St Helens Town v AFC Blackpool Match Programme 19/08/2021

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THE MARKSMAN Official match day programme of St Helens Town AFC Issue 3 I £2.00

Thursday 19th August 2021, KO 7.45pm

St Helens Town v AFC Blackpool

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TALK OF THE TOWN Good evening and welcome to Ruskin Drive for this North West Counties League, First Division North contest. I would like to open by welcoming our friends and visitors from AFC Blackpool, I hope they enjoy the short time they will spend with us and have a safe journey home after the game.

We then had a week to wait for our next contest as we took the ridiculously long trip north to Cleator Moor Celtic. I am not too sure what grade the FA’s Geography boffin got in his GCSE but when they “regionalised” our division to reduce travel I don’t understand how they managed to add a 300 mile round trip in??!!

We come into this contest off the back of two disappointing defeats and looking to bounce back as fast as we can. Twelve days ago we hosted Pilkington’s for the first time in “El Glassico” with the previous two attempts at playing the fixture falling foul of the first lockdown, having been scheduled for East Monday in April 2020 and then the second attempt being booked in for Monday 28th December being snowed off after overnight snow had frozen on the pitch.

So our tasks continue to be challenging ones as this evening we host high-flying AFC Blackpool who come into the contest having taken 10 points from a possible 12 at the start of the season, dropping their first points of the term on Saturday with a 2-2 home draw with Nelson. The Mechanics will be looking to get back to winning ways this evening and Town will be looking to banish the memory of Saturday’s visit to Cumbria behind them before another big away day at Steeton on Saturday.

It was third time lucky as we got the game on but that was where the luck ended for Town. After some even opening exchanges a mistake by Nathan Wolland in the Town goal gifted our visitors their opener but we were able to respond as Neil Weaver took advantage of a loose ball by former St Helens Town Junior Callum Laird firing home from the edge of the box to send the teams in level at the break.

As it was a depleted Town side missing more than 10 players from the first team squad took the trip and after an even start the hosts scored. Unfortunately experience told and the goals kept coming for the hosts with the final score being a record 10-0 reverse for Town.

Let’s get behind Town this evening and hopefully cheer them on to victory! Enjoy the game . . . Jeff Voller

After the restart Town had a good spell but another slice of luck presented itself to the visitors as a corner was half-cleared to the edge of the box where Phil Marsh struck and effort that would have been an easy take for Wolland had it not been for a massive deflection which sent the ball beyond his despairing dive. Town were still in the contest but the game changed soon afterwards when Charlie McMahon was dismissed for an out of control challenge and Pilks were able to exploit their numerical advantage with Laird adding his second and substitute Jake Bickerstaffe adding a fourth in added on time.

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Action from almost a decade ago as Town hosted AFC Blackpool at Edge Green Street (Ashton Town), 22nd October 2011



GOLDLINE LOTTERY

CLUB INFORMATION

As you may be aware a few years ago St Helens Town Football Club joined forces with Bolton Wanderers Football Club as a Goldline lottery partner and throughout that time we have had great success with both our members winning prizes and raising monies for the Club.

Honorary Life President: Alan Wellens

Now as we start to get back to some kind of normality we are asking for supporters, family and friends to become Goldline members which will provide the club with a valuable source of income which will help us to achieve a bright future for the players, staff and supporters of the club. In addition, you will have the chance to win up to £1000 weekly, so we could all be winners! As a lottery partner, St Helens Town Football Club receives 70p of your £1 weekly subscription. Therefore if we could get 100 members that’s £70 per week or £3640 per year which would be fantastic for us! As a Goldline member you will receive your membership card which includes your membership number, 10 sets of Goldline draw numbers. Your 10 sets of Goldline draw numbers will be entered into the Goldline draw every weekday for your chance of winning. 1x £1000, 1 x £500, 3 X £250 and 25 X £25 every week! That’s a £2875 prize pot 52 weeks of the year! Goldline pays out over £149,500 in prizes every year to members. No claim is necessary. Prizes will be sent automatically by post. Club Representative John McKiernan said, “In the current climate as all sports look to recover from the impact of Covid-19 and it’s repercussions, this income raised through the Goldline Lottery is crucial to the our club. If people are able to give up £1 a week to enter then we think this is a great way to support the club – but also give yourself a real chance of winning some cash too!” For more information on how you can join download the Goldline form from the club’s website, complete and return or email sthelenstownfc@hotmail.co.uk for further details.

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Vice Presidents: Jim Barrett, Steve Ball and David Watkins Hon. Secretary: Jeff Voller (07843 692695) Treasurer: Debra Voller Committee: John McKiernan, Jeff Voller, James Barrett, Steve Ball, Andy Langley, David O`Keefe, Stephen Lingard, Ashish Prabhu, David Watkins, Debbie Voller, Stacey Savage, David Morris, William Bowman and David Platt. Playing Staff: 1st Team Manager: David W Platt 1st Team Assistant Manager: David Potter Cheshire League Reserve Team Manager: TBC Liverpool County Prem Reserves: Darren Peers Sunday Team Manager: David J Platt U21s Team Manager: Luke Diggle U18s Team Manager: David Morris U18s Development Team Manager: James Kelly U16s Manager: Ian Woods U15s Manager: Dave Morris U11s Manager: Ashley Stone Main Club Sponsor: Prabhu Ventures Limited 1st Team Kit Sponsor: Unite the Union, St Helens Charity Partner: St Helens Mind 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 Ground: Ruskin Sports Village, Ruskin Drive, Denton’s Green, St Helens WA10 6RP Website: sthelenstownafc.com Twitter: @sthelenstownfc Facebook: facebook.com/StHelensTownAFC Instagram: sthelenstownafc


