POSTED: July 20 2016 23:14:07. By Keith Long - Beechy Archive 2000-2001 Season

For the forthcoming 2000/2001 season Beechfield United FC had three open age teams in the Lancashire and Cheshire Amateur Football League, U8s/9s played in the Swinton Friendly League, the U/10s - 11s - 12s - 13s - 14s were all members of the Salford Junior Sunday League and the U/17s (A) and (B) teams were registered with the Altrincham Youth Football League. (There were no U/15s & U/16s teams) Club Contacts for the season were as follows: PRESIDENT - Colin Roden, CHAIRMAN - Ged Goodwin, CLUB SECRETARY - George Worley, JUNIOR SECTION SECRETARY - Keith Long, TREASURER - Graham Holker, FIXTURES SECRETARY - Colin Carter, MATCH RESULTS - Keith Long, UNDER 8s/9s - Mike White & Wayne Spindler, UNDER 10s - Jim Pilling & Graham Wallsworth, UNDER 11s - Chris Clark & Andy Wilson, UNDER 12s - John Bentley, UNDER 13s - Rowley Beeston & Brendan Loughrey, UNDER 14s - Keith Bromley & Chris Musgrave, UNDER 17s (A) - Ged Goodwin & Tom Williams, UNDER 17s (B) - Steve Ramage, 1st TEAM - George Worley, 2nd TEAM - George Lockley, 3rd TEAM - Barry Minshull.

In the Lancashire FA Youth Cup the UNDER 14s had a decent run in the competition. They were involved in a thrilling 1st Round tie away against Rossendale Youth which finished level at 3-3 following extra time. In a tense penalty shoot-out which United won 4-3 keeper Ben Jenks became the instant hero when he brilliantly saved two spot kicks. Goalscorers including penalties were Dean Parry (3) Paul Hutchings (2) Jamie Rawson and Steven Thompson. (1/10/2000) United had to travel again in Round 2 when they were drawn to play Chorley St Gregory's. Thanks to a superb display Beechy cruised to an emphatic 8-0 victory courtesy of goals by Paul Hutchings (hat-trick) Dean Parry (hat-trick) Craig Kenny and Ben Jenks.( 22/10/2000) A 3-1 defeat in Round 3 by Stand Athletic Lads saw United exit from the competition. (Team Manager - Keith Bromiley)

List of players who were registered for the LFA Youth Cup : Ben Jenks, Nathan Horan, Ciaran McConnan, Gary Haslam, Steven Thompson, David Beaman, Martin McKenna, Paul Hutchings, Jamie Rawson, Stuart Musgrave, Dean Parry, Craig Kenny, Stephen Robertson, Aaron Baxter, Christopher Hamand.

A letter dated 8/10/2000 sent by Steve Wood (Recruitment Officer) offered Kane Bentley (UNDER 12s) the opportunity to trial with Bury Football Club's Centre of Excellence. The letter added that under FA requirements the named player was given seven days notice before any trial period commenced.

Beechfield United's 1ST TEAM finished as Runners Up in Division 2 of the Lancashire and Cheshire Amateur Football League. (Team Manager - George Worley) Senior Section leading goalscorer was Anthony Weall with 59 goals.

During the weekend of Saturday/Sunday 14th and 15th January 2001 only two games were played due to an heavy overnight frost. The UNDER 11s were well below-par in their match with De La Salle and after a poor first half trailed 3-0 at the interval. But in the second period the Beechy lads staged a spirited fightback and were rewarded with goals from Andy Daley and Luke Smith. Unfortunately De La Salle scored again to secure a 4-2 victory. Despite losing 6-1 to Padgate St Oswalds in the Altrincham Youth League South Division the UNDER 17s (B) team didn't play as bad as the scoreline might suggest. Several players gave good performances but it was Danny Duggan who won the Man of the Match Award. Gary Ramage scored United's consolation goal from the penalty spot.

Steve Ellison, Luke Smith, Alex Walton and Callum Wilkinson got the goals for the UNDER 11s who put on a sparkling display to finish 4-1 winners of an highly competitive match against Hindsford Juniors. The UNDER 12s were involved in an action packed encounter with Charlton Juniors which ended level at 4-4. The lead changed hands several times and on target for Beechy were Jamie Royle (hat-trick) and Dave Street. In their fixture at Boothstown Juniors the UNDER 14s created enough chances to have had the match won by half-time. But they regretted wasting those golden opportunities because Boothstown stole the show with a 3-1 win. United's only goal came courtesy of Gary Haslam. (11/2/01)

Ryan Farrelly scored seven goals and Alex Brogan hit five as the UNDER 13s beat Bridgewater Eagles 13-1. (11/3/01) Ryan netted five times in a 9-1 win against Moorside Rangers. (28/4/01) His final total for the season was 57.

