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Player sponsorship packages are available for the 2019/20 season. This is a great opportunity to associate your name with Ramsbottom United Football Club.

Not only is this another fantastic way to affiliate your business with our first team players (maximising publicity for your company), but also an opportunity to have a positive impact on a player’s season too.

We still have several players and management team members available for sponsor, so why not show your support and gain exposure for your company or organisation?


* Match day hospitality for one person in the hospitality suite to a league home game of your choice (all food and drink included).

* Signed photograph of your player.

* Sponsors name/logo in the squad list in every match day program.

* Sponsors name/logo alongside the players profile on the club website.

* Sponsors name/logo on all social media coverage relating to the sponsored player.

Contact Warren on 07855016891 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

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The Rams latest signing is 28 year old forward, Karl Jones. He joins the club after leaving Ossett United in the off season. Jones has played under manager Chris Willcock during his time at Glossop North End. Karl has experience in this league and knows what it takes to be successful at this level after gaining automatic promotion with Hyde United the season before last.

Manager Willcock said on his latest signing "I am looking forward to working with Jonesy again. His time at Glossop with myself was his first season in non-league after returning from America. He scored some very important goals and was having an excellent run in the team scoring frequently until injury halted his season. He then joined Hyde United and helped them gain promotion to step 3 whilst also reaching the first round proper of the FA cup against MK Dons. He then moved on to the newly formed Ossett United last season where once again he was amongst the goals. His versatility in the forward line will be very useful to us during the season. I'm sure our fans will enjoy his contribution."

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In the current climate whereby football clubs at all levels (with the exception of the Premier League!) continue to battle to balance the books, Ramsbottom United have taken a major step towards increasing their revenue stream with the appointment of SIMON KENYON from Kenyon Sports Management as their new Commercial Manager.

Simon, who hails from Hesketh Bank, arrives with significant experience of Sport Business Management and has held roles at a number of clubs over the last thirteen years. He is also the Managing Director of his own sports management business.

He arrives at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium with a remit to encourage as many local businesses as possible to become involved with the club, be it through sponsorship, advertising or enjoying the matchday experience within the dedicated lounge at the ground.

It’s been all-change at the Rams this summer, with the League welcoming new sponsorship in the form of BETVICTOR.

The club sees the appointment of Simon as a step forward in the aim of achieving promotion to the BetVictor Premier Division, by improving the club’s financial position and also increasing both the profile and the support for a club that last season reached the last 16 of the nationwide FA Trophy and grabbed a play-off spot in the League.

This season, under manager Chris Willcock, hopes are high for another promotion push and ultimately an even better campaign this time round.

Chairman Harry Williams, pictured with Simon Kenyon, expressed his delight at the appointment.

“It’s another step forward for the club and we welcome Simon and look forward to him being successful in attracting extra sponsorship and drumming up more interest in the town for their local club.

“Football at this level relies on the goodwill of many volunteers, but fund-raising is massively important, especially for a club with ambitions to move further up the football pyramid. To that end, I wish Simon well and hope that local businesses welcome the opportunity to become involved with him and Ramsbottom United”

Simon also took the opportunity to comment.

“I would to thank Ramsbottom United AFC for offering me this opportunity to work with them. It’s an exciting challenge for me and one that I am looking forward too. I understand the importance of sponsorship to clubs, and I will be going out into the community and speaking to businesses about our sponsorship packages and will look to create long term commercial relationships to benefit both parties. If businesses wish to speak with me, I can be contact on 07817 767156 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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The Northern Premier League have tonight announced (Thursday 3rd July 2019), that the fixtures for the new season will be announced on Friday 12th July at 9am.

Make sure you're following our website & social media accounts next Friday morning for all the fixtures for the new season and we can't wait to hear your views on the new fixtures in our LIVE blog that we will have running next Friday.

CLUB SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS: (copy & paste the links into your browser)

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With the new season rapidly approaching, the Rams play their final home pre-season game when they entertain Ashton United.

The Tameside-based opponents have just returned to the Northern Premier League having had one season at National League North level, where, despite a gallant effort, they failed to avoid the relegation trap-door, meaning a swift return to the League from which they escaped the year before via a 2-0 play-off final victory over Grantham Town.

