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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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”

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.

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East of the M60’s Other Road to Wembley Part #2: FA Trophy Second Round Results

That’s it for another season… (at least for our clubs East of the M60)

For our sides East of the M60, it is game over for us in this competition as our only representative Stalybridge Celtic crashed out to Guiseley.

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East of the M60’s Other Road to Wembley Part #2: FA Trophy Preview

Groundhog Day for the Mighty Stalybridge Celtic.

Where did Christmas go? Three derbies and one point out of nine for the Mighty Stalybridge Celtic, a pulsating 3 – 3 draw at Tameside Stadium between Curzon Ashton and Mossley and the small matter of a transfer to Scunthorpe United.

Amid the hubris, the ‘Bridge recorded a memorable 2 – 1 victory against Stockport County in an F.A Trophy First Round Replay. A last minute goal from Connor Jennings guaranteed the Mighty Stalybridge Celtic their fifth clash against Guiseley in a year, and their third trip to Nethermoor within that period.

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

Stalybridge Celtic, Droylsden and Hyde go through, but it’s goodbye from Curzon Ashton

The gusty winds made no difference to all four Tameside clubs in the F.A. Trophy Third Qualifying Round as all fixtures were fulfilled. Even the prospect of 60 – 70 mph winds didn’t stop Stalybridge Celtic, Hyde and Droylsden from advancing to the First Round Proper.

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

Here come the big guns…

East of the M60 has stated the obvious for the last two months in relation to future F.A. Cup and F.A. Trophy ties involving the creator’s favoured club, the Mighty Stalybridge Celtic. That question being ‘Will Stalybridge Celtic be given a tie against same league opposition?’

Yes. Twice over.

In the F.A. Cup, it was Guiseley, in a forgettable match which featured an own goal. In the F.A. Trophy, it is Blyth Spartans away, as to whom the Mighty Stalybridge Celtic are drawn against. Irrespective of their position in the league table, a cup tie among our Northumbrian cup run specialists is seldom easily fought. In more recent times (like last week), Droylsden found that out when they lost 2 – 1 at Croft Park in an F.A. Cup Fourth Qualifying Round replay.
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