Latest NewsTuesday 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 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
Sunday October 19, 2014
Clubs shine in the LFA U18s Youth Cup
Lytham St Annes YMCA (orange) v Bolton Lads & Girls Club - LFA Youth Cup
It was another good day for League in the LFA Under-18s Youth Cup with 8 of our clubs through to the last 16 of the competition and the possibility of three more joining them when their rearranged ties are played.
One of the eye catching ties was Lytham St Annes YMCA v Bolton Lads & Girls Club. YMCA were back in the League after an absence of three years and this was Bolton L&G club's debut season with us.
These are two outstanding clubs with a long and distinguished history. Bolton Lads & Girls Club was formed in 1889 during a time of great industrial and social change when enormous new cotton mills were springing up all over Bolton and children as young as ten poured in from the outlying villages to work in the mills.
Sadly, at the time there were no laws protecting the rights and safety of children and young people, they worked for ten to twelve hours a day, sleeping and eating next to their looms. The founders of the Club, two church leaders and three industrialists, met and decided they must do something to improve the lives of these young people. They responded by buying an old warehouse in Bark Street and opened it as a hostel where the young mill workers were able to wash, eat and sleep in peace away from their looms.
However, the Club never closed but has remained open from that day to this, serving the needs of the town’s young people. Fast forward 125 years and the children and young people of Bolton are continuing to benefit from the legacy the Club’s founders left for the town. It is testament to their vision that today they work with nearly 3,000 young people each week providing them ‘somewhere to go, something to do, someone to talk to’.
Lytham St Annes YMCA Football Club is the longest established junior soccer club in the Blackpool and Fylde Coast area having first fielded teams back in the late 1920s. The club's base has always been at St Albans Rd in St Annes On Sea, initially in a wooden hut when founded in 1922.
In the mid-1960s a brand new brick building was built to replace the wooden hut then in 2000, with the help of a lottery grant, a fantastic £3.4m facility was opened. The YMCA acquired its William Pickles Sports Ground at Seafield Rd Lytham in the late 1960s with a superb pavilion being built and officially opened in 1972. Lytham YMCA on Mythop Rd is also a venue used by the club.
Over the years the YMCA Football Club has produced many youngsters who progressed into the professional game. Even though the FA Premiership was formed less than 20 years ago, no fewer than four ex YMCA boys have played at this top level. Three of them made 1st team appearances for Everton, Gavin McCann, John Hills and Jamie Milligan. The other was former Leicester City skipper Steve Walsh and all four played their entire youth careers at the YMCA. No fewer than 17 former YMCA Juniors have played at 1st team level for professional clubs in England.
The YMCA achieved FA Charter Mark status in 2004 and is now the largest club in the Blackpool & Fylde area. It currently has 9 boys' teams from Under 7s upwards with three girls' teams also and the club has nearly 200 children registered with youth leagues. The club has a Disability Team as well which plays regularly in tournaments around the county.
We are delighted and honoured to have these two clubs with their great sporting and social heritage as members of this League.
Back to the football and these two clubs met for the first time in this third round LFA U18s Youth Cup tie, played in a brutal wind blowing in from the Irish Sea and it is to the credit of both teams and their coaches that they did their best to play football in such difficult conditions.
The game could have gone either way but the Bolton club took the lead through Jordan Fishwick on 25 minutes and doubled it when Corey Ogden struck on 36 minutes only for Brad Garner to reduce the arrears two minutes later.
Lytham YMCA started the brighter in the second half and they pulled level through a scorching drive from Jordan Parker after 50 minutes and that was followed by a period of stalemate until the 78th minute when Luke Howarth took advantage of a good move to score the winner for Bolton Lads & Girls Club.
They will be joined in the next round by Lostock St Gerards who had an excellent 5-1 away win at Boundary Park Juniors, Charnock Richard beat Langho 5-4, Euxton Villa beat Longridge Town 5-2 and Hurst Green won 3-1 away at Kirkham. Penwortham beat Hoole United 3-1, Ramsbottom Utd beat Colne Juniors 6-2, Thornton Cleveleys beat Clifton Rangers 6-0 and our only reverse was AFC Blackpool losing 5-4 on penalties to Fulledge Colts.
A good morning for AFC Brigg who put four defeats behind them to beat AFC Longridge 2-1 in the premier division courtesy of two goals from John Kirkland. Euxton Corinthians earned their first premier division points by beating third placed AFC Ingol 3-2 and Ingol Rangers consolidated their top spot by beating rivals Plungington Celtic 3-2.
The top two in division 1 both won, Grange winning 3-2 at Gregson Lane Wanderers and AFC Ashwood 4-1 at Theatre Boys and it was same again in division 2 where leaders Albrighton beat South Ribble, second placed Hesketh Bank won 6-5 at Warton Typhoons and Wilbraham Wanderers made it seven wins on the trot by beating Ashton on Ribble 4-2.
The top four in division 3 kept up the pressure by winning, Leaders Shawes beat Tarleton Corinthians 3-0, Southport Vulcan beat BAE Warton 6-0, Vernon Sports won 5-1 at Ribbleton Wanderers and Leyland Orient beat Preston Guild 5-2.
There was a reduced programme in the youth section due to so many clubs playing in the LFA Youth Cup, however Youth White leaders Coppull United, Youth Blue leaders Leyland Albion and Youth Green leaders Springfields all won.
Round up and photos by Eamonn McNamara.
Tuesday October 14, 2014
LFA Sunday Trophy 3rd Round Games
Fourteen of our clubs are through to the last 32 of the LFA Sunday Trophy on Sunday 2 November and the round draw has not done us too many favours with several clubs having far tougher games than originally expected.
That said, there are just two all Lancashire Sunday League ties with last season’s domestic cup winners meeting each other when Ingol Rangers (Challenge Cup winners) are at home to Euxton Bolts (Presidents Cup winners) and AFC Ingol entertaining Albrighton.
Plungington Celtic travel to Poulton Youth, BAC Continental Casuals head to Rochdalians and Unicorn can expect a tough game at Highfield Grange. AFC Ashwood go to New Gardeners whilst Waverley will meet AFC Additions.
LFA Sunday Trophy – 3rd Round – Sunday 2 November 2014
Tuesday October 14, 2014
Poppy Appeal raises £1,067.40 for the Royal British Legion
Our appeal to clubs to purchase self-adhesive Poppies to be worn on football kits on Remembrance Sunday has been an overwhelming success with 53 clubs purchasing a total of 1,779 Poppies.
There are two versions of the Poppies, the traditional Red one and the Commemorative maroon coloured one bearing the legend 1914-2014 in gold.
The Poppies cost £1.00 each and 60p of that was donated to the Royal British Legion (RBL) which means that our clubs have raised £1,067.40 for the RBL. The Appeal is now closed and the Poppies will be distributed to clubs at the League Meeting on Monday 20 October.
The Poppies were ordered via TCN Ltd, Norwich and Lyn Hatch, RBL Community Fundraiser for Norfolk & Suffolk said, “A massive thank you to the Lancashire Sunday Football League and its clubs for purchasing so many Poppies from Kevin Borrett at TCN and for raising this magnificent amount for the Royal British Legion”.
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