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Friday August 17, 2018
LFA Sunday Trophy - First Round Draw

The LFA Sunday Trophy starts on Sunday 9th September with 22 of our teams competing in 16 ties. Nine teams have home advantage whilst 13 must hit the road. Nine teams have been given a bye and those clubs will get a league game where possible.

There are some eye-catching ties involving our clubs. Premier division Ribbleton will host AFC Longridge, new boys Rufford Park Rangers are at home to Hunters & Ingol Rangers (prem), Vernon Sports (div 1) entertain Tanterton (prem) and Walton celebrate their promotion to division 1 by welcoming Acregate Lane LC (prem). Southport & Ainsdale Amateurs (prem) who won the Trophy in 2017 will travel to Prestley p>

LFA Sunday Trophy - Round 1 (involving clubs from this League)
Games to be played on Sunday 9th September 2018.

AFC Ingol vWardle
AFC PrestonvBolton Lads & Girls Club
Bamber Bridge UnitedvD Havilland
Cherry Tree Cricket ClubvSir Tom Finney
Crown Paints v Earnshaw Bridge
Eleven Sports Mediav Gregson Lane
Fulwood Park RangersvTara
Helmshore HarriersvSpringfields
Hindley WanderersvGregson Lane Wanderers
Leyland BTRvWythenshawe Amateurs
PrestleyvSouthport & Ainsdale Amateurs
RibbletonvAFC Longridge
Rufford Park RangersvHunters & Ingol Rangers
Shawdalev Theatre Boys
The PuckersleyvTulketh United
Top ClubvAshton on Ribble
Vernon SportsvTanterton
WaltonvAcregate Lane LC

Arkwrights, Bamber Bridge Town, Blackpool Town, Kingsfold, Leyland Athletic, Tarleton Corinthians, Warton, Worden Rangers, Wyresdale Rangers.
These clubs will be allocated a league fixture where possible;

Eamonn McNamara.

Thursday August 2, 2018
Ready for the big Kick-off

We are all looking forward to starting our 52nd season in a healthy position with 43 Open Age teams playing in four divisions and 32 Youth teams playing in three divisions. We extend our thanks to our loyal band of referees for their continued support and to the local Councils and the Lancashire Football Association for their help and assistance.

The important early season dates are;

Monday 06 August League Meeting at Acregate Lane LC when teamsheet books will be distributed.

Sunday 12 August Open Age league fixtures commence

Thursday 16 August Evening games start for Open Age teams

Sunday 26 August Preliminary Round of the Syndicate Trust Challenge Cup

Sunday 02 Sept Youth fixtures commence

Best wishes for the season to all our clubs, club officials, players & referees. Enjoy the beautiful game.

Eamonn McNamara.

Wednesday August 1, 2018
David Grzwyna - A Man for all Seasons

David Grzwyna - Walton Athletic FC

People who say that there’s no loyalty in football so take note of Walton Athletics David Grzwyna who is about to start his 16th consecutive season with the club and he is looking to break the 300 games barrier.

Club secretary Mark Parkinson cannot speak too highly of his “Mr Dependable” club captain. It all started one Sunday night back in July 2003 outside the Blue Ball pub in Bamber Bridge when Mark used all his considerable persuasive powers to beat David into submission and finally getting him to register as a Walton Athletic player on 01 July 2003.

He made his debut away at AFC Ribbleton in the old division 4 on the opening day of the 2003-04 season and David went onto make 22 league and cup appearances that season and he became an integral part of the club.

The following season David was again a first choice centre-back for the club but tragedy happened in early September away to Lane Ends FC, at the pitch at Tanterton Village Green when an accidental challenge resulted in David suffering a double leg break and spending two weeks in Royal Preston Hospital recovering from surgery. But you can’t keep a good man down and David bounced back to resume training in June 2005 and he took over as club captain and he never looked back.

Mark Parkinson said, “David has been our captain since 2005 and he has proudly graced the club colours leading us from Division 4 all the way up to the Premier Division when promoted in 2016. He was also the proud captain when Walton Athletic FC were Presidents Cup Finalists against Southport & Ainsdale Amateurs at Bamber Bridge FC last season.

David Grzwyna stats for Walton Athletic FC

  • League Appearances 237, goals 11
  • Cup Appearances 40, goals 1
  • Eamonn McNamara.

    Monday July 23, 2018
    Challenge Cup Draw (Preliminary Round)

    PNE Boss Peter Ridsdale making the Challenge Cup Draw

    PNE Boss Peter Ridsdale once again kindly agreed to make the preliminary round draw of this season’s Syndicate Trust Challenge Cup. Peter, who is always willing to assist the League, sent his best wishes to all our clubs and players for the forthcoming season.

    Clubs who lose in either the preliminary or first round of the Challenge Cup are entered into the Presidents Cup. Premier division clubs are excluded from the preliminary and first rounds of the Challenge Cup and therefore cannot compete in the Presidents Cup.

