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Talk of the Town Good afternoon and welcome to the ArcOframe Stadium for this Hallmark League, First Division North contest against Daisy Hill. 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. It has been just over a week since we were last here taking on AFC Liverpool it is fair to say that it was another contest well worth the £5 admission fee as we saw four goals in the first quarter of the contest! The visitors opened the scoring on 12 minutes and Sean Richards levelled matters less than two minutes later before a quick fire double from James McGrane saw Liverpool go into the break two goals up. The second half was comfortable for the visitors until the closing stages, Andy Presho pulled what looked like a consolation back for Town on 89 minutes before Neil Weaver scored a worldie in added on time to gain a share of the spoils for Town. Attention then turned from league action to the First Division Cup tie at League newcomers Cheadle Heath Nomads and we had an excellent start dominating the first half an hour of the contest and racing into a two goal lead as full backs Jesse Robinson and Andy Presho both netted. The hosts pulled a goal back before the break a goal that started with the keeper and worked the full length of the right flank before being fired home to take the gloss off a good first half performance. The second period was to be very different as several individual errors combined to see Town ship four second half goals and exit

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the competition at the first hurdle. We completed the week with a trip to Prestwich Heys on Tuesday evening and it was another game with a two goal advantage spurned this time it was the hosts who were to score a quick brace with Chris Baguley breaking the deadlock on 57 minutes when a good move saw him ghost in at the back post and fire home. Five minutes later there was contention as a corner was thundered off the crossbar and appeared to go out of play before dropping for Jacob Holt to head home from point blank range. Town bounced back well and Ant Whelan missed a golden chance to halve the deficit before substitute Lewis Cain scored with his first touch as he collected a poor ball from the home stopper and returned it with interest lobbing the ball over the keeper from the angle of the left hand edge of the box. The scores were level on 86 minutes when Dominic Whelan headed home a setpiece and the visitors thought they had won the game when Liam Diggle beat the keeper to a cross and headed home only for the goal to be chalked off for a rather generous “foul” on the home stopper. The spirit and battling spirit that was shown to come back from 2-0 down against a good Prestwich outfit who looked pretty comfortable when they went two up was encouraging for the forthcoming matches. Attentions turn to this afternoon and our visitors Daisy Hill have had a difficult start to the season and come into the contest at the foot of the table. The visitors took a trip to AFC Darwen for their scheduled league contest on Wednesday evening but the game was abandoned after their keeper Ashley Hall sustained a suspected broken leg and we send our best wishes to the shot stopper for a speedy recovery. Lee, Nick and the lads will be looking to build on the excellent finish to the contest on Tuesday if they are to get a positive result from this afternoon’s contest. Let’s get behind Town this afternoon and hopefully cheer them on to victory. Enjoy the game . . . Jeff Voller


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Club Information Honorary Life President: Alan Wellens Vice Presidents: Jim Barrett, Steve Ball and David Watkins Chairman: Glyn Jones Hon. Secretary/Treasurer: Jeff Voller (07843 692695) Hospitality: Margaret Wood and Paul Wood Other Committee: Andy Langley, John McKiernan Kieran Ford, Ray Burns, David O’Keefe 1st Team Manager: Lee Jenkinson 1st Team Assistant Manager Nick Robinson 1st Team Physiotherapist Phil Fisher

Reserve Team Manager: David Platt U21s Team Managers: Jay Campbell and Joe McCann U18s Team Manager: Graham Arkle U18s Team Assistant Manager: Ste Burrows Sunday Team Manager: David Platt Snr / Jeff Voller

Main Club Sponsor: Johnsons Toyota Liverpool Legal: St Helens Town Limited Private Limited Company Company No. 04392840 Date of Incorporation 12.03.2002

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

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Jenko’s Notes Good afternoon and welcome to Ruskin Drive for today's clash with Daisy Hill. May I welcome the committee, players and supporters of the club and hope they have a pleasant day in St Helens and have a safe short trip home. Busy week for us with 3 games to report on since my last notes. First game was at home to AFC Liverpool and what a strange game it was, we conceded early and equalised straight away and then we shipped two goals which gave the visitors a 3 -1 advantage at the break. There were some harsh words at half time and it seemed to work as the lads came out fighting and with 10 minutes remaining we earned a second goal and then in injury time Neil Weaver hit a stunning equaliser which left the whole of Ruskin Drive breathless. Onto Saturday where we travelled to Cheadle Heath Nomads in the 2nd round of the First Division Cup. We started the game really well and we scored two really good team goals only for Cheadle to get one back near half time. This certainly put the hosts on the front foot and for 25 minutes of the second half they played some excellent football and totally blew us of the park. The game ended in a 5-2 loss and after the game we locked the players in the changing rooms so we could all take a good look each other in the face and deliver some home truths. This seemed to work because the last of our 3 games in 5 days was away at Prestwich Heys who I believe are one of the best sides we have played over the last few years and Tuesday was no exception. Our hosts had plenty of the ball in the first half but I think we had the better chances, going in at 0-0 was good and gave us time to organise but when we can out for the second half Prestwich again dominated play and got there rewards with two quick fire goals. We stuck at it and in the last 20 minutes we totally dominated the game and got two goals back and we were unlucky not to grab the winner with a disallowed goal at the death; but to be fair a point was probably a fair result on the night. Looking at the fixtures we have some big games coming up to the festive season including a number of away games which fingers crossed we may get to use our red away kit; up to know everyone seems to play in red at home. Hopefully we will have Liam Diggle fully fit today but we will have to see how Sean Richards recovers from training on Thursday night after picking up a knock at Prestwich and Alex Hope O'Connor is away so Jesse Robinson will come back into the squad. As always your support is extremely important to us and I cannot thank you enough for turning out to support the lads. Enjoy the game . . . Jenko


In Town Today Situated one and a half miles south of Westhoughton town centre, four miles from Bolton and five miles from the Macron Stadium, home of Bolton Wanderers, the village of Daisy Hill first saw football in season 1894-95 although it is possible that football was being played in the area for some years prior to that date. The first known honours for the club came in 1896-97 when the Wigan and District League Championship and the Westhoughton Cup were won without losing a match. The location of the clubs ground in those days is unknown but the present ground was used during the first world war period when the club played in the Leigh and District Senior Sunday School League. The club then joined the Westhoughton League and during the 1920's and 1930's won

many honours in what was one of the strongest local leagues at the time. Little is known of the period leading up to the second world war but the club reformed in 1951 playing in the Westhoughton League on the St. James Street Recreation Ground/Cricket Ground until the landowner made an offer to the club to return to New Sirs in 1957. The acquisition of the lease was a major step forward and gave aspiration to move into the Bolton Combination and develop into one of the most formidable clubs in the area. Dressing rooms were erected at the ground for the start of the 1968/69 season whilst on the field the club won the Bolton Combination Premier Division on four occasions, the Bolton Combination Cup on four occasions and the Lancashire Amateur Shield twice during the 60's and 70's. In 1978 the Club was accepted into the Lancashire Football Combination and with the advent of the Non-League football pyramid and the subsequent amalgamation of the Lancashire Football Combination and the Cheshire County League the Club became a founder member of the North West Counties League giving them the opportunity to play in and bring national competition to the village. With the National League System requiring clubs to meet new standards for facilities, new dressing rooms and a clubhouse for social activities were erected at New Sirs in 1982. Since then improvement of the clubs facilities has been ongoing and for the 2005-2006 season a floodlighting system has been installed which has allowed the club to remain in the National League System and return to National and County competitions. The club also comprises an U/18's Youth Team playing in the North West

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(Blackburn Rovers, Burnley, Bournemouth and England). Joe Clare (Accrington Stanley, Norwich City and Lincoln City). Tommy Woodward (Bolton Wanderers and Middlesborough), Francis Lee (Bolton Wanderers, Manchester City, Derby County and England) and Robert Shaw (Actor).

