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Talk of the Town Good afternoon and welcome to Ruskin Drive. May I open by welcoming our visitors from New Mills. I hope they enjoy the short time they will spend with us and have a safe journey home after the game.

I think it is fair to say to have been a frustrating month since we were last here hosting Whitchurch Alport on 10th February. Whilst were weren’t in top form during the contest against one of the high-flyers in division. We conceded three goals in the first half of the contest and the visiting stopper was having one of those games thwarting everything that was thrown at him. We started the second half well and pulled a goal back almost immediately after the restart through February player of the month Matty Smith and after this we were positive and looked dangerous going forward. We spurned a golden chance to reduced the arrears an Alex Ashby centre from the right found its way to Liam Diggle on the far post but the striker was unable to make any telling contact when a decent touch would have seen him add to his Town tally and make a game of the closing stages of the contest. As it was the visitors were to add a brace to their tally in the closing stages catching Town pouring forward trying the reduce the arrears and exploiting the space that the hosts had left giving what probably was an unfair to the final score but unfortunately that is where we are at the moment creating chances but not putting enough of them away and getting caught with sucker

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punches when we are trying to chase games. We then took a trip to Chadderton the following Saturday looking to get back on an even keel against a team who we defeated 3-1 at home in October. To say that we turned in a disappointing performance would be an understatement with poor performances right across the park and questions of application on the day in the after match post mortem being the order of the day with Town falling to a 4 -0 defeat.

Last Saturday saw us and seemingly everyone else in the country frustrated by the snowy weather as Town’s game at Silsden fell foul of the white-out which saw the full Hallmark Securities fixture list wiped out. We then moved onto mid-week and a small hop over the River Mersey to take on Cammell Laird 1907. We conceded a sloppy goal after 6 minutes to give the hosts an early foot-hold in the game and we never looked like we were going to score on the night with the home goalkeeper didn’t have a save of any note to make. A bobble saw Carl Williams defeated when the hosts doubled their lead and a vicious deflection aided Laird’s to net a third before they added a fourth in the closing stages to add the Town misery. We must bounce back quickly as we look more and more tentatively over our shoulders at the two clubs below us, Daisy Hill & Nelson being within touching distance and with games in hand on us. Attentions turn to this afternoons contest against a New Mills outfit who we visited on the opening day of the season and fell to a 2-0 reverse against. We will be looking to take a modicum of revenge for that defeat this afternoon as we look to ease the building pressure on the team in the relegation battle at the foot of the table. Let’s get behind Town this afternoon and hopefully cheer them on to a much needed victory! Enjoy the game . . . Jeff Voller


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From the Chair Welcome to our visitors from New Mills for today’s game, which is a reversal of our opening day’s fixture, when we lost 0-2 at Church Lane. With all due respect to our guests, we could well do with a reversal of that result, to turn around our fortunes and kick-start our season for, even at this late stage, it is still possible that we can begin to climb the table and overtake some of the clubs above us. Like our visitors today, we began the season with cautious optimism. We had just lost our manager, days before the big kick-off, whilst New Mills were preparing for life in a new division for the second successive season, having suffered two consecutive relegations. They began the season well enough, for after accounting for Town, they beat Eccleshall and drew with Nelson, lost to the useful Sandbach, but then took apart Holker Old Boys 7-2 and AFC Blackpool 4-1 in successive matches. After that, they seem to have rather lost their way, losing heavily 6-1 at Stockport Town, 4-1 at home to Atherton L.R. and 5-0 at Whitchurch, before surprising Litherland with a 2-1 win away from home

and so the season has continued, with glorious inconsistency. They have slipped down the table to their current 16th position, in spite of remarkable wins at Alsager and at home to neighbours Stockport, so all we can say before today’s game is that we simply have no idea who might win! Whilst some of our older supporters might recall our first meetings, back in the Cheshire League in the late 1970s, many more will remember a couple of fearful beatings Town took at the hands of New Mills when they were on their way up to better things seven or eight years ago, including a terrible 9-0 thrashing at Church Lane. They enjoyed five seasons in the Northern Premier League but, eventually, financial pressures took their toll and the crushing costs of a village side competing with non-league’s well-heeled big boys led to the club’s inevitable relegation two years ago. Looking back to New Mills’ promotion season of 2010/11 and a few near misses of the campaigns before that when both our clubs competed happily in our own NW Counties Premier Division, we now look around to see our clubs, together with Silsden, Bacup, Nelson, Atherton L.R. all members of the First Division, whilst Stone Dominoes are no longer with us. Add to that category, clubs then in the First Division have gone out of existence: Wigan Robin Park, Oldham Boro and Rochdale Town. Norton United were promoted to the Evo-Stik league a few seasons later and went out of existence although, on the positive side, Barnoldswick, AFC Liverpool, Ashton Athletic, Abbey Hey and Irlam have been promoted to the Premier Division and Ramsbottom United, Glossop North End, Colne and Atherton Collieries are all playing in the Evo-Stik League. This is not to mention the new clubs admitted to our league, who have largely been responsible for displacing the established Premier Division sides and who are now playing at that level or populating the upper end of the First Division table. Going back even a couple of years ago, a number of our clubs were taking their league status for granted. Now the old order is very much under threat and that’s before the big shake-up of First Division North and South gets under way at Step 6 next season. With relegation between Steps 6 and 7 – assuming the clubs at Step 7 meet the ground-grading criteria – some clubs at our level could be in for a rude awakening. Glyn Jones

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Player Awards August Sat 12 New Mills Thu 8 Abbey Hulton Sat 26 Eccleshall Tue 29 Atherton LR Player of the Month

A H A A

Neil Weaver Shaun Brady Shaun Brady Andy Webster Andy Webster

September Sat 02 Silsden Tue 05 Carlisle City Sat 16 Oswestry Town Wed 20 Litherland R Sat 23 Prestwich Heys Sat 30 Daisy Hill Player of the Month

H A A A H A

Luke Edwards Shaun Brady Neil Weaver Neil Weaver Joel Douglas Shaun Brady Shaun Brady

October Sat 07 Chadderton Sat 14 AFC Blackpool Sat 21 Stockport Town Sat 28 Cheadle Town Player of the Month

H H A H

Paul Cliff Alex Ashby Shaun Brady Paul Cliff Liam Dodd

November Sat 04 Eccleshall Thu 16 Holker OB Sat 18 Bacup Borough Sat 25 Oswestry Town Player of the Month

H H H H

Paul Cliff Paul Cliff Danny Lomax Shaun Brady Danny Lomax

December Sat 02 Nelson Sat 09 Daisy Hill Sat 16 Carlisle City Sat 23 Sandbach Utd Sat 30 Whitchurch A Player of the Month

A H H H A

Luke Edwards Luke Edwards Kieran Yong Shaun Brady Danny Lomax Shaun Brady

January Sat 06 Alsager Town Sat 13 Sandbach Utd Sat 27 Nelson Player f the Month

H Shaun Brady A Kieron Yong H Luke Edwards Andy Webster

February Sat 10 Whitchurch A Sat 17 Chadderton Player of the Mionth

H Andrew Presho A Carl Wiliams Matty Smith

March Tue 06 Sat 10 Tue 13 Sat 17 Sat 24 Wed 28 Sat 31

A H A A A A H

Cammell Laird New Mills AFC Blackpool Prestwich Heys Bacup Borough Holker Old Boys Cammell Laird

