IMPORTANT FIXTURE NOTICE
The remaining league and cup fixtures are now on the website,
including the dates for Cup Semi Finals and Finals.
Any Clubs wishing to arrange friendlies during
December should contact John Simpson to confirm what
Grounds and Referees availabilities are.
ECCLES SUNDAY LEAGUE double winners, in the Manchester FA Sunday Competitions
Following on from the league’s previous successes in 1992 with De La Salle (Shield) and Boathouse (Cup) and in 2002 Catholic Club (Shield) and De La Salle (Cup).
This season saw CHARLESTOWN CYC lift the MFA Sunday Shield with an emphatic 4-1 win over Rifle Range from the Oldham Sunday League. After going 1nil down, Charlestown came back strongly with 4 goals without reply.
G.C.J.T., also took on Oldham League opponents Middleton Colts, and again went 1nil down in the early stages before scoring 3 times. Middleton scored again in the second half to reduce the arrears, however GCJT held on to win 3-2.
With heavy rain and snow causing widespread fixture disruption across the country this winter, many in the grassroots football community have suffered the frustration that has become an all-too-familiar feeling at this time of the season.
Summer football – March to November…….
From March to June and August to November matches are mandatory, while during July, when most families take their holidays, games are played subject to availability of coaches and players with a one week postponement request implicated.
1. To increase participation
2. To create an attractive modern game
3. To improve coach education and development
4. To create a vibrant volunteer workforce
5. To develop club and school football
6. To produce more talented young players
Bad weather means bad pitches, which means more cancelled games and for young footballers in particular, poorer conditions in which to develop their skills. “It’s a no brainer… lush grass, warm conditions. These are the conditions where kids and young adults will learn the basics, enhance their skills and enjoy themselves.“The alternative, players out all wrapped up, cold, dark, wet and matches called off because the pitches are flooded.”