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23.04.14

WEEKEND MATCH PREVIEW

Saturday 26th April

RICHARDSON CUP SEMI-FINAL 

FULWOOD AMATEURS v GARSTANG KO 3PM at Poulton Town

Having secured our place in the West Lancs Premier League with two great wins over the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend, 1–0 at Longridge and a 2–0 home win against Blackpool Wren Rovers, then hopefully the boys will be able to enjoy the semi-final against Fulwood on Saturday. I think a place in the Final to be played at Fleetwood Town F.C. would be a bonus in a season that has been full of ups and downs.

Writing about the magnificent seven game unbeaten run that has taken us to a respectable finish in the league, the lads have shown great commitment and a togetherness that sometimes could have been questioned. To end the season on a high will give us all optimism for the season to come.

Injuries that have ruled out Owen and McEvoy may be compounded if Lee Baker and Matty Poole fail to recover enough to make the starting line up against Fulwood. “Swany” will also be bearing in mind the following Tuesday’s fixture at Slyne, still wanting to finish as high as possible in the League.

The “Gaffer” said, “Tom Graham has done well when called upon, Gaz Louth is fit and raring to go and with Oscar (Panepinto)  keen for another start means I’ve got decent options but I will still leave it as late as possible before I decide on Saturday’s line up. The lads were superb again at the weekend, I couldn’t be more pleased how they’ve come back and shown how they really can perform”


22.04.14

MATCH SPONSOR

Ann Swale, representing Easter Monday's match sponsor Carrs Billington, receives a memento of the day from manager, Iain Swan.


21.04.14

WELL DONE LADS

RESULT

Garstang 2 v 0 Blackpool Wren Rovers (Helliwell, Taylor)

Today's result means Premier League survival with two games left so well done to Swany, Ports and the boys for a great run and we can now look forward to a semi final next week. You never know, but what looked like a disaster of a season 4 weeks ago is now looking far more promising.


20.04.14

NEXT UP AT THE RIVERSIDE

Monday 21st April

West Lancs Premier League

GARSTANG v BLACKPOOL WREN ROVERS KO 3PM

After yesterdays terrific win in the "derby" at Longridge Town it's back to The Riverside tomorrow to take on high flying Wrens. Last weeks game at Wrens ended 3-3 so another entertaining encounter can be anticipated. Six games unbeaten means that Garstang are within touching distance of Premier league safety and another 3 points would guarantee it. Let's hope we pick them up tomorrow. There are likely to be one or two changes, Matty Poole very doubtful after playing through the pain barrier long enough yesterday to win the match winning penalty before hobbling off but "Swany" has plenty to choose from. Enjoy the Spring sunshine and get down there to give the lads your support in what will be the last home game of the season.


19.04.14

RESULT

Longridge Town 0 v 1 Garstang (Helliwell pen)


17.04.14

WEEKEND MATCH PREVIEW

Saturday 19th April

West Lancs Premier League
 
LONGRIDGE TOWN v GARSTANG KO 3PM

Tuesday’s magnificent point at Blackpool Wrens may have been at a cost, with injuries to both Lee Baker and Gaz Fawcett giving cause for concern. couple that with the fact that Matty Poole sat the game out following an injury picked up in the previous match against Euxton and the unavailability of Leon Gierke then team selection may be somewhat of a problem for the “Gaffer”.

Before we move on to talk about Saturday I think that Tuesday’s 3–3 draw is worthy of more comment. 2–1 down at half time and the momentum with the home team our second half performance was one of the best seen for some time, the turn round could only be described as remarkable. I don’t know what “Swany” said at half time but it certainly worked and whilst all the lads put in a “good shift” I can’t help but give a special mention to a number of players starting with our own “Captain Courageous” Gaz Fawcett who gave everything before limping off, Lee Baker had to draw on all his reserves to get through the game, “Gierky” worked tirelessly up front and Aaron Helliwell who had had to settle for a place on the bench in the last three games made a massive contribution to the result. I could just about mention all the lads but I will finish the accolades on “Anders” mesmerising run in the box that drew the foul for the penalty for our equaliser. WELL DONE ALL OF YOU!

