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Bank Holiday Fixture Change

Ramsbottom United’s scheduled HOME game against Atherton Collieries, due to take place on Bank Holiday Monday 27th August, has now been reversed to an AWAY fixture.

Despite this game having been publicised, the recent bad weather that saw the Twenty/20 cricket semi-finals and finals postponed last Sunday have seen the competitions finale rearranged for the same Bank Holiday.

Ramsbottom United, being aware of the issues regarding access and parking contacted both the Evo-Stik League and Atherton Collieries to explain that this was a decision taken without consultation, leaving the club in a difficult position.

Both agreed that in the interest of safety, the games between Ramsbottom United and Atherton Collieries would be reversed, and the home game will now take place on New Year’s Day.

The club wishes to apologise to all supporters for any inconvenience

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Nelson game kick off time changed!

Please note that due to a function being held at Nelson's ground, next Saturday (28th July) our pre-season game at Nelson will kick off at 2.00pm (NOT 3pm)





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Friendly Wanted this Tuesday

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Jack Higgs signs for the Rams

Ramsbottom United have continued their summer recruitment with the signing of Jack Higgs.

The 25 year old arrives with an impressive pedigree including spells at Histon in the National League South and Enfield Town at step 3. Jack was also part of the St Ives team that won promotion from step 4 to step 3. Clearly these teams aren’t North West based, Jack is originally from Essex and moved to Manchester last year for work, he played a handful of games for Glossop at the end of last season. Jack has featured in most of the friendlies so far and was on the scoresheet last night with the Rams equaliser against Fleetwood Town.

Rams boss Mark Fell says the midfielder had been on the Rams radar for some time, “I got a couple of reports about how good he looked last season, so we had a chat in the summer and he was keen to settle down at Rammy. He’s a classy midfielder and with every game and training session he’s getting fitter. He’s been great in the dressing room and the lads have really taken to him.”

Higgs wasn’t short of offers in the summer, but the Rams ambition made his switch to the Riverside a straightforward one. “When I spoke to the gaffer and saw how the club operate from a football professionalism perspective it was a no brainier. It’s a great club with a passionate fanbase and I’m looking forward to getting started.”



Higgs, pictured during his spell at Enfield, can be next seen for the Rams at Nelson on Saturday, KO is 2pm. He is also available for player sponsorship, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details.

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REPORT: Rammy 0 Blackburn 3

ROVERS MADE TO WORK HARD FOR VICTORY AGAINST DISCIPLINED RAMSBOTTOM

Ramsbottom United V Blackburn U23s

Saturday 21st July 2018

Pre-Season Friendly

Report by Damien Barlow

Plans and preperations continue for the Ramsbottom heirachy ahead of the new season as Blackburn U23s visit the Riverside as latest opponents in the pre season programme. The rams faithfull will be hoping for a strong performance from the home side, and to take some optimism and positives into the remainder of the warm up games.

The weather at kick off was overcast, with the tempreture a comfortable 19 degrees, which hopefuly lends itself to an energetic performance from both sides.

The line-ups show 3 trialists starting for Ramsbottom, with 3 making up more than half the 5 man bench. The most notable name in Blackburns team is right back Paul Caddis, who has over 280 league appearences to his name.

Line ups in full are as follows:-

Ramsbottom United Ashton, Henry, Dean, Brooks, Thompson, Trialist, Jordan, Trialist, Marie, Trialist, Wright. Subs Trialist, Trialist, Ellison, Trialist, Foulds.

Blackburn U23s Fisher, Caddis, Thompson, Tomlinson, Carter, Platt, Mols, Hardcastle, Mansell, Buckley, Paton. Subs Maglore, Albinson, Doyle, Evans, Simmonds, Butterworth, Grayson.

