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This afternoon the draw was made for the FA Trophy Second Qualifying Round.

The Rams will travel to Kidsgrove Athletic or Yaxley on Saturday 10th November at 3pm

Their First Qualifying Round tie has yet to be played due to an FA enquiry.

We will update you on the progress of the FA Enquiry

More details to follow once the opponent has been decided

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PREVIEW: Glossop North End (H)

Old foes Glossop North End make the short journey up the motorway from the edge of the Peak District to renew hostilities, in the nicest possible way.

The two clubs have met on many occasions over the years, the last time being the final game of last season when the Rams travelled to Derbyshire and came away with an enjoyable 3-1 win to end an up-and-down campaign.

Since then, both sides have experienced managerial changes, in our case with the arrival of former Glossop boss Chris Willcock who oversaw the Hillmen’s promotion to the Evo-Stik League as well as a trip to Wembley for the FA Vase final.

Glossop have this week appointed ex-Mossley joint-managers Peter Band and Lloyd Morrison in place of the axed duo of Mark Canning and former Shaker Andy Bishop, following a disappointing start to the season.

A new managerial appointment usually sees an up-turn in form, so Glossop will arrive at the HWRS full of commitment to show the new charges what they have, so we will need to be at our best.

So far, however, although only three games into his reign, Willcock has overseen a number of changes on the playing front and produced two league draws and a very welcome and deserved FA Trophy victory at Trafford last Saturday.

So a tight and hopefully entertaining game looks to be on the cards as both sides attempt to begin an upward push in the League table.

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Haslam's Hut

Ramsbottom United’s chief Programme seller, match reporter and committee member Jon Haslam can look forward to a dry winter this season, as the Supporters Club have erected a Programme hut to keep him out of the Ramsbottom weather.

Club photographer Frank Crook was asked to cut the ribbon (who took the photo then, Frank?) and he did so ahead of the home game against Chasetown.

Jon commented “It’ll be good to keep dry but my only concern is that someone may lock me in it!”

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Due to an FA enquiry into a player fielded in previous rounds of the FA Trophy by Kidsgrove Athletic, Ramsbottom United are unable to confirm when or where they will be playing in the next round of the FA Trophy.

The game was scheduled to be played next Saturday, 10th November, but we are unlikely to have a definitive answer as to who we will be playing or if we will be playing on Saturday until late on Wednesday morning.

One potential outcome of the FA ruling is that the Rams may be required to undertake a 4 hour journey on a Tuesday evening, which the club feels is totally unfair, and representations have already been made to the FA in this regard.

Until we have a definitive answer from the FA as to who our opponents will be and on what date, we have nothing further to add.

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The Rams will travel to Frickley Athletic in the next round of the FA Trophy

Date: Saturday 27th October

Kick off: 3pm

Venue: The Bigfellas Stadium, Westfield Lane, South Elmsall, West Yorkshire, WF9 2EQ

