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Honours List for Season 2018-19
League Champions Acregate Lane LC (l-r) club secretary Alex Ross, top goal scorer Paul Turner and coach Shaun Cromie
Challenge Cup Winners - Southport & Ainsdale Amateurs FC - Tony Alty (Secretary) & Dave Tierney of Warton FC (Secretary of the Year)
Here are the details of the winners and runners up in all of our league and cup competitions for season 2018-19. The Awards were presented by League President Dave Carlisle at the Annual General Meeting held at Acregate Lane Labour Club on Monday 17 June 2019. Photos by Paul Vause.
Syndicate Trust Cup Honours
Friday June 21, 2019
Eamonn McNamara final League Meeting
Eamonn McNamara and his wife Liz
Eamonn with League Secretary Nikki Nye
League Chairman Eamonn McNamara said goodbye to the League at the 52nd Annual General Meeting on Monday 17th June. He had been on the Management Committee for 50 years and he had been Chairman for over 40 years.
A packed meeting at Acregate Lane Labour Club heard League Secretary Nikki Nye outline many of Eamonnâ€™s achievements and she thanked him for his work in making the Lancashire Sunday League one of the best and most respected in the County. Nikki then presented Eamonn with tokens of appreciation on behalf of the League and she presented a bouquet to his wife Liz.
Wednesday June 5, 2019
League’s AGM - Monday 17 June 2019
The League’s 52nd Annual General Meeting of the Lancashire Sunday Football League will be held at Acregate Lane Labour Club on Monday 17 June 2019, commencing at 8.00pm.
The meeting will see the approval of new league rules, the re-election of League Officers and the election of the 26 new clubs who are joining the League for season 2019-20. That will be followed by the Presentation of Awards for Season 2018-19. All clubs MUST be represented at this meeting, which is expected to finish at 9.10pm.
Tuesday May 14, 2019
Ex-players invited to take up Refereeing
The Lancashire Sunday League has launched an initiative to persuade their ex-footballers to take up refereeing and continue their involvement in the game.
The League intends to supply those ex-players who take up the whistle with a discounted referee kit, whistle & Assistant Referee flags, referees’ notebook and cards. They also offer a reimbursement of 50% of the cost of the referee course on completion of 10 fixtures plus a year’s membership of Preston Referees Society.
For decades, ex-players were the main source of referees for local football leagues and countless ex-players turned to refereeing when their playing careers were over and went on to enjoy many years of added involvement in the game. Several of them progressed to higher leagues, most notably Neil Swarbrick who took up refereeing after finishing playing for Bamber Bridge Wanderers in this league and he went on to spend 7 year as a Premier League referee before retiring in 2018.
More recently the Football Association and County FAs have embarked on a successful recruitment programme resulting in a significant increase in the number of new referees, albeit only a small number are ex-players. To ensure all new starters are given the best opportunity to enhance their knowledge, experience and skill set the LSFL operates a mentoring and coaching system by aligning newly qualified referees with the more experienced referees within the league so they can learn their trade.
This initiative has the full support of the Lancashire Football Association (LFA) and Preston Referees Society. League Chairman Eamonn McNamara said, “This is a great opportunity for some of our ex-players to keep an active involvement in football and at the same time put something back into the game”.
Anyone interested in taking up refereeing is asked to contact the Lancashire Sunday League Referee Manager Mark Moore on 07765 668045 or e-mail Mark here.
Sunday May 12, 2019
Acregate Lane crowned League Champions
Acregate Lane celebrate winning the League Title
Match winner Paul Turner with manager Gary Duboulay
Acregate Lane Labour Club were crowned League Champions after beating Southport & Ainsdale Amateurs 2-1 in a terrific title decider at Bankfield Lane, Southport.
Southport & AA, who have already won the Challenge Cup went into the game with a one point lead so a draw would have been enough for them to complete a remarkable double-double, having won the Presidents Cup and the Division 1 title last season.
The game was played on a lovely May morning on an excellent pitch at Southport in front of at least 200 spectators who were entertained with some first class football by both sides. As expected, the opening exchanges were fast and furious with both goals under siege, but it was Acregate who drew first blood in the 13th minute when the precocious Paul Turner slotted home his 29th league goal of the season.
Twelve minutes later saw Southport level when Kev Edgar created an opening for himself in the box and rifled the ball into the net. The teams changed ends with score at 1-1. Southport piled on the pressure in the second half, but the Acregate defence held firm and their keeper Paul Howson turned in a Man-of-the-Match performance which included one extraordinary save which drew applause from all present.
The longer the game went the more we all thought that the game would end in stalemate, but all that changed in the 72nd minute when Acregate were awarded a free kick just outside the penalty area and their talisman Paul Turner blasted the ball into the Southport net. After that was all hands to the pumps for Acregate until the final whistle which was the cue for wild celebrations from the Acregate players, management team and supporters.
There are few who would deny Acregate Lane FC their moment of glory. This club has been an integral part our League since they joined us 48 years ago in 1971. They have been in the premier division since 1980 and this is their first major trophy. The past 39 years has seen them suffer their fair share of setbacks but today they can hold their heads high as Champions of the Lancashire Sunday League. Many people have contributed to their success, none more than club secretary Alex Ross and their management team of Gary Duboulay and Shaun Cromie.
Bearing in mind what was at stake, the game was played in an excellent sporting manner by both sides with just one caution and that for a technical offence and it was well handled by referee Bob Roberts and his Assistants Joe Hind and Jamie Law.
The League’s first title play-off went the way of Cadley FC who beat Garstang FC 3-1 at UCLan Sports Arena to win the Youth Division White title after both clubs had completed their season with 43 points.
Cadley opened the scoring through David Marley on 20 minutes and it took Garstang till the 50th minute to draw level when Tom Ruston pounced on a misplaced goal kick to hammer home from just outside the area. David Marley scored his and Cadley’s second on 75 minutes and the keenly contested match was put to bed in the 87th minute when Cadley’s Rob Burrows hit a low hard drive from 25 yards into the bottom corner.
The sportsmanship and respect between these two superb clubs was highlighted at the end of the game when the Garstang manager Steve Smith presented Cadley’s manager David Botes with a congratulatory bottle of champagne.
Report and photos by Eamonn McNamara.
Wednesday May 8, 2019
League Championship will be decided on Sunday
Southport & Ainsdale Amateurs (left) and Acregate Lane LC
Southport & Ainsdale Amateurs will host Acregate Lane LC on Sunday 12 May when both clubs play their last game of the season with the League Championship at stake. This game should be an absolute cracker as there is plenty of interest in the outcome.
Both teams have played 17 games out of an 18 game season and Southport & Ainsdale have a slight edge with 41 points compared to Acregate’s 40 points. This season’s premier division has been the most competitive in recent memory which has seen AFC Ingol, Hunters & Ingol Rangers, Ribbleton, Acregate Lane and Southport & Ainsdale lead the table at various points since Christmas, but it is now all down to one game.The game, which will kick off at 11.00am, will be played at Bankfield Lane, Churchtown, Southport PR9 7NJ. Directions to the ground;
From Preston take the A59 towards Southport. Keep straight on at the Tarleton traffic lights and continue to the big roundabout. Bear left at the roundabout into Rufford Rd (B5244) and continue over the old railway bridge into Bankfield Lane. The ground is on the left between houses number 50 & 52, opposite Verulam Rd. Postcode: PR9 7NJ.
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