It is the home side that got the game started, with both teams keen to press and not allow time on the ball. The first corner of the game was awarded to Blackburn, which was dealt with from the defence and lines were cleared and the game settled down with Blackburn finding possession more easy to come accross, however a long clearence from the Rammy back line fell kindly to Luke Jordan out on the right touchline who advanced up the pitch threatening the final 3rd but was unlucky not to escape his man who had made up his ground and dispossessed the wide man, and had to settle for a throw in.

As the game approached the 20 minute mark, Blackburn were now dominating the ball, and territory, although this was all being done infront of the back 4 of Ramsbottom, with Sam Ashton only being called in action for menial tasks.

A free kick for the away side just before the half hour presented an opportunity to get the ball into the danger area. The Blackburn taker was faced with a 1 man wall of Jerome Wright. A good delivery was whipped in towards the 6 yard box and a free header for Lewis Mansell lacked power and direction to trouble the Rammy stopper and bounced clear of the back post. As the away side continued to turn the screw, a good interchange of passes down their left side resulted in a cross being delivered from the touchline, once again Ramsbottom held firm and cleared for a throw in. From the resulting throw, LB Lewis Thompson tried an ambitous effort from 20yards looking for the top corner, but only succeeeded in findng the stand behind the goal.

Just after the half hour, the breakthrough finally came for Blackburn. An initial chance had been wasted and turned away for a corner, which was taken quickly and as Ramsbottom were still organising themselves, the ball was worked away from Ashton who had tried to foil the quick thinking from Rovers and was left to Willem Tomlinson to calmy roll the ball into the back of the Ramsbottom goal. Ramsbottom 0 Rovers 1

The Blackburn goal seem to work in the home sides favour, as they started to enjoy their best period of possession, and created a couple of half chances on the final 3rd, the best one after some good play down the left, with a deep cross swung in asking the Rovers defence questions, was met firmly by the days number 10, unfortunatey as earlier in the game for Blackburn, the end product was headed wide of the back post. Just before the break Blackburn almost had a fortunate 2nd, as Sam Ashton's attempted clearence clattered off the on-rushing striker but bounced clear of the goal. A 2 goal deficit at the half way point would have been very harsh on the home side, who had battled well and looked compact and disciplined. Blackburn just about deserve to be ahead at the whistle, but plenty of positives for Mark and Graham.

HT Rammy 0 Rovers 1

The second half started with a change in goal for Ramsbottom. Sam Ashton now taking up his place in the dug out and a trialist keeper taking the gloves. Things started in the same veign after the break as the first 45 had began, with Blackburn enjoying the lions share of the ball and forcing 2 or 3 corners, again taken short, but this time dealt with better, and all came to nothing for the visitors. On 50 minutes a cheap free kick was awarded to Rovers, as the referees assistant seemed to be swayed by the pantomime yelp from Stefan Mols, and more than 1 on the Rammy payroll let their feelings known. The resulting kick was dealt with without any drama and eased any further feelings of injustice.

A sub for the home team, saw a straight swap of trilaists and a change in partner for Dom Marie. As the hour mark came and went, Blackburn continued to search in veign for their 2nd goal, which would put clear daylight between the two sides, were guilty of squandering another good chance, after good approach play an eratic effort from Mansell sent the ball clearing the stand. A good interception from Ramsbottom number 6 for the day, freed up space infront of him to run into, and didnt need asking twice and progressed over half way and released a ball down the left for Wright to latch onto who sent the ball towards the penalty spot but was cleared by the Rovers defence.

The Rammy bench now indicated to Dom Marie that his shift was over, and the third trialist who started on the bench for the home side, was now gracing the playing surface.

Midway through the 2nd half and Rovers had their lead doubled, as Lewis Hardcastle found a yard of space just outside the area, took 1 touch to get the ball out of his feet and unleashed a low shot into the corner of the goal leaving the keeper with little or no chance of keeping his clean sheet in tact. Ramsbottom 0 Rovers 2

The home side wont get a better chance to score in the game without doing so. The ever industrious Tom Brooks hurried the centre back into relinquishing possession who picked out one of the days trialists who seemed to want too much time to pick his spot, giving the keeper time to regain his positional stance allowing him to parry the oncoming shot which fell firstly back to Brooks and then Wright. The latter rolling the ball just wide.

