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Team Line-Ups CLUB INFORMATION Honorary Life President: Alan Wellens Vice Presidents: Jim Barrett and Steve Ball Chairman: John McKiernan (07713 339682)

Thursday 116h February 2017, kick off 7.45pm The Hallmark Security League, First Division St Helens Town

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Vice Chairman: Glyn Jones

Andy Webster Adam Donohue Ant Whelan Dale Korie-Butler

Hospitality: Margaret Wood and Paul Wood

Liam Dodd Andy Gillespie

Trustee: John McKiernan

Eddie Pegler

1st Team Manager: Alan Gillespie

Luke Edwards

1st Team Assistant Manager Lee Jenkinson 1st Team Coach: Nick Robinson 1st Team Physiotherapists Lisa Phillipson

Callum Kirkland

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Robert Hanslip

Stephen Betteridge Jordon O’Mahoney James Corbett Marc Taylor Richard Tomlinson

Dean Ing Jack Williams Ben Duffield Matthew Fenton Declan Shaw Alex Footman

Dom Whelan

Akwasi Kwateng

Manager: Alan Gillespie Assistant: Lee Jenkinson

Danny Thompson Ryan Charnley Manager: Stuart Parker Assistant: Alan Williams

Referee: Mr K Martin (Preston) Assist: Mr R Woodcock (Billinge) & Mr P Dean (Wigan)

U18s Assistant Manager: Terry Smith

Match Sponsor

Sunday Team Manager: David Platt

The Track King

For all things vehicle tracking 0808 126 15 16

Shirt Sponsor: Freestart SEO plc

Match Ball Sponsors

Legal: St Helens Town Limited Private Limited Company Company No. 04392840 Date of Incorporation 12.03.2002

Beer EnGin

Company Director: Jim Barrett

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Alex Gillespie

Paul Carney

U18s Team Manager: David McNabb

Tangerine Shirts Tangerine Shorts & Socks

Shaun Brady

Anthony Dunleavy

U21s Team Manager: John McLaughlan

Main Club Sponsor: Johnsons Toyota Liverpool

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Full Committee: John McKiernan, Jeff Voller, Jim Barrett, Ste Ball, Andy Langley Paul Wood, Margaret Wood, Kieran Ford, Chris Ford & Glyn Jones

Club Email: sthelenstownfc@hotmail.co.uk

Adam Fairchild Andy Presho

Hon. Secretary/Treasurer: Jeff Voller (07843 692695)

U21s Assistant Manager: Lee Jenkinson

AFC Blackpool

Blue Shirts Blue Shorts, Blue & White Socks

9 Greenes Road, Whiston

Parent Company: A wholly owned subsidiary of Sporting Club St Helens Limited

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Next Home Game:

Town v Ashton Town

Hallmark Security League Saturday 25th Feb 2016, 3pm Volair Park, Prescot Cables

Cover Photograph: Andy Gillespie and Andy Presho

Celebrating 70 years, 1946-2016


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Talk of the Town Good evening, and welcome to Volair Park for this Hallmark Security League, First Division contest against AFC Blackpool. May I open by welcoming our visitors I hope they enjoy the short time they will spend with us and have a safe journey home after the game. We are back here at Volair Park after hosting our previous home game against Silsden at Ashton Town’s Edge Green Street. The game started off well for the hosts with Town in front with less than a minute on the clock, Ste Rigby did well on the left and sent a cross into the box which Andy Gillespie steered home on his return to the line up. Gillespie could have doubled the lead with 5 minutes played when he latched onto a through ball and found himself one on one with the visiting stopper Callum Jacovlevs who made a spectacular save and the resultant corner came to nothing. The game was to take a quick turn around as a quick triple salvo from Silsden put them 3-1 up with just a quarter of the game played. William Storrie was to be the key to the Cobbydalers recovery his first chance of the game saw Town custodian Adam Fairchild more than equal to the effort but when he next carved out an opening his effort took a wicked deflection off a Town leg and gave Fairchild no chance.

Silsden took the lead on 20 minutes when Chris Wademan supplied Storrie and two minutes afterwards Storrie returned the favour providing the assist for Wademan to fire home the visitors third goal of the contest. Town had two decent shouts for spot-kicks turned down before the interval and the hosts went into the break two goals down. The first goal of the second half came just before the hour mark when a counter attack from the visitors saw Town stretched and this culminated in Kyle Hancock added the Yorkshire mens fourth goal. Town quickly pulled a goal back when Rigby found the top corner his second goal in the last two games but the scoring was not over as with Town pressing to get back into the game they were to concede twice in the closing stages with two substitutes Aaron Davis and Ben Cox to avenge their 4-1 reverse at the hands of Town in the reverse fixture. Whilst we were going down to defeat against Silsden on Saturday this evenings visitors AFC Blackpool were also defeated in a home game with eight goals netted as they lost 5-3 to league leaders Litherland REMYCA. With the recent form of the two sides it wouldn't be too far a stretch to suggest that this contest will have goals in it and hopefully Town will come out on the right end of the scoreline once we have finished with abacus at the end of 90 minutes! It is important we bounce back quickly from Saturday’s defeat but Alan and the lads will know that AFC Blackpool will be no pushovers as they have had some impressive results of late having recorded wins over Sandbach United and Charnock Richard in their last six contests. Town will be looking to secure a league double over the visitors having ran out 3-2 winners at the Mechanics Ground back in October and the previous month the two outfits youth teams faced each other at the same venue in the FA Youth Cup with Town again victorious on that occasion securing progress with a 3-2 win and hopefully this form against AFC Blackpool will continue this evening. Let’s get behind Town this evening and hopefully cheer them on to victory! Enjoy the game . . . Jeff Voller

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In Town Today AFC Blackpool was formed in 1947 under the name of Blackpool Metal Mechanics and played at Stanley Park for two years before moving to the current Jepson Way ground. They played in local leagues before taking the step up to join the West Lancashire League. During this period in local league football they won many awards, taking the Division Two title of the Fylde District League in 1950/51 and in Division One were champions twice and runners-up three times in five consecutive years between 1953/54 and 1957/58. Numerous local cup competitions were also won, including the Lancashire Junior Shield in 1957/58, a competition they were to win again in 1960/61. As the 50's drew to a close, Blackpool Mechanics decided to take the next step up and join the West Lancashire League. They were an almost immediate success, being runners-up in 1959/60 and champions for the next two seasons. Various cups and trophies from local competitions still regularly found their way to Jepson Way. The club then took another step up the football ladder by joining the Lancashire Combination. The jump in standard meant the cups and honours that had poured into the trophy room dried up and it was not until the turn of the decade before many more honours were to come their way. In 1972/73 they won the Lancashire Combination Bridge Shield and in 1974/75 they finished runnersup in the league, just one point behind champions Darwen. They remained a strong team throughout the 70's although towards the end they suffered some poor results.

With the advent of the North West Counties League, Blackpool Mechanics were placed in Division Three and in 1985/86 were promoted to Division Two. At the end on 1991/92 they were promoted to Division One, but it was not a happy experience and the club returned to Division Two. After a few seasons of struggle, the club is now financially stable and looking forward to developing the club's potential both on and off the pitch. In the summer of 2005 Blackpool Mechanics FC merged with Lytham St. Annes FC who had just won the West Lancashire League Division One title. Lytham St. Annes resigned from their own league and brought their resources and manpower to Jepson Way in a bid to launch the new look Mechanics in their push up the non-league football pyramid. The club was re-named AFC Blackpool in May 2008 when Blackpool Mechanics FC and Squires Gate Junior FC got together to form one club. It was decided to mark the start of a new era by re-naming the club and the name 'AFC Blackpool' was chosen. The club leased a further piece of land adjacent to the ground in Jepson Way to accommodate the enlarged club and investment to improve the facilities was begun. The club ground in Jepson Way retains its name 'The Mechanics' to maintain a link with the past.

Season 2010/11 saw the club have probably its best season ever. The first team were promoted to the Premier Division as Division 1 champions with a record breaking 28 wins and three draws in 34 league matches. They also reached the semi finals in both the 1st Divison Trophy and the League Cup. There were notable successes in the Junior section too with the under 16s doing the league and cup double, the under 10's and 11's winning their respective Divisions and the under 14s also winning promotion. With the club now providing football from under 6 through to open age the future is looking secure.