Youth Alliance and a thriving junior section playing in the Bolton, Bury and District Junior Football League. Notable players include: Dick Pollard and Billy Farrimond, both of whom went on to play cricket for Lancashire and England, Alf Watkinson, grandfather of the former Lancashire Cricket Club Captain Mike Watkinson went on to sign for Blackpool. (Mike himself had the odd game for the club). Sam Marsh (Bolton Wanderers and Bury), Alf Gray (Torquay United and Lincoln City), Greg Strong (Motherwell) and Danny Williams (Inverness Caledonian Thistle) began their careers in senior or junior football at Daisy Hill Football Club. Other notable people / sportspersons born in Westhoughton who may or may not have been associated with the club: Ethel Johnson (Great Britain Olympic Athlete), Joe Bromilow (American Olympic Athlete), Jack Bruton Season 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18

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P 38 36 36 34 34 34 32 34 34 34 36 36 34 42 42

W 7 12 7 7 2 6 12 6 12 7 6 15 12 14 8

D 10 10 6 8 5 4 7 8 5 6 4 7 6 7 7

L 21 14 23 19 27 24 13 20 17 21 26 14 16 21 27

F 33 61 38 38 28 39 55 47 59 55 43 57 56 82 49

A 82 68 75 78 86 101 60 90 67 81 103 68 72 111 108

GD -49 -7 -37 -40 -58 -62 -5 -43 -8 -26 -60 -11 -16 -29 -59

Pts 31 46 27 29 11 22 43 26 41 27 22 52 42 49 31

Position 19/20 8/19 18/19 15/18 18/18 17/18 11/17 14/18 12/18 16/18 18/19 8/19 12/18 16/22 21/22


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Hopping Mad A couple of weekends ago I was given the task to present a Goalkeeper of the Month award to the Goalkeeper of AFC Blackpool, a task that I’m always happy to do as it means that a player who has been doing well is getting recognised for his efforts.

It took me all of half a second to then think about where the game is, have I seen the team play so far this season and if it is a ground I’m familiar with. Now to be fair to AFC Blackpool, they are a good club, always very welcoming and I know a lot of the squad by first name as well of course as the club officials. I have also seen them play this season and am a regular at their Mechanics Stadium. A quick look at the fixtures show that Squires Gate are at home, perfect, I’ve never been to the ground – ever, it has stuck out like a sore thumb for me for years, I’ve just never got around to it, this despite having seen Squires Gate play probably 20-30 times. On the day I get to the Squires Gate facility and notice that former NWCFL Club, Wren Rovers are at home in the Lancashire League – Jackpot! For those of you who aren’t aware of the football make-up in South Blackpool, Squires Gate and Wren Rovers are two independent clubs who literally back on to each other, whilst AFC Blackpool are around 200 Meters over the main road. A quick tactical think means I can clock all three 3:00pm kick-offs and get at least 25 minutes in at each, as well as a presentation and still manage to attend the half time break at AFC Blackpool where its envisaged the visitors wont have brought too many for the half time butties. My end of day tweet basically read “1x afternoon, 3x3pm Kick offs, 3 games, 3 grounds, 2 Leagues, 3 Divisions, 6 teams, 1 presentation, 2 fights, 6 coffees, 2 programmes, 1 last gasp winner and many good folk – What a mad afternoon!” It was as well, I was shattered by the time I got home. It was interesting though and what topped it off was that it was picked up by both local media on the Fylde Coast and

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by Tony Incenzo of TalkSPORT who mentioned about my one afternoon Groundhop. Ground-hop is a term that is universally known by many die-hard football fans, if there was a dictionary definition of it, it would read something like; Groundhop – The facilitation of visiting multiple football club facilities and games in s short period of time. These events are actually staged around the country as well, it’s not just independent ground hoppers that knock off the games in succession, there is an industry in it, many of the good folk visiting the ASCC here today may well have been to groundhop games and as recently as the Bacup game here we suggested the possibility of staggering kick off times to ensure people get the chance to come to see the games. Next spring the North West Counties League are working with Groundhop UK, an official business who organise these things to bring the Second North West Counties Ground Hop here as part of a day of games that will see anywhere between 100-300 travelling football fans around the country visit Bootle, St Helens Town, Remyca and Lower Breck all in the one afternoon and evening as part of an organised trip. These people are die-hard football fans who will likely have visited hundreds of grounds around the UK and Europe. Some people call them enthusiasts but they are all uber keen and respectful to the clubs they visit. They all get an inclusive ticket to the three games, programmes and pin badges all sorted by the League and Groundhop UK people before they start. The event in March is over three days and the hop will include ten grounds, twenty clubs, 5 Counties, hundreds of beers/ coffees and a load of miles on the coach drivers Tachoggraph!

It’s a bit stressful to organise but I remember the last one a couple of seasons ago, we ticked many clubs biggest gate of the season, still to this day have one clubs highest attendance and got masses of publicity around the UK in papers, websites and Sports Mags. Bring it on, my trip last weekend gave me the vibe for it again and I’m looking forward to a mad weekend of football! Gary Langley @garylangley


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Photographs: Action from St Helens Town U18’s home defeat by Chorley U18s in the FA Youth Cup last Sunday

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Hall of Fame Famous Duo Seven full decades have been completed since St Helens Town were re-formed immediately after the war and the club chose our ‘shining lights’ throughout each one. Today we look at the 1970s and 1960s. 1960s John (Jackie) Atherton As the decade turned into what was to become the swinging sixties Town were well served by the likes of Jackie Cooke, Maurice Topping, Stan Ashcroft, Jackie Critchley and Derek Maloney who had emerged from the ‘Rock and Roll’ years of the late 50’s. Another form of ‘rock’ came our way at the decades mid-point when no-nonsense Haydock lad Jackie Atherton began a career lasting some ten seasons in which he became the club captain. Though not the tallest of centre halves Jackie could leap with the best and his robustness on the ground meant that very few got the better of him. The side of which he was the anchor man contained flair players like his namesake Eric Atherton, Ray Fairweather, Johnny Smith and the then club record goal scorer Phil Stainton who’s haul of forty five in season 1964-65 has only been surpassed once since. Though centre half was Jackie’s usual position he also showed versatility at times when being asked to play up front and scored more than the odd goal or two when wearing the No. 9 shirt but it was at the back, bossing affairs in the box which he will always be remembered for. Jackie’s career went well into the 1970’s when his years of gutsy services were rewarded with a Lancs. Comb. championship winning medal in 1972. 1970’s Alan Wellens As a local boy in his mid-teens Alan made his St Helens Town debut at Great Harwood in 1966 alongside the aforementioned Jackie Atherton who as skipper made sure that the youngster ‘came to no harm’. Little did anyone realise that Alan would eventually succeed his mentor and become the first Town skipper to lift a trophy for over twenty years when he