Returning to the games ahead, Longridge, Saturday and Wrens again at home on Monday in the return fixture. “Swany” will need to manage his squad over the two games adding Dee McEvoy to the afore mentioned injuries. On the plus side “Swany” will have  McGahon available along with Adam Roskell who came into the side on Tuesday, Tom Graham who came on and gave a good account of himself in the last 10 minutes, Oscar Panepinto and Josh Draycott who is available over the Easter period.

“Swany” said that after Tuesday’s game the lads were disappointed that they didn’t go on to win the game having got themselves in front but was nevertheless delighted with the commitment from everyone. “Lads have come into the team and not let us down I am confident in whoever makes the starting eleven will give a good account of himself”


15.04.14

RESULT

Blackpool Wren Rovers 3 v 3 Garstang (Fawcett, Heliiwell 2, 1 pen)

Congratulations to Cockerham under 16s who beat Highgrove 2-1 tonight at The Riverside to guarantee a final place at Giant Axe on Sunday 4th May.  Ollie Applegate and Greg Carter got the goals but Josh Graham made some brilliant saves to keep them in the game in what was a magnificent team performance.


14.04.14

RESULT

Thornton Cleveleys Res 1 v 1 Garstang Res (Sutcliff)


13.04.14

UPCOMING FIXTURES

Monday 14th April

West Lancs Reserve Div 1

THORNTON CLEVELEYS RES v GARSTANG RES KO 6.30PM

Tuesday 15th April

West Lancs Premier League

BLACKPOOL WREN ROVERS v GARSTANG KO 6.30PM

RESULT

Garstang Yth 1 v 2 Lostock Hall SC Yth (Turner)


12.04.14

MATCH SPONSOR

Winner of the Player Sponsorship Draw, Nick Panepinto was the sponsor of Saturday’s match against Euxton Villa. Nick is shown in the picture against the board showing all the individuals and Companies who have sponsored players this season.

RESULT

Garstang 0 v 0 Euxton Villa


11.04.14

BAD NEWS

The first team have been deducted 3 points for playing an ineligible player at Fulwood. This has the effect of dropping us from 10th to 13th and right back in the relegation dog fight. Seems a bit harsh to lose the points and a whopping fine for what was a paperwork cock up especially when Sunderland play an ineligible player for 5 games and only get a fine but "rules is rules" and we need to get those points back asap.


10.04.14

WEEKEND MATCH PREVIEWS
 
Saturday 12th April

West Lancs Premier League

GARSTANG v EUXTON VILLA KO 3PM

One more push should see the clouds that were gathering over the Riverside blow over.

7 points out of a possible 9 in the last three games has given “Swany’s” men a renewed belief. On paper Tuesday’s visit was the easiest of the three games but that didn’t prove to be the case taking an all round effort to pick up a point. Although the team’s performance didn’t match Saturday’s win over Crooklands there is a new resilience about the team that wasn’t there a few weeks ago.

“Swany” with an air of caution said, “The job is not yet done but I am optimistic that we can finish the season on a high note. The Fulwood game was a different challenge but we stood up to it. If your confidence is high you look forward to games if not you almost dread them”

Poole may be doubtful for Saturday for the game against Euxton Villa although I know that he will be desperate to play following his rich vein of form since renewing his partnership with “Gierky” However, “Swany” will be forced into at least one change with the unavailability of club skipper Gaz Fawcett.

Sunday 13th April

LSL Youth Div Blue

GARSTANG YTH v LOSTOCK HALL SC YTH KO 11AM

Youth team play their final home game of the season at The Riverside this Sunday against 4th placed Lostock. Should be a good game.


09.04.14

MATCH SPONSOR

Garstang F.C. Manager Iain Swan presents Malcolm Abraham Managing Director of Citrosoft Ltd with a memento in recognition of his Match Sponsorship of the home game against Fulwood Amateurs.

LOTTERY WINNER

Ryan Davies was Garstang Football Club’s £1000 “Score” Lottery winner for March, seen in the picture being presented with his cheque by Dan Collinson, Managing Director of Collinsons plc. where Ryan works.


08.04.14

RESULT

GARSTANG 2 v 2 FULWOOD AMATEURS (Poole, Gierke)

MATCH SPONSOR

Last Saturday's match sponsor Nigel Hay being presented with a memento of the day by Garstang FC manager, Iain Swan


06.04.14

NEXT UP AT THE RIVERSIDE

Tuesday 8th April

GARSTANG v FULWOOD AMATEURS KO 6.30PM

RESULTS

Garstang Yth 1 v 4 Euxton Villa Yth (Murphy)

BAE Warton Vets 1 v 2 Garstang Vets (Hands, Wilson)


05.04.14

RESULT

Garstang 6 v 1 Crooklands Casuals (Poole 2, 1 pen, Gierke, Fawcett, Bell, Anderson)

Is this Jim "the cat" Brindle?


