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Wednesday April 16, 2014
Adult Clubs adopt Repeat Substitution System

Adult clubs in the Lancashire Sunday League have voted to adopt Repeat Substitutions in league and cup games next season to bring them in line with youth clubs who have operated the system for the past 12 months.

Repeat Substitutions (sometimes referred to as roll on - roll off) was sanctioned by FIFA in March 2012 in an effort to get more people participating in the game at grass roots level. Numerous leagues up and down the country have introduced the system including 17 Adult Leagues in Lancashire according to John Treacy of the Lancashire Football Association (LFA).

Member Clubs will be given detailed guidelines on the system prior to the start of next season but basically the system works as follows;

  • Clubs can name five substitutes prior to kick off and use all five substitutes during the game.
  • From the moment a named substitute becomes a player, the player he has replaced becomes a substituted player. The substituted player may under this system then take further part in the match and replace a player later in the game.
  • There are protocols to be observed with this system and referees who are members of Preston Referees Society have been trained to implement the system successfully.

  • The referee must be informed before any proposed substitution is made.
  • The substitute only enters the field of play after the player being replaced has left and after receiving a signal from the referee.
  • The substitute only enters the field of play at the halfway line and during a stoppage in the match.
  • The substitution is completed when a substitute enters the field of play.
  • There is no limit on the number of repeated substitutions that can be made. However, if the match official believes that a team is delaying the restart of play, then appropriate action will be taken.

    It is worth noting that our youth clubs and referees have operated this system successfully for the past season without a single issue or complaint being raised and the feeling amongst youth club officials is that it has been an asset in keeping their players happy and involved.

    Eamonn McNamara.

    Tuesday April 15, 2014
    Double Celebration for AFC Blackpool

    Ged Carberry (left) with Karen & David Tebbutt of AFC Blackpool

    AFC Blackpool had plenty to celebrate at last nightís league meeting when they were presented with their FA Charter Standard plaque by John Treacy from the Lancashire Football Association as well as the Performance of the Month Award for February from League President Ged Carberry.

    AFC Blackpool is the latest member club to be awarded Charter Standard Status by the Football Association and they have done so in their first season in this League. They are a step 5 club on the FA league pyramid and have teams from under-6 to open age.

    The 1st team were established in 1947 as Blackpool Mechanics and the youth section in 2004. In 2008 they amalgamated and became all one club and so together changed the name to AFC Blackpool for the new start.

    In 2005 Mechanics merged with Lytham St Annes FC and in 2008 changed their name to AFC Blackpool and they have players from 4 year olds to open age. The club has 4 teams playing in the Poulton and District Primary League and 4 teams in the Blackpool and District Youth League. Their Under-18s team are enjoying their first season in the Lancashire Sunday league and the 1st team plays in the Premier Division of the North West Counties Football League.

    Club Stalwarts Karen Tebbutt (Secretary) and David Tebbut (Charter Standard Co-ordinator and Welfare Officer) were on hand to receive the awards.

    Ashton Villa from division 2 won the Performance Award for March after results which saw them clinch the Division 2 title in some style.

    The club was formed in 1998 originally as Fylde Tavern in the days when we allowed clubs to have pub names. They won the division 4 title in 2004 and the division 3 title a year later but since then they have stayed in division 2.

    However three years ago Paul Mitchell took over as Manager and he set out to rebuild the team. Results started to improve slowly and last season he took them to the Presidents Cup Final losing out to Euxton Corinthians. This season has been a revelation with them clinching the 2 Division title in an unbeaten run where they have only dropped 2 points and scoring 100 goals in the process.

    Popular Club Secretary Tommy Jones was on hand to receive the Award from Ged Carberry.

    Eamonn McNamara.

    Sunday April 13, 2014
    Premier Division for Lostock Hall & New Longton Rovers

    Springfields Yellow (white) v Mellor - Youth Division White

    Mellor keeper Rob Smith beats Joe Dowbiggin to the ball

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    Lostock Hall and New Longton Rovers can start planning for next season in the premier division after both recorded away wins today, Lostock Hall take the title after winning 5-2 at AFC Brigg whilst New Longton Rovers won 6-0 at Wrea Green thanks to a Karl Brooks hat trick, two from Shane Oldfield and one from Adam Smith.

    Division 2 champions Ashton Villa finished their campaign in style beating Gregson Lane Wanderers 8-1, Daz Green bagged 4, James Mottley 2 and the others from Stephen Dickinson and Gareth Wignall. Villa managed the entire league season without losing a single game, winning 17 and drawing the other whilst amassing 100 goals in the process.

    Albrighton clinched runners up spot in division 3 after winning their last four games including todayís 2-0 win over Gregson Lane with Brad Cunliffe netting both. A goal from Andy Johnson and 4 from Danny Thompson saw Warton finish in third place in Division 3 after winning 5-1 at South Ribble and Thompson has finished top scorer in division 3 for the second season running.

    Hesketh Bank with three games to play are in a position to take the division 4 crown from Fishwick Rangers who have finished their season. Hesketh Bank won 5-0 at BAE Warton whilst Chorley St Gregoryís and Hesketh Utd drew 2-2.

