St Helens Town v Cheadle Heath Nomads Match Programme

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THE MARKSMAN Official match day programme of St Helens Town AFC Issue 7 I £2.00

Saturday 11th September 2021, KO 3.00pm The Buildbase FA Vase , 1st Qualifying Round Charity Partner 2017-18

Town v Cheadle Heath Nomads



TALK OF THE TOWN Good Afternoon and welcome to Ruskin Drive for this FA Challenge Vase, First Qualifying Round Tie. I would like to open by welcoming our friends and visitors from Cheadle Heath Nomads, I hope they enjoy their first visit to Ruskin Drive, the short time they will spend with us and have a safe journey home after the game. We come into this afternoons match off the back of a decent performance where we matched a good Ashton Town outfit for the vast majority of the contest on Thursday evening. With the scores level at half time a quick brace from the visitors in the opening quarter of an hour of the second half felt like a cruel punishment for the hosts who had spurned several good opportunities in the first half and should have gone into the interval in the lead. A late third for the visitors put an unwarranted sheen on the scoreline and left Town licking their wounds as we turned our attention to cup football for one weekend at least. Whilst we haven’t had the best of starts we have to take into account the number of injuries that we have at the moment and draw positives from the green shoots of recovery we have seen recently which hopefully allied with a few players coming back will see us turn the corner very soon. On to this afternoon and we focus on a competition that has dear memories for those who have involved in the club for a long spell as this season we celebrate the 35 anniversary of our FA Vase win in 1986/87. Similar to today that seasons cup run saw us enter at the first possible round and that term we advanced all the way to the Wembley showpiece with several difficult ties and long trips along thew way before we vanquished local rivals Warrington Town in the final at the national stadium. What we wouldn’t give for another cup run of

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that type this season or indeed given our recent form in FA Vase Ties just an advancement of any sort as the last time we won a tie in the competition was in 2015 when we enjoyed a 4-0 victory at Winterton Rangers in the first qualifying round before slumping to a 6-2 defeat at Rochdale Town in the following round. We have only played Cheadle Heath Nomads once previously in a competitive match visiting them in a NWCL First Division Cup, Second Round tie in October 2018 which despite having gone 2-0 up in the game Town lost 5-2. The hosts will be looking for revenge this afternoon against a Nomads outfit who have recovered from a disappointing start to the season and currently sit in a mid-table position of 10th in the Southern equivalent of our division this season. Both sides will be looking to secure a victory this afternoon and line themselves up for a long trip north in the next round of the competition. Let’s get behind Town this afternoon and hopefully cheer them on to victory and a tie away at Grimsby Borough in the Second Qualifying Round! Enjoy the game . . . Jeff Voller



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



FROM THE MANAGER Hello and welcome back to Ruskin Drive for our first cup match of the season. Playing in any FA competition is always an honour and the team are really looking forward to this one. We continue to struggle through an injury crisis at the moment- with two of the defence who played Thursday now picking up injuriesmaking that five centre backs injured now as well as two full backs. New signing , Young jack Critchlow (17) , was magnificent on Thursday but unfortunately not available today due to prior commitments We’re working very hard off the field to plug these gaps and indications are good for a

couple of signings soon. On the pitch I have been very encouraged by the last two performances from a young and inexperienced side. We know we need to start turning good play into goals and putting that score board pressure onto the opposition but the manner of play, and the chances created , especially in the first half, against a good Ashton side gives me confidence that will come. I hope you enjoy the game today and thank you again for your fantastic support Dave Platt

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OUR VISITORS TO RUSKIN 1919: Cheadle Heath Nomads was formed immediately after the First World War A photograph of the team around that time shows a bizarre combination of ages was necessary to get a team together and for obvious reasons. The club therefore celebrated its centenary in September 2019. With the war over a group of individuals (Messrs. Sanderson, Bentley, Hopwood, Hulme, Johnson, Taylor, and Nuttall) began a fund-raising project to raise £1000 (some money in those days) to buy the piece of land on ‘the other side of the bridge’ in Cheadle (as opposed to Cheadle Heath!) to create a sports club for the area. The gentlemen named above became the first Trustees of the club and the club remains a Trusteeship, owning its own land with all the pros and cons that entails. 1921: saw the opening of Cheadle Heath Sports Club with Cheadle Heath Nomads at its core, although it also provided facilities for Cricket, Tennis and Ladies Hockey. Cheadle Heath Nomads joined the Lancashire and Cheshire AFL and, after a brief break in 1927 stayed in the L & C until 1994. 1927: The initial rules of the club limited membership beyond a certain age. As everyone was six years older than when the club started, teams could not be formed for any sport. Nomads had to resign from the L & C but re-joined a year later after the rules had been changed.