03.04.14

WEEKEND MATCH PREVIEWS

Saturday 5th April

West Lancs Premier League

GARSTANG v CROOKLANDS CASUALS KO 3PM

Buoyed by a great result at Eagley “Swany” and the boys will go into the game against Crooklands with a renewed confidence.

“Swany” said, “Arguably Saturday was our best performance of the season on the back of some poor results. Everyone played their part, we changed the shape of the side which was partly dictated with the return of “Gierky” his presence making a difference. All the lads stuck to their jobs in particular Conor Crossley and Lee Baker who were immense at the back. As long as we can take that performance into the remaining games then we should be OK.” 

A special mention for Gaz Louth who travelled to support his team mates even though he was unfit to play.

It is not expected there to be any changes for the game against Crooklands although it is likely that Danny McGahon will return to the squad.

Sunday 6th April

LSL Youth Div Blue

GARSTANG YTH v EUXTON VILLA YTH KO 11AM

The youth team take on an Euxton side still unbeaten in the league this season and with title hopes still intact. The game will be at The Riverside where Garstang have put in some good performances lately. Spence, Hall, Hanley and Assalone are all out injured but there should still be a strong squad to pick from. Manager Spence said "We need a big performance on Sunday but the lads know that when they play with confidence they get results so looking forward to a cracking game."

BAE WARTON VETS v GARSTANG FC VETS KO 11AM

The home game against BAE fell victim to the bad weather at the back end of last year, it is hoped this will not be the case on Sunday.  The two teams have played each other on several occasions over the years and they are always tight competitive games.  The Vets have been inactive over the past few months due to a variety of reasons, mainly the weather but Parky is back on the phone assembling his squad and he is looking forward to the game, " I am confident we can go to BAE and give a good account of ourselves, the lack of recent games will mean people are rusty but hopefully none of the old bones have seized up".  The kick off is now scheduled for 11am and it is at BAE in Warton.


01.04.14

WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

Following our visit to America we now make the shorter and slightly less glamorous journey to Morley, Leeds to catch up with another Richard, this time we have been chatting to former first team captain Richard Lambert. 

  

Richard joined the club at the start of the 02/03 season from Galgate FC, at the time he lived in Cockerham. Richard played in the centre of midfield for 3 years and his commitment to the cause was evident from the off making him a popular member of the squad.  His whole hearted displays mixed with the ability to pick a pass and score a goal saw him win "Players Player" in his first season.

"Lamby", as he was better known, said “When I joined the club I was made to feel very welcome and I always enjoyed the PNE vs Blackpool banter in the Kings after games with Davo and Army, who certainly got the worst of it. That said, I left at a good time because they would have slaughtered me in the Blackpool Premier League season”.

Following his impressive first season Lamby was handed the arm band and in his final season (04/05) he won "Player of the year". When asked for his favourite memory of the club Lamby was not lost for words saying “I can tell you the worst game I played, we were away at Furness Rovers and I volleyed in a great goal from a corner on the stroke of half time to give us the lead, but the ref disallowed it as he claimed to have blown the half time whistle as the corner was being taken. It got worse in the second half, their forward rounded our keeper (Jim Brindle I think), I bust a gut to get back and cleared off the line with my knee (real hero stuff) and the ball went flying out for a throw in.  The ref gave a penalty telling me it had hit my hand, I was only booked!! Needless to say they scored and we lost 2-1. We then had the long journey back to moan about the ref“.

Lamby had to be reminded that he was supposed to be talking about good memories so he got back on track saying “There were so many good memories, particularly in the second season as were really flying at one stage and looked certain for promotion. I remember we won 5 nil at Haslingden, always a tough place to go but everything clicked and and we were on fire and it was great to be playing with other Cockerham lads in the Wilson brothers and Rich Walmsley. Salty somehow managed to score 4 and I got the other one. Selfishly I always remember my goals! I recall lobbing the keeper from 40 yards at Hesketh Bank when his botched clearance fell straight to me.  I remember a screaming left foot half volley in to the top corner at home against Haslingden as it came from a rare Dave Willoughby pass!! I also scored two and set up Geoff for a third but we lost 4-3 away at Bootle in a season when we came back from Cumbria with zero points from 4 trips.”

