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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

Saturday 23rd November 2013, kick off 3pm North West Counties League, Premier Division St Helens Town Red & White Shirts White Shorts, Red & White Socks No

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St Helens Town

Ciaran Gibson Sam Pullinger Shaun Judge Andy Mawdsley Lewis Coyle Nathan Parish Mike Sykes-Wright Danny Owens Adam Storey Andy Gillespie Connor Sanderson Ed Richardson Lee Crompton Mark Bailey Dan Wright Stephen Milne

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Richie Torkington Jamie Street Jack Wareing Arron Riley Paul Wadsworth Alex Crowe Ryan Steele Sam Jacob Jordan Young Ben Halfacre Tom Bane Max Thomas Jack Balmforth Sam Pollard Ricky Anane Liam Millen

Physiotherapist: Nicole Garner Reserve Team Manager Nick Robinson Assistant Manager: Paul Piert

Manager: Ian Granite Assistant: Ian Price

Manager: Asa Crowe Assistant: Dean Crowe

Referee: Mr D Strain (Runcorn)

Youth Team Managers: Alan Gillespie & John Whelan

Assist: Mr D Issawi (Runcorn) & Mr J Broadhurst (Knutsford)

Email: sthelenstownfc@hotmail.co.uk

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Main Club Sponsor: Johnsons Toyota Liverpool 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: Nathan Parish in League Cup action v Alsager Town

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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 Stockport Sports. 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. After a hectic run of eight matches in the month of October we have then had almost a month off as we have been hit by the postponement of two matches, the visit to Bacup & Rossendale Borough on Saturday 2nd November and hosting AFC Blackpool the following week as they both fell foul of waterlogged pitches. We then lost the scheduled midweek home contest against Winsford United as an earlier Cheshire County Cup postponement saw their tie rearranged for the same evening and take precedence over the league game and we were also inactive last weekend as we had exited the FA Vase at the first hurdle. The last game we took part in was here at Brocstedes Park against Barnoldswick Town and it certainly was a game of two halves as we started off brightly and took an early lead when Andy Gillespie extended his great goal scoring run adding an eight goal in eight matches. We continued the pressure as the first half continued but failed to turn the dominance into further return and the visitors came more into the contest levelling prior to the interval. The second half saw the conditions put paid to flowing football as the rain continued and made the pitch heavy and reduced the chances of a passing game being played to virtually nil. The change in conditions suited the visitors more than the hosts but both team had their chances to take all three points with Gillespie’s effort blocked by the keeper and Mike Sykes-Wright unable to steer the loose ball home. The visitors manager had the best chance to ensure Barlick took all the points but Shaun Judge got in a vital challenge to avert the danger and the spoils were shared. We also found out during the early stages of this month that we had been awarded the points from the abandoned Silsden game which we were leading 2-0 in when the game was halted in the 86th minute. Congratulations must also got to stopper Ciaran Gibson who was awarded the Premier Division’s goalkeeper of the month award for October and also Andy Gillespie who scoring feats during the month of October saw him top the polls in the clubs Player of the Month award and as a result he will get to drive the Toyota of his choice for a week. Whilst we have been inactive Ian has had the lad’s running through their paces with regular training sessions and a couple of practice matches last Tuesday against Digmoor and this week against Prescot Cables and in the middle plenty of first teamers had a run out against the Manchester City Past Players in the Bert Trautmann Memorial game last Sunday at Valerie Park. Let’s get behind Town this afternoon and hopefully cheer them onto victory. Enjoy the game . . . Jeff Voller

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In Town Today . . . The club were established in 1970 as Woodley Athletic, and it’s name was changed to Woodley Sports during its time in the Manchester League. Woodley Sports won the Manchester League Division One title in 1992. The following year saw Woodley both win the Gilchrist Cup and took the Premier Division Runners-up spot. Work to enclose the ground began in 1996–97, and Woodley’s application to join the North West Counties League was accepted. By this time, the management team of John Imrie and Gary Lowe had been introduced. Both had played at the highest levels for professional and semi-professional clubs such as Manchester City, Crystal Palace, Macclesfield and Runcorn. During the 1997–98 season Woodley set a North West Counties League record, when Peter Carty scored seven goals in a league game against Blackpool Mechanics. Carty was also Woodley’s leading scorer that season, netting 35 goals. Woodley also scored a record 102 league goals that season. During the summer of 1998 Woodley began work on its biggest project to date, the installation of floodlights, enabling it to enter the FA Vase, Cheshire Senior Cup, North Western Trans Floodlit Cup and the FA Cup. The 1999–2000 season saw the club’s first ever FA Cup Match against reigning NCEL champions Ossett Albion, which resulted in a 2–1 victory for the Steelmen. The continued work of the club was rewarded that season when they won the Second Division championship on goal difference from Curzon Ashton, winning 12 of their last 13 matches and drawing the other to take its place in the top flight of the North West Counties League. The 2000–01 and 2001–02 seasons saw the club consolidate itself in the top half of the NWCFL First Division, with its reserve team winning a double championship in 2002; it won the Reserve Division title for the second consecutive year and the Reserve Cup. The season finished with work beginning on a new 200-seat stand, which was due to be finished for the 2002–2003 season. The 2003–2004 was Woodley’s greatest to date. It won the Cheshire FA Senior Cup, beating Witton Albion in the final. The FA restructuring of the football pyramid allowed Woodley to gain promotion to the Northern Premier League by finishing fourth in the league. The 2004–05 season saw Woodley Sports compete in the NPL Division One finishing 11th and reaching the final of theChairman’s Cup. Off the pitch the club obtained the support of two local businessmen, who worked with the club on £3.5 million development of the site. Phase one was the installation of a synthetic surface in July 2005. The 2005–06 season saw Woodley finish in their highest NPL position (finishing fourth, gaining an automatic playoff place), only to lose against Gresley Rovers. During that season, they sold striker Liam Dickinson to Stockport County for £200,000. A youth team was introduced; the previous squad moved up to become the reserve team, competing in the Lancashire League. 2006–07 was disappointing by contrast with a 10th-place finish; however, the season was notable for cup successes in major competitions at Conference North, Leigh RMI in the FA Cup and Moor Green in the FA Trophy. Home successes were gained against Marine and Whitby Town. However, they were defeated 8–7 on a penalty kick s in the League President’s Cup semi final at Premier League side Matlock, despite playing over an hour with 10 men. During the 2008–09 season, the team finished 13th in the Northern Premier League Division One North. Disappointing news was given to Woodley Sports when the administration of Stockport County was announced. Woodley were owed £150,000 from Stockport County for the sale of Liam Dickinson, and this shortfall put the club's future in