1930s: this was a difficult time for the club financially (It was during the ‘great depression’ with mass unemployment etc.) The club struggled for money and even changed its club colours from green and yellow quarters to white. Every player had to bring his own white shirt each week. 1939-1945: There was no organised sport at this time. The edges of the club land was rented out as allotments and some of it has still not been recovered. The great contribution of the time was that a certain Mr. Bailey would cut the grass daily by hand (there was no petrol available for mowers). Post-war: The colours changed again to claret and blue after the war and they remain the club colours today.The club thrived immediately after the 2nd World War with some improvements in infrastructure with the erection of a Nissan hut with a bar etc. and the teams became hugely successful, especially in the early 1950s. Players at that time such as Doug Berry, Johnny Whittaker, Bob Stuart, Les Noden etc. became the backbone of the club for several years after they had finished playing! Nomads had often contemplated moving into the Mid Cheshire League (now The Cheshire League) but were constrained by the presence of cricket with a corner of the football pitch forming part of the cricket outfield. 1994: saw the demise of the cricket section (tennis and hockey had finished already) and success on the field (winning the L & C championship twice in quick succession) a step up into the Mid Cheshire League was the obvious way to go. The hard-working committee, based around Roy Welsh and Jim Hardie had been strengthened by the Gibbons family (George, Dave (1st team player manager), and John) and the club moved forward with confidence. 1995: Winning the 2nd. Division in its first season in the MidCheshire league, Nomads consolidated in the First Division until 2004 when it merged with Linotype F C.


Linotype was in the same league (now The Cheshire League) but were having problems retaining the facilities at The Silver Wings Club in Timperley. At the same time Nomads were struggling both on and off the field (Roy Welsh and George Gibbons holding the fort) and a merger of the two organisations made sense, especially as the committee would acquire two grafters in Brian McGuinness and Jim Calderbank. Cheadle Heath Nomads became Linotype Cheadle Heath Nomads. There then followed a generally satisfactory playing record until the Cheshire Football League championship was won in season 2013-14. Nomads remained in the top echelons of the league thereafter (coming 2nd, 5th. and 4th.)

It also provided an opportune time for the club to change its name back to the original Cheadle Heath Nomads F.C. in time for its centenary the following year.

Over the same period there were significant improvements to the playing surface and the facilities with the addition of new changing rooms, the erection of a 50-seater stand and a significant spend on improving the drainage, all with a view to moving into the NWCFL for season 2019/20

The first season in the NWCFL, Division 1 South saw Nomads finish in mid-table and season 2019/2020 was looking similar until Covid-19 put a stop to playing football.

2018: The re-structuring of the NWCFL for season 2018/19, provided an opportunity too good to miss whilst at the same time providing a significant challenge for a group of individuals to do two years’ work in one. George Gibbons (the same one), Steve Jenkins, Ian Taylor, and Paul Farmer put in a mountain of work with Roy Welsh (the same one) steering the ship. By the start of the season 2018-2019 the club facilities included floodlights, hard standing and new barriers, standing accommodation, spectator toilets etc. and Nomads started life in the NWCFL. Season League P 2006-07 MCL-1 30 2007-08 CL-1 32 2008-09 CL-1 30 2009-10 CL-1 28 2010-11 CL-1 30 2011-12 CL-1 30 2012-13 CL-1 30 2013-14 CL-1 30 2014-15 CL-P 30 2015-16 CL-P 30 2016-17 CL-P 30 2017-18 CL-P 28 2018-19 NWC-1S 38 2019-20 NWC-1S 30 2020-21 NWC-1S Charity Partner 2017-18 9

W 11 9 7 12 4 13 10 13 19 20 16 14 19 10 3

D 6 6 7 5 7 7 5 4 9 1 4 5 5 5 3

2020; Despite the lack of football, it was a busy time for Nomads with the re-structuring of the club as a whole and the creation of Cheadle Heath Nomads Football Club Ltd. 2021: Despite the pandemic the club has managed itself well and has now added an Under 18s team, playing in the North West Youth Alliance. There are plans for the club to continue to develop both as a club and in the playing sense. L 13 17 16 11 19 10 15 13 2 9 10 9 14 15 3

F 41 56 34 40 45 73 64 67 83 77 57 50 77 44 20

A 47 70 67 46 72 70 61 56 35 40 41 47 66 59 17

GD -6 -14 -33 -6 -27 3 3 11 48 37 16 3 11 -15 3

Pts 39 33 28 41 19 46 35 43 66 61 52 47 62 35 12

Position 10/16 13/17 13/16 7/15 16/16 6/16 12/16 10/16 1/16 2/16 5/16 4/15 9/20 11/20 6/20