By the end of the 04/05 Lamby had settled in Leeds but was commuting back to play for the club however with his first child due it would have been impossible for him to continue so he looked for a local club. His talents were spotted by Garforth Town of the North East Counties League and then Tadcaster Albion. Whilst he enjoyed his stints with these clubs it wasn’t as enjoyable as playing with his mates, Lamby looked back at his final season “In my last season we had started quite well but then sunk like a stone. It was looking like we might slip in to the relegation places and had a real 6 pointer at home. Embarrassingly I managed to score an own goal past Army from the edge of the box at the club house end in front of a large crowd, it was the only one I ever scored. Luckily I managed to atone for my error by getting the winner late on. We then went on a decent run and pulled ourselves well clear. I have to mention though that I am pretty sure my last kick for Garstang was a free kick in to the box which was headed in by a young Adam Swanwick. We had already won the game but he was ecstatic to get on the score sheet, he ran over going mad and leapt on me punching the air. RIP Jags you are missed by so many".  

Missing the banter of playing with his mates Lamby and some friends formed a new reserve team on the back of an existing set up in the Yorkshire Amateur League. It was the 'old boys team' from his Uni days in Leeds (Trinity Reserves). The side gained promotion from the 3rd Division (of 7) in the first season and stabilised ourselves in Division 2 over the next two seasons. He then decided he wanted to test himself so he stepped down as player manager and moved into the first team who played in the top division of the same league.

In February 2012 following a couple of niggling injuries and his wife Naomi pregnant with their third child Lamby decided the time was right to retire. He keeps fit in the gym and running so wouldn’t rule out a comeback saying “I am 37 now so I could turn out for the vets if they needed me”

Lamby has his work cut out along looking after three kids Francesca (8), Heidi (5) and George (18 months). He is currently working in Doncaster as Sales and Marketing Director for a training company.

A club spokesman said “Lamby was a great lad to have around the club he was always full of enthusiasm and confidence that we would win. He played with his heart of his sleeve and he had the ability to see a pass and make it.”


29.03.14

RESULTS

Eagley 0 v 2 Garstang (Gierke, Poole (pen))

Garstang Res 1 v 0 Lostock St Gerards Res (Barnett)


29.03.14

GAME ON

Steve has been out with the fork  and today's game at The Riverside is on.


28.03.14

GARSTANG F.C. “SCORE” LOTTERY WINNERS FOR MARCH 2014

Num. 2196:   £1000 --- Ryan Davis, Catterall
Num. 3189:   £100  --- Iain Swan, Morecambe
Num. 3236:    £60   --- Mrs. E. Sim, Garstang
Num. 1964:    £60   --- Mrs. M. Sparks, Garstang
Num. 2007:    £60   --- Mark Kippax, c/o Garstang F.C.
Num. 2356:    £25   --- Roger Askew, Garstang
Num. 3386:    £25    --- Alex Spence, Bay Horse
Num. 1465:    £25    --- Pete Fenton, Garstang
Num. 4322:    £25    --- Ruth Middlehurst, Garstang

PITCH UPDATE

Steve Baker pitch update 2.30pm today. "Standing water still in various parts of the pitch but if no more rain should be ok."


27.03.14

WEEKEND MATCH PREVIEWS

Saturday 29th March

West Lancs Premier League

EAGLEY v GARSTANG KO 3PM

Although we suffered another defeat at Coppull last week the 4–1 score line didn’t tell the full story, competing well in the first half then being on the receiving end of a poor refereeing decision that allowed Coppull’s third goal killing off Garstang’s fight back.
 
With nine games still to play ”Swany” is still confident that we can overhaul the points totals of our nearest rivals. Probably the biggest game of all will be the genuine 6 pointer at home to Fulwood on Tuesday the 8th of April but every game is going to be a “ Cup Final” between now and the end of the season.
 
The manager may have a surprise name in the squad for the visit to Eagley on Saturday but at the time of writing the players name could not be revealed.
Gaz Louth who has done a good job since his introduction to the team will be out for the rest of the season whilst on the plus side Panepinto is available after serving a 3 match suspension.
 
