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CLUB DETAILS Club Name: Sandbach United Football Club Legal Entity: Unincorporated Ground: Sandbach Community Football Centre Address: Hind Heath Road, Sandbach, Cheshire, CW11 3LZ Telephone: 01270 768389 County Affiliation: Cheshire Year Formed: 2004 Record Attendance: 1400 v Crewe Alexandra Legends (2014/15) Previous Leagues: Staffordshire County Senior League, Cheshire League Honours: Crewe & District Cup Winners 2015/16 MEDIA Website: http://www.sandbachunitedfc.co.uk Twitter: @SandbachUtd Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Sandbachutd CLUB COLOURS Registered Colours: Maroon / blue shirts, blue shorts & stockings Registered Goalkeeper Colours: Orange shirt, black shorts & stockings Alternative Colours: White / blue shirts, blue shorts & stockings Alternative Goalkeeper Colours: Yellow shirt, black shorts & stockings CLUB CONTACTS Chairman: Paul Reel Secretary: John Clayton 1st Team Executive Officer: Mike Senior Manager: Andy Hockenhull Physio: Paul Kelly Programme Editor: Gary Walker Commercial Manager: Paul Cliffe Head Steward / Kit: Gary Cooke Committee: Paul Reel, Ian Dolman, Mike Senior, Will Newton, Paul Cliffe, Martyn Nash, Liz Clarke.


Sandbach United Football Club was established in 2004 when Sandbach Albion and Sandbach Ramblers joined forces in their quest to improve the football facilities in Sandbach. Hence the R & A on the club badge. In January 2004, the membership of Sandbach Albion and Sandbach Ramblers voted in favour of amalgamation, with the aim of playing as a single club from the start of the 2004/5 season. Sandbach Albion was formerly known as Hays Junior Football Club and was founded in 1994, playing on the pitches of what was then Albion Chemicals. As health and safety issues became more prevalent in the 90’s, they left that site and for 5 years the senior home ground was at Sandbach Cricket Club. The younger sides played their games at junior schools throughout Sandbach. Sandbach Ramblers Youth Football Club was formed in 1995 to provide access to schoolboy football for the youth of Sandbach. Of course there had been a Ramblers team in the town before, Sandbach Ramblers were initially formed in 1920 and played in the Cheshire County League before folding in 1975 reforming in 1979 and disbanding in the late 1980s. In 2006 Sandbach United formed the adult team, which initially competed in the Crewe and District League before moving to the Staffordshire Senior League First Division and then being promoted to the Premier Division for the 2008/9 season. In 2011, the club was awarded grants by the Football Foundation and the local council of over £2 million to build a 3G pitch and 9 grass pitches, together with changing rooms and an education suite. The Sandbach Community Football Centre was opened early in the 2011/12 season. United switched to the Cheshire League in 2011 and won promotion to the Premier Division for the 2013/14 season before moving to The Hallmark Security League for the 2016/17 season. The club has over 600 players and 40+ teams that operate from its Hind Heath Road base, which is just 3 miles from junction 17 of the M6. United have teams playing in the Mid-Cheshire Youth League, and the Cheshire Girls League among others, and the age range covers adults and veterans teams right down to Soccer School for Reception and Year 1 children.


A warm welcome to today’s visitors Holker Old Boys FC and I hope they enjoy our hospitality. This is our first game in the North West Counties League so this is a new and exciting day for Sandbach. Hopefully, the supporters and the town will get behind us this season, in what I hope will be a successful one. We played a number of pre-season friendlies which have been a success in bringing ten new faces to the team to add to the successful squad from last season. The results were as follows. Sandbach United v Chester City Sandbach United v Northwich 1874 Sandbach United v Manchester All Stars Sandbach United v West Didsbury & Chorlton Sandbach United v Lostock Gralam Sandbach United v Stockport County Reserves Sandbach United v AFC Liverpool

0-4 1-6 4-4 1-0 3-1 6-1 2-1

Three of last season’s players have achieved scholarships in the USA. So best of luck to Dan Wakeman, Liam Kettle and Charlie Livesey, they are all still signed on and will re-join us at Christmas for five weeks – best of luck to these young players. Also, to my last season’s assistant manager, Andy Coyles, who has had to move back to the North East for job reasons, we will miss his football brains, technical knowledge and professionalism he brought to the club. He is here today, though, as Manager whilst I am on holiday. If there are any local businesses, supporters, or individuals who would like to sponsor any of the players for the season and have their name in the programme etc., there is an option to do that this season. Please contact me for further information. The club and myself also need some more volunteers to help make match day run more smoothly, if you can spare some time and want to join us then, again, please contact me. On a personal note, I would like to thank Mike Senior (first team Executive Officer), John Clayton (first team Secretary) and Kerri Stoneley for the fabulous match day food during pre-season. That’s it from me, and hope you enjoy the game, and a drink at the bar! Andy Hockenhull – 1st Team Manager – Tel: 07787 827