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. . . Stockport Sports doubt. However 18 year old Anthony Sarcevic was sold to Crewe Alexandra for an undisclosed fee. He came through the ranks of Woodley Sports and manager Trevor MacFarlane had given him the chance of first team football in September of that season . In the2011–12 season they were demoted to the North West Counties Football League Premier Division for ground grading reasons. The 2012/2013 season saw a new chapter in the life of Woodley Sports FC. The club under went a complete makeover which saw them benefit from full-time status, a new management team and even a new name. Stockport Sports FC will be born and their first leader will be Aston Villa legend Peter Withe. Withe had, had managerial experience in the of Wimbledon, Thailand and Indonesia. Another change saw the club changing of their nickname, Woodley Sports were affectionately known as “The Steelmen” but the new regime will see the Club being referred to as The Saxons. The nickname pays homage to the rich Saxon heritage of Stockport and pays tribute to those who named the town in the 18th Century. Despite all the changes perhaps overwhelming some, Stockport Sports will not neglect the community in its bid to become a major non-league side in the future. The Neil Rourke Stadium will boast a gymnasium which will be open for the public to use and the Stockport Sports Trust are also investing significant amounts of money to bring more full size and 5-aside pitches to the community of Stockport in the hope that Stockport Sports can become a source of pride for a local community, as well as a blossoming football club. The new boss did not last long as in November 2012 Withe tendered his resignation to the board and now continues with various media roles outside of the club. The lofty ambitions of the club were not fulfilled in their first season back in the North West Counties League after an good start they began to drift down the table and finished in a disappointing 16th position, they also had three points deducted for playing ineligible players which impacted upon their final finishing position. This term has seen the club have three men at the helm already with Stuart Finch starting the season in the hot seat before moving upstairs to become Director of Football and Stuart Rudd taking over the managerial reigns. Rudd however then moved to Salford City as assistant to Phil Power and Asa Crowe took over with his first match being the victory at Glossop North End at the end of October.

Season 1998-99 1999-00 2000-01 2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13

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

P 36 34 42 44 42 42 42 42 46 42 40 42 44 42 42

W 17 24 16 16 11 26 16 22 19 7 16 10 17 22 14

D 10 6 9 12 9 5 11 8 11 13 3 15 11 5 13

L 9 4 17 16 22 11 15 12 16 22 21 17 16 15 15

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F 60 85 69 58 62 99 68 85 89 38 57 53 71 71 72

A 38 29 69 65 85 56 74 53 71 65 74 67 75 51 69

GD 22 56 0 -7 -23 43 -6 32 18 -27 -17 -14 -4 20 3

Pts 61 78 57 60 42 83 59 74 68 33 51 45 62 71 49

Position 5/19 1/18 13/22 10/23 17/22 4/22 11/22 4/22 10/24 17/18 13/21 19/22 11/23 8/22 16/22

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

Most recent

at St Helens Town NWC-D1

Previous Meetings 1998-99

at Stockport Sports NWC-D2

NWC-D1

1999-00

NWC-D2

Home

D

W

W

D

L

D

Away

L

L

D

W

D

W

04/10; 1-2

2000-01

06/03; 0-2

D

24/04; 1-0

2001-02

06/04; 2-1

Collated

W

W

W

D

L

Stockport Sports - last 6 matches All Competitions

Most recent

Home

W

W

L

D

D

L

Away

L

L

L

W

L

W

Collated

D

L

W

L

L

W

St Helens Town games since...

Stockport Sports games since...

All Competitions

All Competitions

Clean sheet

3

Clean sheet

3

Goal Scored

0

Goal Scored

0

Loss

1

Loss

1

No score draw

12/10; 7-0

2002-03

12/11; 4-0

04/11; 1-2

2003-04

04/10; 1-1

NWC-D1

2004-05

NPL-1

NWC-D1

2005-06

NPL-1

NWC-D1

2006-07

NPL-1

NWC-D1

2007-08

NPL-1N

NWC-PD

2008-09

NPL-1N

NWC-PD

2009-10

NPL-1N

NWC-PD

2010-11

NPL-1N

NWC-PD

2011-12

NPL-1N

01/09; 0-5

2012-13

08/12; 1-2

23/11/2013

2013-14

15/02/2014

St Helens Town Scores First

21

No score draw

Score draw

0

Score draw

5

Win

3

Win

0

18

Games Played

10

St Helens Town Wins

4

Draws

1

Stockport Sports Wins

5

St Helens Town Goals

18

Stockport Sports Goals

15

Percentage Town Wins

40.00

Previous Meetings Since 1949/50 All Competitions P

W

D

L

F

A

GD

Win %

Home

5

2

0

3

10

9

1

40.00

Away

5

2

1

2

8

6

2

40.00

Collated

10

4

1

5

18

15

3

40.00

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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 Stockport Sports. Let’s hope their players, officials and supporters along with our own followers are treated to an entertaining game. It’s been a few weeks of inactivity with the postponement of planned games against Bacup, AFC Blackpool and Winsford United, along with the absence of a game last Saturday due FA Vase ties. There have been a couple of friendly/practice matches against Digmoor FC (W1-0) and Prescot Cables (L0-1) both on the JMO Astroturf at Skelmersdale which have allowed Ian Granite to keep the team on their toes. Today’s visitors earned an excellent 2-3 win at in-form Alsager Town last Saturday with goals from Tom Bane (2) and Max Thomas. Prior to this the Saxons had suffered to narrow defeats at home to league leaders Runcorn Town (1-2) and away at AFC Blackpool (2-1). There’s no doubt both teams will be looking to take the spoils with the middle of the Premier Division table looking quite congested - just seven points separating 7th to 17th place! Congratulations to Andy Gillespie who has been voted the club’s Player of the Month for October - he will be treated to the Johnsons Toyota Liverpool VI treatment and a car of his choice for a week! To add to the October success on the field Ciaran Gibson was award the NWCFL Premier Division Goalkeeper of the Month award following an excellent start to his Town career. Don’t forget out forthcoming fundraiser Comedy & Curry Night on Saturday 7th December. Tickets are £15 and are available from Darryl Picton. Last Sunday’s Bert Trautmann Memorial Game proved to be a really enjoyable afternoon for everyone involved and I’d like to say a huge thank you to all who supported the event. There’ll be more photos and news from the game in next Tuesday’s match programme v Cammell Lairds (LCFA Senior Cup). Finally, I’d like to welcome to the club Jim McDonald of Zenith Global IT Solutions who will be our Executive Match Sponsors for our remaining home games this season. Watch out for more on this in next Tuesday’s programme. Enjoy the game. John McKiernan Chairman St Helens Town AFC

