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Poor Celtic Reserves Go Down At Home To Valiant

January 6, 2013
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A rogue dog caused a halt to play - and a popped ball

Hooley Bridge Celtic seconds put in a dreadful performance at home to Manchester Valiant 1st XI. The gulf between the two sides was evident, although at 1-0 down at the break Celtic were still in with a chance at Heywood Leisure Centre. But it looked as though none of the team had played with each other and they were totally outplayed by a good opposition team. They conceded two more goals in the second period, and as Billy Hilton said, the Christmas festivities seemed to have weighed heavy on the Hooley side. They remain seventh in the table, but have…

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Diamond’s The Geezer As Jimmies Gain First Win

September 12, 2012
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BY DENNIS BOOTH: The absence of regular management team John Barlow and Danny Dyson didnt stop Jimmies from recording their first victory of the season at Phoenix Park last Saturday as “stand-ins” Mick Grogan and Andy Nuttall led their charges to a battling 3-1 win over East Manchester. Neither side were at their best on a boiling hot afternoon but Jimmies, after going behind on 20-minutes, showed greater resilience and gradually gained the upper hand. Unfortunately neither Mike Weatherilt or Chris Nuttall – Jimmies leading scorers over the years – had their shooting boots on and, as hard as they…

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Jimmies Grab First Point Of Season

September 3, 2012
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BY DENNIS BOOTH: Heywood St James 1st XI grabbed their first point of the season on Saturday with a 1-1 draw at home to Wythenshawe. Simon Carney’s late equaliser was well deserved by Jimmies, who were trailing to a first-half strike from the visitors. There was plenty of action at both ends and Jimmes were left ruing the many chances they failed to take. The second XI have failed to build on a good start to the season. They won their first game 6-1 at Atherton Town, but since fell to heavy defeats at Hollinwood and at Irlam Steel. To…

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Smith Pulls Strings As Hooley Start Off With A Victory

August 27, 2012
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Smith Pulls Strings As Hooley Start Off With A Victory

Marcus Smith revelled in his new role as Hooley Bridge Celtic skipper, producing a magnificent performance as they recorded an opening day 3-2 victory over Hazel Grove in the Lancashire and Cheshire Amateur League Premier Division. Smith pulled the strings for his side from midfield, scoring the first and providing perfect passes for the other two. It was a quiet first half at Heywood Leisure Centre, although most of the threats came from Hooley, mainly through Ellis Ridsdale and the abundant skills of Martyn Bennett. However, it wasn’t until just after the break that Hooley opened the scoring and it…

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Jimmies Look For First Points After AVRO Defeat

August 25, 2012
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Jimmies Look For First Points After AVRO Defeat

THANKS TO DENNIS BOOTH: Heywood St James look to get their first points of the season when they take on Walshaw Sports at Phoenix Park today. They lost their first game of the Manchester Football League Premier Division season at home to AVRO last week, but it was a spirited performance from a young side as they lost 3-2. Jimmies went behind after 10 minutes, Young scoring with a free header from a corner. Weatherilt equalised 10 minutes later, the Jimmies goal machine on the spot to knock in a rebound. Then, six minutes into the second half, Aaron Nuttall…

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Weekend Fixtures

August 20, 2012
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Saturday Manchester Football League Premier Division: Heywood St James v Walshaw Sports (Phoenix Park, ko 2pm) Division 3: Atherton Town Res v Heywood St James Res Lancashire and Cheshire Amateur League Premier Division: Hooley Bridge Celtic v Hazel Grove (Heywood Sports Centre) Sunday: Three Arrows v Crown – David Taylor Memorial Match (Phoenix Park, ko 11am)

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Lion Warm Up For League Campaign In Style

August 20, 2012
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White Lion warmed up for their league campaign in style with their latest friendly win at Siddal Moor. They made light work of Rochdale Alliance Premier League side Balderstone, hammering their higher-division opponents 6-3. Star of the show was Liam Smith, who bagged a hat-trick, while there were also goals from Rhys Lewis, Lee Herbert and Lewis Jacobs. Lion kick-off their season in Division Two with a fixture at Firgrove against Rochdale Galaxy a week on Saturday.

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Jimmies Slip Up To Face Anxious Cup Wait

August 6, 2012
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Jimmies Slip Up To Face Anxious Cup Wait

REPORT BY DENNIS BOOTH: Heywood St James slipped up at Phoenix Park last Saturday in their latest group game in the Myles Kenyon Cup Competition. Leading 2-0, through fine efforts from Gary Stanley and Aaron Nuttall, the Jimmies allowed a sprightly Radcliffe Town far too much room and duly paid the price finding themselves 2-3 behind with little time remaining. A late flurry saw Lee Weatherilt on the spot to stab home the equalising goal but a 3-3 draw may not be enough to see Jimmies into the next round of games Jimmies are still awaiting a competition ruling on their outstanding group…

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Classy Cass Bangs Four As Lion Win At A Canter against Horse and Farrier

August 6, 2012
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Classy Cass Bangs Four As Lion Win At A Canter against Horse and Farrier

White Lion enjoyed a comfortable victory in their pre-season clash with Horse and Farrier on Saturday. Dodging the weather on a very grassy Siddal Moor pitch, Lion were far too good for their opponents from Norden, running out 9-3 winners. Star of the show in terms of goals was Ste Cass, who scored four, while there were also two apiece from Nathan Bates and Lewis Kershaw and one from Matt Baker. Man of the match went to Rhys Lewis. It was a gentle start to the season, but the number of subs and enthusiasm from the Rochdale Alliance league side…

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Lion Appoint New Boss Ahead Of New Season

July 27, 2012
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White Lion start their season with a new manager. The Heywood club have appointed former FC United coach John Marsden as their new boss as they approach the start of their Rochdale Alliance Division Two campaign. Marsden will manage Lion on a Saturday, and FC United’s women’s side on a Sunday. They play at Haslingden this week and then at Matthew Moss school on Saturday, 4 August for their second pre-season friendly. More information to come when it is available.

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