Managed by Jody Banim, the Robins will be strongly fancied to challenge for a return to level two of the non-league pyramid, especially after a restructuring behind the scenes, which has strengthened the club financially.

As for the Rams, it’s a final chance to show the home supporters a glimpse of what could be expected during the next nine months.

With most of the squad now assembled and signed up, one or two spots are still up for grabs, and as such we could see one or two aspiring Rams contesting for a contract.

The final pre-season game will take place on Thursday (8th) with a visit down to Staffordshire to take on Kidsgrove Athletic.

A similar journey was undertaken on Saturday, when another BetVictor South East side in Newcastle Town provided the opposition, and the Rams returned home on the back of a 3-0 win, courtesy of a brace from Daniel Naidole and another strike from a trialist.

Season tickets will be on sale during the Ashton United game, priced £130 for adults and £70 concessions.

Admission prices for this game are Adults £5, Concessions (65+, 16+under, 17-18 students) £3, 12+under accompanied by an adult £1.

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PRE SEASON PREVIEW: Caernarfon Town (A)

After the encouraging and entertaining game against a strong Rochdale side on Wednesday, the Rams continue with their pre-season build-up with a trip over the Welsh border to take on Caernarfon Town, with a 4pm kick-off due to a youngsters tournament taking place at the Town’s Oval ground.

Once again, the Rams will be fielding a number of trialists as manager Chris Willcock continues to build a squad capable of challenging for honours when the new BetVictor North West League kicks off on August 17th.

Opponents Caernarfon Town, after a spell outside the Welsh top tier, returned to the Welsh Premier League last year and obtained a highly encouraging top six finish playing some expansive football which ultimately attracted the league’s highest average attendance.

Always difficult to compare the standard of football in the two countries, but fellow WPL side Connah’s Quay recently knocked Scottish Premier Division side Kilmarnock out of their European competition, so one could argue that the standard over the border is pretty high.

Whilst results at this stage are not too important, Caernarfon will certainly test the players that the Rams put out, giving the management team an indication of what lies ahead.

It’s a fair way to go, but any Rammy supporters venturing over will be guaranteed a warm reception and an entertaining game.

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BREAKING: 2019/20 fixtures announced

The Rams fixtures for the 2019/20 season have this evening been announced

We start the season against at home against Widnes FC on Saturday 17th August at 3pm

We play local neighbours Mossley at Home on Boxing Day (Thursday 26th December) & Away on Easter Monday (Monday 13th April)

Also our other neighbours Trafford we face them at home on August Bank Holiday Monday (26th August) & Away on New Years Day (Wednesday 1st January)

The final game of the Season will be against Dunston at home on Saturday 25th April