“Swany” said, “I have not stopped thinking about the formation and what players are best equipped to get me a result. I have listened to what “Ports” has had to say and hopefully we can come up with a winning formula that takes us to safety”
 
West Lancs Reserve Div 1
 
GARSTANG RES v LOSTOCK ST GERARDS RES KO 3PM
 
The Reserves play their final home game of the season this Saturday. Manager, Paul Bailey, is away with work in South Korea and will miss the game. Not known for his love of foreign food it is rumoured that one of his cases was exclusively Rich Tea biscuits!
 
Alec Curwen will take over the reins but will not know until Friday who is available. Andy Ireland is still suspended and Marc "Army" Armstrong will dust off the gloves for the last two games of the season to replace the injured Dan Curwen. The youth team have no game this weekend so one or two may feature.
 
Alec said "We hope to finish the season on a high but Lostock are a good side and we will need to be at our best. Apart from the long term injuries we should have decent numbers to choose from but first team survival is the priority at the moment so I wont know until Friday when "Swanny" tells me who he requires to travel to Eagley which players are available to me. I have asked Dave Graham to assist me on the side lines."
 

 

23.03.14

MATCH REPORT

First team match report delayed this week due to technical problem (Les cant fire up his laptop)


22.03.14

RESULT

Coppull Utd 4 v 1 Garstang (Poole)

Youth game tomorrow is off.


21.03.14

GET WELL SOON

The club sends best wishes to Dan Curwen who suffered a crush injury to his hand at work earlier this week and has just got out of hospital today. Its a bad un and will definitely put him out for the two remaining games of the season. Hopefully its not the drinking hand Dan!


20.03.14

MATCH PREVIEWS

Saturday 22nd March 

West Lancs Premier League
 
COPPULL UNITED v GARSTANG KO 3PM

Saturday’s defeat at home against a very strong Coppull team cemented the fact that we are now very much in a relegation dogfight and the only way of getting out of trouble is by sticking together, supporting the Manager and the players supporting one another.

“It was a bitterly disappointing result having taken the lead with 17 minutes to go. We don’t seem capable of eradicating costly mistakes but I take full responsibility for results and will do whatever it takes to preserve our Premier League status” A defiant “Swany” went on to say, “A lot of hard work has gone in to bring some stability to the football side of the Club resulting in a return to the Premier League at the first attempt and I don’t intend throwing that away. There will be some big decisions to be made and I won’t be frightened of making them, starting this Saturday.”

With the return of Danny McGahon the “Boss” has already hinted on a number of changes for the return visit to Coppull. Of the enforced changes Gary Louth may be doubtful following a block tackle that resulted in the defender limping off the field. Oscar Panepinto will serve the last of a 3 match suspension.

What we do know is whatever team is selected it will require a maximum effort to come away from Coppull with a positive result.

Sunday 23rd March

LSL Youth Div Blue

GARSTANG YTH v LOSTOCK HALL SC YTH KO 11AM

The youth team are again at The Riverside on Sunday morning and take on a Lostock side who thrashed them earlier in the season. However, the visitors have has some very inconsistent results and with Garstang playing well since the season re-started a much closer encounter can be anticipated this time round.

Manager, Alex Spence, commented "Great result last weekend, we got the ball down and played some good football that was very easy on the eye. All the lads worked extremely hard and it was good to see Dan Hall back playing. Spence is still injured and Assalone is out for the season, other than that we should have a strong squad to choose from."


19.03.14

VETS GAME OFF

Following a closely fought 2-1 victory earlier in the season against Poulton Town the gaffer, Parky, had started to assemble a "crack" squad of old codgers for the scheduled re-match this Sunday.  Unfortunately Parky then took a call from his opposite number who was struggling for a team so the match has had to be postponed. Parky said "It is frustrating as we were looking forward to getting a game in after the recent bad weather, however at least it was cancelled early which is the most sensible thing."


17.03.14

MATCH SPONSOR

Saturdays Match Sponsor for Garstang’s home game against Coppull Utd. was Geoff Hargreaves who has become a great supporter of the Club. Accompanying Geoff was long time friend Jan Hagener who had flown over from Germany. The sponsorship was done in memory of Geoff’s late wife Marion who had attended previous sponsorships with Geoff and enjoyed her visits to the Riverside.


