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Council worker on routine visit meets midwife who helped deliver him 25 years ago

Posted on Mon, 20 Aug 2018 16:23:52 +0000

A Tameside Council worker was given quite a surprise when doing his rounds recently!

Tom Butterworth was expecting a routine visit when he arrived at the home of Beryl Maxwell but he was amazed to discover that she was the midwife who helped to bring him into the world at Tameside Hospital, 25 years ago.

Now, their roles have reversed as Tom is helping ensure Beryl is kept safe.

The chance reunion happened while Tom was carrying out client reviews for the council’s Community Response Service (CRS), which helps vulnerable residents live independently in their own homes. The visit was to test equipment installed at Beryl’s Ashton property, such as a pendant alarm and smoke alarms.

While Tom was checking that Beryl’s details were up to date, the pair began chatting with Beryl explaining how she had worked as a midwife at Tameside Hospital for 26 years, where she was known as Sister Maxie.

Tom told her that he was born in Tameside during that time and after he left he checked with his mother who recognised the retired midwife’s name immediately.

Tom returned to tell Beryl. He said: “She was really happy and gave me a hug and said how amazing it was to meet again so many years later.

“I couldn’t believe what a small world it is. Twenty-five years on and now I’m helping her after she helped bring me into the world. It made my day. She’s a lovely lady and I was already having a good chat with her even before I realised who she was.”

Beryl said: “It was a funny feeling – like this can’t be happening. It’s a good shock, a surprise. It gives you goosebumps. Some things are meant to happen.”

Beryl correctly predicted Tom would grow up to be over 6ft tall. She said: “He has grown up to be a big man and I feel proud, as if I had a hand in it – well I suppose I had two hands helping bring him into the world!

“I enjoyed being a midwife. It’s a wonderful experience to see a new life being born and to see a good outcome helping mummy and baby and daddy.”

CRS offers a range of technology and equipment, such as personal alarms linked to a 24-hour response centre and health monitoring devices, to help people remain independent and safe in their own home.

Beryl, originally from Trinidad, has used the service for more than three years after suffering falls and says the pendant alarm gives her peace of mind.

She added: “Otherwise, if you have a fall and don’t have your phone on you, then you’ve had it. It’s a good system. Someone is always there on the other end. I find it a very valuable service. If I’m worried about something I can ring up and ask and they will support me.”

Tom’s worked for CRS for more than three years, initially in the control room. He took on his new role doing client reviews in April, adding: “I’m loving it. You get to meet and have conversations with a lot of interesting people who have lived fascinating lives.”

For more information about the service visit https://adultportal.tameside.gov.uk:14500/web/portal/pages/careathome or call 0161 342 5100.

Phillips targets promotion

Posted on Fri, 17 Aug 2018 10:53:43 +0000

Buxton joint-manager Paul Phillips has set his sights on promotion this season – but he knows it will be a tightly contested race in a highly competitive division.

Having taking the reins at the club in March, Phillips and joint-boss Steve Halford guided the Bucks to an eighth place finish. However, having rebuilt over summer and strengthened the squad in specific areas, Phillips is now confident that his side can make a challenge on the Evo-Stik Premiern Division title.

Speaking to Reporter Sport before ahead of the opener at Whitby Town this weekend – the first of three consecutive away fixtures –  the former Droylsden goalkeeper said he’s relishing the chance to bring the good times back to Silverlands. “I think Buxton are by far the biggest club we’ve managed” said Phillips.

“Ashton were an ambitious club in a smaller way, but we now have a squad which we feel is the strongest we’ve assembled at this point in any season.

“I think the players are capable of doing great things, but that also comes with a heavy sense of expectation from supporters, who expect you to claim promotion or at least reach the playoffs. We never had that at Ashton; it was a bonus if we achieved that.”

Phillips and Halford have plenty of experience in this division, having guided Ashton to three consecutive playoff feats in ’14, ’15 and ’16. The duo have since had brief stints with Stalybridge Celtic and Glossop North End, though both periods were allegedly blighted by discontent behind the scenes.

