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Wednesday March 22, 2017
Presidents Cup Final Postponed

It will be no surprise that the Syndicate Trust Presidents Cup Final, scheduled to be played at Bamber Bridge FC tonight (Wednesday 22 March), has been postponed.

The officials from Bamber Bridge FC have made every effort to get the game on but unfortunately they are no match for the British weather which has rendered the pitch unfit.

The Presidents Cup Final will now be played at Bamber Bridge FC on Wednesday 12 April 2017 at 7.30pm.

Eamonn McNamara.

Sunday March 19, 2017
Walton get the better of Arkwrights

Arkwrights FC (red) and Walton FC observe a minutes silence in memory of Dave Smith

Dave Smith (ex Ingol Rangers FC & Falkland Heroes FC)

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Another soggy Sunday which saw the bulk of our scheduled fixtures postponed and with it the inevitable inconvenience to everyone connected with the League.

Perhaps it is at times like these that we should remember that there is a bigger picture out there and take a moment to think of the family of one of our former players Dave Smith who sadly passed away last Sunday 12 March at the age of 53.

Dave was well known to many people connected with the League, a larger than life character who was a much liked and highly respected member of the Ingol community. He played for many years in this League for Falkland Heroes FC and Ingol Rangers FC and he had close ties with Tanterton FC.

His funeral service will be held at 12 noon on Friday 24 March 2017 at Blessed Sacrament RC Church, Farringdon Lane, Ribbleton, Preston PR2 6LX followed by interment at Preston Cemetery.

His family cordially invite friends and colleagues to join them at Ingol Social Club, Whitby Avenue, Preston PR2 3YP after the service to reminisce and share memories of Dave.

The only game played today in the Open Age section of the League was the division 3 clash Arkwrights v Walton which was preceded by a respectful minute’s silence in Dave’s memory by the teams, referee Chris Seed and both sets of supporters.

This was a real top of the table clash played on the 3G pitch at Corpus Christi College which Walton won 2-1 to close the gap to two points against their closest rivals. Arkwrights in their first season in the League have lead the division for most of the season and Walton have been nothing if not persistent in keeping track of them. Andrew Danson scored for Arkwrights to bring his tally for the season to 14, James McIver scored his tenth goal for Walton and John Porter got the other.

The youth section had better luck with games, Youth Division Red leaders Ladybridge beat Walshaw Sports 6-0, AFC Fylde who head Youth Division Blue beat Springfields 5-1 and a special mention to the officials and players of Lostock Hall SC and Appley Bridge who hired Ashton Sports College 3G pitch as both their grounds were unfit and they agreed to play each other in back-to-back fixtures which Lostock Hall won 2-1 and then 4-0.

Round up and photos by Eamonn McNamara.

Friday March 17, 2017
Parks are ON this Weekend

Preston, South Ribble & Bolton Councils will allow play on their parks and pitches this weekend Sat/Sun 18/19 March, subject to the decision of the match referee.

Eamonn McNamara.

Thursday March 16, 2017
Tulketh Utd & Ashton on Ribble gear up for Presidents Cup

Ashton on Ribble FC (left) and Tulketh United FC will meet in the Presidents Cup Final

Phil Ryan will referee the Presidents Cup Final

Tulketh United will be looking to retain the Presidents Cup which they won last season when they meet Ashton on Ribble in this year’s Final at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium, Bamber Bridge on Wednesday 22 March 2017 with the kick off at 7.30pm.

Tulketh United FC managed by David Harrison are currently in second spot in division 2, three points behind leaders Bolton Lads & Girls Club. Their leading scorer Ryan Kay has netted 20 to date whilst Scott Harrison has chipped in with 13.

Ashton on Ribble FC boss Sean O’Hagan finds his team in second spot in division 1 behind run away leaders Theatre Boys. They have the division’s leading goal scorer in Chris Ward who has bagged 30 goals in all competitions whilst his strike partner Dominic Swarbrick has 10 goals to his name.

The match will be refereed by Phil Ryan who will have John Wright and Fraser Pemberton as his Assistants with Jim Laflin on 4th Official duties.

Admission is £4.00 for adults and £2.00 for children and concessions.

Eamonn McNamara.

Tuesday March 14, 2017
Remembering "Ashy"

Dave Aspden - Secretary of the Year 1974

The life of League stalwart and former Secretary of the Year Dave “Ashy” Aspden, who died on Wednesday 11 January, will be celebrated at a special event at St Anthony’s Social Centre, St. Anthony's Drive, Fulwood, Preston PR2 3SQ on Friday 24 March 2017 at 7.30pm.

