the second successive month after enjoying a sensational November, winning all eight of their outings in four different competitions. Flitcroft’s troops took maximum points in the league after winning three out of three outings and reached the FA Trophy’s Second Round with a 2-1 win over First Division North Curzon Ashton. They also progressed in both the Doodson Sport Cup and Lancashire FA Trophy with victories over Kendal and Rammy respectively. Chorley were named as the latest Club of the Month winners alongside Bamber Bridge and Scarborough Athletic in First Division North and South respectively. Bamber Bridge reached third in the league after manager Neil Crowe guided them to five wins from five in league action in November. The Brig, who also knocked Conference outfit Barrow out of the Lancashire FA Trophy in a penalty shoot-out and beat Lancaster City in the Doodson Sport Cup, were also honoured last Saturday.


RAMMY IN EXILE - RICHARD ISAACS

Good afternoon everyone - hope you have all had your suitable fill of turkey, sprouts, spuds and Quality Street (other selections of chocolates are available, of course!). All down here in the deep south is well - I won't be in evidence today as there is a lot of cricket going on around the world so will be tied to the computer looking up various stats and records about the Ashes, Graeme Swann, South Africa v India and Perth Hurricanes against the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash t20 in Australia. It's all go, I tell you! I am going to write a letter of complaint to airline company FlyBe. Do they not know that people want to watch Rammy play on a Saturday afternoon rather than flying back to Southampton at 3.35pm? That is why I was up in the area on Friday and also on Saturday morning but, rather than heading north to B a m b e r Bridge, I was heading to the airport to fly home ahead of my cricket club's annual Christmas draw night (which was rubbish, by the way). The latest flight back south took off at nearly halftime so I missed quite a lot of the 'action' but as soon as we touched down, I was looking and we were 2-1 down - we were 1-1 when we took off! But the Isaacs family Christmas was filled with various northern delights from my short and thoroughly enjoyable trip to the north, including many items from Bury's ... ahem ... "World Famous" (?!?!? really?????) market and some assorted presents and gifts from Oswaldtwistle Mills, which has become a bit of a regular haunt of mine as they do a great selection of 'Slimmers Choice' food items so my bags were somewhat heavy and they all survived the flight. But it still doesn't detract that the fact that I missed another game. It was disappointing that our great unbeaten run came to an end at Bamber Bridge - courtesy of an ill wind it seems after reading Tony's report - but all good things come to an end, as they say. So its time to back on the horse and start another good run of form. It is one game, one loss and our first one since September. Can we go to March before we lose again? Today's game will be quite a challenge against a Salford City side who are no pushover and sit just a couple of points behind us in the table and helped themselves to a 2-0 home win over Prescot Cables on Saturday. We all remember the great FA Cup day here and the topsyturvy 3-2 win at Salford last season when Robbo scored twice and then turned his hand to goalkeeping when Shents was injured! Right then, I had better get off to the Old Farmhouse for the pub quiz - its a biggie tonight, you can win a whole ÂŁ50 bar tab. However, our team is normally made up of about 10 people so it means next to nothing really!!!! Hope you all enjoyed your free mince pie if you got here early enough, by the way. C'MON RAMMYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY


Joint Manager and striker Anthony Johnson

Coach Glenn Moses

Physio Katy Richardson

Joint Manager and midfielder Bernard Morley

Coach Darren Green

rammy squad


Goalkeeper Grant Shenton

Right-back Kelvin Lomax

Centre-back Dan Warrender Centre-Back Billy Priestley

Centre-back and Captain Andy Dawson Left-back Owen Roberts


Midfield Tom Toth Midfielder Gary Stopforth

Midfield Joel Pilkington Midfielder Grant Spencer

Midfielder Phil Edghill Right-wing Dom Smalley


Striker Darren Green Left-wing Phil Dean

Striker Jon Robinson Striker Jordan Hulme

Striker Lee Gaskell Striker Tom Brookes


EDITORIAL - SUPPORTERS CLUB

Happy 80th birthday Jack! I hope you’re not too mortified to be gracing the front cover of our Boxing Day programme. I reckon this issue will be worth a few bob in years to come - real Rammy collectors items! We had a whip-round at Bamber Bridge, and I saw some notes in there, so you might just end up with a life-time’s supply of Quality Street - or even a new fishing net! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I’m really looking forward to today’s game. I don’t know what it is about Salford City but I’ve got a bit of a soft spot for them. Perhaps it’s something to do with their similar progression from the Northwest counties, or perhaps it’s their cheeky co-manager Barry Massay who just about everyone in non-league football is quite intimately aware particularly midfielders who’ve seen his little cheeky smile after he’s hit you with a crunching mid-thigh tackle. He’s a fella who reminds me a little of Jonno - he’s always put his heart and soul into the game, even when his knees were utterly knackered and he could only play for ten minutes without looking like he was about to snuff it! I watched him turn out for Atherton Collieries and fondly remember him applauding the crowd because it was freezing cold and there were only a handful of us who’d suffered a woeful performance. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I reckon we need a bit of singing at Rammy. We’ve had little murmurings at the last few matches and it’s starting to gather pace. Me and Don had a little go behind the goal at Bamber Bridge, and a good number dusted off the vocal chords at Curzon Ashton in little spurts. With our assorted league supporting backgrounds we’re all more than capable of a bit of vocal support, and when we’re forced to huddle under either of the stands at the Riverside, I reckon it’s time to give it a go. It’s the one thing that we’re missing at the moment, and it’s always a bit weird as a sober, grown adult, but bring it on! And besides, we’ll all be a little bit sozzled this afternoon, so if we can’t manage it today, in a local-ish derby, then heaven help us. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Tony didn’t beat about the bush with his condemnation of the refereeing decision on Saturday, where we picked up our first defeat in ages, and although I was right down the other end of the pitch I could see the utter bewilderment on the face of Billy Priestley. It’s a real shame as the aging and slightly tubby looking officials had put in a pretty good performance up to that point. Dan Warrender’s dismissal shortly afterwards was another strange decision as he and the striker tussled in a race for the ball - he booked both, which meant Warrender was off, and then gave a free kick to Bamber Bridge on the edge of the box. On the face of it the decision seemed a bit surreal, but I wonder if he booked Warrender for offending first, waved play-on and then pulled it back after their fella had swung his handbag on achieving no advantage. Maybe that one was fair enough. I think that Jonno and Bernard deserve some credit for resisting the urge to run onto the pitch and lamp the referee. A full-time handshake looked to be withheld, but they managed (somehow) to contain their passion at the time of the incident, which is really commendable and a sign that the lads are properly growing into their roles. Getting robbed by stupid decisions is all part and parcel of the game, and something that sadly we all need to live with. I have a feeling that today’s dug-outs will be the scene of some really entertaining and passionate banter, so book your ring-side positions early!

Happy Christmas, and let’s hope today’s game is a good un!


Managers: Anthony JOHNSON Bernard MORLEY

Grant SHENTON Kelvin LOMAX Danny WARRENDER Owen ROBERTS Billy PRIESTLEY Gary STOPFORTH Dominic SMALLEY Grant SPENCER Jon ROBINSON Phil DEAN Lee GASKELL Tom BROOKS Phil EDGHILL Joel PILKINGTON Jordan HULME Tom TOTH Darren GREEN Andy DAWSON

Managers: Barry MASSEY Phil POWER

Kieran O’BOYLE Richard SMITH James MOSS Aaron WALTERS Otis GORMAN Warren GASKIN Lee HODGKINSON Matthew PURCELL Rio AHMADI Mark BATTERSBY Danny BROWNE Wes BANCROFT Thomas WALKER Josh MESSER Damase KIWANDA Dave CHADWICK

Referee: Helen Byrne Assistants: James Madine, Michael Herzon Next home game: Saturday 28th December 3pm, Rammy v Farsley


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