Buxton is quite the opposite, as the club is in the process of regenerating the ground with a state-of-the-art 4g pitch. According to Phillips, the stadium refurb, accompanied by the chairman’s ambitious plans, made it a no brainer to join the club.”There aren’t many chairman – and this is no disrespect to anyone else – who know more about football than Dave Hopkins” said Phillips.  “We speak to him about players and issues in that neck of the woods. We always get laughed at before the start of the season. We aim to win the league, but once that’s not possible, we then set a target of reaching the playoffs. Ultimately we set out to win every game – that’s probably never going to happen – but that’s just part of our high standards and we make sure the players know that as well.

“Buxton’s a great club, and I think you can see that from the infrastructure that’s been put in place. The NPL being set up with the young lads that are coming through the academy; the pitch going down and the ground that’s going to have half a million invested into it – it’s a really massive club with a good fan base”.

While Phillips has a promising squad at his disposal – which includes prolific striker Liam Hardy, who scored 40 goals last season –  he is under no illusion that delivering promotion will be a walk in the park.

In fact, with Scarborough Athletic, South Shields and Hyde United in the same division, Phillips expects the Premier Division to be the most competitive in recent years. He said: “I think if you finish above South Shields you won’t be far off winning the league.

“It’s another club with massive financial backing, and a good group of players that have come through the leagues together, so they have momentum behind them.

“Hyde are also a great club who play top football under Darren (Kelly). I don’t know too much about Scarborough, although we played against them last year when I was at Glossop and we won 2-1 at Surrey Street. They were a good team, it was a very testing game, and they have a big fan base.

“If you look at the league last year, and compare it to this season, I think it’s a lot more competitive this time around. There are probably seven or eight teams this year, as opposed to two last season, who could potentially win it.”

The Bucks have recruited a number of influential players over summer – none more so than former Sheffield United striker, Diego De Girolamo.

The 22-year-old joins the club after a number of spells with Northampton Town, Cheltenham Town and Chesterfield.

With Football League pedigree, why has the youngster joined a club in the seventh tier of the English pyramid? “It’s come about because his brother, Nico, plays for us” said Phillips.

“It was a bit of a long shot over summer – I actually spoke to him more than I spoke to my wife on holiday – but we threw our hat into the ring and the chairman worked hard to get the deal over the line, as did myself and Stephen.

“He’s an unbelievable footballer and one of the best I’ve seen. He’s at this level because he’s lost his way a little bit in recent years. I’d be very surprised if he’s at this level in seven months time. You watch him in training and he’s like a Rolls Royce. He does things that players would do in the Premier League or the Championship, and I think if he gets his love for football back then the sky’s the limit for him”.

 

 

 

 

Three men charged with Dukinfield robbery

Posted on Fri, 17 Aug 2018 10:00:26 +0000

Three men, including one from Tameside, have been charged after a robbery in Dukinfield.

Police were called to reports of a robbery at a property on Yew Tree Lane on Wednesday evening (August 15th).

22-year-old Daniel Bartrip, from Hyde has been charged with robbery alongside Oldham man Eugene Stynes, 27, and 23-year-old Wayne Pollitt from Dawley in Shropshire.

The three men have been remanded in custody and will appear at Tameside Magistrates’ Court this morning.

Ashton Sixth Form A Level results ‘best in college’s history’