Pre-season Friendly Action v Prescot Cables Ruskin Sports Village, St Helens Saturday 3rdJuly 2021 Match photos courtesy of @Jess_Photo1


FROM THE MANAGER Hello and welcome back to Ruskin Sports Village for our match against early league leaders AFC Blackpool. This tough test comes at a time of struggle for the team, which makes your support all the more important. We feel that we played well in our first three games of the season whilst making too many mistakes in the first game and having our performance affected by a sending off in the third game. However, last Saturday against Cleator Moor Celtic was obviously an unacceptable performance and result. There are obviously some extenuating circumstances, but ultimately as a Club and as a Management, our role is to mitigate those circumstances and give the best performance that we can, which we did not do. For that the fans, and

particularly those who travelled, have our deepest apologies. Obviously obtaining a result against a team like Blackpool will not be easy, but we aim to control the things we can control and put in a much better performance; looking to improve week-on-week and be competitive in the League. I would like to go on record to thank the Committee and the players for their support and assure every one of you that we are all pulling in the same direction, with the same aim of making St Helens Town successful. I hope you enjoy the evening. Dave Platt

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OUR VISITORS TO RUSKIN AFC Blackpool was formed in 1947 under the name of Blackpool Metal Mechanics and played at Stanley Park for two years before moving to the current Jepson Way ground.

for the next two seasons. Various cups and trophies from local competitions still regularly found their way to Jepson Way.

They played in local leagues before taking the step up to join the West Lancashire League. During this period in local league football they won many awards, taking the Division Two title of the Fylde District League in 1950/51 and in Division One were champions twice and runners-up three times in five consecutive years between 1953/54 and 1957/58.

In 1972/73 they won the Lancashire Combination Bridge Shield and in 1974/75 they finished runnersup in the league, just one point behind champions Darwen.

Numerous local cup competitions were also won, including the Lancashire Junior Shield in 1957/58, a competition they were to win again in 1960/61.

With the advent of the North West Counties League, Blackpool Mechanics were placed in Division Three and in 1985/86 were promoted to Division Two. At the end on 1991/92 they were promoted to Division One, but it was not a happy experience and the club returned to Division Two. After a few seasons of struggle, the club is now financially stable and looking forward to developing the club's potential both on and off the pitch.

As the 50's drew to a close, Blackpool Mechanics decided to take the next step up and join the West Lancashire League. They were an almost immediate success, being runners-up in 1959/60 and champions

The club then took another step up the football ladder by joining the Lancashire Combination. The jump in standard meant the cups and honours that had poured into the trophy room dried up and it was not until the turn of the decade before many more honours were to come their way.

They remained a strong team throughout the 70's although towards the end they suffered some poor results.

Action from Town v AFC Blackpool at Ruskin Sports Village, 14th October 2017

In the summer of 2005 Blackpool Mechanics FC merged with Lytham St. Annes FC who had just won the West Lancashire League Division One title. Lytham St. Annes resigned from their own league and brought their resources and manpower to Jepson Way in a bid to launch the new look Mechanics in their push up the non-league football pyramid. The club was re


Action from Town v AFC Blackpool at

- named AFC Blackpool in May 2008 when Blackpool Mechanics FC and Squires Gate Junior FC got together to form one club. It was decided to mark the start of a new era by re-naming the club and the name 'AFC Blackpool' was chosen.

Premier Divison as Div.1 champions with a record breaking 28 wins and three draws in 34 league matches. They also reached the semi finals in both the 1st Divison Trophy and the League Cup. There were notable sucesses in the Junior section too with the under 16s doing the league and cup double, the under 10's and 11's winning their respective Divisions and the under 14s also winning promotion.

The club leased a further piece of land adjacent to the ground in Jepson Way to accommodate the enlarged club and investment to improve the facilities was begun. The club ground in Jepson Way retains its name 'The Mechanics' to maintain a link with the past.

With the club now providing football from under 6 through to open age the future is looking secure.

Season 2010/11 saw the club have probably its best season ever. The first team were promoted to the

