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A new defibrillator in Ashton will be ‘Heavenly’ sent

Posted on Tue, 26 Mar 2019 18:48:01 +0000

A bar in Ashton is hoping to raise £1200 to buy a defibrillator for the Old Street area of town.

Paul and Zoe Bradley opened ‘Heavenly’s Bar,’ named after their daughter, back in October at 8 Old Street after an extensive refurbishment.

Paul, who also owns Paul’s Barbers in St Michael’s Square, explained: “On Christmas Eve, a chap next door but one from here passed away after a heart attack. Just before that, a lady had a heart attack at The Shubar, but thankfully she pulled through.

“It got me thinking; the nearest defibrillator to here is on Ashton Market but the Market Hall closes at 5pm. The nearest one after that is in IKEA. We’re open until midnight so it makes sense for us to have one for this end of town.”

A large plastic bottle has been placed on the bar, to which customers have been generously donating.

Ashton St Peter’s councillor, Joyce Bowerman, is backing the fundraising efforts. “Well done to Zoe and Paul for coming up with the idea to raise money for the defibrillator, to the benefit of Ashton,” she said.

“It’s a necessary piece of equipment that saves lives and it’ll be really useful to have one in this part of Ashton.”

When the funds have been raised, the defibrillator will be installed and registered with the ambulance service, but Paul doesn’t plan to stop there.

He said: “When we’ve raised enough for one defibrillator, we’re going to carry on and attempt to raise money for another one. Then we can perhaps install one at Loco Pizza, as they’re always open until the early hours of the morning.”

St Thomas More pupils taught resilience with veteran’s inspiring visit

Posted on Tue, 26 Mar 2019 14:56:03 +0000

An injured veteran who narrowly survived a bomb blast in Afghanistan shared his incredible story with high school students in Denton last week.

On August 6 2009, Lance Corporal Troy Conner, was with the First Batallion Parachute Regiment, travelling in a Jackal vehicle in Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan.

The Jackal was blown up by an IED and ambushed, killing his three friends and colleagues on board; Private Kyle Adams, Lance Corporal Dale Thomas Hopkins and Corporal Kevin Mulligan.

Troy suffered a serious brain injury and a broken back. He was also shot in the leg and lost sight in his right eye.

He was placed in an induced coma for five weeks and woke up in a military hospital in Birmingham, surrounded by his family, who broke to him the devastating news.

Troy shares his story with pupils at St Thomas More.

Now, Troy is part of ‘Making Generation R,’ a collaboration between Blesma, the charity for limbless veterans, and the Drive Project, which uses art and theatre projects as a recovery tool for those who have experienced trauma.

It teaches young people to be resilient through learning from others who have overcome difficulties in their life, and supports injured veterans to take their inspiring stories to schools across the country.

Last Tuesday, Troy told his inspirational tale to a captivated audience Year 7 and 8 students at St Thomas More RC College.

“I worked really hard through rehabilitation; that was two years of my life,” Troy told them. “I focused a lot on getting myself physically fit and better, while at the same time, not a day goes by that I don’t think about those boys that didn’t make it. Whenever I feel sorry for myself or I feel down, I realise that there is somebody looking over me and I need to get on with things.

“After the forces, I hit a bit of a lull. I am only human after all and I’ve got feelings. I had physically prepared myself for ‘civvy street’ but not mentally or emotionally. I still had that army mentality.

“I started focusing my energy on working with different military charities. As soon as I met the team from Blesma, they accepted me straight away, welcomed me with open arms and taught me how to share my story.”

Pupils take part in one of Making Generation R’s art projects.

After Troy’s talk, the students took part in a Q&A session followed by a workshop- with Troy and his ‘Making Generation R’ colleague Ben Worth- to show them how to tap into resilience during their own lives, whether that be exam pressure, friendships or at home.

Troy said: “It was a really interesting Q&A sessions today. I love the way that young minds think and the way they take things on. I’ve got to stay sharp! I really appreciate that people are paying attention during the sessions to ask such good questions.

“Making Generation R is giving me a purpose again and if there is any positive to come out of what happened to me then I’m really happy to share that message on a regular basis. I couldn’t talk about it personally for quite a long time and now, here I am, sharing it and I’m OK with that.”

