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PREVIEW: Marine (H)

It’s back to the bread-and-butter of League action as the Rams welcome Marine to the HWRS.

The home side will be looking to extend their 100% home league record against a side that has won two and lost two on the road.

Marine, who were relegated last season for the first time in their 125 year history, arrive in fourth spot in the table with 19 points from their ten games. The Rams are down to ninth but have played just nine games and acquired 16 points.

A 5-0 win would see the home side leap-frog their Crosby-based opponents!

Rueben Jerome will be serving the second of his three game ban for being dismissed in the last home game against Colne in the FA Trophy, whilst into the squad come the three debutants who featured in the 2-1 defeat at Clitheroe last Saturday, Reece Fishwick, Ben Hampson and the popular returnee Luke Thompson.

If selected, they will all be making their home debuts.

After a slightly disappointing run of results, the Rams will be looking to get their season back on track, and they won’t have a tougher test than this one against the team from Merseyside.

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BetVictor Northern Premier League club Ramsbottom United is looking for someone to join their Commercial team.

The successful applicant will be working on a commission basis with a view to attracting more advertising and sponsorship for the club.

Matchday sponsorship within the dedicated Sponsors Lounge during home games will be the principle aim, along with securing additional advertising around the ground.

Other opportunities will arise, such as Player Sponsorship and Matchball Sponsorship, and any further ideas would be welcome.

Applicants should, preferably, be local with a knowledge of the area, and be available during home games to welcome guests and encourage return visits and additional sponsorship.

Working hours would be flexible to tie in with the applicants other commitments.

If this sounds like the opening and opportunity for you, please contact either Chairman Harry Williams on 07849 686374 or submit an application to the club secretary, Tony Cunningham, on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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PREVIEW: Colne (H) - FA Trophy

The Rams get there FA Trophy campaign underway tomorrow as they welcome league rivals Colne to the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium. The Rams are looking to keep there 100% home record in tact as they welcome Steve Cunningham’s side to Ramsbottom.

Colne are coming into this game after being drawn against Gateshead in the FA Cup on Monday and being unbeaten in there last four games including that win against Dunston last week that got them that tie at the Gateshead International Stadium.

Peter Doran, David Maher & Daniel Murphy all made there first starts of the season for the Rams last Saturday and manager Chris Willcock praised them in his post match interview “the new players have done a great job. They’ve come in and trained really hard. We haven’t turned a corner but made a step in the right direction”

Ryan Ellison is avaliable for selection after he returned to the club this week, Reuben Jerome made his return from injury in last week’s win against Brighouse.

The Rams will be looking to improve on recent form against Colne, they haven’t won against the side since November 2016 under Mark Fell, the last time the two sides met in February 2019. Nic Evangelinos scored Rammy’s only goal in a 3-1 defeat at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium.

Saturday’s game also marks the 9th annual non-league day, it’s always scheduled to coincide with an international break, Non-League Day provides a platform for clubs to promote the importance of affordable volunteer led community football while giving fans across the country the chance to show support for their local non-league side and we want you to come down to the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium and support the Rams!

If you can’t make the game against Colne you can follow live updates on the clubs twitter & facebook pages just search for Ramsbottom United or you can tune into the coverage from Roch Valley Radio via and scroll down to Roch Valley Radio Xtra. Aaron Benson & Charley Rattan will be bringing you the coverage from 2pm, our very own Tony Cunningham will be speaking LIVE to the pair ahead of kick-off tomorrow.

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PREVIEW: Brighouse Town (H)

Having had a week off following the disappointing defeat at Workington last Saturday, the Rams will be looking to get back on board as they welcome Brighouse Town to the HWRS.

Brighouse arrive in mid table after a 1-0 home defeat against Marine on Monday night, leaving them with 9 points from eight games, and an away record of one win one draw and one defeat, whilst the Rams have just dropped out of the play-off spots with 13 points from their seven games.

