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JONES SIGNS FOR THE RAMS!

The Rams latest signing is 28 year old forward, Karl Jones. He joins the club after leaving Ossett United in the off season. Jones has played under manager Chris Willcock during his time at Glossop North End. Karl has experience in this league and knows what it takes to be successful at this level after gaining automatic promotion with Hyde United the season before last.

Manager Willcock said on his latest signing "I am looking forward to working with Jonesy again. His time at Glossop with myself was his first season in non-league after returning from America. He scored some very important goals and was having an excellent run in the team scoring frequently until injury halted his season. He then joined Hyde United and helped them gain promotion to step 3 whilst also reaching the first round proper of the FA cup against MK Dons. He then moved on to the newly formed Ossett United last season where once again he was amongst the goals. His versatility in the forward line will be very useful to us during the season. I'm sure our fans will enjoy his contribution."



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RAMS MAKE FIRST SUMMER SIGNING

Ramsbottom United is pleased to announce the capture of prolific Yorkshire goal scorer Daniel Naidole. The former AFC Emley, Yorkshire Amateur, Bradford Park Avenue and Brighouse Town forward can play in a number of offensive roles. A technically gifted player with an eye for a pass, Naidole has had a very successful scoring record at all of his clubs.

Manager Chris Willcock said “Daniel is a player I have had my eye on for a number of seasons. He is an exciting talent who we are looking forward to seeing in a Rammy shirt. He has a great work ethic and is a very intelligent player and I am sure the fans won’t be disappointed with his contribution.”



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Join the Roch Valley Radio Commentary Team for the 19/20 season.

Ramsbottom United FC are working with Roch Valley Radio in the 2019/2020 season to bring you LIVE match commentary.

Roch Valley Radio are giving you the opportunity to become part of their Commentary Team to get behind the microphone and commentate on your favourite team; you'll even get chance to ask players questions in pre and post-match interviews.

As part of this voluntary role, you will receive the relevant training to use both the studio and commentary equipment, they'll get you registered for the corresponding press accreditation, and you'll work alongside other like-minded people who have a keen interest in local sports. All we ask is that you have a keen interest in sports and would be up for the challenge.

They aim to have about 6-9 commentators to accommodate volunteer availability, and each game two people will be at the match ground and a third back in the studio broadcasting the match, this will be on a rotational basis.

If this is of interest to you then you can sign up by visiting to fill in the enquiry form here: http://bit.ly/30i1Vnj or if you would like further information, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. the initial deadline is Wednesday 10th July 2019.

You'll be able to tune into the match games from your mobile phone, tablet, Amazon Alexa and online, keep your eyes open for further information over the coming weeks.

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LEAGUE CHANGES GALORE FOR THE RAMS!

Having bowed to years of pressure, the FA have finally put together the final pieces of a more logical 1-2-4-8 pyramid system for the top four levels of non-league.

The season just ended saw a fourth Division added at level three, and the 2020-21 season will see the pyramid completed with an additional Division at level four.

The Evo-Stik Northern Premier League were disappointed to have lost out to the Southern League with regards to embracing the extra level three division last year, but has successfully applied to the FA to run the eighth level four division, meaning that the NPL will operate with a Premier Division and three First Divisions from 2020/21.

In readiness, next season has seen many changes within the league, with the current two First Divisions moving from an East/West split, to a North West/South East divide.

As a result, along with the usual promotions and relegations, a number of teams who played against the Rams last season have now been moved sideways.

Local derbies against Radcliffe and Atherton Collieries have been lost due to their promotions, whilst our old friends at Glossop North End have now been moved into South East.

Also moving with them are Chasetown, Kidsgrove Athletic, Leek Town, Market Drayton Town, and Newcastle Town after a single season of competing against Ramsbottom United following on from last year’s move from a North and South First Division split.

In their places return some former opponents, Ossett United (an amalgamation of the two Ossett teams, Town and Albion), Brighouse Town and Tadcaster Albion.

Joining them are two old foes who both suffered relegation from the Premier Division, Marine and Workington, whilst the Rams will be welcoming a number of sides for the first time in their history.