For more information on ‘Making Generation R,’ you can visit

Audenshaw aces end season in style

Posted on Tue, 26 Mar 2019 14:13:47 +0000

Audenshaw School’s Under 14 rugby team ended their season in style with a third place finish at the Kirkham 7s Tournament.

Coached by Chris Rose, the squad won five of their six games during a day of high impact rugby.

Audenshaw began their campaign with 37-0 victory over St Mary’s, before beating RGS Lancaster 22-7. The players continued their impressive form with a 33-0 win against Giggleswick School and a 31-0 victory over Kirby, Longsdale.

Unfortunately, Audenshaw were denied a place in the final after falling to defeat against Manchester Grammar School in the penultimate stage.

Despite the disappointment, Audenshaw have impressed throughout the season and featured in the Lancashire Cup Final. In doing so, the squad became the fourth team in the school’s history to compete in the final. Despite their best efforts on the day, Audenshaw were beaten 36-12 by Kirkham Grammar School.

Chris, who has been with the school for over a decade, heaped praise on his players before the tournament. Speaking to Reporter Sport, he said: “They’ve been a tremendous group of lads who’ve deserved everything they’ve got. 

“Their training ethic has been beyond anything that I’ve experienced in my 12 seasons at the school. 

“They put in four sessions a week, with a big part of that being what we do at Olympic Gym on Wednesdays and Saturdays. 

“It’s really important in terms of getting the edge over the teams we play, as we don’t have the money or resources compared to the other teams that we play, who are mainly private school outfits, so it’s important for us to gain those advantages where we can. 

“Doing what we do at Olympic, and have done for more than a decade now, does a great deal for our teams.”

Football Previews

Posted on Tue, 26 Mar 2019 12:10:37 +0000

In the National League North this evening, Ashton United make the short trip to Stockport County, while Curzon Ashton journey to Guiseley.

Tonight’s fixtures have huge implications at both ends of the table, with Ashton fighting the spectre of relegation and Curzon looking to sneak into the playoffs.

Meanwhile, Stockport are looking to close the gap on leaders Chorley who currently have a six point lead over the Hatters, and Guiseley are currently three points above the relegation zone.

Followers of the National League North will be all too aware that the Robins have one of, if not the smallest budget in the division. It’s therefore not too surprising to see them struggling with the demands and quality of step six football this season. However, despite their obvious struggles on the pitch, which include losing their previous four games, Jody Banim’s side continue to play attractive, attacking football.

The odds are heavily stacked against them this evening, yet Ashton will be hoping to capitalise on Stockport’s recent misfortune, as the Hatters suffered FA Trophy heartache against AFC Fylde on Saturday. A 3-2 defeat in the semi-final, of which the winner arrived in the 89th minute, denied Stockport the chance to compete in the final against Leyton Orient at Wembley Stadium.

Saturday’s result aside, Jim Gannon’s side have been formidable this season and their league position is testament to his players’ quality. However, if Stockport are still feeling the effects of Saturday’s defeat – both physically and mentally – then perhaps Ashton can cause an upset and reignite their survival hopes.

Whatever happens on the pitch this evening, the Robins will certainly have one eye on results elsewhere – especially at Nethermoor Park, as local rivals Curzon play relegation threatened Guiseley.

Following Saturday’s 3-1 victory over FC United, the Nash are now six points outside the playoffs and have revived hopes of a late charge. However, with other teams in and around the playoffs competing this evening, a victory at Guiseley is paramount to sustaining those hopes. Curzon will enter the game in confident mood, having edged their way to a 1-0 victory over the same outfit at the beginning of March. However, Guiseley are three points above the relegation zone and fighting the prospect of back-to-back relegations. A victory this evening, combined with defeats for Ashton and FC United, will give Guiseley a six point cushion. That should, realistically, take them within touching distance of preserving their step six status for another campaign.

Picture by Jez Sayle

Rugby League returns to Tameside

Posted on Tue, 26 Mar 2019 09:30:11 +0000

Professional Rugby League comes back to Tameside on Sunday with a fourth-round Coral Challenge Cup tie which has all the ingredients to be a cracker.

Oldham RLFC, second in Betfred League 1 (tier three) and tipped as favourites for promotion, are at home to Widnes Vikings of the Betfred Championship (tier two) in one of the tastiest-looking clashes of the round (kick-off 3pm).

