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Celtic launch clothes appeal

Posted on Fri, 19 Oct 2018 12:48:28 +0000

Stalybridge Celtic Foundation has taken delivery of two clothes recycling bins at Bower Fold, supporting one of their six adopted charities for the 2018/19 season, Reuben’s Retreat (Charity Number: 1150436).

The bins are easily accessible at the ground, one situated in between the main entrance and the middle gate, with the other right outside the turnstiles near the Social Club.

The club welcomes donations of any unwanted children’s or adult clothes and shoes, all shapes and sizes, so if you are coming up to the match, going to the gym or just passing, you can drop them off anytime of the day and night.

Mike Smith, Community Development Officer, said: “We are delighted to help and assist Reuben’s Retreat with this request and hope that our supporters and the general public, can donate any clothing they no longer require. We also look forward to welcoming staff and volunteers from Reuben’s Retreat to Bower Fold on Saturday 3rd November 2018 for their designated Charity Day at Stalybridge Celtic FC where they have lots of activities planned!”

For more information contact Reuben’s Retreat –


Twitter: @ReubensRetreat

Telephone: 01457-680023


WATCH: Robins ready for FA Cup showdown

Posted on Fri, 19 Oct 2018 11:42:32 +0000

Ashton United are potentially 90 minutes away from securing a place in the first round of the FA Cup – but standing in their way is a tough trip to Southport this weekend.

The robins have failed to make an impact in the competition for quite some time, with their last foray into the first round dating back to 1955!

Strangely enough on that occasion, the robins were beaten 6-1 by Southport.

Ahead of the tie on Saturday, we spoke to Ashton manager Jody Banim about the importance of a victory and the financial boost it would give the club:

Chadderton manager Fish reflects on first year in charge of the club

Posted on Wed, 17 Oct 2018 11:52:37 +0000

Chadderton manager David Fish believes it’s only a matter of time until his players click and move up the table.

The former Curzon Ashton and Stalybridge Celtic goalkeeper, who took the role just over a year ago from then manager Mark Howard, has been put to the test on a number of occasions in the North West Counties First Division North.

After inheriting a side which had won just two of their opening ten league fixtures at the start of last season, Fish managed to steady the ship and guided the club to a 16thplace finish.

While not overly impressed with the final league standing, Fish took the positives from his players’ displays and retained the core of his squad for the following season. Pre-season optimism was soon vanquished, however, as the  squad collected just seven points from their opening seven games in August.

Chadderton have since picked up a solitary league victory and also progressed to the quarter-final of the Manchester Premier Cup, yet despite the poor run of results Fish remains grounded and knows there’s plenty of time for his young guns to turn things around. Reflecting on the past few months, Fish said: “Last season was tough having to rebuild a team whilst also adapting to the league, however I felt that after Christmas we had a good squad and failed to convert performances into results. For that reason I actually think the final league position was lower than I expected. The end of the season was very positive though with us finishing top of the form table with a great set of results from the final six games.

“In the summer I was pleased to keep most of the players I wanted to keep, only Reece Lyndon left to join Silsden and the three loanees from Curzon returned to their parent club. Ryan Shenton and Jordan Butterworth have since re-signed and therefore the squad is largely the one that finished the end of the season top of the form table plus some very talented additions.

“Given the above and our current league position we have definitely under performed so far. Whilst there are times our performances have warranted more than the results achieved we have shown a lack of nous as critical points of games have been too profligate in front of goal and too generous at the back.

“We are still working hard to get the right balance of players and add a little more experience and I’m confident it will all click into place soon and we will start to achieve a consistently high level of performance I know we are capable of. We need to get things right quickly though before the season drifts away from us.”

Prior to the first game of the season against Nelson in August, Fish targeted a top six finish as well as a cup run. Things haven’t gone according to plan so far, but that hasn’t dampened his spirits and his aims and objectives remain the same. He said: “Almost a third of the way into the season and with a slow and inconsistent start I still think a top six finish is achievable but we will need to start converting performances to results soon. At the very least I’d expect us to finish top half. A cup run was in my preseason objectives and we failed to capitalise on a good performance at Parkgate in the vase, losing in extra time, and went out of the first division cup with a whimper. This therefore leaves only the Manchester Premier Cup and Macron Cup as possibilities now.”

Chadderton have been drawn at home to Droylsden in the Manchester Premier Cup, scheduled for Tuesday November 12, but before that comes a tie in the Macron Cup this weekend against 1874 Northwich at the Ark Fleetech Stadium.

