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RYAN ELLISON SIGNS FOR THE RAMS

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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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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RAMS PLAYER OF THE MONTH SEPTEMBER

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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KENDAL MATCH POSTPONED

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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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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COLNE AWAY POSTPONED

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.

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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: 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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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.