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Wednesday July 29, 2015
LFA Under18 Representative Squad for Season 2015-16

The Lancashire Football Association aims to provide talented youth players with an opportunity participate in representative football for their County , whilst further learning & developing within a professional environment, with its’ Under 18 representative squad.

The squad provides an opportunity to participate amongst the County’s elite players outside the professional game and an opening to progress in your football development.

The LFA Under18 Squad participates in two competitions throughout the course of a season - The Association of Northern Counties Youth Competition, and the prestigious FA County Youth Cup. The LFA Squad was National Champions in Season 2013-14, winning the FA County Youth Cup and the County Representative Squad will be looking to continue its success into the coming season.

Players must be under the age of 18 on 31st August of the playing season and be ‘non-contract’ and meet the necessary criteria (member of an affiliated Lancashire FA Club or College) to be eligible to represent the County’s Youth Team.

The L FA we will be hosting a series of trial events in August (see below) for those interested in exploring this opportunity with as they look to plan & prepare their representative squad ahead of the new season. Any players wishing to attend the trials events should contact their club secretary who has all the relevant documentation.

Trials will be held at the County Ground, Thurston Road, Leyland PR25 2LF on Thursday 6th August, Thursday 13th August and Thursday 20th August.
The trials will start at 6.00pm prompt prior to a practical session on the 3G artificial grass pitch, which will conclude at 8.00pm.

PLEASE NOTE: The only footwear permitted on the 3G pitch will be astro trainers or moulded studs, no blades (including rubber ones) or metal studs are allowed. Players will be required to bring appropriate training kit, including shin pads, for the practical session. Changing and shower facilities will also be available.

Should you have any queries regarding the County Youth Representative team, please do not hesitate to contact the Association on 01772 624000.

Eamonn McNamara.


Sunday July 26, 2015
Fixtures for Sunday 23 August

The County Ground, Leyland

The 2015-16 season kicks off on Sunday 23 August with premier division games and the preliminary round of the Syndicate Trust Challenge Cup. Premier division teams enter the Challenge Cup at round two stage and they are not eligible to play in the Presidents Cup.

Newly promoted Grange will start life at the top with a trip to New Longton Rovers whilst the other two promoted sides Ashton Villa and AFC Ashwood meet at UCLan Sports Arena. League Champions AFC Ingol start their title defence with a visit to BAC Continental Casuals.

The eye catching game in the Challenge Cup is the Preston Victoria v Walton Athletic clash and this game will be played at the County Ground, Leyland, home of the Lancashire Football Association. The LFA ask the league to nominate a top game at the start of each season to be played at the County Ground and it is used as a training exercise for new Referee Assessors.

The League is pleased to work with the LFA on this as we recognise the importance of Assessors in the development of referees throughout the County. We consider it an honour to be asked and we are confident that Preston Victoria and Walton Athletic will be worthy representatives of the League. The game will be refereed by Level 6 official Freddie Allison.

The first game of the season is often a baptism of fire for new clubs, Digmoor from Skelmersdale will play their first game at Northgate, Morecambe, Chorley Saints visit division 1 side Tanterton and Kingsfold entertain Worden Rangers. Adlington AFC host Tarleton Corinthians and Walton visit Fulwood Park Rangers. St Theresas start life on their 3G pitch at Preston College with a game against Rovers, Tulketh United face Northgate Royals and Whittle Wanderers are at home to Preston Guild.

There are games in the Open age section on Thursday 27th August, Sunday 30th August and Thursday 03 September.

The youth section will start on Sunday 06th September with the LFA Under18s Youth Cup plus league fixtures for teams who have not entered that competition.

Eamonn McNamara.


Wednesday July 22, 2015
Peter Ridsdale makes the Cup Draws

Peter Ridsdale (left) & Eamonn McNamara make the cup draws

The draw for the preliminary round of the Syndicate Trust Challenge Cup and the preliminary round of the Syndicate Trust Youth Cup were made at Deepdale Stadium by Preston North End’s Peter Ridsdale and League Chairman Eamonn McNamara.