Despite the club’s part-time status, Fish says the job is demanding but well worth the sacrifices it forces him to make. “I expected it to be hard but I possibly underestimated how much work goes into the role” he said. “As well as training twice a week and the games there is a lot of time spent planning, speaking to players and discussing things with the coaching staff. It’s probably not an exaggeration to say I speak to Lee, my assistant manager, as much as I speak to my wife. I love the role though; have a supportive team of coaches around me and an understanding wife – who never misses a game – so I wouldn’t change it.”

Peter Band: “We can’t wait to turn the club’s fortunes around”

Posted on Wed, 17 Oct 2018 11:45:22 +0000

Glossop North End have appointed Peter Band and Lloyd Morrison as the club’s new management team.

The duo, who guided Mossley to the Manchester Premier Cup in 2015 and 2016, have taken the reins following Mark Canning and Andy Bishop’s departure on Saturday.

Canning and Bishop took charge of the first team towards the end of last season and were given the role on a full-time basis over summer. However, after a poor start to the campaign, which leaves the club joint-bottom of the Evo-Stik West, the pair made the decision to leave the club by mutual consent after Saturday’s 6-3 defeat to Widnes at Surrey Street.

Glossop acted swiftly to fill the void and confirmed the appointment of Band and Morrison on Sunday evening.

The duo, who are highly respected in non-league circles, inherit a side which has won one, drawn three and lost seven of their opening 11 league fixtures. Glossop have also been eliminated from the FA Cup; FA Trophy; and Manchester Premier Cup, but have progressed to the next round of the Integro League Cup with a somewhat surprising 6-0 victory at Grantham Town.

The cup victory was followed by a draw against Droylsden and a victory over high-flying Radcliffe, but the upturn in form was short-lived and Glossop lost their following four games in all competitions, which summoned the end of Canning and Bishop’s tie in charge.

The incoming managers now face a huge task to turn things around at Surrey Street, but according to Band, it’s a challenge both he and Morrison are relishing. Speaking to Chronicle Sport, Band said: “Once we saw the job was available we sent our CV’s across and received a call from chairman, Dave Atkinson, who asked us to come for an interview on Sunday. A few hours following the interview we were offered job and happily accepted. We’re both thrilled to be back in football and can’t wait to turn the club’s fortunes around.”

Band and Morrison, who were relieved of their duties at Mossley in March, have a point to prove at Surrey Street this season. Their immediate priority is to stay in the league, though Band is confident that a crop of new players – which is set to include Ashton United players Ryan Crowther and Josh Stachini – will guide the club to the right end of the table. He added: “We felt a little bit disheartened about the situation at Mossley, but we’ve both had time to reflect on the decision and believe it was for the right reasons. We’ve been away from the dugout for over six months but we’ve kept ourselves busy in the process. I’ve attended numerous games and written match reports, while Lloyd has watched Winsford and Hyde amongst others. We’ve also had scouts watching Cheadle Town and Wythenshawe Town. Ultimately, we’ve maintained an interest in football in the hope that, if a job did arise, we’d be fully prepared for it.

“Glossop have enjoyed some great memories in the past few years. They were at Wembley in the FA Vase not too long ago, and they’ve missed out in the playoffs in this division on a couple of occasions. The foundations are definitely in place for this club to kick-on – especially with the fan-base here – so myself and Lloyd are fully committed to delivering success wherever possible.”

To launch a new chapter in the club’s history, Band is currently in the process of assembling his own backroom team. Paul Marsbank and Andy Harris will join in a coaching capacity, while the hunt for a goalkeeping specialist continues. The two original physios, George and Ella, will remain at the club.

Glossop return to league action this weekend with a trip to Ramsbottom United, who have recently appointed former Glossop manager Chris Willcock as first team boss.

Midweek Football Review

Posted on Wed, 17 Oct 2018 11:43:36 +0000

In the Evo-Stik Premier Division, Hyde United cruised to a 4-1 victory over South Shields at Ewen Fields.

Tom Pratt gave Hyde the lead from the peanlty spot in the 26th minute before Connor Simpson doubled the advantage shortly before the half-time break. Shields did pull a goal back in the 49th minute  through Rober Briggs’ penalty, though it proved to be in vain as Hyde scored another two through John McCombe and Nicky Platt’s 90th minute chip.

Elsewhere, in Evo-Stik West, Mossley suffered a 2-1 loss at Prescot Cables. The hosts went two ahead in the first half beforeAndy Keogh pulled on back with 15 minutes to go.

