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300 Up for Fans’ Favourite “Wizz”!

Ramsbottom United manager Mark Fell handed versatile left-sided player Phil Dean the Captain’s armband ahead of the game away at Mossley on Saturday as recognition of the 27 year old’s 300th appearance for the club.

Joining the Rams back in 2009 as an 18 year old, he was instrumental in the club’s rise from The North West Counties League through to the Evo-Stik Premier, and the diminutive full back-cum-winger has been a firm favourite at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium over the years.

He followed the club’s former joint-managers Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley to Salford City, and had spells at Warrington Town, Shaw Lane and Colne, before returning to the club last season.

Dean, pictured above, wore the Rams shirt for the 300th time at Seel Park, with 250 starting appearances, 50 from the bench, and an impressive scoring record of 60 goals for Ramsbottom United.

Here's a few of Phil's action shot from this afternoon's match

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Integro League Cup

This afternoon the draw for the first round of the Integro League Cup was made, the Rams will host Clitheroe on Tuesday 18th September at 7.45pm.

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BACK ROW (Left-Right): Ryan Ellison, Rob Henry, Sam Reeves, Nathan Brown, Alex Downes, Harry Foulds, Greg Daniels, Jamie Rother, Tom Brooks

MIDDLE ROW: Ben Cole (Physio), Dom Marie, Lee Gaskell, Tom Higgs, Sam Ashton, Luke Jordan, Ben Deegan, Tom Kennedy, Andy Robertson (Goalkeeper coach)

FRONT ROW: Jerome Wright, Luke Thompson, Nathan Rooney (First Team Coach), Dean Stott, Mark Fell (Manager), Graham Lancashire (Assistant Manager), Phil Dean, Alfie Carmichael

Photo taken by Club Photographer, Frank Crook

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MATCH PREVIEW: Mossley vs Rams

Preview by Tony Cunningham

Back in the late 1970’s and early ‘80’s, Mossley were arguably the most successful non-league club in the country. Twice champions of the Northern Premier League, when the League was the next level below the Football League, followed by a couple of runners-up spots, along with a visit to Wembley in the Final of the FA Trophy, the Lilywhites were only denied entry to the newly formed National League (then The Alliance) due to ground grading issues.

Since then, it’s fair to say, the club from a small town nestled in the foothills of the Pennines, has suffered a chequered history.

Financial problems almost put them out of business, whilst mixed results on the pitch has seen them turn into what most people would describe as a fourth tier non-league side.

However, a change of management this summer has seen Dave Wild and Terry Hincks installed in the hot seats, and a transformation on the pitch has been immediate.

Away wins at Chasetown and Droylsden, with a home victory over Widnes has seen a 100% start to their League campaign, whilst a draw away at newly-amalgamated Ossett United in the FA Cup has ensured an unbeaten start to the season. The Rams are also on a high after drawing away at Kidsgrove in the FA Cup (Replay at Rammy on Tuesday night) and an excellent hard-earned victory at much-fancied Atherton Collieries on Bank Holiday Monday.

So an intriguing game is in prospect just down the M60.

At last International Clearance has come through for Tom Kennedy giving manager Mark Fell another option, and whilst Greg Daniels may just fall short, Dean Stott will hopefully be available after the nasty injury he received at Kidsgrove.

Looks like an entertaining game awaits.

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MATCH PREVIEW: Atherton Colls v Rams

Preview by Tony Cunningham

The Rams make the short hop across Bolton to take on old rivals Atherton Collieries at the Kensite Stadium (M46 9EY)

Colls were promoted to the Evo-Stik League last season having clinched the North West Counties League title, and enjoyed a fruitful first year at the higher level.

Having finished the campaign in a creditable 10th spot, they then collected their first piece of silverwear at this level by defeating Coalville Town from the Premier Division in the Final of the Integro League Cup, by 2 goals to 1 at Alfreton Town’s ground.

On the way to the final they just happened to eliminate the Rams at their place in the quarter final 2-0, whilst also defeating us there in the League a couple of weeks later by virtue of a late free-kick which edged the five goals scored on the day, in their favour.

