East of the M60’s review on yesterday’s football fandango

Main Stand, Glassworld Stadium, Histon FC, Cambridgeshire
That’s Histon FC’s ground again. (And the Stutes beat Workington 3-1 at home too).

It was a pretty good Non League Day for Greater Manchester’s sides yesterday. Both Ashton clubs recorded home wins with home defeats for Hyde FC, Stalybridge Celtic AFC and FC United of Manchester. Within the Bury Council boundaries there was one defeat and two draws in the Northern Premier League alone.

Attendance wise, there was no significant gains on average gates, in spite of the lack of Premier League and Championship action. The rain which threatened to affect our fixtures never came.

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Non League Day Results in Greater Manchester

Skrill Conference Premier

  • Hyde FC 0, Cambridge United 1 (766).

Skrill Conference North

  • Stockport County 3, Gainsborough Trinity 1 (2,802);
  • Stalybridge Celtic 2, Solihull Moors 3 (398).

Other Away Matches involving Greater Manchester sides:

  • Leamington 0, Altrincham 1 (853);

Both Hyde FC and Stalybridge Celtic have yet to get a home win this season but Stockport County broke their duck thanks to two goals by Colin Jevons and an opening goal from former Curzon Ashton favourite Kristian Dennis.

Though Stalybridge Celtic have yet to win at home, it was a good day for Obi Anouro. Within a minute of coming on a substitute he scored his first league goal for the ‘Bridge. Then he doubled his tally in the 88th minute. His arrival off the bench along with Callum Warburton turned around an otherwise dour game.

A poor first half saw the Moors go 2-0 up thanks to Ryan Beswick (16) and Omar Bogle (34). Anouro made it 2-1 in the second half, but Stuart Pierpoint clinched the game for Solihull in the 80th minute. Anouro’s second goal augured well with the ‘Bridge pushing for a late draw, but it was too late.

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Evostik League Premier Division

  • Ashton United 2, Trafford 0 (153);
  • FC United of Manchester 0, Rushall Olympic 2 (1,860).

Other Away Matches involving Greater Manchester sides:

  • King’s Lynn Town 2, Droylsden 1 (677).

Evostik League First Division North

  • Curzon Ashton 3, Bamber Bridge 2 (159);
  • Radcliffe Borough 3, Mossley 3 (156);
  • Ramsbottom United 2, Northwich Victoria 2 (212);
  • Salford City 2, Padiham 1 (143).

Paul Phillips’ Ashton United continued their good start to the season with a 2-0 win over promoted Trafford. Lee Rick opened the scoring in the 59th minute with Martin Pilkington doubling the Robins’ lead in the 65th minute. FC United of Manchester’s 2-0 defeat saw AFC Fylde go top of the Northern Premier League Premier Division (thanks to 2-0 win over Matlock Town).

It was also good for Curzon Ashton, whose 100% continued thanks to a 3-2 win over Bamber Bridge. Mossley went from being 2-0 down to leading 3-2 by the 88th minute against Radcliffe Borough, But Boro’ had the upper hand with a last minute equaliser by Douglas Carroll thwarting the Lilywhites’ chance of three points.

Ramsbottom United surrendered a half time 2-1 lead against Northwich Victoria. The exiled Vics side made it 2-2 thanks to a 52nd minute goal by Alex Taylor. Salford City beat Padiham 2-1.

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FA Vase 1st Qualifying Round

  • Abbey Hey 0, Congleton Town 2 (82);
  • Cheadle Town 3, Daisy Hill 1 (60);
  • Glossop North End 3, Nostell Miners’ Welfare 2 (1-1 after 90 minutes)(253);
  • Irlam 0, Runcorn Linnets 3 (200);
  • Oldham Borough 2, 1874 Northwich 1 (1-1 after 90 minutes)(169);
  • Stockport Sports 5, Atherton Collieries 0 (40);
  • Wigan Robin Park 1, Winsford United 2 (81).

Away Ties involving Greater Manchester sides:

  • Bottesford Town 0, Ashton Athletic 1 (0-0 after 90 minutes)(53).
  • Worsborough Bridge Athletic 2, Ashton Town(1-1 after 90 minutes, played today)(131).

North West Counties League Premier Division

  • West Didsbury and Chorlton 2, AFC Blackpool 0 (105).

North West Counties League First Division

  • Atherton Laburnum Rovers 5, Northwich Flixton Villa 1 (44).

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Greater Manchester Non League Day Statistics:

  • Fixtures: 22 (including Worsborough Bridge Athletic v Ashton Town today);
  • Wins for Greater Manchester clubs: 12;
  • Draws for Greater Manchester clubs: 2;
  • Defeats for Greater Manchester clubs: 8;
  • Goals Scored: 73;
  • First Goal Scorer: Kieran Lugsden (12th minute, Northwich Victoria);
  • Highest Attendance: 2,802 (Stockport County v Gainsborough Trinity, Edgeley Park);
  • Lowest Attendance: 40 (Stockport Sports v Atherton Collieries, Lambeth Grove);
  • Total Attendance: 9,397;
  • Average Attendance: 427.

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Towards Non League Day 2014?

I wish to see an improvement in Greater Manchester’s response to Non League Day next year. Though it is good to see Stalybridge Celtic, Hyde FC and Ashton United entice season ticket holders of other clubs into their grounds with discounted admission, I would like to see more of a carnival atmosphere, though not to a point we need cheerleaders or fireworks. The amount of Greater Manchester clubs, and Glossop North End being at home may have had some effect on gates. Tameside alone had four home matches. Within a single bus ride from Ashton-under-Lyne, nine home matches (including Abbey Hey, West Didsbury and Chorlton, Stockport County, Glossop North End and Stockport Sports).

Where next for Non League Day 2014? I would like to see our conurbation’s clubs consider staggering some kick off times to allow groundhoppers to visit as many fixtures as possible. From Stockport to Stalybridge, Stockport County, Hyde and Stalybridge Celtic could have staggered their kick-off times for some sort of a North East Cheshire Groundhop, similar to last years’ involving Macclesfield Town.

Thankfully, Non League Day has consolidated itself as part of our footballing calendar, and long may that continue. With wages squeezed and Premier League clubs charging silly prices, Non League Football has become a more attractive option for fans seeking live football in proper surroundings. Not in full view of a big screen or projector: in the flesh, on a terrace, live at the ground itself. Sometimes it could be a lot cheaper than paying Mr Murdoch and Co. so much a month to see some prima donnas in action, or gobby fans in a studio shouting a la Top Gear or Crackerjack fashion.

Mine’s a pie from a portable building or brick built shed, not the manufactured enjoyment of the Top Flight with homogenous fries and crap beer.

S.V., 08 September 2013.

2 thoughts on “Non League Day, 07 September 2013: How Was It For You?

  1. Curzon Ashton will have to keep a weather eye on Darlington 1883, who are now attempting to climb the football pyramid, after the FA consigned them to a low level recently. They will face many long distance away matches to “strange” grounds.


    1. Hi Paul,

      Oh yes! Though Tameside Stadium’s a good ground for the level Curzon Ashton’s in, the Quakers of Darlington 1883 would find the windswept nature a culture shock. Even in summertime, it has always been windy on the occasional visits I’ve made there.

      Harrogate Railway Athletic would be a trip and a half. Oh, and don’t get me started on the slope at Church Lane (New Mills’ home). It makes the one at Bower Fold seem pretty even!

      Bye for now,



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