Tomorrow afternoon we welcome Droylsden to the Crown Ground in a Unibond Premier League Fixture. Despite the heavy rain recently there will not be a problem with the game taking place. Kick off, as normal, 3.00pm. Mark Shirley will not be available for selection due to his recurrent knee injury.
LEAGUE CUP ACTION
With last Tuesday’s League Cup trip to Bamber Bridge called off due to a waterlogged pitch the backlog of fixtures in this competition puts into question the decision to have a group based competition.
On Tuesday night we travel to Winsford United to hopefully play our first game in this competition.
The home tie against Runcorn has been rearranged for Tuesday December 12th.
The away tie against Bamber Bridge has been rearranged for Tuesday December 19th.
STANLEY OLD BOYS
Several players have been on the move recently, players who we have lost track of since they left Stanley. Gareth Seddon, who impressed Billy Rodaway so much that he put him on contract, was last heard of playing Sunday Football in Burnley but has now joined Doc. Martens side, Atherstone United, where he scored their equaliser against Bamber Bridge in the Trophy.
James Skeogh, who Wayne Harrison amazingly thought could have solved some of our problems when he signed him in January 1999, has surfaced at Kendal Town, where he scored on his debut. Incidentally his Stanley career lasted two games, plus three as sub.
Philip Noon, who deputized for Rob Mulloy in the first three games of the 1995-96 season, has recently signed for West Cheshire League side Helsby. He had been playing at Prescot Cables, but not as number one 'keeper.
Paul MacDonald signed by David Hamilton in February 1998, played just once for us, in the game against Marine and then simply never turned up again. He recently joined Burscough from Skelmersdale and they appear to have seen even less of him then we did!
Three of the regular ‘movers’ have been on their travels again in recent weeks. Greg Challender made Chorley his fourteenth club, where he joined them from Droylsden. In one of his early games for Chorley, he scored their goal against Stanley in the FA Trophy. Chris Bermingham has moved from Kidsgrove Athletic to Winsford, his tenth club while Andy Gayle, who had already played for Winsford and Rossendale by September this season, has now joined Mossley.
RESERVE TEAM NEWS
We are grateful to our sponsors FootyMad for sponsoring this years Reserve Team
One of our Reserve players has recently moved to Colne, which in itself is no big thing, but the manager of his moving has left a nasty taste. It was only by accident that we learnt that Leon O’Neil had been signed by Colne Manager John Lister, in fact he had been selected to play for Stanley Reserves against Chatburn the following day. At the same time we found out that another of our young players had played for Colne the previous week and although Stanley Reserves had no game that day, at least a courtesy call could have been expected. By a remarkable coincidence both players are members of the LFA Academy where the Colne manager is a coach!
The Reserve team play away tomorrow at Hurst Green, kick off 2.15pm. If the bad weather continues the game looks doubtful. If the game is postponed the Official Site will be updated straight away with the news.
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