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Today’s Teams . . . CLUB INFORMATION Honorary Life Presidents: Bert Trautmann OBE and Bill Foulkes Vice President: Jim Barrett Chairman: John McKiernan (07713 339682) Vice Chairman: Glyn Jones Hon. Secretary/Treasurer: Jeff Voller (07843 692695) Commercial Manager Darryl Picton (07908 833554) Full Committee: John McKiernan, Jeff Voller, Jim Barrett, Darryl Picton, Ste Ball, Chris Ford and Glyn Jones. Trustees: John McKiernan and Eric Bond Club Manager: Ian Granite Assistant Manager: Ian Price Coaches: Paul Jones and Nick Matthews

Sat 28th September 2013, kick off 3.00pm NWCFL Premier Division St Helens Town Red & White Shirts White Shorts, Red & White Socks No

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Ciaran Gibson Sam Pullinger Greg Harrison Lewis Coyle James Curzon Cole Ashton Connor Sanderson Dan Wright Paul Cook-Hannah Ste Milne Shaun Judge Chris Williams Lee Crompton Neil Weaver Andy Mawdsley Mike Sykes-Wright

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John Ogden Adrian Bellamy Luke Morgan Loquaine Esdaille Mike Harling Shane Birtles Daniel Cocks Lee Oldham Artjoms Butorins Aaron Kirk Matthew Bryan Marcus Calvert Simon Thompson Boic Nhwziyo Gareth Wager Ashley Gotham

Reserve Team Manager Nick Robinson Youth Team Managers: Rob Walker Anthony Dunne Email: sthelenstownfc@hotmail.co.uk Main Club Sponsor: Johnsons Toyota Liverpool

Manager: Ian Granite Assistant: Ian Price

Manager: Brent Peters Assistant: Jimmy Petruzzi

Referee: Mr M Donohue (Manchester) Assist: Mr A Philbin (Stockport) & Mr J Masheder (Stockport) Today’s Match & Match Ball Sponsor:

Legal: St Helens Town Limited Private Limited Company Company No. 04392840 Date of Incorporation 12.03.2002 Company Directors: Jim Barrett & Gordon McDonald Parent Company: A wholly owned subsidiary of Sporting Club St Helens Limited

Cover photograph: Action from Town v Alsager Town 31.08.13

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Talk of the Town . . . Good afternoon and welcome to Brocstedes Park for this North West Counties Football League, Premier Division contest against our friends from Bacup & Rossendale Borough. May I open by welcoming our visitors I hope they enjoy the short time they will spend with us and have a safe journey home after the game. It has been almost a month since we were last here at Brocstedes Park hosting Alsager on an afternoon when we played well in the first half without an end product and got caught with a sucker punch prior to the interval and with a rash tackle ending Phil Williams involvement in the contest and a second counter attack goal and a third late on making matters worse on a poor afternoon for us. This was followed by another poor showing at Pontefract which saw us exit the FA Vase with a 2-0 reverse. This was followed up with a 3-0 reverse at high flying AFC Liverpool but the work rate and performance was much better, indeed Town had the better of the opening exchanges prior to gifting the hosts an opener and then conceding a “worldie” or a second before a well struck free kick rounded off the scoring. We had slipped into the relegation zone but our last two matches have seen massive improvements and we currently sit in the lofty heights of 15th position. Saturday saw us visit Abbey Hey who have recorded some good results over the past couple of weeks and again after a swift opening which saw the visitors create three good opening in the early stages we fell behind after some sloppy defending saw a square ball intercepted and fired home. The response in the second half was excellent as Ste Milne netted soon after the restart from an acute angle and there were plenty of chances from Town to score a second and take all three points but they had to survive a late double salvo of chances from Hey to secure a much deserved point and break the losing streak. Tuesday saw easily the best performance of the season so far as 5th placed Bootle were dispatched with comfortable easy which was not reflected in the 2-1 scoreline. A first half penalty from Shaun Judge was converted after Milne had been felled and this was added to by substitute Adam Storey in the 69th minute before a late goal from the hosts made the 5 minutes of added on time more tense than they should have been for Town. This afternoon sees us take on Bacup & Rossendale Borough who come into the contest in 20th position but the table is so tight at the moment with just 6 points separating Abbey Hey in 7th and Winsford in 19th! A couple of wins for any side can see them stride up the table and this is what we will be hoping to do. Finally, let’s get behind Town this afternoon and hopefully cheer them onto a victory. Enjoy the game . . . Jeff Voller

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In Town Today . . . Bacup Borough have the honour, along with Darwen, of being the oldest club in the North West Counties League, having been formed in 1875. In the mid 1870’s Robert Rankin and his brother John came to Bacup from Scotland, bringing with them enough soccer ability and enthusiasm to form a football team. Robert was the manager of the textile dying process at Irwell Springs Printing Company Ltd, hence the team they formed being known as Irwell Springs. On September 2nd 1889, Irwell Springs moved into their new ground at West View in Bacup, which has been their home ever since. The first game on their new ground was against Football League founding members Accrington Stanley. A crowd of over 1,000 saw the match abandoned with five minutes remaining after a heavy downpour. Accrington had been leading 7-1 at the time. Just a year later Irwell Springs changed their name to Bacup Borough. In 1911 Bacup won the Lancashire Junior Cup for the only time (although they were runners up in 1923 and 1975) and a year later were hosts to one of the most famous names in football when Manchester United travelled to West View for a Lancashire Senior Cup tie. For the record, United won the game 5-1. In 1930 Bacup won the East Lancs Shield, however, their proudest moment came in 1946/47 when they won the Lancashire Combination and were runners up to Marine in the League Cup Final. This period of success also saw Bacups record attendance when an amazing 4,980 people turned up to watch them play Nelson - a total which is unlikely to be beaten in the near future! Bacup continued in the Lancashire Combination, becoming runners up in 1972/73 on goal average, despite scoring 101 goals. In 1974/75 they reached the final of the Lancashire Junior Cup (now known as the Lancashire Challenge Trophy) after victories over Formby, Wigan Athletic, South Liverpool and Morecambe, before going down 1-0 to Lancaster City in the final. In 1980/81 Bacup reached the final of the Lancashire Combination League Cup, only to lose 3-1 on aggregate in a two-legged final against Caernarfon. In 1982/83 Bacup Borough became founding members of the North West Counties League. Initial placings were decided on playing performance and the clubs facilities and Bacup found themselves in Division Three. The team acquitted themselves well, finishing mid-table each season until 1987/88 when, following the exodus of a number of clubs to the Northern Premier League, the NWCL was reorganized and Bacup found themselves in the new Division Two. Unfortunately, the club suffered the embarrassment of finishing bottom of the League and having to apply to reelection. The first few weeks of 1988/89 saw Bacup again struggling, but the transformation came in October 1988 with the arrival of Gary Warburton as manager. Bacup lost only a handful of games over the following 18 months and at the end of 1989/90 finished as runners up in Division Two to gain promotion to Division One for the first time. They also reached the quarter finals of the League Cup and were runners up in the first ever Division Two Trophy final in a thrilling game against Great Harwood. Along the way Gary picked up two Manager of the Month awards while Jimmy Clarke and Gerry Keenan won Player of the Month awards, while Clarke ended as the leading goalscorer in Division Two. The club held its own in Division One until 1994/95 when disaster struck and they finished bottom of Division One, failing to win away from home all season and suffering some heavy defeats. There was no respite the following season as they ended 1995/96 propping up the table for the second time.