Season 2021-22


HOW DO WE COMPARE? St Helens Town - last 6 matches 4/9 All Competitions Home

St Helens Town

Most recent

D

L

L

L

L

L

Away

L

L

D

L

D

D

Collated

L

D

L

L

D

L

Cheadle Heath Nomads - last 6 matches All Competitions

Most recent

FA Vase Round Cheadle Heath Reached Nomads

4R

2001-02

DNE

2R

2002-03

DNE

2R

2003-04

DNE

3R

2004-05

DNE

2R

2005-06

DNE

2QR

2006-07

DNE

1QR

2007-08

DNE

2QR

2008-09

DNE

1QR

2009-10

DNE

Home

W

L

D

D

W

W

3R

2010-11

DNE

Away

W

L

L

L

W

D

2QR

2011-12

DNE

1R

2012-13

DNE

1QR

2013-14

DNE

Collated

D

W

D

W

W

D

St Helens Town games since...

Cheadle Heath Nomads games since...

3R

2014-15

DNE

2QR

2015-16

DNE

All Competitions

All Competitions

1QR

2016-17

DNE

Clean sheet

31

Clean sheet

9

Goal Scored

1

Goal Scored

0

Loss

0

Loss

6

No score draw

44

No score draw

40

Score draw

1

Score draw

0

Win

24

Win

1

1QR 1QR

DNE

1QR

2QR

1QR

1QR

FA Vase - Club Records

FA Vase - Club Records

1986/87

1976/77

Winners 86/7

2R 86/7

8-1; 04/09/10

5-3; 31/08/19

0-4; 15/12/10

3-7; 19/09/20

Previous Meetings P

W

D

L

F

A

GD

Win %

Home League

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.00

Away League

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.00

Home Cup

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.00

Away Cup

1

0

0

1

2

5

-3

0.00

Collated

1

0

0

1

2

5

-3

0.00

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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

Pilkington

9

7

1

1

26

15

11

22

2

Golcar United

9

6

3

0

22

13

9

21

3

AFC Blackpool

10

6

2

2

26

17

9

20

4

Bury AFC

8

6

2

0

21

12

9

20

5

Holker Old Boys

8

6

1

1

13

10

3

19

6

Bacup Borough

10

4

3

3

20

14

6

15

7

Ashton Town

9

4

2

3

21

16

5

14

8

South Liverpool

9

4

2

3

20

17

3

14

9

Chadderton

9

4

2

3

15

13

2

14

10

Garstang

8

3

3

2

23

19

4

12

11

Daisy Hill

8

3

1

4

20

16

4

10

12

Nelson

9

2

4

3

20

20

0

10

13

AFC Darwen

9

3

0

6

12

24

-12

9

14

Atherton LR

8

2

1

5

18

22

-4

7

15

Ilkley Town

9

2

0

7

18

25

-7

6

16

Steeton

9

1

3

5

17

25

-8

6

17

Cleator Moor Celtic

7

1

2

4

17

16

1

5

18

Campion

8

1

1

6

12

17

-5

4

19

St Helens Town

10

0

3

7

11

41

-30

3

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SPONSORSHIP AVAILABLE The First St. Helens Town 1901-1928 St Helens Town had access to a cash book from the original club covering season 1912-13 and some matches during the First World War. The cash book had been loaned to the club by the late Eric Bond a Town stalwart and former President of the St. Helens Football Combination and it makes very interesting reading. The book lists the financial accounts on a matchby-match basis and bears auditors markings to verify the figures. Season 1912-13 is covered in full, but not 1913-14. Curiously, a number of matches from 1914-15 are also included, but it is not known whether they amount to a full season. Nevertheless, the information contained in the book is fascinating. In 1912-13, St. Helens Town were members of the Lancashire Combination, Division 1. They finished 14th of 18 teams, played 34, won 12, drew 5 and lost 17 games, scoring 49 goals and conceding 75. Local rivals St. Helens Recs., in their final season as a soccer club, ended the season in 8th place. Results of games are not given in the cash book, but the two St. Helens clubs met at Park Road on Christmas Day, when gate receipts were £41 9s. 2d (£41.46) and a further £1 was made in the

