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Additional Match Reporter Needed

We're looking to add another match reporter to our team. If you're interested in writing a few match reports for games this season, let us know. Send us a tweet, drop us a facebook message or send us an email if your interested.
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Pre Season: Fixture Update

On Saturday 14th July, We should have been travelling to Prestwich Heys but as their pitch won't be ready the game was called off. We will now instead travel to Burscough on that date with an 11am kick-off
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Dream move for former Ram

A player who briefly played for Ramsbottom United last season has secured a dream move to Scottish Premier League newcomers, St. Mirren. Josh Heaton started his career at Preston North End, but was released in the summer of 2016. In his ten years at Preston, he also had loan spells at Tamworth and Colne. He then joined Droylsden and Stalybridge Celtic before switching to Bamber Bridge last summer. He also played for Darlington in pre- season, but a proposed move broke down because of injury. In October last year, he moved on to Ramsbottom United in the EvoStik North, where he made three appearances, scoring twice. The Quakers had kept their eyes on him, and he soon moved on from the HWRS to join National League North Darlington. The Scottish top flight newcomers had obviously been monitoring his progress, and have now secured his services for £75000.

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Fixture Change Due To The FA Trophy

FIXTURE NEWS: Our scheduled game with Widnes FC on September 29th has been postponed due to Widnes' involvement in the FA Trophy on that date. New date is to be confimed in due course.

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FA Cup & FA Trophy draw news

Ramsbottom United are out of luck when it comes to the FA Cup and FA Trophy early rounds. In The FA CUP, The Rams enter at the preliminary Round stage on Saturday 25th August with a trip down the M6 to fellow- Evo-Stik West side Kidsgrove Athletic. In the Preliminary Round of the FA TROPHY, it’s a tough tie away at the winners of the previous round Trafford or Colne, with the game taking place on Saturday 13th October.
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Ramsbottom United’s players returned for pre-season training on Saturday 30th June, and spent an exhaustive five hours ahead of the up-coming season in the newly constituted Evo-Stik West League, the fourth tier of non-league football. As well as a number of last season’s players, including Jerome Wright, Greg Daniels, Sam Ashton, Jamie Rother, Ryan Ellison and Tom Brooks, manager Mark Fell began his recruiting for the new campaign with the addition of two new signings, although one of them is well known to the supporters. Fell was delighted to announce the permanent transfer of Luke Jordan from Morecambe FC. The 19 year old, Burnley based winger impressed in a loan spell at the Riverside at the end of last season, making 11 appearances scoring 1 goal. Rams boss Mark Fell, entering his third season with the club, was impressed with the Burnley based youngster during his stay at the Riverside. “Luke undoubtedly has the potential to light up this league, his pace is unreal and his delivery into the box from wide areas is excellent. As with any young player, there are areas we will have to work on but he’s got the capacity to learn. This is a lad who has played Football League games and he’s got every chance of working his way back up the pyramid. He needs to be playing men’s football week in week out and we’re a good platform for him to do that whilst still in a really professional environment” Ramsbottom United have also added their first new face of the summer with the signing of defender Rob Henry from Lancaster City. The 29 year old, Preston based full back is an experienced Evo-Stik defender with experience of winning the 1st division with Lancaster in 2016/17. The former Kendal, Bamber Bridge, Leek and Chorley player started his career in the academy at Burnley and works as a teacher and coach at Myerscough College and Preston North End. “I worked with Rob a lot when we were at Preston together” said Manager Mark Fell. “He’s experienced, knows the division inside out and what it takes to do well in it. Last season we were naive at times and I wanted to bring in a few players who could have an influence over the younger lads and Instil that winning mentality. The fact we took points off 5 of the top 7 yet lost away from home at the bottom 6 speaks volumes and I’ve got to put things in place to prevent that.” Jordan and Luke trained with the squad on Saturday as they returned from their summer break, along with several other new faces, and more announcements are due on Monday. A number of Rams players from last season are away on their holidays, but should be joining up with the squad over the next few days, as pre-season training kicks in ahead of the first pre-season friendly against former Rams’ bosses Bernard Morley and Anthony Johnson’s new charges, Chester FC, on Tuesday 10th July with a 7.45pm kick-off.
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Burscough Game Off!

Please note that the intended pre-season game away at Burscough on July 10th has now been cancelled. The Rams are at home to Chester on that date.