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. . Bacup & Rossendale Boro’ However, since those dark years in the mid 90’s, Bacup have slowly but surely improved. In September of the 1997/98 season with no points on the board and following a humiliating 0-10 defeat by Tetley Walker, the committee were prompted to part company with their then manager. This made way for the appointment of Brent Peters as team manager. It was a masterstroke for the club and in 2000/01 they reached the final of the Division Two Trophy again, this time losing out to Squires Gate. Slowly but surely Brent built up a strong team and in 2002/03 they won the Division Two title, the first major success for the club in 56 years, a feat made even more remarkable by the fact that they played all their games for the first few months of the season away from home as major work was carried out on their pitch and ground. Bacup Boroughs first season back in Division One saw a solid mid-table position in the League being secured but to add to that Bacup Borough ran out winners in their first ever appearance in the League Challenge Cup Final, defeating Newcastle Town 3-0. Secretary Frank Manning also celebrated 50 years in the game he was given a Gold Award on behalf of the Football Association. The 2004/5 season saw Bacup improve their standing within the league and a 9th place finish was their reward in their second season in Division One. Borough managed to finish the 2005/6 in 17th pace after struggling for much of the season. Last term saw Bacup have a bright start to the season but they were blighted by pitch problems and entered 2007 with a backlog of matches to play and ended up finishing in 15th position. The 2007/8 saw Bacup again blighted by pitch problems and they had a large number of matches to fit in when March came. The club finished in 18th position playing three games at week at the close of the season. The 2008/9 season saw the club earn 58 points after recording sixteen victories and finishing in 8th position their highest finish since returning to the top flight in 2003.Season 2009/10 saw Bacup finished in 12th position and became the first team to defeat eventual Champions Newcastle Town securing a 4-1 victory following a remarkable 27 game unbeaten run. This was followed in 2010/11 with Bacup occupying a position in the middle of the table for the majority of the season and they finished in the middle of the pile in 11th position. Last season saw more silverware arrive at the club as the NWCFL Challenge Cup returned to the Bacup trophy cabinet as Maine Road were comprehensively beaten 5-0 in a match at the Tameside Stadium. This cup run, combined with a good FA Carlsberg Vase run, saw the club struggling to catch up with its fixtures after the run of terrible weather conditions across the region. Having to play so many games in a short period of time took its toll and the season ended with the club in 17th place. The 2012/2013 season proved to be another difficult time at the club following the sad deaths of people dearly close to the club. Four came in the month of October 12 from which the biggest shock was 27 year old player Bryan Herbert. On the pitch the team once again did well by getting to yet another cup final and this time it was the Lancashire FA Cooperative Trophy Final played at the Reebok Stadium at Bolton. Despite playing a team from two leagues above, Bacup gave a very good account of themselves against team from the Evo Stick Premier Division, AFC Fylde ran out 20 winners. June 17th 2013 Bacup Borough officially adopted the title of Rossendale; this came about following the sad demise of Rossendale United FC, thus leaving Bacup Borough as the Rossendale Valley’s most senior football club. They were now the sole flag bearers of the Rossendale Valley and, for the commercial side, it made sense to add ‘Rossendale’ to the club’s name making the club Bacup & Rossendale Borough FC. The new name also brings with it a newly designed crest to form its very own identity, with a plan for progression in place and the words, ‘Prosperity Through Endeavour’ prominently featured.

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How We Compare . . . St Helens Town - last 6 matches All Competitions

Most recent

at St Helens Town

Previous Meetings

at Bacup & Rossendale Borough

NWC-D1

1998-99

NWC-D2

Home

D

D

W

D

L

L

Away

L

W

L

L

D

W

NWC-D1

1999-00

NWC-D2

Collated

W

L

L

L

D

W

NWC-D1

2000-01

NWC-D2

Bacup Borough - last 6 matches All Competitions

Most recent

NWC-D1

2001-02

NWC-D2

NWC-D1

2002-03

NWC-D2

21/02; 2-1

2003-04

27/09; 0-2

18/09; 0-0

2004-05

16/10; 0-0

21/02; 0-2

2005-06

29/04; 2-0

Home

L

W

D

L

L

D

Away

W

D

L

L

W

D

21/10; 0-1

2006-07

17/03; 0-0

Collated

W

D

L

L

D

D

15/09; 1-3

2007-08

16/04; 2-2

18/10; 3-4

2008-09

04/10; 0-3

20/02; 3-0

2009-10

24/04; 1-2

05/03; 1-1

2010-11

09/04; 1-7

03/03; 0-0

2011-12

16/04: 2-3

05/03; 1-2

2012-13

06/05; 0-0

28/09/2013

2013-14

02/11/2013

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

13

Bacup & Ross Boro games since... All Competitions 21/9 Clean 0 sheet

0

Goal Scored

1

2

Loss

2

No score draw

13

No score draw

0

Score draw

1

Score draw

1

Win

0

Win

5

St Helens Town Scores First Games Played

20

St Helens Town Wins

3

Draws

7

Bacup Borough Wins

10

St Helens Town Goals

19

Bacup Borough Goals

33

Percentage Town Wins

15.00

Previous Meetings Since 1949/50 All Competitions P

W

D

L

F

A

GD

Win %

Home

15

4

5

6

17

20

-3

26.67

Away

17

6

5

6

26

30

-4

35.29

Collated

32

10

10

12

43

50

-7

31.25

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Chairman’s Notes . . . Good afternoon and a very warm welcome to Brocstedes Park, for this NWCFL Premier Division encounter with our friends and rivals Bacup & Rossendale Borough. Let’s hope their players, officials and supporters along with our own followers are treated to an entertaining game. Many thanks to this afternoon’s match and ball sponsors ‘Scuffs N Scratches’ Mobile Alloy Wheel & Paint Repair Specialists for their continued support. The last time we were here at Brocstedes Park Town were on the wrong end of a 0-3 defeat by Alsager Town, especially disappointing following the impressive performance the lads had put in at Barnoldswick just a few days earlier. Since then we’ve been on our travels with four consecutive away fixtures. Town bowed out of the FA Vase with a 2-0 reverse at Pontefract Collieries, the manner of the defeat was extremely disappointing before losing 3-0 at AFC Liverpool in a much improved performance despite the score line. Last Saturday we travelled to Abbey Hey and secured a point with a 1-1 draw, Ste Milne equalising at the start of a second half which could have seen them take maximum points. A further impressive performance at Bootle on Tuesday evening saw goals from Shaun Judge and Adam Storey giving Town a 0-2 lead before the Bucks hit a late consolation. Town’s only disappointment was the margin of the victory should have been greater. Today’s visitors, like ourselves, have had a mixed start to the season and are currently five places below Town in the league table but are only two points behind us. Midweek saw them bow out of the FA Vase in a home replay against Parkgate. The game finished 0-0 after extra time with the visitors winning 2-4 on penalties. Next Tuesday we travel to Runcorn Linnets and next Saturday to Glossop North End before we return to Brocstedes Park for a series of five home games starting with Squires Gate on Tuesday 8th October. Our September monthly 500 Club Draw will take place in the club house after the game. We’ve moved the date of our Race Night which will now take place on Saturday 26th October, 8pm at Windleshaw Sport Club. Admission is £2 and includes a hotpot supper. Enjoy the game. John McKiernan Chairman, St Helens Town AFC