The 2011/12 season the clubs first back in the North West Counties League top flight and the club acquitted themselves well being in the top half of the table for the vast majority of the season and finishing in 9th position. 2012/13 saw the club win more matches and gained more points in the top flight of the NWCFL than

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AFC Blackpool the previous year but finished one place worse off in 10th position. They were never in any danger of being dragged into the relegation battle and had a second comfortable mid-table finish since their return to the top tier of the League. 2013/14 saw the club establish themselves as mid-table topflight outfit with a 13th place finish their worst since their return to the top division but again they did not flirt with the bottom of the table and never looked in danger of going down at any point during the season. In the cup competitions AFC Blackpool suffered some early heartbreak with an FA Cup EPR away loss at Worksop Parramore 0-2 and an FA Vase exit at home to Norton United in the 1st Round after a 2-1 win at Winterton Rangers in the 2nd Qualifying Round. In the Lancashire Challenge Trophy they fell at the first hurdle to higher league opposition as Burscough came away from the Mechanics ground with a 3-2 victory. Blackpool had more success in the League Challenge Cup with victories at Wigan Robin Park & AFC Liverpool in the 2nd and 3rd rounds before exiting at the hands of eventual beaten finalists Maine Road at the Quarter Final stage. The following season saw the club fall further down the table as they flirted with relegation but eventually avoid the drop with an 18th placed finish and last term saw matters get worse as they club were in the relegation zone for the majority of the season and ended up rooted to the foot of the table seeing them drop back down to the second tier of the NWCFL for the first time since 2010/11.

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7 9

9 9

24 24

37 65

81 104

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30 36

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Chairman’s Notes Good evening and a very warm welcome to Volair Park for this Hallmark Security League First Division encounter with our friends from the seaside, AFC Blackpool. Let’s hope their players, officials and supporters have enjoyed a safe journey down the M6 and we are all treated to an entertaining encounter. Tonight is a re-arranged fixture following a postponement a few weeks ago. Thanks to tonight's match sponsors The Track King and our match ball sponsors Beer EnGin, Whiston many thanks for your continued support. I am not quite sure there’s much can be said about last Saturday’s performance - having had a bright start to 2017 we bounced back to earth with a bump against a resurgent Silsden who played very well on the day. We had our chances and the visiting stopper made crucial saves when we led 1-0 and at both 1-3 and 2-4 down. I’d like to say it was one of them days and hopefully we can get back to winning ways this evening. Saturday’s defeat and wins for both Stockport Town and Cheadle Town saw us drop the 11th place but we do have games in hand on the two above us. Blackpool arrive off the back of another high scoring encounter at the weekend and despite scoring three at home they went down 3-5 to league leaders Litherland REMYCA. The sea -siders remain in 20th place having been relegated last season but are currently 8 and 16 points ahead of Eccleshall and Ashton Town respectively who occupy the two relegation places. A Thursday evening game means a quick turnaround and we travel to league newcomers Sandbach United on Saturday afternoon. It will be another tough fixture as our hosts will be looking to continue their push for an automatic promotion place and are currently in fourth place just four points behind City of Liverpool but with two games in hand. We return to Prescot on Saturday 25th February when our former landlords Ashton Town will be our visitors. Have you joined our Goldline Lottery? Just £1 per week provides great support for the club with 70p from every £1 returning directly to the club. On offer is a guaranteed £500 prize every weekday through the year along with an extra draw jackpot which starts off at £250 and grows each week by £250 when it is not won to a whopping £5000 - the jackpot currently stands at £5000 and will be drawn tomorrow when the draw must have a winner. You can pay in cash weekly or monthly; or set up a standing order - please see me or any club official for details. Finally, we’ve lost the services of youngster Danny Greene who has chosen to join Irlam in the Hallmark Security League top flight - while we are disappointed to see him go we wish him every success (unless we happen to meet competitively in the future). Enjoy the game . . . . John McKiernan Chairman, St Helens Town AFC

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The world this week This Week in the World of... Kieran Ford takes a trip down memory and discovers what events happened in the history of St Helens Town, sport in general and provides a reminder of any historical world events that occurred in this week in history. The week of 12th-19th February Last Season: St Helens Town – 16th February 2016 Town suffer their 1st defeat in 4 games with a 3-2 home loss to Litherland REMYCA

Sport – 17th February 2016 Nike ends endorsement deal with Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao after he made TV comments gay people are "worse than animals." World – 16th February 2016 China announces it will relocate 9,000 people in Guizhou province, before completion of world's largest telescope (FAST), designed to look for extraterrestrial life. 10 Years Ago: St Helens Town – 17th February 2007 St Helens secure a comfortable 3-0 home win over Newcastle Town, with Karl Ledsham on the scoresheet. Sport – 18th February 2007 St Helens' stuttering start to Super League XII continues, losing 29–22 at Wakefield Trinity Wildcats. World – 12th February 2007 A gunman opens fire in a mall in Salt Lake City, killing 5 people in the Trolley Square shooting. 20 Years Ago: St Helens Town: - 15th February 1997 Town fall to a 2-1 defeat away to Penrith. Sport –12th February 1997 Blackburn Rovers sign Odense and Denmark striker Per Pedersen for £2.5million.

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World – 12th February 1997 Fred Goldman says he will settle for a signed murder confession from O.J. Simpson in lieu of his $20.5 million judgement. The Vase Year (+1!): 1988 St Helens Town – 13h February 1988 St Helens continue their good form with a 3rd win on the bounce, thrashing Formby 4-0 away from home. Sport – 12th February 1988 18 of the 25 Liverpool fans charged with manslaughter in connection with the Heysel disaster return home after being cleared of the charges. World – 15th February 1988 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.

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How We Compare? St Helens Town - last 6 matches 4/2 All Competitions

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at St Helens Previous Meetat AFC Town ings Blackpool NWC-D1 2001-02 NWC-D2 NWC-D1 2002-03 NWC-D2 NWC-D1 2003-04 NWC-D2 NWC-D1 2004-05 NWC-D2 NWC-D1 2005-06 NWC-D2 NWC-D1 2006-07 NWC-D2 NWC-D1 2007-08 NWC-D2 NWC-PD 2008-09 NWC-D1 NWC-PD 2009-10 NWC-D1 NWC-PD 2010-11 NWC-D1 22/10; 3-2 2011-12 21/01; 2-2 09/04; 1-2 2012-13 09/03; 0-0 17/04; 1-1 2013-14 08/04; 2-4 05/08; 3-0 2014-15 21/10; 1-2 NWC-D1 2015-16 NWC-PD 21/01/2017 2016-17 11/10; 3-1 St Helens Town Scores First Games Played 9 St Helens Town Wins 3 Draws 3 AFC Blackpool Wins 3 St Helens Town Goals 16 AFC Blackpool Goals 14 Percentage Town Wins 33.33

Previous Meetings D L 2 5 3 6 0 1 0 1 5 13

F 30 32 3 1 66

A 17 20 4 5 46

GD 13 12 -1 -4 20

Win % 53.33 43.75 50.00 0.00 47.06

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Ruskin Update

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Tea Break Teasers Q1. Which was the first Premier League season that all three promoted teams avoided relegation?

Q2. Who scored both Liverpool’s goals in their Coca-Cola Cup win over Bolton in 1995? Q3. From which club did Everton sign Steven Pienaar in 2007? Q4. Who are the only three English managers to win the FA Cup since 1990? Q5. Which was the only country not to score a goal in the 2016 edition of the Copa America?

Q6. Who at Euro 2016 became the first player to score in all three group games? Q7. Which three 16 year olds have scored in the Premier League? Q8. From which club did Liverpool sign Markus Babbel in 2000?

Q9. Which player moved from Marseille to West Ham for £10.5m in June 2015? Q10. Who club did Liverpool sell Djimi Traore to in August 2006? Q11. Which player holds the Portuguese record for the most full international caps? Q12. Which two managers have won the League Cup a record four times each? Q13. Prior to the current season which Goalkeeper from those who have faced at least 20 penalties in the Premier League has the best save ratio at 32%? Q14. Matt Le Tissier scored 47 out of the 48 penalties he took for Southampton which goalkeeper famously saved the only penalty didn’t score in his career? Q15. From which club did Everton sign David Ginola in 2002?

1) 2001/2 2) Steve McManaman 3) Borussia Dortmund 4) Terry Venables, Joe Royle & Harry Redknapp 5) Jamaica 6) Gareth Bale 7) James Vaughan, James Milner & Wayne Rooney 8) Bayern Munich 9) Dimitri Payet 10) Charlton Athletic 11) Christiano Ronaldo 12) Brian Clough & Alex Ferguson 13) David Seaman 14) Mark Crossley 15) Aston Villa

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Ruskin Drive News More disappointment as the wait continues for Town's return to St Helens. Club officials met with the Council last Friday (3rd February) and it has now been confirmed that the work required to meet the FA Ground Grading will not be completed until mid-May 2017. While the ground is currently being used by the club’s U18s, U21s and Sunday teams the prolonged delays to the completion of the new dressing room facilities and a problem with the height of the pitch perimeter fence have left the club frustrated that the first team will have an extended wait to make a return home. The delay will mean a number of issues for Town including the need to secure alternative playing facilities for next season to ensure they do not fall foul of the FA and NWCFL ground requirements. As the Ruskin Drive Sports ground will not be in a position to be inspected by the 31st March deadline the club needs to have a ground sharing agreement in place at a suitable alternative ground to maintain their membership of the league and guarantee entry to FA competitions. Club Chairman John McKiernan said, ‘The news is very disappointing and a real blow to our plans. We’ve relied on the good will and support of a number of clubs over the past six years and are indebted to those clubs in ensuring the survival of the club – their assistance should not be underestimated.’