Posted on Thu, 16 Aug 2018 16:29:45 +0000
Students and staff at Ashton Sixth Form College are celebrating another year of unprecedented success after recording their best ever results in today’s examinations.
Students at the college achieved a phenomenal 100 per cent pass rate overall, with the vast majority gaining A*-C grades or equivalent.
More students than ever have also achieved the very highest grades. In fact, more than 700 A*/A grades (or equivalent) were awarded to students with 160 students gaining straight A’s (or equivalent).
More than 60 per cent of A Level students and an incredible 95 per cent of vocational students received high grades (A*-B or equiv.), enabling them to access the most competitive courses and institutions across the country.
Ashton Sixth Form College continues to support and challenge their high achieving students, with a huge 9/10 students on the college’s XL (Gifted and Talented) programme gaining A*-B and almost half attained straight A’s (A*/A) in their A Levels.
This year alone students have earned places at Oxford and other leading Russell Group universities, on competitive courses such as Medicine and Dentistry, conservatoires such as LIPA and on a range of higher level apprenticeships at employers such as Network Rail and the Civil Service.
College Principal Anton McGrath (pictured) congratulated the class of 2018.
“The results our students have received today are the best in the college’s long history,” he stated.
“The college has 100 per cent pass rate for A level and vocational courses, with an outstanding number of high grades across the board, exceeding the national benchmarks.
“We also have truly astounding vocational results with over nine out of ten students achieving the highest grades in their qualifications. The consistent high performance of our vocational courses is phenomenal; to continue to produce first class outcomes year in year out is astounding and students should be proud of their hard work.
“Each and every one of our students should take some time to reflect on their magnificent achievement; we are proud of all of our students and wish them well for the next stage of their career, whether moving to university, beginning an apprenticeship or joining the world of work.
“They have worked with determination and enthusiasm, ably supported by the teaching, pastoral and support staff at the college and are now reaping the rewards. We wish them all the best for their futures.”
He added: “What’s more impressive is that these outstanding results have been achieved during a time of significant change in A level assessment. With terminal, linear assessment the stakes are higher; students have to perform on the day to achieve their grades.
“Our students have shown real resilience and have flourished in this new regime.”
The results build on a very successful academic year which saw Ashton Sixth Form College recognised as the best performing college in the borough (DfE, 2018). The college’s consistently high levels of student progress also saw Ashton placed in the top 10 per cent of colleges nationally.
Ashton Sixth Form A Level Results 2018

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All smiles at Audenshaw as sixth form celebrates A-Level results

Posted on Thu, 16 Aug 2018 16:26:54 +0000

Sixth formers at Audenshaw School are celebrating after receiving their long-awaited exam results, with one student securing a place at Cambridge after achieving four A*s.

Neil Herbert, Head of Sixth Form at the school, congratulated students on their results and said many students had exceeded expectations.

He said: “We are immensely proud of the performance of our A Level students. They’ve worked exceptionally hard over the last two years and their grades reflect their commitment to achieving results they need to secure university places and apprenticeships at prestigious institutions.”

This year, Audenshaw Sixth Form had a 93 percent pass rate for grades A* to E, with a 59% pass rate for A* to C. The school also secured a 100 percent pass rate in a number of popular subjects including History, Geography and English Literature.

Mr Herbert added: “We encourage a friendly but supportive atmosphere at Audenshaw and work with students to set tailored, personal goals that will really challenge their aspirations.

“Seeing the smiles on students faces is what it’s all about. Knowing that we have helped them get to their next destination is satisfying.

“I want to take the opportunity to thank the fantastic teaching and support staff at the school for all their hard work. They have really gone the extra mile to help students prepare for their exams.”

 

Mark has stars in his eyes

Mark Turner has proven that you get what you put in – after gaining four A*s at A-Level and securing a place at Cambridge University.

Mark, 18, received the grades in Maths, Further Maths, Psychology and Chemistry and is now off to study natural sciences at the coveted university.

Mark, from Hyde, has undergone a gruelling selection process for the prestigious university. He said: “I knew I had at least four As after receiving the UCAS email this morning, but I didn’t know I’d done this well. I was worried so it’s a relief after the work I have put in for the last two years.

“The teachers have been so supportive and have really helped me with the selection process, my application and my personal statement. I couldn’t have done all this without the help from Audenshaw. The teachers really helped me to focus on the offer.”

The clever teenager is unsure what he’d like to do for a career, but already has his sights on a post graduate degree and further research projects. He is looking forward to continuing his studies and living on campus. He added: “I am a bit nervous about uni as I’m not quite sure what to expect.”

His twin brother Adam Turner is also celebrating after achieving an A in Design Technology, B in Art and Design and C in Maths.

He has an offer for a fine art degree at Lancaster, but is also considering a foundation degree in creative arts at MMU. He said: “All the teachers have been great and you really feel like part of the school community.”

18-year-old Mark Turner gained an incredible four A*s to secure a place at Cambridge University.

 

Jonny looking forward to promising political future

One budding politician is hoping for a career at Westminster after securing a place at Newcastle University to study Politics.

