POSTED: July 20 2016 23:15:48. By Keith Long - Beechy Archive 2003-2004 Season

In the City of Salford Soccer League the UNDER 7s Storm were winners of the Supplementary Cup. (Team Manager - Steve Davis) The UNDER 8s lost in the Supplementary Cup final. (Team Manager - Colin Bridgford) Paul Hutchings and Gary Haslam were on target for the UNDER 17s who lost 3-2 to Astley Bridge in the final of the Whittle Cup (Bury and Radcliffe Junior League) (Team Manager - John Langton Assistant - Carl Earith)

Following their fourth game of the season United's 1ST TEAM notched up their first win in the Lancashire and Cheshire League's Premier Division thanks to a 2-0 home success over Old Chorltonians. After creating an abundance of chances Beechy should have hit double figures but they were forced to settle for goals from Aaron Dennis and Dave Haughton. Christian Bates gave a magnificent display at the heart of the defence. Three days earlier United suffered a 3-0 defeat away at Hazel Grove. In the Carr and Hulme Eccles Sunday League the 3RD TEAM began the season with an emphatic 6-2 victory against Top House Rangers. On target were David Walker (2) Ryan Taylor, Ben Gardner, Keith Donoghue and James Dalli. (7/9/03)

Weeks of strenuous training started to pay dividends when the 1ST TEAM earned a fully deserved 1-0 away win at Old Stoconians. An evenly balanced first half ended 0-0 but in the 55th minute following another well executed quick passing move Mike Gould's goal proved to be enough to give Beechy all three points. Alan Powley was a major influence in midfield while both Matt Little and Anthony Weall were praised for their unselfish work. (4/10/03)

Nearly all United's Junior Section teams were in action during the weekend of Saturday/Sunday 11th & 12th October 2003. The UNDER 11s-13s-14s-15s lost their games but the UNDER 16s & 17s enjoyed away victories. Alex Brogan (2) Tom Staff (2) and Ryan Farrelly got the goals for the U/16s who beat Rising Star 5-3. Involved in a nine goal thriller with Broadway Celtic were the U/17s. Tom Clancey (2) Craig Sharples, Rob Jackson and Jamie Rowson gave Beechy a 5-4 win.

The UNDER 14s were in superb goalscoring form when they met Ladybridge FC at Beech Farm Playing Fields. There were eleven different goalscorers for United who won the match 21-2. Taylor Franks, Kyle Wray, Steve Ellison and Callum Wilkinson helped themselves to a hat-trick, Andy Lord & Austin Tunnicliffe both netted twice plus a goal apiece for Steve Evans, Luke Martin, Robert Edwards, Ashley Taylor and Alex Walton. (2/11/03)

There were goals galore on Sunday 16th November 2003. In the Timperley and District Junior League Luke Smith (5) Rob Lowe (3) Sam Cullen (2) Paul Smith & Tom Heenan got the goals for the UNDER 13's who hammered Urmston Town 12-2. Away at Woodbank Juniors in the Bury & Radcliffe Junior League the UNDER 15s were easy 9-0 winners thanks to goals from Liam Cooper (3) Dean Quinn, Gareth Caldwell, Ryan Dyson, Chris Ford, Andrew Richardson and Matthew Pitchers. In the same league the UNDER 16s had Ryan Farrelly (2) Kyle Rogers (2) and Alex Brogan on target in a 5-1 victory against Westhoughton Rangers.