He added, ‘If we accept that the new ground will be ready in May the reality is that we will never need to utilise any ground sharing agreement but it still has to be in place or we could be in serious trouble.’ The club will also lose out on a lucrative fixture as part of the NWCFL Easter weekend Ground Hop. Town were due to host promotion chasing City of Liverpool at Ruskin Drive as the second of three Ground Hop fixtures in the area on Easter Sunday which would have seen up to 300 ‘hoppers’ part of a likely four-figure crowd. Mr McKiernan added, ‘We had expected to be on the new ground some time earlier this season but delays have shifted from weeks to months. The loss of the Ground Hop fixture is both hugely disappointing and financially disastrous, losing the club thousands of pounds. ‘Given our opposition the City of Liverpool FC, who are very well supported, hundreds of ground hoppers and a lot of local interest this was guaranteed to be bumper crowd and an ideal way to showcase the club and the new Ruskin Drive Sports Ground facility. ‘Unfortunately, we had no other option but to inform the league that we would not be able to participate in the Ground Hop programme.’

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Luke Edwards in action v Silsden on Saturday 11th February 2017 www.sthelenstownafc.com

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Andy Gillespie in action v FC Oswestry Town on Saturday 24th September 2016

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Match Sponsors We are looking for additional sponsors on match-days with a host of benefits for both match (£100) and match ball (£50) sponsors including free entry & programme; hospitality, programme and social media advertising; pre-match photos, man of the match awards. Contact John McKiernan on 07713 339 682 for more details. Date

Opponents

Match Sponsor

Match Ball Sponsor

Thu 18/08/16

Sandbach United

Beer EnGin, Whiston

Johnsons Toyota Liverpool

Thu 01/09/16

Prestwich Heys

Johnsons Toyota Liverpool

Cuncannon

Sat 10/09/16

Chadderton (FAV)

Top Car Detailing

Cuncannon

Thu 15/09/16

Widnes

Thatto Heath Tech Shop

Beer Engin, Whiston

Sat 26/11/16

FC Oswestry Town

Toast Café

Live Wire Electrical

Sat 01/10/16

AFC Darwen (Macron Cup)

Johnsons Toyota Liverpool

MLR Heating Supplies

Sat 15/10/16

Carlisle City

Johnsons Toyota Liverpool

Excell Painting & Decorating

Sat 05/11/16

Daisy Hill

Johnsons Toyota Liverpool

Beechley Stables, RDA

Thu 10/11/16

Cheadle Town

Beer EnGin, Whiston

Toast Café, St Helens

Thu 01/12/16

City of Liverpool (Reusch Cup)

Johnsons Toyota Liverpool

Dave Wiggins

Sat 10/12/16

Bacup Borough

Kiera’s Occasions

Dave Wiggins

Toast Café, St Helens

Britannia Taxis

Mon 26/12/16 Litherland REMYCA Sat 07/01/17

Holker Old Boys

Johnsons Toyota Liverpool

Connor McGinn

Sat 14/01/17

Eccleshall

Johnsons Toyota Liverpool

LM Travel

Sat 04/02/17

Daisy Hill

Freestart SEO

Dave Wiggins

Sat 11/02/17

Silsden

Thatto Heath Tech Shop

Beer EnGin, Whiston

Thur 16/02/17

AFC Blackpool

The Track King

Beer EnGin, Whiston

Sat 25/02/17

Ashton Town

Stillia

Action Coach NW

Thur 09/03/17

Alsager Town

Thur 23/03/17

Chadderton

Sat 25/03/17

Stockport Town

Michael Allison

Stuart Pyke

Sat 01/04/17

Atherton LR

North West Do Rescue

John Cahill

Sat 15/04/17

City of Liverpool

The Boar’s Head

Sat 29/04/17

Charnock Richard

Toast Café , St Helens

TBC

Whitchurch Alport

The Track King

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Action Coach NW

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Alsager Town

AFC Blackpool

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0-4 4-4 5-4 0-1 1-2

1-2 1-2

1-0

Daisy Hill

1-5

Eccleshall

X

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

1-1 1-3 5-4

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

1-4 2-3

2-1 5-4 2-5

3-3 1-3

0-3 0-1 1-2 1-2 0-1

1-5 1-3 0-1

X

1-2 3-0

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

1-3 5-1 3-5 1-0

4-2 3-0 0-0

4-0

1-1 1-0

6-2 2-0 0-0 8-0 3-2

City of Liverpool

Cheadle Town

Charnock Richard

3-1

Ashton Town

Carlisle City

Atherton LR

1-2 3-1

Stockport Town

Chadderton

Bacup Borough

Bacup Borough

Carlisle City

X

Chadderton

2-3

Charnock Richard

X

Cheadle Town

0-2 2-1

City of Liverpool

3-0 0-4

Daisy Hill

Atherton LR

Eccleshall

4-1 6-1 0-0 1-1

FC Oswestry Town

Ashton Town

Holker Old Boys

0-1 3-5 0-5

Litherland REMYCA

2-0

Prestwich Heys

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

Sandbach United

3-1 3-1 5-0

Silsden

X

Whitchurch Alport

6-1

Widnes

Alsager Town

St Helens Town

AFC Blackpool

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Mike Hodson When naming is shaming The Dripping Pan, Giant Axe, Throstle Nest and Victory Park: ground names can be evocative. These are the homes of Lewes, Lancaster City, Farsley Celtic and Chorley. But, they are not simply names, devoid of meaning; to use the language of linguists, they are not empty signifiers. Ground names are, rather, chock-full of meaning; powerful, imbued with history, geography, politics, community and romance. These names tell us much and often play a significant part in representing what a club is, what it’s about and what it’s for. Ground names are inherent to the identity of clubs themselves. Yet, they have been under widespread threat in recent years. At first a trickle of professional clubs, moving into new grounds, sold so-called ‘naming rights’ to their ground. This happened, for example, in 1994 when Huddersfield Town moved from Leeds Road – a ground that evoked far more than just a road to Leeds – to the Alfred McAlpine Stadium – a ground that evoked road and house building. As it happens, that name didn’t last too long and neither did its successor. Other clubs have trodden this path, with Burnden Park swapped for the Reebok Stadium (another one that didn’t last), Highbury for the Emirates and Filbert Street for the Walkers and then King Power Stadium. This trend has become pervasive in the professional game with all manner of betting firms, food and drink producers, credit card companies and other financial institutions intravenously infiltrating the rich, historically produced identities of clubs through attaching their names to clubs’ homes. In many ways the professional game, to my mind, is lost and beyond saving. Too much of its culture has been hawked to corporate interests and is based on greed. What worries me greatly, though, is the way in which this trend has seeped in to the nonleague game. I am increasingly turning up at non-league grounds and finding decades of football history erased through a change of ground name. Where, for example, did Altrincham’s Moss Lane go (it’s now called The J.Davidson Stadium)? And that’s not a lone case. Marine’s Rossett Park (also known as College Road) is now the Marine Travel Arena. Matlock Town’s scenic Causeway Lane ground morphed into the Autoworld Arena and then the DCJ Insurance Group Stadium. Colne’s Holt House seems to be the XLCR Stadium and Atherton Collieries’ Alder House is now called the Kensite Stadium (providers of portable site accommodation, including portable toilets). On a recent trip with a friend to Lincoln United’s Ashby Avenue we arrived to find that in fact we were at The Sun Hat Villas Stadium. I realise that a counter-argument can be made that in straitened financial times this is a necessary thing for clubs to do. I have sympathy for them and realise that they need to be very imaginative and nimble in generating the money to cover what are often significant costs. My point is most definitely not an attack on, often, hard-working club officials who have to make difficult decisions about how to pay the bills. Rather, it is saying that to my mind, this is a sponsorship too far. It is a line crossed. It runs the risk of selling one of the most fundamental parts of a club on the premise of guaranteeing its survival. Saving a club but losing it at the same time! At its worst, it is dismissive of the history, meaning and experiences that are embodied in the ground’s name and that have been built up by generations over time. What comes next, selling the club’s name?