The North End boss took time out from his busy schedule to make the draw and he said that they were all working hard to get the club ready for its return to the Championship. Peter took time to enquire about the League and he wished our clubs and players all the best for the coming season.

Syndicate Trust Challenge Cup - Preliminary Round
Ties to be played on Sunday 23 August 2015

Adlington AFC v Tarleton Corinthians
Ashton on Ribble v Gregson Lane Wanderers
Brigg v Vernon Sports
Fulwood Park Rangers v Walton
Gregson Lane v Frenchwood
Hesketh Bank v Lytham Town
Kingsfold v Worden Rangers
Lancaster University v Bye
Northgate v Digmoor
Penwortham Town v Leyland Orient
Preston Victoria v Walton Athletic
Ribchester Rovers v Bolton Lads & Girls Club
Sir Tom Finney v Ribbleton Wanderers
Springfields v Westhoughton
St Theresas v Rovers
Tanterton v Chorley Saints
Tulketh United v Northgate Royals
Warton Typhoons v BAE Warton
Waverley v Theatre Boys
Whittle Wanderers v Preston Guild
Wyresdale Rangers v Southport

Premier division clubs are excluded from the preliminary round and first round of the Challenge Cup and consequently premier division games will be scheduled for Sunday 23 August.

The youth section will start on Sunday 6th September which is the day that the Lancashire Football Association has scheduled for the first round of the LFA Under18s Youth Cup and we are awaiting the draw for that competition.

Syndicate Trust Youth Cup – Preliminary Round
Ties to be played on Sunday 13 September 2015

AFC Fylde v Charnock Richard
Astley Bridge Storm v Ribble Wanderers
Atherton Town v North Lancs DC
Bispham JFF v Longridge Town
Blackpool South v Bye
Chipping v Ladybridge
Clitheroe v Thornton Cleveleys
Coppull United v Coppull United Blues
Fleetwood Gym v Garstang
Fleetwood Youth v Kirkham Blues
Fulwood Amateurs v New Longton Rovers YFC
Hurst Green v Southport Trinity
Lostock Hall SC v Poulton
Northgate v Aspull
Ribbleton v Euxton Villa
Sir Tom Finney YFC v Astley & Buckshaw
Southport v Pen St Teresa’s
Springfields YFC v Broughton Amateurs
Tarleton Corinthians YFC v Croston
Walmer Bridge v Lostock St Gerards

Eamonn McNamara.


Thursday July 16, 2015
A sad farewell to Merv Thompson

Merv Thompson

Merv Thompson, one of Preston’s popular footballers has sadly lost his battle with cancer and he will be sadly missed by his family, friends and the countless number of local footballers who had the pleasure of playing with him or against him.

A Painter & Decorator by profession, Merv played for Jalgos in the District League and for Eldon, Band Club and Preston Postal in this League where he will be remembered as a classy midfielder who was popular with everyone.

Les Sewell who managed Merv at Preston Postal remembered him with great affection and said, “Merv was a great lad, one of the best. He was a gifted player who was loyal and never let you down and I often wished that I had 11 Merv Thompsons in my team”.

The League sends its condolences to Merv’s parents Richard and Mary, his sister Sandra (and brother Ricky who died in 2011), his children Melissa, Jamie, Jemma, Jordan and Laicia and to his partner Chrissie.

His funeral will be held at St Matthews Church, New Hall Lane on Tuesday 21 July at 11.30am followed by internment at Preston Cemetery. There will be refreshments at the 7th Day Adventists, Grimshaw Street after the internment and a celebration of Merv’s life at Greenlands Club in the evening.

Merv Thompson: Painter & Decorator and Footballer, born 19 November 1960, died 9 July 2015.

Eamonn McNamara.


Tuesday July 14, 2015
Clear Sock Tape Available

Allowed - Clear Sock Tape


Not allowed - the items arrowed

Local Sports firm ORANGE SOCCER is able to supply clear sock tape to clubs and players. In May 2012 the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) changed football by stipulating the following in the Laws of the Game;

LAW 4 - THE PLAYERS’ EQUIPMENT

Safety: A player must not use equipment or wear anything that is dangerous to himself or another player (including any kind of jewellery).