City of Liverpool come up as North West Counties League champions, whilst the top side in the Northern League, Dunston UTS will see the club having a long trip up to Gateshead, whilst other longer trips will see journeys up to Marske United, Pickering Town and Pontefract Collieries.

All of which leaves the club with a minority of clubs still in the Division from last season, namely Clitheroe, Colne, Droylsden, Kendal Town, Mossley, Prescot Cables, Runcorn Linnets, Trafford and Widnes, but losing Skelmersdale United who were relegated to the North West Counties League.

So, providing the new set-up is approved at the NPL AGM in June, the Rams will have quite a variety of opponents next season, with ten new teams to play, against just nine who competed together last time out.

Proposed Evo-Stik North West Division line-up for Season 2019/20:

Brighouse Town, City of Liverpool, Clitheroe, Colne, Droylsden, Dunston UTS, Kendal Town, Marine, Marske United, Mossley, Ossett United, Pickering Town, Pontefract Collieries, Prescot Cables, RAMSBOTTOM UNITED, Runcorn Linnets, Tadcaster Albion, Trafford, Widnes, Workington




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PRE SEASON PREVIEW: Caernarfon Town (A)

After the encouraging and entertaining game against a strong Rochdale side on Wednesday, the Rams continue with their pre-season build-up with a trip over the Welsh border to take on Caernarfon Town, with a 4pm kick-off due to a youngsters tournament taking place at the Town’s Oval ground.

Once again, the Rams will be fielding a number of trialists as manager Chris Willcock continues to build a squad capable of challenging for honours when the new BetVictor North West League kicks off on August 17th.

Opponents Caernarfon Town, after a spell outside the Welsh top tier, returned to the Welsh Premier League last year and obtained a highly encouraging top six finish playing some expansive football which ultimately attracted the league’s highest average attendance.

Always difficult to compare the standard of football in the two countries, but fellow WPL side Connah’s Quay recently knocked Scottish Premier Division side Kilmarnock out of their European competition, so one could argue that the standard over the border is pretty high.

Whilst results at this stage are not too important, Caernarfon will certainly test the players that the Rams put out, giving the management team an indication of what lies ahead.

It’s a fair way to go, but any Rammy supporters venturing over will be guaranteed a warm reception and an entertaining game.



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RAMS BRING IN COMMERCIAL MANAGER

In the current climate whereby football clubs at all levels (with the exception of the Premier League!) continue to battle to balance the books, Ramsbottom United have taken a major step towards increasing their revenue stream with the appointment of SIMON KENYON from Kenyon Sports Management as their new Commercial Manager.

Simon, who hails from Hesketh Bank, arrives with significant experience of Sport Business Management and has held roles at a number of clubs over the last thirteen years. He is also the Managing Director of his own sports management business.

He arrives at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium with a remit to encourage as many local businesses as possible to become involved with the club, be it through sponsorship, advertising or enjoying the matchday experience within the dedicated lounge at the ground.

It’s been all-change at the Rams this summer, with the League welcoming new sponsorship in the form of BETVICTOR.

The club sees the appointment of Simon as a step forward in the aim of achieving promotion to the BetVictor Premier Division, by improving the club’s financial position and also increasing both the profile and the support for a club that last season reached the last 16 of the nationwide FA Trophy and grabbed a play-off spot in the League.

This season, under manager Chris Willcock, hopes are high for another promotion push and ultimately an even better campaign this time round.

Chairman Harry Williams, pictured with Simon Kenyon, expressed his delight at the appointment.



“It’s another step forward for the club and we welcome Simon and look forward to him being successful in attracting extra sponsorship and drumming up more interest in the town for their local club.

“Football at this level relies on the goodwill of many volunteers, but fund-raising is massively important, especially for a club with ambitions to move further up the football pyramid. To that end, I wish Simon well and hope that local businesses welcome the opportunity to become involved with him and Ramsbottom United”

Simon also took the opportunity to comment.

“I would to thank Ramsbottom United AFC for offering me this opportunity to work with them. It’s an exciting challenge for me and one that I am looking forward too. I understand the importance of sponsorship to clubs, and I will be going out into the community and speaking to businesses about our sponsorship packages and will look to create long term commercial relationships to benefit both parties. If businesses wish to speak with me, I can be contact on 07817 767156 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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FIXTURE RELEASE DATE!