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collected the Lancs. Comb. Championship cup off Wesley Bridge in 1972. Though he featured intermittently at first under boss Jimmy McKiernan, his Town playing career spanned the years 1966 to 1981 with just a brief season and a half at Darwen intervening in the 1970’s. Though records for the early part of this period are sketchy there is no doubt that Alan holds the record for St Helens Town appearances estimated at five hundred plus and he never gave less than one hundred per cent in any of them. Under his leadership Town also won the Watson Trophy and the Bass Charrington Cup in 1974, although he missed the final of the latter due to injury as his team-mates beat Darwen 4-3 thriller played at Burscough.

That particular side was prolific indeed that year scoring 107 goals with Jackie Kendrick setting a club record of 46 goals which still stands to this day and though Alan Wellens’ job at right back was to defend, he did manage to get forward enough to bag a couple himself. In season 1975-76 Alan skippered Town in their new challenge in the Cheshire County League where he completed his playing career including the brief spell at Darwen. Sadly his playing days ended when back with Town he broke his leg in a league fixture against Hyde United at Hoghton in 1981 but having recovered, he took over the management of the team and took us to our most glorious day when winning the FA Vase at Wembley in 1987.


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St Helens Mind How we spend your donations We all like to know that we are spending our money wisely. Any donations we receive from either individuals, businesses or other fundraising groups can really help us to: Develop our projects * Continue running our Garden Project * Help us set up new projects * Maintain good standards of training and support for volunteers * Train more volunteers to help us fundraise and attend events * As you can see, any donation you make, big or small, will make such a big difference to the lives of the people who use our services. If you would like your donation to go to a specific project or be spent in a particular way, please let us know. £5 volunteer expenses for each one to one Befriending Session £10 to process a police check £15 to have invaluable Volunteer Supervisions every 6 weeks £20 to process a referral to enable a person to access our services £30 towards games and activities equipment at the Social Groups £40 to make a person ‘Volunteer Ready’ £50 for a social group weekly session £60 a month to maintain the toilet/hygiene facilities at the Allotment/Garden £100 per year for catering and hygiene items

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at sessions and meetings £200 for production of leaflets £300 to provide an Induction session for up to 15 new volunteers £400 for art and craft materials £420 to make our second office internet ready £450 to enable our vital internet use £500 to keep our volunteers up to date with training sessions £600 to ensure all our police checks are kept up to date each year £1000 to sustain the Allotment for one year £1000 to keep the Ladies Craft Group running for one year £2000 for a Volunteer Befriender to support someone for a year £10,000 for a years tenancy with an office, groups space and meeting room provision And this one is priceless! Our ‘Match Meetings’ are the most exciting and rewarding events! This is when a volunteer meets the person they aim to support, for the very first time. It is where the magic happens! It is the springboard for recovery for many people who access our Befriending Service and always an inspiring and exciting time for the team as well.


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How do we Compare?

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St Helens Town - last 6 matches All Competitions Most recent Home W D L W L Away L L L L L Collated L W L D L

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Daisy Hill - last 6 matches All Competitions Most recent Home L W L L L Away L D D L L Collated L L L L L

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St Helens Town games since... All Competitions Clean sheet 4 Goal Scored 0 Loss 1

Daisy Hill games since... All Competitions Clean sheet 23 Goal Scored 0 Loss 0

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Score draw Win

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Home League Away League Home Cup Away Cup Neutral Cup Collated

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Previous Meetings 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08

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NWC-PD 2008-09 NWC-D1 NWC-PD 2009-10 NWC-D1 NWC-PD 2010-11 NWC-D1 NWC-PD 2011-12 NWC-D1 NWC-PD 2012-13 NWC-D1 NWC-PD 2013-14 NWC-D1 NWC-PD 2014-15 NWC-D1 21/11; 2-6 2015-16 31/10; 2-1 04/02: 4-2 2016-17 17/09; 2-2 09/12; 1-3 2017-18 30/09; 4-3 13/10/2018 2018-19 23/03/2019 St Helens Town Scores First

Previous Meetings D L 0 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 2

Games Played St Helens Town Wins Draws Daisy Hill Wins St Helens Town Goals Daisy Hill Goals Percentage Town Wins F 7 8 5 5 0 25

A 11 6 3 0 0 20

6 3 1 2 15 17 50.00 GD -4 2 2 5 0 5

Win % 33.33 66.67 50.00 100.00 0.00 55.56


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Match Day Sponsors Opponents

Match Sponsor

AFC Blackpool

Stuart Pyke

AFC Darwen

Unite the Union, St Helens

We are looking for additional sponsors on matchdays with a host of benefits for match (£100), match ball (£50) and programme (£50) sponsors including free entry & programme; hospitality, programme and social media advertising; prematch photos, man of the match awards. Contact John McKiernan on 07713 339 682