Season 2006-07

League NWC-2

P 34

W 10

D 6

L 18

F 39

A 48

GD -9

Pts 30

Position 13/18

2007-08 2008-09

NWC-2 NWC-1

34 34

11 7

12 8

11 19

47 34

45 59

2 -25

45 29

9/18 15/18

2009-10 2010-11

NWC-1 NWC-1

32 34

9 28

5 3

18 3

50 94

64 30

-14 64

32 87

15/17 1/18

2011-12 2012-13

NWC-P NWC-P

42 42

17 19

10 9

15 14

67 60

64 58

3 2

61 66

9/22 10/22

2013-14 2014-15

NWC-P NWC-P

42 40

14 7

7 9

21 24

60 37

87 81

-27 -44

49 30

13/22 18/21

2015-16 2016-17

NWC-P NWC-1

42 42

9 7

9 11

24 24

65 48

104 114

-39 -66

36 32

22/22 19/22

2017-18 2018-19

NWC-1 NWC-1N

42 38

21 13

5 8

16 17

92 57

78 79

14 -22

68 47

7/22 13/20

29 5

13 2

2 0

14 3

58 12

60 16

-2 -4

41 6

9/20 13/19

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Season 2021-22


HOW DO WE COMPARE? St Helens Town - last 6 matches All Competitions

at St Helens Town

Previous Meetings

at AFC Blackpool

NWC-D1

2006-07

NWC-D2

Most recent

Home

D

L

L

D

L

L

NWC-D1

2007-08

NWC-D2

Away

L

D

L

L

D

L

NWC-PD

2008-09

NWC-D1

Collated

L

L

L

D

L

L

NWC-PD

2009-10

NWC-D1

AFC Blackpool - last 6 matches All Competitions

Most recent

Home

W

L

L

W

W

D

Away

L

L

W

L

L

W

Collated

L

L

W

W

W

D

St Helens Town games since...

AFC Blackpool games since...

All Competitions

All Competitions

NWC-PD

2010-11

NWC-D1

22/10; 3-2

2011-12

21/01; 2-2

09/04; 1-2

2012-13

09/03; 0-0

17/04; 1-1

2013-14

08/04; 2-4

05/08; 3-0

2014-15

21/10; 1-2

NWC-D1

2015-16

NWC-PD

21/01; 2-2

2016-17

11/10; 3-1

14/10; 2-3

2017-18

20/01; 2-1

30/03; 3-2

2018-19

21/08; 0-1

24/08; 4-2

2019-20 2020-21

Clean sheet

26

Clean sheet

2

Goal Scored

1

Goal Scored

0

19/08/2021

2021-22

TBC

St Helens Town Scores First Games Played

15

St Helens Town Wins

6

Loss

0

Loss

4

Draws

4

No score draw

39

No score draw

51

AFC Blackpool Wins

5

Score draw

2

Score draw

0

St Helens Town Goals

29

AFC Blackpool Goals

25

Win

19

Win

1

Percentage Town Wins

40.00

Previous Meetings P

W

D

L

F

A

GD

Win %

Home League

19

10

3

6

41

26

15

52.63

Away League

18

8

3

7

34

22

12

44.44

Home Cup

3

1

0

2

3

5

-2

33.33

Away Cup

1

0

0

1

1

5

-4

0.00

Collated

41

19

6

16

79

58

21

46.34

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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 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 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 more recent times, 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 were regular promotion candidates for many years, largely due to the scoring exploits of Steve “Pellet” Pennington, who grabbed 216

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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. 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 multi-sports complex and St. Helens Town moved back home there in August 2017, playing on an artificial 3G surface. On the playing front the 21st April 2015 saw Town’s ever-present status in the NWCFL top flight end with relegation to Division One. A 1-1 draw a home to Silsden sealed their fate in a season when all three bottom clubs were relegated. 2021-22 sees Town in their eighth season at Step 6, now the NWCFL First Division North, aiming to put behind themselves a number of seasons of inconsistent performances. Under the stewardship of manager Dave Platt and assistant Dave Potter the club will be looking towards regaining their competitive edge.


LEAGUE TABLES & FIXTURES First Division North

P

W

D

L

F

A

GD

Pts

1

Bury AFC

5

4

1

0

13

6

7

13

2

Golcar United

5

4

1

0

13

7

6

13

3

Chadderton

5

4

0

1

13

9

4

12

4

AFC Blackpool

4

3

1

0

13

4

9

10

5

Pilkington

5

3

1

1

12

11

1

10

6

Ashton Town

5

3

0

2

13

10

3

9

7

Garstang

4

2

1

1

10

8

2

7

8

South Liverpool

5

2

1

2

11

11

0

7

9

Holker Old Boys

4

2

1

1

5

6

-1

7

10

Bacup Borough

5

1

3

1

10

8

2

6

11

Atherton LR

5

2

0

3

13

13

0

6

12

AFC Darwen

5

2

0

3

7

9

-2

6

13

Cleator Moor Celtic

4

1

1

2

14

10

4

4

14

Nelson

5

1

1

3

11

12

-1

4

15

Daisy Hill

5

1

1

3

7

11

-4

4

16

Campion

4

1

0

3

8

9

-1

3

17

Steeton

4

0

2

2

7

11

-4

2

18

St Helens Town

4

0

1

3

5

21

-16

1

19

Ilkley Town

5

0

0

5

6

15

-9

0

League table up to and including Wednesday 18th August 2021 Saturday 21st August 2021 North West Counties Football League First Division North Fixtures Ashton Town v Holker Old Boys Bacup Borough v AFC Blackpool Cleator Moor Celtic v Bury AFC Ilkley Town v AFC Darwen Pilkington v Chadderton South Liverpool v Nelson Steeton v St Helens Town

Profiles Park Brian Boys West View Stadium Inglenorth Park MPM Stadium Ruskin Sports Village Jericho Lane Marley Stadium


LIZZY ASHCROFT Lizzy Ashcroft - Footballer from Parr Tea at the Houses of Parliament There are several clips available for the Herne Hill Game as AF made sure that the media were there. The game was kicked off by George Robey who was THE music hall comedian of the day and the DKL won 4 -2. “The Lilies of England defeated the Lilies of France!”