Martin Blackshaw (3) Keith Donoghue (2) David Walker (2) Ryan Williams, Ryan Taylor, Gary Burns plus 2 own goals made up the 3RD TEAMS tally when they strolled to an emphatic 12-1 home win over Tophouse Rangers. (30/11/03)

Goals by Ryan Smith and Lewis Royle had given the UNDER 11s a creditable 2-0 lead against Woodbank but following some sloppy defending United were forced to settle for a 2-2 draw. The UNDER 13s were on top form in the match verses Parkwyddn and cruised to an easy 5-1 home victory. Goalscorers were Paul Smith (3) Rob Lowe and Luke Smith. After producing some brilliant football in the first half of their away game at Roach Dynamos the UNDER 14s were worthy 4-3 winners. Andy Daley (2) Danny Hall and Steve Ellison scored the goals. Ryan Farrelly (3) Peter Bell and Alex Brogan got the goals as the UNDER 16s extended their unbeaten run in the Bury & Radcliffe Junior League to ten games. Beechy retained top spot in Division 2 following a 5-1 win over Brandlesholme Warriors. (6th and 7th December 03)

Beechy UNDER 7s who played local rivals Moorside Rangers Red scored goals via Dean Davis, Jack Ryan and Sam Berry. After trailing 2-0 at home to Barr Hill the UNDER 9s showed great character and goals from Jake Kenny (2) and Aaron Drummond (2) secured them a 4-2 victory. Working extremely hard to gain a 3-1 lead given to them by Thomas Standen (2) and Liam Daley were the UNDER 12's but United lost their way in the last eight minutes and opponents Ringley Park Rangers forced a 3-3 draw. (20/12/03)


Salford Beechfield United went joint-top of the Lancashire and Cheshire League's Premier Division after a comfortable 3-1 home win over Denton Town. United started brightly and were ahead within seven minutes. The Denton keeper could not hold Mike Gould's swerving free-kick and Richard Jackson took full advantage when he hammered home the rebound. Denton Town had a penalty claim turned down but they drew level on 16 minutes via John Aspinall. The visitors continued to play some good attacking football and were in control for the remainder of the first half. And in the early part of the second period United's keeper Neil McLoughlin and Man of the Match Chris Ellison had to be at their best to keep the lively Denton forwards at bay. But gradually United started to enjoy more possession and regained the lead in the 68th minute following a superb move involving Anthony Weall and substitute Matt Little who scored form close range. Denton Town continued to threaten but United sealed the victory with ten minutes remaining when Lee Murray pounced after Luke Mather's free-kick had hit the crossbar. (10/1/2004)

In Round 3 of the MCFA Youth Cup Competition Luke Smith and Rob Lowe gave the UNDER 13s a 2-0 lead after only four minutes but opponents Boothstown Juniors replied with two goals in three minutes and the scoreline remained at 2-2 at the final whistle. Following extra time neither side could break the deadlock and during a tense penalty shoot-out United keeper Gary Wood saved three spot-kicks. Paul Smith, Rob Lowe and Daniel Pennington were all successful as Beechy won the penalty kick decider 3-1. The UNDER 15s played Boundary Park in a rearranged league fixture and goals by Andy Richardson (3) Dean Quinn (2) Matthew Pithers (2) Taylor Marshall, Greg Todd and Ben Knight gave United an emphatic 10-0 victory. (11/1/04)

Dean Davis scored all the goals for the UNDER 7's who were in action against Moorside Rangers Blue. The UNDER 10s had Mark Raymond (2) and Nathan Sands-Filer (2) and Daniel Bradley on target in a 5-0 home win over Valley Crusaders. At home to Broadway Celtic the UNDER 17s who three times held the lead were held to 5-5 draw. Daniel Grimshaw (4) and Jamie Rowson scored the goals. (17th and 18th January 2004)


High-Flying Salford Beechfield United progressed to the second round of the Rhodes Cup after a hard-fought 2-1 win over Bedians who were good value for their 1-0 lead at the interval. But United got back on level terms thanks to an Anthony Weall spot kick and minutes later Aaron Dennis fired home a brilliant second goal. United's Stuart Wharton was outstanding in defence while Richard Jackson produced another inspirational performance in midfield. The second team were involved in a thriller coming out on top 5-4 after a helter-skelter Wray Cup tie against St Margaret Mary. Scott Fisher, Simon Cornwell, Aaron Tompkins, Tony Bennett and Ian Wilson found the net while keeper Steve Grimes made several quality saves. (24/1/2004)