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Refreshment Tent, the only occasion it appears in the accounts. The Police were paid 9s. (45p), gatemen 4s. 6d. (22p) and sawdust cost 6d. The return game took place on Good Friday, 21st March 1913. Looking at 1912-13 as a whole, a pre-season friendly was played at Barrow on 2nd September (a Monday), producing half gate receipts of £27 3s. (£27.15), which were the best receipts other than those for the Recs. derby game on Christmas Day. Over £10 was taken as a halfshare of a cup-tie gate at Macclesfield and the only other gate over £10 was for the home game with Tranmere Rovers on 16th November, £16 8s 1d (£16.40). All the other home gates were significantly below £10, many around £2. The lowest was £1 18s 3d. (£1.91) against Chester on 5th April. Most players went unpaid through the season, but there were several instances of some players receiving between five shillings (25p) and twelve and sixpence (62p). There were several instances of the payment of lost time: this arose as a result of players missing a Saturday morning in work, in order to play football. The usual working week in the North of England was five and a half days. Payment of lost or broken-time money was prevalent after 1895. That date was significant in that it was the year of the split between the Rugby Football Union and the Northern Union (later the Rugby League), which came about as a direct result of Northern Union clubs wishing to compensate their players in the industrial North for time lost from work. The book shows several instances of players receiving amounts varying from 2s. 6d. (12p) to 10s. (50p), in lost time payments. Other overheads included train fares for away travel and for a few players travelling from out of town to St. Helens. The whole team travelled to Barrow for £3 12s (£3.60). Two shillings was incurred for repairing pipes at the home game with Eccles in February and rates of £5 10s. 3d. (£5.51) were paid in March. Printing of posters etc., regularly came to 10s. or 15s. The game


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LEAGUE TABLES & FIXTURES First Division South

P

W

D

L

F

A

GD

Pts

1

West Didsbury & Chorlton

10

8

2

0

32

8

24

26

2

New Mills

9

8

1

0

29

11

18

25

3

Abbey Hey

10

8

1

1

28

10

18

25

4

Wythenshawe Amateurs

9

7

1

1

23

9

14

22

5

Sandbach United

9

6

1

2

24

7

17

19

6

Ellesmere Rangers

9

6

1

2

25

13

12

19

7

Cheadle Town

9

5

0

4

20

14

6

15

8

Stafford Town

10

5

0

5

15

17

-2

15

9

Abbey Hulton United

10

4

1

5

15

20

-5

13

10

Cheadle Heath Nomads

9

3

3

3

19

23

-4

12

11

Stockport Town

9

3

1

5

19

17

2

10

12

Alsager Town

10

3

1

6

10

18

-8

10

13

Brocton

9

3

1

5

13

25

-12

10

14

FC Isle of Man

7

2

3

2

16

12

4

9

15

Barnton

9

3

0

6

15

23

-8

9

16

Cammell Laird 1907

10

3

0

7

14

24

-10

9

17

Maine Road

10

2

1

7

16

23

-7

7

18

Eccleshall

10

2

1

7

12

22

-10

7

19

Rocester

10

2

1

7

11

25

-14

7

20

St Martins

10

0

2

8

9

44

-35

2

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Season 2021-22 Fixtures, Facts and F Comp