Part 2 1932 By 1932 Lizzy was vice-captain of the DKL under her great mate Lily Parr as Captain. However in one particular game she was given the captaincy. Captains Carmen Pomies and Lizzy Ashcroft

During the day both teams were received by the Lord Mayor of London at Mansion House. They were also entertained to tea at the House of Commons as the guest of Liverpool Fairfield MP Major Sir Benn Jack Brunel Cohen KBE. Major Cohen was a relentless supporter of disabled people after losing both his legs at Third Battle of Ypres and was one of the founders of the British Legion. An incredible man. I think that the phenomenal work and huge amount of money raised by the women footballers led to this invitation. I have to keep reminding myself that my granny was one of nine siblings from Parr and here she was a guest at the House of Commons and of the Lord Mayor of London.

The touring team in 1932 was Femina Sport (my thanks to Helge Faller). This game was played on Saturday 30th July in front of 2,000 people at Abbeydale Park in Sheffield. DKL won 4 - 2. 1934 - The first Belgian Tour

The famous photo of Carmen Pomies kissing her great friend Florrie Redford went all over the world. Carmen scored both the French goals. British Pathe

DKL 1 - 2 Belgium

Lizzy and Lily Parr (the ‘tall’ ones - Parr with bandage on left knee) There are a number of clips on British Pathe such as the one above. This one actually has three great clips of Lizzy Ashcroft in action and a superb Lily Parr dribble - like some slightly disoriented grizzly bear wondering the pitch! Charity Partneraround 2017-18

A rare defeat for the DKL. The Royal Lancashire Show in Bolton. The game was played in front of 10,000 in an absolute quagmire. This beautiful medal was, like the others, found by myself in three suitcases which had lain untouched in my Uncle’s loft for over 35 years. As well as medals there were over 200 photos, birth, death and marriage certificates, allsorts... 1935 - Captain. Tour to France. French Tour here. Retirement. This was Lizzy’s last season. In April of that year she led only the second ever DKL tour to France. They played in Paris and according to extensive French media reports lost 6 - 2. It was a young


Season 2021-22 Fixtures, Facts and F Comp

KO

Result

GK

2

3

4

5

JUL 31

Date

Opponents ATHERTON LR

NWCFL

3.00

2-5L

Wolland

Brown

Apperley

Kamara

Keenan

M

Aug 04

Garstang

NWCFL

7.45

2-2D

McDaid

Brown

Cliff

Keenan

Luke Diggle

M

AUG 07

PILKINGTON

NWCFL

3.00

1-4L

Wolland Luke Diggle Robinson

Kamara

Keenan

M

Aug 14

Cleator Moor Celtic

NWCFL

3.00

10-0L

Wolland

Keenan

Luke Diggle

M

AUG 19

AFC BLACKPOOL

NWCFL

7.45

Aug 21

Steeton

NWCFL

3.00

AUG 28

DAISY HILL

NWCFL

3.00

AUG 30

SOUTH LIVERPOOL

NWCFL

3.00

Sep 04

Nelson

NWCFL

3.00

SEP 09

ASHTON TOWN

NWCFL

7.45

SEP 11

CHEALDE HEATH NOM’

FAV 1QR 3.00

Sep 18

Ilkley Town

NWCFL

3.00

SEP 25

HOLKER OLD BOYS

NWCFL

3.00

OCT 02

BACUP BOROUGH

NWCFL

3.00

Oct 09

Chadderton

NWCFL

3.00

OCT 16

BURY AFC

NWCFL

3.00

Oct 23

Campion

NWCFL

3.00

Oct 30

Golcar United

NWCFL

3.00

NOV 06

AFC DARWEN

NWCFL

3.00

Nov 20

NWCFL

3.00

NOV 27

NWCFL

3.00

Dec 04

NWCFL

3.00

Dec 11

NWCFL

3.00

DEC 18

NWCFL

3.00

Dec 28

NWCFL

3.00

Jan 08

NWCFL

3.00

JAN 22

NWCFL

3.00

Jan 29

NWCFL

3.00

FEB 05

NWCFL

3.00

FEB 12

NWCFL

3.00

Feb 19

NWCFL

3.00

FEB 26

NWCFL

3.00

MAR 05

NWCFL

3.00

Mar 12

NWCFL

3.00

MAR 19

NWCFL

3.00

Mar 26

NWCFL

3.00

Apr 02

NWCFL

3.00

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Figures . . . 6

7

8

9

10

11

12

14

15

16

17

McMahon

Clegg

Devlin

Liam Diggle1

Hughes

Douglas1

Cliff2

Colford8

Luke Diggle4

McHugh

Rugg

McMahon

Hughes1

Devlin

Liam Diggle1

Weaver

Apperley De-Andrade McHugh3

Clegg8

Morgan10

Rugg

McMahon

Hughes

Devlin

Liam Diggle

Weaver1

Apperley De-Andrade2

Colford

Clegg10

McHugh8

Rugg

Tyrer5

Okeregha9

McHugh

Clegg

Hughes

Uppal

Weaver

Apperley

Bigoude4

Platt

Name1

Player name and number of goals scored

Name

Player name and CAUTION

Name

Player name and DISMISSAL FOR 2 CAUTIONS

Name

Player name and DISMISSAL

Name10

Player name and number of replaced player

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LIZZY ASHCROFT and inexperienced side that went over (particularly the goalkeeper) and they took on a very strong French side. On the crossing they were entertained by the Scots Guards Band who happened to be on board so perhaps the odd milk stout or two went down… This is not the DKL’s heaviest defeat but it certainly didn’t fit with AF and his branding. Two days later they took on the French led by the legendary Madeleine Bracquemond in Rouen and lost by a much more respectable 2 goals to 1 at Stade Bruyeres. There are only two Dick Kerr Ladies Captains who led tours to France and my granny was one of them. Again, I can’t help thinking of those humble origins in Parr. One final tour for Captain Lizzy against the visiting French team started in August with the first of 6 games being played at the West Ham Greyhound Stadium in Canning Town. Incredibly, I have just found footage of this game on the British Pathe Website.