The Northern Premier League have tonight announced (Thursday 3rd July 2019), that the fixtures for the new season will be announced on Friday 12th July at 9am.



Make sure you're following our website & social media accounts next Friday morning for all the fixtures for the new season and we can't wait to hear your views on the new fixtures in our LIVE blog that we will have running next Friday.

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Ramsbottom United - 18/19 Season Review

The new season began with hopes of an improvement on recent 14th place finishes in the Evo-Stik League second tier, but as September turned into October, such hopes appeared to have been already dashed, as a League record of 3 wins, 3 draws and 3 defeats from 9 games seemed to indicate that another campaign of mediocrity was about to unfurl.

Added to the disappointing league start, the fact that the Rams had already been knocked out of the FA Cup and League Cup merely added to the general air of despondency amongst the clubs’ faithful supporters.

Then came news that the management team had decided to move on.





Swiftly, Chairman Harry Williams contacted former player Chris Willcock, whose managerial record included a promotion and trip to Wembley for Glossop North End, and an impressive 12 victories from 15 games at the end of the previous season for the now-defunct Shaw Lane club in Barnsley.

Having watched the Rams on a number of occasions, Willcock was quick to point out that fitness levels needed to improve, and he soon brought in new players, whilst releasing a number, to match his winning mentality.

What happened during the next six months was more than most supporters could have dreamed about.

Although the ultimate prize of promotion was missed, the subsequent FA Trophy run, and the race up the league table ensured that the club had it’s most entertaining and successful season since the Johnson-Morley days.

Willcock’s reign began with two draws, but having gone behind in the opening minutes away to Trafford in the Preliminary round of the FA Trophy, most supporters had resigned themselves to exiting yet another cup competition at the first hurdle.

Not so. Signs that this new-look Rammy team would have a little more bottle shone through as the deficit was overturned and the club had it’s first knock-out success of the season. More would follow!

In the league, four successive victories were achieved without conceding a single goal. Two visits to Prescot Cables’ Hope Street ground within four days certainly lived up to the name as hope began to surge through the club. Tenants Skelmersdale were easily cast aside on the back of a 3-0 win, whilst the landlords were put to the sword more emphatically by four goals to nil.

The FA Trophy saw a visit to Frickley Athletic, and again, the team responded with a fine 3-0 win, setting up an away day to Yaxley, who, after much searching, was found to be near Peterborough. As one of the club’s longest ever-trips, the original Saturday date eventually turned into a Tuesday night, despite protestations made to the FA, but it did not deter the players from returning home in the early hours on the back of a 2-2 draw.

Attempts by Yaxley to play the original game to a conclusion were brushed aside, and in the midweek replay, which saw the visitors having to endure the same journey in reverse, the home side totally dominated proceedings, and moved onto the next round courtesy of a 5-1 hammering.

This was quickly followed by a another away draw, this time seeing the club make the journey up to north Yorkshire to meet Pickering Town. An uneventful game resulted in a goalless scoreline, with a swift return to the HWRS, where a 2-1 home win was enough to see the club make further progress.

In the league, a disappointing and highly controversial home clash with Runcorn Linnets saw the team register their only league defeat in seven games, with two Ramsbottom players shown a red card by an over-enthusiastic referee who appeared unable to understand certain tactics that were being deployed.

However, that defeat apart, the Rams would go into the new year with a league record under Willcock of played 10, won 7, drawn 2 and lost 1, with 22 goals scored and just 8 conceded. The rise up the table from the lower reaches to the edge of the play-offs had been both dramatic and entertaining.

As was the FA Trophy run.

Another away draw, the fifth on the trot, saw the latest reward being a long journey up to Evo-Stik Premier Division side Workington, but again the team refused to buckle in terrible conditions, and another replay was earned courtesy of a 0-0 draw on the Cumbrian coast. Back at the HWRS, the Reds were to return home on the back of a 2-0 defeat, and, at last, the club’s name came out first when the draw was made on the radio for the next round.

