July 20 2016 23:16:30.
By Keith Long
- Beechy Archive 2005-2006 Season
As part of their 25 year celebrations the club held a Reunion Evening at Swinton Park Golf Club on Friday 16th September 2005 from 7-30pm onwards.
On Monday 3rd July 2006 Swinton Funeral Director Mike Bridgford was named as Beechfield United Football Club's Honorary President replacing David White the former Manchester City and Leeds United footballer. During his time with BUFC Mike worked tirelessly behind the scenes and his generosity and dedication didn't go unnoticed. Along with Rick Stephenson of Co-op Funeral Services Mike sponsored and supported the club providing kits and end of season trophies for the annual Presentation Events.
In the MCFA Amateur Cup the 2ND TEAM booked their place in the Quarter-Final's after a thrilling 2-1 home win over Manchester League rivals Monton Amateurs. The match was action packed from start to finish and two goals in a seven minute spell in the first half from Martin Blackshaw put United on their way to victory in this Round 3 tie. Monton who's goal came close to half time had more of the ball in the second period but with Lee Harding and Paul Wilson rock solid in defence United sent the visitors home empty handed. (6/8/05)
The UNDER 15's were 2-0 ahead against Benchill Celtic thanks to goals by Daniel Pennington and Rob Lowe when the referee abandoned the match after only 18 minutes. He decided that the pitch had become far too dangerous for the players. A superb display by the UNDER 16s in the Whittle Cup produced a convincing 3-1 win over Seedfield Sports. Andy Daley, James Brierley and Liam Morrison got the goals. (7/8/05)
On Sunday 18th September 2005 Beechy's U/7's STORM & TORNADOES teams were in action in the Boothstown mini-soccer Tournament. It proved to be a very enjoyable day of football for both the players and parents. The final between the STORM and Moorside Rangers Blue was a great game and STORM were eventual winners by a solitary goal scored by Craig Davenport.
A Sportsman's Dinner was held in the Lion of Vienna Suite on Friday 21st October 2005 at the Reebok Stadium home of Bolton Wanderers FC. Guest Speaker was Frank Worthington the former Wanderers, Leicester City, Huddersfield Town and England player. The host for the evening was James H Reeve who was a broadcaster on Piccadilly Radio and GMR. On the Menu was Potato and Sweetcorn Soup, Roasted Leg of Lavender Studded Lamb (Served with Chef's selection of Vegetables and Potatoes) Strawberry Cheesecake, Coffee & Mints.
In October 2005 Beechfield United UNDER 15s lost an amazing 25 goal cup tie with Moorside Rangers. Following the normal forty minutes each way plus extra time the team's were level at 8-8 but United went down 5-4 after a penalty shoot-out. Including the penalties United's goalscorers were Luke Smith (4) Rob Lowe (4) Matthew Ward (2) Gary Bethall and Luke Perry.
1ST TEAM player Tony Weall was chosen to represent the Lancashire and Cheshire Inter League side in their friendly match against the South Yorkshire Amateur League. Tony had an excellent game and scored two goals as the L&C ran out easy 5-1 winners. (November 2005)
A spectacular 40 yard thunderbolt from Liam Cooper inspired the UNDER 17's to a 2-0 win against Deans Youth in the Bolton Boys Federation League. Taylor Marshall scored the other goal. After conceding an early goal the YOUTH TEAM recovered to produce a satisfactory display and secure a 3-1 win over Standish Youth. The goals came via Rob Monaghan (2) including one from the penalty spot and Ryan Farrelly. (November 2005)
Despite producing their best performance so far this season the UNDER 14s suffered a 5-3 defeat after a thrilling Main Cup 1st Round tie with Ringley Park Rangers. Both teams were congratulated for creating a terrific game of football in difficult conditions and Beechy Manager Graham Rothwell described the team's third goal as "World Class". On target for United were James Wright, Daniel Munro and Tom Standen. (12/11/05)