Basic equipment: The basic compulsory equipment of a player comprises the following separate items:

  • A jersey or shirt with sleeves - if undergarments are worn, the colour of the sleeve must be the same main colour as the sleeve of the jersey or shirt.

  • Shorts - if undershorts or tights are worn, they must be of the same main colour as the shorts.

  • Stockings - if tape or similar material is applied externally it must be the same colour as that part of the stocking it is applied to footwear.
  • So in a nutshell, if a players wears an undershirt it MUST be the same colour as the shirt. Undershorts (or cycling shorts) MUST be the same colour as the shorts. Tape or any external material (ankle socks) MUST be the same colour as the stockings.

    Referees operating on the Lancashire Sunday Football League will be instructed to implement this Law and report and club or player who fails to comply. As this is part of the Laws of the Game it is not negotiable.

    Clubs are now able to purchase clear sock tape from ORANGE SOCCER for £1.49 per roll or 4 rolls for £5.00. They can be contacted on 01772 683604, or via e-mail Orange Soccer or visit Orange Soccer Website

    A representative from ORANGE SOCCER will be at the League Meeting on Monday 17 August 2015.

    Eamonn McNamara


    Tuesday July 7, 2015
    Ellie is the League’s first female player

    Ellie Hilton holding off a challenge

    The League now has its first female player with the registration of Ellie Hilton for Croston FC in Youth Division White. Ellie started playing at Croston FC at 6 years old and has also played at Burscough Girls, Manchester United Centre of Excellence and Chorley Ladies FC.

    She has also represented Lancashire for the last 3 years and has won the National County Finals at both U14s and U16s level. She is a defender by trade and can play an anywhere across the back four or in centre midfield.

    The Football Association (FA) has increased the mixed football age limit to Under18s from the start of the new season. Since 2010, the FA has been undertaking a comprehensive mixed football study across England and currently there are 894 girls benefiting from playing in boys’ leagues from the ages of 11-16 and this will now increase with the extension to U18s for the 2015-16 season.

    These girls have chosen this route for their development, illustrating this opportunity is a very important choice to some girls in England who play their football with boys.

    UEFA annually ask all European countries to declare their mixed football age limit - Denmark has no limit, Holland and Switzerland have an upper limit of 19, and Germany and Italy have upper limits of 17, so England is now in this prestigious league of offering this choice to the older age.

    Rachel Pavlou, FA National Women's Football Development Manager said “I am delighted that Ellie now has the choice to play with the team she wants to, with her friends who happen to be boys. She is fortunate that she will be playing in the Lancashire Sunday League which is very supportive and is also an FA Charter Standard League which won the FA League of the Year Award in 2014. We hope that Ellie really benefits from this experience and has lots of fun in the process.”

    Eamonn McNamara




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    Services

    Charter Standard Status

    Clubs interested in applying for Charter Standard Status are asked to telephone or e-mail Eamonn McNamara for details.

    Team Kits & Equipment

    Ian Senior of SKkits - 07960 137232 is offering 25% discount on the latest Stanno and Prostar catalogue items plus the following;

    Corner Posts (4) with Flags....£20.00
    Goalkeepers Gloves .....£15.00
    Match Balls ......£12.00
    Net Pegs .....£2.00

    Ian attends all our League Meetings and he provides a quick and reliable service to member clubs. Call him now on 07960 137232 in readiness for next season.


    Players & Club Officials

    Northgate need Players

    Northgate (Youth Division Green)who are located in Morecambe and train at the Globe Arena need outfield players.
    Contact: Peter Banks (Manager) 07832 918152.

    Centre midfielder Available

    Centre midfielder Mike Kenyon is new to the area and is looking for a club.
    Contact Mike on 07730 479581.

    Manager or Assistant Manager Available

    Tom Geoghegan who lives in Penwortham is looking for an Open Age club who need a manager or assistant manager.
    Contact Tom on 07582 860200.