KO

Result

GK

2

3

4

5

6

JUL 31

Date

Opponents ATHERTON LR

NWCFL

3.00

2-5L

Wolland

Brown

Apperley

Kamara

Keenan

McMahon

Aug 04

Garstang

NWCFL

7.45

2-2D

McDaid

Brown

Cliff

AUG 07

PILKINGTON

NWCFL

3.00

1-4L

Wolland Luke Diggle Robinson

Keenan Luke Diggle McMahon Kamara

Keenan

McMahon

Aug 14

Cleator Moor Celtic

NWCFL

3.00

10-0L

Wolland Robinson De-Andrade Keenan Luke Diggle McHugh

AUG 19

AFC BLACKPOOL

NWCFL

7.45

1-3L

McDaid

Kamara

Atkinson

Morgan

Colford

McHugh

Robinson

Clegg

Aug 21

Steeton

NWCFL

3.00

1-1D

Wolland Robinson De-Andrade Atkinson

AUG 28

DAISY HILL

NWCFL

3.00

1-8L

Wolland

Robinson

AUG 30

SOUTH LIVERPOOL

NWCFL

3.00

1-3L

McDaid

Waterson

Clegg

Kamara

Colford

Onuh

Sep 04

Nelson

NWCFL

3.00

2-2D

McDaid

Brown

Waterson

Colford

Lea

Onuh

SEP 09

ASHTON TOWN

NWCFL

7.45

0-3L

McDaid

Brown

Waterson

Critchlow

Lea

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CLUB ARCHIVES St. Helens Town: FA Vase Winners - 1987 PART 1 The FA Vase came into being in 1975 as the replacement for the FA Amateur Cup. St. Helens Town had, before 1986, entered the FA Trophy, but that competition had become dominated by the giants of the non-league game and the chances of Town making progress – and money – in the Trophy were slim. In the Summer of 1986, the club elected to enter the FA Vase for the first time, little knowing that they would go on to lift the prize at Wembley on 25th April 1987. They entered the competition at the ExtraPreliminary Round and were drawn against Colne Dynamoes, a club in the division below Town in the North West Counties League. However, Dynamoes were in a false position, as they had a multi-millionaire backer who had the ambition of Football League status for his club. Indeed, they went on to win the FA Vase themselves the following season and a number of rapid promotions led the club to the heady heights of Northern Premier League Champions in 1990. They won the title by a massive 26 points over Gateshead, but failed in their attempt to get promoted to the Conference, Gateshead being elevated in their stead and the Dynamoes ceased to exist as a club, being replaced some years later by the present Colne FC. However, I digress. On 6th September 1986, Town took on Colne Dynamoes in the FA Vase and it turned out to be quite a day! St. Helens found themselves 2-0 down at half-time to goals from exBlackburn and Leeds United striker Kevin Hird and

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former Burnley midfielder Andy Wharton. Worse was to come after the interval, as Hird scored his second before a resurgent Town netted three times in 15 minutes, through Brian Rigby, Tony Williams and Phil Layhe. Wharton then scored again for the visitors but Rigby’s second tied the scores at 4-4. Into extra-time and still the drama was not over. Defender John Bendon was sentoff, reducing Town to 10 men, but up popped Jimmy Collins, who blasted home the winner from 30 yards out. Town won 5-4. Town’s team was: Andy Johnston; Paul Benson, Barry Lowe, John Bendon and Tony Williams; Jay McComb, Mark Gledhill, Tommy O’Neil and Jimmy Collins; Brian Rigby and Phil Layhe. Subs: Bryan Griffiths (for Gledhill) and Steve Baker. Scorers: Rigby 2, Williams, Layhe, Collins (J). General Chemicals were the visitors to Hoghton Road in the Preliminary Round on 20th September. The West Cheshire League side were considered a fairly safe passage, but a handball by Bendon gifted the Runcorn side the lead from the penalty spot. Gledhill soon equalised but Town could not put their plucky opponents to bed and the game went to extra-time again. Jimmy Collins scored the winner from the penalty spot after Layhe was brought down by the visiting goalkeeper, to give Town a narrow 21 victory. Town fielded an unchanged team. Scorers: Gledhill, Collins (J). Another home draw in the First Round, against NWC Second Division side Blackpool Wren Rovers, on 24th October, was the reward. However, skipper Tommy O’Neil had been in dispute with the club in the weeks leading up to the game and, on a real quagmire of a Hoghton Road pitch, injury took its toll and he had to be replaced by Jimmy Collins’ twin brother, Dave. The game was goalless after 90 minutes and, for the third tie in succession, extra-time ensued. Two spectacular goals from Dave Collins (from around 30 yards out) and Marty Cummins, who lobbed the keeper from the half-way line, gave Town a 2-0 victory. Town’s team was: Johnston, Benson,


THE ROAD TO WEMBLEY Williams, Lowe and Bendon; Marty Cummins, O’Neil, Jimmy Collins, John Deakin; McComb and Layhe. Subs: Dave Collins (for O’Neil) and Gary Laird. Scorers: Cummins, Collins (D). Into Round 2 and another home draw, this time against Guisborough Town from Cleveland, members of the Northern League Second Division. The visitors had been to Wembley as losing Vase finalists in 1980 but, on a very windy day, it was St. Helens Town who took the initiative, hitting the bar twice before Phil Layhe scored just before halftime, latching on to Marty Cummins’ long ball before beating the ‘keeper from close range The second half was a tight affair, with the home team standing firm in a marvellous defensive performance, the only danger coming a few minutes before the end when Tony Williams had to clear off the goal-line. Town’s team was: Andy Johnston; Paul Benson, Tony Williams, Barry Lowe and John Bendon; Marty Cummins, Tommy O’Neil, Jimmy Collins and Brian Rigby; Jay McComb and Phil Layhe Subs: John Deakin and Dave Collins. Scorer: Layhe. Another round and, remarkably, a fifth consecutive home draw, Wythenshawe Amateurs from the Manchester League arriving at Hoghton Road on 13th December. On a very cold day, on a very muddy pitch, with heavy rain and sleet much in evidence, Town got off to the worst possible start, going one down after just seven minutes. However, better late than never, Jay McComb equalised from a Jimmy Collins corner 9 minutes later and Town were on their way. On 22 minutes, Tony Williams put the home side ahead with a spectacular volley and soon after half-time Jimmy Collins wrapped up the game at 4-1 with a brace of goals, his second from the penalty spot.