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Town v Barlick Town . . . Tuesday 29th October 2013 St Helens Town 1-1 Barnoldswick Town NWCFL Premier Division St. Helens Town had to settle for a hard-earned point in a 1-1 draw with Barnoldswick at Brocstedes Park last Tuesday, but stretched their unbeaten run to 10 league games and consolidated their eighth place position in the NW Counties Premier Division table in the process. On another stormy evening, the rains abated as the teams entered the arena and the wet surface initially made for a fast game, with the ball zipping across the glistening pitch. Town made the most of these conditions and took the lead on 11 minutes, Nathan Parish’s crisp pass finding Andy Gillespie at the left hand post, where he beat the Barlick keeper, Daniel Thorpe, comprehensively, scoring his eighth goal in seven matches following promotion from Town’s reserve team. St. Helens Town were well on top for the majority of the half and only a number of heavy challenges kept the home team’s forwards at bay. Adam Storey had the chance to double the lead with a fine strike on 25 minutes, but a defender got in a tremendous tackle to block the effort. As the first half progressed, the rainwater began to soak into the surface and the now-heavy pitch played much more to the visitors’ liking. Returning captain Lee Crompton blocked a great chance, taking the ball off the toes of Neil Stansfield with four minutes to go to the break but, soon afterwards, with the St. Helens defence stretched, Kieran Lee struck the ball through a crowded penalty area past Ciaran Gibson in the home goal to level the scores at one-all. The second half was a real battle in the heavy conditions, neither keeper having a great deal to do. Perhaps the best chance fell to Michael Sykes-Wright when, with 15 minutes remaining, he followed up a shot from Gillespie only to find Thorpe in the visitors’ goal and his effort was touched round the post. With the match heading towards the final whistle, Shaun Judge got in a great tackle to take the ball off the toes off subtitute Paul Fildes as the former Runcorn Linnets and Padiham shaped to shoot and it was Judge to the rescue again with another well-timed challenge to thwart the Barnoldswick attack in the final move of the game. Glyn Jones

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. . . Town v Barlick Town

Action from our last home game v Barnoldswick Town (1-1) Photos courtesy of Pete Barton (Ashton Athletic)

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Town in the Combination The original St. Helens Town were members of the Liverpool County Combination as far back as 1914/15 season, alongside Burscough Rangers, Borough of Wallasey, Skelmersdale United, Widnes County, South Liverpool, Southport Park Villa, Clock Face, Earlestown Rovers and North Engineers. Records from that season, however, together with the other First World War years, are incomplete. A team referred to as St. Helens Association competed in a fiveteam league in 1917/18. Emerging from the Great War, records are again hard to find, but a team called St. Helens Junction appear in the final table for 1921/22, finishing next to bottom in a 13-team competition, having played 24, won 6, drawn 2 and lost 16 games. Town's history points to the club ceasing to function after 1923, but Liverpool County Combination official tables show a St. Helens Town team nearing the end of the 1926/27 season two off the bottom of the league, having played 23, won 6, drawn 5 and lost 12 games. The table is said to be incomplete. The following season, 1927/28, saw St. Helens Town 7th of 11 clubs in the final table, having played 20, won 9, drawn 1 and lost 10 games. No other mention is found after that season. The present club was re-formed in 1946 and having played friendly games at various venues in a truncated 1945/46 season, the club secured the Hoghton Road ground and entered the Liverpool County Combination ready for the 1946/47 campaign. The only official table for that season shows only the top three placings, namely Liverpool A, Skelmersdale United and Burscough in that order. The First Division table for 1947/48 shows Town in 9th place, having played 34 games, won 13, drawn 8 and lost 13, goals for 83, against 80. The table is rather curious, as there are only 17 teams listed, whereas the number of games played by all clubs suggests there were 18 teams competing that season. The following season, 1948/49 was Towns last as members of the Liverpool County Combination, as they moved to the Lancashire Combination in 1949. Town ended the 1948/49 season in 7th place, having played 34 games, won 19, drawn 4 and lost 11, goals for 72, against 60. That season, the club won its first trophy, the George Mahon Cup (pictured), defeating Runcorn in the final at Hope Street, Prescot. St Helens Town Reserves were members of the Liverpool County Combination between 1962/63 and 1973/74. Their record (where tables are available) is as follows: 1962/63 2nd Division P30 W16 D3 L11 F86 A63 Pts35 Position 5/16

1969/70 1st Division P28 W9 D3 L16 F40 A53 Pts21 Position 11/15

1963/64 2nd Division P32 W12 D10 L10 F86 A81 Pts34 Position 8/17

1970/71 1st Division P30 W3 D1 L26 F40 A127 Pts7 Position 16/16

1964/65 1st Division P30 W10 D6 L145 F76 A82 Pts61 Position 2/16

1971/72 2nd Division P34 W10 D8 L16 F39 A55 Pts28 Position 15/18

1965/66 no table available 1966/67 no table available

1972/73 1st Division P30 W6 D1 L23 F31 A72 Pts13 Position 15/16

1967/68 1st Division P30 W14 D4 L12 F52 A42 Pts32 Position 7/16

1973/74 2nd Division P30 W9 D5 L16 F39 A57 Pts23 Position11/16

1968/69 no table available

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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 publicaccess 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. “Never before have I witnessed such an event that has brought football fans, clubs and

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. . . Our Charity Partner 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 a Race Night on Saturday 26th October and Comedy & Curry Night on Saturday 7th December. 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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2013-14 Fixtures, Facts and Fig Date Aug 3 Aug 6 Aug 10 Aug 13 Aug 17 Aug 17 Aug 24 Aug 27 Aug 31 Sep 7 Sep 12 Sep 21 Sep 24 Sep 28 Oct 1 Oct 5 Oct 8 Oct 12 Oct 19 Oct 22 Oct 26 Oct 29 Nov 23 Nov 26 Nov 30 Dec 3 Dec 7 Dec 14 Dec 21 Dec 26 Jan 4 Jan 11 Jan 18 Jan 25 Feb 1 Feb 8 Feb 15 Mar 1 Mar 29 Apr 12 Apr 19 Apr 21 Apr 26 TBA TBA TBA TBA

