Coming up for West: July 2019

Men’s Team

July the 1st marks the start of pre-season across the UK (the month of June is, under FA rules, acknowledged as the Close Season), but it also fires the starting pistol on a new era at West Didsbury & Chorlton – as well as giving us an idea of what shape the next 9 months may take. Our pre-season fixture list, and a small preview, can be read below: but of equal importance to West fans will be the fixture announcements due over the course of the new few weeks.

Traditionally, the draws for the early rounds of the FA Cup and FA Vase are made the first Friday in July, which means that come the 6th we should know what awaits us in the two national cup competitions in which West will take part this season. At this stage, the draws are made regionally for a variety of reasons – and the FA Vase usually provides draws for the first two round of the competition. The FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round will be played on Saturday 10 August, while the FA VaseFirst Round Qualifying Saturday will be played on 31 August, and the Second Round Qualifying on Saturday 14 September – as soon as we have news of each, we’ll post the fixtures on both our website and social media.

West haven’t had much luck in either competition of late, having fallen at the first hurdle of each last season with defeats at the hands of Squires Gate (FA Cup) and Lower Breck (FA Vase) – better will be hoped for this time out.

Around a similar time, the North West Counties Football League fixtures will be released. Due to fixtures in higher divisions taking priority, the league has to wait until the announcement of fixtures in the Evo-Stik before the schedule can be released – this is done primarily to avoid fixture clashes between sides that share grounds. Last season, fixtures were announced on the 15th of July, and the official website currently lists the release date as ‘Mid-July’. West fans will immediately be looking for the dates of Maine Road home and away, as well as trips to other nearby sides Wythenshawe Town, Wythenshawe Amateurs, Cheadle Town, Cheadle Heath Nomads, Stockport Town, and Abbey Hey.

July sees us take on nine friendly fixtures, including six home ties. Division One North side Prestwich Heys are our first visitors on Tuesday 2nd July, with Ashton Town making the journey to Brookburn Road on Saturday 6 July. Given that both sides are in an adjacent league, both will offer early indications of what to expect from Brad Cooke’s side in terms of style of play, although it is folly to read too much into the results of friendlies. A visit from a Salford City XI on 20th July, and competing for the Rob Turley trophy against Maine Road should both be well attended, although our Friday night fixture against Irlam and the visit of our friends at Atherton Collieries to close out pre-season should both be great contests against sides higher up the pyramid. Away trips around Greater Manchester to face Euxton Villa, Wilmslow Albion (as part of their centenary celebrations), and Avro make up the remainder of our fixtures – we’ll have small previews of each game ahead of each fixture, as well as half time and full time results via Twitter and match reports where possible.