    Syndicate Trust Challenge Cup - Preliminary Round
    Holders: HUNTERS FC

    AFC Preston vGregson Lane
    BAE WartonvVernon Sports
    Bamber Bridge TownvLeyland Orient
    Earnshaw BridgevSir Tom Finney
    Fishwick Rangers vRibble
    Fulwood Park Rangers vAFC Longridge
    KingsfoldvBlackpool Town
    Leyland BTRvTarleton Corinthians
    Midgery Courtv Ribbleton Wanderers
    Penwortham TownvArkwrights
    Tarleton WhitesvLostock Hall
    Wartonv Walton Athletic
    Waverley Park vWhittle Wanderers
    Worden RangersvGregson Lane Wanderers
    Wyresdale RangersvPark United

    Ties to be played on Sunday 26 August 2018

    Eamonn McNamara.

    Saturday July 21, 2018
    Vacancy for Youth Fixtures Manager

    The Lancashire Sunday Football League is looking for a person to take on the voluntary role of Youth Fixtures Manager for season 2018 - 2019.

    Previous experience of scheduling league & cup competition fixtures and knowledge of how leagues are run and operate is desirable but not essential.

    The successful candidate must have good communication skills and experience of working with computers and will work closely with the League Referees Appointments Manager and our member clubs.

    Interested applicants should contact League Chairman Eamonn McNamara by email here.

    Tuesday July 17, 2018
    Amendments to Red Card Reporting

    Club Officials and players are asked to take careful note of the following Amendments to Red Card Reporting as issued by the Football Association.

    Currently Referees across the game at all levels when dismissing a player from the field of play are required to write a detailed report of the offence when reporting the dismissal.

    The purpose of this report is largely historic and relates to when Players were able to appeal a dismissal and attend a Personal hearing to challenge the report. The move at grassroots level from term based discipline to match based discipline prevented personal hearings for red card offences and was replaced with the wrongful dismissal process.

    The requirement to report the detail of the dismissal is not necessary for the Wrongful Dismissal process that now applies at all levels of the game and in fact contributes to confusion as to the purpose of that process.

    The ability to claim a Wrongful Dismissal applies where a Club can demonstrate that the decision to send off a player for the offence committed was obviously wrong.

    Clubs often concentrate their submissions on perceived errors in the detail of the report rather than whether the decision to send off for the offence was or was not correct. The onus is on the Club to show that the referee was obviously wrong in the dismissal offence and where they cannot satisfy that burden any claim should fail.

    It has therefore been agreed to amend the reporting process with effect from the start of the 2018-19 season to operate the same as reporting yellow card offences. This change will apply at all levels of the game.

    Therefore, the referee is only required to report the red card offences as laid out in the laws of the game as follows:

  • S1. Serious Foul Play
  • S2. Violent Conduct
  • S3. Spits at an Opponent or any other person
  • S4. Denying the opposing player an obvious goal scoring opportunity by deliberately handling the ball
  • S5. Denies the opposing player an obvious goal scoring opportunity by an offence punishable by a free kick or penalty kick
  • S6. Uses Offensive, insulting or abusive language
  • S7. Receives a second caution in the same match (This offence also requires the referee to report the caution offence for each caution)
  • Offences of S2 - Violent conduct will be categorised further with the following categories:

  • S2 – Violent Conduct - Head to Head contact
  • S2 – Violent Conduct - Elbowing
  • S2 – Violent Conduct - Kicking
  • S2 – Violent Conduct - Stamping
  • S2 – Violent Conduct – Striking
  • S2 – Violent Conduct – Biting
  • S2 – Violent Conduct – Other Unspecified Behaviour*
  • (* A free text field to capture other Unspecified Behaviour will be available if this option is selected).

    There will be no requirement to write any further details for dismissals. This will save the referees time in reporting and avoid supplying unnecessary detail surrounding the offence.

    It should be noted that both MOAS and WGS Portal are being amended to permit this change.

    Extraordinary Reports
    Referees will still be required to write details surrounding extraordinary incidents in the following circumstances.

    a. Where the dismissal offence has a more serious impact than the dismissal itself, the referee will be required to submit the dismissal offence as normal and then add a supplementary extraordinary report clarifying why the dismissal was exceptional. Such examples would be where the offence committed included an aggravated breach such as discriminatory language or behaviour (homophobic, sexist or reference to race/colour/religion/ethnicity etc.) or here there was a serious injury caused by the act of violent conduct.

    b. Where further misconduct happened following the dismissal such as the player refusing to leave the field of play or committed other further acts of misconduct following the dismissal.

    c. Where the offences committed were by non-playing staff or spectators.

    Mark Ives
    Head of Judicial Services
    June 2018

    News Archive - Previous News

    Notice Board

    Next League Meeting

    Mon 8th Oct 18

    Will be held at Acregate Lane Labour Club, Preston PR1 5QL, commencing at 8.00pm.

    All clubs MUST be represented.