Jonny Winbow, 18, received an A in Politics, A in History and a C in English Literature from Audenshaw Sixth Form and is looking forward to pursuing his future in politics.

Jonny, from Glossop, who was a member of Audenshaw School’s debating society, said: “I would like to work in a political setting at Westminster and hope to get some experience while I’m at University.

“I was relieved to get the email confirming I had got my place, but it was still relieved when I saw the results,” he added. “Politics was definitely the lesson I enjoyed the most. All the teachers at Audenshaw have been really supportive. They have helped me with my UCAS application and personal statement, and I have had great subject teachers. All the staff have been the best I could have wished for.”

Jonny, who also took his GCSEs at the school, said: “I already have my accommodation all sorted and I look forward to settling in at university. I’m looking forward to new experiences.”

Jonny Windbow, a budding politician, secured a place at Newcastle University.

 

History ahead for sports star Niall

Keen rugby player Niall Metcalfe will be tackling a history degree after scoring a trio of excellent A level results.

The 18-year-old, from Ashton, is celebrating after achieving grades of A, A and C in History, English and Biology at Audenshaw School.

He is now set to study history at the University of Leeds after a successful two years at the school.

He said: “I felt like I’d done well after the exams, but I’d put it out of my mind until today. It was a huge relief when I found out I’d got into my first choice university and I’m really pleased with my results.”

Niall joined the sixth form from West Hill School, attracted by the sports provision on offer. “I play rugby and Audenshaw was the only college in the area to have its own team,” he said. “I’ve had chance to represent the sixth form at rugby, which I’ve really enjoyed, and I hope to carry that on at university.”

He praised the teaching staff at Audenshaw for their hard work and support during his two years in the sixth form. He said: “The teachers have been really helpful and I’ve really enjoyed my time here. I’m really looking forward to going to university and carrying on my history studies.”

Niall Metcalfe hopes to continue playing rugby at the University of Leeds, alongside his history studies.

 

Dan keeping his options open after exceeding expectations

An Audenshaw teenager is keeping his options open after getting better A-Level results than expected.

Dan Johnson, 18, who attends Audenshaw Sixth Form, was surprised to see that he’d achieved an A* in product design, A in Business Studies and a C In PE.

He said: “I’m buzzing. I’m really happy with my results – they are a lot better than I expected. It goes to show that if you work hard you see good results. I really enjoyed product design and building stuff.

“Having great teachers has helped a lot and they’re all been really supportive. I would have liked a B in PE but you can’t have everything.

“I’m not sure what I’m going to do now. I might go to university next year but I’m not sure. I didn’t expect these results.

“My favourite part of Audenshaw was making friends and memories that I won’t forget.”

Grades were better than expected for Dan Johnson, who is keeping is options open after surprising himself with his results.

 

School has helped me improve, says high achiever Ethan

A career in software development is the goal for Ethan Shapely after he made the highest improvement of any sixth form student at Audenshaw School.

Ethan, 18, earned an A in Maths and B grades in Further Maths and Computer Science and is set for a computer science degree at Manchester Metropolitan University.

A former GCSE pupil at Audenshaw, he said he had developed hugely thanks to his time at the school.

He said: “I’ve improved a lot since my GCSEs, as an individual and academically, I think because I settled in to sixth form life and enjoyed being able to interact with teachers a bit more casually.”

Exam pressure was increased for Ethan, of Hyde, as he decided to resit some of his AS levels to boost his overall grades. That meant he had a packed schedule of exams, including weeks where he had to sit five papers, which he describes as “tough but manageable”.

“If you’re able to deal with the hardest exam then you can take the rest, so it actually wasn’t too bad to sit them all at once,” he said, adding that nerves hadn’t really affected him on results day.

“I wasn’t really nervous about getting the results because I’d already taken the tests and knew I’d done my best, so I knew I’d just accept what I’d got without getting upset.  I’m really pleased that I was able to do better than my target grades to get my place at university.”

Next up is a degree in computer science and he is relishing the chance to take on the challenge, with a career in software development in his sights. He said: “It’s a chance to do something that I want to do that nobody else can and make my mark on an industry I’m interested in.”

Ethan Shapely improved more than any sixth form student.

