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Higgs Scoops Player of the Month

The supporters of Ramsbottom United have cast their votes for the club’s Player-of-the-Month for September and the winner is tenacious midfield player Jack Higgs who receives his case of beer from League sponsors Bowland Brewery.

Jack Higgs receives the award from Supporters Club member Matthew Frampton

The 25 year old arrived at Rammy during the summer of 2018, 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. 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.

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PREVIEW: Chasetown (A)

After a week of upheaval, it’s back to where things matter the most….on the pitch.

With Mark Fell and Graham Lancashire departing for struggling Premier Division side Lancaster City, the Rams acted quickly to bring in the experienced Chris Willcock, most recently in charge of the now-defunct Shaw Lane FC and Glossop North End, with whom he appeared in the FA Vase Final at Wembley.

Visitors to the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium are Staffordshire side Chasetown, whose late move into the Evo-Stik West came about as a result of the afore-mentioned Shaw Lane’s demise.

It’s not been a good start for the visitors, who currently sit bottom of the pile with just one solitary win all season.

As for the Rams, it’s difficult to know what will happen as, when managers change, there is the inevitable movement of players.

Time will tell what changes there will be at Ramsbottom, but after a difficult week it will be a relief to get back to playing football and seeing how things develop over the next few days.

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BREAKING: Mark Fell leaves the club

Evo-Stik West side Ramsbottom United can confirm the departure of manager MARK FELL.

Fell has been in charge at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium for over two years, initially joining the Rams in the summer of 2016, on a joint-manager basis with Paul Fildes. When Fildes left the club midway through the first season, Fell took sole charge, and in his two seasons has seen the club finish in 14th place in the League. However, the former Nelson boss has decided it’s time to move on.

“I’ve enjoyed two and a half years with the club and wish to thank everyone connected,” he said upon his departure.

“ The club is in an excellent position, one point off the playoff places and with a great squad full of good players and just as importantly, good lads for the new manager to work with.

“People are the lifeblood of non-league teams and I want to especially thank Harry, Tony and Andy for their unconditional support - all proper football men who have nothing but the club’s best interests at heart.

“For me there is an opportunity to move onto pastures new which I’m excited about and looking forward to.”

Ramsbottom United would like to wish Mark well for the future whilst acknowledging and offering thanks for his unstinting hard work both on and off the pitch during his time at Ramsbottom.

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PREVIEW: Kendal (A)

The Rams make the journey up the M6 into the picturesque county of Cumbria to take on a Kendal Town side that will be looking to gain revenge for a defeat at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium earlier in the month.

On that occasion, in a low-tempo affair that had 0-0 written all over it, Ryan Ellison pounced with just a couple of minutes to go, to fire home a match-winning volley and grab the three points on offer.

The Mintcakes will be going all out to prove that they can do better than that on their own turf, although so far this season they have only won one league game there, suffering two defeats.

Indeed, Kendal’s form has not been good, as they have tasted victory just once on their travels, succumbing to three defeats away from home, leaving them in 16th place in the table.

After the disappointment of gaining just one point from the last two home games, the Rams will travel in the hope of claiming a much-needed victory, although it looks as though the squad will be depleted.

Long-term injury will keep Greg Daniels out, whilst Tom Eckersley will probably also miss out due to a knee problem, Also likely to be absent are Ryan Ellison (family bereavement) and Rob Henry (illness).

On the plus side, it looks like new signing Kyle Jacobs, who had a fine debut against Trafford, will make his second appearance for the Rams.

A fine weather forecast should mean a pleasant trip up to the edge of the Lake District.

Let’s hope it’s a pleasant trip back!

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PREVIEW: Widnes (A)

Preview by Tony Cunningham

The new era with Chris Willcock in charge began with a home draw against Chasetown, who came back from two goals down to snatch a point with a late equaliser.

The draw left the Rams in 13th place in the table.

League newcomers Widnes – promoted from the North West Counties league in the summer, just a few years after their formation - currently sit one place higher on goal difference, so a tight game could be on the cards.

Although their official home is the Halton Stadium where relegated Widnes RLFC play, the football club is currently decamped at the home of Barnton FC just outside Northwich, whilst a new pitch is laid at their usual venue.

A number of new faces appeared on Saturday within the Rams line-ups, with the possibility of one or two others following the new manager to the HWRS.

There are still 84 points to be played for this season, so plenty of time for the changes to make an impact on the team, as all eyes are fixed upon a move up the table towards the play-off places.

Hopefully, Barnton’s ground will have a good scattering of Rammy fans eager to see the club move forward under Chris’s guidance.