Captains Lizzy Ashcroft and Carmen Pomies There are some great clips of my granny chasing and blocking Carmen Pomies. In Gail Newsham’s wonderful book Lizzy is described as “the best defender since Alice Kell”. I think that to be compared to Dick Kerr’s original intelligent, sophisticated and articulate Captain/defender is quite some tribute. Life After Football Lizzy worked at Whittingham County Mental Hospital from 1926 to 1936. I think that at some point in 1935 a handsome young man from wellto-do merchant stock motored out from Preston and bumped into the glamorous Dick Kerr Ladies

legend. A romance ensued - The Golden Ball is mentioned in family legend! Joshua Bolton + Elizabeth Ashcroft 21 November 1936 Alec ‘Douglas’ Bolton was born on 22 May 1937. If we count back 9 months we see that August 1936 was a particularly exciting time for the young couple on the Isle of Man - ‘Douglas’ to be precise! (way before the Beckhams…) Thomas ‘Roy’ Bolton (my father) was born on 22 August 1938. There is a tangled and difficult family story from then on which I will try to untangle in my book. Lizzy was universally known as “Tommy” to her teammates and although this is my father’s first name he never used it, preferring Roy. The undeniable facts are that Joshua was largely dis-inherited by his family so the new young family had to make do living in Ardee road (just along from the Dick Kerr Factory). Joshua was a Metalworking Turner at Leyland Motors. (My maternal grandparents lived 50 yards from Ardee road and in a twist of fate my maternal grandad was a turner as well: at Dick Kerrs!). Joshua died of pneumonia on 2 February 1949 and difficult times ensued. In one of my first bits of research I saw that the Dick Kerr Ladies raised money for 4,000 pairs of clogs for poor Preston children. I vividly recall my Uncle Alec telling me that he can remember children going to school in Preston in bare feet. Sister Alice McGrath - Mental Health Nurse 50 years. Alice was born on 16th August 1894 to a bootmaker. Their house was by the main entrance to the Whittingham County Mental


FOOTBALLER FROM PARR Hospital and records show that she started work at Whittingham Hospital at least as early as 1915. She died in Goosnargh on 28th March 1965 aged 70. For 50 of those years she worked at the mental hospital reaching the rank of Sister. Alice and Lizzy were very close. Photos show that they knew each other before the marriage. There are also a number of photos showing Lizzy, Josh, Alice and the boys enjoying time together. When Joshua died suddenly of tuberculosis in 1949 Alice took on an even greater role of co-mother to the two boys. I have recently found a wonderful tribute to her 50 years on a memorial on her grave stone.

Football Retirement Although this was my Northern Granny I do remember her. She came to stay with us one time and whilst babysitting myself stayed up to watch Match of the Day and drink Mackeson. Like her great mate Lily Parr she was an incorrigible smoker of cigarettes and this finally got her in the end. She died in March 1973. I was taken to visit her shortly before she died. She was living in a grotty bedsit above my Uncle’s shop on Deepdale Road (just along from North End). She had a hacking cough and her last few years were not great. By this time we were back in Preston and I was playing cricket for Whittingham juniors. I was introduced to Lily Parr one day as she was being walked around the ground being supported by two women as ‘someone my granny played football with’ - Now there is an understatement... I wish I knew what I know now. My Uncle and my dad were like chalk and cheese. Lizzy and my dad Roy shared a lifelong passion for football. One of their favourite occupations was to sit in front of the Saturday afternoon football on TV and eat cold rice pudding out of tins. Lizzy and Alice taking the young Roy out for a stroll

Alice aged about 24 and Sister Alice McGrath - 50 Years of Service Whittingham County Mental Asylum was the largest in the country. Prior to the Second World War it had a patient population of 3,500 and a nursing staff of 550. The hospital had dairy cattle and pig farms, a slaughter house, brewery, church, tailors, chapel, sewing room, laundry, upholsters, print shop, post office, tinsmiths, cobblers, basket makers and joiners. It even had its own railway line connecting to the Preston - Longridge line. Sport was extremely popular with staff and patients. In the 1930s for instance there were 8 cricket teams made up from just patients. On 5th September 1918 the National Asylum Workers Union organised a very short and successful strike which gained employees a 60 hour week and overtime payment. It also abolished the management’s right to withhold wages. In 1918 the War Office commandeered the new Annexe to convert it into a war hospital for 1,000 shell-shocked soldiers.

I think that after her Captaincy in 1935 and leading the legendary Dick Kerr Ladies on a foreign tour she had decided to retire. She was 30 years old and had met and fallen in love with a handsome (and well-off!) man and if ever she was going to have a family it was now. Things didn’t go to plan - but then they rarely do. . . .