Town fielded a near unchanged team, Stu Humphries taking over from Dave Collins on the bench. Scorers: Collins (J) 2, McComb, Williams. For Round 6, Town were called upon to travel away for the first time, making the long journey to Cambridgeshire to take on Wisbech Town of the Eastern Counties League at their Fenland Park ground. The home team were confident of success, having been beaten semi-finalists in each of the two previous campaigns, losing to Halesowen after a replay in 1985 and Southall in 1986. Tony Williams was unavailable, having gone under the surgeon’s knife for a cartilage operation and Paul Wilson took his place. Following the lengthy journey, delayed a week by heavy snow, St. Helens produced a tremendous defensive display to keep the scoresheet blank in the first half but Phil Layhe netted twice in the 67th and 90th minutes to steer Town to a 5th round slot. Manager Alan Wellens brought in full-back Paul Wilson for his FA Vase debut, replacing Tony Williams but the rest of the team was unchanged, with Bryan Griffiths taking over from Humphries on the bench. Scorer: Layhe 2.

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HALF TIME QUIZ Q1. Which Brazilian has made the most appearances in the Premier League?

Q11. When was the last season a team other than Bayern Munich won the Bundesliga?

Q2. Which team secured the French Ligue 1 title in 2008/9 with a squad including Yoann Gourcuff & Marouane Chamakh?

Q12. Which League 2 club play their home matches at Holker Street?

Q3. Who is England U21’s record goalscorer having scored 16 goals? Q4. Which League Two club were reprieved from relegation after Macclesfield Town’s point deduction in the 2019/20 season? Q5. Which club sold current Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani to PSG in 2013?

Q13. Which Italian club was managed by Carlo Ancelotti before his brief spell at Everton? Q14. Isaias was the first Brazilian to play in the Premier League in 1995 but who did he play for? Q15. Who is the only Swedish footballer to hit a Premier League hat-trick having done so against Sunderland in May 2003?

Q6. Who is the leading all time goalscorer in the Women’s Super League? Q7. Who was the last team not from Germany, England or Spain to win the Champions League?

Q9. How many Premier League titles did Pablo Zableta win with Manchester City? Q10. Which Country are top of the FIFA Men’s World Rankings?

1) Willian (259) 2) Bordeaux 3) Eddie Nketiah 4) Stevenage 5) Napoli 6) Vivianne Miedema 7) Inter (2009/10) 8) Brad Friedel 9) Two 10) Belgium 11) Dortmund in 2011/12 12) Barrow 13) Napoli 14) Coventry City 15) Freddie Ljungberg

Q8. Which player made a record 310 consecutive Premier League appearances between 2004 & 2012?


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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

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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)

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265 Larry Redmond (134 estimated)



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


LEAGUE NEWS Dave Dale leaves Eccleshall Fri 3rd September 2021 | Eccleshall | By Gary Langley Eccleshall FC have this afternoon announced the departure of Dave Dale from the Managers position. In a statement released on the clubs website they state: Following a conversation with Club Chairman, Neil Washington, Eccleshall FC are disappointed to announce that manager Dave Dale has indicated his intention to stand down from his role at the club with immediate effect for personal reasons. Whilst we regret his decision, the club has to move on, starting with Saturday's match against Cheadle Heath Nomads. First team coach Jake Robinson will be taking charge in the interim until a replacement manager is appointed. The club is open to applications for the vacant position. Applications to club@efc1971.co.uk and use the subject "Management Vacancy" League Milestones Update Tue 7th September 2021 | Statistics | By Kevin Lawton NWCFL Stats from the weekend League Milestones First up this week is Stockport Town who played their 200th league game as they win at Cheadle. Longridge won their 50th game (out of 74 played) when they beat Lower Breck. Six teams reached goals conceded milestones. Abbey Hey hit 1,700, Abbey Hulton 250, AFC Blackpool 2,600, Congleton Town 1,400, Maine Road 2,300 and New Mills 700. AFC Darwen lost their 100th away game in the defeat at Bacup Goal Heroes (League and Cup) Hat-tricks were few and far between this week, however, there were three in the First Division South. Top was Saul Henderson of Wythenshawe Amateurs who hit four against St Martins and Edward Brown who hit three in the same game as Wythenshawe won 8-1. Finally, Ben Elliott of West Didsbury and Chorlton hit three as his side beat Brocton 5-1, his second