A small group of his friends had already began to organise a football reunion prior to his death, initially for footballers from the east Preston areas of Fishwick, Ribbleton & Gamull Lane who played with or against each other during the 1960s,70s and early 80s.

They have since commissioned a Shield in Dave’s honour to be contested annually by the Preston Schools Under12s and it will be presented to Paul Whelan from Preston Schools FA during the course of the evening which they hope will be full of memories and nostalgia for the legions of Preston lads who knew and respected Dave Aspden.

Known affectionately as “Ashy” by everyone, Dave was the secretary of Hesketh Arms FC from 1969 to 1980 and whilst the club, who always played in the premier division, were a force to be reckoned with, success eluded them and the closest the team came to honours was when they were Challenge Cup finalists in 1975 only to lose out to The Piper FC.

Dave was a meticulous organiser and as well as running Hesketh Arms FC he also ran at different times St Pauls FC and Corinthians FC in the District League and Ribbleton Avenue Methodists in the Preston Church’s League. The Lancashire Sunday Football League (then the LEP Sunday League) recognised his work by making him Secretary of the Year in 1974, something that he was immensely proud of and he was presented with the award by the Mayor of Preston Councillor Ian Hall.

His greatest achievement was winning the (now defunct) Hunt Cup in 1976 with Ribbleton Avenue Methodists FC. The competition was for the top teams from all the local leagues, the LEP Sunday League, West Lancs League, Preston & District League, Preston Churches League and Preston Catholic League. Ribbleton Avenue won the cup by beating the mighty Heskin FC (Preston & District League) who had swept away all before them and Ashy dined out on the this success for many years.

Ashy was a real football man who could and would talk about football all day long. That said, he was always good company and he had a phenomenal memory, often recalling games played thirty or forty years earlier when he could give not only the result but also the names of everyone who played for both sides.

Friday 24th March at St Anthony’s Club, Fulwood will be a special evening for everyone who played for or against one Ashy’s teams or for anyone who knew him and would like to meet up with old friends and share some evocative memories of a Preston lad who will be remembered for a long time.

Eamonn McNamara.

Sunday March 12, 2017
Rangers win the Ingol Derby

Ingol Rangers (yellow) v AFC Ingol - Premier Division

Springfields (red) v Walton Athletic - Premier Division

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There is always a frisson of excitement and anticipation when Ingol Rangers and AFC Ingol meet in the premier division and today was no exception with a decent crowd at UCLan Sports Arena to witness events.

However it was Rangers who claimed the spoils by doing the simple things correctly and perhaps more importantly taking the chances presented to them. Reece Barratt put them ahead after 22 minutes, the impressive Adam Stammers made it 2-0 five minutes later and the evergreen Lee Ashcroft bagged a third on 36 minutes to give AFC a mountain to climb.

Rangers added to their tally with further goals from Jonty McDonald, a second from Lee Ashcroft and one from substitute Stu Parry who scored first goal in twelve months after a long layoff through injury. Conor Linighan and James Morley netted for AFC who now have Rob Batty as team manager and this performance will give him plenty to think about.

Hunters cemented their top spot position with a 7-1 win at New Farington House and Dee Edmonds scored 4 to bring his tally for the season to 20. Acregate Lane LC remain in second after their 3-2 win against Tanterton and Springfields recorded their first win since 16 October with their 5-3 victory against Walton Athletic.

Only two games survived in division 1, Ashton on Ribble beat Wyresdale Rangers 8-0 and Warton won 6-3 against Frenchwood. Whittle Wanderers move up to third spot in division 2 after their 5-2 victory against Gregson Lane, Tarleton Corinthians won 3-2 at Leyland Orient and Fulwood Park Rangers won 4-3 at Westhoughton. Earnshaw Bridge beat Walton 301 in division 3 where Arkwrights won 10 at Kingsfold.

Five of the remaining Syndicate Trust Youth Trophy second round games were completed today and our thanks to all the clubs for their efforts to get these games played. Charnock Richard progress after beating Euxton Villa 3-2, Penwortham St Teresa’s won 3-2 at Burscough Dynamo, Haslingden St Marys beat Eccleston & Heskin 6-1, Thornton Cleveleys beat Tarleton Corinthians 7-0 and Southport collected a 4-1 win at Wyre Villa.

Lostock Hall SC and Leyland BTR reduced their fixture backlog in youth division white by playing two back-to-back games today, Lostock Hall won their first 2-0 with the second game ending 0-0. Coppull United Blues and Walmer Bridge drew 2-2 and Croston beat Appley Bridge 8-1. Broughton Amateurs won 6-4 at Lancon in youth division blue and finally Springfields and Garstang settled for a 2-2 draw.

Round up an photos by Eamonn McNamara.

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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.

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