 

Aspiring teacher Anna follows in sisters’ footsteps

Aspiriig teacher Anna Bynom is looking forward to following in her big sisters’ footsteps.

Anna, 18, has secured a place at Edge Hill University to study Teacher Training (Primary) – the same university sister Amanda Levy completed 15 years ago.

Anna received an A* for her extended project, B in ICT, B in psychology, C in General Studies and a D in English Literature.

She said: “I have always wanted to be a teacher. I love children. I’m really pleased with my results and I’m going to be studying the same course my sister did.”

Anna said she burst into tears while completing her paper round after seeing that she had been accepted on the course. “I’m hoping that’s I’ll be going from the classroom to a classroom – hopefully forever. My mum is so proud.

“I have really enjoyed my time at Audenshaw. It’s such a close community – it’s like a family. You feel like a person rather than a number.”

Anna Bynon and family celebrate after her excellent results.

 

Success all adds up for Matthew

Maths whiz Matthew Boardman has his next step all figured out thanks to his impressive A level results. The 18-year-old earned A star in Maths and A grades in Further Maths and Physics.

He is looking forward to continuing his studies with a degree in maths and computer science at Durham University. He said: “I’m really pleased with my results. I was quite confident after my exams but it’s nice to see the results on paper after such a long wait.”

Matthew, of Audenshaw, continued in the sixth form after studying for his GCSEs at the school. He praised staff for their support during his two years studying towards his A levels and was due to celebrate by going out with friends.

“I rang my dad when I found out and he was really happy for me,” he said. “Some of my teachers were at school when I opened my results and they were really happy, it’s a success for them as well as for me.”

Looking forward to the next stage of his studies at university, Matthew said he would take a lot from his time at Audenshaw. “It was a natural progression for me to stay on after my GCSEs and I’ve really enjoyed my time here,” he said. “What I’ve learnt while I’ve been here is that hard work really pays off.”

Maths whizz Matthew Boardman earned a place at Durham University to study maths and computer science.

Clarendon College celebrates record A Level achievement

Posted on Thu, 16 Aug 2018 12:17:22 +0000

A-level students at Clarendon Sixth Form College are celebrating record breaking results today.

With a continued 100 per cent pass rate with best ever high grades achieved the class of 2018 has surpassed all previous records.

Top performing students include Jake Armstrong who received A*A* A and has accepted a place at the University of Cambridge to read Natural Sciences.

While Abbey Brown (A,A,A*) former Denton Community College pupil, will study Psychology at University of Manchester and Yuxiang He (A*,A*,B), former Alder Community High School will progress to University of Edinburgh to study Mathematics.

The continued level of high pass rates follow Clarendon Sixth Form College’s recent Ofsted rating of ‘Good’ placing it amongst the top three colleges in Greater Manchester.

Jake said: “I am delighted to accept my place at Cambridge University. The teachers at Clarendon Sixth Form College have been very supportive and helped me on my path to success.”

Jackie Moores, Principal, Tameside College, said: “We’re proud of what our students have achieved. We’re delighted for them. Our students are flying the flag for Tameside as they go on to prestigious universities across the country.

“I’m proud that Clarendon Sixth Form College consistently delivers first class results for our students. These results, coupled with Ofsted recognition, of good, and increasing applications reflect our position as a leading provider and top performing college.”

PROUD: Jake Armstrong is off to Cambridge to study after his outstanding A Level results and is congratulated by his father at Clarendon College this morning.