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The Prabhu Ventures Ltd Man of the Match v Carlisle City- Kieron Yong with manager Lee Jenkinson and Stuart Pyke

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The Prabhu Ventures Ltd Player of the Month - November 2017 - Danny Lomax pictured with manager Andy Langley and Stuart Pyke


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Club Information Honorary Life President: Alan Wellens Vice Presidents: Jim Barrett, Steve Ball and David Watkins Interim Chairman: Glyn Jones Hon. Secretary/Treasurer: Jeff Voller (07843 692695)

Hospitality: Margaret Wood and Paul Wood Other Committee: Andy Langley and Kieran Ford 1st Team Manager: Lee Jenkinson 1st Team Assistant Manager Nick Robinson 1st Team Physiotherapist Lisa Phillipson

Reserve Team Manager: Keith Griffiths U21s Team Manager: Jay Campbell U21s Assistant Manager: Joe McCann U18s Team Manager: Graham Arkle Sunday Team Manager: David Platt

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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Manager’s Notes Good afternoon and welcome to Ruskin Drive for today's clash with New Mills and welcome them to our new facilities here in St Helens. I hope their committee, players and supporters have a good trip to Merseyside and have a safe trip back home. Three games since my last notes and yet again three defeats to report on. The first was a defeat at home to Whitchurch in a game which may sound one sided but I can assure you this was not the case we certainly had our chances but Whitchurch were the more clinical in front of goal.

We then had an away game at Chadderton in which we were on the wrong end of a 4-0 drubbing against a team we should be really taking three points off. From start to finish this was the worst team performance since I've been here which lacked effort and desire and after the game the changing room door was locked and a few home truths were addressed. Take nothing away from Chadderton's performance they did totally out play us. Tuesday night we travelled to Cammell Laird against a team who are in the plays offs after a great run of results and I was definitely after a response from the lads. The performance was 200 times better than the Chaddy game but after gifting them three goals and then a deflected goal we lost 4-0 in a game which all their management team admitted flattered them.

Again we need to turn these performances into results, we are not a million miles away and I'm working hard to strengthen the squad before the 22nd March deadline. One signing to report on is the return of Danny Greene from Irlam. Danny is an outstanding talent and can give you 3 or 4 positions to play in and will be a great addition to the squad and hopefully we will see him and Luke Edwards terrorise defences like they did last season. Also can I wish a speedy recovery to Chairman John McKiernan (he isn't chairman anymore but will always be to me) who last week suffered a heart attack. John will be at today's game (doing nothing hopefully) and I couldn't think of anything better than 3 points today would help him in his recovery. All the best John from all of the management team and players. Thanks again for your continued support and as always I will give this club everything. Enjoy the game . . . Lee Jenkinson


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Blast from the Past Action from Town’s away fixture v New Mills , the opening game of the 2017-18 season at Church Lane.

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Q1. Who is the only player to be sent off in an FA Cup Merseyside Derby? Q2. Who is the only player to have been transferred from Bournemouth to Liverpool? Q3. Who is the only Uruguayan to win a Premier League medal? Q4. Which former Premier League player scored against a record 39 different Premier League teams in his career?

Q13. What was the nationality of Antonio Rattin, the first player to be sent off at Wembley? Q14. Singers FC was the original name of which current League Two club? Q15. Which ground hosted the 1950 FA Cup Semi Final between Everton & Liverpool?

1) Lucas Leiva 2) Jamie Redknapp 3) Diego Forlan 4) Frank Lampard 5) Kevin Philips 6) They were numbered 1-11 & 12-22 7) Hanley 8) Burnley & Wolves 9) Marmalade 10) QPR 11) 1872 12) Denmark 13) Argentinian 14) Coventry City 15) Maine Road

Half Time Quiz

Q12. Which country won Euro 92 despite never having qualified for the tournament?

Q5. Prior to Harry Kane in the 2017-18 season who was the last Englishman to win the Premier League golden boot? Q6. What was unusual about the kits worn in the 1933 FA Cup Final? Q7. In which NWCFL Town can you find a sculpture of Sir Stanley Matthews? Q8. Which two sides have been Champions of the top four English Divisions? Q9. Millwall stated life as a works team from what kind of factory? Q10. Which English team installed a synthetic first in 1991? Q11. Which year saw England play their first international match?

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Luke Edwards the Prabhu Ventures Ltd Man of the Match v Nelson with match sponsor Dave Ashby


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Alsager Town

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Carlisle City

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Johnsons Toyota

Chadderton

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Cheadle Town

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Daisy Hill

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Commercial Corner Welcome to today’s match sponsors Mark Turner from Airborne Bathroom Services who join us for a third consecutive season today as Match Ball sponsors along with being one of this season’s Player sponsors. I’d like to offer a first time welcome to one of our newest sponsors Meadowcroft Group who are today’s Match Programme sponsors, hopefully Adam Leavesley and his guest will enjoy their afternoon and we’ll seen them back at some point in the future. The club has published next season’s sponsorship packages which are available via the official website – season long packages are available from just £50 - £2500. There’s lots on offer from kit and leisure wear sponsorship, programme advertising, match day packages, pitch-side board advertising,

player sponsorship and much more. Sponsorship remains a vital income stream for the club and helps us support our operational costs and the development of our five current teams as well a plan for future growth. If you can help, no matter how much, it will always be appreciated. As a club we feel we offer sponsors an excellent return on investment and work extremely hard to promote those that support us. If it can’t be ‘hard cash’ then maybe donate a raffle prize or join our weekly Goldline Lottery.

Finally, a big welcome to 7 year old Zach Dunn who is today’s mascot and will lead out the Town players. Zach attends St. Thomas of Canterbury in Windle and he loves football playing for the MHS Juventus U7s in the Prescot League. He’s a huge Liverpool supporter and his favourite player is Roberto Firmino. Enjoy the game John McKiernan 07713 339 682 mckiernanj@live.com

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Photographs: Action from St Helens Town Reserve’s recent home fixture with Blacon Youth in the Cheshire League Division Two. The fixture finished 4-4

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Photographs: Action from Town’s home fixture v Whitchurch Alport in the Hallmark Security League 1st Division which finished 1-5 to our visitors.

