Latest NewsMonday May 11, 2015
Top Refereeing Awards for Kevin & Jack
Kevin Roberts - Referee of the Year
Jack Airey - Young Referee of the Year
The League is pleased to announce Kevin Roberts as the Referee of the Year and Jack Airey as the Young Referee of the Year and winner of the Jack Cunningham Trophy.
Kevin Roberts was recruited into the refereeing fraternity by Jim Bryson who appointed him to referee his first game Lime Kiln FC v Kenlis FC on 8th September 2002 at Moor Park. He has subsequently refereed every season in this League as well as officiating in the Mid Lancs League, Central Lancs Junior League and Catforth & District League.
Kevin’s consistent performances have been recognised in his marks from club officials and the LFA have honoured with appointments to several of their Cup Finals over the years. He was 4th Official at this season’s Guildhall Cup Final and he officiated on this year’s Lancashire Schools Under13 and Under14 Cup Finals.
The Young Referee of the Year Jack Airey took up whistling as recently as 2012 on the Central Lancs Junior League where he still referees. He is part of the Preston Referees Society’s Development Group under the wing of Mark Doherty who appoints Jack and his young colleagues to Preston North End FC Academy games at UCLan Sports Arena each Sunday.
The League’s partnership with Preston Referees Society has enabled us to employ young officials like Jack as Assistant Referees on some of our premier division games where they get expert advice and tuition from senior Level 4 and Level 3 referees. Jack has impressed us to the degree that he has been appointed to referee on a number of our youth and Open Age games during the season.
Jack Airey is aged 17 and studying his A Levels at Runshaw College. He will receive the Jack Cunningham Award named in memory of Jack Cunningham who died in 2002. Jack was a founder member of this League with Continental Casuals who he managed for many years. He was also a referee who officiated on the Football League and he was reserve official in the 1980 FA Cup Final.
Sunday May 10, 2015
Thank you from Derian House
Derian House has written to thank the League for our support and sponsorship over the past 11 seasons during which time our clubs have raised a magnificent £31, 793.22 for the Hospice.
The concerns about heart issues with sports people and the startling fact that every week 12 young people (in the 15-35 age group) die from undiagnosed heart conditions in the UK has lead us to move our charitable giving from Derian House to Heartbeat.
Heartbeat, now based in the former Football Museum at Preston North End, is the North Wests leading cardiac rehabilitation charity, providing services for over 500 people every week and we are already working with them on a programme to provide heart screening for some of our players.
League Chairman Eamonn McNamara said, “We are proud of the support that our clubs have given to Derian House over the past 11 years and we send our best wishes to everyone connected with the Hospice. We are now starting a new chapter with our support for Heartbeat and we look forward to getting the heart screening programme started”.
Thursday May 7, 2015
Vacancies for Season 2015-16
The Lancashire Sunday Football League is currently finalising arrangements for season 2015-16 and we have vacancies in the Open Age section, the Youth Section (ages 15-18) and in the new Under21s section of the League.
Any club interested in joining the FA League of the Year 2014 is asked to contact us on 01772 864466 or e-mail us here.
Friday May 1, 2015
Dick, Kerr Ladies - In a League of their Own
The Dick, Kerr Ladies were a bunch of factory girls from Preston who set the football world alight during the First World War while raising tens of thousands of pounds for charity. They became household names and went on to become the most successful women’s team ever setting records that will probably never be broken.
Their story is recorded in the book In a League of their Own by Preston author Gail J Newsham who is the leading authority on these wonderful women. I recently attended the lecture that Gail gave on the team at the Harris Museum & Art Gallery and like everyone present I was moved and humbled to learn about Dick, Kerr Ladies.
The firm of Dick, Kerr & Co Ltd was named after its two Scottish founders, William Bruce Dick and John Kerr who set up the company around 1900 to manufacture trams and light railway rolling stock. The factory was converted to the production of ammunition in 1915 as part of the War effort.
The 1914-18 war was totally devastating in terms of human casualty and mortality on both sides. No other war in history had seen such huge loss of life and this was mainly due to the introduction of modern warfare. And as Lord Kitchener's image reminded men, 'YOUR COUNTRY NEEDS YOU', the country also needed women too.
Women were no strangers to working in factories, but during the War the amount of manual labour undertaken by them was greatly increased as more and more women were needed to help keep the war machine alive. Women were drafted into towns in great numbers in order to work in munitions and they became known as the 'Munitionettes'.
The Government appointed women welfare supervisors and sent them into the factories to oversee the physical well-being of the girls and they also encouraged the development of sporting activities. Among those activities was football, and football became the official sport of the munitions girls.
Almost every factory across the United Kingdom involved in war work had a ladies football team but it was in Preston, Lancashire where the most successful team in the history of women's football was born. Formed at Dick, Kerr & Co Ltd, these very ordinary factory girls quite literally took the country by storm.
On Christmas Day 1917, 10,000 spectators came to Deepdale, the home of Preston North End, to witness the start of the most phenomenal success story in the history of women's sport. Dick, Kerr Ladies notched up the first of many famous victories and £600 was raised for the wounded soldiers. Today that would be worth over £38,000!
'In a League of their Own' by Gail J Newsham should be read by everyone who is interested in football and who is proud of the City of Preston and its heritage. It can be purchased (£12.99) from Waterstone’s, 3-5 Fishergate, Preston, telephone 01772 555766.
Friday May 1, 2015
New Level 4 Referees
New Level 4 Referees (left - right), Dale Bowden, Ed Duckworth and Jason Jarrett
Three members of Preston Referees Society Dale Bowden, Ed Duckworth and Jason Jarrett have been promoted to Level 4 status by the Football Association and they are now eligible to referee Supply League games such as the West Lancashire League Premier Division and on Leagues of a similar status.
Professional footballer Jason Jarrett made 261 appearances in the Football League for a variety of clubs and he is currently signed by Salford City FC. Ed Duckworth is the secretary of Preston Referees Society and he refereed this seasons Youth Trophy Final whilst Dale Bowden refereed our Youth Cup Final.
Dale, Ed and Jason all started their careers on the Lancashire Sunday Football League and all three still referee regularly on the League. This is a significant step on the referee promotion ladder and we wish them well for the future.
Wednesday April 29, 2015
A new role for Jim
Jim Bryson has decided to relinquish the position of Referee Secretary on the League as a result of a number of health issues which have made the job of appointing referees a burden and he felt that now is the time to step aside from that role.
He joined the League in 1970 as secretary of Preston North End Supporters Club FC and two years later was invited to join the League Management Committee. Jim has fulfilled a number of roles but he is best known for his work on fixtures and referee appointments for the past 30 years.
Eighteen months ago Jim decided that the combined role of fixtures & referees secretary was too demanding and he decided to concentrate all his efforts on referee appointments but even that has proved too much him.The League is anxious to keep Jim and his expertise with referees and we are delighted to announce that he will stay on the Management Committee and concentrate his efforts on the recruitment and retention of referees whilst working closely with our partner organisation Preston Referees Society.
Jim said, “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time on the League, working with numerous committee members and club officials over the years and especially working with referees. I am delighted that Eamonn has agreed to me staying on the committee as I feel that I still have a role to play and I am already looking forward to the coming season”.
He continued, “I am particularly grateful to my referees who have supported me over the years and who have been patient with me in recent months and I hope that they will continue to support the Lancashire Sunday Football League”.
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