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Town v Alsager Town . . . Saturday 31st August 2013 St Helens Town 0-3 Alsager Town It was another frustrating afternoon for St. Helens Town on Saturday, as they slumped to a 3-0 home defeat against a lively Alsager side. It was a very windy afternoon and, playing with the stiff breeze behind them in the first half, St. Helens found it far too strong to be any advantage, as they struggled to control their shots on goal, most going way over the bar. In contrast, Alsager appeared rather comfortable in defence, rode their luck and broke the length of the field, against the run of play, to score their opening goal two minutes before half-time, the ball deflecting off a Town defender and in past the hapless Ryan Taylor. They secured their win with a penalty midway through the second half, the ball hitting both uprights before crossing the line and rubbed salt into the St. Helens wounds just before the end to go home with a 3-0 victory. The outcome should have been quite different. On the back of a fine midweek win at Barnoldswick, St. Helens were clear favourites to take the three points yet, not for the first time against a spirited and, at times, niggling Alsager defence, they ran up against a central defender in Reiss Lee who won simply everything on the ground and in the air. That, coupled with an inability for any of the Town forwards to control their shots in the wind in the first half, St. Helens were, to a great extent, architects of their own downfall, although they were denied two good shouts for penalties. After the break, desperation set in and shots were hit too early and too far out to threaten the visitors’ goal and, once the penalty had gone in, the game was over as a contest. Phil Williams and Karl Bergqvist had early chances for Town but, 15 minutes in, Town had an early taste of what was to follow as Lewis Coyle cleared off his line with Taylor beaten. Four minutes later, Shaun Judge carved out a good opening but Reaney in the opposite goal comfortably blocked his lob. Town had a good shout for a penalty denied after 26 minutes when Phil Williams was brought down in the box and, shortly afterwards, the same player hit a shot just over the bar. Two minutes later, Bergqvist had another opportunity, but could not keep the ball down in the difficult conditions. In the closing stages of the first half, the best chance of the game fell to Paul Cook-Hannah who just failed to connect with a Phil Williams cross on the goal-line. It was all St. Helens at this stage but, against the run of play, on 43 minutes, Alsager broke and McDonald scored to make it 1-0 at the break. An agricultural challenge on Phil Williams in the opening move of the second half amazingly went unpunished and the game descended into a series of niggly, late tackles, most of which were delivered by the visitors yet two of Town’s players ended the match with cautions. St. Helens again had a penalty claim denied on 62 minutes, a Phil Williams shot clearly handled by an Alsager player, yet referee Whitaker deemed the ball to have hit the hand instead. Ste Edwards replaced Cook-Hannah, yet was no more effective. Neil Weaver had a great chance following a quick break, but his shot was deflected for a corner on 69 minutes. Two minutes later, the action switched to the other end of the field where Judge brought down an opponent on the edge of the penalty box, although he appeared to get the ball first and the Town defender was in disbelief when the official pointed to the spot. Skellern hit both posts with his kick but it was not Town’s day as the ball rolled over the line. A couple of minutes from the end, Town’s misery was complete as Mitchell scored the third and the St. Helens team were left to reflect on another frustrating day at the office.

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. . . Match Photos

Action from our last home game v Alsager Town on Saturday 31st August which saw the ‘Bullets’ run out 0-3 winners

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Sponsor News . . . St Helens Town Football Club Main Sponsors Johnsons Toyota Liverpool have provided the club with a range of match-day and leisure wear for players and staff. Match day kit includes Umbro tracksuits and polo shorts containing the Johnsons Toyota Liverpool branding. The players have also been provided with pre-match Umbro warm up tops.

Pictured is Gareth Shone, General Manager of Johnsons Toyota Liverpool with Town boss Ian Granite and some of the Town player in their new sponsored kit.

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A Brief History . . . The original Town club was in existence from 1901 to 1928, but George Fryer and a number of local businessmen decided to re-form the club in 1946. They obtained a lease on the Hoghton Road ground in Sutton, adjacent to St. Helens Junction station on the Liverpool to Manchester railway line, took over a local St. Helens Combination team, Derbyshire Hill Rovers, signing a number of players from other clubs and entered the Liverpool County Combination in the 1947/48 season, playing against Everton “A” and Liverpool “A” and several reserve sides from the leading non-league clubs in the Merseyside area. Success was first attained in May 1949 when Runcorn were defeated in the final of the George Mahon Cup, played at the Prescot Cables ground. The following season, 1949/50, Town were elevated to the Second Division of the Lancashire Combination and they were promoted as Champions in only their second season to the First Division, where they ran up against teams such as Ashton United, Nelson and New Brighton, newly relegated from the Football League. Sadly, Town were themselves relegated in their first season and although promoted briefly again in 1955/56, they spent most of their early years in the Second Division. Improvements were quickly made to the facilities at Hoghton Road in the early years, but in November 1952 the decision was taken to re-locate to the former St. Helens Recs’ rugby league ground at City Road in order to further their ambitions of reaching the Football League. Initially, the move resulted in some encouraging crowds, but the club had a change of heart and returned to Sutton in the October 1953. The ground was purchased and further developed and a social club and floodlights were added in later years. Town were Champions of the Lancashire Combination in 1971/72 season, losing only one game, finishing 6 points clear of Accrington Stanley. 1975 brought a switch to the Cheshire League, where they remained until the formation of the North West Counties League in 1982 and St. Helens Town is the only club to feature in the top division of that league throughout its existence although, after a very good start, they very nearly lost that proud record last season. The club’s major achievement was victory in the FA Vase at Wembley in 1987. After a stuttering start in the Preliminary Round with a 5-4 extra-time win over Colne Dynamoes, further home successes over General Chemicals, Wren Rovers, Guisborough Town and Wythenshawe Amateurs, led to wins at Wisbech Town, at home to Rainworth Miners Welfare, away to Falmouth Town (after a replay) and in the away leg at Emley when, following a 1-0 home defeat in the first-leg, a 2-0 win in Yorkshire secured a Wembley Final against local rivals Warrington Town, who were dispatched 3-2 with goals from Phil Layhe (2) and Brian Rigby. St. Helens Town boast an impressive “Hall of Fame”, including legendary goalkeeper and former German Prisoner-of-War Bert Trautmann, who signed for Manchester City over 60 years ago and who went on to play the game of his life in the 1956 FA Cup Final, despite breaking his neck in the latter stages. Bill Foulkes was transferred to Manchester United, where he had a glittering career, surviving the Munich Air Disaster in 1958, in which

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he bravely rescued some of his stricken team-mates. John Connelly, an England squad member in the victorious 1966 World Cup campaign, was sold to Burnley and he later moved to join Foulkes at Old Trafford. Other future stars, groomed at St. Helens Town, included John Quinn (Sheffield Wednesday), Geoff Nulty (Burnley, Newcastle United and Everton) and, most recently, ace goal scorer Dave Bamber, who began and ended his league career at Blackpool and who played in all four divisions of the Football League. Captain of the FA Vase winning team was Tommy O’Neil, who began his league career playing alongside George Best, Denis Law and Bobby Charlton at Manchester United. Town sold their Hoghton Road ground in 2000 to move in with St. Helens Rugby League Club at their Knowsley Road base. Their farewell appearance at Sutton produced a 1-0 win over Champions Vauxhall Motors and the initial campaign at Knowsley Road got off to a cracking start, with Town leading the table for most of the season, before finishing in a rather disappointing fourth place. Recent seasons have been more of a struggle, ninth place in 2009/10 being the best finish since. Season 2010-11 saw Town slide to 16th and in 2010/11 next to bottom, when they would have been relegated, but for Flixton’s decision to resign from the league.