And what a tie it was. Weymouth, riding high at the top of the Southern League Premier Division had the long journey to contend with.

An over-night stop for the Terras in Bury, had them in prime condition when Saturday afternoon arrived, and it looked as though this former Conference club would finally see off the impudent Ramsbottom team, now the lowest-ranked side still in the competition.

Injury time arrived with the visitors 2-1 up, and the home supporters accepting that the long run was about to come to a glorious end. Not so. A last gasp scrambled equaliser was met initially with rapturous joy, before the realisation sunk in that it now meant the team would have to make the 500 mile round journey to the south coast just four days later!

After much confusion, the team travelled down on the day, and what are now regarded as the “Weymouth 17” supporters also made the long trip, much to the delight of the players and management.

No doubt expecting to return home empty-handed, that trip back must have passed in a flash as they were able to reminisce about one of the club’s best-ever victories, an unexpected, but thoroughly deserved 3-1 win, which even had the cushion of a missed penalty.



The draw for the next round had already been made, with a visit to the HWRS from Football League chasing AFC Fylde. A Lancashire derby to savour.

Back in the league, the first home game of the New Year proved a disappointment, as eventual champions Atherton Collieries arrived in town and departed thanks to a much-deserved 3-0 victory. A draw also at home to Leek Town appeared to have knocked the gloss off the main aim, but that blip was soon put to bed as the side launched into another impressive run, which again ensured that a play-off spot, at least, could be targeted.

A trip to Glossop saw a resounding 5-0 success, and as if to go one better, when Skelmersdale arrived in town a week later, they were thrashed even more convincingly, by six goals to nil.

Then came the game that attracted much media attention. The BBC cameras were down at the ground and various radio stations present as AFC Fylde arrived on a rain-sodden night, no doubt expecting a straight-forward win. So it appeared to be, for on two occasions, the Coasters strolled into a two goal lead, and the enjoyable run appeared to be over.

However, this team did not know when they were beaten, and after coming back on both occasions from that deficit, in the last ten minutes, the ground erupted as the home side finally took the lead at 5-4. However, a surprise result was dragged back by the visitors snatching a late equaliser, ensuring a visit to the new Mill Farm ground at Kirkham the following week.



It was there that the run into the last 16 of a competition that attracted well over 200 entrants from all over the country, came to an end.

On another miserable night, the Rams had the temerity to take the lead, but after a promising first half-hour, the hosts grabbed control of the match and finally ran out deserved winners on the back of a rather flattering 4-1 scoreline.



The FA Trophy saw the club compete in twelve matches and endure over 1300 miles of travel, as the run will live long in the memory of everyone involved with the club.

However, as we bade farewell to that competition, the primary task returned with a home win against soon-to-be-returning-to-Welsh-football Colwyn Bay, which was followed by two more emphatic victories, 6-0 at Newcastle Town, and 4-0 at Trafford.

Hopes were high that the automatic promotion spot was within our grasp.

Two home games were coming up, against a Colne side that invariably got the better of the Rams in recent seasons, and mid-table Widnes. Six points here would seriously put pressure on the top teams, and the fans turned up in expectation that these would be gained.

Alas, it was not to be, as Colne deservedly kept up their run against us with an emphatic win, whilst Widnes were fortunate to grab all three points.

Those two defeats but a dent in the side’s aspirations, but three wins and a draw in the next four games appeared to steady the ship.

Then came the biggest blow. Newcastle Town arrived, still smarting from the hammering they received in Staffordshire, and duly enacted revenge by gaining a surprise 2-1 victory.



Disappointing as that was, the team completed the remaining five fixtures with three wins and two draws, the last of which, in the home game against Kidsgrove, saw the visitors notch a last minute equaliser, which dropped the Rams into fifth place, and a play-off semi-final against local rivals Radcliffe the following Tuesday.

Having met just over a week previously at Stainton Park in an uneventful 0-0 draw, the whole season now rested on a possible two play-off games.

As it transpired, on the night, in front of a large crowd, the Rams failed to perform at their best, and few would argue that Radcliffe deserved the 3-0 win, which saw them contest the Play-Off Final, in which they were victorious against Leek Town, resulting in their promotion, whilst the Rams had to lick their wounds.

