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Tameside’s and Glossop’s Northern Premier League 2019 – 20 Fixtures

Ashton United welcome newly promoted Atherton Collieries whilst Mossley and Stalybridge Celtic travel away

Well, the wait is over. Today at 6pm, the Northern Premier League has announced its fixtures for the 2019 – 2020 season. This season will also see two significant developments for the 51-year-old league. First is the creation of a North West Division and a South East Division. The second one is a change of sponsor: this time as the BetVictor Northern Premier. A change from being sponsored by adhesive products.

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Nash Nab National League North Status

Curzon Ashton clinch promotion to English football’s sixth level

At a rain lashed Tameside Stadium, Curzon Ashton gained promotion to the National League North division. In front of a bumper crowd, their NPL play-off final fixture saw the Nash beat Ilkeston F.C by one goal to nil. Continue reading “Nash Nab National League North Status”

Tameside F.C.? No Way, Pedro!

Why a combined borough-wide team may hinder rather than help

Tameside: a product of the 1972 Local Government Act comprising of 210,000 residents, parts of three historical counties, and six senior level football teams with rivalries of their own. Devotees of the semi-professional game are spoilt for choice in the borough. Besides Stalybridge Celtic, Hyde FC, Droylsden, Ashton United, Curzon Ashton and Mossley A.F.C, there is a further two clubs taking temporary residence. Continue reading “Tameside F.C.? No Way, Pedro!”

Curzon Ashton Champions

Nash clinch N.P.L. First Division North Title

In the last minute of play, Curzon Ashton clinched the Northern Premier League First Division North title tonight at Station View, Starbeck.

Niall Cummins scored the only goal in the ninety second minute in a close away match versus Harrogate Railway Athletic, amid victorious scenes at Station View. For the first time in their 51 year history, the Nash will join the Northern Premier League Premier Division – two leagues below SkyBet League Two. Continue reading “Curzon Ashton Champions”

Countdown to Agony or Ecstasy: 21 Days Set to Shake Tameside Non League Football

A preview of the final three weeks of the 2013-14 football season

At around about this time last August, we were bracing ourselves for what would hopefully be a good season for all clubs in the Tameside area, and Glossop North End. At this time of writing, we are now three weeks away from its completion, that very point of the season which is often known as ‘the business end’. Continue reading “Countdown to Agony or Ecstasy: 21 Days Set to Shake Tameside Non League Football”

Moments Which Shook Tameside and Glossop Non-League Football: The Not So Perfect Ten

Ten seminal moments of non-league footballing greatness in the Tameside and Glossop areas

With the season less than ten matches from completion, this would often be the time for Player of the Year, PFA Player of the Year and Football Writers’ Player of the Year awards. This would also be a time to reflect upon the last three-quarters of the footballing season, maybe the odd past glory or two. Continue reading “Moments Which Shook Tameside and Glossop Non-League Football: The Not So Perfect Ten”

From Worksop Parramore to Wembley

A spotlight on the 2013-14 F.A. Challenge Cup competition

By next week, the world’s greatest and oldest cup competition will be in full swing. Everybody says the absolute zenith of the competition at its finest is the final tie at Wembley. I beg to differ. What has made, and continues to make the F.A. Cup one of the most revered competitions in the world is its qualifying rounds, leading up to the First Round Proper. It always seems to lose some of its allure when the last non-league side has been eliminated. Continue reading “From Worksop Parramore to Wembley”

East of the M60’s Other Road to Wembley #2: F.A. Trophy Second Round Proper Draw

Groundhog Day for Stalybridge Celtic (or another new ground for County to visit)

You couldn’t make it up! One wonders if the F.A’s competitions are drawn at random at all, if recent draws are anything to go by. At the top, Manchester United are drawn to Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium in the F.A Cup Third Round, months after City’s 6 – 1 drubbing at Old Trafford.

Lower down the footballing pyramid, there is one inevitability along with death, taxation and The X Factor winner’s attempts to stitch up the Christmas Number One spot of the singles chart.

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East of the M60’s Other Road to Wembley #2: F.A. Trophy First Round Results

Poor attendances amid scalps by lower league opposition

The F.A. Challenge Trophy is the Football Association’s premier non-league competition featuring clubs from Steps 1 to 4 of the non-league pyramid. With the Conference National side, one would expect some fairly good attendance figures at this stage. Alas this wasn’t the case.

Perhaps some sides (particularly those demoted from the Football League in the last decade) perceive the F.A. Trophy as a ‘Mickey Mouse Competition’, even though they have more chance of getting to Wembley than the F.A. Challenge Cup. That may be true to some extent, but I think the real culprit lies with hosting the First Round ties close to Christmas, when attendances from the F.A. Premier League down to the Manchester League are depressed by Christmas shopping. For those of you stood in the aisles of TESCO Extra, you missed a few crackers. (Before you ask, they are not close to the wines and spirits aisle, going off my rudimentary knowledge of the one in Altrincham which I used to frequent)

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East of the M60’s Other Road to Wembley #2: F.A. Trophy First Round Proper Draw

Edgeley Park date for Stalybridge Celtic, whereas Droylsden and Hyde face ties against East Midlands opposition

Two teams, same initials, separated by a once weekly rail service, will meet for the first time in a first class competition since the 1921 – 22 season. The glamour tie of the F.A. Trophy First Round Proper was given to Stalybridge Celtic, who travel to Stockport County.

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