    Latest Fixtures

    23 Aug 2018 - 18:45 K.O. (Amended)
    26 Aug 2018 - 11:00 K.O.
    30 Aug 2018 - 18:30 K.O. (Amended)

    Park Status

    Preston Parks: -
    South Ribble Parks: -
    Bolton Parks: -
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    Kit washing/Laundry Service

    One Stop Laundry Services Ltd
    Your kit collected from your club (or an address) at your convenient time, wash, dry and folded and returned back to you in time for your next game, for a small cost off £12.50 per kit.
    Contact: Jay on 07970 352721 or 07960 696666.

    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 is offering your own designed kit @ £36 per player (including VAT), all badges/numbers/sponsor logo''s, etc. included in latest sublimated method of production.

    Ian also offers 30% discount to all member clubs on prices shown in current PRECISION TRAINING catalogue, which can be seen on SKkits.

    You can contact Ian anytime on 07960 137232 or email Ian Senior.

    Ian attends all our League Meetings and he provides a quick and reliable service to member clubs.

    Players & Club Officials

    Two mates looking for a Club

    Alex Christopher & Matty Elliot are looking for a club, they can play various central positions such as Centre Back, Central Mid or Central Forward.
    Contact Alex on 07766 524013.

    Vernon Sports looking for players

    Charter Standard club Vernon Sports (Div 1) who play at Vernon Carus Sports Ground are looking for player in all positions.
    Contact: Steve Turton 07540 842706 or Chris Moon 07790 363901.

    Hungarian lad looking for a Club

    Hungarian Lajos Szilagyi, who now lives in Preston is looking for a club, he plays midfield or striker.
    Contact Lajos on 07481 103546.

    Joshua looking for a Club

    Joshua Smith who lives in Preston and plays upfront or on either wing, is looking for an Open Age club.
    Contact Joshua on 07943 479457‬‬.

    Mid-fielder seeks Club

    Mid-fielder James McCabe has moved to the Plungington area and he is looking for a club.
    Contact James on 07835 369131.

    Player needs Club

    Jarrad Cullinane has moved to the Preston area and he is looking for an Open Age club.
    Contact Jarrad on 07513 107077.

    Manager wanted for New Longton Rovers

    Charter Standard Club, New Longton Rovers are looking for a Manager/Coach to run their Youth Team in this League for the coming season.
    Contact: Peter Jones (Club Secretary) on 07791 512066.

    Forward needs Club

    Dean Dallman, who has moved to Ashton, Preston is looking for a club. He plays left wing or up front and has plenty of experience as he has played at a reasonable level.
    Contact Dean on 07904 991895.

    Ashton on Ribble FC (Premier Division)

    Premier division side Ashton on Ribble FC, who play at London Rd Running Track seek volunteers for their committee plus a new manager (with his own management team) to help the club develop.
    Contact: Peter Hawarden (Secretary) on 07526 574158.

    Walton Athletic looking for Players

    Division 1 side Walton Athletic FC who play their home games at Higher Walton PF, are looking for players in all positions.
    Contact: Mark Brown (Manager) on 07753 567405.

    Kits for Uganda

    The following clubs have donated kits and equipment to our Uganda Appeal where they will be gratefully received by the local footballers;

    Wrea Green (4 Kits)
    Warton Typhoons (7 kits)
    AFC Longridge
    Ashton Villa (3 kits)
    London Victoria
    Preston City
    Lostock St Gerards
    (6 kits)
    Tanterton (8 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 (16 kits)
    Walton Athletic (3 kits)
    Ribbleton Wanderers(2 kits)
    Altrincham FC, SKkits (5 kits)
    AFC Ashwood (2 kits)
    Hunters (2 kits)
    Mick Borwick (Various items)
    George Nicholas (Various items)
    Chorley Wanderers (8 kits)
    Horwich St Marys
    Brigg (4 Kits)
    Acregate Lane LC
    New Longton Rovers

    A total of 101 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


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    The Lancashire Sunday League encourages all referees to become members of the Referees Association and it is League policy to give priority of appointments to those referees who are an RA member.

    Preston Referees Society is based at BAC Club, South Meadow Lane, Preston PR1 8JP, they meet on the first Monday of each month during the football season and everyone is welcome to attend their meetings. The meetings start at 7.30pm and usually finish around 9.00pm.

    Anyone interested in joining Preston Referees Society or has any queries about refereeing should contact the Society Secretary Shaun Taylor here.

    Physical Training: The Society provides physical training for its members at UCLan Sports Arena Training every Monday evening between 6.30-7.30pm except on Society Monthly Meeting nights when it will be brought forward to 6.00-7.00pm.

    For further details about the physical training sessions please contact Paul Marsden here.

    Lancashire Sunday Football League is always happy to accept new referees to its list of officials. If you have any enquiries about refereeing on the League or would like to be added to the list of officials, please contact the League’s Referee Manager David McNamara here.

    Mid Lancashire Football League operates on Saturday afternoons for Open Age clubs and they are also happy to accept new referees to its list of officials. If you have any enquiries about refereeing on the League or would like to be added to the list of officials, please contact the League’s Referee Secretary Tony Hawkes here.

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