When I was a young boy it was an important part of knowing the game to memorise the names of as many grounds as possible. Many people associate a particular club with a ground. These associations have been built over many years. People may never have been to a ground but they might ‘know’ it through it’s name and events that have taken place there. When I think of Edgar Street, for example, I think of parka-clad youths running across the pitch to celebrate Ronnie Radford’s screamer in Hereford’s famous 1972 FA Cup victory over Newcastle. Individual grounds contain many stories of

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Guest Writer their own kind. At a personal level, when I hear Rossett Park I think of running across the pitch there in the late 1970s to celebrate my local club winning the league title.

Ground names are not just about their own history they are also associated with a wider sense of societal history. When Chorley moved into their new ground in 1920 this was named Victory Park in commemoration of the end and outcome of the First World War. Many clubs moved into their grounds in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and these were named in a variety of ways. After an event, for example, as with Victory Park; sometimes names represented the role of the ground and the club at the centre of a community. Many grounds historically have been at the centre of a local community and named as such. The Welfare Ground or Park is or was the name of grounds at Emley, Bedlington Terriers, Armthorpe Welfare and Brandon United. Grounds were also named after the part of town the club was located in, as with Ashton United’s Hurst Cross. Other grounds were named after the street it was located in, such as Shildon’s Dean Street or New Mills’ Church Lane, Surrey Street (Glossop), Haig Avenue (Southport), and Booth Street (Congleton). Even clubs that moved into grounds in the years and decades after the Second World War christened them with names that sought to represent them rather than be parasitic on a name for the purposes of a sponsor. There is a simple pleasure and sometimes a romance evoked in the imagination thinking about ground names and what they represent. Bower Fold, The Shay, Shawe View, Ironworks Road, Moss Rose and Valerie Park. These grounds evoke something that a ground named after a travel agent or a new media company is never likely to. For those clubs that have changed the names of their grounds their replacements often act as a form of historical Tippex, layering a blank nothingness over the rich histories of these grounds. Some clubs appear to have been imaginative in forging a middle way, keeping their ground names but adding a sponsor as a pre-fix. This can be seen at Emley’s (now Fantastic) Welfare Ground. Others have done this but with a partner that, on the face of it, has a social purpose. This appears to be the case at Winsford United’s Barton Stadium (which now has St Luke’s Hospice as a pre-fix to its name). I find it difficult to see the benefits of changing a ground’s name beyond an immediate financial gain. This isn’t progress. Changing a ground’s name without a really compelling reason, beyond generating a few quid, is shameful. Renaming club grounds has the effects of weakening their history, their values and a club’s identity. In many ways this is linked to the development of many grounds which were a product of a town, it’s people and an industry that went alongside it. The death of industry has meant a weakening of some clubs’ sense of identity. Yet, we should not be complicit in this and with destructive attempts to accelerate this through changing the name of grounds. Resistance for ordinary fans is limited. But I would suggest the most useful thing that can be done is not to use these new names and to continue using a ground’s existing name; keeping it alive through refusing to recognise the new name. Ground names are changing so quickly that it may even be the case that some of those mentioned have changed or will do again soon. From the stability and certainty of names rooted in meaning to the fluidity and hollowing out of meaning and identity, following a trend in search of a few quid. The re-naming of grounds are not exercises in progress but in shaming. For future blogs follow me on Twitter @mhod71

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Match Statistics 201 Date Opponents Comp KO Result GK 2 3 4 5 Aug 06 Carlisle City NWCFL 3.00 4-3L Novak D.Brady Williams Rawsthorne Falconer Aug 13 Cheadle Town NWCFL 3.00 3-3D Novak Presho A.Whelan Falconer Rigby AUG 18 SANDBACH UNITED NWCFL 7.45 L2-4 Novak Greene Rigby Presho An Gillespie Aug 20 Litherland REMYCA NWCFL 3.00 W1-2 Novak Greene Rigby Webster Falconer Aug 27 Charnock Richard NWCFL 3.00 W1-3 Novak Greene Rigby Webster Falconer SEP 01 PRESTWICH HEYS NWCFL 7.45 2-2D Hodge Greene Rigby Webster Falconer Sep 03 Atherton LR NWCFL 3.00 4-2L Hodge Greene1 Rigby Falconer Webster Sep 06 City of Liverpool NWCFL 7.45 5-1L Hodge D.Brady Presho Falconer Webster SEP 10 CHADDERTON FAV 1QR 3.00 3-5L Taylor D.Brady Presho Webster Donohue SEP 15 WIDNES NWCFL 7.45 1-1D Taylor D.Brady Rigby Pegler Webster Sep 17 Daisy Hill NWCFL 3.00 2-2D Taylor D.Brady Rigby Ball Ogden SEP24 FC OSWESTRY TOWN NWCFL 3.00 2-1W Taylor Greene1 Rigby Donohue Falconer OCT 01 AFC DARWEN TMC 1R 3.00 4-2W Walsh Presho Rigby Pegler Donohue Oct 08 Alsager Town NWCFL 3.00 3-1L Walsh Presho Rigby Pegler Donohue Oct 11 AFC Blackpool NWCFL 7.45 1-3W Walsh Presho1 Carney Pegler Webster OCT 15 CARLISLE CITY NWCFL 3.00 3-4L Walsh Pegler Carney Webster1 A.Whelan Oct 18 FC Oswestry Town NWCFL 7.45 3-2L Walsh Tserpes Carney Webster A.Whelan1 OCT 22 Bacup Borough NWCFL 3.00 1-1D Novak Presho Rigby Donohue A.Whelan Oct 29 Eccleshall TMC 2R 3.00 3-5W Hodge Presho Rigby Webster A.Whelan1 NOV 05 Daisy Hill RFDC 2R 3.00 2-0W Walsh Presho Rigby Webster Donohue NOV 10 CHEADLE TOWN NWCFL 7.45 4-2W Walsh Presho Rigby Webster Donohue Nov12 Silsden NWCFL 3.00 1-4W A.Whelan Chojnicki Rigby Donohue Webster Nov 16 Litherland REMYCA LS Cup 7.45 4-2L Brinksman Presho Rigby Donohue1 Webster Nov 19 Eccleshall NWCFL 3.00 0-4W Walsh Presho1 Rigby Donohue Webster DEC 01 CITY OF LIVEPOOL NWCFL 7.45 0-3L Walsh Presho Rigby Donohue Webster Dec 03 Ashton Town NWCFL 3.00 0-2W Walsh Chojnicki Rigby Donohue Webster Dec 06 Bootle TMC 3R 7.45 5-1L Walsh Chojnicki Rigby Donohue Webster DEC 10 BACUP BOROUGH NWCFL 3.00 2-0W Fairchild Presho Rigby Donohue Webster Dec 17 Whitchurch Alport NWCFL 3.00 3-0L Fairchild Presho Rigby Webster Donohue DEC 26 LITHERLAND REMCYA NWCFL 3.00 2-4L Fairchild Muscart Presho Webster1 Donohue Dec 30 Prestwich Heys NWCFL 7.45 3-0L Fairchild Muscart Rigby Webster Donohue JAN 07 HOLKER OLD BOYS NWCFL 3.00 4-2W Fairchild Presho Rigby Webster Pegler JAN 14 ECCLESHALL NWCFL 3.00 1-0W Fairchild Presho Rigby Webster Pegler FEB 04 DAISY HILL NWCFL 3.00 4-2 Fairchild Presho Rigby1 Webster Donohue FEB 11 SILSDEN NWCFL 3.00 2-6L Fairchild Presho Rigby1 Webster Donohue FEB 16 AFC BLACKPOOL NWCFL 7.45 Feb 18 Sandbach United NWCFL 3.00 FEB 25 ASHTON TOWN NWCFL 3.00 Mar 04 Chadderton NWCFL 3.00 MAR 09 ALSAGER TOWN NWCFL 7.45 Mar 11 Holker Old Boys NWCFL 3.00 MAR 23 CHADDERTON NWCFL 7.45 MAR 25 STOCKPORT TOWN NWCFL 3.00 APR 01 ATHERTON LR NWCFL 7.45 Apr 08 Widnes NWCFL 3.00 APR 16 CITY OF LIVERPOOL NWCFL 3.00 Apr 22 Stockport Town NWCFL 3.00 APR 29 CHARNOCK RICHARD NWCFL 3.00

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6 Presho Sheen Pegler Presho Presho Presho Presho Ashton Davies Donohue Pegler Ball Carney Carney Tserpes Rigby Pegler Webster Carney A.Whelan A.Whelan Presho1 A.Whelan A.Whelan Al Gillespie Pegler Presho A.Whelan1 Davies Al Gillespie Al Gillespie A.Whelan A.Whelan Dodd A.Whelan