Stretching their unbeaten run in the Bolton Boys and Girls Federation to seven games were the UNDER 17s. An emphatic 9-2 home victory over Bolton Lads Club was achieved thanks to some super football and goals via Matthew Pithers (3) Dean Quinn (2) Jamie Royle (2) Scott Morton and Man of the Match Liam Cooper. (13/11/05)
The UNDER 10s Tornados looked very impressive as they gained an 8-0 win over Urmston Town. Brett Pallister was Best Player while the goals were netted by Sam Watton-O'Brien (3) Ashley Sykes (3) Joseph Dyson and Harry Dolan. Despite a battling performance and showing great character the UNDER 9s Tornados were beaten 6-3 by Moorside Rangers Green. Jack Ryan (hat-trick) was M-O-M. (26/11/05)
Conrad Lee (4) Matt Holloway (2) Finney Cassidy, Callum Howells and Daniel Dunn hit the goals for the UNDER 11s in their runaway 9-0 win against Salford Juniors. The UNDER 12s scored six goals in the second half of their Manchester FA Youth Cup game with Chadderton Grasshoppers. Goals for Beechy who won the tie 8-1 came via Samuel Wiseman (2) Nathan Lewis (2) Nathan Sands-Filer, Mark Raymond, Nathan Coleman and Matthew Brierley. (27/11/05)
Ben Rothwell (penalty) and Andy Griffin got the goals for the UNDER 14s who drew 2-2 with Marauders Eagles in a rearranged North Bury Junior League fixture. United's 3RD TEAM recorded their first victory of the season when they beat Old Stretfordians 2-1. Goalscorers were Darren McCartney and Mark Robinson and Man of the Match was Lee Wallis. (3/12/05)
Joseph Crossley scored the UNDER 10s Tornados consolation goal in the home game with Middleton Boys. Following a poor display Beechy lost the contest 4-1. Goals by Aaron Drummond, Ryan Liston, Paul Bramhall, Matt Holloway, Jamie Forshaw and Andrew Bolton secured the UNDER 11's an emphatic 6-0 home victory over Salford Juniors. (17/12/05)
In January 2006 Alex Brogan, Daniel Eckersley, Sean Watson and Tom Staff played key roles in the Bolton Boys Federation Inter League side's 2-1 victory over the South Lancashire Youth League. All four players were highly praised for their 'top class' performances by Team Manager Steve Cunningham.
On Saturday 11th March 2006 Beechfield United's 1ST TEAM got off to a winning start following their debut game at their new headquarters. The Senior Section team's were now based at Salford Sports Village and would play all their home games on the 3G Astroturf Pitch. In the Lancashire and Cheshire League's Premier Division United produced a brilliant all-round display against Bedians and thoroughly deserved their 2-0 victory. Straight from the kick-off Beechy created some some superb attacking football and the visitors defence was given a torrid time but Steve Ellison, Michael Fraser and Richard Jackson wasted easy chances in the opening quarter hour. United continued to dominate possession and eventually took the lead after 38 minutes when a neat move down the right wing involving Luke Mather and Ellison ended with Darren Bates supplying an excellent finish. Bedians general play improved as the match resumed after the break but they failed to produce a single direct shot on target. In the 57th minute United were awarded a penalty for handball but Luke Mather saw his spot-kick easily saved by the Bedians keeper. Despite the setback Beechy's emphasis was to continue with an all out attack policy and once again the Bedians defence faced another period of heavy pressure. The second goal arrived on 83 minutes when Martin Capstick who was outstanding in midfield provided an inch perfect pass for Luke Mather who raced clear and curled the ball low into the net past the advancing keeper. United could have added further goals but were delighted with their performance on the artificial surface.