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Men's Fixtures, July 2019

30 Nov, 00:00 A New Mills NWCFL
02 Jul, 19:15 H Prestwich Heys Friendly 1 - 0
06 Jul, 15:00 H Ashton Town Friendly 2 - 3
09 Jul, 19:00 A Euxton Villa Friendly 2 - 2
12 Jul, 19:15 H Irlam Friendly 1 - 2
16 Jul, 19:00 A Wilmslow Albion Friendly 2 - 1
20 Jul, 15:00 H Salford City XI Friendly 3 - 1
27 Jul, 15:00 H Maine Road Friendly 3 - 2
30 Jul, 19:15 H Atherton Collieries Friendly 2 - 0
03 Aug, 15:00 A Eccleshall NWCFL 0 - 4
06 Aug, 19:45 H Wythenshawe Town NWCFL 1 - 1
10 Aug, 15:00 A Squires Gate FA Cup 1 - 2
13 Aug, 19:45 H Stockport Town NWCFL 1 - 0
17 Aug, 15:00 A Abbey Hey NWCFL 1 - 3
20 Aug, 19:45 H Cheadle Town NWCFL 2 - 1
24 Aug, 15:00 A Stalybridge Celtic FA Cup 0 - 0
26 Aug, 15:00 A Barnton NWCFL 0 - 1
03 Sep, 19:30 H Stalybridge Celtic FA Cup 2 - 3
10 Sep, 19:45 H Abbey Hulton United NWCFL 5 - 0
14 Sep, 15:00 A Runcorn Town FA Vase 0 - 1
21 Sep, 15:00 H Stone Old Alleynians NWCFL 0 - 2
24 Sep, 19:45 A New Mills NWCFL 3 - 3
28 Sep, 15:00 A Cammell Laird 1907 NWCFL 1 - 2
05 Oct, 15:00 H Nelson Playermatch Cup 4 - 0
08 Oct, 19:45 H Trafford MCFA Cup 1 - 2
12 Oct, 15:00 A Shildon AFC FA Vase 2 - 0
19 Oct, 15:00 H New Mills Macron Cup 3 - 1
22 Oct, 19:45 H Prestwich Heys Lancs Trophy 2 - 2
26 Oct, 15:00 A FC Oswestry Town NWCFL 2 - 1
02 Nov, 15:00 H Cheadle Heath Nomads NWCFL 0 - 0
09 Nov, 15:00 H Alsager Town Macron Cup 6 - 1
16 Nov, 15:00 A Wythenshawe Town NWCFL A - A
23 Nov, 15:00 A St Helens Town Playermatch Cup 1 - 2
26 Nov, 19:45 H Alsager Town NWCFL 4 - 1
30 Nov, 15:00 A Ellesmere Rangers NWCFL 3 - 2
03 Dec, 17:45 A Vauxhall Motors NWCFL 3 - 0
07 Dec, 13:00 H Runcorn Town Macron Cup 1 - 4
14 Dec, 15:00 H FC Oswestry Town NWCFL P - P
17 Dec, 19:45 H Wythenshawe Amateurs NWCFL 2 - 1
21 Dec, 15:00 A Stockport Town NWCFL 2 - 1
26 Dec, 15:00 H Maine Road NWCFL 0 - 3
28 Dec, 15:00 A St Martins NWCFL 2 - 2
04 Jan, 15:00 A Alsager Town NWCFL 1 - 2
11 Jan, 15:00 H Cammell Laird 1907 NWCFL 2 - 1
15 Jan, 19:45 A Cheadle Town NWCFL 2 - 1
18 Jan, 15:00 A Stone Old Alleynians NWCFL 0 - 1
21 Jan, 19:45 A Wythenshawe Town NWCFL 2 - 2
25 Jan, 15:00 A Cheadle Heath Nomads NWCFL 0 - 5
28 Jan, 19:45 H Sandbach United NWCFL P - P
01 Feb, 15:00 H Eccleshall NWCFL 4 - 0
08 Feb, 15:00 H Sandbach United Playermatch Cup 0 - 2
15 Feb, 15:00 H New Mills NWCFL P - P
22 Feb, 15:00 H FC Oswestry Town NWCFL P - P
29 Feb, 15:00 H Barnton NWCFL P - P
07 Mar, 11:00 A Wythenshawe Amateurs NWCFL 1 - 0
14 Mar, 15:00 H Vauxhall Motors NWCFL 0 - 1
17 Mar, 19:45 H FC Oswestry Town NWCFL
21 Mar, 15:00 H Barnton NWCFL
24 Mar, 19:45 H New Mills NWCFL
28 Mar, 15:00 A Sandbach United NWCFL
04 Apr, 15:00 H Ellesmere Rangers NWCFL
11 Apr, 15:00 H St Martins NWCFL
13 Apr, 15:00 A Maine Road NWCFL
18 Apr, 15:00 H Abbey Hey NWCFL
21 Apr, 15:00 H Sandbach United NWCFL
25 Apr, 15:00 A Abbey Hulton United NWCFL
25 Aug, 00:00 H 1874 Northwich Friendly P - P
05 Sep, 15:00 H Atherton LR Friendly
12 Sep, 15:00 H Altrincham Friendly 1 - 0

Women’s and Women’s Devs

FA Cup draw dates for West Women are yet to be confirmed, but last season early round draws were made at the start of August. Having just returned to pre-season training, both sides won’t see any competitive football for the best part of two months: however, they’ll be taking part in pre-season friendlies towards the end of July. West Women will welcome both Liverpool Feds Reserves, and Huddersfield Town to Brookburn Road across the last two Saturdays in July, while Barnsley Development and Huddersfield Development will play West Development at the same ground on the same days. See the full fixture list for both below.