These very damaged and possibly dangerous men were transported by night in sealed trains to the large asylums. They needed strong and brave women to look after them.

Part 1 of this article is available in our eProgramme v Pilkington FC (available at www.sthelenstownafc.com)

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Steve Bolton May 2021


HALF TIME QUIZ Q2. Which year saw Manchester United Gaffa Ole Gunnar Solskjaer retire from playing? Q3. Which ex-Premier League player replaced Ian Evatt as Barrow manager when he moved to Bolton? Q4. How many London clubs will compete in the Premier League this season? Q5. Which team finished 6th in League One at the “end” of the curtailed 2019/20 season only to miss out on the Play-Off’s on Points Per Game? Q6. Who holds the Championship record as the oldest outfielder have made a substitute appearance for Colchester United aged 42 in April 2008? Q7. Which current Football League ground is located in Burslem, Staffordshire? Q8. Which Brazilian club sold Ronaldinho to Paris Saint-Germain for €5 Million in 2001? Q9. Wolves reached the UEFA Cup Final in 1972 but lost to whom, in an all English affair? Q10. Which two teams won the League Cup

whilst playing in the English third tier in 1967 & 1969? Q11. Who scored for England when they lost against Brazil in the 2002 World Cup Quarter Final? Q12. Which former Liverpool midfielder signed for Tranmere Rovers on a free transfer last summer? Q13. Which midfielder was given a 10-game ban and fined £6000 for his shove on referee Alan Wiley in February 2005? Q14. Who won the Golden Boot at the 2006 World Cup Finals, netting five times? Q15. Which British team beat Umea of Sweden to win the Women’s Champions League in 2007?

1) Argentina & Chile 2) 2007 3) David Dunn 4) Seven (Arsenal, Brentford, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Tottenham, Watford & West Ham) 5) Peterborough 6) Teddy Sheringham 7) Vale Park (Port Vale) 8) Gremio 9) Tottenham 10) QPR & Swindon 11) Michael Owen 12) Jay Spearing 13) David Prutton 14) Miroslav Klose 15) Arsenal

Q1. Which two national sides has Marcelo Bielsa managed?


Pre-season Friendly Jesse Robinson in action v Prescot Cables Ruskin Sports Village, St Helens Saturday 3rd July 2021 Match photos courtesy of @Jess_Photo1

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ST HELENS TOWN 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 2020-21 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 Man (2006) 9000 at Prescot Cables v Runcorn (1949)

Programme Awards: NWCFL Programme of the Year 1993-94, 1995-96, 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-00, 2000-01 NWCFL Premier Division 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 NWCFL First Division / First Division North 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20 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 Programme 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 2018-19 6th 2019-20 5th M60 Programmes NWCFL Division One North Programme of the Year 2019-20

St Helens Town AFC - Player Records 1946-2021 Goals in a Career

Goals in a Season

Career Appearances (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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ST HELENS MIND We aren't just there for people who are unwell

Volunteers! Help make it happen

You may think that St Helens Mind is somewhere that people access when they are unwell. That is only a part of our work. But much more it is about helping people to focus on staying well, what is important to them and their family. Of course we encourage people to think about when they are unwell, but we also help people to consider how they want to spend the rest of their lives.

Each and every one of them contributes to our success. Without them we would not have a service, an effective one at that!

We aim to improve the lifestyles of people living in St. Helens Borough regardless of their cultural, religious and lifestyle needs. Our services are non-judgemental and offer opportunities to develop self-esteem and confidence by encouraging and supporting involvement. We are an independent, user–focused organisation providing quality services for local people who are experiencing isolation and distress due to mental ill health. We do this by: Providing a range of services appropriate to the needs of people experiencing mental distress that enhances their self-worth as valued citizens. Promoting increased awareness and understanding of mental health issues within the community.

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Without their dedication, time, skills, experience, sense of fun, enthusiasm and willingness to represent St. Helens Mind we would not have a Befriending Service, Social Groups and the many other activities

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Befriending Service Reading for Wellbeing Men's & Ladies’ Groups Mixed Social Groups Arts & Crafts Music & Singing Allotment Social Events

Want to find out more about our services or how to become a volunteer? Email: admin@sthelensmind.org.uk Telephone: 01744 647089