Club Honours: 1949 George Mahon Trophy Winners 1951 Lancs Comb Division 2 Champions 1972 Lancs Combination Champions 1973 Bass Charrington Cup Winners 1978 St Helens Hospital Cup Winners 1979 St Helens Comb Division 1 Runners Up 1979 St Helens Hospital Cup Runners Up 1980 St Helens Comb Division 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 Record Appearances: Allan Wellens Record Goal Scorer: Steve Pennington Record Attendances: 4000 at Hoghton Road v Manchester City 1723 at Knowsley Road v FC Utd Manchester 9000 at Prescot Cables v Runcorn (1949) Programme Awards 1993-94 NWCFL Programme of the Year 1995-96 NWCFL Programme of the Year 1997-98 NWCFL Programme of the Year 1998-99 NWCFL Programme of the Year 1999-00 NWCFL Programme of the Year 2000-01 NWCFL Programme of the Year 2009-10 NWCFL Premier Division 2010-11 NWCFL Premier Division 2011-12 NWCFL Premier Division 2012-13 NWCFL Premier Division Wirral Programme Club National Survey 1996-97 NWCFL Programme of the Year 1997-98 NWCFL Programme of the Year 1998-99 NWCFL Programme of the Year Programme Monthly 2007-08 NWCFL Programme of the Year Soccer Club Swap Shop National Awards 2010-11 Placed 28th 2011-12 Placed 8th 2012-13 Placed 7th

Town began the 2012-13 season under new manager Ian Granite, who brought in a new team and coaching set-up who battled well to avoid relegation. Though the club have the benefit of an 80-year ground-sharing agreement with Saints, they have been unable to re-locate to the new stadium at Langtree Park and having spent over two seasons sharing Ashton Town’s ground at Edge Green Street a new ground share agreement has been brokered with fellow Premier Division side Ashton Athletic to cover their immediate future as plans for a return to St Helens continue.

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Hearts and Goals . . . St Helens Town has a new high-profile national charity partner for the 2013/14 season after joining up with Hearts & Goals, a lifesaving campaign for which Fabrice Muamba is ambassador. The club has forged a new partnership with Arrhythmia Alliance, the charity behind Hearts & Goals,a national campaign to tackle the UK’s biggest killer sudden cardiac arrest, by helping communities place lifesaving public-access AEDs (automated external defibrillators). The campaign’s ambassador, former Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba, suffered a sudden cardiac arrest on the football pitch in March 2012 and went on to make a remarkable recovery thanks to prompt treatment with CPR and an AED. Everyone at the club was so moved by his experiences and the work he and the charity has done through Hearts & Goals, Town want to raise as much money as possible for the campaign by holding a series of fundraising events throughout the season and beyond, as well as dedicating a percentage of all incoming sponsorship deals to the charity. Sudden cardiac arrest claims 100,000 lives in the UK every year and AEDs, like the one used on Fabrice on the pitch at White Hart Lane, increase a person’s chance of surviving from just 5% to 50% if they suffer a sudden cardiac arrest. The devices do not require training and can be used by anyone to shock a person’s heart back into its normal rhythm in the event of someone suffering a sudden cardiac arrest. Arrhythmia Alliance has already helped communities up and down the UK place public-access AEDs as part of Hearts & Goals. The devices are placed in secure cabinets which are logged with local ambulance services and available to anyone in the community 24/7. In the event of an emergency anyone who phones 999 is then given immediate access to the lifesaving defibrillator. St Helens Town Commercial Manager, Darryl Picton, said: “The idea to forge this partnership came from Fabrice’s story.

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. . . Our Charity Partner “Never before have I witnessed such an event that has brought football fans, clubs and players together in support of one man as what happened on that horrific day at White Hart Lane. “The story touched the hearts of everyone and transcended sport. Those events really hit home to everyone at St Helens Town how quickly and unexpectedly tragedy can strike in a community and having access to this essential equipment will save hundreds of lives. “We are proud to be associated with Hearts and Goals and with Fabrice, and we will work tirelessly throughout the year to raise every penny possible for the campaign.” Trudie Lobban MBE, Founder and CEO of Arrhythmia Alliance, said: “We are absolutely delighted St Helens Town AFC have chosen our Hearts & Goals campaign as their official charity campaign. “Hearts & Goals focuses on tackling the UK’s biggest killer, sudden cardiac arrest, which kills 100,000 people in the UK every year. “We have already been able to help communities up and down the country place lifesaving AEDs (automated external defibrillators) and with partners like St Helens we can continue this work. “It is clear all involved at the club are very passionate about the campaign and we are delighted to welcome them on board.” A host of fundraising events are already planned throughout the year, including a Question of Sport tournament evening on Saturday 24th August and a Race Night on Friday 18th October. For full details of events or to make a donation to the campaign contact Darryl Picton on 07908 833 554 or by email at sthelenstownafc@gmail.com Visit www.heartsandgoals.org for more information.

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Opponents Comp NORTON UNITED NWCFL Squires Gate NWCFL Winsford United NWCFL WIGAN ROBIN PARK NWCFL ASHTON ATHLETIC FAC EPR Ashton Athletic FAC Rep MAINE ROAD NWCFL Barnoldswick Town NWCFL ALSAGER TOWN NWCFL Pontefract Collieries FAV 1QR AFC Liverpool NWCFL Abbey Hey NWCFL Bootle NWCFL BACUP & ROSS BORO NWCFL Runcorn Linnets NWCFL Glossop North End NWCFL SQUIRES GATE NWCFL W DIDS & CHORLTON NWCFL CONGLETON TOWN NWCFL ALSAGER TOWN Lge Cup 2 BARNOLDSWICK TOWN NWCFL Bacup & Ross Borough NWCFL AFC BLACKPOOL NWCFL WINSFORD UNITED NWCFL STOCKPORT SPORTS NWCFL BOOTLE NWCFL West Didsbury & Chorlton NWCFL Wigan Robin Park NWCFL COLNE NWCFL Silsden NWCFL TBA NWCFL Ashton Athletic NWCFL RUNCORN TOWN NWCFL Norton United NWCFL ABBEY HEY NWCFL Runcorn Town NWCFL Alsager Town NWCFL RUNCORN LINNETS NWCFL Stockport Sports NWCFL Colne NWCFL AFC LIVERPOOL NWCFL SILSDEN NWCFL AFC Blackpool NWCFL GLOSSOP NORTH END NWCFL ASHTON ATHLETIC NWCFL Maine Road NWCFL