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2018/19 fixtures announced

The Rams fixtures for the 2018/19 season have today been announced

We welcome Evo-Stik League newcomers Market Drayton Town on August 18th at 3pm

We play local-rivals Radcliffe: At Home on 26th December & Away on 22nd April

Also our other rivals Atherton Colls we face them at Home on August Bank Holiday Monday & Away on New Years Day

The Final Day of the Season will be a home game with Kidsgrove Athletic

Full Fixtures Below:

Sat Aug 18 Market Drayton Town H

Tue Aug 21 Colne A

Sat Aug 25 Kidsgrove Athletic A (Emirates FA Cup Prelim)

Mon Aug 27 Atherton Collieries H

Sat Sep 1 Mossley A

Sat Sep 8 Emirates FA Cup 1Q

Tue Sep 11 Kendal Town H

Sat Sep 15 Leek Town A

Wed Sep 19 Integro Cup 1

Sat Sep 22 Clitheroe H or Emirates FA Cup 2Q

Tue Sep 25 Trafford H

Sat Sep 29 Widnes A

Tue Oct 2 Prescot Cables A

Sat Oct 6 Chasetown H or Emirates FA Cup 3Q

Sat Oct 13 Buildbase FA Trophy Prelim

Sat Oct 20 Glossop North End H or Emirates FA Cup 4Q

Sat Oct 27 Buildbase FA Trophy 1Q

Wed Oct 31 Integro Cup 2

Sat Nov 3 Skelmersdale United A

Sat Nov 10 Newcastle Town H or Emirates FA Cup 1/ Buildbase FA Trophy 2Q

Sat Nov 17 Colwyn Bay A

Sat Nov 24 Droylsden A or Buildbase FA Trophy 3Q

Sat Dec 1 Runcorn Linnets H or Emirates FA Cup 2

Wed Dec 5 Integro Cup 3

Sat Dec 8 Kidsgrove Athletic A

Sat Dec 15 Colne H or Buildbase FA Trophy 1

Sat Dec 22 Market Drayton Town A

Wed Dec 26 Radcliffe H

Tue Jan 1 Atherton Collieries A

Sat Jan 5 Leek Town H or Emirates FA Cup 3

Sat Jan 12 Clitheroe A Buildbase FA Trophy 2

Sat Jan 19 Glossop North End A

Sat Jan 26 Skelmersdale United H or Emirates FA Cup 4

Wed Jan 30 Integro Cup 4

Sat Feb 2 Newcastle Town A or Buildbase FA Trophy 3

Sat Feb 16 Colwyn Bay H or Emirates FA Cup 5

Sat Feb 23 Trafford A or Buildbase FA Trophy 4

Sat Mar 2 Widnes H

Sat Mar 16 Chasetown A or Emirates FA Cup 6 / Buildbase FA Trophy Semi-Final (1)

Sat Mar 23 Prescot Cables H or Buildbase FA Trophy Semi-Final (2)

Sat Mar 30 Runcorn Linnets A

Sat Apr 6 Droylsden H or Emirates FA Cup Semi-Final

Wed Apr 10 Integro Cup Final

Sat Apr 13 Kendal Town A

Sat Apr 20 Mossley H

Mon Apr 22 Radcliffe A

Sat Apr 27 Kidsgrove Athletic H

Sat May 18 Emirates FA Cup Final

Sun May 19 Buildbase FA Trophy Final
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Dominic Marie signs for the Rams.

Ramsbottom United has further bolstered their 18/19 squad with the addition of Dominic Marie. The 23 year old striker arrives from Hyde where he won promotion last season. The 6ft 3 frontman was plucked from Winsford as a teenager to sign for Halifax and has also had spells with Marine and Prescot before helping Hyde achieve a place in the Evo-Stik premier division last term. Rams boss Mark Fell was pleased to welcome the forward to the club and indicated that this wouldn’t be the end of the summer signings; “We’re still actively recruiting and are very close to at least one other major signing. Dom has fantastic attributes and has scored goals at this level and above, we’ve been without a real pacey number 9 for a while now and in Dom we think we’ve found the answer. He’s very professional in his approach and dedicated, he needs to settle at a club and get his head down, we think he’s going to be a great addition” Rams fans will get their first glimpse of Marie when he is expected to feature against Chester next Tuesday night in a pre-season friendly.
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Rams launch 18/19 kits

Ramsbottom United are delighted to launch their new home and away kits for the 2018/19 season. In partnership with Kappa the new kits were modelled on the first day of preseason by Greg Daniels (in Red), Sam Ashton and Jerome Wright(in Blue) with Ramsbottom’s famous Peel Tower in the backdrop. The home kit, from the Kappa pro Tanio range is a revert back to the clubs slightly darker shade of Royal, with traditional blue shorts and white socks. The away is a split red and black shirt from Kappas Mareto range and the goalkeeper the traditional green home with a pink away kit. All shirts are available to purchase from the club shop on match days or online via
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Bern & Jonno bring Chester to HWRS

Ramsbottom United welcome back former managers Bernard Morley and Anthony Johnson as they bring their new club CHESTER FC to the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium for a pre-season friendly on Tuesday 10th July.

