Latest NewsWednesday April 23, 2014
Manager wanted for Gregson Lane Youth Team
Gregson Lane FC, like Manchester United, is looking for a manager for next season but in Gregson Lane's case it's for their youth side . The Charter Standard club, which has its own ground and facilities has teams from under-6 to their open age side which plays in division 3 of this league.
This is an ideal opportunity for someone to manage at a well organised and long established club and if you are interested in manging their youth team, contact the club secretary Frank Thompson on 01254 853185 or email him Gregson Lane FC.
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;
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.
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.
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 night’s 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.
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
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 today’s 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 Gregory’s 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.
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.
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