They would have regarded that as fair justice, after we ended their excellent ten game unbeaten run by defeating them 1-0 at home in early March.

The two clubs have met many times over the years, mainly in the NWCFL, so old rivalries will be renewed on Monday, and hopefully a good number of Rammy supporters will be there cheering the lads on in what is certain to be a decent crowd.

Still out for the visitors is Tom Kennedy. The farcical situation regarding the application for his International Clearance following his stay in Wales with Bangor City, has still not materialised, much to the frustration of both the player and the club.

Greg Daniels is also likely to be missing, as is captain Dean Stott who suffered a nasty injury when colliding with the advertising boards at Kidsgrove on Saturday.

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MATCH PREVIEW: Rams v Kidsgrove Athletic

Emirates FA Cup Preliminary Round

Saturday 25th August 2018

Ramsbottom United v Kidsgrove

Preview by Adam Clark

It’s that time of the season again, It’s time for the Emirates FA Cup.

A win and a defeat so far this season for the Rams is good form going into to the FA Cup Preliminary Round on Saturday

The Rams face a trip down the M6 to just north of Stoke to face Kidsgrove Athletic of the same division, Kidsgrove have started the season with 2 wins from 2 games against Clitheroe & Trafford and currently sit second behind Radcliffe.


Greg Daniels & Harry Foulds are still out through pre season’s injuries

Jerome Wright returns from suspension after sitting the first 2 games.

Tom Kennedy is still unavailable; he is still awaiting clearance from the FA.


Tie No. 17 – Kidsgrove Athletic (NPL 1W) v Ramsbottom United (NPL 1W)

Levels: Step 4 v Step 4

Best Runs: 4th qualifying v 3rd qualifying

History: No previous FA Cup meetings

Facts: Kidsgrove Athletic made it to the 2nd Qualifying Round in both the last two seasons whilst Ramsbottom United exited in the Preliminary Round in their last two campaigns.

HEAD TO HEAD: The Rams will meet Kidsgrove for the first time since 2002. The Rams don’t have the best record against Kidsgrove only winning 1 of 10 meetings with Kidsgrove (D3 L6).


The match officials for tomorrow’s fixture with Kidsgrove Athletic are:

The Referee is, Graeme Kearney. He will be assisted by Sean Cuthbert and Gareth Edwards

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This Friday 31st August (7.45pm kickoff) the Ramsbottom United Reserves will play at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium for the first time when they face Morecambe FC Reserves. Entry is only £2. Come and support the future of Ramsbottom United!

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Update on Dean Stott

Captain Dean Stott went to hospital after yesterday's match and received four stitches for his head cuts. He returned home afterwards and is doing fine. We are wishing Dean a swift recovery.

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FA CUP: First Qualifying Round Draw

The winner of our FA Cup Replay v Kidsgrove Athletic on 4th Sept will play Atherton Collieries away on Saturday 8th September in the FA Cup First Qualifying Round.

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MATCH PREVIEW: Colne v Ramsbottom United

Preview by Tony Cunningham

Tuesday night sees an east Lancashire local derby between two sides that opened their account with victories on Saturday.

Whilst the Rams were 2-1 victors at home to Market Drayton Town, Colne won by the same score on the road at Newcastle Town, setting up what is always a tense and interesting fixture.

Two seasons ago, the Rams were victorious in a highly entertaining game, thanks to the trusty left foot of Darren Green, whose thunderbolt winner was later adjudged as the goal-of-the-season.

Last year, however, the trip was less memorable for the Ramsbottom team. A similar 1-0 scoreline finished in favour of the home side, with the visitors harshly losing the services of midfielder Jamie Rother through a disputed red card, swiftly followed by the dismissal from the dug-out of an irate manager Mark Fell.

For the Rams, Jerome Wright serves his second and last suspension, Greg Daniels is still a week or two away from coming back from the injury he sustained pre-season, and the long-awaited International Clearance for Tom Kennedy is still to come though, meaning he is likely to be unavailable again, unless the FA of Wales finally gets it’s act together before 3.45 on Tuesday.