The tie is likely to have the Bower Fold home of Stalybridge Celtic rocking to the rafters with more than 1,000 Vikings fans in their traditional colours of black and white expected to be tramping up the Mottram Road hill to support the once-famous club that nearly went belly up only a few weeks ago.

They took 700 fans to Barrow a couple of weeks ago and, only last Sunday, more than 1,000 to Rochdale where they won 50-4 to record their sixth win in seven Championship outings in 2019.

They’ve already wiped out their minus-12 start to the season, penalty for going into administration, and although they’re currently bottom on zero points they’ve still set their sights and hearts on reaching the play-offs.
Since rescued from the brink of liquidation they’ve demolished Featherstone Rovers and Bradford Bulls at home and Barrow Raiders and Rochdale Hornets away.

Now only Oldham stand in their way of the juggernaut’s route to round five of the cup and a possible money-spinner. “It’s great to get a home draw, but we’ve definitely got one of the hardest ties we could possibly get,” said Oldham boss Scott Naylor , of a fourth-round draw which includes tier-two Championship clubs but excludes Super League clubs until later in the competition.

Oldham, who play at the Vestacare Stadium home of Avro AFC in Limehurst Village, needed a bigger ground to accommodate the Widnes legions. “I would like to publicly thank Celtic chairman Rob Gorski for again helping us out,” said Oldham chairman Chris Hamilton. The two clubs have a solid relationship, built on the Roughyeds’ two-season stay at Bower Fold when they were in the Championship in 2016 and 2017.

On getting relegated back to League 1 at the end of the 2017 season, they returned home to Oldham, only to have another one-off game in Stalybridge on April 22, 2018 when they were beaten 32-0 by Hull KR in a fifth round Challenge Cup tie watched by a crowd of 1,064.
“It’s our second home,” added Naylor.

It’s only £14 for adults; £12 for concessions; £2 for under-16s; rising to £16, £14 and £5 respectively for fans who want a seat.

There’s also a £35-a-head hospitality package available, which includes two-course lunch, car park, programme, reserved seating, pre and post-match presentations and interviews and use of a private pay bar.

To book or seek further information ring the club on 07904 898177.

By Roger Halstead

Tanner Cup Revived

Posted on Tue, 26 Mar 2019 09:18:58 +0000

Reporter Sport can reveal that the Tanner Cup, first played for in 1925 between Saddleworth and District Cricket League Clubs, but seemingly consigned to the history books after the demise of the Pennine League in 2017, is to be revived this year.

The advent of the GMCL, into which a large number of ex Saddleworth and Central Lancashire League Clubs were assimilated in 2018, brought with it hopes that a competition local to the Oldham; Rochdale and Tameside areas could be continued but circumstances precluded that last summer.  

However, conversations around the area suggested that there was still an appetite for a locally based competition.  Trevor Harrison, who had previously been Secretary of both the Saddleworth and Pennine Leagues, told Reporter Sport about how things have developed over the winter.  He said: “Going around the grounds last summer it was clear that despite the challenge and potential of the GMCL there was clearly a desire for a local competition, which would allow the “derbies of old” to be resurrected.  The way in which ex Pennine League clubs had been allocated within the GMCL, meant that these had all but disappeared.  There was also a feeling that the tradition of the Tanner Cup should be preserved as a legacy of a competition which had been played for locally for over 90 years”.

Trevor outlined how a series of meetings between interested clubs took place over the winter to discuss how the competition might be structured, and which also involved the approval of the GMCL. He went on to say: “We were aware that the GMCL calendar, with a variety of cup competitions, in addition to league fixtures was a limitation on the potential fixture dates and therefore the number of clubs which could participate. This meant that clubs such as Greenfield, (who won promotion to the GMCL Premier Division), and Glodwick, both of whom we thought would be more heavily committed in that league were not involved ”.  

Taking part will be Ashton; Austerlands; Friarmere; Heyside; Micklehurst; Saddleworth; Stayley and Uppermill.  There are two groups of four, playing a round robin, with the top two in each group moving to the semi-final.  

