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Friday 20th October 2017 @ 14:15 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

Stalybridge Celtic Foundation will again be entering the Cheshire East Ability Counts league this season with two adult PAN-disability football teams participating each month.

This will be the third season the club have taken part in the League, which runs from October to May, with a Cup competition in July, at Aquinas College in Stockport and is run by Stockport County Community Sports and Education Foundation and the Cheshire Football Association.

Following on from an indifferent season last time out, the two teams attended the first set of fixtures on 17th October full of confidence and enthusiasm.

Both teams are in the Championship division of the league alongside teams representing Stockport County FC , Buxton FC, Trafford Choices and Pennine United.

The Premiership is made up of two sides from Reddish North End, Stockport County FC, Manchester City Amputees and SPARC.

Stalybridge Celtic Foundation, Community Officer, Mike Smith is also a member of the Cheshire Ability Counts Committee ensuring that the club have their say in how the league is run and managed going forward.

The results for the Blues on the night were –
v Stockport County FC W2-0
v Pennine United L0-2
v Buxton FC D1-1
v Trafford Choices D1-1
v Stalybridge Celtic Whites W1-0

P5 W2 D2 L1 F5 A4 GD+1 Pts 8

Manager: Danny Harrop
Captain: Sam Jackson
Team: Gavin Dunham, Lee Barrowclough, Craig Hollowcyk (GK), Adrian Pallett, Scott Bentley, Joanne Fairhurst, Jonathan Williams and Stephen Doyle

With the Whites results as follows –

v Stockport County FC W1-0
v Pennine United L0-2
v Buxton FC W4-1
v Trafford Choices W1-0
v Stalybridge Celtic Whites L0-1

P5 W3 D0 L2 F6 A4 GD+2 Pts 9

Manager: Michael Adams
Captain: Tim Dalton
Team: Wayne Brocklehurst, Chris Fairhurst, Sean Moss, Adam Morris, Michael Bethwaite, Jenny Threadgold, Anthony Fairhurst and Lee Fairhurst.

So a good start to the league season by both the Blues and the Whites, who are back in weekly training every Tuesday evening, 6pm to 7pm at Ashton 6th Form College in Ashton-under-Lyne.

Mike Smith commented ‘It’s a fantastic achievement to have a squad of twenty one players in our PAN-disability team for this season, which will enable us to field two teams in the Ability Counts League. We also arranged a couple of friendly fixtures with FC United of Manchester prior to the league starting, to prepare the team for what lies ahead for the season. We also have a married couple in the squad, Anthony and Joanne Fairhurst, which has got to be a first!’

The next set of League fixtures will take place on Tuesday 21st November 2017 at 6.00pm.