HEAVY DEFEATS, BIG WINS Last Saturday’s thumping at Cleator Moor Celtic was a dent to Town’s pride as well as to the league table goal difference. No club wants to suffer heavy defeats and I have seen on social media claims that ‘it shouldn’t happen to a club at this level’. There are many reasons behind such results – weakened teams, holidays, distance travelled, suspensions, injuries, dismissals, bad form. etc. The fact remains these score lines happen and occasionally we can be on the wrong end of such results. Looking across the history of many clubs we can always see a score line and think ‘Wow, what happened there . . . ‘ A quick review of the Town’s records sees some high scoring defeats as well as similar victories. Over 120 years ago the original club’s opening 1901-02 season saw them defeated 8-1 at Darwen in the Lancashire League, just a month earlier the two clubs had drawn 1-1 in St Helens. During that opening decade, although records are not complete, Town suffered a 6-0 reverse at neighbours Earlestown in the FA Cup while beating Rossendale United by the same score in the Lancashire Combination. Town recorded a similar win over Buxton in the FA Cup Preliminary Round in September 1914! Following Town’s reformation in 1946 and first competitive adventures at the start of the 194748 season they suffered heavy back to back defeats against local rivals Haydock C&B (6-0 on 25/10/1947) and Earlestown (1-7 on 01/11/1947) in the Liverpool Challenge Cup and Liverpool County Combination respectively. Just four weeks later (06/12/1947) Everton ‘A’ were the visitors to Hoghton Road in the Liverpool County Combination Division 1 where goals from Town’s Hughes (2), Pheasant (2), Northey (2), Burke (2) and Gregory (2) secured a 10-4 win! Into the 1950s and Town hit form at the end of November 1952 securing four impressive back to back wins 8-1, 8-0, 0-5 and 0-6 against Stoneycroft, Morecambe Reserves, Earlestown and Barnoldswick in the Lancashire Combination. Not long after they suffered an 28 home defeat to Clitheroe! The opening game of 1961 saw Town travel to Liverpool ‘A’ in the Liverpool Challenge Cup 1st Round and returned to Sutton following an 8-1 thumping at the hands of the reds. That same calendar year finished with an 8-1 win over

Great Harwood at Hoghton Road with Appleton, Underdown (3), Maloney (2) and Taylor (2) the goal scorers. Season 1965-66 saw Town suffer some heavy defeats which included nine goals in away defeats at Fleetwood (9-1) and Netherfield (92) in the Lancashire Combination top flight. Two seasons later (April 1969) Town dished out a 9-0 win against Lytham St Anne’s in the same competition. Tonight’s visitors AFC Blackpool under their former guise of Blackpool Mechanics were beaten 8-1 in the opening game of 1974 – the Town scorers were Bull (3), Kendrick (3), Payne and Merrill. Almost twenty years later Mechanics were beaten again with goals from Pennington (3), Lowe, Walker (2) and Crompton secured a 7-0 win at Hoghton Road in the NWCFL top flight. The following campaign Town hit seven past both Salford City and Penrith and conceded the same number of goals a season later to Kidsgrove Athletic! The opening game of 2001 saw Town hit 10 goals past Abbey Hey at Knowsley Road Morgan, Fearns (3) Cooper (3), Cowley, Bell and an own goal ensured a 10-2 victory. Later the same season Glossop North End were dispatched 9-2 with goals from Fearns (4), Cowley (3) and Cooper (2). Season 2010-11 saw Town win 8-1 in the FA Vase 1st Qualifying Round at home to Brodsworth MW while later the same campaign a trip to New Mills saw a then record league defeat as the Millers ran out 9-0 winners at Church Lane. AFC Liverpool inflicted a similar score on Town in September 2014 when they ran out 0-9 winners at Ashton Town’s Edge Green Street in the NWCFL Premier Division. The following season (April 2016) it was Town’s turn to take the spoils and enter the record books when they routed Whitchurch Alport 0-10 with goals from Sheen (3), Gillespie (3), Rigby, Morris, Pegler and Greene. Widnes ran riot a season later (April 2017) with a 8-0 win at Town while September 2019 Holker Old Boys were put to the sword as Town ran out 9-0 winners here at Ruskin. It shouldn’t happen . . . . but it does. John McKiernan


Pre-season Friendly Action v Prescot Cables Ruskin Sports Village, St Helens Saturday 3rd July 2021 Match photos courtesy of @Jess_Photo1

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TOWN: ON THIS DATE 19th August Town have played thirteen times on this date over a 71 year period dating back August 1950. On that occasion, the opening day of the Lancashire Combination Division 2 season, Town made the trip to Lytham where the home side ran out 3-1 winners. Leadbetter was on target for Town’s only goal of the game. Three seasons later (1953) it was better fortunes for Town as they hosted Bacup Borough in the Lancashire Combination Division 2 running out 31 winners at Hoghton Road. McLellan’s strike and a brace from Potter secured the opening day points. Morecambe Reserves were the visitors to Sutton on the opening day of another Lancashire Combination season (1961-62). Despite Cooke scoring twice for Town the Shrimps took the spoils courtesy of a 2-3 win at Hoghton Road. On this date in 1967 Town travelled to Horwich RMI in the Lancashire Combination top flight. A 0-2 win was a great start to the campaign but it was to be their only win in the opening eight games (no goal scorer details). The poor run came to an end with a 5-0 thumping of Bacup Borough in mid-September. Into the 1970s and on this date in 1975 it was Cheshire League action for Town as they hosted Horwich RMI in the League Cup. The game finished 1-1 with Flexon hitting the mark for Town. The replay saw Town progress courtesy of a 1-2 win with goals from Dietz and Fairbanks. Town would reach the semi-finals where they bowed out to Witton Albion over two legs.