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Barnton FC, Townfield Lane, Barnton, near Northwich, CW8 4LH


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Stats below compiled by Adam Clark

This is the first meeting between the two clubs

The Rams have only won once on the road this season

Here's the current standing in the Evo Stik West

1Runcorn Linnets107121812+622
4Atherton Collieries96032515+1018
6Leek Town8521205+1517
7Prescot Cables85122112+916
8Kidsgrove Athletic8431137+615
10Market Drayton Town94231314-114
11Newcastle Town113441414013
13Ramsbottom United103431416-213
14Colwyn Bay113351720-312
16Kendal Town10217715-87
19Glossop North End10136617-116
20Skelmersdale United11137625-196
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Ramsbottom United can confirm that CHRIS WILLCOCK has been appointed their new manager following the departure of Mark Fell to Lancaster City.

A former prolific striker with the Rams from 2000-2002, Wlilcock has had a successful career in non-league management, most notably leading Glossop North End to promotion into the Northern Premier League as well as taking the Hillmen to Wembley in the Final of the FA Vase.

Spells in the hot seat at Winsford United, Mossley, Woodley Sport and Stocksbridge Park Steel preceeded his last position when he took over the reins at Premier Division high-flyers Shaw Lane FC earlier this year. In his 15 games in charge, he oversaw 12 victories, before the club pulled the plug and resigned from the league and senior football.

The experienced manager will bring in his own back-room staff and begins his duties with the team’s training session ahead of the home clash with Chasetown this coming Saturday.

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Our match against Prescot Cables on Tuesday night is postponed due to Prescot taking part in a FA Trophy replay.

A new date will be announced in due course.

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Rams sign Kyle Jacobs

Earlier this week, Former FC United defender Kyle Jacobs has made the switch to the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium. Jacobs, who played 140 games for FC comes in to strengthen the defence.

Starting his career in the professional ranks at Oldham Athletic, the 31 year old has also played for Macclesfield Town, Stockport County, Chorley and, most recently, Ashton United.

The club website team are sorry for the delay in releasing the article.

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Fell Lands Lancaster Job

Following on from his resignation at Ramsbottom United, MARK FELL has been appointed manager of struggling Evo-Stik Premier Division side Lancaster City.

Joining the former Rams boss at the Giant Axe is Ramsbottom United assistant manager, former Burnley, Wigan and Rochdale striker GRAHAM LANCASHIRE.

Both take up their positions with immediate effect.

Meanwhile, Ramsbottom United are inviting applications for the manager’s position, with CVs to be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In the meantime, goalkeeping coach Andy Robertson will take temporary charge of the team for training and matches.

Category: Match Reports

REPORT: Rams 0 Trafford 1 - Heathcote strikes again


Tuesday 25th September 2018

Evo Stik Premier West Division

Attendance: 147

Report by Adam Clark

The Rams made 1 change from Saturday’s 3-3 draw vs Clitheroe – Kyle Jacobs comes in for his debut in place of Tom Brooks. As for Trafford their team news headline is that former Ram Sam Heathcote returns to face his former side.

Trafford had the first chance of the game on six minutes when Joseph Thompson was clean through on goal but linesman Jack Slater ruled him offside.

Rammy’s first chance came from Nathan Brown on ten minutes his free kick was easily claimed by Trafford keeper Cooper. Jerome Wright’s cross five minutes later was cleared away by Keil O’Brien

Trafford’s best chance of the half came on the half hour mark when an effort was cleared by a combination of Sam Ashton & Jamie Rother. Brown had a free kick in the final minutes of the half for the Rams but it the kick missed the target.

HALF TIME Rams 0 Trafford 0

Great start to the second half for the Rams, two chances in four minutes. Firstly, Jerome Wright’s shot was spilled by the keeper but Nathan Brown had the chance to run onto it but just couldn’t get to it, two minutes later Nathan Brown crossed from Wright but his header went wide.

Nine minutes into the second half, Trafford took the lead through former Ram Sam Heathcote, he nodded home from a corner.

Only one real chance for the Rams in the second half came on 65 minutes when Tom Kennedy’s free kick was blocked by the keeper, the ball re bounded off the keeper and it fell to Gaskell but his shot was saved

Trafford had a late chance in added time a shot from Derbyshire was well saved by Ashton.

FULL TIME Rams 0 Trafford 1

Rams team: Ashton, Jacobs, Kennedy, Higgs, Thompson, Downes (Deegan 78’), Brown, Rother (Brooks 56’), Gaskell (Jarrett 84’), Wright, Dean.

Unused subs: Foulds & Stott

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REPORT: Rams 2 Chasetown 2

A new era began at the HWRS as new manager Chris Willcock made his first appearance in the Rammy dugout, taking over from Mark Fell who resigned only five days previous.