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 SILSDEN NWCFL CONGLETON TOWN NWCFL ALSAGER TOWN Lge Cup 2 BARNOLDSWICK TOWN NWCFL STOCKPORT SPORTS NWCFL CAMMELL LAIRDS LSC1 West Didsbury & Chorlton NWCFL Wigan Robin Park NWCFL COLNE NWCFL Silsden NWCFL WINSFORD UNITED 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 AFC Blackpool NWCFL GLOSSOP NORTH END NWCFL ASHTON ATHLETIC NWCFL Maine Road NWCFL Bacup & Ross Borough NWCFL Congleton Town NWCFL AFC BLACKPOOL NWCFL BOOTLE 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 1-1D Gibson Sykes-Wright Harrison Mawdsley(C) Coyle Parish 7.45 1-1D Gibson Tingay Judge Mawdsley(C) Coyle Ashton 3.00 2-3W Gibson Judge1 Mawdsley(C) Tingay Coyle Ashton 7.45 5-0W Gibson Judge1 Mawdsley(C) Tingay Coyle Ashton 3.00 3-0W Gibson Tingay Judge Mawdsley(C) Coyle Ashton 3.00 2-0A Gibson Tingay Judge Mawdsley(C) Coyle Parish 7.45 1-1D Gibson Parish1 Tingay Judge Mawdsley(C) Coyle 3.00 1-2L Gibson Pullinger Richardson Mawdsley Crompton(C) Parish 7.45 1-1D Gibson Pullinger Judge Mawdsley(C) Coyle Parish 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 3.00 3.00 3.00 Name1 Player name and number of goals scored 3.00 Name Player name and CAUTION TBA Name Player name and DISMISSAL FOR 2 CAUTIONS TBA Name Player name and DISMISSAL TBA Name10 Player name and number of replaced player TBA

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St Helens Town AFC . . . St Helens Town Statistical History by Glyn Jones Part 18 – Season 1964/65 - LANCASHIRE COMBINATION DIVISION 2 FINAL LEAGUE TABLE Netherfield Reserves Chorley Reserves St. Helens Town Guinness Exports Kirkby Town Radcliffe Borough Horwich RMI Reserves Wigan Rovers Blackpool Mechanics Morecambe Reserves Darwen Lytham St. Annes Glossop Fleetwood Reserves Lancaster City Reserves Padiham Accrington Stanley Reserves Opponents

P 32 32 32 32 32 32 32 32 32 32 32 32 32 32 32 32 32

W 22 22 21 18 17 17 17 15 16 13 15 14 10 5 5 3 2

D 6 3 4 9 9 6 4 8 3 9 5 4 2 2 2 2 2

L 4 7 7 5 6 9 11 9 13 10 12 14 20 25 25 27 28

F 103 90 77 88 90 77 101 65 62 68 63 58 49 42 33 30 30

A 32 36 36 35 45 44 58 54 47 62 58 52 80 121 102 122 142

Pts 50 47 46 45 43 40 38 38 35 35 35 32 22 12 12 8 6

Home

Result

Away

Result

Dec 19

Won 5-1

Aug 29

Won 1-0

Blackpool Mechanics

Mar 6

Won 1-0

Nov 7

Lost 1-2

Chorley Reserves

Apr 12

Won 1-0

Jan 23

Lost 1-4

Darwen

Oct 31

Lost 0-1

Feb 27

Won 5-1

Fleetwood Reserves

Jan 30

Won 1-0

Sep 12

Won 3-2

Accrington Stanley Reserves

Glossop

Oct 3

Won 4-0

Feb 13

Won 5-0

Guinness Exports

Nov 14

Won 2-1

Mar 13

Drew 0-0

Horwich RMI Reserves

Nov 28

Won 5-3

Mar 27

Lost 1-4

Feb 6

Won 5-2

Sep 26

Won 3-0

Dec 26

Won 6-1

Jan 9

Lytham St. Annes

Feb 20

Won 1-0

Oct 24

Lost 1-4

Morecambe Reserves

Apr 17

Won 2-0

Apr 10

Drew 1-1

Netherfield Reserves

Oct 17

Drew 2-2

Apr 1

Won 2-0

Padiham

Apr 24

Won 8-0

Jan 2

Won 3-0

Radcliffe Borough

Mar 20

Won 3-2

Nov 21

Lost 0-2

Wigan Rovers

Aug 22

Lost 0-1

Apr 6

Drew 2-2

Kirkby Town Lancaster City Reserves

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. . . Season 1964-65 Player

App

Goals

Alexander, Jimmy

4

2

Bond, Eric

34

3

Charnock, Ralph

10

7

Critchley, John

36

Fairweather, Ray

37

Frodsham, Colin

1

Gilliker, Arthur

5

Hegarty, Dave

1

Hennin, Derek

36

Hopwood, Joe

19

3

Horton, Roy

29

1

McDermott, Jimmy

3

1

McGuirk, Jack

1

Moran, Frank

37

10

Pennington, Joe

37

5

Smith, John

25

7

Stainton, Phil

21

18

Topping, Maurice

35

Trigg, Barry

1

Turner, Norman

32

11

Wilson, Doug

3

2

Own goals Totals

FA CUP

Sep 5 1st Qualifying Round Prescot Town (H) Won 4-1 Sep 19 2nd Qualifying Round Altrincham (A) Lost 1-4

14 LANCASHIRE JUNIOR CUP

Jan 16 1st Round South Liverpool (A) Lost 2-4

LANCASHIRE COMBINATION CUP

Aug 25 1st Round New Brighton (A) Drew 1-1 Sep 10 1st Round Replay New Brighton (H) Lost 1-1 LIVERPOOL NON-LEAGUE CUP No Records Available

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Reserve Team News . . . St Helens Town Reserves It’s been a busy few weeks for the Reserves with both League and Cup action. Two successive league victories against Belfry (0-4) and in form Capenhurst Villa has seen the Reserves take back top spot in the West Cheshire League Division Three. The lads will be hoping to consolidate their place as they visit bottom club Upton AA Reserves. The club will be hoping to appoint a new Reserve Team manager this week following the recent departure of Nick Robinson. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16