Match Ball Sponsor

Programme Sponsor

Dave Watkins

Prabhu Ventures Ltd St Helens Mind

AFC Liverpool

Abbey PACS Limited

Dave Wiggins

Ashton Town

Unite the Union, St Helens

Boar’s Head, St Helens

Atherton LR

St Helens Mind

Meadowcroft Group Ltd

Avro

ARC Glass and Bending

Alex O’Neill Photography

Bacup Borough

John Iddon Transport

Stuart Pyke

Carlisle City

Thatto Heath Tech Shop

In memory of Dave Harrison

Chadderton

Bickerstaffe Boat Company

Cleator Moor Celtic

Top Car Detailing

Ugly Man Records

In memory of Dave Harrison St Helens Mind

Macron Store Cheshire

Goldline Lottery Goldline Lottery

Daisy Hill

Device Doctor

LM Travel

Garstang

St Helens Mind

Boar’s Head, St Helens

Holker Old Boys

Unite the Union, St Helens

Window Warehouse

Longridge Town

Aspho Surfacing

Device Doctor

Lower Breck

Dave Wiggins

Liverpool County FA

Nelson

ARC Glass and Bending

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Prestwich Heys

CWU Mersey AMAL

Alex O’Neill Photography

Shelley

Unite the Union, St Helens

Airborne Bathrooms

Steeton

Merlin Cycles

St Helens Mind

John Brown Estate Agents

City of Liverpool

Garry X Bradbury 50th

Prabhu Ventures Ltd

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Affordable Football? Affordable Football Vs Value for Money For the last decade or so the morals and profile of the term ‘affordable football’ has been high profile and high on the agenda of many a working group and news article. Recently though, there have been a spate of articles and focus on value for money and this seems to have almost pushed the term ‘affordable football’ down the pecking order. I was interested to read a recent article in one of the National Football Magazines about the accessibility of football in England at the moment and the fact that 87% of the country have access to a football game within their means every weekend. That stat blew my mind to be honest, how the heck do you work something like that out? I had visions of someone from the likes of Which Magazine hiking around Devon on a Sunday morning asking randoms if they were going to a game! What was also touched on was the percentage of fans that visit go to games that go to Premiership games vs EFL games Vs National League Games and Grassroots football and as you would expect, it’s top heavy. That in itself leads to the question, if everyone has access to so-called affordable football, why are they paying £50-£60 a game to get to a Premiership match and then entering the realm of the £4 programme, £4 pie etc etc rather than taking in the perfectly pleasant surroundings of Woking, St Albans, Salford, Atherton, Runcorn and all of the other Non-League football hotspots? Here’s where the Value for money aspect comes into it, obviously people find the money because that’s where they want to be and of course they have the day out, access to refreshments, bit of shelter, selfies and bragging rights in Wetherspoons later that

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evening. Football purists know that you can get this at your local non-league game on a Saturday though? I recall Mark Bradley of the Fan Experience Company writing a piece in Football Business Magazine focussing on the fact that the family day out at the football is just as important to clubs now as the group of mates who have been going for years. It’s a fact that fans want entertaining and the people with the means would pay a premium for that rather than perhaps visiting their local side down the road. Mark made the point that if the said local side made their fan experience more appealing, then the “if you build it they will come” mentality would draw people in. I think we are seeing that at Non-League Clubs these days, look at clubs like Salford City, Dulwich Hamlet, Lewes and many others who have completely re-vamped what they offer. Their gates have increased dramatically, their supports have also evolved into movements, that is particularly the case at Dulwich Hamlet where their well-documented ground issues with the owners of the Champion Hill facility have seen the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn amongst others don the Pink and Purple scarves in support. The likes of Champion Hill and Lewes’s Dripping Pan facility all offer unique match experiences, be that kids bouncy castles, watching from a Beach Hut or celebrity, people go to those games for that reason, - uniqueness, the same that they would go to Old Trafford, Stamford Bridge or Anfield.

Affordable football is – and always will be essential to the games survival, however more and more these days, people want value for their money, be it a fiver or that £50 Premiership game, if the product is good enough there are a group of people who will find the money. Gary Langley @garylangley


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Opposition Report Late Saints rally frustrates Heys At the end this felt like a defeat. Looking to bounce back from Saturday’s heavy cup defeat, Heys controlled long periods of this game and looked to be on their way to a deserved win as they led 2-0 going into the final fifteen minutes. However, a mistake by Heys ‘keeper Calum Jakovlevs presented St. Helens with a route back into the game. A long ball forward seemed to present little danger as it ran through to the Heys stopper. However, as the ball reached him he got his feet in an almighty tangle, totally missing his attempted clearance. Town’s Lewis Cain, who to his credit had continued to pursue what appeared to initially be a fruitless pursuit, was quick to react and lifted the ball into the unguarded net.

The complexion of a game that looked to be heading Heys way suddenly changed. The confidence drained from the hosts and from looking set for a comfortable win the momentum switched in favour of the visitors. Five minutes from the end of the ninety, Town pulled level. From a free kick out to the left, the ball was drilled into the far post and Dominic Whelan rose the highest, to head into the opposite corner. The spectre of defeat loomed again but Heys nervously saw the game through, including five minutes of added time, to secure a point. It should never have come to that. Although not a vintage Heys performance it was one of merit. Flashes of good football, moments of real threat and a real determination to succeed permeated their performance. Even when the ball didn’t seem to be running for them they kept going finally gaining the breakthrough in the 57th minute. Save for the odd pocket of possession, the direction of the game had largely been towards the St. Helens goal.

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Heys might have opened the scoring as early as the 6th minute when a rasping 25-yard shot by Carl Fitton was parried by Town keeper Carl Williams, sparking a scramble in the goalmouth that saw two shots blocked. Mark Ayres went close, twice in as many minutes. First a near post shot was pushed round the post by Williams and then from the ensuing corner the centre-half’s header flashed across the face of goal. St. Helens, largely on the defensive, were well drilled, absorbing much of what Heys mustered. It was not until the 36th minute, that they provided a credible threat, but it so nearly brought them the lead. Lomax burst into the box and his low shot was pushed to safety by Jakovlevs. Heys almost went in at the interval, with the advantage their play would have merited when Rio Wilson-Heyes, showed great skill to pull a Jake Wood centre out of the air, taking a touch before firing in a low shot that went just wide of the post. There was a delay to the start of the second half after the referee had to stand down due to illness. Fortunately, amongst the crowd was a suitably qualified official as “Barry” went from spectator to linesman and allowed the game to continue. Heys continued in lively fashion on the restart with Jacob Holt going close with a near post snap shot from a Baguley corner. The latter was at the hub of Heys best work and in the 57th minute his and Heys endeavours were rewarded. As the ball was worked left Wilson -Heyes cut inside and drilled in a low cross and Baguley timed his run to perfection to score with a low, first time shot. With Town’s resistance finally broken, Heys added a second three minutes later. From a Baguley corner. Ayres header thudded off the crossbar and following up, Holt headed home from close range, for his first goal for the club. St. Helens may have pulled one back shortly after. A low cross into the box found Whelan, unmarked ten yards out, but he spooned his shot over the bar. However, it appeared only to be a brief moment of threat, Heys looked comfortable, heading for three points, but then came the twist and this, so far, most frustrating of seasons continued. Stephen Howard Prestwich Heys AFC


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No More Knives

Campaign Objectives  Reduce knife crime by raising awareness

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At their recent friendly v City of Liverpool, St Helens Town AFC welcomed Alan Walsh from Anfield Boxing Club who was promoting #NoMoreKnives.

This is an initiative started by a professional cage fighter, Paul Bentley, from Liverpool to put a stop to knife crime. MMA fighter Paul, said he had to do something after realising how bad knife crime was in Liverpool. Paul called on Scousers to go on video or through social media and demand that knife crime needs to stop as part of his #nomoreknives campaign.

Since its launch the project have teamed up with a host of new partners and sports clubs all spreading the message that we will not tolerate knives in our communities. The aims of this campaign became even clearer after within a week of him starting the campaign, Sam Cook was tragically stabbed to death on a night out in Liverpool Celebrating his 21st Birthday. Then within a week later Adam Ellison from Prescot was also tragically stabbed to death coming home from a night out.

Originally planned to be promoted through boxing circles, the initiative has exploded and is now being promoted throughout rugby and football circles as well. In the last six weeks the campaign has engaged with over 4,000 young people in Liverpool and over 800 in surrounding towns.