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The world This week Kieran Ford takes a trip down memory lane and discovers events that happened this calendar week in the history of St Helens Town, sport in general and world news. The week of 4th-11th March

Last Season: World – 6th March 2017 US President Donald Trump signs his second executive order barring travellers from 6 mostly-Muslim countries for 90 days but leaves out Iraq. Sport – 7th March 2017 Arsenal suffer a thumping Champions League exit after being beaten 5–1 by Bayern Munich for the second match in succession, resulting in a 10–2 loss on aggregate. St Helens Town – 9th March 2017 Town secure a 2-2 draw versus Alsager Town at Hope Street, with a last minute equaliser by new centre half Liam Dodd, his 2nd goal in 2 games.

announces that he will retire from playing at the end of the season, calling time on a 26-year playing career. St Helens Town –11th March 2008 Town defeat Formby 4-2 at Knowsley Road, kicking off their unbeaten end to the season. 20 Years Ago World – 6th March 1998 Closure of South Crofty, the last working tin mine in Cornwall. Sport – 8th March 1998 Barnsley's dreams of marking their first top division season with FA Cup glory are ended when they lost 3–1 at Newcastle United in the quarterfinal. St Helens Town – 7th & 10th March 1988 St Helens beat Haslingden 4-2 at Houghton Road before being knocked out of the Liverpool Senior Cup by the same score line by Southport 3 days later. 30 Years Ago World – 7th March 1988 Margaret Thatcher announces a £3,000,000,000 regeneration scheme to improve a series of inner city areas by the year 2000. Sport – 4th March 1988 After seven months at Portsmouth, Ian Baird returns to Leeds United for £120,000. St Helens Town – 5th March 1988 Commencing a 3 game streak against Warrington Town, the two sides contest a goalless draw at Houghton Road.

10 Years Ago World – 7th March 2008 The coroner at the inquest into the death of Diana, Princess of Wales announced that The Duke of Edinburgh will not be called into court to give evidence over the deaths that Mohammed Al Fayed is accusing him of ordering. Sport – 4th March 2008 Colchester United's former England striker Teddy Sheringham, who turns 42 next month and is the oldest professional footballer in the country,

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50 Years Ago World – 7th March 1968 The BBC broadcasts the news for the first time in colour on television. Sport – 4th March 1968 Joe Frazier TKOs Buster Mathis in 11 for heavyweight boxing title. St Helens Town – 9th March 1968 Town advance to the Lancashire Junior Cup Semi -Final after defeating Skelmersdale United 2-1 at home.


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Match Report Chadderton 4, St. Helens Town 0 by Glyn Jones St. Helens began this game well enough to suggest they would stroll to collect the three points on offer and played the opening 20 minutes in such good form against a ring-rusty Chadderton side who had played only once in five weeks, yet midway through the first half, the match turned completely round and the home side assumed complete control. Town keeper Carl Williams was in the wars in the early stages, cutting his ear in a clash with a home player’s knee and injured himself again in another close contact soon after that, yet he pulled off a couple of very good first half saves from shots hit from distance as St. Helens kept Chadderton at bay, dominating the midfield in the opening exchanges. Danny Lomax captained the side from centre-half and he, Andy Presho and Andy Webster in defence set up attacking positions with good passes

forward for Shaun Brady, Liam Diggle, Alex Ashby and Luke Edwards and Edwards was unlucky not to score when, from a tight angle, his well-struck ball landed on top of the net. Diggle and Ashby also went close in the opening quarter. However, errors started to creep into Town’s play and these encouraged Chadderton to move forward and Williams did well to tip over from Jack Snape’s shot on the half-hour.

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Soon afterwards, another error led to Chadderton’s opening goal. Williams saved well again, but could only parry the ball and Jack Turnbull prodded home from short range. Turnbull was very much man of the moment and could have wrapped up the points himself before the half-time whistle, had he brought his shooting boots with him. Minutes later, he was clean through on goal but, unaccountably, pulled his shot wide, having done well to beat the offside trap, then roll on a few minutes before the break and, having comprehensively beaten Webster and Williams, missed the target. No matter for from the resulting corner, skipper Reece Lyndon nodded in unopposed for the second home goal. There was just enough time before the whistle for Turnbull to miss again, but at least this time his shot was from 40 yards out and, had his attempt come off, it would have been spectacular. Two goals down at the interval, Town did try to mount a comeback, but it was only a token effort and it soon petered out. Turnbull’s shooting did not get any better either, sending his next effort wide of the post with Williams well beaten, but at least Chadderton could relax for, within minutes, the points were wrapped up. Captain Lyndon had to retire with a hamstring strain but his fellow full-back Liam Eadsforth scored the third goal in the 59th minute and substitute Ryan Shenton netted the fourth home goal sixteen minutes from the end to hand Chadderton a 4-0 win, which moved them three places up the table, leaving Town in 20th position, with only Daisy Hill and Nelson below them. Although both teams also lost on Saturday, they have matches in hand on St. Helens and are well within touching distance and, unless Town start to win matches soon, they are in real danger of finishing the season bottom of the table.


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Club 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

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 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 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

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

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)

83 Harry McCann

36 Albert Leadbetter 1950/51

300 Jackie Cooke (1 estimated)

81 Ray Fairweather

35 Arthur Tyrer 1957/58

287 Gary Laird

72 Arthur Tyrer

34 Lee Cooper 2001/02

280 Kevin Grice (147 estimated)

68 Phil Stainton

33 Ronnie Rigby 1952/53

278 Jimmy Woodyer (67 estimated)

63 Mervyn Bull

32 Harry McCann 1950/51

276 Iain Dyson

31 Terry Garner 1950/51

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

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2017-18 Fixtures, Facts and Figu Date Opponents Aug 12 New Mills AUG 17 ABBEY HULTON UTD Aug 26 Eccleshall Aug 29 Atherton LR SEP 02 SILSDEN Sep 05 Carlisle City SEP 09 HEMSWORTH M.W. Sep 16 FC Oswestry Town Sep 20 Litherland REMYCA Sep 23 PRESTWICH HEYS Sep 30 Daisy Hill OCT 07 CHADDERTON Oct 11 Holker Old Boys OCT 14 AFC BLACKPOOL Oct 17 Prestwich Heys Oct 21 Stockport Town OCT 26 LITHERLAND REMCYA OCT 28 CHEADLE TOWN NOV 02 DAISY HILL NOV 04 ECCLESHALL NOV 16 HOLKER OLD BOYS NOV 18 BACUP BOROUGH NOV 25 FC OSWESTRY TOWN Dec 02 Nelson DEC 09 DAISY HILL DEC 16 CARLISLE CITY DEC 23 SANDBACH UNITED Dec 30 Whitchurch Alport JAN 06 ALSAGER TOWN Jan 13 Sandbach United JAN 27 NELSON FEB 10 WHITCHURCH ALPORT Feb 17 Chadderton Mar 06 Cammell Laird 1907 MAR 10 NEW MILLS Mar 13 AFC Blackpool Mar 17 Prestwich Heys Mar 24 Bacup Borough Mar 28 Holker Old Boys MAR 31 CAMMELL LAIRD 1907 Apr 02 Alsager Town APR 07 ATHERTON LR APR 14 LITHERLAND REMCYA Apr 17 Silsden Apr 21 Abbey Hulton United APR 28 STOCKPORT TOWN May 05 Cheadle Town

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Match Report Mills Thrills Alport as Town lose at Ruskin. By Kieran Ford Sport in St Helens was on full showcase at the Arcroframe Stadium this afternoon as Pilkington Recs participated in the Rugby League Challenge Cup next door to St Helens Town’s contest against Whitchurch Alport. Melissa Grace and family were present at the match who are part of the Melissa's Smile fund, raising awareness for Angelman

Syndrome. Melissa's friendly smile has also charmed players, supports and officials from Whitchurch Alport. Our opponents have, along with St Helens Town, supported the fund for some time, and it was great to see all three parties unite as Melissa lead out the players before the match commenced. The game started with a backdrop of chants of “Red Army!” from the number of travelling supporters packed in the Ruskin Drive stand on a rainy afternoon. The opening exchanges were filled with physicality as both sides adjusted to a slippery surface, and some suspect first touches from either side were almost punished.