There was a moral boosting victory for the 2ND TEAM as some superb attacking soccer secured a 3-1 success over Old Stoconians. This was one of of the team's best performances so far this season helped by some great work in midfield by Steve Allen and Darren Bates who was one of the goalscorers. Scott Fisher scored the other goal. (21/2/04)

Beechy UNDER 8s Boys met Moorside Red and scored goals via Zak Asif. On target for the UNDER 8s Lads in their match with Langworthy Juniors were Ashley Sykes, Charlie Rooney, Zac Boyer and Lewis Russell. A sparkling display by the UNDER 10s produced a 5-1 win at Middleton Boys. Mark Raymond (2) Daniel Bradley, Callum Yates plus an own goal made up the tally. The other UNDER 10s team defeated De La Salle 6-2 thanks to goals from Adam Ashcroft (2) Luke Parker (2) Sam Lowe & Josh Taylor. Going goal crazy were the UNDER 12's who hit double figures in the match against Marauders Hawks. James Wright (2) Daniel Walton (2) Thomas Standen (2) Liam Daley (2) Ben Rothwell, Liam Dunbar and Tim McQueeney netted in a 12-1 victory. A 2-0 away win was just reward for United's UNDER 16s following their top of the table clash with Swinton Boys. A fine first goal by Alex Brogan gave Beechy a slender lead at half-time then Emile Kuba-Kuba wrapped up the points during an hectic second period. (21st and 22nd/2/04)


Without doubt this was United's best performance so far this season as they produced some scintillating soccer and inflict defeat on the current Premier Division leaders. Beechy were on the attack straight from the kick-off and had raced into a 2-0 by half-time after goals by Aaron Dennis and Anthony Weall. Early in the second half Heaton Mersey pulled a goal back following a corner but United quickly regained control and continued to destroy their opponents thanks to some more brilliant football. Weall claimed his second goal to make it 3-1 then United's keeper Neil McLoughlin pulled off a marvellous save after Heaton Mersey had been awarded a dubious penalty. Heaton Mersey adopted some crude tactics in the latter stages but United had the last laugh when Weall via his hat-trick goal completed the scoring.

The former Nottingham Forest, Leeds United, Everton, Chelsea and Blackburn Rovers player Duncan McKenzie was Guest Speaker at a Sportsman's Dinner held at the Reebok Stadium on Friday 12th March 2004. Entertainment was provided by Comedian Gary Marshall.

United's 3RD TEAM suffered a cruel fate when they went down 2-1 after extra time to Blue Star Britannia in the semi-final's of the Eccles Challenge Cup. Beechy who had taken the lead with a goal from Martin Blackshaw were extremely unlucky to lose the tie. (28/3/04)

Dean Davis (3) and Sam Berry netted the goals for Beechy UNDER 7's in their 4-0 win over Parkwyddn Juniors. Both the UNDER 8's teams tasted victory in the Supplementary Cup. The Boys had Joseph Dyson and Sam Newton on target in a 2-0 victory over Parkwyddn, while Charlie Rooney, Lewis Russell and Ashley Sykes hit the goals for the Lads in their 3-2 victory at Moorside Rangers Blue. Jake Kenny grabbed a consolation goal for the UNDER 9's who went down 2-1 against Parkwyddn, and also suffering a 2-1 defeat in the Supplementary Cup were the UNDER 10's. Mark Raymond scored United's only goal. (3/4/04)

Following an emphatic 6-1 victory over Radcliffe Borough the UNDER 16s were confirmed as champions of Division 2 in the Bury and Radcliffe Junior League. Alex Brogan (3) Peter Bell, Brad Loughrey and Ryan Farrelly scored the goals. (Team Manager - Brendan Loughrey) (25/4/2004) At the league's Presentation Event United also received the trophy for being the Most Sporting Team. Ryan Farrelly was Division 2 Player of the Year. The UNDER 16s also won the Bridge FC 6-a-side Tournament.


