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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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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!”

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”

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 Road to Wembley: F.A. Cup First Round Proper Draw

A local derby for Gateshead against Blyth Spartans, or a trip to Droylsden for Gateshead?

Should Dave Pace see off Blyth Spartans at Croft Park on Tuesday, Droylsden may receive another home tie against north eastern opposite. The victors of the forthcoming replay face a home tie against Gateshead.

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