The first attempt on target of the match produced the first goal on 12 minutes. With the ball going dead the referee judged that St Helens keeper Carl Williams touched the ball last, giving a corner. While the goalie was protesting with the referee Whitchurch took the corner quickly, and Benjamin Mills was left with a free header to put the ball past a scrambling Williams. In a game void of chances, it was St Helens that created the next. A direct run from Luke

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Edwards on the left ended in a low cross to find Liam Diggle in the centre. The chance was a hard one and Diggle did well to get a good connection, but his shot flashed past the left-hand post.

3 minutes of the restart. Liam Diggle peeled off the left, picked up the ball and laid it off to an onrushing Matty Smith who finished smartly with the outside of his boot.

Edwards was the architect of another Town chance later on; Michael Furlong played a well timed through ball to put him through,

The hopes of a comeback were nearly extinguished minutes later, Michael Furlong gave the ball away cheaply in midfield which allowed an Alport break. The ball found Simon Everall but his effort produced a good save from Carl Williams in the Town goal. As the last 20 minutes came, the game became more open as both sides thought they had a good chance of adding to their tally. St Helens took off Shaun Brady and replaced him with Alex Ashby on the right -hand side, while Matty Smith continued to drive forward at every opportunity as Michael Furlong screened the defence. Town had a huge chance to reduce the deficit further with 10 minutes to go. A teasing cross from Alex Ashby was put on a plate for Liam Diggle but the forward couldn’t connect properly with the cross. The loose ball found Luke Edwards, but his powerful shot could only flash across the face of goal. This was his last action as he was replaced by Hal McHugh.

but his powerful drive was saved by the Alport keeper and into the side netting. Despite Town’s chances, it was Whitchurch who extended their lead. Scorer of the first goal Ben Mills was allowed too much time on the edge of the area and picked his spot before arrowing an effort into the far corner. Town’s risky play at the back gave the away fans more fuel to get behind their team, as their defence stifled Town’s attacking threat for the most part, putting the Blues defence under pressure.

Town were to rue this missed chance as minutes later Alport restored their 3-goal lead. Some poor marking from a corner allowed substitute Elliot Ledwards to have a free header and nod the ball home for a fourth Whitchurch goal. Alport capped of a 5-star match by adding a fifth in stoppage time. Captain Simon Everall was allowed through on goal, and rounded the goalkeeper before slotting home.

Alport completed a perfect half just before the whistle. Their back-post corner routine finally paid off as a floated corner was met by Hovik Nersesyan as the visitors went into the half time break with a healthy lead.

St Helens worked hard, and a 5-1 score line may not reflect this, however with 3 goals conceded from set pieces, there’s a definite area of focus in training for manager Lee Jenkinson.

HT: St Helens Town 0 – 3 Whitchurch Alport (Mills, 12, 38) (Nersesyan, 45+1)

FT: St Helens Town (Smith, 48) 1 – 5 Whitchurch Alport (Mills, 12, 38) (Nersesyan, 45+1) (Ledwards, 84) (Simon Everall, 90+2)

The blues come out for the second half in a more positive mood and gave themselves some hope of a miraculous comeback within

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Forthcoming Fixtures Town Reserves (Cheshire League Division 2) League

10/03/2018

12:15

St Helens Town Res

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Buxton FC Res

League

17/03/2018

15:00

Moore United FC

v

St Helens Town Res

League

31/03/2018

12:15

St Helens Town Res

v

Grappenhall Sports

League

07/04/2018

15:00

Unicorn Athletic JFC

v

St Helens Town Res

League

10/04/2018

19:45

Buxton FC Res

v

St Helens Town Res

League

21/04/2018

12:15

St Helens Town Res

v

Cuddington FC

Town U18s (North West Youth Alliance League Division One) League

11/03/2018

14:30

Colne FC

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St Helens Town

Cup

18/03/2018

15:00

St Helens Town AFC

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Altrincham AFC

League

25/03/2018

14:30

Witton Albion FC

v

St Helens Town

Town U21s (North West U21s Development League Premier Division) League

11/03/2018

15:00

St Helens Town

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Wythenshawe Town

League

18/03/2018

14:00

West Kirby United

v

St Helens Town

League

25/03/2018

14:00

Rylands

v

St Helens Town

Town Sunday (Liverpool Business Houses League Division One) League

18/03/2018

11:30

Speke 1066 Athletic

v

St Helens Town

League

25/03/2018

11:30

St Helens Town

v

FC Waterloo

League

01/04/2018

10:30

West Derby Oaklands

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St Helens Town

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On this day In history Five losses, five wins and two draws on this day is Town’s history with games spread over the last seven decades. Competitions include the Liverpool Challenge Cup, Lancashire Combination, Cheshire League, Liverpool Senior Cup and North West Counties League.

On this day in 1951 Town defeated Formby 1-0 in the Liverpool Challenge Cup Semi-final at Skelmersdale United. The only goal of the game was scored by Byrne with Town racing the final against Burscough at the end of the season. Unfortunately the Linnets ran out 3-1 winners at Wigan Athletic. Goals from Potter and Pennington earned Town a 2-2 draw against South Liverpool on this date in 1956. The teams shared the spoils at Hoghton Road in the Lancashire Combination Division One. The start of the sixties (1962) sees Town back at Hoghton Road in the Lancashire Combination Division Two where they hosted Horwich RMI Reserves. Four goals from Underdown and a strike from Appleton gave Town a comprehensive 5-1 victory. It would be seventeen years later, and the end of the 1970s (1979) before Town played again on

this date when Burscough were the visitors to Hoghton Road in the Cheshire League top flight. A goalless score line saw the teams share the spoils. The early days of the North West Counties League (1984) saw Town travel to Lancaster City and goals from Farnsworth (2) and Kinsey saw them record a 2-3 win over the ‘Dolly Blues’. Shawebridge was the venue on this date in 1993 as Town made the trip to rivals Clitheroe in the North West Counties League First Division. Two second half goals from Steve Pennington saw Town return home with an impressive 0-2 win. It was Liverpool Senior Cup 2nd Round action on this date in 1998 as Town travelled to Conference outfit Southport. The home side ran out 4-2 winners with Town’s goals coming from Pennington and Gilmore in a decent performance against the Sandgrounders. On this date in 2001 Town hosted Ramsbottom United for the first time at Knowsley Road in the North West Counties League Division One. Our visitors ran out 1-2 winners with Brian Hatton giving Town an early lead, It was a similar story eight season’s later when ‘Rammy’ returned to Knowsley Road and ran out 1-3 winners in the NWCFL top flight. On that occasion John Elias hit a late consolation for Town. It was our temporary home of Edge Green Street (Ashton Town) on this date in 2012 when Town hosted Congleton Town in the NWCFL. Despite an Iain Dyson penalty on the stroke of half time the ‘Bears’ ran out 1-3 winners. 2015 saw Town play host to high flying Glossop North End (at Brocstedes Park, Ashton Athletic) and for a third straight game on this date ou visitors ran out 1-3 winners. Jack McKay hit a very late consolation for Town. John McKiernan