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Introduce intervention - metal detectors and other devices Challenge the culture - assist Merseyside police within their launch address why now more than ever we are carrying knives Campaign for longer sentencing for carrying weapons Reassurance – these delinquents often feel reassured carrying a knife, however, studies reveal that you are 65% more at risk of being involved in a knife related incident by carrying a knife. Risks and consequences – Young people are aware of the very serious legal and personal risks and consequences of carrying a knife or any offensive weapon (Young people are often unaware of the legal consequences of carrying a knife and the impact that knife crime can have on individuals, families and communities. Young people often think that carrying a knife offers them protection when in fact it puts them more at risk). Resilience – Young people are more aware of the influences, fears and pressures that can lead to the decision to carry a knife and how these can be managed or avoided. Responsibility – Young people are aware of the importance of telling someone if they know that someone else is carrying a knife (this is an important aspect of prevention work and is relevant to all young people).

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2018-19 Fixtures, Facts and Fig Date Sat 04/08/2018 Thur 09/08/2018

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Date Night On Thursday evening last week, I had a date. It had been a while. “Everything will be alright”, I comforted myself. “Just do what you normally do, and everything will be alright.” I had a light tea, as I was too twitchy to eat properly. Besides, I had to look as presentable as possible: it is important to do one’s best on these occasions. I had a shower, whistling a couple of Belinda Carlisle’s best ditties, covered in bubbles. I clambered out, towelled myself down and sprayed a big spray of a favoured fragrance up into the moist bathroom air; the scented cloud hung, and I flumped through it like a frisky pink salmon. I put on my clothes, pinned a badge to my coat (so my date would recognise me), opened my front door and set off down the street. After about 50 yards I was beset by nagging doubt: had I locked the front door? I hurried back, muttering. I had locked it after all. I muttered again and set off again, but on the other side of the road, for a change. After a while, I became conscious that there were quite a lot of other people walking in the same direction. Surely they weren’t all going on a date too? Had I been set up, to be an unwitting part of some sort of pseudoromantic flashmob? I began to feel uneasy.

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The interlopers peeled off, just after Finger Post. (It turned out that there was a semi on, in another place). What a relief. I flitted through the outskirts of the town centre. I tried to count the bars and takeaways on Duke Street. The Duke looked sad, with breeze blocks a-blocking what was once the way to the Northern Soul. It made me feel sad too, and I lost count. I became conscious of butterflies in my tummy, so I went into The Talbot for a steadier. Three steadiers later, I emerged unsteadily. I wondered if everyone felt like this, on date night. I paid passing respects at last resting place of Glynn Webb, turned left after ‘Toast’ and began my final approach. The lights in the distance told me that destiny called. Down the path betwixt the bushes, then around the Sticky Wicket – a quick glance from the dark into the light: all eyes were on screens - no one looked at me. There was still time – I could turn around and go home, and no one need ever know that I had come so close. Too late. Momentum carried me through the final dark expanse. With a deep breath, I paid my fiver and stepped into the light. It was worth it. COYB Ste Lingard (@stelingard)


Match Report Saturday 6th October 2018 Hallmark Security League First Division Cup 2nd Round Cheadle Heath Nomads 5-2 St Helens Town On Saturday Town were in Divisional Cup action at newcomers Cheadle Heath Nomads and following a fine start, collapsed

alarmingly after surrendering a two goal lead. Confidence was high going into the game following their mid-week fightback to rescue a point from AFC and they should have gone ahead on 8 minutes, but Lawrence and Weaver got in each other’s way to a free header six yards out. Both teams served up quality football but Town posed a greater goal threat and went close on 12 minutes when Weaver’s curling shot just evaded the top corner.

With Greene prominent on the St Helens right his run and shot hit the foot of the post and Jesse Robinson was on hand to tap in for Town’s opener on 24 minutes.

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Two minutes later it became two-nil when ‘keeper Williams’ long clearance was misjudged by the home back line enabling Presho to race clear and drill home. On the half hour Robinson should have doubled his personal tally and extended Town’s lead when he was put clear from Weaver’s through ball but his angled shot went narrowly wide of the upright. The first sign of what was to come came just two minutes later and instead of being three

goals clear the home side reduced the deficit when Herbert made a fine run down the right wing before crossing low for Rezayan to convert at the near post. After the break it became all Cheadle and they levelled on 50 mins when substitute Grandison converted from close range as the hosts repeatedly threatened down the flanks. Controversially Town fell behind on 62 minutes when the linesman’s raised flag went unnoticed by the referee who seconds later awarded Cheadle a freekick which Frank headed home at the far post. Two more goals in two minutes followed with Herbert and Tindall on target before Town’s first real goal threat of the half came on 75 minutes with Diggle testing the home stopper Tyrer but it was all academic by now as Town ended with a whimper after such a promising start. Jim Barrett

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Commercial Corner Good afternoon and a very warm welcome to the Arcoframe Stadium as we host Daisy Hill in the First Division North. Many thanks to today’s match day sponsors our match sponsors Device Doctor; match ball sponsors LM Travel and our programme sponsors The Goldline Lottery. I’d also like to welcome the young players from our Under *s and Under 10s who are today’s mascots and will accompany the teams as they make their way onto the pitch prior to kick off. Congratulations to Andy Webster (pictured with lee Jenkinson) who was voted our Player of the Month for August - he was presented with his trophy prior to kick off in the AFC Liverpool game. Our latest recipient of the award is Andy Presho who picked up the September trophy which is sponsored by Prabhu Ventures Limited. Andy is pictured with Dave Platt, Dave Platt Snr and Matilda who were our match sponsors (Abbey PACS Ltd) at the AFC Liverpool game. Some of you may have spotted on social media and in the press that the film ‘Trautmann’ has been released in Germany earlier this month. The story of Town’s most famous player has

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made it to the big screen and it is hoped that it will premiere in the UK early next year. Town were consulted by the film makers about Bert’s time in St Helens and we were able to provide some photos and documents from the period as well as descriptions of Hoghton Road and the surrounding area including Marshalls Cross Road were Bert lodged and the Junction Inn which provide post match hospitality and kit wash facilities in the late 1940s. I have seen the trailer (filmed in English but dubbed in German) and there appears to be plenty of Town coverage. I will keep you updated as we hear any more news.

Finally, our best wishes go to Daisy Hill ‘keeper Ashley Hall who suffered a bad injury on Wednesday night during their game at AFC Darwen. The game was subsequently abandoned and we wish him a speedy recovery. John McKiernan 07713 33 682


League News Sharp shooting Sandbach One team that are having no problem finding the back of the net at the moment are Sandbach United, who kept up a great run of recent goalscoring form with a 5-0 win over Cheadle Town on Saturday. Since the 1st September, United have scored 31 goals in seven games, and after picking up the Division One South Club of the Month award for September, there's no sign of that momentum slowing down. They have a busy run of games to come this month, but Andy Hockenhull's men are looking good to keep up their fine form. One in ten for Avro You can measure goalscoring form in various ways, but one calculation of Avro's goal ratio last week takes some beating. They were 3-0 down to Bacup Borough on Wednesday and then scored three times in the last 15 minutes to earn a 3-3 draw. They then followed that up with a 7-0 win over Stone Dominoes on Saturday - making a combined total of ten goals in 105 minutes of football.