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7 8 hton Pegler1 ene1 Pegler helan Sheen1 een Pegler1 een Ashton een Ashton hton Sheen iams Sheen gler Sheen een Davies een Presho een1 Pegler eene Sheen eene Cliff eene Rigby eene Tserpes eene K-Butler1 utler1 Pegler ene1 Pegler eene Carney eene Carney eene Carney eene Carney eene Carney1 eene Carney eene Carney eene Al Gillespie eene Pegler gler Greene eene Threlkeld eene Presho ney1 Greene eene Carney eene Carney -Butler Dodd

Name1

Player name and number of goals scored

Name

Player name and CAUTION

Name

Player name and DISMISSAL FOR 2 CAUTIONS

Name

Player name and DISMISSAL

Name10

Player name and number of replaced player

9 Andy Gillespie1 Andy Gillespie1 Williams Andy Gillespie1 C.Lomax C.Lomax1 G.Lomax1 Andy Gillespie Andy Gillespie2 Andy Gillespie Andy Gillespie2 Andy Gillespie Andy Gillespie2 Andy Gillespie Andy Gillespie1 Andy Gllespie1 Andy Gillespie Andy Gillespie McDonald1 Andy Gillespie1 Andy Gillespie1 Andy Gillespie2 Andy Gillespie1 Andy Gillespie1 Andy Gillespie Korie-Butler1 Andy Gillespie1 Andy Gillespie1 Korie-Butler Korie-Butler Andy Gillespie Andy Gillespie1 Andy Gillespie Korie-Butler1 Andy Gillespie1

10 C.Lomax G.Lomax1 G.Lomax1 G.Lomax G.Lomax1 G.Lomax C.Lomax Pegler Greene Presho Greene S.Brady McDonald2 McDonald1 McDonald McDonald McDonald Edwards K-Butler2 K-Butler1 K-Butler1 K-Butler1 Korie-Butler Korie-Butler Korie-Butler Threlkeld Threlkled Korie-Butler Threlkeld Twist Pegler Korie-Butler Korie-Butler Pegler Pegler

11 G.Lomax1 C.Lomax C.Lomax Williams Williams2 Williams1 Williams Rigby Rigby Williams1 Williams Presho Edwards Edwards Edwards1 Edwards1 Edwards Carney Edwards Edwards Edwards2 Edwards Edwards Edwards1 Edwards Edwards1 Edwards Edwards Muscart Edwards1 Edwards Edwards2 Edwards1 Edwards1 Edwards

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12 14 15 Greene10 Alex Gillespie6 Threlkeld3 Williams10 C.Banasko Al Gillespie Threlkeld11 Alex Gillespie Tingay Threlkeld10 Alex Gillespie D.Whelan Davidson Mavers9 S.Brady Ball Mavers D.Brady D.Brady6 An Gillespie11 Pegler7 7 Greene C.Lomax G.Lomax61 Ball Williams71 Rowe5 10 2 Greene Rowe S.Brady11 Al Gillespie Bradley11 S.Brady4 10 Hoult Alex Gillespie Williams D.Brady S.Brady Rawsthorne Tserpes8 Ball5 Falconer Cliff8 Ball2 K-Butler11 Ball7 Ashton K-Butler10 Presho2 Rigby7 Donohue3 Cliff8 Alex Gillespie Cliff8 Donohue Threlkeld11 11 9 Cliff McDonald Threlkeld7 Chojnicki Ball7 Pegler Threlkeld2 Ball3 Al Gillespie9 Al Gillespie8 D.Whelan2 Pegler McDonald Chojnicki2 Threlkeld9 Chojnicki2 Pegler D.Brady A Gillespie9 Woods11 Al Gillespie6 Pegler6 Davies8 Twist 2 Chojnicki Al Gillespie10 Hoult Hoult10 Worthington11 Cullen7 7 A Gillespie Heron Worthington2 Threlkeld6 D.Whelan2 Worthington Muscart10 Alex Gillespie6 Donohue6 Muscart Ale Gillespie10 D.Whelan8 Preston Alex Gillespie6 D.Whelan7 S.Brady7 Alex Gillespie D.Whelan5

16 17 D.Whelan D.Whelan2 Threlkeld11 C.Banasko2 Tingay11 Ball2 Hodge1 S.Brady Al Gillespie Ball Dutton Ball4 Donohue Rawsthorne10 Hodge Mavers Novak Jones Ball Jones Al Gillespie Jones A.Whelan Novak Donohue Cliff6

An Gillespie9 Ball Alex Gillespie D.Whelan Chojnicki Al Gillespie Twist8 Worthington Worthington11 Threlkeld11 Heron Hoult11 Hoult10 Hennigan Hennigan? Hennigan Dunleavy8

Walsh Ball Chojnicki Threlkeld10

D.Brady D.Brady7 Threlkeld10 Hoult Hoult Worthington

Walsh Preston S.Brady111 Carney

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On this day!

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Kiera’s Occasions sponsored League Man of the Match Awards Season 2016-17 August Sat 6 Sat 13 Thu 18 Sat 20 Sat 27

Carlisle City Cheadle Town Sandbach United Litheland REMYCA Charnock Richard

A A H A A

George Lomax Danny Greene George Lomax Danny Greene Andrew Presho

September Thu 1 Prestwich Heys Sat 3 Atherton LR Tue 6 City of Liverpool Thu 15 Widnes Sat 17 Daisy Hill Sat 24 Oswestry Town

H A A H A H

Chris Lomax George Lomax Andy Webster Phil Williams Andy Gillespie Danny Greene

October Sat 8 Tue 11 Sat 15 Tue 18 Sat 22

A A H A A

Stuart McDonald Andy Webster Luke Edwards Andy Gillespie Dale Korie-Butler

Alsager Town AFC Blackpool Carlisle City Oswestry Town Bacup Borough

November Sat 10 Cheadle Town Sat 12 Silsden Sat 19 Eccleshall

H Luke Edwards A Andy Gillespie A Paul Carney

December Sat 3 Ashton Town Sat 10 Bacup Borough Sat 17 Whichurch Alport Mon 26 Litherland REMYCA Fri 30 Prestwich Heys

A H A H A

January Sat 7 Holker Old Boys Sat 14 Eccleshall

H Paul Carney H Andy Gillespie

February Sat 4 Daisy Hill Sat 11 Silsden

H Danny Greene H Andy Gillespie

Adam Donohue Andy Gillespie Adam Fairchild Dale Korie-Butler Danny Greene

Ant Whelan in action v Silsden (Hallmark Security League) on Saturday 11th February 2017

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The St Helens Town 2017 Calendar Raising Funds for Melissa’s Smile Fund

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A Brief History The original St. Helens Town club was formed in 1901 and played at Park Road, behind the Primrose Vaults public house. Although it was known as the Primrose Ground, the players changed further down Park Road at the Black Horse pub. Playing in the Lancashire League and Lancashire Combination, the team enjoyed some early success, but struggled after the Great War and appears to have folded midway through the 1928/29 season. The club was re-formed by George Fryer and a group of local businessmen in 1946. They took out a lease of the former cricket ground at Hoghton Road, Sutton, adjacent to the St. Helens Junction railway station and, although it entered in the FA Cup in the 1946/47 season, a team could not be raised in time to fulfil its tie with Prescot Cables. Friendly games were played, then local team Derbyshire Hill Rovers were taken over in April 1947, those players forming the nucleus of the team which entered the Liverpool County Combination at the start of the 1947/48 season. St. Helens Town soon began to prosper and early results included a sensational 10-4 win over Everton “A” on 6th December 1947. Former German prisoner-of-war Bert Trautmann joined the club in the Summer of 1948, the strapping goalkeeper helping the team to win its first trophy, the George Mahon Cup, which was secured with a 2-1 win over Runcorn at Prescot on 7th May 1949. Crowds averaged Tommy O’Neil over 2000 that season, peaking with a league record Wembley,1987 attendance of 3012 against Burscough in October 1948. The following season, 1949/50, Town entered the Lancashire Combination and, despite losing Trautmann to Manchester City in October 1949, they won the Second Division title in some style the following season, three players, Albert Leadbetter (36), Harry McCann (32) and Terry Garner (31) all netting over 30 goals apiece. An alltime club record attendance of “between 8000 and 9000” witnessed a friendly game against Manchester City, arranged as part of the Trautmann transfer deal, in April 1950 and another 4000 witnessed a second match with City the following season. Although relegated by a slender margin from the First Division in 1951/52, the club continued to look forward, even contemplating Football League status and, in order to further its ambitions, moved to the former St. Helens Recs. rugby league ground at City Road. Initial crowds were encouraging but, despite success, the club decided to move back to Hoghton Road in October 1953, where they remained until April 2000. Town produced a number of fine players who joined Football League clubs, including Bill Foulkes (Manchester United), John Quinn (Sheffield Wednesday) and John Connelly who joined Burnley, later transferring to Manchester United and who played in the England 1966 World Cup winning squad. More recently, Dave Bamber scored goals in all four divisions of the league with a host of different clubs, starting and ending his league career at Blackpool and in the last few years, Karl Ledsham, who had a productive career at conference level with Southport, Lincoln City, Barrow and Stockport County before moving to the USA. Following a second relegation in 1956, St. Helens Town continued to play in the Lancashire Combination, winning the Championship in 1971/72, by nine points ahead of Accrington Stanley. However, the formation of the Northern Premier League in 1968 led to a gradual drain of stronger clubs from the Combination and St. Helens joined the Cheshire League in 1975, becoming founder members of the North West Counties League seven years later. They held the proud record of being the only club to play in the NW Counties’ top flight every season until they were relegated in April