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League News City of Liverpool FC have announced that they have entered into a period of exclusivity with Liverpool City Council in respect of a potential site for our Community Stadium. This follows an exhaustive near three-year process, the start of which preceded the actual formation of the Club by virtually a year. The Club will now have a period of six months during which time they will develop a comprehensive business case, including funding and planning, in order to enable the Council to grant a long-term lease to the site. The Club has seriously engaged with 4 sites in this 3 year period and for various reasons each has proved to have insurmountable obstacles. Having explored the possibility of locating their Community Stadium at numerous existing sports and leisure and green field sites throughout the city and along the municipal borders, the focus changed to working with Liverpool City Council to look at potential regeneration sites. This resulted in the drafting of a comprehensive list of regeneration sites of varying degrees of viability, from which two preferred options emerged. Due to significant planning barriers posed to development at the site that was initially favoured by both the Council and the Club, attentions turned to “option two” – the former Fazakerley Playing Fields in Liverpool 10. Initial investigations have led all parties to believe that Fazakerley Playing Fields is a realistic option for the Club's Community Stadium and the period of exclusivity

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provided by Liverpool City Council grants the Club time to do the necessary preparatory work without the looming possibility of the site being sold to another party – as has happened previously with a privately owned site. However, while the Board is pleased that they have taken a step forward , there are still some major hurdles for the Club to overcome and a lot of hard work to be undertaken before the site can be assigned to COLFC and we see the fabled “spade in the ground”. Nevertheless, we are delighted that we have this opportunity to secure the long-term future of the Club. It is our ambition to deliver a stadium that is genuinely unique to COLFC, with innovative and sustainable design features being developed that the Board believes will enthuse our members, supporters and the wider community, as well as clearly display the ambitions of the club to progress through the football pyramid and provide a Community Football Stadium that the City & indeed the City Region can be proud of.

The Club will undertake comprehensive consultation with our members and with the wider community as our plans for the site and the funding package required emerge in coming months. In the meantime, the Board wishes to place on record our thanks to Deputy Mayor Cllr Ann O’Byrne, Mark Kitts and Nick Flanagan at Liverpool City Council, and Dr Michael Birkett and his staff at our main Club Sponsors Regenda Homes, for their invaluable and ongoing assistance and support. Member Shareholders in COLFC will have already received more detailed information ahead of a Shareholders meeting, which will occur in the next couple of weeks.


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St Helens Mind The last several months have been interesting and colourful for St. Helens Mind. As well as becoming the Mayoral charity for 2017-18 we became the Charity Partner of St. Helens Town AFC. The Mayors Gala Dinner saw many local businesses, artists and entertainers donate auction and raffle prizes. The guests gave generously and we raised vital funds from ticket sales, an auction and raffle. Other donations to the Mayor have come from individuals, and organisations such as Soroptomists. Not only has our gain been financial, it has provided us with publicity and the chance to raise awareness of our work in St. Helens. We have also been the beneficiaries of donations from individuals who have run marathons, raised sponsorship for walks and other activities. We have seen many local pupils wear festive hats to school to raise money, others have made a donation instead of sending Christmas cards. Local shoppers have helped us to set up the Sound of Mind Choir and equip our garden at the Mansion House site. They did this by voting with Tesco tokens and by buying carrier bags at a local One Stop Shop. A market stall, Habiknit, has our collecting tins

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to collect donations from their customers and we would welcome any other businesses who would like to do the same. We became Charity Partners for St. Helens Town AFC and it has been a superb opportunity for us to raise our profile whilst offering support to the Club. We encourage our members and volunteers to attend and have enjoyed our time at home games. You may see our logo in the programme and on the player tracksuits and leisure wear. Calendar sales have also been in support of our charity.

This year we have Ste Lingard 'Beating the Bounds' to raise funds, a local lady jumping from a plane on her 50th birthday and being sponsored to do so and a Triathlon Club planning activities to help us to continue or work. We are occasionally bequeathed donations in the memory of a loved one. We understand that at a sad time, family members can gain some comfort by doing so. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone, too numerous to list here, for their kindness and generosity. We welcome any fundraising ideas, donations or interest in our work. You can find us at www.sthelensmind.org.uk, on Twitter @sthelensmind or even on our Facebook Page. You can email us at admin@sthelensmind.org.uk or telephone 01744 647089 Gill Ellison Manager


Thanks to our Match Sponsors (Dave Watkins) and Match Ball Sponsors (St Helens Mind) along with Melissa Granger who were our guests at our last home game v Whitchurch Alport

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Town Archive Lady Luck smiled on Town once again in the FA Vase quarter-finals when Falmouth Town made the long journey to Hoghton Road on 28th February. 1987. However, it was far from an easy ride for Town and the unchanged team, with Mark Gledhill deputising for Dave Collins as the reserve, could only draw 1-1 with their Cornish visitors, the tie going to extra time once again. Chris Long headed in for Falmouth after 25 minutes and, after that it was all St. Helens. Coming out for the second half 0-1 down, it took Town less than a minute to level the tie, Phil Layhe scoring again, but despite another 44 minutes of seemingly constant pressure on the visitors’ goal, the home team missed a whole host of chances and extra time was completed in much the same vein.

The Town team was: Johnston, Benson, Wilson, Lowe, Bendon; Cummins, O’Neil, Collins (J), Rigby, McComb and Layhe. Subs: Deakin and Griffiths. Reserve: Gledhill. Scorer: Layhe.