Supporters who attended the Vestacare Stadium for both games last week can hardly complain about being short changed. Barnton blitz There's an old saying that the league table doesn't lie - but Barnton are doing their best to disprove that theory at the moment. After a 5-2 win at promotion chasing New Mills, the Villagers turned in an even more impressive display on Saturday, winning 6-1 at holders Prestwich Heys in the First Division Challenge Cup.

If they carry on with that sort of form, James McShane's men won't be in the lower half of the table for much longer. Business as usual once more for Carl The familiar name of Charnock Richard's Carl Grimshaw is appearing once again with regularity on the scoresheets, after what was, by his standards, an unusually lean spell. The league's leading scorer last season played in two successive games in September and didn't score - although in fairness, in one of the games against Lancaster City in the cup, he only came on as substitute. Now, though, it's looking like it's business as usual, as one goal against Padiham in midweek and two against Winsford on Saturday means Carl has now hit four in three games - good news for Charnock, but not so good for defenders around the Premier Division. History making hat trick for Craig

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It's always nice to report news of a player getting into a club's history books, and Craig Billington of Shelley did just that on Saturday, becoming the first player at the club to score a hat trick for them in the Hallmark Security League. Craig's trio in the 4-1 win over Daisy Hill probably came as no surprise to anyone at the club, as he has scored twice in a game on three separate occasions this season, but this time he managed to go one better, hitting his third goal three minutes from time. He's now on 12 goals for the season, and everyone at the Stafflex Arena will be hoping for more of the same in the coming months. HSL First Division Cup Draw The draw for the Third Round of the First Division Cup has been made following a League Meeting. Ties are as follows:

Vauxhall Motors v AFC Liverpool Wythenshawe Amateurs v Cheadle HN Carlisle City v Eccleshall FC Oswestry Town v Garstang Alsager Town v Sandbach United AFC Blackpool v Ellesmere Rangers Bacup Borough v Barnton Rylands v Avro Ties to played on Saturday 24th November, Holker Old Boys reach 1000 games A special presentation was made to Holker Old Boys on Saturday, to commemorate the club's achievement in playing 1000 games in our League. The Old Boys recently became the 18th club in League history to play 1000 games,

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achieving the feat on the 15th September when they hosted Longridge Town. Before Saturday's game with Atherton LR, long serving club members John Maxfield and Alan Wilson accepted a trophy on behalf of the club to commemorate the milestone. Club Chairman Maurice Watkin explained that it was fitting that John and Alan were presented with the trophy. "We've had some nice compliments from teams all around the area for reaching 1000 games in the North West Counties, and when it was first mentioned about presenting the award, I was asked if I would accept it on behalf of the club. "I said no, I don't want to do that, I've got two gentlemen here that should be accepting it. John is the longest serving member at the club, and has been involved with the club for over 50 years, and Alan only slightly less, so they were the right people to accept it". As events turned out, Saturday turned out to be a good day for the club, with the award presentation being followed by the team's first win of the season. It was nice that the award was presented on Saturday", said Maurice. "We've had a change of management after a disastrous start to the season. "Kevin Watkin has taken over as manager, although he is still registered as a player, and three former players are helping him, Paul Southward, Glyn Dixon and Sean Mellen.


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Photographs: Town’s 5-2 Hallmark Security League First Division Cup 2nd Round defeat against Cheadle Heath Nomads last Saturday.

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Half Time Quiz Q1. When was the last time Riyad Mahrez scored a Premier League penalty? Q2. Which nation has lost the most matches at World Cup Finals Tournaments? Q3. Everton signed Lucas Digne from Barcelona but with which Italian club did he appear in Serie A? Q4. How many Premier League clubs this term will play in Adidas kits?

ended the season being relegated? Q11. Who is the only Non-European to have made more than 500 Premier League appearances? Q12. Who was the last host nation to win the World Cup? Q13. Which club this summer became the first to spend ÂŁ100m in their first transfer window after being promoted to the Premier League? Q14. Which team have conceded the most goals in the Premier League since the competition began in 1992? Q15. Which was the first World Cup Final Tournament to be broadcast in colour?

Q5. Harry Kane and which other Englishman scored 18 or more Premier League goals last season? Q6. Who is the only Premier League manager to have been born in Denmark? Q7. Which former Everton defender was sent off in a World Cup Final?

Q9. Who was the most fouled player in the Premier League last season? Q10. Who scored in seven different Premier League games last season but his side failed to win any of the games and

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Answers: 1)26th November 2016 2) Mexico 3) Roma 4) Six 5) Raheem Sterling 6) Michael Laudrup 7) Johnny Heitinga 8) 23 9) Richarlison 10) Salomon Rondon 11) Mark Schwarzer 12) France in 1998 13) Fulham 14) Everton (1277) 15) Mexico 1970

Q8. How old is Liverpool’s summer signing Naby Keita?


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St Helens Honours 1949 George Mahon Trophy Winners 1951 Lancashire Comb Division 2 Champions 1972 Lancashire Combination Champions 1973 Bass Charrington Cup Winners 1974 Watson Trophy Winners 1978 St Helens Hospital Cup Winners 1979 St Helens Combination Div 1 Runners Up 1979 St Helens Hospital Cup Runners Up 1980 St Helens Combination Div 1 Champions 1985 NWCFL Reserve Division 2 Runners Up 1986 NWCFL Reserve Division 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 2015-16 Cheshire FA U21 Premier Cup Finalists 2016-17 Cheshire FA U21 League Cup Finalists 2016-17 Cheshire FA U21 Premier Div Runners Up 2017-18 NWYA U18s President’s Cup Winners

Record Attendances: 3012 at Hoghton Road v Burscough (1948) 8000 at Hoghton Road v Man City (1950) 1723 at Knowsley Road v FC United of Manchester (2006) 9000 at Prescot Cables v Runcorn (1949) Programme Awards NWCFL Programme of the Year 1993-94, 1995-96, 1997-998, 1998-99, 2000-1 NWCFL Premier Division 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14 NWCFL First Division 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18 Wirral Programme Club National Survey NWCFL Programme of the Year 1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99 Programme Monthly NWCFL Programme of the Year 2007-08 Soccer Club Swap Shop National Awards 2010-11 28th, 2011-12 8th, 2012-13 7th, 2013-14 8th, 2014-15 5th, 2015-16 8th, 2016-17 2nd, 2017-18 5th

St Helens Town AFC - Player Records 1946-2016 Goals in a Career

Goals in a Season

Career Appearances (Qualification 250 games)