DIVISION THREE St Helens Town Res Ford Motors Hale Res Rainhill Town South Liverpool Res Bootle Res Capenhurst Villa Res Belfry Kirkby town Railway Chester Nomads Res Widnes Vikings Res Christleton Res Neston Nomads *Marshalls Res Merseyside Police Upton A.A. R

P 14 14 12 13 13 13 15 12 11 15 13 13 13 15 13 13

W 9 9 9 8 9 8 8 6 4 5 4 2 2 3 2 2

D 4 3 2 4 1 2 1 1 6 1 3 2 1 1 0 0

F 34 41 35 49 45 28 36 27 39 24 22 17 24 26 15 10

A 19 16 18 12 20 20 27 23 24 37 36 38 43 52 41 46

GD 15 25 17 37 25 8 9 4 15 -13 -14 -21 -19 -26 -26 -36

Pts 31 30 29 28 28 26 25 19 18 16 15 8 7 7 6 6

L L C C C L L L

DATE 16/11/2013 09/11/2013 02/11/2013 26/10/2013 19/10/2013 12/10/2013 05/10/2013 28/09/2013

TIME 14:00 14:00 14:00 14:00 14:00 15:00 15:00 15:00

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21/09/2013

15:00

NESTON NOMADS

1-2

ST HELENS TOWN RES

L L L L

14/09/2013 07/09/2013 04/09/2013 30/08/2013

15:00 15:00 18:15 18:15

KIRKBY TOWN RAILWAY ST HELENS TOWN RES MARSHALLS RES ST HELENS TOWN RES

3 3 2 2

-3 -3 -3 -1

ST HELENS TOWN RES CHESTER NOMADS RES ST HELENS TOWN RES BOOTLE RES

L L L L

27/08/2013 19/08/2013 16/08/2013 09/08/2013

18:15 18:30 18:30 18:30

MERSEYSIDE POLICE ST HELENS TOWN RES CHRISTLETON RES ST HELENS TOWN RES

1 2 0 3

-3 -2 -2 -0

ST HELENS TOWN RES WIDNES VIKINGS RES ST HELENS TOWN RES RAINHILL TOWN

L L

DATE 23/11/2013 30/11/2013

TIME 14:00 1400

HOME ST. HELENS TOWN RES BELFRY ST HELENS TOWN RES ST HELENS TOWN RES CLOCK FACE FC SOUTH LIVERPOOL RES ST HELENS TOWN RES ST HELENS TOWN RES

L 1 2 1 1 3 3 6 5 1 9 6 9 10 11 11 11

HOME Upton A.A. Res Ford Motors

4 0 3 1 1 0 1 2

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

AWAY St Helens Town Res St Helens Town Res

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Alsager Town

AFC Liverpool

AFC Blackpool

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Winsford United

Wigan Robin Park

West Didsbury & Chorlton

1-2 0-2

1-1

4-3 3-5 1-1

0-8 2-3 2-4 4-1 3-2

2-0 1-3 0-0 0-1

1-1 1-1

0-2

2-1

0-2 1-3

0-2 0-3 5-5

0-3 2-1

1-2

St Helens Town

1-1

3-1

1-1

2-2

0-3

0-3

1-0 1-3

0-5 3-3

1-3 1-0

4-1

2-1 2-2 1-5

0-1

0-1

0-3

0-2

2-1

1-0

4-0 1-2

3-0

3-1

1-1

1-1

3-0

2-2

2-2

1-1 2-1

2-1 2-1

1-2 1-1 3-0

5-0

2-0

4-2

1-2

2-3

2-1

3-4

3-0 4-1

0-2

1-0

1-3

1-2

1-1 1-0

1-0 5-1

5-0 3-0

5-0

0-4 3-1 5-1

5-0 5-0 0-1

1-2

2-1 2-2 4-0

2-3 2-0

2-2 6-0

2-1 0-4 3-2

2-3 0-3 1-0

2-0 2-4 1-2

3-0

0-1 3-2

0-2 4-1

0-1

1-2 1-3 1-1

0-4 4-2

2-1

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

2-1 1-2

0-2 0-0

1-1

3-0

3-1

3-2

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

2-1 4-1 4-2 4-1

Stockport Sports

3-2 4-0

4-1

3-1 4-2 1-3 4-2

1-2

1-0 7-0 0-0

1-1

0-2

1-1 1-2

2-2

2-0

Squires Gate

Silsden

Runcorn Town

Runcorn Linnets

Norton United

Maine Road

3-0 3-1 0-1

3-2

4-2 1-0

Glossop North End

0-1

2-0 2-0 0-4

Colne

Congleton Town

1-0

5-0 2-1

Bootle

3-1 1-2 2-1

0-0 1-2 1-1 0-2

1-0

1-4 0-4 1-2

2-3 0-4

1-2

Winsford United

Barnoldswick Town

Bacup & Rossendale Borough

Bacup & Ross Boro

0-1

Barnoldswick Town

1-3 0-1 2-1

Bootle

Alsager Town

Congleton Town

Ashton Athletic

Glossop North End 1-1

West Dids & Chorlton

1-3 0-3 3-0

Wigan Robin Park

1-1 4-0 2-0

Main Road

1-0

Norton United

4-0

Runcorn Linnets

3-3

Runcorn Town

AFC Liverpool

Silsden

2-2 2-1 1-2 1-3 2-1 0-3 1-1 0-3

Squires Gate

AFC Blackpool

Colne 1-4

St Helens Town

2-0

Stockport Sports

Abbey Hey

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Tea Break Teasers . . . Q1. Wigan were the 6th club to reach the FA Cup Final and be relegated from the top flight in the same season, can you name the previous 5 clubs? Q2. Which three current Premier League clubs have never reached an FA Cup Final? Q3. Where is this seasons Champions League Final to be held? Q4. Which country has been represented by competing teams in 6 of the last 7 Champions league Finals? Q5. Who was the first African player to win a Premier League winners medal? Q6. Which two players have scored over 100 Premier League goals but never scored an international goal? Q7. For which club did David Moyes sign his last player, John Stones for Everton? Q8. Which club did Liverpool sign Iago Aspas from? Q9. Which city hosted that 2002 World Cup Final? Q10. Which three clubs are lost in five European Cup/Champions League Finals? Q11. Out of all the players to make appearances in the Premier League which one has scored the most international goals? Q12. Did Phil Neville play more league games for Manchester United or Everton? Q13. Maynor Figueroa moved to which Premier League club from Wigan on a “Free� in the summer? Q14. Which four players were joint top scorers in the 2010 World Cup Finals tournament? Q15. Which player had the most assists in the Premier League last season?

