Roughtown view (towards St. John's Church)

This Time 40 Years Ago… Mossley Goes to Wembley

A look back at Mossley AFC’s Wembley trail

With the lack of real football in our television schedules due to that pandemic, our broadcasters have had to fill the airtime with some of our greatest footballing moments. It has meant ITV rerunning Euro ’96; also trending topics that would have been relevant if Twitter existed in 2001.

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Five Hundred Go To Doncaster

The last leg of Stalybridge Celtic’s F.A. Cup Run

By 4.50pm on Saturday 07 November 2015, it was third time lucky for Doncaster Rovers as they beat Stalybridge Celtic by two clear goals, in the F.A. Cup First Round. The hosts had previously lost to the ‘Bridge when both sides met in the Football Conference during the 2001 – 02 season. Continue reading “Five Hundred Go To Doncaster”

Stalybridge Celtic’s F.A Cup Trail Begins

Three year winless stretch in competition ended at Parkside Road

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Stalybridge Celtic ended a miserable run of three successive defeats in the F.A. Challenge Cup at Kendal today [26 September]. Prior to today, the ‘Bridge had lost to Shildon (1-0) in the previous season, and to Worksop Town (5-3) before then, in 2013. Continue reading “Stalybridge Celtic’s F.A Cup Trail Begins”

From Moor Lane to Wembley: The Magic of the 2014-15 F.A. Trophy

East of the M60‘s preview of one of the F.A.’s non-league cup competitions from a Greater Mancunian perspective

It may be a while off yet, but the preliminary round draw for the F.A. Trophy has already been made. Ties will take place on the 18 October 2014. Continue reading “From Moor Lane to Wembley: The Magic of the 2014-15 F.A. Trophy”

From Alder Street to Wembley: The Magic of the 2014-15 F.A. Vase

East of the M60‘s preview of one of the F.A.’s non-league cup competitions from a Greater Mancunian perspective

Who’d have thought by this of writing we would have seen Brazil turned over by Germany. What score was it again: 7-1? I bet Pele threw a wooden clock through his living room window. Never mind. Continue reading “From Alder Street to Wembley: The Magic of the 2014-15 F.A. Vase”

From Surrey Street to Wembley: The Magic of the 2014-15 F.A. Challenge Cup

East of the M60‘s preview of the world’s greatest cup competition from a Greater Mancunian perspective

This year’s World Cup has brought about some dramatic performances, the expected disappointment of England and some blistering weather. Many of us may have been enthralled by Costa Rica, or half expect Argentina to lift the trophy this year. Continue reading “From Surrey Street to Wembley: The Magic of the 2014-15 F.A. Challenge Cup”

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”

Well Done Latics

East of the M60 Comment:

Congratulations are in order for Oldham Athletic, whose F.A. Challenge Cup run ended last night at Goodison Park. Well done to all those involved, especially the players, Youth Team Boss/Caretaker Manager Tony Philliskirk, and the supporters. I extend my congratulations to former Droylsden player Matt Smith, who almost single handedly continued their run. Continue reading “Well Done Latics”

FA Vase and FA Trophy Draws: Mossley Lands Away Tie with FC United of Manchester

Early stages of F.A. Vase, Trophy and Cup Draws Unveiled

With Wimbledon and Euro 2012 off the calendar, we can starting looking forward to the return of real football. The clearest signal of this is the Football Association’s announcement of the F.A. Vase, Trophy and Cup draws.

So far, draws for all competitions have been arranged for early rounds up to September. The F.A. Trophy and the F.A. Challenge Cup has been drawn up to the end of September with the First Qualifying Round with the F.A. Vase drawn up to the First Round Proper. The early stages have conjured up some fine draws for our local teams.

For ease of reading, all teams East of the M60 motorway are denoted in bold. Continue reading “FA Vase and FA Trophy Draws: Mossley Lands Away Tie with FC United of Manchester”