216 Steve Pennington

47 Phil Stainton 1963/64

448 Alan Wellens (inc. 207 estimated)

118 Terry Garner

46 Steve Pennington 1997/98

359 John Critchley (16 estimated)

108 Gary Laird

45 Jackie Kendrick 1973/74

352 Steve Pennington

105 Lee Cooper

45 Steve Pennington 1993/94

346 Gary Lowe (1 estimated)

101 Glenn Walker

40 Bob Potter 1952/53

345 Glenn Walker

94 Iain Dyson

38 Terry Fearns 2000/01

327 Jackie Atherton (122 estimated)

84 Andy Gillespie

36 Albert Leadbetter 1950/51

300 Jackie Cooke (1 estimated)

83 Harry McCann

35 Arthur Tyrer 1957/58

287 Gary Laird

81 Ray Fairweather

34 Lee Cooper 2001/02

280 Kevin Grice (147 estimated)

72 Arthur Tyrer

33 Ronnie Rigby 1952/53

278 Jimmy Woodyer (67 estimated)

68 Phil Stainton

32 Harry McCann 1950/51

276 Iain Dyson

63 Mervyn Bull

31 Terry Garner 1950/51

272 Ray Fairweather (3 estimated) 265 Larry Redmond (134 estimated)

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Brief History Of Town 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 over 2000 that season, peaking with a league record 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.

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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 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

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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. Former club captain Andy Gillespie won the NW Counties’ golden boot with 34 goals in the 2015/16 season and netted another 24 times the following

season, whilst last time out, Shaun Brady only just missed out on the player-of-theseason award in the First Division. Town moved from Hoghton Road in 2000 and ground-shared with Saints Rugby League club pending an intended move to their new stadium, which took many years longer than anticipated and finally moved out of Knowsley Road when it closed in September 2010. Plans for the move were shelved following a disagreement and Town went on a nomadic existence, playing out of town at Ashton Town, Ashton Athletic, Prescot Cables and odd games at Atherton Collieries, before St. Helens Council redeveloped the Ruskin Drive multisports complex and St. Helens Town moved back home there in August 2017, playing on an artificial 3G surface. This season sees Town in their fourth season at Step 6, this time in the newlyformed Hallmark Securities League First Division North, aiming to put behind themselves three seasons of inconsistent performances and regain their Step 5 status under highly ambitious manager Lee Jenkinson and his assistant Nick Robinson.


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Man of the Match News August 04 Lower Breck 09 Atherton LR 11 Bacup Borough 18 AFC Darwen 21 AFC Blackpool 27 Chadderton

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Man of the Match Carl Williams Andy Presho Carl Williams Neil Weaver Mick Furlong Liam Diggle

September FA Vase 1st Qualifying Round 01 Ashton Town 08 AFC Liverpool Andy Webster 15 Cleator Moor Celtic Andy Prsho 22 Holker Old Boys Liam Diggle 29 Steeton Neil Weaver

Andy Presho MoM v Cleator Moor

October 04 AFC Liverpool Neil Weaver First Division Cup 2nd Round 06 Cheadle HN Danny Greene 09 Prestwich Heys 13 Daisy Hill Macron Cup 1st Round 20 Cheadle Town 27 Longridge Town November 01 Prestwich Heys 03 Avro 17 Carlisle City 24 Nelson December 01 Shelley 08 Atherton LR

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League News Winsford United - the club learned with sadness that former manager Eddy Haslam passed away last week Eddy died of a heart attack on holiday in Spain, at the age of 61. Club Secretary Bob Astles said: "Eddy, a very respected coach, took charge in very difficult circumstances at the start of the 2013-2014 when, just two weeks before the start of the season, Winsford were left with just one player on the books after the remainder of the team indicated they wanted to follow former Manager Lloyd Morrison to Mossley. "With the assistance of Rob Byrne and Kevin Bircumshaw, Eddy managed to get a squad together to start the season and to everyone’s surprise they made a successful start with runs in the cup competitions and just one league defeat in the first eight fixtures. "One memory that will be everlasting in the memory of all those involved was when, after a run of poor results, Eddie lined up everyone in the home changing room before the game, players, club officials and bar staff and with a sheets of lyrics in front of them we all had to sing “Jerusalem” at the top of our voices, it worked as we won 2-1. Happy days! "We have sent condolences to his family from everyone at Winsford United". Sky Sports talk to Dale Jennings - as reported on the league website last week, Sky Sports visited the Pavilions to talk to Runcorn Town's new signing Dale Jennings about his career to date. The interview can be viewed on the Sky Sports website. . Bootle - the Bucks confirmed at the start of the week that first team manager Phil Stafford had handed in his resignation. A statement on the club website said: "Everyone at Bootle FC would like to

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thank Phil for all his effort and commitment shown to the club over the last 18 months. Joe Doran has been placed in temporary charge of all first team affairs". West Didsbury & Chorlton - to commemorate this year’s Non-League Day, West have been given 150 copies of the latest edition of the magazine – a nonleague special – to distribute to the first people through the turnstiles for their home game against Congleton Town on Saturday. In addition, there will also be issues of Kickaround, WSC’s magazine aimed towards younger fans. Each will be given out for free, and once they’re gone, they’re gone, so the advice is to get down early to secure a copy. Whitchurch Alport - the club have announced they will be holding a Beer Festival on the 27th October from 11am onwards and during the game with Charnock Richard at Yockings Park. A number of other activities will also be on offer during the day, including fancy dress and carved pumpkin competitions with prizes, and face painting,


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Alex Moffitt

Lewis Cain

Jamie Casson

James Duke

Andy Presho

Hal McHugh

Matty Smith

Sean Richards

Danny Lomax

Andy Webster

Jesse Robinson

Neil Weaver

Tom Grimshaw

Luke Edwards

Carl Williams

Liam Diggle

Paul Cliff

Tom Potter

Scott Lawrence

Liam Dodd

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Ryan Dobney

Dom Whelan

Alex Hope-O’Connor


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History Archive At the Bert Trautmann Memorial game in November 2013 Town received a large number of auction items and gifts but one stands out from the crowd.

the City legend. ‘The narrow streets of the old town resonated to the raucous sound of “There’s only one Bert Trautmann.” 'And the average age of these fans, probably twenty five to thirty years. Yes, most of them were born more than twenty years after he played his last game for City in 1964.

One of the club’s guests that day was Tim Mantle who was representing the Trautmann Foundation as one of their UK Ambassadors. Tim brought along with him a gift for the club which has some personal connection to Bert.

'Imagine that, they were all intimately familiar with the great man, they all wanted a piece of him that night. He cried, I cried, a lovely sight to behold, an 87 year old king enshrined in warmth and adoration. A wonderful moment. Indeed there is only one Bert Trautmann.

Bert had attended Manchester City’s Champions League away encounter with Villareal back in November 2011 and having watched his former club win comfortably 0-3 he made his way back to his friend’s car where he was spotted by City fans!

‘Bert was handed a commemorative scarf from the game by one of the supporters which he gladly accepted and a year or so later that was passed to me and I felt it would make a nice addition to Town’s Trautmann memorabilia collection.’

Tim takes up the story, ‘Bert always had a huge amount of time for fans and he never distanced himself from those who remembered him.