Willcock made four changes to the side held at Kendal a week previous. Jack Higgs, Tom Brooks, Nathan Brown and Curtis Jones were replaced by Ryan Ellison and new signings Khalil Osi-Efa, Ruben Jerome and returning to the HWRS was midfielder Eddie Moran.

The Rams began the new era on the front, the Rams players looking to impress both manager and fans alike. The start was lively, visitors Chasetown were under the cosh from the word go.

The Rams had an early sight at goal as early as the third minute with Jerome Wright almost charging down a loose Chasetown backpass.

The first proper chance for the Rams came on twelve minutes when new signing Ruben Jerome beat the offside trap to find himself through on goal one on one with Chasetown keeper Curtis Pond.

Yet It wasn’t the perfect start for Jerome as the shot was expertly saved by Pond. From the corner, Wright could only fire wide.

However the dominance soon payed off as the home side were ahead minutes later. Eddie Moran let fly from distance yet Pond could only turn the ball out for a corner.

Luke Thompson headed higher than anyone in the box to send the ball past Pond in the Chasetown net, handing Rammy a deserved one nil lead on the fifteen minute mark.

It should have been two less than ten minutes later, but Lee Gaskell’s shot on the turn was comfortably saved.

Vistors Chasetown were living dangerously and their afternoon was made far worse when Lee Gaskell was brought down in the box. Referee Darren Brown having no choice but to point to the spot.

Jerome Wright converted with a finish straight down the middle to give Rammy a seemingly healthy lead.

Chasetown came roaring back in the thirty-eighth minute with a goal of their own. George Cater turned the ball home from a goalmouth scramble, the team in red going into halftime back in the game.

Second half:

The second half began role reversal from the first. Chasetown spent the majority of the half on top, yet Ruben Jerome could have restored Rammy’s two goal cushion midway threw the half, only to be denied by Pond.

The final fifteen minutes saw a charge at goal by Chasetown and brought a wonderful array of saves from Sam Ashton. Sub Muzzy Nduna was denied by Ashton at point blank range.

Then minutes later Jonathan Beaumont had a header which also couldn’t beat Ashton. Cater thought he had leveled the scores only moments later, but Ashton was able to keep the Rams at a one goal advantage.

However Chasetown’s dominance soon prevailed as Rammy threw away the lead. Another mix up in the Ramsbottom goal area concluded with Cater firing home a deserved leveller, a goal that turned out to be decisive.

The visitors could have completed an extraordinary comeback yet the home side held on for a point. The way the second half went, new manager Chris Willcock will probably have settled for one by the end.

Rams team: Ashton, Jacobs, Kennedy, Osi-Efa, Thompson, Ellison, Dean, Moran, Gaskell (Stott 65'), Jerome (Higgs 79'), Wright

Unused subs: Brooks, Hart, Foulds

Attendance: 165

Referee: Darren Brown

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Chester recall Brown & Downes

The two loanees who have been with the Rams since the start of the season, have been called back to CHESTER FC by former Ramsbottom joint-managers Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley with a 24 hour recall, as per the terms of the loan.

Both players were due to stay at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium until the end of October.

Nathan Brown has featured regularly during his time with the club, whilst defender Alex Downes has spent some time on the substitute’s bench.

Ramsbottom United thank both youngsters for their efforts and wish them well for the future.

Alex Downes

Nathan Brown

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REPORT: Kendal 2 Rams 2

Evo-Stik League West Division

Saturday 29th September 2018


Attendance: 104

Report by Jon Haslam

It was Kendal calling as Ramsbottom United made the journey up the M6 to Cumbria on Saturday afternoon with the home side looking to exact some revenge on their visitors from Lancashire after an injury time winner gave the Rams the three points less than three weeks ago at the HWRS.

The visitors gave a debut to new recruit Curtis Jones who slotted into the back line from the midweek loss to Trafford at the expense of Alex Downes , the other change saw Tom Brooks replacing Jamie Rother in the Rams midfield.

With both sides finding victories difficult to come by in recent weeks the contest began in a cagey fashion with neither goalkeeper being called into action until just after the ten minute mark when Clarke and then ex Ram Aaron Fleming brought a couple of routine saves from Ashton in the visiting goal.

After a dozen goalless minutes it was Ramsbottom United that would edge in front when a tantalising inswinging right wing cross from Nathan Brown fractionally evaded Lee Gaskells head before finding Jerome Wright at the far post, the midfielders first attempt bounced off the post before falling kindly to the same player who bundled the ball over the line from around two yards out despite the valiant attempts of the Kendal defence to keep the ball from entering their net.

