This year's NWCFL AGM took place on Saturday 17th July and once again in the surrounds of the Imperial Hotel in Blackpool.

You can view all of the main points from the NWCFL official website but from our own point of view the key information was as follows:

  • we say au revoir to Widnes, Charnock Richard and City of Liverpool as far as league matches are concerned as they were promoted from the First Division
  • we welcome back New Mills, Cammell Laird and Nelson to our league roster as they were relegated from the First Division
  • a new place to visit will be Abbey Hulton United as they were admitted into the First Division from the Staffordshire County Senior League
  • we say a sad farewell to Ashton Town who were relegated from the First Division; they will be playing in the Cheshire League next season

After the formalities of the AGM were dealt with the draws for the League Cup and First Division Trophy were made.

In the League Cup we received a bye to the Second Round where we will host the winners of Runcorn Town v Alsager Town.

For the First Division Trophy we will be travelling to Chadderton for the First Round; the winners of that tie will be hosting newcomers Abbey Hulton United in the Second Round.

The dates for these cup ties has yet to be decided, but the first two rounds of each competition will be held in midweek.

Our league campaign begins on Saturday 12th August. Fixtures usually start to be released on a gradual basis towards mid-July.

We will learn our fate in the FA Vase in early July and will learn whether we are in the FA Cup competition at the same time.

Keep a look out for the pre-season schedule which we will be publishing towards the end of this week.