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Development Squad in action on Wednesday

The Rams development squad are in action this coming Wednesday (25th September), they host Clitheroe U21's in the Lancashire FA County U21 League.

The game will be played at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium, Acre Bottom, Ramsbottom, Bury, Lancashire. Please note that the ground does not have a postcode (nearest to the club is BL0 0BS)

Kick off is 7.45pm

Admission: £2

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RAMS PLAYER OF THE MONTH FOR AUGUST

This season’s first Player-of-the-Month award, as voted for by the Ramsbottom United Supporters has gone to centre-forward REUBEN JEROME after a productive first couple of weeks of the campaign.

Reuben netted four times in the five games played during August as the Rams got off to a good start in the BetVictor Norther Premier League North West Division, and he was presented with his prize of a case of beer sponsored by Bowland Brewery, the Official Cask Beer of the Northern Premier League.

Reuben is pictured receiving his prize from Supporters Club member Terry Marsh before the recent 2-0 home win against Clitheroe.



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PREVIEW: Clitheroe (H)

An east Lancashire derby awaits as old foes Clitheroe come to the HWRS as we return to League duty.

Following our emphatic FA Cup victory at Maltby Main at the weekend, it’s back to the bread-and-butter of the league campaign and a reunion with Clitheroe, a team we have met on numerous occasions over the years.

Due to our FA Cup exploits, we are already behind a number of clubs with regards to league fixtures completed, and having played just four times so far, we still sit in 5th place after three victories and a single defeat, whilst Clitheroe arrive with a much better away record than the one at their Shawbridge home.

On their travels, the eighth placed team have picked up 7 of their 8 points, so will arrive in Ramsbottom full of confidence.

Clitheroe have seen changes off and on the pitch over the summer, but will be hoping for a campaign that sees them challenging towards the top of the table.

We, naturally, are looking to the same end, so will welcome our neighbours with much confidence ourselves after the win on Saturday, and the usual full-bloodied Lancashire derby should be expected as both teams look to add another three points to their tally.

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HIGHLY-RATED TNS YOUNGSTER JOINS RAMS

Joining the Rams until January is highly rated midfield player JOSH HMAMI.



The Rochdale-based 19 year old midfield player began his career as a youngster with Bolton Wanderers Academy before spending a season with the Barnsley u-16 squad.

A two year scholarship with Accrington Stanley followed and he became captain of Stanley’s u-18’s. Whilst training regularly with the First Team at the Crown Ground, he made his senior debut for the Reds on 30th December against Grimsby Town in League two.

He also scored the winning goal in Stanley’s 1-0 victory over Rochdale in the FA Youth Cup.

He was snapped up by Welsh Premier League champions TNS (The New Saints) and is a member of their First Team squad.

He joins the Rams on loan to further his career and gain more match time, and manager Chris Willcock is delighted to have the youngster here for at least the first half of the season.


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LIVE MATCH COMMENTARY - Gateshead (A)

LIVE full match commentary of today's game against Gateshead is avaliable below in association with Roch Valley Radio.



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PREVIEW: Ossett United (A)

Having risen to second in the table on the back of Tuesday’s 2-0 win over local rivals Clitheroe, the aim is to stay in such a lofty position, even though it is still early days.

To do so requires a win as we travel over the Pennines to take on the amalgamated Ossett team formed last year by the merger of two of our previous opponents, Ossett Town and Ossett Albion.

A new name, Ossett United, and new colours, but a return to the old venue that was Town’s home at Ingfield, in the middle of Ossett.

The merger boosted attendances in the town, and the new club enjoyed a good season last time round, but have so far struggled league-wise, currently sitting in 17th position with all four of their points from five games, gained at home.

Last Saturday as we were winning in the FA Cup at Maltby Main by 5-1, Ossett went one better and knocked six goals past a shell-shocked Thornaby side, so were the current trend to continue, we could have a goal-fest as the two sides do battle.

The Rams will be hoping to return with all three points before taking a week-long break (The Integro League Cup tie against Bamber Bridge scheduled for next Tuesday, has been postponed by the League) ahead of a 2nd qualifying round FA Cup tie up at the International Stadium in Gateshead next Saturday.

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PREVIEW: Winsford United (A)

Following the highly entertaining 3-3 draw in the original game at the HWRS, both sides meet in Cheshire to decide who will travel to Maltby Main on Saturday in the 1st Qualifying Round of this season’s FA Cup.