In the FA Trophy Preliminary Round replay, Droylsden won 2-0 at Tadcaster Albion, Domaine Rouse and Sefton Gonzales the scorers.

David delights in triathlon success

Posted on Mon, 15 Oct 2018 16:02:30 +0000

Great Britain triathlete David Bunyan has described the European Championships in Madrid as the hardest thing he’s ever done.

The fitness enthusiast, from Hyde, was pushed to the limit as temperatures soared to 40 degrees in the Spanish capital.

But the 55-year-old battled against the elements and overcame the odds to finish sixth in his age group, therefore qualifying for the European Championships in Holland next year.

The Madrid Championships marked the return of competitive action for David, who had been sidelined for three months with a broken scapular. He consequently missed out on the World Championships in Denmark, and while he was heartbroken about the news, David vowed to return to return for the Madrid Championships in September – a target his doctors rallied against!

However, with his sights set on the competition, David ignored the medical advice and represented Great Britain in courageous fashion. Reflecting on the competition, David told Reporter Sport: “It was a long day at the office, not just for me but for all the Great Britain athletes.

“Our team manager told us we were going to struggle with the heat – he was straight up with that – and despite the warnings of keeping hydrated it was difficult to do so.

“There were only three or four drink stations on the bike course, which was 90km. It was a hard ride up three mountains, which all increased in ascent as we went along. I took it nice and easy, and my plan was to get to the top plane and then use my power to descend and ride the 90km back to Madrid and pick a few off. Unfortunately I started cramping in both legs about two hours before the bike finished – I knew I was in trouble. Physcologically it was very difficult, and for the first time ever I thought ‘I’m not going to finish this one’.”

Just as self doubt was setting in, David looked around at the other athletes who persevered through the hellish nightmare. He initially thought he was going to stop at terminal two, but after a brief rest with the other warriors, he put on his trainers and carried on. “There were people dropping out left, right and centre” said David.

“I got back to T2 and resigned myself to not running – it makes me upset just thinking about it – but I sat down in the chair and looked to my right where a GB girl was putting her trainers on; I looked in front of me and there was someone in my age group, George Burns from Scotland, who looked in a bit of a state like I was; and I also looked to my far right, and there was a guy called Rene from Holland, who is a big unit like myself and he was struggling. I just decided to put my trainers on, pulled myself together and set off with six miles in the park before heading off to Madrid.

“I caught Rene after about five minutes, so I introduced myself and set out my strategy to him. I was going to run five minutes and walk two. Four-and-a-half hours later and we were still running together.”

Despite being mentally and physically tortured by the race, David crossed the finish line in 15 hours and 31 minutes.

He reserved special praise for his wife and daughter, who made the journey with him and were always in his thoughts. “They were with me at 4am in the morning and were there at the finish later that night. It was a real team effort.”

Not one to rest on his laurels, David is aiming for big success at the European Championships in Holland next year. “I found out a lot about myself at the Madrid Championships, so I’m going to use that experience, keep the weight off and improve my form. I want to be competitive, so I’m going for a medal.”

David would like to thank his sponsor David Michael Financial Services.





Stalybridge Celtic to host Holiday Camp for budding footballers

Posted on Mon, 15 Oct 2018 12:55:39 +0000

Budding footballers are being given the chance to hone their skills in a quality environment thanks to Stalybridge Celtic.

For four days, running from Monday, October 29 until Thursday, November 1, Celtic will be hosting a Holiday Camp from 9-3pm.

The course is aged at boys and girls aged 7-11, with prices at £12 per child per day, or £40 for all four days.

The first three days will be held at Stalybridge Celtic junior soccer school, Mossley Road, Ashton-Under-Lyne, OL6 9DQ.

The final day will be taking place at Bower Fold, where first team manager Simon Haworth will be in attendance!

Harriers appeal to Tameside community amid closure threats

Posted on Mon, 15 Oct 2018 11:40:21 +0000

It has a proud history of 96 years, but East Cheshire Harriers Running Club is fighting for its future after the club was hit with financial difficulty.

The club was originally formed in 1922 and has since grown from strength-to-strength, with a number of members progressing to the international stage at youth, mature and paralympic level.

However its 300 members are now fighting for its future, with the current floodlights deemed inadequate and therefore a safety hazard throughout the dark, winter months.

Harriers have received financial support from Sport England and Tameside Council but still have a shortfall of £32,000.

