Tag: Skelmersdale United

A Chequered week for Burscough FC

In the past ten days Burscough Football Club have seen their chairman and secretary sacked, a groundshare with their rivals announced and seen their Supporters’ Club disown them and make plans to form a new, independent club. Yet just under 12 months ago the club were proudly announcing the dawn of a new era. It is unlikely director Dave Hughes had the events of the past week in mind when he declared: “We are looking forward to the future with renewed optimism following the recent takeover of the Club and we will be looking to return the Club to the centre of the local community where it has played a significant role over many years.” Far from keeping Burscough in the ‘centre of the local community,’ the company which took over the club has arranged a groundshare outside of the village and in doing so threatened the very future of Burscough FC. It was around this time last year that Chequer Properties were officially revealed as the new majority shareholders at the club and the news owners of Victoria Park where the Linnets play their games. The property company had been widely rumoured to be taking a role in the club for a few months prior to the official announcement that previous owner Chris Lloyd had sold his shares (and written off a hefty debt the club had accumulated.)...

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It Couldn’t Have Been Closer: How Chester’s Season Went To The Wire

The end of the domestic football season can perhaps be best summarised as a full sensory overload. It’s an intoxicating mixture of the stifling warmth of the spring, mixed with stomach-wrenching nervousness and the occasional feeling, or realisation, that something, or rather something else, is happening elsewhere. It’s a time of year when we are suddenly required to have a graduate level of mental arithmetic, nerves of titanium and, if all goes well, the drinking capacity of a dromedary. This season, though, it seems unlikely that any league will end up quite as tight as Division One North of the Evostik Northern Premier League did by Friday lunchtime. While London – as well as many other places – was being bedecked in Union Jacks in preparation for the royal shindig, certain pockets of the north of England were preparing for something very different altogether. On paper, the race for the title was already more or less complete. Chester FC had seen their double-digit lead whittled away to just three points by Skelmersdale United and, while Chester supporters may have grabbed for the comfort blanket of a goal difference superior to Skelmersdale’s to the tune of eight, even this was complicated by the vagaries of non-league football. While Chester travelled to Garforth Town needing a point to secure the title, Skelmersdale were at home against second from bottom – and...

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