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KO Result GK 2 3 4 5 6 3.00 3-3D Clark Mawdsley Harrison Williams(C)1 Coyle Cooper 7.45 3-0L Clark Mawdsley Harrison Wright Crompton(C) Williams 3.00 2-1L Clark Mawdsley Judge Williams(C) Coyle Ashton 7.45 4-1W Taylor Mawdsley1 Harrison Williams(C) Coyle Chesworth 3.00 2-2D Taylor Mawdsley Harrison1 Williams(C) Coyle Ashton 7.45 1-0L Taylor Mawdsley Harrison Williams Crompton(C) Ashton 3.00 0-5L Taylor Mawdsley Harrison Crompton(C) Williams Ashton 7.45 1-2W Taylor Mawdsley Judge1 Crompton(C) Coyle Wright 3.00 0-3L Taylor Tingay Judge C.Williams Coyle Sykes-Wright 3.00 2-0L Taylor Tingay Judge Barber Coyle Chesworth(C) 7.45 3-0L Gibson Pullinger Judge(C) Curzon Coyle Ashton 3.00 1-1D Gibson Pullinger Harrison Coyle Curzon Ashton 7.45 1-2W Gibson Pullinger Harrison Coyle Crompton(C) Parish 3.00 7.45 3.00 7.45 3.00 7.45 3.00 7.45 3.00 3.00 7.45 3.00 7.45 3.00 7.45 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 Name1 Player name and number of goals scored 3.00 Name Player name and CAUTION 3.00 Name Player name and DISMISSAL FOR 2 CAUTIONS 3.00 Name Player name and DISMISSAL 3.00 Name10 Player name and number of replaced player 3.00

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St Helens Town AFC . . . St Helens Town Statistical History by Glyn Jones Part 11 – Season 1957/58 - LANCASHIRE COMBINATION DIVISION 2 FINAL LEAGUE TABLE Oldham Athletic Reserves Clitheroe Earlestown Padiham Northern Nomads Lytham Chorley Reserves Glossop Wigan Athletic Reserves St. Helens Town Horwich RMI Reserves Morecambe Reserves Leyland Motors Lomax Rolls Royce Prescot Cables Reserves Nelson Reserves St. Annes Athletic Great Harwood Darwen Reserves Opponents Chorley Reserves Clitheroe Darwen Reserves Earlestown Glossop Great Harwood Horwich RMI Reserves Leyland Motors Lomax Lytham Morecambe Reserves Nelson Reserves Northern Nomads Oldham Athletic Reserves Padiham Prescot Cables Reserves Rolls Royce St. Annes Athletic Wigan Athletic Reserves

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P 38 38 38 38 38 38 38 38 38 38 38 38 38 38 38 38 38 38 38 38 Home Mar 22 Dec 28 Feb 1 Dec 14 Apr 28 Mar 8 Sep 12 Sep 28 Nov 30 Oct 19 Aug 24 Nov 2 Feb 15 Dec 26 Sep 14 Nov 16 Apr 19 Feb 22 Apr 5

W 28 27 21 20 21 18 19 19 18 17 17 13 14 10 10 8 6 7 6 6

D 4 6 10 9 6 10 7 6 7 7 6 8 4 10 9 10 11 8 10 2 Home Won 2-0 Lost 0-4 Won 3-0 Won 5-1 Won 2-0 Lost 1-2 Won 4-2 Won 5-1 Won 6-0 Won 2-0 Won 4-2 Won 5-0 Lost 1-5 Won 5-0 Lost 0-1 Won 6-0 Won 2-0 Drew 1-1 Drew 1-1

L 6 5 7 9 11 10 12 13 13 14 15 17 20 18 19 20 21 23 22 30

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A 45 48 79 64 58 75 64 81 64 67 87 86 98 92 93 90 134 117 125 131

Pts 60 60 52 49 48 46 45 44 43 41 40 34 32 30 29 26 23 22 22 14

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. . . Season 1957-58 Player

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Goals

Abbott, Steve

1

Appleton, Dave

5

Ashcroft, Don

15

Ashcroft, Stan

37

Barnes, R (Dickie)

42

Cooke, John

35

Critchley, John

31

Dixon

3

Eden, James

6

Fairhurst, Ray

2

Fairweather, Ray

28

10

Farrell, B

3

2

Sep 21 1st Qualifying Round Llandudno (H) Lost 3-5 LANCASHIRE JUNIOR CUP 11 Jan 18 1st Round Horwich RMI (A) Lost 1-6 LANCASHIRE COMBINATION CUP

Ferguson, Jack

23

9

Jones, G

19

13

Littler, Eric

4

Maloney, Derek

27

Martin

1

Mills, J

13

Morris, Dave

34

2

28

8

Quinn, John

18

5

Rimmer, Cyril

5

Smith, Dave

4

Smith, Ron

1

Spriggs

13 5

Topping, Maurice

38

Tucker

2

Tyrer, Arthur

27

Unsworth, Bill

3

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Tarpey, Jimmy

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Reserve Team News . . . St Helens Town Reserves Congratulations to Nick Robinson’s (opposite) who was voted the West Cheshire League Manager of the Month for August 2013. Nick was present with an engraved tankard and a tray of beer by Carlsberg West Cheshire League officials last Saturday v Neston Nomads His charges have made a great start to their West Cheshire League Division Three campaign with 21 points from 27 possible.

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8 6 6 6 4 5 5 3 2 3 2 1 1 1 1 1

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

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MERSEYSIDE POLICE

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19/08/2013

18:30

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16/08/2013

18:30

CHRISTLETON RES

0-2

ST HELENS TOWN RES

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09/08/2013

18:30

ST HELENS TOWN RES

3-0

RAINHILL TOWN

1-2

ST HELENS TOWN RES

DATE

TIME

HOME

AWAY

VENUE

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14:00

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St Helens Town Res

To Be Announced

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05/10/2013

14:00

St Helens Town Res

Hale Res

Windleshaw Sports Ground

L

12/10/2013

14:00

South Liverpool Res

St Helens Town Res

North Field

Cup 26/10/2013

14:00

St Helens Town Res

Kirkby Town Railway

Windleshaw Sports Ground

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Results Round Up . . . Wednesday 25th September 2013 F.A. Carlsberg Vase 2nd Qualifying Round Replay Bacup & Ross Borough 0-0 Parkgate (Parkgate won 4-2 on Penalties) First Division Cheadle Town 5-2 Widnes Vikings Matthew German (1) Daniel Garvey (6) James Horan (24) Daniel Garvey (9) James Horan (46p) James Horan (61p) James Horan (68) Northwich Flixton Villa 0-6 Formby Andy Olsen (1) Emini Adegbenrow (15) Marvin Molyneux (27) Josh Essery (30) Jamie Turner (42) John Edgerton (90) Manchester Premier Cup First Round Abbey Hey 2-0 Curzon Ashton Tom Murray (19p) Kwame Barnett (75) Ashton United 0-1 Maine Road Jack Langford (2) Tuesday 24th September 2013 Premier Division Ashton Athletic 4-0 Wigan Robin Park Adam Gilchrist (6) Ryan Small (31) Ryan Small (35) Dean Callaway (52) Bootle 1-2 St Helens Town Sam Corlett (90) Sean Judge (31p) Adam Storey (69) Norton United 3-1 Congleton Town Lee Cropper (39) Michael Koral (35) Lee Cropper (45) Lee Cropper (56) First Division Atherton LR 3-1 Ashton Town Mark Ayres (21) Adam Wilkinson (38) Kristian Holt (77) Kristian Holt (80) Chadderton 1-7 Nelson Matthew Russell (88) Peter Wright (5) George Melling (15, 35) Ritchie Allen (27, 60) Liam Boswell (70) Peter Wright (80)