Prices: TBC


1 Workington v Scarborough Athletic

2 Marine v Lancaster City

3 Warrington Town v Prescot Cables

4 Pickering Town v Droylsden or Tadcaster Albion

5 Frickley Athletic v Ramsbottom United

6 Whitby Town v Witton Albion

7 Farsley Celtic v Brighouse Town

8 Ossett United v Clitheroe

9 South Shields v North Ferriby United

10 Hyde United v Bamber Bridge

11 Cleethorpes Town v Marske United or Atherton Collieries

12 Stalybridge Celtic v Nantwich Town

13 Gainsborough Trinity v Tamworth

14 Buxton v King’s Lynn Town

15 Kettering Town v Stourbridge

16 AFC Rushden & Diamonds v St Ives Town

17 Belper Town or Stamford v Leek Town or Loughborough Dynamo

18 Cambridge City v Basford United

19 Carlton Town v Bedworth United

20 Newcastle Town v Chasetown

21 Mickleover Sports v Redditch United

22 St Neots Town v Matlock Town

23 Kidsgrove Athletic v Yaxley

24 Stafford Rangers v Rushall Olympic

25 Soham Town Rangers v Hednesford Town OR AFC Mansfield

26 Grantham Town v Halesowen Town

27 Alvechurch v Stratford Town

28 Barwell v Coalville Town

29 Chipstead v Berkhamsted

30 Sittingbourne v Wingate & Finchley

31 Brentwood Town v Whitstable Town

32 Hythe Town v Bishop’s Stortford

33 Molesey v Walton Casuals

34 Kingstonian v Bedford Town

35 Margate v Potters Bar Town

36 Horsham v Corinthian Casuals

37 Burgess Hill Town v Worthing

38 Dorking Wanderers v Sevenoaks Town

39 Biggleswade Town v Harrow Borough

40 Hitchin Town v Hayes & Yeading United

41 Maldon & Tiptree v Royston Town

42 Haringey Borough v Chesham United

43 Ashford Town (Middx) or Westfield v Lewes

44 Lowestoft Town v Enfield Town

45 AFC Hornchurch v Phoenix Sports or Ramsgate

46 Kempston Rovers v Beaconsfield Town

47 Folkestone Invicta v Leatherhead

48 Merstham v East Grinstead Town

49 Tonbridge Angels v Whyteleafe

50 Hendon v Staines Town

51 VCD Athletic v Leiston

52 Mildenhall Town v Greenwich Borough

53 Metropolitan Police v Carshalton Athletic

54 Canvey Island v Brightlingsea Regent

55 Bracknell Town v Bognor Regis Town

56 Whitehawk v Harlow Town

57 Aveley v Dunstable Town

58 Kings Langley v Needham Market

59 Herne Bay v Witham Town

60 Yate Town v Dorchester Town

61 Gosport Borough v AFC Totton or North Leigh

62 Cinderford Town v Street

63 Larkhall Athletic or Thame United v Bristol Manor Farm

64 Farnborough v Merthyr Town

65 Fleet Town v Salisbury

66 Taunton Town v Weymouth

67 Thatcham Town v Melksham Town

68 Poole Town v Frome Town

69 Hartley Wintney v Tiverton Town

70 Didcot Town v Mangotsfield United

71 Basingstoke Town v Wimborne Town

72 Swindon Supermarine v Banbury United

All ties to be played on Saturday 27th October

Winning clubs at this stage will also receive £3250 from the competition's prize fund.

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Higgs Scoops Player of the Month

The supporters of Ramsbottom United have cast their votes for the club’s Player-of-the-Month for September and the winner is tenacious midfield player Jack Higgs who receives his case of beer from League sponsors Bowland Brewery.

Jack Higgs receives the award from Supporters Club member Matthew Frampton

The 25 year old arrived at Rammy during the summer of 2018, with an impressive pedigree including spells at Histon in the National League South and Enfield Town at step 3. Jack was also part of the St Ives team that won promotion from step 4 to step 3. Jack is originally from Essex and moved to Manchester last year for work, he played a handful of games for Glossop at the end of last season.

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PREVIEW: Skelmersdale (A)

The Rams, resurgent under new boss Chris Willcock, make the first of two visits in four days to Volair Park, home of Prescot Cables, who we meet there on Tuesday, to take on their tenants Skelmersdale United.

It’s well known the problems “Skem” have been facing with their eviction from the Stormy Corner ground earlier this year, and the fact they have been nomads in recent months.

However, news of a possible return to their home town in the foreseeable future has probably lifted a few clouds over the west Lancashire club.

On the field, their woes have continued, with just a single League victory for their troubles so far, but such games come under the banner of “banana skins”, and whilst they are looking for their debut win at Prescot this campaign, we will need to be wary of them and ensure that their opening three points has to wait a little longer.

Two potential additions to the squad are Friday signings Keiran Lugsden and Martin Parker, as the manager continues to rebuild the Rams team in an effort to climb the table with a view to securing at least a play-off spot come the end of the season.

On paper, this game looks winnable, but as we all know, football is not played on paper!

A healthy following will hopefully cheer the Rams on to another three points and an extension to the undefeated run.

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The following members of the Ramsbottom United squad have departed:

Rob Henry has joined Mark Fell at Lancaster.

Ben Deegan, Phil Dean & Tom Brooks have also left the club

Jerome Wright has signed for Premier Division Hyde United.

Curtis Jones has joined Glossop North End.

Goalkeeping coach Andy Robertson has also departed.

The club will be making a further statement in the next few days.

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PREVIEW: Widnes (A)

Preview by Tony Cunningham

The new era with Chris Willcock in charge began with a home draw against Chasetown, who came back from two goals down to snatch a point with a late equaliser.

The draw left the Rams in 13th place in the table.