2 subs in quick succession from Mark Fell with Ryan Ellison now taking his place on the pitch replacing Luke Thompson, and Jerome Wright being replaced with Harry Foulds.

As the game entered the final stages, it was looking like Blackburn were more likely to score the next goal, and had great chance to do just that as Ben Paton wriggled free in the box and got his shot away, only to be foiled by the Rammy keeper. He didnt have to wait long though, as within a minute another chance was presented to him, with another cross from the left searching out anyone who wanted to get their name on the scoresheet, Paton, this time, was not to be denied, and his glancing header flashed passed the stand in keeper. Ramsbottom 0 Rovers 3.

No other points of interest followed the 3rd goal, and as the referee brought proceedings to a close, anyone connected with Ramsbottom can surely take plenty of positves from the game despite the scoreline. The shape was good, the effort and commitment was there to see. The trialists who took part all looked comfortable, and certainly looked like they could all offer something.

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Tom Kennedy signs for the Rams

Ramsbottom United are delighted to secure the signing of Tom Kennedy. The 32 year old arrives with over 400 football league games behind him for the likes of Bury, Rochdale, Leicester City and Barnsley. Last season he helped Bangor City to runners up spot in the Welsh Premier League.

A left full back by trade, but equally comfortable in a central midfield role, Greenmount-based Tom put pen to paper as he joined up with his new teammates at last night’s training session and Rams boss Mark Fell believes the capture to be a significant one.

“We wanted some more streetwise experience, we wanted a couple of real leaders to support us through tight games, and we wanted players who have a passion and desire for success, Tom meets every criteria. I met him a few weeks ago and was impressed with his attitude and outlook to the game, getting a player of this calibre is a major coup for this football club, I’m looking forward to working with him.”

Tom also spoke of the reasons why he chose the Rams for his summer move, “I’d made the decision that I was coming out of full time football at the end of last season and starting a new career, but I’ve still the hunger to play. Rammy is local for me, it’s a good standard and when I met the gaffer his plans were clear. I’m looking forward to getting pre-season under my belt and helping the club progress ultimately back the Evo-Stik Premier Division.”



Ramsbottom United manager Mark Fell (left) welcomes new signing Tom Kennedy.

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REPORT: Nelson 1 Rammy 3

Pre Season Friendly

Saturday 28th July 2018

NELSON 1 RAMSBOTTOM UNITED 3

Report by Jon Haslam

Ramsbottom United made the short trip to Little Wembley on Saturday afternoon to take on Nelson in their latest pre-season fixture hoping to continue the momentum from the second half performance from Tuesday nights victory over a youthful Fleetwood side

The starting eleven had a more familiar look to it than of late with just a single trialist taking his place in a back 3 alongside regulars Thompson and Ellison.

It was the Rams that made the perfect start when, with barely a minute on the clock Luke Jordan received a superb pass from Jack Higgs before the wide man sped past the fullback before sending a low cross into the danger area before finding its way to Lee Gaskell and the frontman made no mistake from close range to give the visitors an early lead.

Nelson were finding it difficult to make an impact on the Rams rearguard in the opening exchanges with the visitors looking an attacking threat in the wide areas with Dean and Jordan getting into some promising positions but the final crosses into the penalty area struggled to find their intended target.

The hosts would equalise with half an hour on the clock somewhat against the run of play when a swift breakaway opened up the Ramsbottom defence and Nelsons unmarked right winger sent a low shot past the outstretched hand of Ashton from just inside the penalty area.

For the remainder of the half the game was a fairly even affair with goal mouth action at a premium as both sides found it difficult to put together any serious attacking fluency and the referee brought the first 45 minutes to a conclusion with the scores level at a goal each.