16.03.14

RESULTS

Garstang Yth 4 v 2 Tarleton Corinthians (Bisby, Murphy, Cross, R Swale)

Cockerham U16s 2 v 1 Carnforth U16s (Cox, Applegate)

DOWN AT THE RIVERSIDE

A double header at the Riverside today with the youth team taking on Tarleton at 11am and then a chance to see some potential players for next seasons youth team when Cockerham under 16s play Carnforth at 2pm.


15.03.14

RESULT

Garstang 2 v 3 Coppull utd (Og, Poole)


13.03.14

WEEKEND MATCH PREVIEWS

Saturday 15th March

West Lancs Premier League

GARSTANG v COPPULL UTD KO 3PM

Garstang’s home game on Saturday will be the first since 7th December when Champions elect Charnock Richard ran out 2–4 winners following a great fight back by the “Riversiders”

“Swany” will be hoping that a win can be secured to help us pull away from any danger of relegation. The Boss believes that we still need three wins from our remaining 12 games to make sure of our Premier League status. Speaking about the defeat at Fulwood “Swany” said, “I thought that we were the better side for long periods of the game but if you don’t take your chances you don’t win games. I still feel that their is enough goals in the team without having to rely on “Pooley” who works his socks off for the team”

Saturday will see the return of Lee Baker and Matty Bell who is back from a one game suspension but an engagement prior to his signing, prevents Danny McGohan, who made an impressive debut, from playing his second game. “Swany” went on to say, “I want to be in a position to have a look at some Reserve and Youth Team players before the season draws to a close but ideally I would like to see this happen when the pressure is off”

Sunday 16th March

LSL Youth Div Blue

GARSTANG YTH v TARLETON CORINTHIANS YTH KO 11AM

The youth team take on Tarleton at The Riverside on the back of two very good performances since the season re-started. The sides are closely matched on league positions and the away fixture earlier in the season ended 2-1 to Corinthians so another tight encounter is expected.

Commenting on last weeks game Alex Spence said "Really so unlucky after the lads gave everything last Sunday and I really hope this week we get the result our performance and work rate deserve. We should hopefully have a good squad to select from this weekend and I can let the football do the talking."


12.03.14

WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

Our next catch up with a former Garstang Fc player sees us heading to Providence, Rhode Island in the good old US of A.   This is now the home to Richard Lamoury a long serving loyal player who was popular with both team mates and supporters.

 

Richie, now aged 38, began his playing days with Garstang Juniors under the watchful of Mr Bradley and Bob Freeman. He showed his promise during his times with the Juniors and in 1991 he made his senior debut in the reserves at the tender age of 16. He soon became a fixture in the reserves team and won back to back Reserve Player of the Year awards. This prompted his promotion into the first team where he would become a key player and he soon picked up the Young Player of the Year award. Richie was a versatile player who played in every position for the team, except goalkeeper. Arguably his best position as left wing back which allowed him to get on the ball and also get forward to score vital goals.

When we spoke to Richie he said, “I loved my time at Garstang and being a local lad I was proud to play for my town team.   Obviously the 99/00 season holds special memories for me when we won promotion, the league cup and the Lancashire Shield.   It was great to see the joy that it brought to those involved with the club, particularly the “Bobfather” (Bob Freeman as he is affectionately know) who had managed me at with the Juniors.“

As with everyone as he got older Richie started to pick up injuries, some of which meant time off work and following an ultimatum from his then employer Richie called it a day in 2003 aged 29. Since then he has helped the reserves out on an odd occasion when they short, and he has made appearances for the Vets when back home visiting. His last game was in December 2012 against Galgate Vets.

Richie with The Vets (lying down)

Richie loved the game of football and decided to make a living at it so he took the plunge and went to America initially as a coach, however he is now a Regional Director for Challenger Sports covering New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine.  Challenger Sports are the largest “soccer” camp operator in the USA and Canada and you read more about them on their website www.challengersports.com.

Richie said, “ I am loving my time in America and I love the job.  I keep up to date with the club via the website and also Dave Willoughby who works for the same company, there is still nothing that gets past Dave and he keeps me posted.”


11.03.14

DATE FOR DIARY

The Club Presentation Night will be held on Saturday 10th May at The Wyre Bank, Garstang


10.03.14

CHANCE TO WIN ONE MILLION POUNDS!