HT: 0-0 Att: HT: 2-2 Att: 38

HT: 0-5 Att: 16

HT: 1-0 Att: 34 HT: 0-1 Att: 85

HT: 3-0 Att: 109

HT: 0-1 Att: 106 HT: 2-1 Att: 124

HT: 1-1 Att: 46

HT: 0-4 Att: 65

Daisy Hill 1-4 AFC Darwen Robert Flint (61) Kiel Lonsdale (24) Karl Turner (36) Stephen Lee (47) Matthew Taylor (72) Hanley Town 1-0 Eccleshall James Pointon (90) Leek CSOB 1-2 1874 Northwich Thomas Lowe (67) Stuart Wellstead (23) Mike Brandon (62) Rochdale Town 4-1 Oldham Boro Jason Hill (8) Andrew Smith (84) Carl Fitton (45) Callum Smith (55) Callum Smith (90) Saturday 21st September 2013 F.A. Carlsberg Vase 2nd Qualifying Round AFC Darwen 3-4 Kinsley Boys Alsager Town 0-1 Chadderton Alvechurch 4-1 Eccleshall Athersley Recreation 5-0 Northwich F Villa Atherton LR 1-0 Shirebrook Town Cheadle Town 2-0 Worsborough Bridge Athletic Consett 3-4 Nelson Formby 0-1 Glossop North End Holker Old Boys 5-1 Ryton & Crawcrook Alb Liversedge 2-1 Colne Newcastle Benfield 3-1 Barnoldswick Town Norton United 3-2 Boldmere St Michaels Oldham Boro 1-5 Congleton Town Parkgate 4-4 Bacup & Rossendale Borough Rochdale Town 4-2 Dinnington Town Rossington Main 1-2 West Didsbury & Chorlton Runcorn Linnets 4-2 Squires Gate Silsden 2-4 North Shields Staveley Miners Welfare 3-2 Ashton Athletic Stockport Sports 5-3 Barton Town Old Boys Winsford United 3-0 Pontefract Collieries Winterton Rangers 1-2 AFC Blackpool Premier Division Abbey Hey 1-1 St Helens Town John Hardy (8) Stephen Milne (46) AFC Liverpool 0-4 Runcorn Town Maine Road 0-0 Bootle

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HT: 0-0 Att: 141 HT: 0-1 Att: 125 HT: 2-0 Att: 46

HT: 3-1 HT: 0-0 HT: 1-1 HT: 4-0 HT: 0-0 HT: 1-0 HT: 2-2 HT: 0-0 HT: 0-1 HT: 1-0 HT: 2-1 HT: 0-1 HT: 0-1 HT: 1-3 HT: 1-0 HT: 0-0 HT: 3-0 HT: 0-1 HT: 2-1 HT: 0-1 HT: 1-0 HT: 0-0 HT: 1-0 Att: 75 HT: 0-2 HT: 0-0 Att: 96

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Player Pen Pictures . . . Ryan Taylor - joined the club from Atherton LR during the 2012/13 season. Ryan featured at both full back and in goal last season and has worked hard to establish himself as the club’s number one goalkeeper for the 2013/14 season. Andrew Mawdsley - plays right back but is also comfortable at centre half. He joined the club at the beginning of the 2012/13 season from Wigan Robin Park. Andrew’s previous clubs include Ashton Town and Skelmersdale United. Greg Harrison - a left back who is equally as effective playing left midfield. He joined the club at the beginning of the 2012/13 season from Wigan Robin Park. Greg also had a spell with Ashton Town. Chris Williams - a centre back who joined the club early on in the 2012/13 season from AFC Liverpool. Before playing for AFC Liverpool Chris played for Wigan Robin Park.

Lewis Coyle

Lee Crompton - Lee joined the club from Wigan Robin Park where he was part of the NWCFL Division One winning team. The centre back is the club captain and has been since he joined at the start of the 2012/13 season. Prior to playing for Wigan Robin Park Lee played for Ashton Town. Lewis Coyle - can play centre back or centre forward. He joined the club at the start of the 2013/14 season from Atherton LR. Lewis has also had spells with Ashton Town and Marine Reserves. Shaun Judge - a versatile left footed player who can play centre midfield as well as left midfield and left back. Shaun joined the club during the 2012/13 season from Wigan Robin Park and has previously had spells at Ashton Town and Burscough.

Neil Weaver

Cole Ashton - a central midfield player who joined the club at the start of the 2012/13 season from Wigan Robin Park. He can also play on down the right. Cole is a former youth player at Wigan Athletic. Kenny Cooper - a central midfield player who joined the club from Golborne at the start of the 2013/14 season. Connor Sanderson - a versatile player who can play centre midfield, left midfield or centre forward. He joined the club at the start of the 2013/14 season from Stockport Sports. Neil Weaver - a winger who is equally effective on both flanks. Neil joined us at the start of the 2013/14 season after having spells at Formby and Warrington Town.

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. . . St Helens Town 2013-14 David McNamara - a left sided player who can play both in defence and in midfield. Dave joined us at the start of the 2013/14 season from Cheshire League outfit Pilkington FC. Lee Chesworth - a tough tackling central midfield player. He joined us from Wigan Robin Park and has previously represented Ashton Town. Stephen Edwards - an experienced goals corer who joined the club as player/ Sam Pullinger Ben Etchells assistant manager from Wigan Robin Park at the start of the 2012/13 season. He also had spells at various clubs including Ashton Town, AFC Liverpool and Burscough. Paul Cook-Hannah - a centre forward who joined the club at the start of the 2013/14 season from South Sefton Borough. Paul includes Denbigh Town and Northwich Victoria among his previous clubs. Daniel Wright - a centre midfielder who joined midway through the 2012/13 season after relocating from London. Steven Bowen - a centre forward who joined the club at the start of the 2013/14 season. Stephen Milne a centre forward who joined the club at the start of the 2013/14 season. Ben Etchells - a left sided player who can play both in defence and in Ste Milne midfield. Ben joined us at the start of the 2013/14 season. Sam Pullinger - is a right back who joined us at the start of the 2013/14 season from Atherton LR.

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Tea Break Teasers . . . Q1. Who are the only team in Premier League history to be top at Christmas but finish the season with negative goal difference? Q2. Where is Mick Harford now assistant manager? Q3. In which country are Birkirkara FC reigning Champions? Q4. Which Championship club lost their first three consecutive games this season 2-1? Q5. How many Spanish top-flight clubs come from the Madrid metropolitan area? Q6. Who are the current sponsors of the Football Conference? Q7. Which future Premier League striker became the first Serie B player in 20 years to be picked for Italy against England in 2002? Q8. Who is Manchester City’s current Director of Football? Q9. Which club did Ashley Cole go on loan to from Arsenal in 2000? Q10. Which Bundesliga club play at the Frankenstadion? Q11. Which Football League club are nicknamed the Cod Army? Q12. Which current player has played for five different London clubs in the Premier League? Q13. How many goals did Tahiti concede in the 2013 Confederations Cup? Q14. Which current Championship club has made the most appearances in FA Cup Finals without ever winning the Cup? Q15. Which stadium is the most used venue for FA Cup Semi-Finals having hosted 55 matches?