The Rams 100% home record will be tested against a club that was cruelly denied promotion last season after winning the East Division play-off, due to the ludicrous attempt by the FA to re-design the non-league pyramid. Our sympathies lie with our west Yorkshire rivals, and, indeed, had we been successful in our play-off quest last season, we would probably have suffered the same unfair result.

It seems quite obvious that clubs at our level receive very little consideration when the likes of Liverpool can escape being thrown out of the EFL cup for fielding an ineligible player (a mere slap on the wrist and a fine that is loose change to them). Kidsgrove Athletic were unceremoniously booted out of the FA Trophy last season for the same offence. Our neighbours Bury are too small to stand up to the “might” of the EFL, but the arrogance of the big boys yet again sees the authorities cower to their power. Their defeated opponents MK Dons merely received a token apology!

So what better way to ignore the arrogance of the top-level clubs in favour of real football, with a trip to the HWRS and what potentially could be an excellent competitive game of football.

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The match referee will check the pitch at Shawbridge at 11.15am

Clitheroe are telling us they don't see there being any issues.

An update will be released as soon as the pitch is looked at.

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FIXTURE NEWS - Saturday 26th October

The Rams will now be away at Clitheroe on Saturday 26th October, kick-off is 3pm.

This game was originally scheduled for 22nd February

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Ryan Ellison has signed for the Rams

The 23 year-old defender initally joined the Rams in February 2018 on a permanent deal from Clitheroe but he left the club in the summer of 2019.

During pre-season he's spent time with Skelmersdale United to get some minutes under his belt after his opperation in July 2019

Ryan is a product of the Man City and Sunderland academies, and has excellent non-league experience with Hyde and Stockport County.

During his first spell at the club he made 55 appearances over two seasons and scored one goal against Kendal in September 2018 in a game the Rams won 1-0.

Ryan is eligible for selection for tomorrow's FA Trophy fixture with Colne

It's great to have Ryan back at the club and we can't wait to see him back in Rammy blue!

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PREVIEW: Workington (A)

Providing the rain holds off sufficiently, the Rams hope to make the long journey up to the west Cumbrian coast, avoiding a repeat of Tuesday when the weather took it’s toll on the trip to south Cumbria and Kendal Town.

On the same night, Workington made the journey down to east Lancashire, only to return home on the back of a 2-0 defeat, but they still sit top of the table by virtue of the number of games played.

They have amassed 20 points from ten games, with four wins and a draw from their five home games, so they are looking to make Borough Park something of a fortress as they aim to make a speedy return to the Premier Division from where they were relegated last time round.

The Rams were hoping to get the 6-0 thrashing at Gateshead in last Saturday’s FA Cup tie out of their system pretty quickly but the postponement put paid to that.

Instead it’s a tough and long trip up to Cumbria with the intention of gaining three more points as the race at the top of the Division hots up.

The Rams have played just six league games, but the 13 points total leaves them handily placed in sixth spot.

The league table is beginning to take shape, and it looks as though no team is about to run away with things this campaign, so it’s a case of looking at every game as it comes along, with the Rams good away form since the arrival of Chris Wiillcock almost twelve months ago an indicator of how the team travels with confidence.

That confidence will be needed on Saturday as the home side will be looking to return to winning ways after the Clitheroe defeat.

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PREVIEW: Clitheroe (A)

The Rams return to League action after an enforced three week gap, due to our participation in the FA Trophy and our blank Saturday last week when our scheduled opponents, Colne, were involved in the FA Cup.

The game sees a short trip up east Lancashire to Shawbridge, home of local rivals Clitheroe, a team with whom the Rams have been in competition many times.

Whilst the Rams inactivity has seen them slide out of the play-off places to 9th spot having played just 8 games (only Colne and Dunston have played less), the host have jumped above into 7th having gained 18 points from their 12 games, just 2 points ahead of the visitors.

So a win for Ramsbottom would see them leapfrog the home side and close the gap on other clubs above.

Clitheroe’s home record is a straight two wins, two draws and two defeats, so much will depend upon which side Clitheroe put out for the afternoon, whilst the Rams will be raring to return to action, and are likely to do so with one or two new faces in the squad.