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An unwanted 700-mile round trip to Cornwall was undertaken the following week for the Bickland Park replay. The team was, once again, unchanged, with Deakin and Gledhill named on the bench, Bryan Griffiths and Gary Laird travelling as reserves. An overnight stay in Torquay either side of the game broke the journey (the longest made by St. Helens Town in their entire history) and the team were relieved that the Falmouth pitch had passed a referee’s inspection only just before their arrival. Town began in encouraging style and had three chances before Phil Layhe netted from Paul Wilson’s wayward free kick after 30 minutes. The score remained 1-0 until half-time and the second half passed without further scoring, thanks to inspired performances from both goalkeepers. It was a sweet, but long, trek home for Town, with the mouth-watering prospect of a two-legged semi-final with Emley. The team was: Johnston; Benson, Wilson, Lowe Bendon; Cummins, O’Neil, Collins (J), Rigby, McComb and Layhe. Subs: Deakin and Gledhill. Reserves: Griffiths and Laird. Scorer: Layhe. Glyn Jones


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 all-time 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

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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 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

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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. Current club captain Andy

Gillespie won the NW Counties’ golden boot with 34 goals in the 2015/16 season and netted another 24 times last season. This season sees Town in their third season in the Hallmark Securities League First Division, aiming to put behind themselves two seasons of inconsistent performances which have seen them finish some way short of the promotion places, despite some excellent results. New manager Lee Jenkinson, who served his time under the experienced Alan Gillespie, now has a settled first team squad and with the club having endured seven years of a nomadic existence, ground-sharing at Ashton Town, Ashton Athletic and Prescot Cables, the excellent 3G facilities at Ruskin Drive are now up and running and backed up by a strong development system, featuring Under-18s, Under-21s and Reserves managed by a top -class coaching team, St. Helens Town are looking forward once again to a great future. Glyn Jones


In Town Today New Mills AFC, based in the High Peak of Derbyshire, have been at the forefront of organised football in the area for almost 125 years. The Club's home ground, regarded as one of the most picturesque in non-league football, is situated opposite the impressive St George’s Church and has a splendid backdrop of Kinder Scout, which is the highest point in the Peak District National Park.

In 1959, Joe Martin took charge as manager which started a great run of success for the club. They won the league seven times as well as plenty of trophies before Joe retired in 1972. The club went into the Cheshire League in 1974 but had a lean time whilst members there. They became founder members in 1982 of the North West Counties League being placed in Division Two. Unfortunately, the club began to suffer financially they finished at the foot of the table and in the summer of 1983 ceased playing. Local amateur side Birch Vale and Thornsett FC were looking for a new ground and began playing at Church Lane. Within twelve months they adopted the name of New Mills. The new club began to progress firstly in the Lancashire and Cheshire Leagues.

The game of football has been played in the town of New Mills since the early 1880’s, when the club first played in friendlies before joining leagues such as the North Cheshire League and ultimately the Manchester League. In the period up to the First World War the club won almost everything on offer including the Derbyshire Minor Cup.

In 1919, they commenced playing again and dropped the St. Georges from their name. They joined the Manchester league once again and finished top in 1924 and after finishing a runners-up the following season, lifted the championship once again in 1926. New Mills also won the Derbyshire Cup three seasons out of four. The club was extremely well supported and had regular gates of around 3000. Not bad with the town then having a population of 7,500. This was a very successful few seasons for the club and at least half a dozen players moved onto clubs in the Football League. The club played at a number of grounds before they moved to their present home at Church Lane in 1922.

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New Mills re-joined the North West Counties League in 2004 and the first two seasons were ones of consolidation with the club finishing in 9th and then 12th

Under the stewardship of Tony Hancock and his assistant Paul Kirkham they are enjoyed halcyon days as 2006/7 saw the club win the Division Two Cup and also just failed to challenge for the title with a fourth placed finish being the reward for a fine season. The 2007/8 season saw more silverware at Church Lane as the Second Division Championship was secured. The team broke numerous Club records as they won the Championship by ten points. A great deal of work has also been done on the clubs picturesque ground and the club were optimistic that the 2008/9 season would culminate in promotion to the UniBond League. Although the 2008/09 season saw another trophy triumph, The League Challenge Cup was secured following a win over Runcorn Linnets. New

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Mills put together a then an unprecedented twenty one game winning run only to be denied promotion to The UniBond League when in the box seat. A final day defeat at AFC Fylde resulted in the team finishing runners up on goal difference. 2009/10 saw New Mills finish second in the Premier League for a second season in succession trailing in the wake of Newcastle’s record breaking start to the season. There was also heartbreak in the Vodkat League Challenge Cup as the Millers were disqualified from the competition after winning 3-0 at Abbey Hey in the Quarter Finals for fielding an ineligible player, ironically Abbey Hey then went on to claim the trophy. Towards the end of the 2009/10 season Hancock resigned, former Mossley boss Ally Pickering taking over as caretaker and Pickering became full-time manager and 2010/11 proved third time lucky as New Mills achieved promotion to The Evo -Stik League The debut season in The Evo-Stik Northern Premier League was tough after being placed in Division One South, but the eventual position of ninth represented a respectable finish. After a mixed start to the 2012/13 campaign, Pickering was replaced by assistant Roy Soule, who guided them to a play-off position, losing to Trafford in the play-off semi-final. 2013/14 was a difficult season with a wet winter producing the inevitable March/ April fixture backlog. The Club eventually

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ended in a mid-table position in Division One North. 2014/2015 proved tough for New Mills AFC. They finished in a relegation position but gained a reprieve. Soule resigned in the summer and was replaced by Keith Briggs who left the Club three weeks later replaced by his Assistant Andy Fearn. Fearn remained for seven games before resigning, being replaced by Garry Brown and assistant Paul Williams. Despite their previous success at Wythenshawe Town, they were unable to make the step up and the club mustered just three draws in the season gaining national media attention. The club found themselves back in the North West Counties League for the 2016/17 season but despite improvement Brown resigned early in the season, with Williams taking over. Williams was unsuccessful in making the step up from Assistant Manager and he was to leave the club before Christmas in 2016. Calum Sykes was appointed the new Manager and clinched the signings of a number of players that he had worked with at previous clubs giving the club solid foundations to build from moving forwards. Home form was good at the end of 2016/17 but away form remained disappointing and the club were relegated, but with many of the playing squad remaining at the club, the club are positive going into the 2017/18 season. With New Mills in lower mid-table Sykes left the club in November with Gareth Cross & Nick Dowse taking caretaker charge before being appointed on a permanent basis at the end of November.


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Beast from the East When I first heard that the 'Beast from the East' was coming a ripple of excitement stirred my innocent breast: had Town signed The Ghost of Trifon Ivanov? Could we look forward to a bearded apparition firing a succession of rocket-like direct free kicks high over a flapping Bert Trautmann, menacing the Sticky Wicket's roof? Alas, no. It was just cold snap, though sufficient to wipe out most of the country's non-league programme, and to hamper the wilder outposts of the professional game. It also caused the postponement of the St. Helens 10k, as parts of the course were considered dashed slippery, and therefore unsafe: it is the event organiser’s duty to give the participants at least a better than evens chance of surviving the experience with their limbs intact - a fact lost on the organisers of the Winter Olympics and promoters on Westfield Street. The freeze did not, however, halt my walking programme. Far from presenting an insurmountable hazard, it transformed local landscapes into a form of winter wonderland. The Sankey Valley did a respectable impersonation of a Victorian snowdome, and north of Carr Mill Dam I swear I heard the grunt of distant reindeer on the wind. The nippy novelty encouraged my ongoing preparation for Beating the Bounds 2018: the 42-mile walk around the Borough's perimeter on Sunday 13 May. The route starts and