The Rams unbeaten start to the season was ended on Saturday with a lack-lustre performance at a windy Pontefract Collieries in a game of few chances and little quality football.

Hopefully the side were saving themselves for this game!

Financially, the FA Cup provides quite a boost for clubs at this level, but the performance put in at the HWRS by a team one Division below the Rams will ensure that no complacency is on offer as a return to the entertaining style produced by the team since the arrival of Chris Willcock last October will be needed if progress is to be made.

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PREVIEW: Trafford (H) - Bank Holiday Football

A Greater Manchester derby is the Bank Holiday attraction at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium as the Rams welcome old friends Trafford for the third league game of the campaign.

Trafford will bring many supporters with them on what promises to be a pleasant afternoon weather-wise, and with the home contingent, a decent-sized crowd is expected.

The two sides are regular opponents having competed against one another for years in the Northern Premier League and before that the North West Counties League.

Whilst the Rams have begun the season with two straight league successes, Trafford have just one point to date, but they broke their winning duck by seeing off Burscough on Saturday in the Preliminary Round of the FA Cup, whilst the Rams were disappointingly held to a 3-3 draw by Winsford United.

Early days yet to make any sort of assessment as to how the two teams will fare in the league, but many entertaining encounters have been produced by these two sides in the past, and today’s spectators can expect more of the same as the season finally feels as though it has started to kick in.


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CHRIS WILLCOCK CLOCKS UP 50

The match against Clitheroe last Tuesday evening marked 50 matches as Ramsbottom United manager for Chris Willcock.

He took over at The Harry Williams Riverside Stadium on 4 October 2018 following the departure of Mark Fell to Lancaster City with the club languishing in 15th place in the NPL West Division.

Chris, who was a prolific striker for the Rams from 2000 to 2002 showed his work ethic and passion for the position immediately as he went on a 12-match two-month unbeaten run and recorded just one loss in his first 18 to the end of the calendar year.

2019 opened with a loss to eventual league winners Atherton Collieries but would continue with the never-to-be-forgotten FA Trophy run that took the club to an away victory at Weymouth and to within two minutes of disposing of eventual Trophy winners AFC Fylde at the Riverside.

He took the club from a lowly 15th under Fell to fifth and an unlikely play-off place before kicking off the 2019/20 campaign with a single loss in the eight games thus far.

Chris’ 50 matches have seen Rammy win 30 and lose only eight with 12 draws, of which 35 were in the league where he has overseen 22 wins, six draws and just seven defeats.

And it has been hugely entertaining as well as there have been 112 goals scored and 57 conceded.

Chris’ predecessor Mark Fell, alongside for much of it Paul Fildes, saw 20 wins and 20 defeats (10 draws) from their first 50 with 80 goals scored and 93 conceded.

Many a comparison has been made with the golden era of the club under Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley and their record after 50 games comes up just shy of Chris’.

‘Jonno and Bernard’ saw 29 wins and 13 losses in their first 50 (eight draws) whilst in the league, they saw 40 games and 23 wins, 9 losses and 8 draws. They also saw their charges score 114 goals to the 87 conceded.

The strong start to the 2019-20 campaign sees the Rams currently placed second in the league and through to the second qualifying round of the FA Cup so this season promises to be just as exciting as the the last. Here's to the next 50 games!

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Integro Cup Game Postponed

The League have taken the decision to postpone all Integro League Cup games next week involving teams still in the FA Cup.

As a result:RAMSBOTTOM UNITED v Bamber Bridge has now been POSTPONED to a date still to be determined

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PREVIEW: Winsford United (H)

After two successive victories to open the League season, attentions switch to the FA Cup as the Rams welcome North West Counties League side Winsford United to the HWRS.

The Cheshire side progressed through the extra-preliminary round courtesy of a narrow victory at fellow-league side Vauxhall Motors, and make their first appearance in Ramsbottom since the last day of the 2011/12 season.

That particular match remains firmly in the memory as the Rams 5-2 victory that afternoon ensured promotion to the Northern Premier League.

The League campaign could not have started any better, but the FA Cup always yields it’s fair amount of shock results. Whilst the Rams will be favourites, any sort of complacency will be pounced upon by the visitors, as they look to at least take the homesters back down to Cheshire a week on Monday for a replay.

The FA Cup is always a welcome distraction for a number of reasons.

As well as allowing the team to take a break from the bread-and-butter of League action, it allows us to meet teams we normally would not play against, but probably most important is the fact that there is prize money to be scooped, and any such income is always welcome for clubs at our level.