As always, games between these two old rivals are usually entertaining, and in some cases, controversial affairs, so whilst hoping that the heavy rain forecast between Friday afternoon and kick-off does not cause too many worries, a game well worth watching awaits.

If we get any news of a pitch insepction we'll update our social media accounts and the website as soon as we get news.

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This season Ramsbottom United supporters have launched a “Goal of the Month” award, as voted for by their members.

The first recipient is JAMIE ROTHER, for his strike in the FA Cup victory at Maltby Main.

Jamie, who was absent from the squad that were beaten in the FA Trophy by Colne, through illness, was presented with his prize donated by local firm Irwell Works Brewery, and he is seen collecting the pack of beer from Supporters Club Chairman Daz Comer.

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It may have been a mixed month for the team, but one player still received the accolades from the Rams supporters.

FA Cup victories over Winsford United and Maltby Main, with a league victory against Clitheroe and a welcome point on the road at Ossett United, started the month off well, but it finished with two disappointing defeats, as Ramsbottom United exited the FA Cup at Gateshead, and followed that up with a heavy league defeat at leaders Workington.

But the usual all-action and totally committed performances of long-serving Ram JAMIE ROTHER won him the plaudits from his fans, and he was duly presented with his prize, “sponsored by Bowland Brewery the Official Cask Beer of the Northern Premier League”.

He received the award before the home 2-0 victory on Saturday against Brighouse Town.

Jamie receives his award from Supporters Club member Dawn Charleson

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Tonight's game against Kendal Town has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

A new date will be announced in due course.

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Ramsbottom United are delighted to announce the signings of Luke Thompson, Reece Fishwick & Ben Hampson.

First of all, Luke Thompson is no stranger to the Rammy faithful he’s played 130 games for the club over three seasons and re-joins the club after spending the first part of the season at Lancaster City. Luke originally joined the club in July 2016 from North West Counties Side, Nelson where he was the club captain. He’s known as a combative, tough tackling out and out defender, ‘Thommo’ impressed supporters during his first spell at the club, and deservedly won the Player of the Year award at the end of the 2017/18 season.

Next up, Reece Fishwick joins the club from Buxton. Fishwick is a versatile player that can play at full back and in midfield, Reece spent last season at Prescot Cables and is also a former Preston North End youth teamer.

Finally, right back Ben Hampson joins the Rams. He spent last season in Australia and returned to England in the summer and has spent time at Ossett United before moving to East Lancashire to join the club. Ben has a tall and strong physical presence in the back line and is not afraid of getting forward.

We welcome all three lads to the club and are all available for selection for Saturday’s trip to Clitheroe.

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PHOTOS: Rams 1 Colne 3

Frank Crook's photos

Rams 1 Colne 3 - Match Action

Haydan Ray Photography's photos

Andy Whitehead's photos

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Our game AWAY at Colne FC on Saturday 19th October has been postponed due to Colne's FA Cup involvement.

The game will be rearranged in due course.

We'd like to wish Colne all the best in the FA Cup.

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PREVIEW: Kendal Town (A)

Two teams meet at Kendal on the back of two heavy away defeats.

Whilst Kendal Town were licking their wounds after a 4-0 thrashing at Runcorn Linnets, the Rams were returning home from the north east having suffered a 6-0 walloping at the hands of National League North side Gateshead, which brought a shuddering end to the club’s FA Cup exploits for another season.

Whilst a defeat was probably to be expected, no-one saw the scale of such, especially with the good away record that the club has enjoyed under the guidance of manager Chris Willcock.

Fortunately the Rams are swiftly back on the road with the opportunity of banishing the memory from the mind in the quickest possible way.

The club’s drew 2-2 at Parkside early last season just before Willcock took over the reins, but the visit will find the home side in a poor run of form, currently sitting next to the bottom of the table, despite having played more games than any other club.

Their ten matches have yielded just five points, four of those coming from a win and a draw, against three defeats on home soil.

So the opportunity is certainly there for the Rams to roll up their sleeves and possibly move back up to second in the table, having slipped a couple of places due to the FA Cup exploits.