Members of Garstang Football Club’s “Score” Lottery will have the chance of winning £1 million YES 1 million pounds in five selected draws during 2014.

Les Taylor, Promoter of the Club’s Lottery said, “We are always looking at ways to freshen up our Lottery even though it has been a major success but we would like to make it even better for the members who have supported us and if possible encourage more people to join”

When asked how the Football Club could give a million pound prize, Mr. Taylor explained, “First of all we will introduce extra prizes on five chosen months between April and December. We hope that someone can win a million pounds to celebrate these special dates. The Draws will be at the end of April, June, August, September and December celebrating Easter, The World Cup, The Garstang Show, Non-League Supporters Day and Christmas Day including the Victorian Festival.”

“On each of these months 9 more “Score” Lottery members will each win 2 x £5 National Lottery Scratch Cards with the chance to win not only £1,000,000 but thousands of other Cash Prizes, meaning that 45 members will have 2 chances to win a million”

Garstang FC skipper, Gaz Fawcett, holding a potential million pound lottery ticket with Dee McAvoy and Max Owen

The success of Garstang Football Club’s Lottery has provided a “Pot of Money” to spend on the next stage of improving ground facilities at the Riverside. The Club’s Chairman Adrian Wilding said, “We are carrying out our promise when we said that money raised via the Lottery would be used solely to improve Ground Facilities and I am pleased to announce what work will be carried out this close season. We will be adding more drains to the drainage system and at the same time cabling will be installed to make the floodlights functional. Further work will be carried out to level the pitch and depending on how far the money goes we will be looking at a new inner border fence. Everyone who has become a member of the “Score” Lottery will have played a part in the development of Garstang Football Club”

Club Chairman Adrian Wilding

Mr. Wilding added, “We linked up with Cockerham Juniors Football Club some four years ago and formed our own Youth Team, having a ground with great facilities can only cement that relationship and attract the youngsters to want to play for Garstang Football Club”


09.03.14

Chris Barnett receives a very special bottle of wine from Garstang stalwart Geoff Hargreaves who picked Chris as his Man of the Match for the reserves yesterday. Chris' dad, Paul had his eye on it and was being very nice to his son as he left the ground!


09.03.14

RESULT

Garstang Yth 0 v 1 Leyland Albion Yth

The youth team game is on this morning with an 11am kick off at The Riverside. The Richardson Cup semi final  will be played on Saturday 26th April at Poulton Town.


08.03.14

RESULTS

Fulwood Amateurs 2 v 0 Garstang

Garstang Res 1 v 2 Charnock Richard Res (Barnett)


ITS ON

The weather for once has been kind with today's game at the Riverside being on and looking promising for youth team tomorrow. The first team game at Fulwood Amateurs is now a dress rehearsal for The Richardson cup semi final between the two sides which will be played on Saturday 26th April with the venue still to be decided.


07.03.14

PITCH UPDATE

Steve Baker Riverside pitch report at 3pm today "Still standing water in quite a few areas so it will depend on whether there is any more rain between now and kick off." Keep forking Steve!


06.03.14

WEEKEND PREVIEWS

Saturday 8th March

West Lancs Premier League

FULWOOD AMATEURS v GARSTANG KO 3PM

Saturday’s game at Fulwood will be our first genuine “Six Pointer” of the season as the hectic run in to the end of the campaign begins.

“The sooner we safeguard a healthy position in the West Lancs Premier League the better” said “Swany”. He went on to say, “It has been a strange season really but it is the last six weeks that will define how I feel at the end of it. Last Saturday’s performance should give the players confidence in there ability. Even though we are without several players on Saturday through suspension and unavailability we have the advantage in the return of Ryan Dodd and it is likely that “Dee” McEvoy will be back from injury. Fulwood had a good result in the Richardson Cup so we can expect nothing less than a very competitive game”

Elaborating on the future “Swany” said, “I have a brief to establish Garstang Football Club as a respected team competing in the top half of the West Lancs Premier League until the off the field infrastructure is complete and ready to compete at a higher level. Although no time schedule has been put on this, part of my remit is to encourage and promote youth players if they have worked hard and proved that they are good enough. With the backing of the Chairman and the Committee I am happy to be here and to do that.”