Ben Lockett was on target with a deserved equalising goal for the UNDER 8s Tornados who drew 1-1 with Swinton Boys.Voted M.O.M. was Joshua Wiseman. There was a magnificent display by the UNDER 10s Tornados goalkeeper Daniel Hesling but United lost 2-1 at home to Swinton Boys. Lewis Dolan netted the consolation goal. Matt Holloway, Finney Cassidy, Aaron Drummond, Jamie Forshaw, Callum Howells, Josh Woolley, and Chris Davenport were the goalscorers for the UNDER 11s who strolled to an emphatic 7-0 home win over Moorside Blue. Five of United's goals came in the second half. Seven days earlier keeper Michael Cottrill was in superb form when United lost 1-0 to De La Salle. The UNDER 12s were twice a goal down in their away game at Bowlee Juniors but inspired by a Man of the Match performance from Nathaniel Skilling Beechy took the points with a 3-2 victory. Goals came via Jordan Storey (2) and Samuel Wiseman. (25/3/2006)
In the final weekend of April 2006 the UNDER 11s and 12s were involved in Supplementary Cup final's both played at Ayrshire Road Salford. The UNDER 11s gave a below-par display and lost 2-0 against Moorside Red (Team Manager - Shane Flanagan) The UNDER 12s who also met Moorside Red suffered a 4-3 defeat. On target were Mark Raymond, Dean Manley and Jordan Storey. (Team Manager - Neil Howcroft)
The UNDER 10s Storm were crowned City of Salford Soccer League Division 2 champions following a thrilling 3-1 win over Monton Boys. Joseph Crossley (2) and Sam Newton scored the goals. (Team Manager - Colin Bridgford)
In the Bury and Radcliffe Junior League the UNDER 16s won the Challenge Cup. United produced a solid display in the final played at Oldham Town's ground and deserved their 4-1 win against Summerseat Athletic. On target were Oliver Dunn, James Brierley, Jack Tierney and Luke Martin. (Team Manager - Andy Wilson)
The UNDER 10s Storm played Irish visitors Naas AFC twice within forty eight hours. On Friday 21st April 2006 a Mini-Soccer game was arranged then two days later the teams met again but this time they played an 11-a-side match. The following match report was provided by Team Manager Colin Bridgford.
Naas AFC edged a very competitive 11-a-side friendly 2-1. Beechy had the best of the first half and opened the scoring through Joseph Crossley and for long periods the match was evenly balanced. Naas managed to score an equalising goal just before half time. There were changes in United's midfield for the start of the second half but it was the visitors who looked stronger in that area of the pitch and regained the lead. Following a corner the ball deflected into the air off a Naas player and a team mate had the easy task of scoring with a close range header. Beechy had several chances to get back level again and they were robbed when Harry Dolan's low drive beat the keeper but the ball stuck on the goal line in the mud, luck of the Irish and on St George's Day. On behalf of the Management Team at Beechfield United I would like to thank all the players and parents who contributed to a weekend hospitality and friendship. I am sure we will take up the offer of a visit to Dublin for the away fixture.
Following the battle of the UNDER 8's teams the Storm beat the Tornados 6-1. Despite conceding six goals there was a much improved performance from the Tornados and anyone who watched the match was treated to a feast of first-class football from both teams. Goalscorers for the Storm were William Davidson (2) Ben Oldroyd (2) Emile Duffy and Callum Fisher and on target for the Tornados was Jordan Smith. The UNDER 11's cruised to an easy 4-1 win over Moorside Rangers Blue to book their place in the final of the Supplementary Cup. United's goals came via Paul Bramhall, Finney Cassidy, Jake Vaughan and Jordan Kirkland. (22/4/06)
Issued on 12/5/2006 were the Lancashire and Cheshire Amateur Football League's final tables. United's 1ST TEAM finished in fifth place in the Premier Division, the 2ND TEAM were sixth in Division A a while the A TEAM ended their season occupying bottom place in Division D.
A Planning and Development Evening was held on Friday 19th May 2006 at the Reebok Stadium. Start time was 6.30pm. ' Free Food and a Free Bar' were provided during the evening.