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finishes at Haydock Park, and follows the Borough boundary (as near as public rights of way and road safety permit) anticlockwise, around Billinge, Rainford, Eccleston, Rainhill, Bold, Parr, Earlestown, Newton-le-Willows and Haydock. It is gently undulating (apart from the section around Billinge), and most of it is on hard pathways that are in good condition whatever the weather. You are welcome to join us, for as much or as little of the route as you fancy. You can find the times, waypoints and other details at www.facebook.com/walkthewalk950/, on Twitter via @walkthewalk950 or by emailing me at sglingard@gmail.com. If coming along please consider using the walk as an opportunity to raise funds for a cause that means something to you (I will be doing so for St. Helens Mind, the club’s charity partners). Simply pick a cause, set up a donations page (mine is at https:// uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SteLingard) and let your friends know what you are doing. Together, we can help lots of people in our community. I can think of 11 men (plus substitutes) who could also help lots of people in our community - this afternoon. If we all close our eyes, cross our fingers and wish very hard, maybe, just maybe, The Ghost of Trifon Ivanov will loom over Ruskin at three o’clock, striking fear into New Mills hearts’. He may even be persuaded to take a direct free kick, though I hope the captain will only turn to him if we are at least three goals up at the time – to do so in other circumstances would be an indulgence. COYB Ste Lingard / @stelingard


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How do we Compare? St Helens Town - last 6 matches All Competitions Most recent Home L L W D D Away D W L L L Collated D L D L L

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Previous Meetings 2002-03

at New Mills MANC-P

NWC-D1

2003-04

MANC-P

NWC-D1

2004-05

NWC-D2

NWC-D1

2005-06

NWC-D2

NWC-D1

2006-07

NWC-D2

NWC-D1

2007-08

NWC-D2

09/09; 2-1

2008-09

06/12; 1-7

26/01; 0-4

2009-10

06/03; 1-2

28/09; 2-4

2010-11

12/03; 0-9

NWC-PD

2011-12

NPL-1S

NWC-PD

2012-13

NPL-1N

NWC-PD

2013-14

NPL-1N

NWC-PD

2014-15

NPL-1N

NWC-D1

2015-16

NPL-1N

NWC-D1

2016-17

NWC-PD

10/03/2018

2017-18

12/08; 0-2

St Helens Town Scores First Games Played

7

St Helens Town Wins

1

Draws

0

New Mills Wins

6

191

St Helens Town Goals

6

1 2

New Mills Goals

29

Percentage Town Wins

14.29

Previous Meetings D L 1 4 0 5 0 0 0 0 1 9 0 2 0 2

F 15 19 0 0 34 3 6

A 16 25 0 0 41 7 8

GD -1 -6 0 0 -7 -4 -2

Win % 44.44 50.00 0.00 0.00 47.37 33.33 50.00


League News Eccleshall are to consider various options after the sudden and totally unexpected departure of their entire management team on Sunday evening. Dave Dale, Nick Farrington and Richard Farrington quit the club to return to Newcastle Town after their manager left the club by mutual consent. The bombshell was all the more difficult to take following Saturday’s hard fought 4-1 victory against Stockport Town and was the third home win on the trot for The Eagles. Eccleshall Secretary Jim Tunney said: “We are, understandably, very unhappy about both the timing and the manner in which they left the club, not to mention the situation it placed us in, facing a game on Wednesday evening and a home match next Saturday. "I heard the news, which was totally out of the blue, around 7.30pm Sunday evening and could not believe it. We felt we finally had a stable management team who were gradually taking the team forward, playing good football, and making progress. "Indeed, our impressions were that they

were in it for the long haul as Dave had indicated he had ‘unfinished business’ at Pershall Park when he returned to the club. "As if to rub salt in the wound, I received a seven-day notice from their new club at 10pm for one of our players, which was totally tactless in my view, bearing in mind the news we received earlier. I guess values like loyalty, respect, trust and commitment have all but disappeared from non-league football and the game is poorer for it in my view”.

As to the future, Jim added: “We had a committee meeting on Monday evening to discuss the situation and, as an interim measure, team management duties will be handled from within the club whilst we consider various options open to us. "Team captain, Harvey Collins, attends the meetings as a player representative and he has pledged his support. We are also led to believe that the players are behind us in this situation and we are grateful for that. Weather permitting, we move on to Saturday’s home match against New Mills and we will take things from there”. Atherton LR have been removed from the LWC Drinks First Division Cup, after fielding an ineligible player in the quarter final tie against Daisy Hill. Daisy Hill will therefore be reinstated into the competition, and take their place in the semi-finals alongside Prestwich Heys, Cammell Laird 1907 and Sandbach United. The draw for the semi-finals will take place before the League Management

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approach the business end of the season. Speaking of Dally's appointment, McNally said, "I have brought him [Dally] into my management team to support me, and provide the link needed between management and the players.

Committee meeting on Wednesday 7th March, and will be broadcast live online. Kev Dally has joined Litherland REMYCA as assistant manager to boss Paul McNally.

REMYCA had been looking to hire a first team coach since the departure of Matt Fisher last year, and have been advertising since November.

"Kev has a lot of experience at NWCFL level previously, as an assistant and as a manager, so he understands what it requires to be part of a successful management team."

Dally was handed the role by McNally following brief discussions, with his experience at this level understood to be the main reason behind the appointment. The ex-Formby manager was most recently the manager of AFC Liverpool, and will work alongside McNally as the REMY

The gaffer expects Dally's arrival to boost the side, adding, "He brings some excellent qualities to the team which, moving forward, can only help us improve and reach the level we aim to be at."

New Mills recent League standings Season 2002-03 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

League MANC-P MANC-P NWC-2 NWC-2 NWC-2 NWC-2 NWC-P NWC-P NWC-P NPL-1S NPL-1N NPL-1N NPL-1N NPL-1N NWC-P

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P 30 30 36 36 34 34 42 42 42 42 42 42 42 42 42

W 11 8 13 13 21 28 34 27 32 17 26 12 6 0 8

D 6 6 6 7 6 3 2 9 6 12 7 9 7 3 9

L 13 16 17 16 7 3 6 6 4 13 9 21 29 39 25

F 57 55 51 46 74 107 92 108 102 79 107 68 56 26 65

A 60 64 74 62 42 23 33 38 38 76 59 95 107 156 102

GD -3 -9 -23 -16 32 84 59 70 64 3 48 -27 -51 -130 -37

Pts 39 30 45 46 69 87 104 90 102 63 85 45 25 3 33

Position 10/16 14/16 9/19 12/19 4/18 1/18 2/22 2/22 1/22 9/22 3/22 16/22 21/22 22/22 20/22