2019/20 Ramsbottom United fixture list

Sat Aug 17 Widnes H

Tue Aug 20 Pickering Town A

Sat Aug 24 Emirates FA Cup Prelim

Mon Aug 26 Trafford H

Sat Aug 31 Pontefract Collieries A

Tue Sep 3 City of Liverpool H

Sat Sep 7 Emirates FA Cup 1Q

Tue Sep 10 Clitheroe H

Sat Sep 14 Ossett United A

Wed Sep 18 Integro Cup 1st Round

Sat Sep 21 Tadcaster Albion H / Emirates FA Cup 2Q

Tue Sep 24 Kendal Town A

Sat Sep 28 Workington A

Sat Oct 5 Brighouse Town H / Emirates FA Cup 3Q

Sat Oct 12 Buildbase FA Trophy Prelim

Sat Oct 19 Colne A / Emirates FA Cup 4Q

Wed Oct 23 Integro Cup 2nd Round

Sat Oct 26 Buildbase FA Trophy 1Q

Sat Nov 2 Marine H

Sat Nov 9 Prescot Cables A / Emirates FA Cup 1 / Buildbase FA Trophy 2Q

Sat Nov 16 Runcorn Linnets H

Sat Nov 23 Dunston A / Buildbase FA Trophy 3Q

Sat Nov 30 Marske United H / Emirates FA Cup 2

Wed Dec 4 Integro Cup 3rd Round

Sat Dec 7 Tadcaster Albion A

Sat Dec 14 Droylsden H / Buildbase FA Trophy 1

Sat Dec 21 Widnes A

Thu Dec 26 Mossley H

Wed Jan 1 Trafford A

Sat Jan 4 Pickering Town H / Emirates FA Cup 3

Sat Jan 11 City of Liverpool A Buildbase FA Trophy 2

Sat Jan 18 Brighouse Town A

Sat Jan 25 Workington H / Emirates FA Cup 4

Sat Feb 1 Droylsden A

Wed Feb 5 Integro Cup Quarter-Finals

Sat Feb 8 Buildbase FA Trophy 3

Sat Feb 15 Ossett United H

Sat Feb 22 Clitheroe A

Sat Feb 29 Kendal Town H / Buildbase FA Trophy 4

Wed Mar 4 Emirates FA Cup 5 / Integro Cup Semi-Final

Sat Mar 14 Marine A

Sat Mar 21 Colne H / Emirates FA Cup Quarter-Final / Buildbase FA Trophy SF(1)

Sat Mar 28 Runcorn Linnets A / Buildbase FA Trophy SF(2)

Sat Apr 4 Prescot Cables H

Wed Apr 8 Integro Cup Final

Sat Apr 11 Pontefract Collieries H

Mon Apr 13 Mossley A

Sat Apr 18 Marske United A / Emirates FA Cup Semi-Final

Sat Apr 25 Dunston H

Sun May 17 Buildbase FA Trophy Final

Sat May 23 Emirates FA Cup Final

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Ahead of the new season which kicks off on Saturday 17th August, Ramsbottom United can announce that the following pre-season fixtures have been confirmed:

Wednesday 24th July RAMS v Rochdale 7.45pm

Saturday 27th July Caernarfon Town v RAMS 4.00pm (This follows a tournament that involves members of the Ramsbottom Junior sides)

Tuesday 30th July RAMS v Nantwich Town 7.45pm

Saturday 3rd August Newcastle Town v RAMS 3.00pm

Tuesday 6th August RAMS v Ashton United 7.45pm

Thursday 8th August Kidsgrove Athletic v RAMS 7.45pm

Fixtures for the new season will be released in early July following the Northern Premier League’s AGM this Saturday (15th June) where the constitution of the newly named Division One North West will be confirmed.

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PRE SEASON PREVIEW: Newcastle Town (A)

The build-up to the new season continues with a trip to Staffordshire to meet with our old friends, Newcastle Town.

Many will still remember the Lyme Valley Stadium as the place where the new management team of Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley began their managerial career with a 5-0 thumping, but they seem to have done fairly well for themselves since then!

Last season Chris Willcock took the Rams down there in February and came away with a superb 6-0 victory (someone spoilt when Town came to Rammy a month later and gained revenge with a 2-1 win!).

Since then, as a result of boundary changes, the two teams will not meet for League fixtures this season, so this is a chance for two teams, which should be fairly evenly balanced, to contest a game ahead of the new campaign which begins in two week’s time.

There are still opportunities for one or two trialists to force their way into the squad reckoning, and they will be joined by those who have already signed on for the new campaign.

Whilst results are not that important at this stage (although the 2-2 draw against Premier Division side Nantwich Town on Tuesday showed that the Rams can handle a side from a division above), pre-season games are all about fitness, a squad knitting together and new tactics being tried out.

Already the supporters have seen much to be enthused about, so the Newcastle game is the first of three in the coming week before we can look forward to the real thing on the 17th.

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We’re not quite back yet, but the big kick-off is now less than a month away.

As usual, at this time of year, pre-season “friendly” matches take centre stage, and the Rams kick off this new campaign with a home game against local League One side ROCHDALE.

The Dale, who have had some excellent seasons of late, appeared to be dead and buried when the club promoted coach Brian Barry-Murphy into the managers chair towards the end of last season, but it proved to be an inspired decision.

Results picked up immediately and the deficit was soon overcome to ensure that our neighbours continue to play at level three for another season.

At a time when so many clubs are struggling to survive, Rochdale have always stood out as being a well-run club who cut their cloth accordingly.