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St Helens Town 1948 2015, conceding an injury-time equaliser to Silsden in the last game of the season, a match they had to win to stay up. Town enjoyed a golden era in the late 1980s, just missing out on an appearance in the First Round proper of the FA Cup in 1985/86, losing to Morecambe in a Fourth Qualifying Round Replay, but they obtained ample compensation by winning the FA Vase at Wembley in 1987, beating near neighbours Warrington Town 3-2, with two goals from Phil Layhe and one from Brian Rigby. They were regular promotion candidates for many years, largely due to the scoring exploits of Steve “Pellet” Pennington, who grabbed 216 goals in 351 games, his season’s best hauls of 45 in 1993/94 and 46 in 1997/98 just failing to beat the club record of 47 scored by Phil Stainton in 1963/64. The 2015/16 season saw St. Helens Town in the First Division of the North West Counties League and despite some inconsistent mid-season form, they finished the season with an outside chance of making the promotion play-off places, only to fall short in the final match, losing at home to eventual champions Hanley Town in a game they needed to win thereby missing out for the first time on a place in this season’s FA Cup competition. Nevertheless, team captain Andy Gillespie landed the First Division Golden Boot Trophy with 29 league goals, 34 in all matches. At the start of the 2016/17 season, Town are looking to return to the borough and the new ground at Ruskin Drive will at last be ready in early October. In the meantime, early -season games will be played at Prescot Cables and with nearly all of last season’s squad staying on, boosted by new signings in key areas, they will be hoping to be among the front-runners for promotion in the club’s 70th year since their reformation, coincidentally, the 30 th year since their FA Vase success. The nomadic years since the loss of their Hoghton Road base in 2000 are now behind them, the return to their traditional blue and white colours herald a new beginning and the future once again looks bright.

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Club Honours: 1949 George Mahon Trophy Winners 1951 Lancs Comb Division 2 Champions 1972 Lancs Combination Champions 1973 Bass Charrington Cup Winners 1974 Watson Trophy Winners 1978 St Helens Hospital Cup Winners 1979 St Helens Comb Div 1 Runners Up 1979 St Helens Hospital Cup Runners Up 1980 St Helens Comb Div 1 Champions 1985 NWCFL Reserve Div 2 Runners Up 1986 NWCFL Reserve Div 1 Runners Up 1987 FA Vase Winners (Wembley) 1994 League Challenge Cup Finalists 1994 NWCFL Reserve Division Runners Up 1995 NWCFL Reserve Division Champions 1996 NWCFL Reserve Division Runners Up 1998 Floodlit Trophy Finalists 1999 REALCO Fair Play Award Winners 2009 Bert Trautmann Trophy Winners 2014-15 South Lancs League U17s Cup Finalists 2014-15 Cheshire FA U21 League Champions Record Appearances: Alan Wellens (448) Record Goal Scorer: Steve Pennington (216) Record Attendances: 3012 at Hoghton Road v Burscough (1948) 8000 at Hoghton Road v Man City (1950) 1723 at Knowsley Rd v FC Utd Manchester (2006) 9000 at Prescot Cables v Runcorn (1949)

Programme Awards 1993-94 NWCFL Programme of the Year 1995-96 NWCFL Programme of the Year 1997-98 NWCFL Programme of the Year 1998-99 NWCFL Programme of the Year 1999-00 NWCFL Programme of the Year 2000-01 NWCFL Programme of the Year 2009-10 NWCFL Premier Division 2010-11 NWCFL Premier Division 2011-12 NWCFL Premier Division 2012-13 NWCFL Premier Division 2013-14 NWCFL Premier Division 2014-15 NWCFL Premier Division 2015-16 NWCFL First Division Wirral Programme Club National Survey 1996-97 NWCFL Programme of the Year 1997-98 NWCFL Programme of the Year 1998-99 NWCFL Programme of the Year

Programme Monthly 2007-08 NWCFL Programme of the Year Soccer Club Swap Shop National Awards 2010-11 Placed 28th 2011-12 Placed 8th 2012-13 Placed 7th 2013-14 Placed 8th 2014-15 Placed 5th 2015-16 Placed 8th NWCFL 2015-16 Awards Player of the Month Oct Andy Gillespie ‘Keeper of the Month Nov Matthew Hodge January 2016 Team of the Month ‘Keeper of the Month Jan Matthew Hodge

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League Round Up Despite the chilly and wintry conditions, just four games fell foul of the weather in another fascinating weekend of action. In the First Division, Litherland REMYCA kept up the pace at the top of the table with a 5-3 win at AFC Blackpool. Remy were rarely in trouble after building a three goal lead in the opening 25 minutes, with Lennon Whewell scoring once in each half for the visitors. City of Liverpool are five points behind Remy in second place, although they had to work hard for a 1-0 win Atherton LR that was decided by a Thomas Roberts penalty in the 57th minute. Sandbach United moved up into fourth place with a 3-1 home win over fellow promotion rivals Charnock Richard, who now occupy the final play off place. Jamie Morgan ensured they hit the ground running with a goal in the opening minute, and Boris Mellingui and Dereece Gardner struck twice in the space of five second half minutes to secure the points. Widnes moved to within a point of the play off places with a 2-0 win over Bacup Borough, in a game that was played at Barnton's Hinchcliffe Homes Stadium. Chris Lomax scored in the first half and George Lomax likewise in the second to continue an amazing run of form for Joey Dunn's men, whose only defeat in their last 16 games was in a Liverpool Senior Cup tie against Southport. Another side enjoying a fine run of form are Stockport Town, who beat bottom of the table Ashton Town 7-0 at the Stockport Sports Village, with Ben Halfacre scoring a hat trick. Ashton Town's home ground at Edge Green Street also hosted a game with plenty of goals, and Silsden recorded the biggest away win of the day by beating St Helens Town 6-2. Town's move from their normal home venue at Prescot Cables started well when Andy Gillespie opened the scoring for them in the first minute, but by the hour mark the Cobbydalers were 4-1 up, and wrapped up a convincing win with two late goals. Prestwich Heys have yet to play a home game in 2017, but they recorded their second successive away win when they beat Holker Old Boys 3-1. Lee O`Brian and Shaun Johnson struck just before the break and Christopher Baguley wrapped up the points with a third goal seven minutes from time. Goals from Rhys Webb and Justin Pickering in the opening 12 minutes set Cheadle Town on the way to a 2-1 win at home to Carlisle City, and Daisy Hill beat Eccleshall by the same score at New Sirs, Callum Darcy and Hensley Mills on target for Craig Thomas's side.

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Match Report v SILSDEN TAKE THEIR REVENGE ON OUT-OF-SORTS TOWN St. Helens Town 2, Silsden 6 by Glyn Jones Saturday’s game at Edge Green Street, Ashton, began so well, captain Andy Gillespie latching on to a fine Ste Rigby touchline cross to put St. Helens Town 1-0 up inside the first minute, that the home side looked certain to complete a league double over their West Yorkshire visitors, but Silsden surged back and within little more than 20 minutes, they had taken control of this fixture and held a fully-deserved 3-1 lead. Such is the competitiveness of this season’s Hallmark Securities First Division that the outcome of no game can be taken for granted. When the teams met at Silsden in November, Town turned in one of their best performances of the season and came back over the Pennines with a 4-1 win. This time around, the Cobbydalers will be equally pleased to have travelled back in the opposite direction with an equally impressive 6-2 victory. Gillespie could have doubled Town’s lead inside five minutes as he broke clear but his well struck effort was superbly save by the visiting ‘keeper Callum Jacovlevs and the resultant corner was cleared up field.

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Silsden AFC Having recovered from the early shock of conceding Gillespie’s opener, his 21st of the season, Silsden quickly took a grip down the left side of the field through the superb William Storrie. His first meaningful touch drew a fine save from Adam Fairchild but the Town goalie had no chance with Storrie’s second effort on twelve minutes when the Silsden number 7 fired home from a tight angle and deflection off Ant Whelan to level the scores.