Although the ultimate prize just eluded the Rams, much can be gained from the campaign as a whole.

Mediocrity transformed into hope.

As one supporter stated “We used to go to matches HOPING to win. Now we go EXPECTING to win”, which probably sums up the changes that have been seen throughout the campaign.

A great run in the FA Trophy, and a fine campaign league-wise under Willcock’s stewardship which, in his 29 league games saw 18 victories, 6 draws and just 5 defeats, a massive improvement on recent seasons, and on the beginning of this one. Add to that his record in the FA Trophy (Played 12, won 6, drawn 5, lost 1) and the success since the appointment in early October, overall reads, Played 41, Won 24, Drawn 11, Lost 6.

The closed season gives everyone time to take a breather, but hopes will be high come August that next season can see Ramsbottom United make a determined, and hopefully successful, push for promotion.

FINAL LEAGUE TABLE


Category: Match Reports

REPORT: Rams 2 Rochdale 3

Pre-Season Friendly

Wednesday 24th July 2019

RAMSBOTTOM UNITED 2 ROCHDALE 3

Attendance: 408

Report by Aaron Benson

Ramsbottom United were beaten 3-2 by Rochdale in the clubs opening pre-season friendly. Goals from Stephen Dooley, Ryan Delaney and Ollie Rathbone condemned the home side to defeat, despite the Rams scoring twice in the first half through un-named trialists.

Only four Ramsbottom players were officially named in the matchday programme, three of the four remaining from last season, the other a new singing. Tom Kennedy, Jamie Rother and Nic Evangelinos all returned to the side whilst newly announced Daniel Naidole was making his club debut.

Rochdale were straight out the blocks and ahead after the first minute. Forward Dooley with the opener, leaving Ramsbottom with a mountain to climb straight from kick off.

The League One side had further opportunities to increase their lead immediately after Dooley’s goal, forward Rekeil Pyke and Rathbone both saw chances come and go. The first flew over the bar, the second saved by Rammy’s man between the sticks.

Yet an equalising goal wasn’t too far away coming in the 18th minute. A sweeping move down the right hand side was too hot to handle for the Dale defence. At the back post a Trialist burst the net with a low finish past Brad Wade.

In what was turning out to be an end to end pre-season friendly, Rochdale re-took the lead with some clever touches in around the six yard area which became the source of their goal. An interchange between Dooley and Rathbone found Delaney on the edge of the area, the number five doubling the visitors advantage after only 25 minutes with a smart volley.

Shortly before half time Rochdale scored another, showing their true football league ability. Rathbone burst the net with a shot from the six yard box giving Dale a comfortable lead, although Ramsbottom showed their fighting spirit hitting back just two minutes after. A Trialist hammered the ball home from close range ensuring the goal deficit going into the half time break was only the one.

The opening to the second half was met with many substitutes yet fewer goalmouth chances for either side.

Dale had the better of the play, the majority of their opportunities coming after the hour mark. First with Dooley who hit the crossbar, then Lewis Bradley took aim at goal only for his effort to be deflected off target.

Substitutes Aaron Morley and Matt Gillam could easily have added a fourth with respective chances, although the latters best chance was still to come with a shot that cannoned off the bar.

Rammy struggled to test Dale or sub Morgan Piper in the second half with Dale enjoying a keep ball exercise in the final stages, running out easy winners despite the narrow scoreline.

Manager Chris Willcock was rather pleased with his sides performance on the night, particularly with the quality of opposition Rochdale boss Brian Barry-Murphy fielded.

‘I thought it was great game of football and a real good workout for the lads, creating some great opportunities especially after looking rusty early doors’.

‘I would like to thank Rochdale for sending a really strong team and making the game competitive for us and both teams produced a great spectacle with five goals’.

‘Overall we wanted a strong and competitive pre-season ahead before the start of the season against Widnes. The clubs expectations are higher now and we’re looking to carry on from the momentum of last season, integrating the new players we have over the next few weeks. We start on the 17th and let’s see how this season goes’.