United claimed a place in the final of the Rhodes Cup after beating local rivals Salford Victoria on penalties in a thrilling semi-final which ended 3-3 after extra time. Salford Victoria who had been reduced to 10 men after 15 minutes, were leading 3-2 with just thirty seconds remaining. Following a goalless first half Vics opened the scoring via David Leach but Mike Gould equalised and Matt Little put Beechy ahead. Mark Dwyer drew the scores level again and when substitute Dave Denton gave Vics a 3-2 lead it looked as if the 10 men had done enough. But in the dying seconds Matt Little grabbed a dramatic equaliser before United keeper Neil Mcloughlin saved two spot-kicks as United Beechy won 3-0 following the penalty kick decider. (24/4/2004)

United's 1ST TEAM finished in third place in the Lancashire and Cheshire League's Premier Division but they still had a reason to celebrate at the end of the season. On Wednesday 5th May United met Hazel Grove in the Rhodes Cup Final played at the home of Abbey Hey FC. Beechy produced a scintillating performance and goals by Mike Gould, Anthony Weall and Matt Little saw United lift the trophy thanks to a 3-1 victory. The starting line-up was Neil McLoughlin, Luke Mather, Chris Ellison, Christian Bates, Stuart Wharton, Richard Jackson, Mike Gould, Anthony Rice, Aaron Dennis, Anthony Weall and Matt Little.

Awards at The Mini-Soccer Presentation Event held on Friday 11th June 2004 at Buile Hill were as follows:- U/7s PLAYER OF THE YEAR - Kane Rowley MANAGER'S MERIT AWARD - Callum Ring SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR - George Sunter U/8s (Boys) POTY - Daniel Hesling MMA - Lewis Dolan SOTY - Joseph Dyson U/8s (Lads) POTY - Brett Pallister MMA - Liam Waite SOTY - Zac Boyer U/9s POTY - Jake Vaughan MMA - Andy Bolton SOTY - Zoe Armitage U/10s (A) POTY - Daniel Rigby MMA - Billy Fisher SOTY - Mark Raymond U/10s (B) POTY - Luke Parker MMA - James Leggett SOTY - Alan Williams.

The Junior Section Presentation Event was held on Friday July 9th 2004 at Pendlebury Legion. Receiving the Major Awards were U/11s POTY - John O'Callaghan MMA - Matthew Waite SOTY - Wayne Mechan U/12s POTY - Daniel Walton MMA - Thomas Standen SOTY - Thomas Carmichael U/13s POTY - Luke Smith MMA - Sam Cullen SOTY - Daniel Pennington U/14s POTY - Callum Wilkinson MMA - Tom Tootle SOTY - Taylor Franks U/15s POTY - Matthew Pithers MMA - Liam Cooper SOTY - Ryan Kelly U/16s POTY - Kyle Rogers MMA - Anthony Philipeck SOTY - Mike Allen.

At the end of season Senior Section Presentation held at the Wendover Hotel on Friday 16th July 2004 Neil McLoughlin was named 1st TEAM PLAYER OF THE YEAR. The PLAYER'S PLAYER OF THE YEAR went to Stuart Wharton and Aaron Dennis was voted MOST IMPROVED PLAYER.

COLIN RODEN MEMORIAL TROPHY- (Team of the Year) - 2003/2004. UNDER 7's Adam Corker UNDER 8's Charles Hanratty UNDER 9's Jake Kenny UNDER 10's Jake Partington UNDER 11's Luke Scully UNDER 12's Zak Fitzgerald UNDER 13's Jake Hardman UNDER 14's Andy Daley UNDER 15's Gareth Caldwell UNDER 16's Alex Brogan. MANAGER OF THE YEAR - Shane Flanagan. BARRY SALISBURY AWARD - Val Harrison. MIKE BRIDGFORD SHIELD (Team of the Year) - UNDER 16's (Manager - Brendan Loughrey Assistant - Dave Allen) The MIKE BRIDGFORD SHIELD replaced the AJ KEARSLEY & SON SHIELD which had been presented to the Team of the Year since the 1983/1984 season.