Holker Old Boys AFC was founded in 1936 as an under 16 side from Old Boys of the then Holker Central Secondary School in Holker Street Barrow-in-Furness. The school itself has long since been replaced with a Kwik Save supermarket which has also closed its doors in recent years. In season 1939-40 the club joined the local North Western Open Age League, playing all their games on local playing fields. Junior teams were soon formed thus keeping the links with their roots. 1967 saw the club enter a team in the West Lancashire League whilst retaining a side in the N.W.L. In 1971 a site for a new ground was obtained at Rakesmoor Lane on land which had originally been an isolation hospital then allotments. The club moved from their previous home on Thorncliffe Road to their present one at Rakesmoor. On the formation of the Furness Premier League in 1980 the club entered two teams into this league and still retains two sides, the Reserves and A Team, in the League to date. Having spent years in the shadow of local rivals Vickers Sports Club (now Hawcoat Park FC.) and Dalton United in season 1985/86 they had their best ever season to date finishing Runners-up to BAC. Preston in the West Lancs League Div 1 However in the following season, which was also the Clubs Golden Jubilee season, they went one better and finished Champions ahead of Vickers SC. More success followed as the club won the Adidas Lancashire Junior Shield in 1988/89 beating Walkden Town 2-0 and again in1990/91 when they defeated Park United 1-0. The club were now thinking of progressing to a higher standard of football but much work was needed on their Rakesmoor Lane ground to bring it up to the standard required. Committee members, players, friends and their families all worked hard to extend the clubhouse, build new changing rooms and enclose the pitch. The reward for all this hard work was to be accepted into the NWCFL Second Division for the start of the 1991/92 season. Holker Old Boys took a couple of seasons to acclimatise to the new higher standard during which time floodlights were installed but in 1993/94 they finished third in the Second Division behind Haslingden (now defunct) and North Trafford (now Trafford). Haslingden were unable to be promoted because their facilities did not meet the requirements for the First Division so Holker Old Boys filled the second promotion place. Holker gave a good account of themselves for their first three seasons in the First Division and in 1995/96 they finished in their highest ever position of 11th. However the 1997/98 season saw them struggle finishing just two points ahead of relegated Darwen and the 1998/99 season was a disaster seeing them lose all twenty away games and scoring just five goals on their travels. Not surprisingly Holker finished bottom of the Division and were relegated for the first time in their history. After relegation the club restructured its finances and undertook a period of rebuilding which is started to bring returns. The club now has three open age sides and a Junior Section ranging from Under 6½s to Under 16 plus 1 Girls Team. In season 2002/03 the Club had its best season since 1995/96 finishing fifth in Division 2. In season 2003/04 off the field the club secured over 80,000 in grants for stadium improvements, pitch drainage and car parking. Playing wise seasons 2003/04 to 2007/08 were a disappointment with the side languishing in the lower half of the Division however there have been one or two moments to savour namely reaching the 2nd Qualifying Round of the FA. Cup in season 2004/05 and the successful arrangement of the game against FC. United of Manchester in 2005/06 at Craven Park, the home of Barrow Raiders RLFC, in front of a club record attendance of 2303. Both these events


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raised much welcome finance for the club enabling us to embark on more ground improvements starting with the upgrading of the floodlights for season 2006/07. The club was also rewarded for its efforts at junior level with the commitment and effort of coaches, managers and the Committee helping to attain the FA. Charter Standard Development Club Award for the junior section. Season 2006/07 did bring some success for the U18 side, which was a blend of many of the previous seasons U16 and U18 sides, when they lifted the LFA Furness Building Society Youth Cup. Because of the loss of several older players, at the end of season 2005/06, to lower levels of the pyramid many of the previous seasons U18 side also played in the First Team in season 2006/07 which may account for their success in the Youth Cup, having gained from the experience of playing Open Age football. The success of the Junior Section in producing quality players was beginning to show in the First Team as was the case in season, 2008/09, when they finished ninth in the renamed Vodkat League First Division our highest League placing since season 2002/03. Having achieved steady progress under the management of Dave Smith and his assistant Maurice Watkin over a season and a half to finish 3rd in the 1st Division in season 2010/11 Dave had to step down because of a job offer in the States at the end of that season and hand the reigns over to new manager Jon Balm for season 2011/12. However things didnt go well for Jon and a run of poor results ended with him resigning in mid November 2011. Dave Smiths job in the states didn’t prove to be as good as promised and he and Maurice Watkin stepped back into the fray to steady the ship and finished the season in mid table. Season 2012/13 was a disaster from a League point of view with the Club just managing to avoid the wooden spoon right at the end of the season. The FA Cup provided the only solace with progress to the 1st Qualifying Round netting the Club nearly £3000 in prize money. The 2013/14 season saw new faces in charge with Dave Smith and Maurice Watkin moving on to the Committee and Gary Fawcett and Stuart Roberts taking charge to propel the side to a respectable 6th place and the semi final of the NWCFL 1st Division Challenge Cup with the fresh signings brought in to bolster the nucleus of the squad that they retained. The Reserves benefited from a bigger 1st team pool by winning the Furness Premier League Premier Division and The Terry Clinton Memorial Trophy under the stewardship of Andy Forbes as the strength in depth proved its worth. Further progress on and off the field in 2014/15 ensured another successful season for the club however it was tinged with huge regret with the passing of John Adams, secretary of the club for over 15 years. The 1st team finished in a respectable play-off position of 5th , losing out to Hanley. The side also reached the semi-finals of the Lancashire Challenge Trophy after wins against Padiham , AFC Flye and Daisy Hill. A strong Chorley side winning the tie 3v0 at Leyland, who eventually went on to win the competition. With the departure of Gary to Kendall Town mid-season of 2015/2016, manager Scott Redhead joined the club with expectations of reaching the playoffs however with the amount of games and catch ups towards the business end of the season made this impossible and the club ended in 8th position. However with a pre-season now under his belt, Scott again is aiming for promotion this season and with the nucleus of senior players at his disposal and a strong junior set up there is no reason why this cannot be achieved.