Things start on 12thMay when Friarmere meet Uppermill in Group B, with the other games at the first stage being on the following Sunday, (19thMay), when Austerlands meet Micklehurst and Heyside face Stayley in Group A.  Ashton are at home to Saddleworth in Group B.  The other dates for the Group games are 26thMay and 16thJune with the semi finals scheduled for 7thJuly.

Trevor concluded: “We hope that the work that has taken place will be a real boost to local cricket; bring back some of the old rivalries and provide good entertainment. Furthermore it is a great way to celebrate the legacy and tradition of cricket local to the area.  In taking this forward we look forward to developing the idea, and extending the competition in future years.  I would like to thank the GMCL and Mike Hall in particular for their co-operation”.

By Martin Frost

Picture: Ashton Cricket Club’s Reyner Lane

What does North Ferriby United’s liquidation mean for our local teams?

Posted on Mon, 25 Mar 2019 16:24:40 +0000

Following North Ferriby United’s expulsion from the League, here’s how the Evo-Stik Premier table appears in its current state.

Stalybridge Celtic, who are 15th in the table, were scheduled to play United on Saturday. However the game was postponed due to the Villagers’ liquidation.

Meanwhile, Hyde United succumbed to a 4-0 defeat at South Shields. The defeat leaves the Tigers ninth in the table.

Tameside College’s new £9m construction skills centre approved

Posted on Mon, 25 Mar 2019 16:13:27 +0000

Plans for a new ‘state of the art’ £9m college building for students to learn the tools of the construction trade have been given the green light.

Tameside College has been given permission to demolish existing ‘poor quality’ buildings on the original Ashton-under-Lyne site and replace them with a brand new ‘construction skills centre’.

The project has been backed by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority which last April agreed to invest £3.3m in its development – a third of the total cost.

Some £71m has been earmarked by the combined authority for investment into skills between 2017 and 2021.

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham had described the investment as ‘very significant news’ for the college.

At a meeting last Wednesday morning, the borough’s planning committee unanimously backed the plans.

Indicative designs for a new multi million construction skills centre at Tameside College.

The new building will be able to house the majority of trade workshops under one roof, which are currently split across different buildings at the Beaufort Road campus.

These consist of carpentry and joinery, painting and decorating, electrical, plumbing and gas departments.

The officer report recommending approval of the application states that the intention is for the site to become the ‘primary focus’ for technical skills.

“Overall, it is considered the proposed design and its use of high quality materials as indicated will enhance the area by significantly regenerating the site,” it adds.

“This in turn would have a very positive benefit upon the character and appearance of the campus.

“It also considered that the proposal would contribute significantly towards the regeneration of the Beaufort Road campus creating a modern teaching and learning environment for future students.

“The development is aligned with council’s economic and social aspirations of raising attainment within the borough and will contribute directly to the Vision Tameside strategy.”

The two-storey skills centre is the first step of the college’s masterplan to replace the older buildings with ‘high quality’ facilities.

The buildings to be demolished are the Portland building, refectory, Elysium, and Ryecroft.

It is intended to coincide with the completion of the new Advanced Skills Centre – part of the Vision Tameside development – in the town centre, which would see less students using the Beaufort Road campus.

The construction skills centre would cover 2,749sqm, and would link to the Victoria building through a mezzanine.

Midweek Football Fixtures

Posted on Mon, 25 Mar 2019 16:08:13 +0000


NATIONAL LEAGUE NORTH: Bradford Park Avenue v AFC Telford United, Stockport County v Ashton United, Guiseley v Curzon Ashton, Hereford v Brackley Town, FC United v York City

EVO-STIK WEST: Colne v Prescot Cables, Ramsbottom United v Newcastle Town, Markey Drayton Town v Atherton Collieries, Runcorn Linnets v Kendal Town, Trafford v Clitheroe


EVO-STIK WEST: Kidsgrove Athletic v Mossley.

NORTH WEST COUNTIES FIRST DIVISION NORTH: Garstang v AFC Darwen, Steeton v Holker Old Boys


Rylands v New Mills


Avro v Bacup Borough

Belle Vue Speedway prepares for 2019 season

Posted on Mon, 25 Mar 2019 14:54:31 +0000

Ahead of the start of the 2019 season we caught up with Belle Vue Aces & Colts riders and management about their hopes for the new season.

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