Latest NewsSunday October 26, 2014
Melissa remembered at games this morning
A minutes silence in memory of Melissa Smith
This morning, all games in the League were prefaced with a minutes silence in memory of fifteen year old Melissa Smith who died playing football for Cadley Girls at Euxton last Sunday morning.
Hopefully we will have all enjoyed our football this morning, the goals, the near misses, the cut and thrust and the excitement of the beautiful game and to many people nothing is more important than their football ……. well perhaps it’s time for a reality check and the need to remember that young Melissa went out to enjoy her game last Sunday and she didn’t come home and that should put everything else into perspective.
Every week at least 12 ‘apparently’ fit and healthy young people die in the UK from undiagnosed heart conditions. People (14-35 year olds) involved in sport, stress their hearts the most and if they have an underlying cardiac abnormality they are more likely to be at risk (In most cases there are no obvious symptoms).
For a number of years this League has worked closely with CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) to help promote the screening of young people, especially those involved in sport in order to detect a cardiac abnormality. These events includes a free ECG and where appropriate an echocardiogram (a cardiologist will be in attendance), which is read and interpreted by some of the leading cardiologists in the UK who support and work alongside CRY.
We have been in touch with CRY to see if they have any plans to hold screenings in this area and they have told us that screenings are planned in early February in Garstang and late March in Longridge next year. Once the precise details have been confirmed we will make an announcement on the website.
Ingol Rangers FC celebrated their 40th anniversary with an event at Ingol Social Club on Friday night where they organised an impromptu collection and raised £226.00 which they have donated to the Melissa Smith fund.
Three of our youth teams, Clitheroe, New Longton Rovers and Southport played their delayed LFA Under18s Youth Cup ties and they were looking for a place in the last 16 of the competition.
Clitheroe faced Ashton Athletic whose first team North West Counties league and held them 4-4 in normal time before going down 4-2 on penalties. New Longton Rovers celebrated their September Performance of the Month Award by holding AFC Fylde 3-3 and then winning the tie 5-4 on penalties whilst Southport met the club’s NW Youth Alliance side and beat then 5-1. The net result means that the League now has 10 teams in the last 16 of the LFA Youth Cup.
Match of the day in division 1 saw saw the two unbeaten sides, Grange and Ashton Villa, both with a 100% record in the league going head to head at Frenchwood and it was Villa who triumphed 4-1 with goals from Dimitri Egidi, Riccardo Egidi (2) and Daz Green with David Wane replying for Grange. Division 1 is a particularly strong league this term with these two and AFC Ashwood setting the pace and several other clubs on their heels all looking for a premier division spot next season.
Family commitments mean that there is a shortened round up today.
Report and photos by Eamonn McNamara.
Thursday October 23, 2014
Clocks go back on Sunday Morning
The clocks go back one hour at 2.00am on Sunday morning 26th October which means an extra hour in bed, but no late kick offs please.
Thursday October 23, 2014
Draw for the 4th Round of the LFA U18s Youth Cup
The draw for the 4th Round (last 16) of the LFA Under18s Youth Cup involves 11 of our clubs although 3 of them, New Longton Rovers, Clitheroe and Southport will have to win their outstanding third round ties to make further progress.
Ties to be played on Sunday 9th November 2014.
Tuesday October 21, 2014
Melissa Smith RIP
Fifteen year old Melissa Smith died on Sunday whilst playing for Cadley FC girls’ team at Euxton. Our deepest sympathies go to her family and friends also to her team mates and to Cadley Football Club.
Melissa was a beautiful, bubbly girl who was full of life and she will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her. She was also a member of the football family and we should all feel her loss.
The Lancashire Sunday Football League invite all our clubs, players and match officials to pay their respects to Melissa with a minutes silence before all games on Sunday 26th October.
Tuesday October 21, 2014
Chris Gore’s website work recognised
Chris Gore receives the framed shirt from League Secretary Nikki Nye
New Longton Rovers Jimmy Jones (left) and Ged Carberry
The Football Association presented the League with a souvenir football shirt at the Wembley in August to recognise our success in being awarded the FA League of the Year title. The framed shirt was on display at Wembley Stadium until recently when it has now been handed to the League.
The League Management Committee decided that the shirt should go to Chris Gore for his outstanding work in setting up the league’s website in 2007 and for constantly coming up with new ideas on how to improve it. As a player and club official Chris has a clear idea of what clubs and players want for the website and that is reflected in the fact that to date it has had over 1,870,000 hits and an average between 6,000 and 7,000 hits per week.
We have been told on numerous occasions by various people from the Football Association onwards that ours is by some distance the best League website in the country and it was a major factor in us winning the FA League of the Year Award 2014.
League Secretary Nikki Nye presented the framed shirt to Chris Gore at a packed league meeting and he received generous applause of all present for his outstanding efforts.
Performance of the Month Award for September 2014
New Longton Rovers FC formed its first youth team in the 2003/04 season to provide continuity at the club from junior to their open age teams. The club has teams in the Mid Lancs Colts League, the Central Lancashire Junior League, the Mid Lancs League (Saturday) as well as this League. They have recently lodged their Charter Standard application with the Lancashire Football Association.
The youth team from the 2008-09 season joined the adult section of this League in division 4 at the start of the 2009-10 season and they were promoted to the premier division this summer after making that journey in just five short years.
This season’s youth team has a blend of under17 and under18 players expertly managed by previous season’s coaches Jimmy Jones and his Assistant Mark Holt and Jimmy received a memento from League President Ged Carberry whose company Bodylines sponsor the Award.
Tuesday October 21, 2014
The draw for the Challenge Cup quarter-finals and Presidents Cup semi-finals were made at the League meeting on Monday 20 October;
Challenge Cup Quarter-finals
Presidents Cup Semi-finals
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