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PREVIEW: Widnes (H) - The Season Opener

The pre-season has now ended, new players have been introduced to the squad, and fitness levels checked. It’s all systems go.

After what proved to be a successful and enjoyable campaign last time round when, following the appointment of manager Chris Willcock in October, the side residing in the bottom half of the table, rose into the play-offs, as well as progressing into the last 16 of the top non-league knock-out competition, the FA Trophy, hopes are high for an even better campaign this time round.

Due to the imminent completion of non-league’s much-awaited pyramid, which will come in at the end of this new season, lines have been redrawn, meaning that the Rams will be facing ten new teams compared with their opponents last season.

On the face of it, the newcomers appear to be stronger than those that have moved down to the South East Division, and should prove a sterner test for the Rams.

However, despite a number of last season’s squad moving on, Willcock has introduced a number of new signings with the intention of strengthening the team in preparation for the nine months ahead.

Amongst the newcomers is speedy winger Iyrwah Gooden, who endeared himself to the supporters during his loan spell at the club from Mansfield Town towards the back of last season.

Joining him are two of Willcock’s main targets, 6ft plus striker Karl Jones who has played under the boss before at Glossop, and fellow striker Daniel Naidole, whose impressive pre-season performances bode well for the coming season.

They join up with a number of last season’s squad, including influential captain and former Bury star, Tom Kennedy, and top scorer Nic Evangelinos, whilst fans favourite Jamie Rother embarks on his sixth season with the club, having racked up over 100 appearances.

Competing with Jamie in midfield is Eddie Moran, in his second stint at the club.

No doubt there will be an odd new face or two still to be added as the season gets underway with a home game against a Widnes side who surprised the Rams with a win here on their last visit in March, and as always it’s difficult to forecast the outcome of the coming campaign.

Most sides will have altered their squads from last season, and it’s very much a case of seeing what happens over the next few weeks before determining just which teams look likely to be successful.

Manager Willcock has had his first full pre-season at the HWRS, so Saturday may well give an indication of what lies ahead, but football is far from a straightforward game.

Promotion to BetVictor Premier Division is very much the target, and Saturday will see the first shot in anger as the Rams prepare for what should be another entertaining nine months.

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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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Supporters Club Update

Members of the Ramsbottom United Supporters Club are going to be present around the ground for the opening few games of the new season in order to allow you to renew your memberships and, just as importantly, sign up any new Rammy fans.

We already have a more than healthy number of members, especially for a club of our size, and it would be a fantastic achievement to improve on this for the upcoming season. Your continued support is of the utmost importance in moving the football club forward and adding to that unique feeling of being part of the Rammy family.

In the past twelve months we have seen the installation of the shed, as you enter the ground, from which we can now sell official club merchandise. This was purchased after a donation from committee member, Frank Crook, in memory of his Brother, Terence. This has allowed the football club to have a specific area from which to sell merchandise, rather than the tea hut, and hopefully will see an increase in profits. As part of this deal, we have also been able to obtain the programme booth, which I am sure you have all seen, just outside the main turnstyle into the ground. Again, having a dedicated area that people are aware of should help maximise profits, as well as keeping Johnny Haslam dry during the winter months. With a few spare pounds left from the kind donation that Frank made to us, we also purchased a new line marker for the ground.

As you are probably aware, many of the games were not filmed towards the end of last season and this resulted in a lack of footage of the goals from our games being available to watch. This is something we are hoping gets addressed this season and a new video camera has been obtained in order to capture match day footage and give supporters, especially those who cannot make the away games, a chance to relive the goals.

We continued in supporting the team by donating the water for players on match days and will continue to do so this season, although in a rather different manner. Instead of supplying bottled water to the players, we are going to have a water fountain installed at the ground for them to use. This will lead to us supporting a more environmentally friendly club, which in turn should lead to some good publicity for Ramsbottom United.

There were also a couple of publicity campaigns, one for the festive fixtures and another for our end of season games, in which we had a number of colour leaflets printed. These were delivered to houses around Ramsbottom and the surrounding areas, along with posters being placed in local shops and pubs. Many thanks to all the volunteers who helped with this and, judging by attendances, it seemed to be a huge success.

In other news, we are pleased to announce that we have three new members of the supporters club committee for the new season. These are Adam Clark, who has been doing some excellent work on the media side over the past couple of season, Lui Del Verto and ‘Killie’ Craig Donaldson. A massive thank you to all three and hopefully they can help bring fresh ideas, and new initiatives, as well as bringing our average age down somewhat

Prices are £5 for adults and £2 for juniors/OAP’s and will include the traditional Ramsbottom United themed gift, exclusive newsletters and the chance to vote for Player of the Month

Your support, as always, is vital in helping the club and we are always grateful to each and every member who signs up or renews their membership. You really do make a difference

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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 Rams will face Winsford United in the preliminary round of the FA Cup after they beat Vauxhall Motors 2-1 this afternoon.

Full match details to follow.

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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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PRE SEASON PREVIEW: Kidsgrove Athletic (A)

The Rams complete their pre-season fixtures with a trip to Staffordshire to take on one of last season’s opponents who have now been switched to the BetVictor NPL South/East division, the equivalent of the Rams level this coming campaign.

Tuesday night saw an entertaining draw against Premier Division side Ashton United at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium, where a penalty from Nic Evangelinos and a well-taken individual goal from new signing Karl Jones pegged back a 2-0 deficit as a game of two halves swung back in favour of the home side.

With most of the new squad now signed up, manager Chris Willcock will again be running the rule over one or two trialists as he attempts to put the final pieces of the jigsaw together in preparation for the opening day fixture against Widnes at home on the 17th August.

The newly constituted Division promises to be a tough test, but having had his first pre-season at the club, Willcock is confident that the new squad, which includes many of last season’s successful team, will be strong enough to compete at the top of the table, a point emphasised by the positive performances and results in what has been a tough-looking pre-season.

Admission prices for the coming campaign remain the same as last season (Adults £8, Concessions £4, u12s with an adult £1) and Season Tickets are currently available throughout the week, between 10.30 and 3.00pm, priced at £130 for Adults, and £70 Concessions.

Next Game at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium: Saturday 17th August BetVictor NPL North West RAMS v Widnes 3.00pm

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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.