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DATE

TEAM

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DATE

TEAM

V KO

Sat 06/08/16

Holker Old Boys

H 15:00

Sat 26/11/16

Charnock Richard

H 15:00

Mon 08/08/16

Widnes

A 19:45

Sat 03/12/16

Litherland REMYCA

H 15:00

Sat 13/08/16

Atherton LR

A 15:00

Sat 10/12/16

Silsden

A 15:00

Thu 18/08/16

St Helens Town

A 19:45

Sat 17/12/16

City of Liverpool FC

H 15:00

Sat 20/08/16

Daisy Hill

H 15:00

Mon 26/12/16

Chadderton

A 15:00

Wed 24/08/16

Eccleshall

A 19:45

Sat 31/12/16FC Oswestry Town

A 15:00

Sat 27/08/16

Prestwich Heys

H 15:00

Sat 07/01/17

Atherton LR

H 15:00

Sat 03/09/16

Ashton Town

A 15:00

Sat 14/01/17

Whitchurch Alport

A 15:00

Wed 07/09/16

Cheadle Town

A 19:45

Sat 21/01/17

Cheadle Town

H 15:00

Sat 10/09/16

Bacup Borough

H 15:00

Sat 28/01/17

Charnock Richard

A 15:00

Sat 17/09/16

Ashton Town

H 15:00

Sat 04/02/17

AFC Blackpool

H 15:00

Tue 20/09/16

Alsager Town

A 19:45

Sat 18/02/17

St Helens Town

H 15:00

Sat 01/10/16

Stockport Town

H 15:00

Sat 25/02/17

Stockport Town

A 15:00

Sat 11/03/17

Daisy Hill

A 15:00

(The Macron Cup 1) Sat 08/10/16

Silsden

H 15:00

Sat 18/03/17

Prestwich Heys

A 15:00

Tue 11/10/16

Whitchurch Alport

H 19:45

Sat 25/03/17

Chadderton

H 15:00

Sat 15/10/16

Bacup Borough

A 15:00

Sat 01/04/17

AFC Blackpool

A 15:00

Sat 22/10/16

Carlisle City

A 15:00

Sat 08/04/17

Carlisle City

H 15:00

Tue 25/10/16

Widnes

H 19:45

Sat 15/04/17

FC Oswestry Town

H 15:00

Sat 12/11/16

Litherland REMYCA

A 15:00

Mon 17/04/17

Eccleshall

H 15:00

Sat 19/11/16

City of Liverpool FC

A 15:00

Sat 22/04/17

Holker Old Boys

A 15:00

Tue 22/11/16

Alsager Town

H 19:45

Sat 29/04/17

Stockport Town

H 15:00


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Daniel Bartle Dean Burgess Adam Clayton Bradley Cooper Carlos Correia Dereece Gardner Alfred Hammond Matthew Herd Simon Hilton Chris Jackson Nathan Jones Josh Lane Charlie Livesey Matthew Pearson Rob Simpson Kris Stockton Luke Taylor (C) Thomas Watkin Bradley Whitehouse Manager: Andy Hockenhull Physio: Paul Kelly Coaches: Salau Idowu Donny Brown Paul Kelly

Calum McElroy (GK) James Bonner Jordan Brough Philip Coombe (C) Jamie Cowan Guy Heffernan Jamie Hodgson Bradley Hubbold Gregory Galloway Samuel Lightfoot Harry Mellen Billy Moss Robert Parker Jamie Pattinson Benedict Rebello Craig Redhead Michael Rushton Gareth Smith David Swarbrick Joshua Tweddle Robbie Wallace Kevin Watkin Joshua Woodend Christopher Wraighte Ross Liddicott (GK) Manager: Scott Redhead Assistant Manager: Ross Liddicott Coach: Glynn Dixon

Today’s Officials: Referee: Anthony Parkinson Assistants: Adam Wolstenhome, Stephen Jones

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