The 2004 6-A-Side Tournament held on Saturday 29th May/Sunday 30th May and Saturday 5th June was once again well supported. Entrance Fee was £30 and the club's who entered teams into the event were as follows: Golborne Eagles, Eagley Rangers, Boothstown Juniors, Ramsbottom United, AFC Urmston Meadowside, Little Moss Juniors, Ashton Athletic, Monton Amateurs, St Johns FC, Timperley Villa, Unsworth Athletic, Little Lever, Tempest United, Hindsford Juniors, Horwich St Marys, Eagley Youth, Real FC, North End Boys, Rhodes Villa, Moston Juniors, Swinton Boys, Wilmslow Sports, Parkwyddn Juniors, Radcliffe Borough, North Walkden, Gregson Lions, Moorside Rangers, Urmston Town, Atherton LR, West End Boys, Haslingden Juniors, Scorpions FC, Chadderton Juniors, Foxhall FC, Springside Juniors, Radcliffe Juniors, Walshaw Sports, Lisbon St Anthonys, Farnworth Boys, Bury FC Juniors, Dukinfield Youth, Westhoughton Rangers, Tameside Villa, De La Salle, Bowerham Bombers, Droylsden Juniors, Winsfield Rovers, Bessacarr FC, Cougars JFC, Juno United, Deans Sports, Nelson FC, Blackpool Rangers, Oswald Road, Accrington Stanley, Manchester YFC, Brendon Bees, Weaste Wanderers, Wythenshawe Amateurs, Medlock Rangers, Irlam Vale, CMB Juniors, Clarence Athletic, Reddish Vulcans, Chaddy Rangers, Culcheth Athletic, Stretford Victoria, Cadishead Sports, Walshaw Park, Woodbank JFC, Saints JFC, Didsbury Road, Thornham Rovers, Poulton Youth, Ladybridge Rangers, Langworthy Juniors, Flixton Juniors.

Details of 2004 6-A-Side Tournament (Winners and Runners Up) UNDER 7s Winners - Walshaw Sports Runners Up - Boothstown Brazilians. UNDER 8s Winners - Accrington Stanley R/U - Swinton Boys. UNDER 9s Winners - CMB Juniors R/U - North Walkden Falcons. UNDER 10s Winners - Cougars JFC R/U - Prestwich Heys. UNDER 11s Winners - Failsworth Dynamos (A) R/U - Failsworth Dynamos (B). UNDER 12s Winners - Juno United R/U - Langworthy Juniors. UNDER 13s Winners - Moston Juniors R/U - Moorside Rangers. UNDER 14s Winners - Eagley Youth R/U - AFC Urmston Meadowside. UNDER 15s Winners - Beechfield United R/U - Hindsford Bandits. (29/5/2004 and 30/5/2004 and 5/6/2004)

The Management Committee of Beechfield United Football Club would like to thanks the following for their help and support during the tournament and throughout the 2003/2004 season. The Managers, Coaches & Assistants/Volunteers for their time and effort throughout the season. The Club Stewards, Ray Moores, Eric Croston, Paul Wilson and Jim Wright. The Volunteers serving refreshments, Linda Hodgson, Jane Wilson, Kath Carter, Lisa McLoughlin, Pauline Holker, Mary Edwards, Nicola Yeardsley and Joanne Davis. The parents and players of Beechfield United FC for helping to maintain the club's ethics as a friendly family club. (June 2004)

An Evening with David White the former Manchester City, Leeds United and Sheffield United player took place at the Monton House Hotel on Friday 18th June 2004. On the agenda was a Questions and Answers section involving David himself, Sports Quiz, Memorabilia Auction plus Refreshment's and Hot Pot Supper. It was announced that David White would take up his role as Beechfield United's Honorary President for the start of the 2004/2005 season.

Beechfield United FC were Manchester FA Development Club of the Year 2003/2004 and Greater Manchester Sports Club of the Year 2004.

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