Clarendon College A Level results, 2018

C,Acton,1; M,Adams,3; J,Armstrong,4; Z,Ashfaq,3; C,Ashley,3; S,Asllani,1; S,Azam,3; E,Barker,3; J,Bates,2; A,Bayoglu,2; C,Bell,3; M,Birchall,3; L,Blood,3; S,Blore,2; C,Braddock,3; K,Brennan,3; G,Bridgeman,2; E,Brimelow,1; E,Brockbank,1; K,Brook,2; A,Brown,3; B,Brown,3; O,Buckley,3; E,Burton,2; J,Carroll,3; J,Clayton,3; O,Clowes,2; A,Collier,2; J,Conway,2; D,Coupland,2; K,Cullen,3; L,Cummings,3; D,Darby,3,; A,Davison,3; D,Deveikis,3; H,Dosa,3; J,Dunne,2; O,Eades,2; B,Edwards,1; R,Elkington,3; M,Fakhouri,3; K,Ferguson,3; N,Fletcher,3; L,Gallacher,3; S,German,3; C,Goodwin,3; A,Green,2; L,Green,2; N,Haddrell-Hart,3; T,Hall,2; R,Hardy,3; K,Harris,3; M,Hasan,3; Y,He,3; R,Hibbert,3; S,Hishal,3; L,Holmes,3; C,Hunt,2; N,Javed,3; H,Javeid,3; S,Jeetun,3; O,Jolleys,1; S,Jolly,2; B,Jones,2; M,Jones-Reavey,3; J,Kelly,3; Y,Kim,3; C,Knagg,3; L,Kwiatkowski,3; R,Lamb,2; S,Lane,1; M,Levesconte,3; S,Lilley,3; A,Lindsay,1; J,Lingard,3; A,Lutley-Barnes,1; K,Lyne,3; E,Macdonald,3; S,Macdonald,2; A,Malik,2; A,Marabicio,3; C,Marsh,3; J,Mather,3; S,Mawdsley,2; M,McGlynn,3; C,McLean,3; K,Meredith,3; R,Miller,3; R,Mistry,2; L,Molloy,3; J,Mullin,3,(1); C,Muscat-Meyer,1; A,Nawaz,1; J,O’Reilly,3; M,Osawe,2; H,Petrou,1; L,Rainsford,2; A,Rashid,3; E,Ratcliffe,3; M,Redfern,3; J,Reynolds,2; A,Riding,1; L,Riley,2; J,Rothwell,3; G,Rowles,3; C,Royle,3; T,Royle,2; Z,Sajid,3; H,Shaw,2; K,Shelmerdine,3; E,Shorrock,2; M,Simpson,3; S,Snelson,3; J,Spafford,3; C,Tagg,3; B,Threlfall,3,(1); J,Tomlinson,3; E,Trelfa,3; D,Upton,2; P,Verigotta,3; L,Vickerman,2; D,Ward,3; K,Wardley,4; G,Warrington,2; T,Welsh,3.

Curzon sign striker

Posted on Thu, 16 Aug 2018 09:16:21 +0000

Curzon Ashton have confirmed the signing of striker Alex Samizadeh. 

The young Iranian forward, 19, joins the Nash having left Kilmarnock in the summer after spending last season in Scotland.

Samizadeh will be a familiar face for Nash fans having played for the club’s youth team during the 2014/15 season. He also made a sole first team appearance in a pre-season friendly away at Mossley in 2015, where he found the target, before attracting the attention of professional clubs.

After impressing in his time at Curzon, Alex signed for Championship side Bolton Wanderers in 2015 and made his professional debut the following year, coming on as a substitute away at Brentford.

Alex has previous experience of the National League North, having spent two months on loan at Chorley in 2016, scoring on his debut.

On the signing of Alex, manager John Flanagan commented: “We are delighted that we have finally managed to secure the signing of Alex. It appears he’s not had much luck with his move to Kilmarnock but it’s clear that the lad is desperate to play and score goals. His energy and appetite are a breath of fresh air.

“He is different to what we have got at present. He has a very low centre of gravity, he’s tenacious and doesn’t give defenders an opportunity to relax. I’m sure once he finds some match fitness he’ll have an excellent season.”

