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Rams presentation to Phil “Wizz” Dean

Having made his 300th appearance in a Rams shirt, Ramsbottom United Chairman Harry Williams presented a framed action photo to Phil Dean before the FA Cup replay against Kidsgrove Athletic.

Widely known to the Rams followers as “Wizz”, the left-sided winger-cum-defender turned out for the club for the 300th time in the game against Mossley last Saturday, and the club made him an honorary Captain for the day against the Lilywhites.

After the Kidsgrove game, Phil’s record now stands at 301 games played (50 from the bench) with 60 goals scored, some achievement in the fluid world of non-league football.

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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.

TEAM NEWS:

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.

FA CUP FACTFILE PREVIEW (Credit: https://facupfactfile.wordpress.com/)

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).



MATCH OFFICIALS

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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MATCH PREVIEW: Rams v Kidsgrove - FA Cup Replay

After earning four points from two tough-looking away league games, the Rams look to make progress in this season’s FA Cup, with a replay against fellow Evo-Stik West side, Kidsgrove Athletic.

A late Jerome Wright penalty levelled thing up in Staffordshire ten days ago, so both sides try again at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium, with the victors facing a trip to Atherton Collieries on Saturday (for the losers, it means at Saturday off!)

Should the score be level after 90 minutes, extra time, and if required penalties, will decide the outcome.

For the Rams, the incentive is a speedy return to Atherton where the 3-1 win on Bank Holiday Monday gave them a welcome three points in what turned out to be a hard-fought encounter.

Colls recovered from the set-back by thrashing Skelmersdale United 9-1 on Saturday, so whoever goes through will have their work cut out to make further progress in the competition.

Due to the delay in obtaining International Clearance, Tom Kennedy will be ineligible for the replay.

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FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

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 - twitter.com/ramsbottomutd

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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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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TEAM PHOTO



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