In three games played during late April and early May 2001 Andy Wilson was on target eleven times for the 3RD TEAM who eventually finished as runner's-up in the Division C of the Lancashire and Cheshire Amateur Football League. (Team Manager - Barry Minshull)

It was time to celebrate for the UNDER 13s who were crowned Division B champions in the Salford Junior Sunday League following their 5-3 victory over Boothstown Juniors. The match was evenly balanced until the last fifteen minutes when United's superior strength and fitness proved to be the key factor. Ryan Farrelly scored four goals while Jamie Howell got the other and Team Manager Brendan Loughrey was certainly a proud and happy man after the final whistle. (6/5/2001)

On the 13th May 2001 in the Salford Junior Sunday League the UNDER 14s were involved in a fifteen goal thriller with Parkwyddn Juniors. A last minute goal earned Beechy an 8-7 victory. The goals came via Paul Hutchings (hat-trick) Stuart Musgrave (2) Dean Parry (2) and Craig Sharples. (Team Manager - Keith Bromiley)

UNDER 12s were beaten finalists in the Salford Junior Sunday League Knockout -Cup.

Despite being runner's-up in two cup final's the UNDER 17s (A) team did have a reason to celebrate after winning the Altrincham Youth League's North Division in bizarre circumstances. Opponents in the last two games Blackley Youth and Oldham Royals failed to fulfill the fixture so Beechy were awarded the points and with Eccles Amateurs resigning from the league United's name was engraved on the trophy. But United were beaten by Padgate St Oswalds in the final of the Champion of Champion's Cup and following a penalty shoot-out suffered defeat in the final of the Edgar Webb Cup against Fives Athletic U/21s (Team Manager - Ged Goodwin) The U/17s squad was Keith Donaghue, Marc Hinde, Nathan Adayfio, Colin Carter, David Walker, Danny Rowcroft, Darren Owen, Lee White, David Pettigrew, Wesley Aston, Ryan Williams, John Smith, Ryan Buckley, Sam Pilling and Michael Smith.

At the Senior Section Presentation Evening the following players received end of the season individual trophies :-1ST Team - PLAYER OF THE YEAR - Stuart Wharton - PLAYERS PLAYER OF THE YEAR - Alan Powley - SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR - Andy Collins 2ND TEAM - POTY - Richard Jackson - PPOTY - Anthony Weall - SOTY - Kevin Bailey 3RD TEAM - POTY -John Dean - PPOTY - Andy Wilson - SOTY - David Holker

Bill McIntosh also called Uncle Bill (Famous Local Referee and Salford Junior Sunday League Chairman) presented the trophies at the Junior Section Presentation Event's. UNDER 8s - PLAYER OF THE YEAR - Matthew Waite SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR - Anthony Atkinson MANAGERS MERIT AWARD - John-Paul Caruana UNDER 9s - POTY - David Lever SOTY - Simon Halliwell MMA - Connor Hinde UNDER 10s - POTY - Jack Hurst SOTY - Aaron Dunne MMA - Gary Bethel UNDER 11s - POTY - Alex Walton SOTY - Tom Tootal MMA - Robert Edwards UNDER 12s - POTY - Dave Street SOTY - Jordan Lang MMA - Taylor Marshall/Aaron Brooke UNDER 13s - POTY - Ryan Farrelly SOTY - Chris Seery MMA - Chris Pinder/Kerim Jones UNDER 14s - POTY - Gary Haslam SOTY - Cairan McConna PPOTY - Martin McKenna UNDER 17s (A) - POTY - David Walker SOTY - David Pettigrew MMA - Ryan Buckley UNDER 17s (B) - POTY -Gary Ramage SOTY - Matthew Thompson PPOTY - Keiron Wynne. AJ KEARSLEY & SON SHIELD WINNERS - UNDER 17s (A) BARRY SALISBURY AWARD - Tom Wiiliams.

Details of the MIKE CALDWELL 6-a-side TOURNAMENT 2001 held on Saturday 26th May/Sunday 27th May & Monday 28th May. (Winners only) UNDER 8s - Cadishead Sports UNDER 9s - Hindsford Juniors UNDER 10s - Raby Athletic UNDER 11s - Blackburn Boys UNDER 12s - Leigh RMI UNDER 13s - Unicorn Athletic UNDER 14s - Flixton Youth UNDER 15s - Poulton Youth UNDER 16s - Kersal Lads.

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