By Curzon Ashton

Oldham hit by Naylor’s four-match ban

Posted on Thu, 16 Aug 2018 09:07:39 +0000
Oldham boss Scott Naylor has been suspended for four matches by an independent operational rules tribunal of the RFL.
He got one match on a grade B charge for questioning a referee’s decision in Oldham’s 50-6 win against North Wales Crusaders plus three more matches, suspended from a previous case.
The hearing was adjourned a fortnight ago because match officials weren’t in attendance and resumed last night (Tues) when Oldham chairman Chris Hamilton was there to represent his club’s head coach.
The four-match ban means Naylor can’t be part of the Roughyeds’ game-day operation in crucial clashes with Newcastle Thunder, Coventry Bears, York City Knights and Bradford Bulls.
Naylor’s assistant coach Pete Carey will be in charge, starting with Sunday’s trip to Newcastle Thunder (3pm kick-off).
In terms of play-off qualification it’s another ‘must win’ game for Roughyeds, who will move up to third in Betfred League 1 if they make it a league double and Workington Town go down at leaders Bradford Bulls.
Naylor’s men won 28-12 when Thunder played at the Vestacare Stadium in May.
Said the Roughyeds boss: “They’re a good side. We had to play very well indeed to beat them at our place and up there we expect another tough battle.
“They’re experienced, dangerous, they like to play quick, expansive rugby and they like playing at home.
“It’s a very important game for us and, like Whitehaven last Sunday, it’s one we have to win.
“We’ll be looking for other results to go our way, but we have no control over those and the one thing we must do is look after our own backyard.
“It’s a game that’s just as important to us as the Whitehaven game last Sunday.”
He said Roughyeds came unscathed through that 20-0 win and that he will again be picking from 23 available players, including on-loan winger Lee Kershaw.
Whitehaven player-coach Carl Forster, meanwhile, has given a fascinating insight into how opponents view Oldham’s experienced stand-off and goalkicker Paul Crook.
Crook helped the Cumbrians to get to last year’s Promotion Final and then figured prominently in the Roughyeds’ impressive win against his former club last Sunday.
Forster has since gone public with this assessment of his ex team mate:
“You know you’re going to get that (game management) when you play against Crooky.
“I think he was really under-appreciated last season.
“You don’t really get Crooky until you play with him or watch him closely and then when you do come up against him he crucifies you for it.
“He’s that experienced head that we probably lack. He’s a great player.
“If you give him the chance to organise and to kick his goals he’ll put you to the sword.”
It was the first time in the history of Oldham RLFC (1997) Ltd that Roughyeds have beaten opponents home and away without conceding a single point.
By Roger Halstead

Weekend Football Fixtures

Posted on Thu, 16 Aug 2018 08:47:28 +0000

EFL LEAGUE TWO:

Grimsby Town v Lincoln City, Bury v Forest Green Rovers, Cheltenham Town v Carlisle United, Crewe Alexandra v MK Dons, Exeter City v Newport County, Mansfield Town v Colchester United, Northampton Town v Cambridge United, Oldham Athletic v Macclesfield Town, Port Vale v Crawley Town, Stevenage v Morecambe, Swindon Town v Tranmere Rovers

 

NATIONAL LEAGUE NORTH:

Alfreton Town v Blyth Spartans, Altrincham v Boston United, Ashton United v Brackley Town, Bradford Park Avenue v Stockport County, Chester v FC united, Chorley v Hereford, Kidderminster Harriers v Darlington, Leamington v Guiseley, Nuneaton Borough v Southport, Spennymoor Town v AFC Telford Utd, York City v Curzon Ashton

 

EVO-STIK PREMIER DIVISION:

Grantham Town v Bamber Bridge, Hednesford Town v Scarborough Athletic, Hyde United v Basford United, Marine v North Ferriby United, Matlock Town v Lancaster City, Nantwich Town v Gainsborough Trinity, South Shields v Witton Albion, Stalybridge Celtic v Mickleover Sports, Warrington Town v Farsley Celtic, Whitby Town v Buxton, Workington v Stafford Rangers

 

EVO-STIK WEST:

Chasetown v Mossley, Clitheroe v Kidsgrove Athletic, Colwyn Bay v Kendal Town, Droylsden v Runcorn Linnets, Glossop v Atherton Collieries, Newcastle Town v Colne, Ramsbottom United v Market Drayton Town, Skelmersdale United v Leek Town, Trafford v Prescot Cables, Widnes v Radcliffe FC

 

NORTH WEST COUNTIES FIRST DIVISION NORTH:

Ashton Town v AFC Liverpool, Atherton LR v Chadderton, Carlisle City v Bacup Borough, Daisy Hill v Avro, Holker Old Boys v Nelson, Longridge Town v Prestwich Heys, Lower Breck v Garstang, Shelley v Cleator Moor Celtic, St Helens Town v AFC Darwen, Steeton v AFC Blackpool