    New Farington House are up to second in the premier division after beating Ingol Rangers 5-1, AFC Ingol beat BAC Continental Casuals 5-1 and Acregate Lane LC won 2-0 away at Euxton Corinthians.

    Youth Red leaders Bolton County won 2-0 at Lostock St Gerards, Ramsbottom Utd won 9-0 at Chipping and Thornton Cleveleys beat Euxton Villa Orange 3-2. Springfields Yellow scored after 30 seconds against Mellor in Youth White and finished winning 2-1.

    Youth Blue champions Leyland Albion beat Euxton Villa 4-0, Penwortham made it 3 wins in a row after their 1-0 success against Bamber Bridge Utd, Lostock Hall SC won 2-1 at Garstang and Tarleton Corinthians beat New Longton Rovers 5-1. Youth Green leaders beat Ribchester Rovers Utd 8-1 and Hoole Utd and Coppull Utd drew 1-1.

    Round up and photos by Eamonn McNamara.

    Saturday April 12, 2014
    Sock it to them

    The latest innovation from Ian Senior from SKkits is socks in your club colours with the club name within the sock.

    There are over 20 colour options available and the cost is £5.00 per pair with a minimum order of 20 pairs.

    Ian will be in his usual place at the League Meeting on Monday or you can contact him 07960 137232.

    Eamonn McNamara.

    Monday April 7, 2014
    Thank you from Derian House Children's Hospice

    Here is the letter of thanks from Derian House Children's Hospice in acknowledgement of the League's donation of £1,520.00 for season 2013-14.

    Our support for this wonderful organisation is much appreciated and will continue next season.

    Eamonn McNamara.

    Sunday April 6, 2014
    Lostock Hall edge towards the Division 1 Title

    The battle for the title in division 1 is not over yet but Lostock Hall went some way to staking their claim with a comprehensive 4-1 win over their rivals New Longton Rovers who looked unassailable until the beginning of March since when they have only taken four points from the last fifteen. Lostock Hall on the other hand have won their last six games and todayís win came via gaols from Chris Ganner (2), Wes Alexander and Andrew Conroy with Harry Fisherp>on target for New Longton.

    AFC Ashwood broke the AFC Longridge recent unbeaten sequence with a 6-4 win at Mardale Rd and Mitch Newsham bagged four goals for Ashwood for the second week running with Chris Gore and Scott adding the others. Lee Fazackerley (2), Greg Timbrell and Danny Wilkinson scored for Longridge. Wrea Green and Theatre Boys drew 2-2.

    Plungington Celtic have clinched the premier division title with a game to spare after their 7-1 win over Euxton Corinthians, Ged Smith (2), Stu Parry 92) and Mark Wane scored their goals with Greg Anderton replying. Ingol Rangers suffered a hangover after their Challenge Cup victory going down 3-1 to Preston Muldoons who are in an absorbing battle for second place.

    Ashton Villa are worthy champions of division 2 having dropped just two points all season and they emphasised their superiority today with an 8-2 over second placed Walton Athletic. Preston South End and Brigg drew 4-4.

    Waverley need two points from their remaining fixture to guarantee the division 3 title after drawing 1-1 with St Theresas and they have Warton Typhoons hovering should they slip up. Typhoons were fairly beaten 2-1 today by Albrighton with Phil Leathard bagging both goals. To make matters worse for Typhoons, Josh Miller sustained a fractured ankle and had to be taken to Chorley Hospital for attention but not before he received first aid attention on the pitch from Roger DeNobrega from the LFA who was f=doing a Charter Standard visit and also from match referee Ian Whiteside.

    Euxton Bolts and Leyland Orient concluded their first season in the League when they met at Worden Park in division 4 with Euxton winning 6-1 and Hesketh United beat Guild Innovations 4-0.

    Bolton County have claimed the Youth Red title, they won 6-2 at Ribchester Rovers today and Thornton Cleveleys won 7-5 at Euxton Villa Orange. Elton Vale still lead Youth White after their 2-1 win at Springfields Yellow.

    Leyland Albion have taken control in Youth Blue and are on target for the double after winning 4-0 at New Longton Rovers, Lostock Hall SC beat Bamber Bridge Utd 4-2, Euxton Villa won 4-1 at Garstang and Penwortham beat Tarleton Corinthians 4-3. Kirkham beat Hoole Utd 6-1 in Youth Green and Norcross & Warbreck beat Ribchester Rovers Utd.

    Round up Eamonn McNamara who was unable to provide photos today.

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    Astley & Buckshaw FC is looking for a manager for their youth team next season. The new manager would need to be CRB clear and ideally level 2 qualified with experience of youth coaching.

    If you are interested in helping this excellent, Charter Standard club, please call Graham Galloway on 07977 277078.

    Kits for Uganda

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

    Wrea Green (4 Kits)
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    AFC Longridge
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    Longridge Town
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    A total of 47 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.

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    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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    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 .

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    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.

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    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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