Ramsbottom team vs Rochdale: Tom Kennedy, Jamie Rother, Nic Evangelinos, Daniel Naidole, Trialists A to M

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BREAKING: 2019/20 fixtures announced

The Rams fixtures for the 2019/20 season have this evening been announced

We start the season against at home against Widnes FC on Saturday 17th August at 3pm

We play local neighbours Mossley at Home on Boxing Day (Thursday 26th December) & Away on Easter Monday (Monday 13th April)

Also our other neighbours Trafford we face them at home on August Bank Holiday Monday (26th August) & Away on New Years Day (Wednesday 1st January)

The final game of the Season will be against Dunston at home on Saturday 25th April

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2019/20 Ramsbottom United fixture list

Sat Aug 17 Widnes H

Tue Aug 20 Pickering Town A

Sat Aug 24 Emirates FA Cup Prelim

Mon Aug 26 Trafford H

Sat Aug 31 Pontefract Collieries A

Tue Sep 3 City of Liverpool H

Sat Sep 7 Emirates FA Cup 1Q

Tue Sep 10 Clitheroe H

Sat Sep 14 Ossett United A

Wed Sep 18 Integro Cup 1st Round

Sat Sep 21 Tadcaster Albion H / Emirates FA Cup 2Q

Tue Sep 24 Kendal Town A

Sat Sep 28 Workington A

Sat Oct 5 Brighouse Town H / Emirates FA Cup 3Q

Sat Oct 12 Buildbase FA Trophy Prelim

Sat Oct 19 Colne A / Emirates FA Cup 4Q

Wed Oct 23 Integro Cup 2nd Round

Sat Oct 26 Buildbase FA Trophy 1Q

Sat Nov 2 Marine H

Sat Nov 9 Prescot Cables A / Emirates FA Cup 1 / Buildbase FA Trophy 2Q

Sat Nov 16 Runcorn Linnets H

Sat Nov 23 Dunston A / Buildbase FA Trophy 3Q

Sat Nov 30 Marske United H / Emirates FA Cup 2

Wed Dec 4 Integro Cup 3rd Round

Sat Dec 7 Tadcaster Albion A

Sat Dec 14 Droylsden H / Buildbase FA Trophy 1

Sat Dec 21 Widnes A

Thu Dec 26 Mossley H

Wed Jan 1 Trafford A

Sat Jan 4 Pickering Town H / Emirates FA Cup 3

Sat Jan 11 City of Liverpool A Buildbase FA Trophy 2

Sat Jan 18 Brighouse Town A

Sat Jan 25 Workington H / Emirates FA Cup 4

Sat Feb 1 Droylsden A

Wed Feb 5 Integro Cup Quarter-Finals

Sat Feb 8 Buildbase FA Trophy 3

Sat Feb 15 Ossett United H

Sat Feb 22 Clitheroe A

Sat Feb 29 Kendal Town H / Buildbase FA Trophy 4

Wed Mar 4 Emirates FA Cup 5 / Integro Cup Semi-Final

Sat Mar 14 Marine A

Sat Mar 21 Colne H / Emirates FA Cup Quarter-Final / Buildbase FA Trophy SF(1)

Sat Mar 28 Runcorn Linnets A / Buildbase FA Trophy SF(2)

Sat Apr 4 Prescot Cables H

Wed Apr 8 Integro Cup Final

Sat Apr 11 Pontefract Collieries H

Mon Apr 13 Mossley A

Sat Apr 18 Marske United A / Emirates FA Cup Semi-Final

Sat Apr 25 Dunston H

Sun May 17 Buildbase FA Trophy Final

Sat May 23 Emirates FA Cup Final

Category: Club News

RAMS PRE-SEASON FIXTURES CONFIRMED

Ahead of the new season which kicks off on Saturday 17th August, Ramsbottom United can announce that the following pre-season fixtures have been confirmed:

Wednesday 24th July RAMS v Rochdale 7.45pm

Saturday 27th July Caernarfon Town v RAMS 4.00pm (This follows a tournament that involves members of the Ramsbottom Junior sides)

Tuesday 30th July RAMS v Nantwich Town 7.45pm

Saturday 3rd August Newcastle Town v RAMS 3.00pm

Tuesday 6th August RAMS v Ashton United 7.45pm

Thursday 8th August Kidsgrove Athletic v RAMS 7.45pm

Fixtures for the new season will be released in early July following the Northern Premier League’s AGM this Saturday (15th June) where the constitution of the newly named Division One North West will be confirmed.