After the restart it was Nelson that had the first goal scoring chance when a flowing move set up a presentable opportunity but the strike from the edge of the area failed to trouble Ashton in the Rams goal.

As so often happens in pre-season fixtures both sides utilised their substitutes bench fully as a number of changes punctured the flow of the match although the home side perhaps looked the more likely to create a goalscoring opportunity with the hour mark approaching.

Ramsbottom United flickered into life from an attacking perspective when the classy Higgs unleashed a long range attempt which just cleared the angle of post and crossbar.

As the weather conditions worsened and with fifteen minutes remaining Nelson almost took the lead when a corner caused chaos in the Rams defence before the crossbar came to the visitors rescue twice in quick succession, the ball was then cleared midway into the Nelson half and a defensive slip was seized upon by Jerome Wright who confidently strode forward before clinically finding the back of the net to give the Rams the advantage.

The goal seemed to give the visitors a boost which lead to a number of chances being created in the closing minutes of the contest as Nelson pushed forward looking to restore parity

. With only moments remaining the result was put beyond any doubt when a trialist crossed from the touchline and Dominic Maries stooping header fizzed past the home keeper to register his second goal in successive appearances.

As the final whistle sounded Ramsbottom United ran out 3-1 winners in a match that was probably closer than the final result would show but with another 90 minutes under the belt both teams could take some positives from a competitive run out designed to ensure that both squads are fully prepared for when the league action begins in the coming weeks.

Ramsbottom United:- Ashton (Stinca 68 mins), Henry, Dean (Trialist 46 mins), Trialist (Trialist 65 mins), Thompson, Ellison, Jordan, Higgs, Marie, Gaskell (Trialist 61 mins) Wright.

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REPORT: Ramsbottom United 0-1 Walshaw Sports

RAMSBOTTOM UNITED 0 WALSHAW SPORTS 1

TUESDAY 17th JULY 2018

PRE SEASON FRIENDLY @ BOLTON ARENA

Report by Adam Clark

Ramsbottom United took to the field on Tuesday evening for the second time this pre-season, Rammy boss Mark Fell has worked hard in getting this pre-season game on as many clubs around the local area have been having pitch issues due to the warm weather we’ve been having.

This game was played at Bolton Arena next to the Macron Stadium, the Rams took to the field against Walshaw Sports a team from the 7th tier of non-league football. The last time we have these two teams playing on record was on the 19th November 1994 in the Whitbread Cup – The Rams winning that one 2-0.

1st HALF

The Rams started brightly in the first twenty minutes of the game shots from Jerome Wright & Dominic Marie were blocked by Walshaw ‘keeper Josh Dalton. Walshaw went 1-0 up two minutes before the half hour mark, Former Rammy man Carl Lomax ran through on goal and slotted home into the bottom corner of the net.

HALF TIME: RAMSBOTTOM UNITED 0 WALSHAW SPORTS 1

2nd HALF

Wholesale changes were made throughout the second half – it was actually hard to work out who was on the pitch. Rammy’s best chance to level the scores came in the first and only minute of second half stoppage time when Ryan Ellison brother of Kevin was fouled in the box by a Walshaw defender. Ryan brushed himself down and took the penalty but it was saved well by Walshaw keeper Josh Dalton. Not a great night for the Rams but credit to Walshaw Sports they came with a plan to win the game and it certainly worked and were the better side on the night.

FULL TIME: RAMSBOTTOM UNITED 0 WALSHAW SPORTS 1

TEAMS

Ramsbottom United Starting Eleven: Sam Ashton, Rob Henry, Luke Thompson, Trialist, Phil Dean, Tom Kennedy, Trialist, Luke Jordan, Jerome Wright, Dominic Marie, Lee Gaskell.

Subs included: Nicolae Stinca (who played second half in goal), Dean Stott, Ryan Ellison, Harry Foulds, Jamie Rother, Tom Brooks & four trialists.