Town stopped the rot after league defeats against Eastwood Hanley and Accrington Stanley. Less than a month later Town would make their debut in the FA Vase with a home tie versus Colne Dynamoes and the rest, as they say, is history. The 1980s finished with an opening day score draw on this date in 1989. Town travelled to Leyland Motors in the NWCFL top flight where a Gary Laird goal cancelled out the Motormen’s opener. On this date in 1995 Flixton were the visitors to Hoghton Road when a goalless draw ensured a share of the spoils in the NWCFL season opener. August 1998, it was a another ‘Motormen’ as Town played host to Vauxhall GM in the NWCFL Division One. Having won the season opener with a 3-0 home win over Rossendale United four days earlier Town were looking to maintain their good start. However, it was Vauxhall who would return to the Wirral with the points following a narrow 1-2 victory. Graham Stamper was the Town goal scorer. The new millennium saw Town travel to Maine Road on the opening day of the 2000-01 season where they recorded a fine 1-2 win courtesy of two goals from Gary Laired the winner coming 7 minutes from time. It was FA Cup action on this date in 2006 as Town made the long trip north to take on Tow Law Town in the Extra Preliminary round. Iain Dyson scored for Town in a 1-1 thriller which earned a replay at Knowsley Road. Three days later and Town made FA Cup progress following a 2-1 home win with first half goals from Hannon and Owens. Town’s involvement didn’t last much longer as they bowed out of the competition in the Preliminary round following a 0-3 loss at home to Skelmersdale United.

Rhyl were the visitors to Hoghton Road on this date in 1978. Town took the points on the opening day of the Cheshire League Division 1 season with Robinson (2) and Williams on target in a 3-1 victory.

It was a similar FA Cup story on this date in 2008 as Town made another trip north to take on Holker Old Boys. A 2-2 draw ensued in Cumbria with Graeme Mitch and Iain Dyson on target for Town. Three days later and Mitchell was on the score sheet again as Town made the Preliminary round courtesy of a 1-0 victory.

On this date in 1986 Town travelled to Leek Town in the North West Counties League Division 1. Honours were even following a 0-0 draw and

John McKiernan

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BEATING THE BOUNDS Beating the Bounds of St. Helens Borough On Sunday 4 July, I walked around the boundary of St. Helens Borough, accompanied by a group of fellow optimists. The route was 43 miles - three miles shorter than the line on the map, as some of that is inaccessible to or unsafe for pedestrians. It took 16 hours, a lot of sweat and a bit of swearing. It was the fifth edition of our ‘Beating the Bounds’ event, named for the tradition of perambulating the parish boundary, the old guiding the young, showing them the limits of their just domain. It is a venerable practice, full of charming rituals: elders hoisting youngsters upside down and bumping their heads on boundary stones; singing ribald songs; and digging holes, climbing down into them, and drinking heavily. I’m puzzled as to why it fell out of general practice, to be honest. We follow in the spirit of our forebears by starting and ending at a pub, and calling into a couple in the later stages of the circuit. We tend not to sup much until the end, however, and we definitely don’t dig any holes. In 2020 we didn’t go in any pubs, as they were all closed. It only took 14 hours, that time, and it wasn’t a coincidence. To comply with the social distancing regulations in place at the time, we walked in small groups. That also helped speed things up, but it certainly wasn’t as much fun without the buzz of being in a group. With the regulations having eased a bit, we were able to go mob handed again this year, starting and finishing at The Manor Farm in Rainhill. A dozen of us started, seven of us completed it, and about another dozen joined us for stages along the way. These included Town’s first team manager Dave Platt, Trautmann fanatic and Mani impersonator Mike Bagshaw, and former player John Lingard (my Dad). Talk of prospects for the season ahead livened our step, and distracted us from our aches – we’re optimists, as I said.

Particular thanks are due to several people: Jim Housley and his colleagues from the North West Miners Heritage Association, who greeted us at the finish line with the replica Sutton Manor Colliery NUM banner, which is spectacular and honours an important part of our Borough’s history; members of Rainhill Parish Council and friends, who provided a warm welcome at the finish, and plenty of support on social media; Mike Devine’s colleagues on the staff at HMP Liverpool, who gave us great support, and contributed a lot of sponsorship; and Adam Gallimore, Trustee of Town’s charity partner, St. Helens Mind, who walked the whole route, was excellent company, and was able to tell us more about their work. All in all, we raised £1,058 for St. Helens Mind (which is £1,297 including Gift Aid). Thank you to everyone who donated, or shared the link, we really appreciate it. We’ll be back for another lap next year, and who knows – we may dig some holes. Ste Lingard


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THE TEAMS St Helens Town

AFC Blackpool

Blue Shirts Blue Shorts, Blue Socks

Tangerine Shirts Tangerine Shorts, White Socks

From: Nathan Wolland Jesse Robinson Rhoss De-Andrade Liam Keenan Luke Diggle Hal McHugh Josh Clegg Sam Hughes Raj Uppal Neil Weaver Jamie Apperley

From: Daniel Hall Conah Bishop Adam Sumner Sam Staunton-Turner Kyle Higham Jacob Gregory John-Jo Morris Ryan McLean Billy McKenna Kyle White Benjamin Roberts

Raydin Bigoude James Tyrer Tega Okeregha Christy Devlin Kyle Rugg

James Hughes Benjamin Duffield Ellis Wilson Mark Buchan Jacob Aspinall

Manager: Dave Platt Assistant: David Potter Coach: Callum Davison Coach: Sean Robertson

Manager: Martin Baird Assistant: Simon Hurst

Referee: Mr J Chadwick Assistant: Mr A Banks Assistant: Mr M Shaw Match Sponsors: Unite the Union, St Helens Match Ball Sponsors: Prabhu Ventures Limited Programme Sponsors: St Helens Mind


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