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RAMS END OF SEASON AWARDS NIGHT

Players, management and Supporters got together on Saturday night, to celebrate the end of the season for Evo-Stik West side Ramsbottom United.

A season that began in mediocre mode proved to be one of the best in recent years, with a final league placing of fifth, which saw them compete in the play-offs, and an exciting journey to the last 16 of the FA Trophy.

Held in the adjacent cricket club, a speech from Chairman Harry Williams indicated just how well the season had progressed under new manager Chris Willcock. Harry indicated that the change of management had certainly improved performances and that the club is now looking to making further strides in an attempt to regain Evo-Stik Premier Division status, with more work expected to take place on the ground throughout the summer break.

He thanked everyone who had worked tirelessly behind the scenes, and reiterated just how much is involved in running a semi-professional club at this level. He also thanked manager Chris Willcock and his coaching staff, noting that when the previous manager left he immediately contacted Chris, with no-one else in mind, having known what a fine job he had done at other clubs, and the fact that he had spent a couple of seasons as a player with the Rams. He also praised the players for their efforts on behalf of the club, and their fine FA Trophy run.

Club captain Tom Kennedy spoke, stating that having had a wonderful career professionally, joining Ramsbottom United has allowed him to enjoy his football this season. He praised the team spirit within the side and how the players all mix well together, and the fact that he has had many laughs and much banter with the Chairman. He looked forward to more success in the future.

Manager Chris Willcock thanked the Chairman for offering him the opportunity to return to management at a time when he felt he was struggling to get back into the game. He stated that he had needed to rebuild the squad, which he did quickly, and praised the players for the way they had stuck to the task and produced some entertaining football. He also highlighted the excellent work undertaken by his coaching staff, and although disappointed that promotion failed to materialise, felt that with an extra three months preparation time for next season, the club could really push on in an attempt to gain promotion next time. He thanked the supporters for their backing, especially the “Weymouth 17” who made the long midweek journey to the south coast to follow the club in the FA Trophy replay, and was happy that they had something to celebrate.

Flowers were handed out to four hard working girls at the club, Sophie Fletcher, Dawn Comer, Katie Worswick and Emma Debono, as appreciation for their efforts throughout the season.

Trophies were then presented on the night, the first going to the player voted the “Players’ Player of the Season”.

This was handed over by the manager to winger NIC EVANGELINOS.

The “Supporters Player of the Year” was won by club captain TOM KENNEDY, who received his award along with the large Club Cup from supporter Dawn Comer.

A “Special Award” was presented by assistant manager Lee Donafee in recognition of an outstanding goal-scoring feat during the club’s mammoth FA Trophy run. Ten goals were scored in the twelve games played, including a hat-trick in the amazing 5-5 draw at the HWRS against AFC Fylde, by NIC EVANGELINOS, who scooped this prize.

Finally the “Clubman of the Year” went to someone who had not missed a game all season. As this was being mentioned, he whispered that he hadn’t missed a game in THREE seasons, making the awarding of the trophy even more relevant. This went to the club’s long-standing and popular photographer FRANK CROOK, who as well as providing all the snapshots for publication, spends much of the week down at the ground doing whatever is necessary to keep the stadium in prime condition and the pitch similar.

The night ended with a feeling that, although the season just ended had been most enjoyable, the optimism for the new campaign was already tangible, and as the fans take a break, the management will now begin the task of putting together a strong squad for next season, whilst work behind the scenes will continue through the summer months.

All the photos from the presentation night are below, taken by Frank Crook




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PRE SEASON PREVIEW: Rochdale (H)

We’re not quite back yet, but the big kick-off is now less than a month away.

As usual, at this time of year, pre-season “friendly” matches take centre stage, and the Rams kick off this new campaign with a home game against local League One side ROCHDALE.