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St Helens Town AFC . . . Between 1946 and 1962 the club, like many, didn’t have a ‘manager’. Town officials would liaise with first and reserve team captains over team selection. In 1962-63 ‘First Manager’ Pat Murphy came from Burscough with a nucleus of his team which won the Lancashire Combination Division One title for Burscough but the formulae didn’t work for Town despite financial backing of a brand new 200 seat supporters club opened by John Connelly in spring of 1962. 1963-64 Sam Cottingham came after success with Pilkington's in a move to rebalance the squad with more local players. 1964-66 Jimmy McKiernan became the club's first commercial manager and team boss after arriving from Earlestown via a successful playing career which included a spell on the North Wales circuit. 1966-68 Jackie Dewsnip, cousin of Town player Jimmy Dewsnip who along with the latter’s son Neil meant the Haydock based family served Town well over a couple of decades. 1968-71 Peter Jones took the reigns in the wake of the Northern Premier League being formed which reduced Town’s league (Lancs Combination) to one division. He moved on after three years to a position on the staff of Preston North End. 1971-77 Alan Hampson arrived from South Liverpool after a distinguished playing career at Holly Park and became a mini ‘Messiah’ as Town won the Lancs Combination title in 1972 along with the Bass Charrington and Watson trophy in quick succession. He also oversaw Town’s step into the Cheshire County League in 1975 as by then, the Lancashire Comb had become a pale imitation of its former self. 1977-79 The aforementioned Jimmy Dewsnip took the reigns after ‘Hampy’ had moved on and became the first ex Town player to become manager. He combined this with work for the Liverpool County FA with the latter eventually claiming his services after two years. 1979-80 Player manager Geoff Robinson hailed from the new overspill at Laffak where he also ran the increasingly successful ‘Starting Gate’ pub team in the blossoming new Sunday League. Many of his squad were ‘Town’ players but the ‘conflict’ of interests was seen as detrimental to the senior club. 1980-82 Jack Prytherch had been at Wigan Athletic and he brought in players from that area including new club skipper, his son in law, Steve Murfin. Jack’s reign saw the formation of the North West Counties League and Town’s first season was a struggle in the new league’s top flight resulting in a change in midterm. 1982-84 Peter Rutherford. After the success of Alan Hampson a decade earlier, the Town board returned to South Liverpool again for their next appointment. Peter Rutherford was number two at Holly Park at the time but he also found it hard going in the NWCFL inaugural season and his charges only escaped relegation on a ‘technicality’. Things got a little better the following season and he bowed out just before glory arrived. 1984-87 Alan Wellens had skippered Town’s Lancs Combination title team and went on to become the club’s top appearances holder after making his Allan Wellens receiving the Lancs debut at Great Harwood in 1966. His playing Combination Championship Trophy career was ended by a broken leg against Hyde in from Wesley Bridge in 1972 1981 at Hoghton Road. Alan went on to Town history with the club’s historic journey to Wembley in 1987 before he and the vast majority of the FA Vase winning side sought pastures new. 1987-92 Alan Aspinall

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. . . Managers 1946-Present (pictured below) took over the mantle of manager following the departure of the Vase squad and management team having been Reserve team boss and spent a successful five seasons in charge. 1992-93 Mick Holgate (pictured right) presided over just one season at Hoghton Road before moving on to Leigh RMI. 19932002 Jimmy McBride stepped up from his position as Reserve team boss to take the reigns of the first team for almost a decade which saw the club’s move from Hoghton Road to Saints. Took the club to its first cup final since the visit to Wembley but lost out in the League Cup and Floodlit Trophy finals in the mid 1990s. 2002-2003 John Davison and Peter King arrived from Burscough having presided over a very successful period in the ‘Linnets’ history. After a disappointing first campaign despite significant financial backing the club’s need to tighten the purse strings led to the pair’s departure at the start of the 2003 campaign, along with most of the squad. 2003-04 Ex-Everton professional Paul Lodge became Town manager as the club reeled from financial cuts but unfortunately his youthful side struggled at the bottom of the league and he was replaced in January 2004. 2004-05 Former Town ‘keeper Joe Paladino took over the reigns from Lodge and secured the club’s safety from relegation before going to challenge for the title during most of 2004-05. Joe resigned in March 2005. 2005-06 Assistant to Paladino, Joe Gibiliru took over the manager’s position and presided over a period of on the field stability for the club before resigning in September 2006. 2006-07 Alex Wright, who had previously been assistant manager to Paul Lodge returned to the club as manager but his tenure was short-lived as family commitments led to him stepping down in September 2007. 2007-08 John Fletcher, Wright’s assistant, was given managerial responsibility and he steered the club away from the relegation battle with a 19th place finish at the end of 2006-7. Despite the club’s off the field problems and financial difficulties the following season saw Fletcher’s charges finish fourteenth after only one defeat in the last nine games. However Town remained rooted in a relegation spot for most of the following season and Fletcher departed with weeks of the season remaining. 2009 – 2010 Gary Bickerstaffe was appointed in March 2009 and secured the club’s safety with some ease recording six victories from the final eight games. Bickerstaffe’s fine form as manager continued throughout 2009-10 eventually finishing in 9th place. 2010 – 2011 Lee Riley steps up from assistant manager when Gary Bickerstaffe steps down at the end of the 2009-10. Lee resigned in March 2011 due to work commitments and Iain Dyson took over the managerial reigns before he too stepped down at the end of the season. 2011-12 season saw Jimmy McBride make a return to Town but it proved a difficult season and Town parted company with him as we narrowly avoided relegation. 2012 - present Ian Granite (pictured left) became manager following success with neighbours Wigan Robin Park FC. A challenging 2012-13 season saw Town eventually steer clear of relegation, in doing so maintaining their unique 30 year stay in the North West Counties League top division. Many thanks to Jim Barrett and Eric Bond for their input in compiling the information.