 

NORTH WEST COUNTIES FIRST DIVISION SOUTH:

Cammell Laird 1907 v Abbey Hulton United, Cheadle heath Nomads v  Vauxhall Motors, Eccleshall v Barnton, Ellesmere Rangers v Wythenshawe Amateurs, FC Oswestry Town v Alsager Town, Maine Road v New Mills, Rylands v Wythenshawe Town, Sandbach United v Stone Dominoes, Stockport Town v St Martins, Stone Old Alleynians v Cheadle Town

 

MANCHESTER PREMIER LEAGUE:

Chadderton Reserves v Walshaw Sports, Dukinfield Town v Royton Town, East Manchester v Rochdale Sacred Heart, Hindsford v Beechfield United, Manchester Central v Bolton County, Manchester Gregorians v AFC Monton, Old Altrinchamians v Springhead, Stockport Georgians v Heyside

 

Latics owner provides thoughts on current situation

Posted on Thu, 16 Aug 2018 08:01:12 +0000

Following the opening three fixtures of the 2018/19 season, Oldham Athletic owner Abdallah Lemsagam has provided clarity on the club’s current situation.

In a statement uploaded to the club’s official website, he said:

I would like to start by thanking the loyal supporters who have again surpassed my expectations and have backed the team in such a devoted way.

We have more season ticket holders now than we did last season and I am optimistic that we will all have plenty to cheer about. I hope you all enjoy the scarves. The scarves are just a small token of my gratitude for your ever-present loyalty, particularly last season.

I have been in control of the football club for over six months now and I admit it has not been easy at times. When I first came in a lot of creditors who had not been paid by the previous regime issued court proceedings and winding up orders.

After a long process, there are now no remaining winding up procedures and we are working hard to clear the final old debts that the club is responsible for. In particular, there are no longer any debts owing to HMRC.

It became clear to me quite quickly that the club could not continue the way it had been running: borrowing money from one person to pay another and selling off future assets, leaving a black hole for the future. If we continued in that way there was a very serious risk of losing Oldham Athletic. I have personally spent over £3,000,000 to get us to a sustainable platform now and I will continue to invest in this club.

In order to comply with Football League rules, we have to live within our means. As a result of our relegation to Sky Bet League Two we have had to reduce the playing staff wage bill as well as the staff wage bill to ensure that the club can sign players and move forward in the league.

Not only this, but to comply with the financial fair play regulations of the EFL we have to operate on a smaller budget than last season. However we are working tirelessly to make sure we have a squad strong enough to be competitive.

We are now on a firm footing and can build for the long term future. We have a new management team in place who have a young, hungry squad full of potential at their disposal. Our ambition is to create a successful and sustainable football club that will represent the town for many years and decades to come.

It has been well documented in media reports that a number of players who have left the club were unhappy. I want to say it again: the club is bigger than any one person. It is bigger than me, and any one of the staff or the players. I have been very disappointed to see media reports from one particular player that came to me in January wanting to leave for their own personal gain. At the time I had to remind him of his obligations to the club as an Oldham Athletic player. However this did not seem to have any effect, especially when we look back at some of the performances from the second half of the season.

I am pleased that our dressing room is now totally behind our management team; the players give total respect and dedication to Frankie Bunn and Andy Rhodes and, more importantly, Oldham Athletic.

Ultimately, who plays in the team is down to the manager and his staff. If a player is not loyal, shows no discipline or shows a total lack of professionalism towards the club or any of their colleagues then I am 100% behind our manager to make the correct decision on them. Any player that isn’t committed to this club will not feature for Oldham Athletic.

Me and my family have been fully committed to this club and we will continue to back the team, manager and staff however way we can. I look at teams in the Premier League like Brighton and Hove Albion, Bournemouth and Huddersfield Town who not long ago were in a similar position to us in the Football League. I think about how important a strong foundation has been to help them get to where they are today.

We are now in a position where we can only build the club back up to where it should be, but it can not be done without the backing and support of everyone.

We all need to come together and get behind our young, talented and driven squad.

There may only be 11 players on the pitch, but together as a club we are thousands.

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