The Dale, who have had some excellent seasons of late, appeared to be dead and buried when the club promoted coach Brian Barry-Murphy into the managers chair towards the end of last season, but it proved to be an inspired decision.

Results picked up immediately and the deficit was soon overcome to ensure that our neighbours continue to play at level three for another season.

At a time when so many clubs are struggling to survive, Rochdale have always stood out as being a well-run club who cut their cloth accordingly.

Their Spotland ground is now one of the best in the lower Divisions, and the Rams squad can expect a decent test against our full-time neighbours.

Many of last season’s team that performed so well after the arrival of manager Chris Willcock, are still with us, along with a handful of newcomers, a number of whom have been on Chris’ radar for some time.

As usual, there will be a number of changes throughout the game as trialists are given the opportunity to prove themselves, and newcomers become aware of their team-mates and the tactics expected with the new season approaching.

Reduced admission for this one of just £5 for adults, £2 for concessions, and £1 for 12 and under, accompanied by an adult.

Category: Club News

NEW LEAGUE SPONSORS FOR THE NPL

The Northern Premier League is excited to announce a new two-year sponsorship deal with leading online gambling company BetVictor, starting from season 2019/20.



The deal is across the National League System’s “big three” feeder leagues and is the first time that a single brand has taken on title sponsorship of every step 3 and 4 competition.

Like many contemporary sports sponsorships, BetVictor’s focus is on digital and social media, with each league’s website being refreshed and new content added.

The new BetVictor sponsorship will bring a remarkable level of new investment into each competition, underpinning BetVictor’s commitment to supporting the game and to strengthen its digital presence through unique collaborations and campaigns.

NPL chairman Mark Harris, in a joint statement with Isthmian Football League equivalent Nick Robinson and the Southern League’s Terry Barratt said: “We are delighted to be working with BetVictor, such a high-profile sponsor. It is a major coup for the leagues at the Steps 3 and 4 of the National Leagues System. By working collectively, we become a much more attractive commercial and media proposition. We are all striving to professionalise our competitions and this sponsorship takes things to a new level.”

Commenting on the partnership, BetVictor’s Director of Brand and Creative, Matt Parkes stated: “We’re very excited about this partnership and we’re confident it will be a successful one for all three leagues and for BetVictor. The growing popularity of the leagues amongst the football community in the UK gives us the opportunity to amplify our brand’s digital presence and engagement, and to get closer to the leagues’ football fans.”

The players’ shirt sleeves at 228 clubs part of all three leagues will also carry the BetVictor logo.

Category: Club News

VACANCIES AT THE RAMS

Having enjoyed the club’s best season for a number of years (5th place play-off finish in the League, and last 16 in the FA Trophy), manager Chris Willcock is preparing for a challenge at the top of Evo-Stik North West come August, and the club are looking to add to the backroom staff that already includes Assistant Manager Lee Donafee and Coaches Lincoln Adams and Warren Nolan.

A new club Physio is required along with a newly-installed position for a Kit Man, to join a club looking forward to a successful campaign at non-league’s level four.

Ramsbottom United is also looking to expand it’s Commercial operation with a view to increasing sponsorship and advertising, and again a newly-created post is looking to attract someone who feels that they can add to the profile of the club by bringing in extra revenue.

Interested parties for all three positions are asked to contact the club via email to club secretary Tony Cunningham at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Having enjoyed a memorable season last time out, hopes are high at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium that the club can go one better next season, so successful applicants should be in a position to enjoy their input into the well-run club.

Category: Club News

RAMS PLAYER OF THE MONTH FOR APRIL

As the 2018/19 season draws to a close, a certain symmetry fell nicely into place as the final winner of Ramsbottom United’s “Player-of-the-Month”, as voted for by the supporters, also happened to be the recipient of the first award of the season back in August, Jamie Rother.

Jamie, now in his fifth season with the club, recently completed 100 games in a Rams shirt, and after injury hit early seasons, has proved to be a consistent hard-working midfield player throughout this campaign, and his all-action displays have made him a firm favourite with the Rammy faithful.

He received his award, along with a case of beer from League sponsors Bowland Brewery, at the end of season Presentation Night held in the adjacent cricket club on May 4th.