The club is therefore appealing to the local community to help raise the money and keep it alive. Following the news, Reporter Sport spoke to honorary treasurer Francis Day about the club’s worrying situation. He said: “The floodlights are at the end of their lives effectively, not one of them works properly and we’ve got a substantial amount of money to raise if we’re to stay open over winter.

“We’re trying numerous avenues to raise the money, although we really do need local companies and sponsors to come on board and help us out. In return we will help give them exposure in any way possible.”

Francis, who is an experienced runner and regularly competes for Great Britain, expressed his concern of the immediate threat of closure.

He fears that if the floodlights aren’t replaced, many of the members will turn to other clubs to pursue their love for running.

According to Francis, the current situation will also effect a number of schools who use the track regularly. “We have about 300 members, ranging from eight years old up to pensioners” said Franics. “A lot of our members compete, while some choose to use the facility for social purposes. There are many schools In Tameside who come down and run their own championships, and there are also schools out of the area, such as Oldham, who also use our facility.”

Emma Toone, Tameside School Sports Partnership development manager, said the closure would have a detrimental impact on pupils across the borough. “For us the impact is already hitting us” she said. “We have to find another venue for both secondary and primary events which may or may not now happen due to regulations and public space. We are talking potentially 15 secondary schools with about 1000 athletes and approximately 30-40 primary schools. The impact is massive as these events may not happen or we have to go out the borough.”

One of the club’s longest-serving members, secretary John Murphy, is well aware of the task at hand.

John has faced a number of problems during his 46 years with the club, which includes raising the money needed to renovate the club house in 1979.

However, he is aware that the current issue presents a whole new challenge, and is therefore pleading with the Tameside public to rally round and help the club in its time of need. “We raised the money to extend the clubhouse, so we’re not averse to working hard to make things happen, but we really need help” he said. “This is a huge amount of money compared to what we’ve had to raise in the past, and so we already have a number of fundraising initiatives planned, which include a bag packing event at Sainsbury’s, Ashton.”

In a bid to get the ball rolling, the club has launched a Crowdfunder page which currently stands at £260. Those who wish to donate to the cause can do so on the following:…

Alternatively, if you have any fundraising ideas, please contact Francis on the following:

Charlie is fighting fit

Posted on Mon, 15 Oct 2018 10:42:40 +0000

Professional boxer Charlie Schofield says he’s absolutely thrilled to have extended his unbeaten run to 15 fights.

The 25-year-old, from Droylsden, beat Cruiserweight Kent Kauppinen on a points decision at the Oldham Leisure Centre on Saturday, October 6.

Charlie, who made his professional bow in December 2014, expressed his delight in bouncing back from the disappointment of having a fight cancelled at late notice just two weeks before his latest victory. Speaking to Reporter Sport, the light heavyweight said: “I couldn’t let the cancellation affect my mindset; I had to ignore that, stay strong mentally, and get back into the gym as soon as possible. On the morning of the cancellation I went for a run straight away, because I knew I had to stay in that positive frame of mind and keep switched on and ready for the fight. The bonus was I was already fit, so I just had to keep myself ticking over in preparation for the later date.”

Despite an unblemished record, Charlie remains modest and refuses to entertain the thought of complacency.

He also has a great deal of respect for his opponents, knowing full well that anything can happen on the night. Of his opponent earlier this month, Charlie said: “In my mind I always expect the worst, so I didn’t underestimate my opponent or anything like that.

“The biggest surprise on the evening was the difference in weight. My opponent weighed in a stone and a half heavier than me, which is a massive difference, so I could feel it on the night and I had to get myself off the canvas a few times, but I managed to grind out a points win and so I’m happy about the result.”

Although a date for his next fight has yet to be announced, Charlie will be grinding away with his coach and confidant, Rob Rimmer. According to Charlie, the pair have fostered a positive relationship which, in turn, creates a ‘feel good vibe’ around the gym. He added: “The gym’s on fire at the minute; everyone is active and everyone has fights coming up, so it’s a great environment to be in and they’re a great bunch of lads to be around.”


Hyde sign Championship striker

Posted on Mon, 15 Oct 2018 10:05:38 +0000

Hyde United manager Darren Kelly has strengthened his squad with the addition of striker Connor Simpson, who joins the Tigers from Preston North End.

Simpson began his career at Hartlepool United but, after a number of impressive performances, caught the eye of Preston who signed him for an undisclosed fee at the start of 2018.

According to reports online, Preston secured his services at the expense of Everton, Newcastle United and West Ham, who were also battling for his signature.

Simpson started on the bench in Hyde’s 3-1 defeat to Gainsborough Trinity last weekend.



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