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Craig Salmon’s Soapbox – put your Ipads away, it’s time to play

There’s a little cul-de-sac just a stone’s throw from where my old man grew up, which always makes him reminisce about the ‘good old days’.

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Longridge Town's Jordan Tucker

Defending champion’s winless period goes on

Lee Ashcroft admits he and his Longridge Town players cannot believe their luck as the club’s ‘winless run’ moves into a fourth month.

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John and Betty Parkinson at Tarleton

Big Interview: Ton up for John and Betty!

Craig Salmon talks to Tarleton Corinthians stalwarts John and Betty Parkinson, who have served the club for a combined total of 100 years

“How’s it looking Macca?” Tarleton Corinthians stalwart John Parkinson, with pitchfork in hand, enquired.

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A piper leads Jim Bryson's funeral cortege into Fulwood Barracks

Final whistle for ‘colossus’ of refereeing

Referees from Premier League to parks football turned out in black to say their farewells as Jim Bryson took the final whistle.

Jim Bryson

Tributes to footballing stalwart Jim

Tributes have been paid to one of Preston’s favourite footballing sons Jim Bryson, who has died at the age of 67 after a battle with illness.

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Jim Bryson

Tributes to league stalwart Jim

Jim Bryson, the long-serving former referees’ secretary of the Lancashire Sunday League, has passed away after a battle with illness.

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Dick, Kerr Ladies prior to their first game at Christmas, 1917 (photo courtesy of Gail Newsham)

When women’s football was banned

The battle to get women’s football recognised in the wake of obstacles placed in the way of the pioneering Dick, Kerr ladies’ team in Preston was highlighted in a Channel 4 documentary last night.

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PNE girls Under-12s

PNE girls are national aces

Preston North End’s Under-12s girls team have enjoyed a season to remember.
The  young players who took part in the Dave 'Ashy' Aspden Memorial Shield

Preston pay penalty in final of ‘Ashy’ Shield

The inaugural Dave ‘Ashy’ Aspden Memorial Shield football competition took place last week at the home of Cadley Juniors FC, in Fulwood.

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England boss Gareth Southgate

A second open-age team for Chorley Ladies

Chorley Ladies FC are celebrating after being awarded a £1,500.00 ‘Grow the Game’ grant, something that has attracted praise from England boss Gareth Southgate.

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Preston City Team Under-11s girls

Preston's girls shine in national football tournament

Preston City Under-11s Girls battled their way through to the final of a national football tournament.

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Moorland School's Under-13s side with both their trophies after a fantastic season

Moorland School at the double

Moorland School’s next generation of football talent has crowned another memorable season with a national and regional double.

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Chairman of Longridge Town Football Club Brian Parkinson is hoping to move a stand at the Mike Riding Ground

Council still considering Longridge Town FC’s ground plan

Longridge Town are still hoping to press ahead with plans to improve their Mike Riding Ground.

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Wrens' Michael Clark plays a ball past Longridge's Alex O'Rourke.

Leon strikes late to hand Longridge the league title

Town crowned Premier Division champions after victory over Wrens

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Ellie Hilton

Ellie has proved she can mix it with rest

Ellie Hilton of Croston FC made history by taking advantage of the FA’s 2015 decision to allow girls to play in mixed youth football –and she is the only girl in the country to do so.

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Queen's Drive (yellow kit) v St Andrew's (blue) in the Harold Slater Shield Under-11s final at Deepdale

Kids shine on their big day at PNE

More than 200 youngsters graced Deepdale’s hallowed turf when they took part in the Dick Clegg Preston Schools’ Cup finals.

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Paul Whelan, second left,  is presented with the Ashy Shield by from the left, Bernard McNaboe,  Dave Aspden's brother Michael  Aspden  and John Kerrigan, who donated the shield '               PHOTO: Eamonn McNamara

Former footballers remember stalwart Ashy

More than a 100 former amateur players, referees and administrators attended a reunion night to remember the life of football stalwart Dave ‘Ashy’ Aspden.

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Southport celebrate (photo: Eamonn McNamara)

Southport lift Youth Trophy

Southport won the Lancashire Sunday League’s Syndicate Trust Youth Trophy for the third time following their 5-0 victory against Charnock Richard at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium.

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Charnock Richard FC

Showpiece finals at Sir Tom Finney Stadium

Charnock Richard and Southport are preparing to meet in the Syndicate Trust Youth Trophy final at Bamber Bridge’s Sir Tom Finney Stadium in the first of two Lancashire Sunday League finals next week.

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Dave 'Ashy' Aspden

Nostalgia night for ‘Ashy’

A football nostagia evening will be held later this month in honour of popular former local league player, manager and admininstrator Dave ‘Ashy’ Aspden, who passed away earlier this year.

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