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Opposition

H/A

Score

Goalscorers

Sat 03/08/13

Squires Gate

H

W 3-0

Tue 06/08/13

Congleton Town

A

W 3-2

Rob Kinsella (4) James McShane (15, 59) Adrian Bellamy (44) James McShane (74, 89p)

Sat 10/08/13 Tue 13/08/13 Sat 17/08/13

Barnoldswick T Abbey Hey Winsford United FA Cup EP Silsden Runcorn Town Glossop NE Bacup & R Borough Atherton Collieries FA Vase 1Q

H H H

L 0-3 D 1-1 L 1-2

A A H H H

D 2-2 L 1-3 D 0-0 L 0-2 W 5-0

A A A H

D 1-1 L 1-2 D 2-2 W 5-3

Wed 21/08/13 Sat 24/08/13 Tue 27/08/13 Sat 31/08/13 Sat 07/09/13

Mon 09/09/13 Maine Road Sat 14/09/13 Ashton Athletic Tue 17/09/13 West Didsbury & Chorlton Sat 21/09/13 Barton Town Old Boys FA Vase 2Q AET 2-2 after 90 mins

James McShane (1p) James McShane (70) James McShane (20, 74) Mathew Dolan (81)

James McShane (15p) Steve Foster (34, 56, 80) David Chadwick (65) Steve Foster (80) Own Goal (52) Jamie Tandy (41, 86) Steve Foster (52) Danny Shannon (62) Ryan Humphreys (95, 104, 118) Sam Jacobs (52) Danny Shannon (82) Jamie Tandy (16) Chris Williams (70) Ryan Humphreys (84) Jamie Tandy (7)

Sat 28/09/13

Alsager Town

H

W 2-1

Tue 01/10/13

Abbey Hey

A

W 3-0

Sat 05/10/13 Tue 08/10/13 Sat 12/10/13

Runcorn Linnets Congleton Town Bootle

A H H

L 1-2 L 0-2 D 5-5

Sat 19/10/13

A

L 0-1

H A

D 1-1 L 1-3

Richard Smith (17) Ben Halfacre (37)

Tue 29/10/13

Cheadle Town FA Vase R1 Silsden Winsford United League Cup R2 Glossop North End

A

W 3-0

Sat 02/11/13 Sat 09/11/13 Sat 16/11/13

AFC Blackpool Runcorn Town Alsager Town

A H A

L 1-2 L 1-2 W 3-2

Ben Halfacre (24) Alex Crowe (54) Jordan Young (65) Aaron Riley (40) Sam Pollard (45) Tom Bane (6, 40p) Max Thomas (87)

Tue 22/10/13 Sat 26/10/13

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Jason McShane (16) Sam Fitzgerald (27) Chris Williams (70) Danny Shannon (81, 82)

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Trautmann Tribute . . . The Bert Trautmann Memorial game between St. Helens Town and Manchester City last Sunday at Prescot Cables’ Valerie Park ground was a fitting tribute to the former German goalkeeping legend, who began his career with St. Helens Town 65 years ago. He died in July, at the age of 89 years, but members of his family, supported by former team mates from both clubs joined a crowd of over 400 for a memorable game of football, played in the best spirits of the game. Both teams and officials joined Bert’s family and the Mayor of St. Helens, Andy Bowden, in a minute’s silence in memory of the great man, the mark of respect extended also to former Saints’ legend Steve Prescott. The kick-off was performed by Bert Trautmann’s understudy, Steve Fleet. For the record, St. Helens Town ran out 54 winners in an open contest. Both teams were supported by several guest players. Town’s goals were scored by current centre-forward Adam Storey, who netted twice, and former Accrington Stanley manager, John Coleman, who scored three, also taking the man-of-the-match award. Town raced into a 4-0 lead, Coleman ably supporting the home side’s youthful attack. Former City goalkeeper, Eric Nixon, pulled off two great saves from Storey inside the first ten minutes, but he had no chance when Storey crossed for Coleman to open the scoring on the quarter-hour. Four minutes later, Jimmy Bell put Storey clear 40 yards out and he netted the second, despite Nixon’s best efforts. A few minutes later, Storey scored his second, when he mopped up a loose ball close home, but the goal of the game came on 32 minutes. Ste Milne was unceremoniously blocked off the ball by Andy Morrison and Coleman scored a beautiful free kick from 40 yards out. Even Trautmann in his prime would not have saved that one. Young Ciaran Gibson in the home goal turned in a faultless display in the first half to keep City’s old boys at bay. Unfortunately, Gibson played the second half up front and Town Secretary Jeff Voller deputised between the sticks. Whether he was instructed to let City back into the game will remain a mystery, but he was beaten four times as City fought back with goals from Andy Morrison (2), Steve Redmond and Town’s own Danny Owens, but Town ran out 5-4 winners thanks to Coleman’s third goal. Eric Nixon’s son, Eric junior, had a great second half in the City net and there were good contributions throughout from Neil Pointon, Peter Barnes and Andy Reid. Net proceeds from the match will be divided between three charities, namely Hearts and Goals, the Bert Trautmann Foundation and the Mayor of St. Helens’ designated charity, the Saints Community Development Foundation. Glyn Jones

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Trautmann Match Photos . . .

Action from last Sunday’s Bert Trautmann Memorial game at Prescot Cables. Photos courtesy of Pete Barton

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Back to Business . . . Well it is finally back to league action today after what seems like an eternity without a competitive game. With our last three fixtures postponed due to the poor weather and no competitive game since 29th October, the lads would have been a little rusty but for a couple of hastily arranged mid season friendlies to help keep the legs ticking over. Away from competitive action, last Sunday saw the club host a star studded Manchester City Past Players XI at Valerie Park, Prescot for the Bert Trautmann Memorial game. It was a fabulous day for all concerned and a fitting tribute to our legendary former player and club president. City fielded a side which included well known names like Peter Barnes, Eric Nixon, Andy Morrison, Steve Redmond, and Neil Pointon as well as bringing along a number of familiar faces in an ambassadorial capacity including the esteemed Life President Bernard Halford MBE and legendary former stars Tommy Booth, Alex Williams MBE and Steve Fleet, and you could not wish to meet a nicer group of gentlemen. There were also a few “ringers” turning out for Town in the charity fundraiser including former Accrington and Rochdale boss John Coleman who stole the show with a world class free kick, and came away with a hat-trick and the man of the match accolade. Thanks also go to Chesterfield Manager Paul Cook, Port Vale Under 21 Boss Jimmy Bell and Former QPR and Swansea striker Karl Connolly who all supported the club by turning out in the red and white stripes. The highlight of my day was being able to meet and chat with Bert’s family including his son Mark and his daughter Freda as well as Mrs Marion Greenall, Freda’s mother and Bert’s former love, who told some wonderful stories and still holds so much affection for the great man. It is an event the club will always be proud of and it will live with me forever. Back to today though and as well as today’s fixture its non stop off the pitch too as we immediately beginning planning of further club events. Next up is our Comedy & Curry Night in just two weeks time at our Windleshaw base and anyone wanting tickets can contact me either here today or via 07908833554 or on sthelenstownafc@gmail.com. Tickets are £15 each which includes three comedians and your curry and rice supper. Please come along. We need your support. We are also coming close to announcing a date for our end of season Gala Dinner and more information will be available in the coming weeks so please keep an eye out on our website and our Facebook and Twitter Enjoy today’s game and have a safe journey home afterwards. Darryl Picton Commercial Manager Photo courtesy of Pete Barton: Match officials with Peter Barnes, Steve Fleet and Jimmy Bell