Their Spotland ground is now one of the best in the lower Divisions, and the Rams squad can expect a decent test against our full-time neighbours.

Many of last season’s team that performed so well after the arrival of manager Chris Willcock, are still with us, along with a handful of newcomers, a number of whom have been on Chris’ radar for some time.

As usual, there will be a number of changes throughout the game as trialists are given the opportunity to prove themselves, and newcomers become aware of their team-mates and the tactics expected with the new season approaching.

Reduced admission for this one of just £5 for adults, £2 for concessions, and £1 for 12 and under, accompanied by an adult.

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The Northern Premier League is excited to announce a new two-year sponsorship deal with leading online gambling company BetVictor, starting from season 2019/20.

The deal is across the National League System’s “big three” feeder leagues and is the first time that a single brand has taken on title sponsorship of every step 3 and 4 competition.

Like many contemporary sports sponsorships, BetVictor’s focus is on digital and social media, with each league’s website being refreshed and new content added.

The new BetVictor sponsorship will bring a remarkable level of new investment into each competition, underpinning BetVictor’s commitment to supporting the game and to strengthen its digital presence through unique collaborations and campaigns.

NPL chairman Mark Harris, in a joint statement with Isthmian Football League equivalent Nick Robinson and the Southern League’s Terry Barratt said: “We are delighted to be working with BetVictor, such a high-profile sponsor. It is a major coup for the leagues at the Steps 3 and 4 of the National Leagues System. By working collectively, we become a much more attractive commercial and media proposition. We are all striving to professionalise our competitions and this sponsorship takes things to a new level.”

Commenting on the partnership, BetVictor’s Director of Brand and Creative, Matt Parkes stated: “We’re very excited about this partnership and we’re confident it will be a successful one for all three leagues and for BetVictor. The growing popularity of the leagues amongst the football community in the UK gives us the opportunity to amplify our brand’s digital presence and engagement, and to get closer to the leagues’ football fans.”

The players’ shirt sleeves at 228 clubs part of all three leagues will also carry the BetVictor logo.

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Having enjoyed the club’s best season for a number of years (5th place play-off finish in the League, and last 16 in the FA Trophy), manager Chris Willcock is preparing for a challenge at the top of Evo-Stik North West come August, and the club are looking to add to the backroom staff that already includes Assistant Manager Lee Donafee and Coaches Lincoln Adams and Warren Nolan.

A new club Physio is required along with a newly-installed position for a Kit Man, to join a club looking forward to a successful campaign at non-league’s level four.

Ramsbottom United is also looking to expand it’s Commercial operation with a view to increasing sponsorship and advertising, and again a newly-created post is looking to attract someone who feels that they can add to the profile of the club by bringing in extra revenue.

Interested parties for all three positions are asked to contact the club via email to club secretary Tony Cunningham at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Having enjoyed a memorable season last time out, hopes are high at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium that the club can go one better next season, so successful applicants should be in a position to enjoy their input into the well-run club.

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The build-up to the new season continues with a home game against long-time opponents NANTWICH TOWN, who were regular visitors to the HWRS during our North West Counties days, and indeed when we joined them in the Northern Premier League.

The Dabbers decision to move from their old Jacksons Avenue ground to their brand new Weaver Stadium prompted an uplift in fortunes, and over the last few seasons the Cheshire side have been pushing at the top of the NPL Premier Division, with eyes intently focussed on gaining a place in the National League.

Last season saw them go close once more, so they should provide a stern test for the side that manager Chris Willcock is reshaping ahead of our own push for promotion.

Already the Rams have enjoyed two pre-season outings. The game against a strong Rochdale side resulted in a narrow 2-3 defeat in front of over 400 spectators, and last Saturday, the squad ventured over the border to take on one of the top Welsh sides in Caernarfon Town.

I doubt anyone expected the final result to be 6-1 in our favour, but that’s how it turned out, and whilst results at this stage of the year mean very little, such a scoreline can hardly do the lads any harm!

So another run-out as the management team continue to trial a number of possible newcomers, along with those who have already signed, having played previously for the club, or about to embark on a debut season here.

Two enjoyable games to watch so far, let’s hope this is another as we look at the new season now being less than three weeks away.