hat-trick of the season. League Table stats Just three teams have 100% home records, Macclesfield, New Mills and Golcar, while Wythenshawe Amateurs and Ellesmere Rangers are the only sides with 100% away records. Just five teams are still undefeated: Macclesfield, Golcar, Bury, New Mills and West Didsbury & Chorlton. Abbey Hey and West Didsbury have the most league clean sheets so far, with four each. Emirates FA Cup Second Qualifying Round Mon 6th September 2021 | Emirates FA Cup | By Martin Fallon The draw for the Second Qualifying Round of the Emirates FA Cup have been released by the FA this lunchtime. Ties involving our sides are as follows: SQUIRES GATE v Pontefract Collieries Winners receive £3,375, losers receive £1,125 ANALYSIS Just one NWCFL remain in this season's Emirates FA Cup, that being Blackpool based Premier Division side Squires Gate. Gate had a 1-0 win on Saturday over North Shields to progress to the Second Qualifying Round for the first time since the 2004/05 season. It is the third time they have reached this stage and they have never progressed further. They will face a home tie with Pontefract Collieries in the Second Qualifying Round, with Colls knocking out Barnoldswick Town on Saturday. It's not a bad draw for Gate, who will no doubt be contacting former manager Andy Clarkson for advice, Andy being in charge at Barnoldswick these days! Pontefract play in the Northern Premier League after being promoted as part of the non-league restructure due to their record over the last two seasons. This is the second time in three seasons that they have reached the Second Qualifying Round stage, and like Gate they have never progressed further The tie will be played on Saturday September 18th, meaning the postponement of the Charnock Richard v Squires Gate game in the Premier Division.


NWCFL First Division Cup 2nd Round Cheadle Heath Nomads 5-2 Town Norbreck Avenue, Cheadle Saturday 6th October 2018

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TOWN: ON THIS DATE Town have played seventeen times on this date (11th September) with a history of games stretching back to 1948 and the start of the competitive fixtures for the newly reformed club. Saturday 11th September 1948 saw Hoghton Road, Sutton play host to Town versus Liverpool ‘A’ in the Liverpool County Combination Division 1. Bert Trautmann was in goal and Knowles struck for Town in a 1-1 draw. Two seasons later (1950) and it was Lancashire Combination action for Town as Atherton Collieries were the visitors to Sutton. It proved to be a fruitful afternoon for the team in blue as Town ran out comfortable 6-0 winners. The goals came courtesy of a brace each for Garner, Dillon and Leadbetter. On this date in 1952 Town hosted Leyland Motors where a hat-trick from Potter and further goals from Whitby and C. Doyle saw Town convincing 5-0 winners in a Lancashire Combination Division Two encounter. Leyland Motors was the destination for Town just two seasons later (1954) in the Lancashire Combination. Although no goal scorer details are available Town secured the points with a 0-2 win. Into the 1960s and on this date in 1961 Hoghton Road saw Town play host to Wigan Rovers in the Liverpool Non-League Cup 2nd replay. The two teams had drawn 3-3 at the end of August at Hoghton Road and drew back at Wigan necessitating a further replay which Town won 41. Barnes hit a treble with Forshaw hitting a fourth for the home side. Town record goal scorer Phil Stainton was on target on this date in 1965 as Town travelled to Horwich RMI in the Lancashire Combination top flight. Despite Stainton’s effort Town lost 4-1. Leyland Motors were to meet Town on this date for the third time in 1971. It was Lancashire Combination League Cup 1st Round action at Hoghton Road and it proved a disappointing afternoon for Town as the visitors edged the tie 0 -1. It was a different competition on this date in 1973 as Town played host to Prescot Town in the Bass Charrington Cup. The teams had met ten

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days earlier at Hope Street when a Poole strike earned Town a second chance. The replay, at Hoghton Road, was another tight affair where a Mervin Bull goal settled the tie in favour of St Helens. Town would go on to lift the trophy in May 1974 courtesy of a 4-3 win over Darwen at Burscough FC. By 1976 it was Cheshire League action for Town and on this date Droylsden were the visitors to Hoghton Road. The visitors took the spoils with a 0-2 reverse. As the 1970s ended (1979) it was Fleetwood Town who were the visitors to St Helens in a Cheshire League encounter. Redmond, Larner, Stokes, Williams and an own goal secured a 5-1 win for Town. The opening season (1982) the newly formed NWCFL saw Town travelled to Horwich RMI on this date. The railwaymen proved a thorn in the side of Town as they ran out 2-1 winner with Smith hitting the Town reply. It was more NWCFL top flight action on this date in 1985 at Town made the short trip to Bootle. Jay McComb was on target for Town as they took the points with a hard fought 0-1 victory. On this date in 1993 it was FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round action as Town made the trip to Lancashire and the home of Rossendale United. Ian Langton scored an equaliser seven minutes from time in a 1-1 draw at Dark Lance. A midweek replay just four days later saw Town make home advantage pay as Steve Pennington gave Town a sixth minute lead they wouldn’t surrender. The FA Cup success was short lived as Town bowed out in the next round, losing 2-1 to Knowsley United. Seel Park, home of Mossley AFC, was the destination on this date in 1999. NWCFL top flight action saw Iain Dyson hit a late equaliser at the two sides battled out a 1-1 draw. At this same stage of FA Vase in 2004 Town made the trip to Murton where second half goals from Nezianya and Cunningham saw them through. Three seasons later (2007) Town played host to Runcorn Linnets in the NWCFL Division One and Adie Reilly’s 90th minute goal proved little consolation as Town lost 1-3 to the Linnets. It was NWCFL top flight action on this date in 2010 (the last time we played on this date). A lengthy trip to Silsden proved successful as a brace from Pearson and one from Dyson secured a 0-3 victory.