So decent weather will hopefully mean a decent gate, as the Rams look to make progress in the world’s oldest knock-out competition.


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PREVIEW: Gateshead (A)

After the draw in west Yorkshire last Saturday, the Rams return to FA Cup action with a long trip up to the north east to take on National League North side Gateshead at the International Stadium.

The “Heed” suffered a late, late loss down at Hereford in the league on Tuesday night but are still handily placed in 8th position with 17 points from their 11 games and a home record of 3 wins, 2 draws and 1 defeat.

The Tyneside club have suffered from financial issues over recent seasons, with an unpopular owner finally bowing out over the summer, but too late to prevent the National League from demoting them a division due to issues regarding money and the stadium.

However, the future looks brighter for the club as they look to regain their place in this country’s fifth tier, so as eighth tier Ramsbottom United make the trip, it is very much as the underdogs.

Of course, this was the case last season when an even longer trip to Weymouth had us down as cannon fodder, but the team responded brilliantly that day, and the feeling is that another similar performance will be needed if we are to reach the 3rd Qualifying round of the FA Cup for the first time since the Rams did so in their inaugural season in the competition 21 years ago.

Admission prices at the International Stadium are £12 adults,£7 Concessions(over 65, 16-17), £4 Under 16’s, Free to under 12’s accompanied by an adult.

Should a replay be necessary, it will take place at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium next Tuesday (24th) with a 7.45pm kick-off.

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OLDEST BALLBOY FINALLY RETIRES

Over 30 years ago, cricket fan JACK WOLFENDEN popped into the football stadium next to Ramsbottom Cricket Club and asked Ramsbottom United Chairman Harry Williams if he could give a hand doing any odd jobs.

That was a request he has probably regretted many times since!

Just about every job must have been the reply, for in those intervening years that is exactly what Jack has undertaken.

Divoting the pitch, marking out the pitch, painting the stadium, undertaking general repairs, washing and preparing the kit, selling programmes and becoming known as the country’s oldest Ballboy are just a few of the many jobs that Jack has undertaken with enthusiasm.

However, now well within his 80’s, Jack has finally called it a day.



Jack receives his award from football Chairman Harry Williams(left)and Cricket Chairman Rod Hamer

In recognition of his dedication and devotion to both Ramsbottom United FC and Ramsbottom Cricket Club, a presentation took place in the cricket club on Sunday when the Chairmen of both organisations presented Jack with a set of binoculars to enable Jack to enjoy his hobby even more.

Both clubs are very appreciative of the way Jack undertook all his volunteering.

A true gentleman, and both clubs wish him a long and happy “retirement”.

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PREVIEW: Pontefract Collieries (A)

In a week where our hearts go out to everyone connected with our close League neighbours, Bury, their expulsion from the EFL is sure to have ramifications with regards to the ownership of the club and the failure of the EFL to oversee just what has gone on at Gigg Lane over recent years.

We shall keep a close eye on future developments as Ramsbottom United wishes everyone at the club a rosier future, whatever the final outcome.

In the meantime, the Rams hope to keep up their unbeaten start to the season as they travel over the Pennines into West Yorkshire to take on Pontefract Collieries.

Three league wins, allied to an exciting 3-3 draw in the FA Cup against Winsford United, sees the team level at the top of the Division, one of only three clubs with maximum points.

Pontefract are mid-table having won one at home and drawing one and losing one away. This week the long drawn-out loan deal to bring in Josh Hmami from TNS was finally complete, and the highly rated youngster, a member of the current Welsh Premier League champions’ first team squad, will come into contention after the rather low-key win over Trafford on Bank Holiday Monday.

Early days yet, of course, and whilst the table placings mean very little at this stage, such a start to the season invariably brings confidence, and that will be in no short supply as the Rams travel along the M62, with the intention of bringing back all three points as they come back to Lancashire

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Club Information - Bank Holiday Weekend

PARKING ON SATURDAY

Due to the cricket club 1st team being at home on Saturday, parking is going to be very limited for our FA Cup game with Winsford. If possible could supporters park away from the ground to help ease congestion.

Cheers

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WORK PARTY - SUNDAY

With having two home games this weekend, Saturday & Monday, we are organising a work party on Sunday to get the pitch & ground prepared for the second of these. If anyone can spare an hour or two there will be someone at the ground from 10.00 onwards and all help will be very much appreciated

Cheers in advance and hope to see a few of you there