Walshaw Sports Starting Eleven: Josh Dalton, Marc Duffy, Joe Newton, Ash Oprah, Lee Chapman, Peter Gallacher, Josh Alexander, Greg Wills, Carl Lomax, Adam Nutall, Martin Love.

Subs included: Sailm Yasser, Robin Greenwood, Connor Gatley, Ollie Hafield-Barton plus trialists.

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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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Backroom Staff Update

The summer at non-league clubs generally always see’s players come and go, but this summer Mark Fell has also taken the opportunity to refresh his backroom staff ahead of the new campaign.

As many supporters will be aware, Matt Booth left his post as physio at the end of last season to spend time with his young family, with Elliott Burke taking up a role abroad and therefore relinquishing his performance analyst role. Following a further backroom staff restructure, Scott Campbell moved onto pastures new after being in the role of 1st team coach for 18 months and GK coach Rob Sadler relocated to Cheshire with work and took a role at Northwich Victoria. All four leave the club with our thanks and very best wishes for the future.

The club are delighted to welcome Nathan Rooney, Ben Cole and Dominic Smith to the staff team.

Nathan Rooney joins the direct player management team with Mark Fell and Graham Lancashire, the UEFA A, vastly experienced young coach, has working both overseas and with local clubs Blackburn Rovers and currently Fleetwood Town with the u23’s and u18’s. Blackburn based, the 30 year old held a watching brief at the pre-season game on Tuesday but is expected to commence his work with the players from the weekend.

Ben Cole has been recruited as the new club physio and comes with an excellent pedigree. The Essex born medic who now lives in Rochdale spent time at Preston North End as well as working with elite athletes with Altius Heath - Ben started his role last weekend undertaking medical assessments for some of the current squad.

Dominic Smith is the clubs new performance analyst, the Cardiff University graduate lives in Macclesfield and will take over the filming of games and the coding of key performance indicators to assist the management team.

Speaking about the first names in his new staff line up, Rams boss Mark Fell, “the end of the season was a chance for me to take stock, I had some good chats with the board about how different staffing structures may work and then went about putting the right people into the right roles. We were all keen to learn from some of the issues which potentially cost us points last season and put them right. We’ve some new staff with fresh ideas and there is already a good dynamic within the group. I’ve known Nathan for a long time, he’s an outstanding coach and brings with him great ideas, a really professional way of working and a good network of contacts. Both Ben and Dom have really impressed me so far and they’ve both critical roles to play once we get cracking. I’ll be bringing a GK coach into the club in the next week or so and I want to add to our scouting pool. Things will look a little different from last season and that’s a positive, we want specific expertise within the club as well as the right characters"

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REPORT: Rammy 3 Fleetwood Town XI 2

Rammy Victorious Against Brave Young Cod Army

Ramsbottom United 3 – 2 Fleetwood Town XI

Tuesday 24th July 2018

Report by Chris Stringer

On a fine Lancashire evening it was The Rams that came out victorious against a young Fleetwood XI side. It was the home side that started most lively and, in the first minute, trialist (no. 8) went close from the edge of the area; his shot fizzed past the left-hand post.

The first 10 minutes of the game were characterised by a strong midfield battle. Rammy’s strength was matched by the slick pace of the Cod Army. Indeed, it was the visitors who looked most likely to make something happen. Ramsbottom came under the cosh on several occasions but the defence held out well – Ellison looked confident at the back and kept the back line of 4 well organised.

The Fleetwood right back, Harrison Holgate, was causing a lot of trouble, with Ramsbottom trialist (no. 3) appearing to struggle at times to deal with his pace. This was particularly evident in the 27th minute when he found Metete in the middle of the box. The midfielder failed to make a solid contact and Sam Ashton easily collected the ball. Holgate looked to be the real creator on the right wing and it was to Ashton’s relief that Ellison and Thompson were communicating well and alert – Fleetwood’s strikers were given very little time on the ball.