West Lancs Reserve Div 1

GARSTANG RES v CHARNOCK RICHARD RES KO 3PM

The Reserves take on top of the table Charnock at The Riverside on Saturday and if they are to have any chance of a result they will first have to contain the leagues top scorer, Ryan Donnellan, who already has 27 goals this term. Captain, Andy Ireland, sits out the first of a two game ban plus Liam Assalone and Dave Jack are out with broken collar bone and ankle respectively. With the first team also hit by suspensions Bailey and Curwen are going to be busy getting a side together on Friday night.

Manager, "Bails" commented "This game may provide more opportunities for the youth team lads. Both Alex (Swale) and Chris (Barnett) were very good last week, they played good football and Chris took his goal well. Alec (Curwen) and I went to watch the youth game last Sunday and what I saw made me think a few more could step up. It wont be easy this Saturday but if we show the same spirit as in the last couple of games we wont be far away."

Sunday 9th March

LSL Youth Div Blue

GARSTANG YTH v LEYLAND ALBION YTH KO 11AM

The Youth team take on a Leyland side still boasting a 100% league record and just reached the league cup final but Garstang turned in a good performance last week on their return to action so it should be a competitive game.

On the player front Spence returns from suspension, McIlwaine and Assalone are both out injured but Murphy should be available and possibly Bailey may be back in contention.

Manager Alex Spence said "Looking forward to finally getting a game on home soil, weather permitting. Great win last week at New Longton, the lads were magnificent. Josh Graham in goal, great display, Turner again showed his quality with goal from free kick, Alex Swale battled hard in midfield and Adam Ball was superb. Everybody put in an excellent performance so hopefully more of the same this weekend."

If the pitch holds up then the game will be played at The Riverside 


05.03.14

CUP REPRIEVE

Garstang first team have been put into The Richardson Cup semi final draw despite losing their quarter final last Saturday on penalties. This is due to the fact that Eagley inadvertently played an ineligible player in the game. Not the way we would want to progress but it means a semi final against either Fulwood, Euxton or Charnock.


05.03.14

A BIG THANK YOU

I would like on behalf of Garstang Football Club to thank Ray Whiteside, his family and staff for the fantastic service they have provided us over the past years. Garstang Dry Cleaners has been a credit to Garstang town centre and if anybody needed to look how a family business should be run then they needed to look no further than Rays family business. His family and staff went out of there way to make sure we had our football strips on time come Christmas or bank holidays. Many a time I used to drop off our strips at the house during holiday times so we could have them ready for the next game.

Garstang Dry Cleaners will be sadly missed in Garstang and both CLOWNS and the cleaners will be a big blow for the High Street. I would, on behalf of Garstang FC, like to wish Ray the very best in his retirement and hope to see him at a few matches and have a pint together. His two children I know have other plans for their careers and we wish them all the best also. Once again to all the Whiteside family a very big thank you..........Steve Baker on behalf of Garstang Football Club.


04.03.14

CLUB INSURANCE SCHEME

Details of the club insurance to cover injuries to players and officials can be found by downloading the information from the link on the Fixtures Home Page.


 04.03.14

LOTTERY WINNER!

£1000 “Score” Lottery winner for February, Mark Wright is presented with his cheque by Garstang F.C. Commercial Manager and Promoter of the Club’s Lottery, Les Taylor.


03.03.14

ADAM APPEAL PRESENTATION

Reserve team captain Andy Ireland presents Euxton Villa with a defibrillator on behalf of The Adam Appeal before last Saturday's game.


02.03.14

RESULT

New Longton Rovers Yth 1 v 4 Garstang Yth (Bisby 2, Makinson, Turner)

Winner of yesterday's football card was Ian Kirk with Coventry City


01.03.14

RESULTS

Eagley 1 v 1 Garstang (Anderson) (Eagley won 5-4 on pens)

Garstang Res 2 v 2  Euxton Villa Res (Barnett, Graham)

The club hopes Liam Assalone makes a good recovery from a broken collar bone sustained in todays game.

10.25am Pitch update. The Riverside has held up so unless we get a lot more rain the game is on. No word from Eagley so no news is good news and we can assume that is on as well.



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Ground Address:
The Riverside, High Street, Garstang PR3 1FU
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Commercial / General Manager:
Les Taylor - 07979 235217 les.taylor@garstangfc.com

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