LEAGUE NEWS Club of the Month Awards Announced for August 2021 Thu 9th September 2021 | League Awards | By Gary Langley

St Martins FC and Manager, James Etherington have parted company overnight following a series of results that have left the club at the bottom of Division One South. The club have released a statement to clarify the respective positions following the announcement. The statement reads….

We knew August was going to be a busy month, we planned it to be. For clubs, the fixtures come thick and fast and those who had the stamina have already put themselves in strong positions already. In that first month there have been outstanding sides across the three divisions, you can barely split the clubs in a couple of them, however we have a formula to do it and this season, like every other we are delighted to confirm our monthly awards. The Club of the Month Awards for August 2021 are as follows:

“Director of Football Steve Garnett and close friend of James would like to state that Following the final whistle of last nights game (the 1-3 home defeat to Eccleshall on Tuesday evening), James Etherington stood down as Manager of St Martins FC. His tenure has been made difficult by personal factors but the football struggles were mainly due to the lack of continuity of players, staff and match/ training time due to the Covid pandemic. This has seen the club at the bottom of the Division One Table with no wins so far this season.”

Premier Division - Barnoldswick Town - A great start by Barnoldswick, they have recorded some big results over the course of the month which took them to the top of the table at one point. They were ran very close by Macclesfield FC, however the disciplinary records have been used to split the clubs. Congratulations to all at Barnoldswick Town.

“James informed the players after the match that he expected them to continue to develop, to prove that his investment in them was worth it, and to fully support the new management regime, which the club will look to appoint this week.”

Division One North - Golcar United - Golcar have lead from the front, they have had a number of good results over the month which include wins on the road at Campion, Steeton and a 5-3 win at Garstang towards the end of the month. Even with having a game postponed on them, they still had enough to get them over the line for the Club of the Month Award for August - Well done. Division One South - A resurgent New Mills have taken the accolade this month. They had a busy August which has seen them score 4 or more goals in four games over the period which has seen them take and hold top spot. That month also saw them hold high-flying West Didsbury and Chirlton to a draw. A good month for The Millers. Etherington steps down at St Martins Thu 9th September 2021 | St Martins | By Gary Langley

“Myself, personally and everyone involved with the football club wish to thank James for all of his hard work and enthusiasm and we wish him all the best for his future career. You will always be part of the St Martins family so please don’t be a stranger.” The club have not released any details regarding accepting applications at this point. Eccleshall FC Withdraw from Buildbase FA Vase Thu 9th September 2021 | Eccleshall | By Gary Langley Division One South side Eccleshall have advised us that they have withdrawn from this seasons Buildbase FA Vase competition. No further details are available at present apart from the fact that Stafford Town, their opponents this weekend will be given a walkover.


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THE TEAMS St Helens Town

Cheadle Heath Nomads

From: Ruairi McDaid Stephen Brown Sam Waterson Jack Critchlow Ciaran Lea Morgan Onuh Jamie Apperley Rhoss De-Andrade Obua Mugalula Josh Clegg Ali Zeinalighaleh

From: Alexander Fowell Craig Coates Jake Wright Jack McConnell Thomas Greenfield Jack Taylor Kyle Foley Charlie Mulgrew Daniel McLaughlin William Shawcross Max Lewens

Paul Cliff Rhyce Merrifield Luke Diggle George Atkinson Carl Williams

Kieran Alley Adam Rigby Mason Davies Yussuf Adduallahi Wilf Riley

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

Manager: Jack Davies Coach: Phil McGreal Coach: John Phelan

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Referee: Mr D Whitfield Assistant: Mr TBC Assistant: Mr A Walker Match Sponsors: Unite the Union, St Helens Match Ball Sponsors: Willow Printing Limited Programme Sponsors: St Helens Mind


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