Rammy may have been back in the dressing room a few minutes too early when Fleetwood took the lead on the brink of half time. The defence failed to adequately clear danger following an attack from the visitors and the ball fell to Ged Garner who hit a venomous shot from 30 yards out. Ashton did manage a hand to the ball, but it would have taken an exceptional goalkeeper to keep that one out. The visitors walked in ahead at half time and looked good value for their lead.

HALF TIME: Ramsbottom United 0 – 1 Fleetwood Town (Garner 41’)

Fleetwood started the second half with an air of confidence about them and looked to be knocking the ball about nicely. It was clear, however, that The Rams had been fired up at half time. The first real chance of the half fell to Phil Dean who hit a strong shot towards the bottom left corner; the Fleetwood goalkeeper (Trialist no. 1) got in the way of the ball but unconvincingly parried the ball in front of him. A nervy mishap from the visitors who were fortunate that the home side were slow to react.

As the half progressed, Ramsbottom took a grip of the game and started to pull together some nice moves. Dom Marie and Trialist (no. 8) looked to be a real threat to the visitors’ defence. In the 63rd minute The Rams had their best chance of the game when a corner from the left went into the 6-yard area and the resulting scramble saw the ball cleared off the line.

The home side were finally rewarded for their hard work in the 70th minute when Trialist (no. 8) capitalised on a defensive mishap to smash the ball into the bottom corner to level the scores. This followed some good pressing from Marie, whose mazy runs were causing Fleetwood a lot of trouble.

Just 5 minutes later, Rammy almost took the lead thanks to another mazy run by Marie who beat several players and slotted the ball under the goalkeeper. The striker was unlucky to see his attempt hit the upright.

Fleetwood had looked the fitter side through most of the game, but as the game came into its final 10 minutes it was the home side who had the momentum with them. The strength and determination of The Rams was admirable, and they were finally rewarded for their excellent second half performance in the 86th minute when the ball was played over the top to Marie who shrugged off his defenders and he calmly slotted the ball under the goalkeeper. 2 -1.

Just 4 minutes later, Ellison doubled the home sides lead when Harry Foulds curled a well-placed freekick into the penalty area. The defender caught the inexperienced visitors ball watching to nod home. With the final kick of the game, Sam O’Halleron hit a fine strike from 25 yards into the bottom left hand corner of the goal. This proved to be little more than a consolation for the visitors, as Rammy left the field with their first victory of the preseason.

FULL TIME: Ramsbottom United (Trialist (no. 8) 70’, Marie 86’, Ellison 90’) 3 – 2 Fleetwood Town (Garner 41’, O’Halleron 90’)

Ramsbottom United: 1. Sam Ashton, 2. Trialist (Henry 45’), 3. Trialist, 4. Trialist Brookes 45’), 5. Luke Thompson, 6. Ryan Ellison, 7. Luke Jordan, 8. Trialist (Foulds 88’), 9. Trialist (replaced by Marie 45’), 10. Jerome Wright (Trialist (no.16) 88’), 11. Phil Dean.

Subs: 12. Tom Brookes (45’), 14. Harry Foulds (88’), 15. Rob Henry (45’), 16. Trialist (88’), 17. Dom Marie (45’)

Fleetwood Town XI: 1. Trialist (Clayton 56’), 2. Harrison Holgate, 3. Ryan Rydel, 4. Dylan Boyle (Goldsborough 82’), 5. James Hill (Steer 78’), 6. Lewis Baines, 7. Carl Johnstone, 8. Jay Metete, 9. Kian Makepiece, 10. Ged Gardner, 11. Shayden Morris (Mashigo 64’)

Subs: 12. Jamie Cook, 13. Alex Clayton (46’), 14. Katalego Mashigo (64’), 15. Sam O’Halleron , 16. Liam Goldsborough (82’), 17. Kai Steer (78’)

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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.