1) Norwich City in 1992-3 (they finished 3rd) 2) Millwall 3) Malta 4) Sheffield Wednesday 5) Four (Real, Athletico, Getafe & Rayo Vallecano) 6) Skrill 7) Massimo Maccarone 8) Txiki Begiristain 9) Crystal Palace 10) Nuremberg 11) Fleetwood Town 12) Scott Parker (Charlton, Chelsea, West Ham, Spurs Fulham) 13) 24 14) Leicester City (1949, 61, 63 & 69) 15) Villa Park

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Pontefract Colls v Town . . . FA Vase 1st Qualifying Round Saturday 7th September 2013 Pontefract Collieries 2-0 St Helens Town St. Helens Town, winners of the competition in 1987, were dumped out of the FA Vase by North East Counties Division 1 outfit Pontefract Collieries on Saturday. They were beaten 2-0 after turning in their worst performance for some time, few players performing up to their usual standards. Missing injured captain Lee Crompton and with fellow centre-back Chris Williams left on the bench, Town started with Lewis Coyle and debutant Danny Barber, promoted from the Reserves, at the back. Both Pontefract goals came from route one long balls up the middle, former Doncaster Rovers forward Steve Lyon scoring both, the first after only 3 minutes. St. Helens began brightly but Lyon gave notice early on of his sharpness in front of goal when Ryan Taylor was forced to touch his header over the bar. Play moved to the other end and Shaun Judge found Cole Ashton whose shot was easily covered by Craig Parry in the home goal. His length-of-thefield goal kick found Lyon who put his team ahead. Shortly afterwards, Judge made a break down the wing, but Parry dealt with his shot comfortably. From the resultant corner, Barber headed powerfully towards the home goal, his effort was blocked and Karl Bergqvist went close with a back-heeled attempt. On 19 minutes, the strong-running Liam Radford had another good shot saved by Taylor and, in response, Neil Weaver cut out a good chance for Ashton, but his weak header was easily gathered by Parry. Six minutes later, Bergqvist had another chance, but he mis-hit his shot. The Colls keeper hoofed the ball upfield, Barber failed to intercept the kick and Lyon had no difficulty scoring his second goal just inside the far post. St. Helens Town’s response was very disappointing. At 2-0 down, with nearly three quarters of the game left, they rarely created any chances and the Pontefract side were in almost complete control. Judge and Weaver had chances in the second half, but both were narrowly wide of the target. The home side, in contrast, had a number of good opportunities, but could not add to their score. However, it did not really matter because the game was already won. Even the introduction of three substitutes on the hour – Edwards, Milne and Sanderson - made no difference and, shortly afterwards, Town were reduced to ten men after Barber retired injured. Their humiliation was complete when keeper Taylor was booked for dissent a few minutes before the end and the same player received his marching orders just ahead of the final whistle, following an horrendous foul on Weaver which led to an unsightly brawl involving most of the players.

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Bootle v St Helens Town Tuesday 23rd September 2013 North West Counties League Premier Division Bootle 1-2 St Helens Town St. Helens Town continued their resurgence on Tuesday night with a first-ever win at New Bucks Park, Bootle. They were on top throughout in an entertaining game and the three points gained in the 2-1 victory lifted them out of the relegation zone, up to fifteenth place in the NW Counties Premier Division table ahead of the weekend home clash with Bacup and Rossendale Borough. The whole team turned in a great performance against a team which could have moved to second in the table behind Maine Road, had they won the match. Goalkeeper Ciaran Gibson impressed once again, with a string of outstanding saves, including one early in the game when it was 0-0. Town had several early chances of their own, notably from Ste Milne and Shaun Judge, before Milne burst through into the box on the half-hour, only to be upended by a clumsy challenge and Judge put St. Helens ahead from the spot. New boy Owens, a recent signing from Stockport Sports, made a similar run just before half-time and was only thwarted by Bootle keeper Porter, who turned the shot just round the post. 1-0 up at half-time, Town started the better team in the second period. Milne continued to terrorise the home defence and, on 57 minutes, only a splendid last-gasp tackle saved a certain goal. Gibson, at the other end, pulled off another top drawer save after 62 minutes whilst a good shot from Owens was turned out for a corner as play switched to the Bootle goalmouth. Owens, having a very promising debut, had good claims for another penalty on 66 minutes when he was upended entering the Bootle box but the unsighted referee considered his fall to be simulation and the striker was given a yellow card, much to his surprise. However, it was not long before Town stretched their lead as, six minutes later, substitute Adam Storey rounded a Bootle defender and calmly placed his shot past keeper Porter to make it 2-0 to the visitors. Sensing the game slipping away from Bootle, the home side launched an onslaught and Greg Harrison was called upon to make a great clearance from his own goal-line with ten minutes remaining. Desperation then appeared to set in and centre-back Coulton was red-carded for an awful challenge on Lewis Coyle in the St. Helens box. With Bootle down to ten men for the remainder of the game, Town surged forward again Judge went close, Porter diving at his feet to gather as the St. Helens player shaped to pull the trigger. Bootle grabbed a consolation goal as injury time approached, Corlett’s shot creeping into the net through a sea of legs and, having soaked up sustained pressure for five minutes of added time, Town broke twice in the dying seconds and might have scored again when first Milne, then Judge, ripped open the remnants of the home defence. A result such as this has been coming from Town since the nadir of the Pontefract FA Vase defeat and if this level of performance is sustained, the Town boys should fear nobody as they look to establish themselves in the higher echelons of the Premier Division table. Glyn Jones

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Abbey Hey v Town . . . Saturday 21st September 2013 North West Counties Football League Premier Division Abbey Hey 1-1 St Helens Town St. Helens Town earned a point from a 1-1 draw at high-flying Abbey Hey on Saturday and, in reality, they were rather disappointed they did not take all three, such was the level of their performance, particularly in the second half. Following on from the improved display in defeat at AFC Liverpool 10 days earlier, Town were full value for their draw and could even have won at the Abbey Stadium in Gorton. As is customary this season, Town began the game on the front foot and had three good chances in the opening five minutes, but then gave away a goal to their East Manchester hosts. Ste Milne, who was a livewire throughout the game, shot from 15 yards after two minutes, but keeper Heywood just managed to get enough of a touch on the ball that he managed to save at the second attempt. Milne went close again just afterwards and Shaun Judge headed just wide on 5 minutes. The ball made a rare excursion into the visitors’ half three minutes later and John Hardy’s attempt was parried by new Town goalie Ciaran Gibson but, unlike his counterpart, the ball bounced unkindly and trickled over the line to put Abbey Hey one up. Abbey Hey had a number of good opportunities before half-time, in particular Richard Chetcuti, whose shot was well saved by Gibson on 15 minutes and Gibson again saved from Kwame Barnett on the half-hour, but the remainder of the first half drifted along in the warm sunshine and neither side had any other chance of note. The second half saw a complete transformation and Town were brilliant throughout. Paul Cook-Hannah caused the home side problems every time he got the ball and Milne benefited from the big man’s distribution. Indeed, Milne equalised just after the break when, receiving Cook-Hannah’s pass, he beat two defenders, rounded the goalie and netted from a tight angle out on the right. Judge saw a headed effort go the wrong side of the post on the hour, then Cook-Hannah’s shot went just past the far post. Cole Ashton, who stepped up his game in the second period, also went close on 65 minutes and Cook-Hannah sent Connor Sanderson through on 76 minutes, but his shot was narrowly wide. Milne almost put Town ahead on 78 minutes. His speed took him past two defenders and, with the keeper stranded, he took the ball round him on the left this time and from a similarly tight angle to his earlier goal, could only get in a left footed shot which drifted agonisingly past the far post with the goal wide open. St. Helens were almost completely dominant in the second half but, as the closing few minutes approached, a little complacency crept in and Abbey Hey had two chances late on to snatch an undeserved win, Gibson diving full length to push Chetcuti’s drive against the post and then the same player hit the crossbar when a goal seemed likely. The final chance of the game fell to Judge, who could have won the game for Town, but his snap chance was just wide of the post. Glyn Jones