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REPORT: Rammy 0 Chester 1


Attendance - 190

Ramsbottom United welcomed back familiar faces both on and on the field as former managers Bernard and Jonno brought their new club Chester FC to the Riverside for a pre season friendly on Tuesday night.

Both lines up showed a mixture of well known players, new signings and the obligatory trialists as preparations for the new season began in earnest with a hard fought encounter settled by a penalty just after the hour mark in favour of the National League North outfit.

Sadly the contest began in unwelcome fashion for Greg Daniels as the forward limped off before the ten minute mark to be replaced by Lee Gaskell.

The opening exchanges began competitively but goal scoring chances were at a premium as both sides struggled to test the respective goal keepers, although it was substitute Gaskell who had the first effort of note for the hosts but his effort sailed over the crossbar.

Chester perhaps had the better of the possession in the first quarter of the game without seriously threatening the Rams goal as the visitors toiled for any rhythm in their attacking forays.

Ramsbottom United began to cause the away sides defence some concerns as Luke Thompson headed wide from a Wright corner before Wright threatened from the left wing but his shot narrowly missed the target.

With the interval approaching the Rams trialist keeper was called into action to make a smart save from Smalley, there was still time remaining for a Chester striker to be put through one on one but his toe poke struck the frame of the goal as the half finished goal less.

The second period began with the home side on the front foot as Jerome Wright again burst through into the penalty area after good work down the left touchline but his low shot was repelled by ex Rams favourite Grant Shenton.

As is often the case with early pre-season matches the match real fluency although it could be argued that the main thing on such occasions is to avoid serious injuries and get minutes on the pitch as the build up to the seasons opener is the main objective.

With the inevitable flurry of substitutions occurring and the clock ticking just beyond the hour mark Chester would make the breakthrough when former Ram Gary Stopforth was adjudged to have been tripped by Henry and the referee pointed to the penalty spot where Pritchard made no mistake sending the keeper the wrong way with a calm left footed strike and the visitors had the lead.

The goal appeared to give Chester some confidence in the final third as substitute Mahon stung the palms of the Rams stopper before Hughes fired wide as the visitors looked to increase their advantage.

With 20 minutes remaining the referee awarded Chester a second spot kick when Dean bundled over Hughes in the area, again it was Pritchard who stepped up but this time it was a different outcome as the penalty flew over the cross bar and into the trees behind the goal.

As the match drew towards its conclusion home forward Marie fired in a low shot which was comfortably saved by the Chester keeper as numerous substitutions punctuated the remaining quarter of an hour, the contest ended with the visitors pushing unsuccessfully for a second goal but still remaining narrow winners by a single goal.

The Rams put in a promising performance considering it was the squads first 90 minutes together and should take some positives from the evening as both sets of players look forward to their respective seasons beginning in the coming weeks.

Ramsbottom United:- Trialist, Henry, Dean, Trialist, Thompson , Ellison, Jordan, Trialist, Marie, Daniels, Wright.

Subs- Stinca (GK), Foulds, Brooks, Rother, Trialist, Standring, Gaskell
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Goalkeeper Coach Needed!

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Prestwich Heys Pre Season Friendly!

We’ve been notified today that Prestwich Heys pitch will not be ready for our scheduled game on the 14th July, therefore we are looking for an away game on that date. Any interested parties please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thanks.
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Pre Season: Change of Opponents

Ramsbottom United’s penultimate pre-season fixture should have been away at AFC Blackpool on Saturday 4th August, but with the NWCFL commencing their fixtures on that day, the game has been called off. In it’s place is a tough looking game against Evo-Stik League newcomers, Pontefract Collieries. The west Yorkshire side were crowned champions of the Norther Counties East League, having amassed 102 points during their 42 game season, and should prove interesting opponents for Mark Fell’s assembled squad ahead of the new season. It will be an opportunity for the Rams supporters to visit a new ground (pictured below) ahead of the 2018/19 campaign which begins two weeks later.