Which way this season’s game will go is anybody’s guess, but whatever the eventual outcome, you can expect another worth-watching encounter.

Stats complied by Adam Clark

Match officials

Referee - Mark Reeves

Assistant Referee 1 - Matthew Young

Assistant Referee 2 - Zeyad Ahmed

Head to head: The Rams have face Colne many times over the years (27 in fact). The Rams have won 14 of them, Colne have won 11 and there have been 2 draws

Players that have played for both: Lee Gaskell, Oliver Crankshaw, Lee Pugh, Marcus Poscha, Luke Thompson, Dean Stott, Phil Dean, Mark Ayres, Rob Grimes, Michael Morrison and Adam Morning.

Last meeting: Colne 1 Ramsbottom United 0 - 13th January 2018

Match Report: Yet no luck again for the Rams

Match coverage

Full match updates on our twitter feed -

Match report by Jon Haslam, photos by Frank Crook & highlights of the match will be available on Wednesday across our various platforms.

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REPORT: Rammy 2 Market Drayton Town 1

Ramsbottom United v Market Drayton Town

Saturday 18th August 2018

Evo-Stik League First Division West

By Damien Barlow

The day that all football fans eagerly anticipate was once again upon us. The one day of the season where eveyone is equal, and everyone dares to dream - the opening day. Today we kicked off the 2018-2019 season by welcoming Market Drayton Town to the Riverside, for what would be the first meeting between the 2 sides.

With several injuries, suspensions and one delay in international clearence, the home side lined up with a 4141 formation, and 5 debutants featuring in the starting line-up, and a sixth on the bench.

It was the home side who got proceedings underway, and while the first 5 or so minutes lacked any real fluency or controlled possession, the rest of the half certainly belonged to Ramsbottom in what was a dominant display with a continued attack on the final third. The first half-chance that threatened the away goal came in the 7th minute after a mis-placed pass was picked up by Ben Deegan who quickly found Nathan Brown who gave the crowd their first glimse of what he can offer as he dropped his shoulder to lose his man and get his shot away which was parried by the Drayton keeper, unfortunatly Deegan could only push his follow up wide of the post. This was quickly followed up with another very good chance to grab an early goal when again, Brown showed good feet to work a cross into the box which caused problems. Both Rother and Deegan had attempts blocked, and Market Drayton finally cleared their area in a rushed fashion. Ramsbottom were getting a lot of joy down both flanks, both Brown and Jordan looking like they were enjoying themselves, and beating the respective full backs at will. It was Brown again who crafted the next chance as he wriggled free from his 2 close minders and freed Higgs in the box only for his shot to end up behind the goal.

The attacking prowess from the home side showed no sign of letting up, as another early ball out wide, this time down the right to pick out Luke Jordan, again skipped past Myles Arnold with ease sent a ball across the edge of the area, where Higgs once again got his shot away, but sadly with the same end result as his previous effort. As the twentieth minute ticked by, Market Drayton were afforded a rare chance to get a ball in and around the Rammy area. A free kick half way in the home half was sent towards the back post searching out Liam Bood but unfortunate for him, the linesman had given his flag a first outing of the day.

On 22 minutes, quite possibly the pass of the game, as Rob Henry picked out Nathan Brown with a 50 yard pass who controlled instantly and lost his man again, and as he moved menacingly into the area, hit a shot-cum-cross which just passed the far post to the relief of the visiting keeper. On the half hour the corner count was increased again, as Higgs sent an in-swinger to the far post where Ryan Ellison met it with intent and sent it back in to the 6 yard box, where it eventually broke to the impressive Brown who's shot against the bar deserved better luck. The away clean sheet had been hanging on for dear life almost from the first whistle, and on 31 minutes it finally succumbed to the relentless onslaught, as once again the outlet down the left paid dividends, and while Brown needed 2 attempts to get the ball accross, the latter effort was met with the head of the free Higgs who sent the ball nestling.


The home side were playing with a swagger now and moved the ball with ease with options a plenty for whoever had the ball. This time it was Rother who carried the ball forward, with screams from the advancing Jordan ringng in his ears, he waited for his moment to release the ball sending it into Jordans path who cut inside his man and picked out Higgs on the edge of the area who lost his man with a feign and got his shot away, but again, just wide of the mark.