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League Standings . . . Premier Division Table as at Tuesday 19th November 2013 Premier Division

P

W D

L

F

A GD Pts

1

Runcorn Town

21 15 1

5 47 22 25 46

2

Maine Road

20 12 5

3 43 20 23 41

3

AFC Liverpool

21 12 3

6 50 22 28 39

4

Runcorn Linnets

17 12 2

3 37 23 14 38

5

Bootle

21 11 3

7 51 29 22 36

6

Norton United

16 10 3

3 42 20 22 33

7

Colne

19 10 0

9 32 29 3 30

8 Barnoldswick Town 21 9

3

9 36 40 -4 30

9

18 7

6

5 30 29 1 27

10 Glossop North End 16 8

2

6 30 17 13 26

11

Congleton Town

17 8

2

7 28 30 -2 26

12

Stockport Sports

21 6

7

8 34 35 -1 25

13 West D & Chorlton 20 7

4

9 29 33 -4 25

14

Ashton Athletic

18 7

3

8 26 24 2 24

15

AFC Blackpool

20 7

3 10 25 37 -12 24

16

Squires Gate

18 7

2

17

Abbey Hey

22 6

5 11 26 48 -22 23

18

Silsden

19 5

4 10 23 34 -11 19

19

Alsager Town

20 5

3 12 27 41 -14 18

20 Bacup & R Borough 19 4

5 10 17 33 -16 17

21

Winsford United

17 5

2 10 19 36 -17 17

22

Wigan Robin Park

23 4

2 17 26 70 -44 14

St Helens Town

9 28 34 -6 23

* points deducted for a breach of league rules

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Saturday 23rd November 2013 First Division Challenge Cup Second Round 1874 Northwich v Widnes Vikings AFC Darwen v Cheadle Town Formby v Atherton LR Hanley Town v Chadderton Holker Old Boys v Rochdale Town Leek CSOB v Northwich Fl Villa (To be played at Northwich Flixton Villa FC) Nelson v Irlam Oldham Boro v Ashton Town (To be played at Ashton Town FC) Premier Division Abbey Hey v Alsager Town AFC Blackpool v Winsford United AFC Liverpool v Maine Road Bootle v Barnoldswick Town Colne v Congleton Town Norton United v Bacup & R Borough Runcorn Linnets v Wigan Robin Park Silsden v Glossop North End Squires Gate v Ashton Athletic St Helens Town v Stockport Sports West D & Chorlton v Runcorn Town First Division Eccleshall v Atherton Collieries Reserve Division Cheadle Town v West D & Chorlton Glossop North End v Irlam Monday 25th November 2013 First Division Atherton Collieries v Daisy Hill Liverpool Senior Cup First Round Widnes Vikings v Bootle Tuesday 26th November 2013 First Division 1874 Northwich v Cheadle Town Chadderton v AFC Darwen Liverpool Senior Cup First Round Marine v AFC Liverpool St Helens Town v Cammell Laird Manchester Premier Cup Quarter Finals Glossop North End v Trafford

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League Standings . . . Division One Table as at Tuesday 19th November 2013

Division One

P

W D

L

F

A GD Pts

1

Nelson

18 12

2

4

61 33 28 38

2

Atherton Colls

16 11

4

1

48 25 23 37

3

1874 Northwich

18 11

4

3

35 19 16 37

4

Hanley Town

16 11

3

2

39 21 18 36

5

Formby

15

9

3

3

41 18 23 30

6

Atherton LR

20

8

2

10 39 43 -4

26

7

Cheadle Town *

16

8

4

4

33 25

8

25

8

Irlam

17

6

6

5

25 26 -1

24

9

Ashton Town

18

6

6

6

33 36 -3

24

10 Widnes Vikings

19

6

5

8

35 38 -3

23

11 Rochdale Town

15

5

2

8

29 31 -2

17

12

16

4

5

7

25 39 -14 17

13 Holker Old Boys

12

4

4

4

26 21

5

16

14

AFC Darwen

15

4

4

7

26 30 -4

16

15

Daisy Hill

18

5

1

12 28 51 -23 16

16

Leek CSOB

13

4

3

6

17

Oldham Boro

18

3

5

10 29 47 -18 14

18

Eccleshall

14

3

1

10 14 30 -16 10

19 Northwich F Villa 18

2

4

12 30 62 -32 10

Chadderton

22 23 -1

* points deducted for a breach of league rules

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Saturday 30th November 2013 Premier Division Alsager Town v Winsford United Ashton Athletic v Runcorn Linnets Bacup & R Borough v Abbey Hey Barnoldswick Town v Wigan Robin Park Bootle v Norton United Congleton Town v Maine Road Glossop North End v AFC Liverpool Runcorn Town v AFC Blackpool Silsden v Squires Gate Stockport Sports v Colne West D & Chorlton v St Helens Town First Division 1874 Northwich Ashton Town Atherton LR Cheadle Town Eccleshall Holker Old Boys Irlam Leek CSOB Widnes Vikings

v v v v v v v v v

Reserve Division AFC Darwen Padiham

v Silsden v Glossop North End

Chadderton AFC Darwen Rochdale Town Nelson Formby Hanley Town Daisy Hill Atherton Collieries Northwich F Villa

Monday 2nd December 2013 First Division Oldham Boro v Atherton LR Manchester Premier Cup Quarter Finals New Mills v Irlam Tuesday 3rd December 2013 Premier Division AFC Blackpool v Bacup & R Borough Ashton Athletic v Bootle Runcorn Linnets v West D & Chorlton Wigan Robin Park v St Helens Town

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St Helens Town v Stockport Sports  

Matchday programme for St Helens Town v Stockport Sports Saturday 23rd November 2013

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