Beechfield United UNDER 10s Storm were crowned Division 2 champions in the City of Salford Soccer League. Credit must go to Team manager Colin Bridgford and Assistant Paul Hanratty who received valuable support with training and help on match days from Phil Crossley, Rob Bryan and Alan Hesling. All parents deserve a huge pat on the back but most importantly the players are the ones who were at the forefront of this major success and thanks to some superb performances Beechy remained unbeaten throughout the campaign. The squad was as follows :- Declan Tasker, Alex Walker, Jack Sands-Filer, Lee Dalby, Nathan Hamer, Christian Hancock, Daniel Melody, Liam Waite, Jack Chester, Joseph Crossley and Sam Newton (Team Captain)
The Mini-Soccer/Junior Presentation Evening was held at The Reebok Stadium in the Lion of Vienna Suite on Friday 9th June 2006. Club Chairman and Master of Cermonies Ged Goodwin presented the trophies to :- U/7s Storm - PLAYER OF THE YEAR - Craig Davenport MANAGERS MERIT AWARD - Kieran Doyle SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR - Thomas Donnelly U/7s Tornados - POTY - Ben Ellis MMA - Kyle Lawler SOTY - Jack Grimes U/8s Storm - POTY - Callum Fisher MMA - Daniel Wilson SOTY - Dion Wallis U/8s Tornados - POTY - Ben Lockett MMA - Jordan Smith SOTY - Mossie Cassidy U/9s - POTY - Joel Sharples MMA - Jessica Lockett SOTY - Jack Ryan U/10s Storm - POTY - Alex Walker MMA - Sam Newton SOTY - Jack Chester U/10s Tornados - POTY - Harry Dolan MMA - Ashley Sykes SOTY - Lewis Dolan U/11s - POTY - Finley Cassidy MMA - Liam Parker SOTY - Tom Tuohy U/12s - POTY - Jordan Storey MMA - Nathaniel Skilling SOTY - Mark Raymond U/13s - POTY - Nathan Jones MMA - Luke Scully SOTY - Chris Harris U/14s - POTY - Ben Rothwell MMA - Scott Ramage SOTY - Lewis Holland U/15s - POTY - Gary Bethel MMA - Gary Wood SOTY - Paul Smith U/16s - POTY - Alex Walton MMA - Tom Carlton SOTY - Jamie Sinnott. COLIN RODEN AWARD (Manager of the Year - Neil Howcroft) BARRY SALISBURY AWARD (Individual of the Year - Mike Hill) MIKE BRIDGFORD SHIELD (Team of the Year - Under 10s Storm) DEVELOPMENT AWARD - Kondi Mututa.
COLIN RODEN TROPHY (Team of the Year) U/7s - Louis Duff U/8s - Matthew Wood U9s - Ellen Sides U/10s - Jack Sands-Filer U/11s - Josh Wholley U/12s - Nathan Sands-Filer U/13s - Mason Pithers U/14s - Tom Standen U/15s - Tom Heenan U/16s - Stephen Evans. MANAGER OF THE YEAR - Neil Howcroft.
The U/7's TORNADOES played in the Deans Sports Mini-Soccer Festival on Saturday 24th June 2006. The day didn't start to well and Beechy lost their first four games but after the lunch break the teams overall performance improved. The boys won their final three games but missed out on progressing to the knockout phase. All the players fully enjoyed themselves and received an individual medal. Squad on the day was: Jack Grimes, Ben Ellis, Henry Misell, Louis Trelfa, Lewis Massey, Kondi Mututa, Alex Bentham, Kyle Lawler, & Sheldon Renshaw.
Details of the 2006 6-a-side Tournament. UNDER 8s Winners - FC Hyde Athletic (A) Runners-Up - FC Hyde Athletic (B) UNDER 9s Winners - Middleton Boys Red R/U - Middleton Boys Blue UNDER 10s Winners - Fletcher Moss Blue R/U - Cadishead Sports UNDER 11s Winners - Stretford Victoria R/U - De La Salle UNDER 12s Winners - Astley Bridge Boys R/U - Abraham Moss Warriors UNDER 13s Winners Mosley Common R/U - Bolton Lads Club UNDER 14s Winners - Langworthy Juniors R/U - Medlock Rangers Red UNDER 10s Girls Winners - Manchester City Ladies R/U - Barr Hill UNDER 12s Girls Winners Manchester City Ladies R/U - Denton Town.
At the Bolton Boys and Girls Federation League Presentation Event United's YOUTH TEAM players received their trophies after finishing Runner's Up in the Under 18s Division and beaten finalists in the Jubilee Cup. Alex Brogan had an extra reason to celebrate because he was named U/18s Player of the Season. (July 2006)
Player Registration and Fun Day was held on Saturday 8th July 2006 at Salford Sports Village. Main activate was a Mini World Cup competition plus free barbecue, dads tournament and a mums penalty shoot-out.
Beechfield United FC were Manchester FA Development Club of the Year and Salford Sports Council Club of the Year - Runners-Up 2005/2006.
Ged Goodwin was named Salford Sports Council's "Unsung Hero" 2006.
The First Team were looking for a new manager for the start of next season. Due to work commitments Chris Ellison was forced to step down.