    New Longton Rovers Youth Team

    New Longton Rovers Youth, who play their home games at Longton, need outfield players and a goalkeeper, to compliment last years squad.
    Contact: Jimmy Jones (Manger) on 07557 857975.

    Penwortham Town Under13s

    Penwortham Town U13s need a defender and midfielder for next season.
    Contact: Keith Jackson (Manager) on 07800 0645072.

    Lostock Hall SC

    Charter Standard Youth Team Lostock Hall SC who play their home games at Tardy Gate, need players and an Assistant Manager.
    Contact: Mark O'Mahoney on 07763 018445.

    Broughton Amateurs FC

    Youth team Broughton Amateurs FC, who play their home games at Broughton are looking for players and also for friendly games. If interested;
    Contact: Lee Tannock on 07880 540298.

    Ribbleton need Youth Players

    Charter Standard youth team Ribbleton FC who will play their home games on Moor Park need additional players.
    Contact: Phil Salthouse on 07703 297286.

    Midfielder Available

    Midfielder Fraser Faulkner who lives in Lea is looking for an Open Age club.
    Contact Fraser on 07896 956965.

    Longridge Town - Players Wanted

    Longridge Town FC Youth Team who have excellent playing facilities require players for the new season.
    Contact: Mark Simpson on 07549 767612.

    South Ribble FC need a Manager

    South Ribble FC, a well run club on the point of achieving Charter Standard Status need a manager for next season.
    Contact: Alec Fearon on 07774 023922.

    Kits for Uganda

    The following clubs have donated kits and equipment to our Uganda Appeal;

    Wrea Green (4 Kits)
    Warton Typhoons (5 kits)
    AFC Longridge
    Ashton Villa (3 kits)
    London Victoria
    Preston City
    Lostock St Gerards
    (6 kits)
    Tanterton (5 kits)
    Lostock Hall
    Ingol Rangers
    Preston Muldoons (2 kits)
    Mellor FC (5 kits)
    Poulton FC
    Gregson Lane (3 kits)
    Penwortham Hill Rovers (2 kits)
    Springfields (8 kits)
    Longridge Town
    Ashton on Ribble
    Penwortham Town (12 kits)
    Walton Athletic (3 kits)
    Ribbleton Wanderers(2 kits)
    Altrincham FC, SKkits (2 kits)
    AFC Ashwood (2 kits)

    A total of 70 kits have been donated by our clubs to date.

    If you have a spare kit you can donate to the Appeal, please contact Eamonn McNamara.


    Club Events

    5-a-Side Pitches for Hire

    Soccer City have indoor state of the Art 3G 5-a-side football pitches for hire @ £35 per hour and they are open 7 days a week until 10pm

    Address: Soccer City, Vitesse Mailing, Parker Street, Preston, PR2 2AH. For further information please contact: 07525 921053 or 07966 525835.

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    Referees

    Referee fitness training continues during the summer.

    Training will be held from 6.30-7.30pm every Monday evening at Preston Sports Arena during the summer in preparation for the 2013-14 season.

    Our weekly fitness sessions with the excellent facilities on offer at the Arena and the support group atmosphere is something very positive which the Society offers.

    Organiser Paul Marsden said, "I would particularly appeal to any members who perhaps do not currently attend Society meetings for whatever reason to give the fitness sessions a go as I assure you that you will find it a very good way of getting involved, it will benefit your refereeing.

    If you are interested in coming down either next week or in the future, please contact Paul Marsden via e-mail .

    Referees Wanted

    Referees are needed to ensure that games in the local leagues have a qualified official.

    Is this something that would interest you? - if so we can help you get started and we will support you through the Referees Society training programme.

    Referees come in all shapes and sizes, young and old, male and female and if you love the beautiful game we can find a place for you. Ex-players are particularly welcome.

    If you are interested and would like more information, please give Jim Bryson a call on 01772 700997.

    FA Referees Fitness Guide

    Referees are asked to read the attached Fitness Guide.

    The FA, LFA & RA encourage all referees to attend their local Society Fitness Sessions, which are held each Monday evening at Preston Arena. Details above.

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