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Ramsbottom United is pleased to announce the capture of prolific Yorkshire goal scorer Daniel Naidole. The former AFC Emley, Yorkshire Amateur, Bradford Park Avenue and Brighouse Town forward can play in a number of offensive roles. A technically gifted player with an eye for a pass, Naidole has had a very successful scoring record at all of his clubs.

Manager Chris Willcock said “Daniel is a player I have had my eye on for a number of seasons. He is an exciting talent who we are looking forward to seeing in a Rammy shirt. He has a great work ethic and is a very intelligent player and I am sure the fans won’t be disappointed with his contribution.”

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Join the Roch Valley Radio Commentary Team for the 19/20 season.

Ramsbottom United FC are working with Roch Valley Radio in the 2019/2020 season to bring you LIVE match commentary.

Roch Valley Radio are giving you the opportunity to become part of their Commentary Team to get behind the microphone and commentate on your favourite team; you'll even get chance to ask players questions in pre and post-match interviews.

As part of this voluntary role, you will receive the relevant training to use both the studio and commentary equipment, they'll get you registered for the corresponding press accreditation, and you'll work alongside other like-minded people who have a keen interest in local sports. All we ask is that you have a keen interest in sports and would be up for the challenge.

They aim to have about 6-9 commentators to accommodate volunteer availability, and each game two people will be at the match ground and a third back in the studio broadcasting the match, this will be on a rotational basis.

If this is of interest to you then you can sign up by visiting to fill in the enquiry form here: or if you would like further information, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. the initial deadline is Wednesday 10th July 2019.

You'll be able to tune into the match games from your mobile phone, tablet, Amazon Alexa and online, keep your eyes open for further information over the coming weeks.

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Having bowed to years of pressure, the FA have finally put together the final pieces of a more logical 1-2-4-8 pyramid system for the top four levels of non-league.

The season just ended saw a fourth Division added at level three, and the 2020-21 season will see the pyramid completed with an additional Division at level four.

The Evo-Stik Northern Premier League were disappointed to have lost out to the Southern League with regards to embracing the extra level three division last year, but has successfully applied to the FA to run the eighth level four division, meaning that the NPL will operate with a Premier Division and three First Divisions from 2020/21.

In readiness, next season has seen many changes within the league, with the current two First Divisions moving from an East/West split, to a North West/South East divide.

As a result, along with the usual promotions and relegations, a number of teams who played against the Rams last season have now been moved sideways.

Local derbies against Radcliffe and Atherton Collieries have been lost due to their promotions, whilst our old friends at Glossop North End have now been moved into South East.

Also moving with them are Chasetown, Kidsgrove Athletic, Leek Town, Market Drayton Town, and Newcastle Town after a single season of competing against Ramsbottom United following on from last year’s move from a North and South First Division split.

In their places return some former opponents, Ossett United (an amalgamation of the two Ossett teams, Town and Albion), Brighouse Town and Tadcaster Albion.

Joining them are two old foes who both suffered relegation from the Premier Division, Marine and Workington, whilst the Rams will be welcoming a number of sides for the first time in their history.

City of Liverpool come up as North West Counties League champions, whilst the top side in the Northern League, Dunston UTS will see the club having a long trip up to Gateshead, whilst other longer trips will see journeys up to Marske United, Pickering Town and Pontefract Collieries.

All of which leaves the club with a minority of clubs still in the Division from last season, namely Clitheroe, Colne, Droylsden, Kendal Town, Mossley, Prescot Cables, Runcorn Linnets, Trafford and Widnes, but losing Skelmersdale United who were relegated to the North West Counties League.

So, providing the new set-up is approved at the NPL AGM in June, the Rams will have quite a variety of opponents next season, with ten new teams to play, against just nine who competed together last time out.

Proposed Evo-Stik North West Division line-up for Season 2019/20:

Brighouse Town, City of Liverpool, Clitheroe, Colne, Droylsden, Dunston UTS, Kendal Town, Marine, Marske United, Mossley, Ossett United, Pickering Town, Pontefract Collieries, Prescot Cables, RAMSBOTTOM UNITED, Runcorn Linnets, Tadcaster Albion, Trafford, Widnes, Workington