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Town Res v Bootle Res . . .

Action from St Helens Town’s 2-1 victory over Bootle Reserves on Friday 30th August at the Windleshaw Sports Ground

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League Standings . . . Premier Division Table 2013-14 as at 23rd September 2013 Premier Division

P

W

D

L

F

A GD Pts

1

Maine Road

13

8

4

1

24 11 13 28

2

AFC Liverpool

10

7

1

2

25

3

Runcorn Town

10

7

0

3

26 15 11 21

4

Runcorn Linnets

8

7

0

1

18 13

5

Bootle

11

6

2

3

23 12 11 20

6

Norton United

9

5

3

1

27 15 12 18

7

Abbey Hey

10

4

4

2

17 16

1

16

8

Colne

10

5

0

5

19 18

1

15

9

Ashton Athletic

9

4

2

3

14

5

14

4

1

5

17 15

2

13

10

Barnoldswick Town 10

9

9

16 22

5

21

11

AFC Blackpool

12

4

1

7

14 22 -8 13

12

Stockport Sports

11

2

5

4

14 18 -4 11

13

Silsden

11

3

2

6

15 21 -6 11

14

West Didsbury & Chorlton

10

3

2

5

13 20 -7 11

15

St Helens Town

10

3

2

5

13 23 -10 11

16

Glossop North End

7

3

1

3

11

17

Congleton Town

8

3

1

4

15 15

18

Alsager Town

9

3

1

5

16 20 -4 10

19

Winsford United

8

3

1

4

10 16 -6 10

2

3

5 5

20

Bacup & Rossendale 10 Borough

21

Squires Gate

9

2

2

22

Wigan Robin Park

13

2

0

9

5

6

10

0

10

13 -4

9

11 19 -8

8

11 14 40 -26 6

* points deducted for a breach of league rules

Saturday 28th September 2013 F.A. Challenge Cup 2nd Qualifying Rd Runcorn Linnets v Cammell Laird Premier Division AFC Blackpool v Abbey Hey Bootle v Squires Gate Colne v Ashton Athletic Glossop North End v Congleton Town Maine Road v Winsford United Norton United v AFC Liverpool Runcorn Town v West D & Chorl St Helens Town v Bacup & R Boro’ Stockport Sports v Alsager Town Wigan Robin Park v Barnoldswick Tn First Division 1874 Northwich v Formby AFC Darwen v Cheadle Town Ashton Town v Rochdale Town Chadderton v Irlam Eccleshall v Daisy Hill Nelson v Atherton LR Northwich F Villa v Hanley Town Oldham Boro v Holker Old Boys Widnes Vikings v Atherton Colls Reserve Division Barnoldswick Tn v Glossop North E Cheadle Town v Padiham Irlam v AFC Darwen West D & Chorlton v New Mills Monday 30th September 2013 First Division Atherton Collieries v Chadderton Tuesday 1st October 2013 Premier Division Abbey Hey v Stockport Sports Norton United v West D & Chorlton Runcorn Linnets v St Helens Town Winsford United v Alsager Town First Division Irlam v Hanley Town Leek CSOB v Northwich F Villa West Riding County Cup First Round Liversedge v Silsden Wednesday 2nd October 2013 Premier Division AFC Liverpool v Ashton Athletic

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League Standings . . . Division One Table 2013-14 as at 24th September 2013

Division One 1 2

Hanley Town

P W D

L

F

A GD Pts

11

8

3

0

28 10 18 27

1874 Northwich 12

8

3

1

26 13 13 27

3

Nelson

12

8

1

3

41 23 18 25

4

Atherton Colls

10

7

2

1

30 15 15 23

5

Irlam

10

5

3

2

19 13

6

18

6

Atherton LR

11

5

1

5

21 21

0

16

7

Widnes Vikings

12

4

3

5

23 23

0

15

8

Cheadle Town

9

4

2

3

16 16

0

14

9

Chadderton

10

4

2

4

18 25 -7

14

10

Ashton Town

11

3

4

4

24 26 -2

13

11

Formby

8

3

3

2

20 13

7

12

12

Holker Old Boys

8

3

3

2

19 14

5

12

13

Daisy Hill

11

4

0

7

21 31 -10 12

14

AFC Darwen

10

3

2

5

18 17

1

11

15

Leek CSOB

10

2

3

5

12 15 -3

9

16

Oldham Boro

10

2

2

6

19 30 -11

8

17

Eccleshall

10

2

1

7

9

22 -13

7

18

Rochdale Town

9

1

1

7

9

18 -9

4

19 Northwich F Villa 10

1

1

8

13 41 -28

4

* points deducted for a breach of league rules

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Saturday 5th October 2013 League Challenge Cup First Round 1874 Northwich v Hanley Town Atherton Colls v Cheadle Town Atherton LR v AFC Darwen Daisy Hill v Irlam Formby v Nelson Holker Old Boys v Leek CSOB Northwich F Villa v Eccleshall (To be played at Eccleshall FC) Oldham Boro v Chadderton (To be played at Chadderton FC) Rochdale Town v Widnes Vikings Premier Division Abbey Hey v Runcorn Town Alsager Town v AFC Blackpool Ashton Athletic v Maine Road Barnoldswick Tn v Winsford United Bootle v Wigan Robin Park Congleton Town v AFC Liverpool Glossop North End v St Helens Town Runcorn Linnets v Stockport Sports Silsden v Norton United Squires Gate v Colne West Dids & Chorl v Bacup & R Borou Stockport Senior Cup First Round Cheadle Town v Signol FC West Riding County FA Challenge Cup First Round Barnoldswick Town v Kellingley Welfare Monday 7th October 2013 Premier Division Runcorn Town v Maine Road Tuesday 8th October Premier Division AFC Blackpool v Barnoldswick Town v Bootle v Glossop North End v Norton United v St Helens Town v Stockport Sports v West Dids & Chorlt v Wigan Robin Park v First Division 1874 Northwich v Ashton Town v Daisy Hill v

2013 Colne Bacup & R Boro Runcorn Linnets Winsford United Abbey Hey Squires Gate Congleton Town Alsager Town Silsden Irlam Atherton Colls Atherton LR

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St Helens Town v Bacup & Rossendale Borough