NWCFL AGM Round-Up

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Last Saturday saw the NWCFL 2018 AGM take place at the Imperial Hotel in Blackpool.

As ever, the event marks the official end of the 2017-18 season and the start of the 2018-19 one.

 A lot of new clubs attending meant a lot more chairs at the front-of-house this year

A lot of new clubs attending meant a lot more chairs at the front-of-house this year

During the main part of the meeting Runcorn Linnets and Widnes - both promoted from the Premier Division - made their goodbye speeches with representatives from the new clubs then entering the room to say their hellos.

Once the official part of the meeting had concluded the draws for the two "domestic" cup competitions - the Macron League Cup and the First Division Trophy - were made.

MACRON LEAGUE CUP
In the First Round of the League Cup we will travel to First Division North side St Helens Town on Saturday 20th October.

The winners of that tie will then host either Bootle or Vauxhall Motors in the Second Round on Saturday 10th November.

FIRST DIVISION TROPHY
In the First Round of the First Division Trophy we will travel to Atherton LR on Saturday 8th September.

The winners of that tie will travel to Sandbach United or New Mills in the Second Round on Saturday 6th October.

As we have said before, the AGM is always a good opportunity to catch up with familiar faces and chew the fat over footballing matters.

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None more so this year than Alan Harrison (pictured above with committee member Karl Florczak) from AFC Liverpool. After a torrid time with illness of late it was great to see that he was fit enough to travel to the AGM...and also fit enough to get up to the front of the AGM delegates and express his gratitude at the amount of good wishes he has been receiving.

After killing a few hours around Blackpool - thankfully the early morning rain had eased - it was time for the presentation dinner in the evening.

 Sampling the best of what Blackpool has to offer....

Sampling the best of what Blackpool has to offer....

After a splendid dinner in the excellent company of fellow representatives from Sandbach United and Barnoldswick Town, it was time for the presentations themselves.

 The room where the initial meeting was held was suitably bedecked in time for the evening dinner

The room where the initial meeting was held was suitably bedecked in time for the evening dinner

All those teams and players that had earned accolades throughout the season were formally presented with their awards; congratulations to all of those that were able to walk away from the AGM with something to take home. Hopefully it will be us one day.

The AGM is a long day - we had an 8.00am start from Manchester and didn't return home until 12.30am - but it is always an enjoyable one. Many thanks to the Imperial Hotel in Blackpool for their hospitality.