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Premier Division Fixtures

Premier Division Table Thurs08/03/2018

P

W

D

L

F

A

GD Pts

1

Runcorn Linnets

32 24

4

4

98

29

69

76

2

Widnes

34 21

6

7

77

43

34

69

3

Charnock Richard

29 18

4

7

77

44

33

58

4

Runcorn Town

29 18

4

7

68 48

20

58

5

Bootle

29 17

5

7

87

41

46

56

6

Hanley Town

29 17

4

8

63

36

27

55

7

1874 Northwich

21

13

4

4

45

27

18

43

8

Ashton Athletic

25

13

3

9

54

29

25

42

9

City of Liverpool

26

12

6

8

57

41

16

42

10

Padiham

26

13

3

10 60 52

8

42

11 Barnoldswick Town 27

12

4

11

57

49

8

40

12 Northwich Victoria

29

11

4

14

47

63

-16

37

13

Squires Gate

29

11

4

14

47

71

-24

37

14

Congleton Town

28

9

7

12

53

53

0

34

15

Winsford United

28

9

7

12

43

57

-14

34

16 West Did & Chorlton 28 10

3

15 60 84

-24

33

17

Burscough

31

9

5

17

48

71

-23

32

18

Abbey Hey

28

9

4

15

45

59

-14

31

19

Irlam

26

8

5

13

39 49

-10

29

20

Maine Road

30

9

1

20 42

79

-37

28

21

AFC Liverpool

29

7

5

17

55

65

-10

26

22

AFC Darwen

27

3

6

18

32 90

-58

15

23

Barnton

32

1

6

25 48 122 -74

9

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Saturday 10th March 2018 1874 Northwich v AFC Darwen Ashton Athletic v Runcorn Linnets Barnton v Winsford United Bootle v Barnoldswick Town Burscough v Runcorn Town Charnock Richard v Northwich Victoria Congleton Town v Abbey Hey Maine Road v Hanley Town Padiham v Irlam Squires Gate v West Dids & Chorlton Sunday 11th March 2018 AFC Liverpool v City of Liverpool FC

Tuesday 13th March 2018 Congleton Town v Padiham West Dids & Chorlton v Hanley Town Wednesday 14th March 2018 Barnton v City of Liverpool FC Runcorn Town v Squires Gate Saturday 17th March 2018 Abbey Hey v Squires Gate AFC Liverpool v Congleton Town Barnoldswick Town v Winsford United Bootle v Charnock Richard Hanley Town v Runcorn Town Irlam v Ashton Athletic Northwich Victoria v Maine Road Padiham v West Didsbury & Chorlton Runcorn Linnets v City of Liverpool FC Widnes v AFC Darwen Monday 19th March 2018 Winsford United v Charnock Richard Tuesday 20th March 2018 1874 Northwich v Barnoldswick Town Ashton Athletic v Hanley Town Bootle v Maine Road Congleton Town v Runcorn Linnets Irlam v Abbey Hey Wednesday 21st March 2018 AFC Darwen v Northwich Victoria Saturday 24th March 2018 AFC Darwen v Barnton Barnoldswick Town v Maine Road Burscough v AFC Liverpool City of Liverpool FC v Ashton Athletic Hanley Town v Bootle Northwich Victoria v Irlam Padiham v Winsford United Runcorn Town v Abbey Hey Squires Gate v Charnock Richard West Dids & Chorlton v Congleton Town Monday 26th March 2018 City of Liverpool FC v 1874 Northwich Tuesday 27th March 2018 Barnoldswick Town v Congleton Town Padiham v Runcorn Linnets


First Division Table Thurs 08/03/2018

P

W

D

L

F

First Division Fixtures

A GD Pts

1

Silsden AFC

28 23

1

4

76 26 50 70

2

Litherland REMYCA

27 20

3

4

79 24 55 63

3

Whitchurch Alport

27

19

3

5

61

4

Cammell Laird 1907

31

16

4

11

65 49 16 52

5

Prestwich Heys

24

16

3

5

68 31

6

Sandbach United

28 16

2

10 55 44

11

50

7

Alsager Town

25

13

6

6

57 44

13

45

8

AFC Blackpool

26

14

3

9

51 45

6

45

9

Holker Old Boys

27

12

4

11

45 61 -16 40

10

Carlisle City

27

12

3

12

48 41

7

11

Stockport Town

29 10

6

13

50 52

-2 36

12

Atherton LR

25

10

2

13

41 45

-4

13

FC Oswestry Town

28 10

2

16 46 62 -16 32

14

Cheadle Town

24

9

4

11

39 48

-9

15

Abbey Hulton Utd

25

8

6

11

35 42

-7 30

16

New Mills

23

8

4

11 42 55 -13 28

17

Eccleshall

26

7

5

14

37 67 -30 26

18

Chadderton

26

6

6

14

43 60 -17 24

19

Bacup Borough

23

7

2

14

29 52 -23 23

20

St Helens Town

29

5

4

20 38 71 -33 19

21

Daisy Hill

25

4

5

16

32 64 -32 17

22

Nelson

27

3

6

18

28 61 -33 15

21

40 60

37 51

39

32

31

Saturday 10th March 2018 Abbey Hulton United v Nelson AFC Blackpool v Eccleshall Alsager Town v Silsden AFC Atherton LR v Whitchurch Alport Bacup Borough v Prestwich Heys Cammell Laird 1907 v Cheadle Town Chadderton v Litherland REMYCA FC Oswestry Town v Carlisle City Holker Old Boys v Stockport Town Sandbach United v Daisy Hill St Helens Town v New Mills Monday 12th March 2018 Daisy Hill v Nelson Tuesday 13th March 2018 AFC Blackpool v St Helens Town Alsager Town v Whitchurch Alport Atherton LR v New Mills Chadderton v Bacup Borough Wednesday 14th March 2018 Litherland REMYCA v Cammell Laird Saturday 17th March 2018 Abbey Hulton United v Atherton LR AFC Blackpool v Litherland REMYCA Bacup Borough v Whitchurch Alport Carlisle City v Stockport Town Chadderton v Alsager Town Eccleshall v Daisy Hill FC Oswestry Town v Silsden AFC Holker Old Boys v Cheadle Town Nelson v New Mills Prestwich Heys v St Helens Town Monday 19th March 2018 Daisy Hill v Bacup Borough Whitchurch Alport v Sandbach United Tuesday 20th March 2018 Abbey Hulton United v Silsden AFC Chadderton v Stockport Town FC Oswestry Town v Alsager Town Prestwich Heys v New Mills Wednesday 21st March 2018 Cheadle Town v AFC Blackpool Eccleshall v Atherton LR Saturday 24th March 2018 Alsager Town v Chadderton Atherton LR v AFC Blackpool Bacup Borough v St Helens Town Daisy Hill v Holker Old Boys Litherland REMYCA v Cheadle Town New Mills v Abbey Hulton United Prestwich Heys v Eccleshall Sandbach United v Carlisle City Silsden AFC v Stockport Town Whitchurch Alport v Nelson Monday 26th March 2018 Nelson v Daisy Hill

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Next up at RUSKIN DRIVE Sat 31st March 2018 Kick Off 3.00pm

Today’s Team Line-up

versus Cammell Laird Hallmark Security League Division One

Next AWAY FIXTURE Tues 13th March 2018 Kick Off 7.45pm

versus AFC Blackpool Hallmark Security League Division One

Today’s SPONSORS Match: Whiston Beer Festival 2018 Match Ball: Airborne Services

Programme: Meadowcroft Group

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St Helens Town v New Mills 2017-18  

Match programme St Helens Town v New Mills Saturday 10th March 2018 in the Hallmark Securty League First Division

St Helens Town v New Mills 2017-18  

Match programme St Helens Town v New Mills Saturday 10th March 2018 in the Hallmark Securty League First Division

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