On 35 minutes, the footballing gods proved again that if you dont take your chances you run the risk of being punished in the harshest way, regardles of whether you deserve to be or not, as a ball forward somehow eluded Phil Dean allowing Will Wells a rare shot at Ashton, and while he did his best to fluff his lines, his scuffed effort found the gambling Charlie Knowles who just had to roll the ball into the unguarded net.


The conceded goal seemed to stun the home side, as within a minute Market Drayton could have had another attempt on goal had they worked it better, fortunatley composure was regained, and familiarity was resumed with Ramsbottom pushing forward looking to restore what would be a much deserved lead. As it was, the scoring was finished for the first half, and as the referee brought it to a close, both teams left the pitch wondering how exactly the score was level - but for very different reasons.


The away side got the second half underway, no doubt with the wrath of their manager still ringing in their ears. The first notable chance came on 48 minutes as the energetic Luke Jordan again broke down the right and sent his ball towards the penalty spot only for the ball to bounce of the covering defender and into the keepers grasp, and much to the disbelief of the visitors the official deemeed it intentional and awarded an indirect free kick. As the home side tried to conjure up a plan to effectivley try and beat 9 keepers from 12 yards it was left to Higgs to roll the ball for Rother to take the brute force approach rather than anything resembling finesse, this crashed against one of the 9 keepers and for now, the danger had passed for Market Drayton.

Ramsbottom continued to get a lot of joy down both flanks and the corners total kept rising. Again Higgs sent in a tempting in-swinger to the far post, and again Ellison got to the ball first but nodded wide of the goal. Just before the hour mark, Rother marauded forward with intent, fnding the ever available Brown who cut inside and returned the ball back to Rother on the edge of the box who in-turn fed his other readily available option for the day in Jordan who for the umpteenth time beat his man cut inside and but directed his effort straight at the chest of the greatful Rawlins. Minutes later, applause was ringing round the HWRS again, as Higgs released Brown down the left with an outside of the foot pass for him to escape his marker took the opportunity to try and get on the score sheet, but sent his effort just wide.



On 67 minutes Phil Dean brought the ball forward over half way, and delicately lifted the ball over Buxton to send Jordan - now operating on the left away down the touch line, looking up to see what was on offer, Brown had made himself available on the edge of the box and was easily picked out, his shot cannoned of an on-rushing defender and away for another corner. The 71st minute brought the 2 best chances of the half to restore the lead. A searching ball forward found Dom Marie on the edge of the box, he got past his man and tried placing his shot which the keeper managed to parry away only for it to fall to Rother who tried lifting the ball back over the recovering stopper, but again he did his bit to take a point back down the M6 for his team.


As the final 10 minutes loomed, Market Drayton found themselves in unfamiliar territory - their attacking final third. A couple of hopeful balls into the box which no-one seemed to either want to attack or defend, was eventully cleared by the Rammy back line and the search for a winner continued. As Brooks found space in the middle, he picked out Jordan who again cut inside to get his shot away and again that was turned away for a corner. The resulting set piece was worked to the edge of the box for Nathan Brown who lofted the ball back towards the goal and only minutes after entering the fray, substitute Luke Thompson got himself between the keeper and ball and nodded into the empty goal.


Ramsbottom saw out the remainder of the game without incident. The four minutes of added time didnt do anything to affect the scoreline, and victory was fully deserved. Although the fluency and tempo may have dropped a little in the second period, the control and application was there to see and enjoyable to watch.

Attendance 166

Teams - Ramsbottom - Ashton, Henry, Dean, Stott (c), Ellison, Downes, Jordan, Rother, Deegan, Higgs, Brown. SUBS Thompson, Brooks, Gaskell, Marie, Robertson (gk).

Market Drayton - Rawlins, Buxton, Arnold, Hartlebury, McMullen, Desean, Ballard, Beddows (c), Bood, Wells, Knowles. SUBS Russell, Sorrentinio, McFarlane, Skelton.