Curzon Ashton Annual Review
Monday 5th January 2015 @ 16:30 by Mark Phillip
Ashton Football Sports

The Tameside Stadium has been a hive of excitement over the past year, with John Flanagan’s Curzon Ashton outfit crowned champions of the Evo-Stik First Division North last May.

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The Nash, who currently occupy fourth position in the Evo-Stik premier division, enjoyed a fruitful 2014 that saw them accumulate a total of 99 points by the end of the season.

Flanagan’s men started their campaign as they intended to go on, winning their first six league fixtures with real conviction.

A 3-1 away victory at Ramsbottom United on the opening day of the season was closely followed by the same score line at home to Radcliffe Borough.

The Nash then went on and won their clash with near neighbours Mossley 3-2, returning from Seel Park with championship ideals.

Flanagan ensured his side consolidated their position in the Evo-Stik North at the end of the 2012-2013 campaign, but his intent to stamp Curzons name on the lower league map was clear for all to see.

Following three months of consistent wins in the league, the Nash were duped on the 10th December by Ossett Town away from home, but their disappointment was dealt a swift blow and they embarked on a seven game winning run.

March proved to be Curzon’s most successful month of the campaign, with Flanagan leading his men to seven victories out of a possible eight.

There was on air of excitement on Saturday 5th April, as a rampant Curzon side condemned visiting Prescot cables to a 6-0 thrashing.

Despite notching six goals on the afternoon, the players had to endure another match against Harrogate Railway Athletic before they were allowed to lift the coveted title.

The Nash were back in action two days later and they travelled to Yorkshire accompanied by an army of vociferous fans who would get to see their side lift the title by the end of the spring evening.

The Blues entered stoppage following a goalless stalemate in the 90 minutes of play, but Niall Cummins sparked outrageous scenes when he nodded home a powerful headed at the near post to send the Curzon army into raptures.

The landmark occasion was made all the more special as a new club record was broken.
The victory ensured Curzon’s tenth successive clean sheet and a fantastic 17th away win, beating their previous best of 16 when they last lifted a title in 1978.

Those thinking Flanagan entered this season with ideas of consolidation are wrongly mistaken, as his side, buoyed by a string of formidable players, have forged their way to the top end of the table.

At present, the blues sit fourth in the league having won 13 league games out of a possible 25, giving credence to the suggestion that a second consecutive promotion may well be on the horizon.