Club Chairman John McKiernan added, ‘It was a lovely touch from Tim and the club is delighted with what is a unique piece of memorabilia.

‘As one person recognised him, then another, it soon became a friendly ‘mob’ of around 300 fan who besieged the car. They all wanted to get a glimpse of or a word with,

‘We have a large number of items which have a connection to Bert including signed books, programmes and photographs which we are hoping will make an excellent exhibition when we eventually have a base back in St Helens.’ ‘There are lots of stories out there about Bert, many of them with a St Helens connection and we’d love to try to document these. If anyone has any tales they’d like to recount or items of memorabilia relating to Bert we could loan please get in touch.’ Where you the person who gave Bert the scarf? If so get in touch and we can update this story. John McKiernan sthelenstownfc@hotmail.co.uk Mobile 07713 338 682

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First Division North Table P

W

D

L

F

A

GD Pts

1

First Division North Carlisle City

12

10

0

2

29

16

13

30

2

Longridge Town

11

9

1

1

50

16

34

28

3

Avro

12

8

1

3

39

20

19

25

4

AFC Liverpool

11

7

1

3

32

25

7

22

5

Shelley

12

5

4

3

22

20

2

19

6

Steeton

11

6

1

4

27

28

-1

19

7

AFC Darwen

11

5

3

3

25

25

0

18

8

Lower Breck

10

5

2

3

23

10

13

17

9

Cleator Moor Celtic

10

5

2

3

25

15

10

17

10

AFC Blackpool

10

5

2

3

16

13

3

17

11

Prestwich Heys

11

5

2

4

19

19

0

17

12

Garstang

11

5

1

5

23

21

2

16

13

Bacup Borough

13

4

3

6

26

28

-2

15

14

St Helens Town

12

3

4

5

31

25

6

13

15

Ashton Town

9

3

2

4

12

18

-6

11

16

Chadderton

13

3

2

8

23

36

-13

11

17

Nelson

11

2

3

6

11

18

-7

9

18

Atherton LR

12

1

2

9

13

36

-23

5

19

Holker Old Boys

12

1

1

10

15

52

-37

4

20

Daisy Hill

10

0

3

7

13

33

-20

3

Saturday 13th October 2018 The Buildbase FA Vase 1st Round Cadbury Athletic v Hanley Town Hallam v Charnock Richard Hebburn Town v City of Liverpool Irlam v Handsworth Parramore Litherland REMYCA v Thackley Nelson v Ashington Northwich Vics v Cammell Laird 1907 Prestwich Heys v Garforth Town Runcorn Town v Guisborough Town Sporting Khalsa v Winsford United Squires Gate v Sandbach United Staveley Miners Welfare v Silsden Steeton v Avro Swallownest v Garstang Vauxhall Motors v Seaham Red Star Winterton Rangers v Lower Breck Premier Division Abbey Hey v Padiham Ashton Athletic v 1874 Northwich Bootle v Burscough West D & Chorlton v Congleton Town Whitchurch Alport v Barnoldswick T First Division North AFC Blackpool v Holker Old Boys Bacup Borough v Longridge Town Chadderton v Ashton Town Cleator Moor Celtic v AFC Liverpool Shelley v Carlisle City St Helens Town v Daisy Hill First Division South Alsager Town v Cheadle Town Barnton v Maine Road Cheadle Heath N v Abbey Hulton Utd Eccleshall v Wythenshawe Amateurs FC Oswestry Town v Stone Dominoes New Mills v Rylands Stone Old Alleynians v Stockport T Wythenshawe T v Ellesmere Rangers Monday 15th October 2018 Premier Division Whitchurch Alport v Squires Gate Winsford United v Irlam First Division North Daisy Hill v Nelson First Division South Maine Road v Abbey Hulton United Tuesday 16th October 2018 Premier Division Bootle v Padiham Congleton Town v Barnoldswick T Hanley Town v Ashton Athletic First Division North Prestwich Heys v Atherton LR First Division South Alsager Town v Sandbach United Cheadle HN v Wythenshawe Town

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League Tables Tables correct as at Thurs 11/10/2018 W

D

L

F

P

W

D

L

F

1

Premier Division City of Liverpool

12 10

P

2

0

39 11 28 32

A GD Pts 1

First Division South Abbey Hulton United

12

9

0

3

30 19 11 27

A GD Pts

2

Runcorn Town

13 10

0

3

33 19 14 30

2

St Martins

13

8

1

4

29 18 11 25

3

Silsden

13

7

4

2

26 17

9

25

3

Wythenshawe Ama

12

7

2

3

24 18

4

Barnoldswick Town

12

7

2

3

30 21

9

23

4

Rylands

10

7

0

3

33 12 21 21

5

Congleton Town

10

7

0

3

19

10 21

5

Cheadle Town

11

6

2

3

20 22 -2 20

6

Northwich Victoria

12

6

2

4

29 20

9

20

6

Stone Old Alleynians

9

5

4

0

19 11

8

19

7

Padiham

11

6

1

4

26 22

4

19

7

Vauxhall Motors

10

5

4

1

22 17

5

19

8

Charnock Richard

10

5

1

4

25 17

8

16

8 Cheadle Heath Nomads 12

6

0

6

26 27 -1 18

9

Bootle

11

4

4

3

20 15

5

16

9

New Mills

12

5

1

6

34 36 -2 16

10

1874 Northwich

13

4

4

5

15 23 -8 16

10

FC Oswestry Town

12

4

4

4

22 27 -5 16

11

Whitchurch Alport

11

4

3

4

21 16

15

11

Sandbach United

9

5

0

4

20

12

Hanley Town

12

4

2

6

17 27 -10 14

12

Wythenshawe Town

9

5

0

4

26 16 10 15

13

Squires Gate

10

4

1

5

14 11

13

13

Barnton

11

5

0

6

20 24 -4 15

14

Litherland REMYCA

10

3

3

4

18 19 -1 12

14

Alsager Town

12

4

2

6

22 28 -6 14

15

Ashton Athletic

10

3

1

6

9

14 -5 10

15

Stockport Town

11

3

3

5

17 18 -1 12

16

Burscough

10

3

1

6

18 25 -7 10

16

Cammell Laird 1907

11

3

3

5

19 24 -5 12

17

Irlam

10

1

5

4

18 23 -5

8

17

Eccleshall

11

4

0

7

21 32 -11 12

18

West Didsbury & Chorlton

12

2

2

8

14 31 -17 8

18

Stone Dominoes

12

2

1

9

10 29 -19 7

Maine Road

9

2

0

7

16 23 -7

Ellesmere Rangers

12

0

3

9

8

9

5

3

19

Winsford United

12

1

2

9

15 37 -22 5

19

20

Abbey Hey

12

1

2

9

10 39 -29 5

20

9

6

23

11 15

6

28 -20 3

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Match programme St Helens Town v Daisy Hill in the Hallmark Security League First Division North, Saturday 13th October 2018.

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Match programme St Helens Town v Daisy Hill in the Hallmark Security League First Division North, Saturday 13th October 2018.

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