With the Rams gaining the early advantage hopes were high that the away side would consolidate their position which was almost improved midway through the first period when a well struck 25 yard free kick from Nathan Brown beat Dixon in the Kendal goal but clipped the top of the crossbar much to the relief of the home fans in a crowd of just over 100.

As the half progressed and kicking down a significant slope the hosts won a couple of free kicks just outside the Rams penalty area, the first of which hit the side netting from Thomas before Fleming brought a comfortable low save from Ashton and despite Kendal having perhaps more possession of the ball the hosts found it difficult to create any clear goal scoring opportunities with half time approaching.

Ramsbottom United would double their lead on the stroke of the interval when a well worked corner by Jack Higgs found Jerome Wright whose unchecked run generated enough room for a low left footed shot which found its way between a couple of sets of legs before squirming underneath Dixon in the home goal and over the line with Tom Brooks claiming the final touch but the Rams leading scorer from last season had his second goal of the game and the visitors had a two goal lead to enjoy at the half way stage.

As expected Kendal returned after the break seeking to rectify the situation and it would be a test of the Rams resolve if they were to leave Cumbria with all the three points on offer.

Within ten minutes of the restart the Mintcakes had halved the arrears when a quickly taken free kick seemed to catch out the Rams rearguard with the subsequent cross finding Harries at the back post and the strikers cross shot fell kindly for the unmarked Gardner who had the simple task of tapping past Ashton and the visitors lead had been halved.

After four matches without a goal the strike appeared to give Kendal all the encouragement they needed to believe that there was still a chance that they could take something from the match with Ramsbottom United finding it difficult to keep possession of the ball and therefore temper the home sides attacking momentum.

Manager Mark Fell made a change shortly after the hour point of the encounter with Dean Stott replacing Jack Higgs which coincided with an adjustment in formation as the Rams looked to get more of a foothold in the contest in the hope of preserving their increasingly slender advantage.

Sadly Ramsbottom United would surrender their two goal half time lead on 73 minutes when a vicious right wing cross from full back McMahon was diverted past Sam Ashton by the outstretched boot of recent acquisition Kyle Jacobs giving the Rams stopper no chance and the home side had come back from a two goal deficit to restore parity in perhaps fortunate circumstances.

With the game entering the final ten minutes the Rams had an opportunity to regain the lead but Browns free kick sailed narrowly past the angle of post and crossbar.

With the palpable irritation of throwing away a two goal half time lead surfacing a flurry of bookings for the visitors increased the frustration levels as Kendal pushed for a winner which looked at best unlikely at the break.

As the clock showed five minutes remaining the Rams fashioned their best chance of the half when a fortunate ricochet fell kindly for Nathan Brown who surged past his marker and into the penalty box before firing an angled shot past the diving Dixon but agonizingly also past the far post for a goal kick. This incident was maybe an indication of how the second forty five minutes had gone for the Rams as they failed to trouble the home keeper in the second period.

With almost the five minutes of signalled injury time played Kendal almost snatched a winner when substitute Chilufya seized on a defensive slip before crossing into the penalty area where a goal bound effort was blocked by the ever reliable Luke Thompson and both sides had to settle for a point apeice as the referee brought proceedings to a conclusion.

The Rams made their way home surely feeling a huge sense of frustration and that this was two points dropped rather than one point gained as a seemingly commanding two goal interval lead was squandered with a disappointing second half performance, credit must be given to Kendal who never gave up and arguably deserved a share of the spoils over the 95 minutes.

Ramsbottom United:- Ashton, Kennedy, Jacobs, Higgs (Stott 63 mins), Thompson, Jones, Brown, Brooks, Gaskell, Wright, Dean

Subs not used- Rother, Downes, Foulds , Henry

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PREVIEW: Trafford (H)

The Rams welcome old foes Trafford FC to the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium to renew battles that began way back in the North West Counties League days.

Trafford, by their own standards, have had a mixed start to the campaign with three wins and three defeats from their opening six games, leaving them in 12th spot, and arrive on the back of an FA Cup defeat at Ashton United at the weekend.

Whilst that game was taking place, we were entertaining Clitheroe for the second time in four days, and after the Integro Cup defeat against our east Lancashire rivals, Saturday’s league game was a cracker. Spoils eventually shared, but we needed to come back from a 1-3 deficit with two late goals, to grab a well-deserved point which lifted us to 8th spot in the early season table.

Without Ryan Ellison, who has been in tremendous form, due to a family bereavement, Rob Henry and Tom Eckersley through late injury call-ups, and with their replacements unavailable, we had to contend with just one fit substitute on the bench, whilst Greg Daniels is still some way from being fit again.

Games between the two sides are generally close affairs, so it will be interesting to see which side comes out on top of what should be an entertaining local derby.