Women's Fixtures, July 2019

21 Jul, 14:00 H Liverpool Feds Reserves Friendly 3 - 2
28 Jul, 14:00 A Stockport County Friendly 5 - 0
04 Aug, 14:30 H Chorley Friendly 1 - 3
11 Aug, 14:00 H West Kirby Friendly 4 - 1
18 Aug, 14:30 H Sheffield FC Friendly 8 - 1
01 Sep, 14:00 A Didsbury SSE Womens FA Cup 4 - 2
04 Sep, 18:30 A Bury NWWRFL Premier Division P - P
08 Sep, 14:00 A FC United of Manchester NWWRFL Premier Division 3 - 1
15 Sep, 14:00 H Fleetwood Town Wrens NWWRFL Premier Division 5 - 0
06 Oct, 14:00 A Morecambe NWWRFL Premier Division P - P
13 Oct, 14:00 H Morecambe NWWRFL Premier Division 1 - 1
20 Oct, 14:00 A Salford City Lionesses Manchester Women's Cup 3 - 3
27 Oct, 14:00 H Tranmere Rovers NWWRFL Premier Division 4 - 6
10 Nov, 14:00 A Tranmere Rovers NWWRFL Premier Division 2 - 1
17 Nov, 14:00 H Crewe Alexandra NWWRFL Premier Division 3 - 1
24 Nov, 14:00 A Crewe Alexandra NWWRFL Premier Division 2 - 2
08 Dec, 14:00 A Fleetwood Town Wrens NWWRFL Premier Division 2 - 0
05 Jan, 14:00 A Merseyrail NWWRFL Premier Division 3 - 0
12 Jan, 14:00 H Placeholder Morecambe Reserves Argyle Sports Cup 7 - 0
26 Jan, 14:00 A Wigan Athletic NWWRFL Premier Division 2 - 0
02 Feb, 14:00 H Sir Tom Finney NWWRFL Premier Division P - P
16 Feb, 14:00 H Placeholder Mancunian Unity Manchester Women's Cup 10 - 0
23 Feb, 14:00 H Wigan Athletic NWWRFL Premier Division P - P
23 Feb, 14:00 A Manchester Stingers GMWFL League Challenge Cup
15 Mar, 14:00 H Merseyrail NWWRFL Premier Division
22 Mar, 14:00 H Mossley Hill NWWRFL Premier Division
29 Mar, 15:00 A Sir Tom Finney NWWRFL Premier Division
05 Apr, 14:00 A Manchester Stingers NWWRFL Premier Division
12 Apr, 14:00 H FC United of Manchester NWWRFL Premier Division
19 Apr, 14:00 H Manchester Stingers NWWRFL Premier Division
26 Apr, 14:00 A Mossley Hill NWWRFL Premier Division

Women's Development Fixtures, July 2019

21 Jul, 11:00 H Swinton Friendly 5 - 6
04 Aug, 12:00 H Chorley Development Friendly 0 - 2
11 Aug, 11:00 H Placeholder Mancunian Unity Friendly 8 - 2
18 Aug, 12:00 A Wythenshawe Amateurs Friendly 2 - 9
21 Aug, 18:30 H Didsbury Friendly 2 - 1
01 Sep, 14:00 A Stockport County Friendly 3 - 0
08 Sep, 14:00 H Baguley Athletic GMWFL Division One 5 - 0
15 Sep, 14:00 A Heyside Angels GMWFL Division One 5 - 5
22 Sep, 14:00 H AFC Urmston Meadowside GMWFL League Challenge Cup 9 - 0
29 Sep, 14:00 A Langho GMWFL Division One P - P
06 Oct, 14:00 A Rochdale GMWFL Division One 4 - 2
16 Oct, 19:45 H Mossley GMWFL Division Two Cup 1 - 4
20 Oct, 14:00 A Mossley GMWFL Division One 2 - 3
20 Oct, 14:00 H Placeholder Mancunian Unity Manchester Women's Cup 2 - 2
03 Nov, 14:00 A Boltonian Ladies GMWFL League Challenge Cup 4 - 2
17 Nov, 14:00 A AFC Urmston Meadowside GMWFL Division One 3 - 10
25 Nov, 15:00 H Placeholder Mancunian Unity Manchester Women's Cup 2 - 2
01 Dec, 14:00 A Tameside United GMWFL Division One
08 Dec, 14:00 H Ashton United GMWFL Division One
15 Dec, 14:00 A Bolton Wanderers Reserves GMWFL Division One
12 Jan, 14:00 H Bolton Wanderers Reserves GMWFL Division One
19 Jan, 14:00 A Baguley Athletic GMWFL Division One
26 Jan, 14:00 H Heyside Angels GMWFL Division One
09 Feb, 14:00 H Langho GMWFL Division One
16 Feb, 14:00 H Rochdale GMWFL Division One
01 Mar, 14:00 H Mossley GMWFL Division One
08 Mar, 14:00 H Sale Ladies GMWFL Division One
15 Mar, 14:00 H Tameside United GMWFL Division One
29 Mar, 14:00 H AFC Urmston Meadowside GMWFL Division One
19 Apr, 14:00 A Ashton United GMWFL Division One