The Yorkshire visitors stepped up a gear and eight minutes later, snatched the lead, this time Chris Wademan setting up Storrie for his second after 20 minutes and, two minutes later, in a reversal of roles, Storrie laid on the final pass for Wademan to score Silsden’s third. Town looked shell-shocked for a while, but tried their best to recover their composure. For the remainder of the first-half, they set about trying to regain a foothold in the game and, although opportunities presented themselves, the ball just would not run their way. A goalbound header might have trickled in at the left post, but Eddie Pegler tried to make sure of a goal and blasted high over the bar and two good chances were blocked by Silsden boots just when it appeared the visitors’ net looked ready to bulge. Two penalty appeals from the Town players as first Gillespie looked to have been brought down as he scrambled a shot on goal and the referee missed a clear hand-ball from Luke Edwards’ corner kick. Half-time came with Silsden two goals to the good, 3-1 in front. The second period opened with Town in the ascendency and it was quite clear that the next goal would probably be decisive. It came on 58 minutes, against the run of play, Town on the attack, a loose ball seized upon by Silsden and wingman Kyle Hancock rounded the defenceless Fairchild and buried the ball into the St. Helens net.

Rigby managed to pull a goal back for Town five minutes later, a fine effort into the top corner, to make the score 2-4, but St. Helens had left themselves the proverbial mountain to climb and Silsden were dominating midfield. It was just one of those days for the home side. Try as hard as they might, little would go right, Town met their match for once and as a frustrating afternoon drew to its inevitable close, substitutes Aaron Davis (85th minute) and Ben Cox (90th) rubbed salt into their wounds with spectacular finishes, to add lustre to Silsden’s deserved victory.

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Match Report v Town Back In The Groove With Win By Kieran Ford St Helens’ 1st game in 3 weeks ends with 4-2 victory over Daisy Hill After their last match at Ashton Town’s Edge Green Street, St Helens Town returned to Volair Park to take on a Daisy Hill side that sat comfortably away from the relegation places, but seemed doomed to a mid-table finish. Town are also in a mid-table position, however have a more realistic chance of finishing in the top 6 but found themselves 13 points off Sandbach United who occupied the final playoff spot. Town were on the back of 2 successive victories as they looked to replicate their fine end of season form from last season. The Blues now have a consistent starting eleven, and with plenty of squad depth they can also afford to make any minor changes if this is necessary. This was evidenced with the inclusion of physical central midfielder Liam Dodd who was back for his 2nd spell at the club after making 6 appearances in the 2013/14 campaign, he replaced Ant Whelan in partnering Paul Carney in the midfield 2. The other change for Town was the return of Adam Donohue into the back 4, replacing the absent Andy Gillespie as St Helens went back to a familiar 4-3-3 formation.

Town’s in-form man Danny Greene started the match in the same vein as he has recently, as a good turn of pace by Town’s right winger allowed a cross for striker Dale Korie-Butler, he laid the ball off to Andy Presho but his shot was well wide. Town started the match the better of the two sides, as Dodd fit straight into the midfielder with his tall frame allowing for Town to win the midfield battle early on. Town also looked good in the air, as Ed Pegler won a header from a deep Danny Greene free-kick, but this was comfortably saved by Daisy Hill keeper Steven Dryden. Greene continued his influence the game as he collected an Ed Pegler flick on from

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Daisy Hill a Luke Edwards ball that exposed the away sides’ defence, however, his half volley went well wide.

Town’s inability to take their chances has come close to costing them in the past, especially evident in the recent 1-0 victory over Eccleshall, but they seemed to pay the ultimate price for this on 27 minutes. A through ball managed to beat the Blues’ defence, as Ashley Stott managed to square for Hensley Mills who tapped the ball in to put the hosts a goal behind against the run of play. This seemed to spring Town into life, as merely two minutes later Greene claimed an assist as his floated cross found stand-in captain Ste Rigby who’s darting run was met with a diving header that was two powerful for the goalkeeper as Town got a deserved equaliser. Minutes before half time, Town found their way into the lead, a ploy from Andy Presho from a free kick distracted the Daisy Hill wall, this allowed Luke Edwards to bend the free kick to the far post, as Town went into the interval a goal to the good. HT: St Helens Town (Rigby, 29) (Edwards, 42) 2 – 1 Daisy Hill (Mils, 27) The half time team talk in the Daisy Hill dressing room must have worked as the away team looked the more dangerous of the two sides after the break. First Mills looked to add to his tally but his free header went over the bar before he had another attempt to add his 2nd goal. A deep cross found Mills who beat Adam Donohue to the ball but Andy Presho was on hand to clear the effort of the line. Daisy Hill eventually equalised, but this was in controversial circumstances. They won a penalty after it was judged that Andy Webster was holding back a Daisy Hill player in the area, although it looked like a very close decision between a free-kick and penalty from the stand. Alas, November’s 1st Division Player of the Month Ashley Stott dispatched the spot kick to bring the game level again.

After chances from either team, Town managed to retake the lead, as Dale Korie-Butler picked the ball up on the edge of the area. Seeing as there was no one in the middle for him to cross to he made some space and fired a terrific effort into the far corner. Town made sure of the victory in added time as Korie-Butler was played through on goal, but unselfishly laid the ball off to substitute Shaun Brady who supplied a smart finish to round off a 3rd straight win. FT: St Helens Town (Rigby, 29) (Edwards, 42) (Korie-Butler, 69) (Brady, 90+3) 4 – 2 Daisy Hill (Mills, 27) (Stott, 58)

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Match Action

Town v Daisy Hill (Hallmark Security League) on Sat 4th February 2017

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Manager’s Notes Hi everyone and welcome to Volair Park for this evening’s rearranged game against AFC Blackpool. Our visitors have had mixed fortune over last few months but have recorded some great wins against high flying teams such as Charnock Richard and Sandbach so I'm sure we can expect another tough game. In the reverse fixture earlier in the season we ran out 1-3 winners with our three goals from Luke Edwards, Andy Gillespie and Andy Presho coming in the space of five minutes just before half time.

We certainly need to put last Saturday’s result against Silsden behind us very quickly. The game started well enough with a 1st minute goal from Andy Gillespie but we then failed to capitalise on a number of other chances to go further ahead. Silsden to their credit then took full advantage of some poor defending to go 1-4 up eventually running out 6-2 winners. No excuses, we were very sluggish on the day but while the score line suggests a very one sided game it was far from that. The defeat came after a run of three straight wins so it was very hard to take especially the way we conceded the goals. Hopefully the Hudl video analysis software that was being trialled on the day will provide some answers! The loss of Danny Greene to Irlam is a major disappointment but it is something we have learned to live with as players seek to improve themselves at higher placed clubs. Danny has been one of our outstanding players this season and we all wish him all the best for the future.

On the plus side we have finalised the signatures of two new recruits of two attacking players George Ukaegbu and Anthony Dunleavy both signing in from Welsh Alliance clubs hence the protracted signature process. Enjoy the game . . . Alan

Kiera’s Occasions Man of the Match awards for club captain Andy Gillespie (v Bacup Borough and Eccleshall)

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League News Bucks goals keep flowing We have referred several times on these pages this season to Bootle's goalscoring power, but their recent exploits are worthy of mention once again. The 6-1 win over Padiham on Saturday was the latest goal fest in what has been a season of enjoyably monotonous net-bulging regularity for anyone following the Bucks. What's more, they are far from relying on just one player to deliver the goods - the 22 goals they have scored in their last three games have been shared among nine different players. They are now averaging over 3.5 goals a game in the league, and in total have scored 138 goals in 40 league and cup games this season. No matter what way you look at it, the Bucks are a goal machine that keeps on producing. Tom on form One man whose shooting boots are working well at the moment is Tom Bailey of 1874 Northwich, who kept up his impressive recent run of goalscoring form with another two in the Greens' 4-1 win over Squires Gate on Saturday. Tom has now scored ten times in the last seven games, in a run which has seen the team record five wins and a draw to propel them into second place in the Premier Division table. With some big games coming up, the Greens will be hoping there's plenty more to come from their top striker. Cobbydalers' goalscoring show on the road One team who have delivered plenty of entertainment on their travels this season are Silsden, who added a 6-2 win over St Helens Town on Saturday to an already bulging portfolio of goal ridden games on the road this season. In addition to Saturday's result, the Cobbydalers have drawn 6-6 at FC Oswestry Town, won 8-2 at New Mills, won 6-0 at AFC Blackpool and lost 5-4 at Daisy Hill, and with ten away games still to play, future hosts can prepare for the prospect of plenty more fun to come when the Yorkshiremen come to town. Remy continue to roll Their form this season has meant they have been a regular feature on these pages in recent months, but no apologies for mentioning once again that Litherland REMYCA are in a seriously menacing mood at the moment. Eight successive wins - only once scoring less than three goals - and nine wins and two draws in their last 11 games is a run that that no one can ignore, and it's moved them from the play off places to the top of Division One with a five point lead. With 12 games to go, Phil Stafford's men are within touching distance of Premier Division football next season. Mean defence the key for Sandbach A team on a good run of form are Sandbach United, whose 3-1 win over fellow promotion contenders Charnock Richard moved them up into fourth place in Division One. Having been around the play off places since the early stages of the season, Andy Hockenhull's men have now recorded eight wins in the last ten games, and it's a success that has been based on a mean defence as they have only once conceded more than one goal in a game since mid-November. United have clearly adjusted well to life in the league, and will surely be in the shake up for a play-off place as we approach the business end of the season.