League newcomers Widnes – promoted from the North West Counties league in the summer, just a few years after their formation - currently sit one place higher on goal difference, so a tight game could be on the cards.

Although their official home is the Halton Stadium where relegated Widnes RLFC play, the football club is currently decamped at the home of Barnton FC just outside Northwich, whilst a new pitch is laid at their usual venue.

A number of new faces appeared on Saturday within the Rams line-ups, with the possibility of one or two others following the new manager to the HWRS.

There are still 84 points to be played for this season, so plenty of time for the changes to make an impact on the team, as all eyes are fixed upon a move up the table towards the play-off places.

Hopefully, Barnton’s ground will have a good scattering of Rammy fans eager to see the club move forward under Chris’s guidance.

Photo of Barnton FC


Barnton FC, Townfield Lane, Barnton, near Northwich, CW8 4LH


Adults: £7.00

Concessions: £3.00

Under 16's: Free

Stats below compiled by Adam Clark

This is the first meeting between the two clubs

The Rams have only won once on the road this season

Here's the current standing in the Evo Stik West

1Runcorn Linnets107121812+622
4Atherton Collieries96032515+1018
6Leek Town8521205+1517
7Prescot Cables85122112+916
8Kidsgrove Athletic8431137+615
10Market Drayton Town94231314-114
11Newcastle Town113441414013
13Ramsbottom United103431416-213
14Colwyn Bay113351720-312
16Kendal Town10217715-87
19Glossop North End10136617-116
20Skelmersdale United11137625-196
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The Rams have made many changes to the squad since the arrival of Chris Willcock - Here are the player proflies of the players recently signed by the manager

Nialle Rodney- began his professional career with Nottingham Forest. He then went on to play for Bradford City, Lincoln City, AFC Telford and Hartlepool, with a few loan spells in between. Nialle retired from the professional game in 2014 to pursue a career in business. A love for football found him turning out for a few local sides before ending up at Wythenshawe Amateurs where he impressed and caught the eye of the new manager. Nialle is an attacking forward who can play on either side and scored a header on his debut against Trafford.

Louis Rowe- after making his way through various age groups as a Striker at Barnsley FC and regularly impressing for the under 23’s Louis signed his first professional contract aged 18. He was released by the club in the Summer of 2018. With several offers to get back in to the game Louis accepted the call from Ramsbottom. Last year Louis was also called up the Republic of Ireland U19 squad.

Nico Evangelinos- Nico joins Ramsbottom after a very successful season with Ashton United, in which he scored several high profile goals including a goal in the EvoStik Premier Division playoff final victory over Grantham. Before Ashton, Nico plied his trade in the North West Counties playing for West Didsbury and Chorlton. Nico is a forward who is dangerous in any attacking role.

Eddie Moran- Eddie is a familiar face to the Rammy faithful as well as to the new Manager. Eddie was a key part of Chris Willcock’s 2015 Glossop team that won the North West Counties double and played at Wembley in the FA Vase final. After leaving Ramsbottom last year Eddie has been playing for Wythenshawe Amateurs.

Khalil Osi-Efa- A 21 year old defensive midfielder, Kal was brought to the club by Assistant Manager Lee Donafee who spotted him playing at County level in Merseyside. Kal has been on the books at Tranmere, Bolton Wanderers and Everton.

Tony Donaldson- A 20 year old quick and crafty central midfielder who is not one to shy away from a tackle. Tony began his career at Skelmersdale before signing a professional deal with Doncaster Rovers in 2017. After spells with Telford, Runcorn Linnets and Widnes Tony ended up at Marine before joining Rammy last week.

Joel Bembo Leta- The 25-year-old Congolese-born centre-back Joel Bembo-Leta joins from Glossop North End. The versatile Bembo-Leta is an imposing 6'2" defender who can play across a range of positions including centre back, defensive midfield and right back. He has represented the likes of Buxton, Altrincham, Droylsden and Marine AFC in his career to date, having begun his career with Stalybridge Celtic where he made over 150 appearances, scoring 6 goals.

Ruben Jerome- Ruben joins from AFC Emley after spells with Warrington Town, Brighouse Town and Southport. Ruben can play on the wing or as a centre forward. With a keen eye for goal he will be a big positive as the team looks to climb the table.

Craig Hindle- a left sided player who was spotted whilst playing amateur football in a Manchester league. He has appearances for a few teams in the North West Counties including Abbey Hey.

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