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League News Eccleshall manager Jamie Cullerton believes that with a bit of luck and a more settled squad available for their remaining games, they have what it takes to avoid finishing in one of the Division One relegation places. Jamie took over the managerial reins at Pershall Park in November with the Eagles deep in the relegation zone, and they are currently eight points adrift from safety. “For most of the games I've been in charge, there have been positives to take from them”, said Jamie. “But every now and again we have a blip and seem to be back where we were before. It’s now about us putting back to back results together. Even if it was two draws, it would make a massive difference to us, just to give us something to build on”. Having moved to the club from a coaching role at Evo-Stik League side Leek Town, Jamie was under no illusions about the task facing him when he took over, but he says that the challenge was one he couldn’t resist. “The opportunity came up and when I first spoke to Eccleshall, I was impressed with the people at the club and the facilities, and the warm reception that I got”, he said. “I was also impressed at how positive they were, despite the position they were in. I'd been assistant manager and coach, and I just thought it was time I had to have a go on my own as a manager”. Although Jamie has past experience of the NWCFL as a player and coach, he admits that after a few years away he feels the league is stronger than before, which in turn has made him focus closely on player recruitment. “I knew the league from the past but I think it has improved. It's a good league and while I had a bit of knowledge of it, I am gaining more as the weeks go on. The new teams that have come in have definitely improved the standard, and the teams that were already in there have had to get better, in terms of the quality of the players they have. At the time I took over, the league table didn't lie. The team was struggling, they had just been beaten 4-0 at home by AFC Blackpool, and I'd seen games before when I had thought that the squad wasn't good enough. So I tried to get some more commitment from players, and also bring in players with some North West Counties experience. “It was a case of getting in touch with old contacts in this league, players I have come across in the past, going back to Leek Town and finding players who had been at that level. Just a case of getting the black book out and have a good look round. There’s now only a couple of players here from when I took over, and I feel we are not far away from having a squad I’m happy with. The main problem has been that a number of the players I have brought in haven't been playing regular football and are not match fit, so that is an added complication, as it's taking three or four games to get them fit. “I always feel that I am getting to close to a settled squad and then something happens, someone is unavailable or we get an injury or something else, but we are not far away now. We'll maybe look at adding a couple more in and then stick with what we have got, rather than keep chopping and changing, just to get some stability for the rest of the season. I’ve also brought in Wayne Johnson, who was recently at Hanley Town (as assistant manager). Wayne is someone I've known for 30 years, and as soon as I saw he had left Hanley Town I was straight on to him. He can offer something in terms of his playing ability on the field with his experience, but also he can offer something from the managerial side as well”. So, with 13 games left to play, Jamie is now looking to build on the positive aspects of his team’s performance at Daisy Hill last weekend, where they narrowly lost 2-1.

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League Tables First Division Table as at Wednesday 15/02/2017

Player Sponsors 2016-17

First Division

P

W D

L

F

A GD Pts

1

Litherland REMYCA

31 20 6

5

86 50 36 66

2

City of Liverpool FC

30 19 4

7

86 37 49 61

3

Whitchurch Alport

30 19 4

7

67 35 32 61

4

Charnock Richard

27 18 3

6

75 38 37 57

5

Sandbach United

28 18 3

7

59 34 25 57

6

Alsager Town

27 17 4

6

71 34 37 55

7

Widnes

27 16 5

6

72 43 29 53

8

Prestwich Heys

26 15 2

9

65 36 29 47

9

Stockport Town

30 12 7

11 72 71

31 12 6

13 67 70 -3 42

1

43

10

Cheadle Town

11

St Helens Town

12

FC Oswestry Town

30 12 5

13 51 63 -12 41

13

Chadderton

25 11 6

8

60 51

9

39

14

Silsden

27 12 1

14 63 59

4

37

15

Carlisle City

28 11 3

14 51 63 -12 36

16

Holker Old Boys

27 10 4

13 46 57 -11 34

17

Daisy Hill

27 10 4

13 57 70 -13 34

18

Bacup Borough

28 6

5

17 29 57 -28 23

19

Atherton LR

30 6

3

21 30 68 -38 21

20

AFC Blackpool

30 5

6 19 36 81 -45 21

21

Eccleshall

29 3

4

22 39 98 -59 13

22

Ashton Town

26 1

2

23 25 91 -66 5

28 12 5 11 62 63 -1 41

Anthony Whelan Focus Windows & Doors Limited Luke Edwards Airborne Bathroom Services Andy Gillespie Arcoframe

Danny Greene Danny’s Window Cleaning Eddie Pegler Kiera’s Occasions Andrew Presho Total Building Care Eddie Pegler Gibney’s Jewellers Adam Fairchild Howdens, Leigh Wade Muscart Kreative Kirsty Ste Rigby Kealshore Ltd Paul Carney Property Link Liverpool Dale Korie-Butler Live Wire Electrical Alex Gillespie Walton Carpets Dom Whelan Walton Carpets Dale Korie-Butler Beer EnGin, Whiston Adam Donohue MLR Heating Supplies Andy Webster Johnsons Toyota Liverpool

We are still looking for a number of additional Player sponsors. Contact John McKiernan on 07713 339 682 for further details

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League Tables Premier Division Table as at Wednesday 15/02/2017 Premier Division

P

W D

L

F

A GD Pts

1

Bootle

30 22 1

7 104 40 64 67

2

Atherton Collieries

28 21 4

3

75 28 47 67

3

1874 Northwich

29 20 5

4

60 31 29 65

4

Runcorn Town

28 20 3

5

81 32 49 63

5

Runcorn Linnets

31 18 8

5

74 37 37 62

6

Padiham

27 14 3

10 58 49

9

45

7

AFC Liverpool *

30 14 5

11 60 53

7

44

Hanley Town

30 11 8

11 61 53

8

41

West Dids & Chorlton 30 12 5

13 70 67

3

41

8 9 10

Winsford United

27 12 5

10 52 53 -1 41

11

Abbey Hey

28 13 2

13 50 51 -1 41

12

Ashton Athletic

29 11 7

11 62 53

9

40

13

Maine Road

29 10 8

11 55 53

2

38

14

Congleton Town

30 10 7

13 55 62 -7 37

15

Irlam

28

9

9

10 38 51 -13 36

16

Squires Gate

31

9

6

16 61 77 -16 33

17

Barnton

31 10 3

18 41 78 -37 33

18

Barnoldswick Town

25

8

5

12 40 39

19

AFC Darwen

28

6

8

14 30 74 -44 26

20

Nelson *

27

3

8

16 37 61 -24 16

21

New Mills

29

3

7

19 43 75 -32 16

22

Cammell Laird 1907

31

0

7

24 23 113 -90 7

1

29

Thursday 16th February 2017 First Division St Helens Town v AFC Blackpool Friday 17th February 2017 Premier Division Abbey Hey v West Didsbury & Chorlton Saturday 18th February 2017 Premier Division AFC Liverpool v Winsford United Ashton Athletic v Runcorn Linnets Atherton Collieries v 1874 Northwich Barnton v Squires Gate Cammell Laird 1907 v Padiham Congleton Town v Barnoldswick Town Maine Road v Irlam Nelson v Runcorn Town First Division AFC Blackpool v Ashton Town Bacup Borough v Alsager Town Chadderton v Carlisle City City of Liverpool FC v Silsden Eccleshall v Cheadle Town FC Oswestry Town v Holker Old Boys Prestwich Heys v Daisy Hill Sandbach United v St Helens Town Stockport Town v Charnock Richard Whitchurch Alport v Atherton LR Widnes v Litherland REMYCA Tuesday 21st February 2017 Lancashire Challenge Trophy Semi Finals Ashton Athletic v Chorley Cumberland Senior Cup Quarter Finals Carlisle City v Netherhall First Division Prestwich Heys v Holker Old Boys Friday 24th February 2017 First Division Silsden v Chadderton

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St Helens Town v AFC Blackpool 2016-17