Chadderton 2-2 St Helens Town
NWCL - First Division North
Saturday 3rd October 2020
Chadderton is a town within the Metropolitan Borough of Oldham, in Greater
Manchester. The town lies along the course of the River Irk and the Rochdale Canal, on
undulating land in the foothills of the Pennines. (population:nearly 35,000)
Chadderton's early history is marked by its status as a manorial township and in the Middle
Ages was chiefly distinguished by its two mansions, Foxdenton Hall and Chadderton Hall.
Urbanisation and expansion coincided with developments in textile manufacture during
the Industrial Revolution and the Victorian era, as Chadderton became a major mill town,
with more than 50 cotton mills built by 1914. The legacy of the town's industrial past still
remains in its landscape of red-brick cotton mills, now used as warehouses or distribution
centres, some of which are listed buildings because of their architectural, historical and
Chadderton FC was established in 1946 as Burnley Lane Estate Juniors, originally playing in the Middleton
Youth League. The following year the club became a senior side, renamed after their new
home - Millbrow FC. The club again relocated and became North Chadderton Amateurs.
playing in the Oldham Amateur League, winning its Challenge Cup in 1954–55. Chaddy
moved up to the Manchester Amateur League and adopted their current name in 1957.
Past players have included former England captain and Chaddertonian David Platt, Leeds
United and Crystal Palace defender John Pemberton, plus Northern Ireland international
and man of many clubs Steve Jones, ...oh...and local lad Mark Owen from the boy band
Manchester Amateur League 1955-1963
North division champions 1955–56, Division One champions 1962–63
Manchester League 1963-1980
Division Two champions 1964–65, Division One champions 1966–67
Lancashire Combination 1980 - 1982
North West Counties League 1982-present
ARK Fleetech Stadium
Current NWCL grounds visited 28/60
The changing rooms are at the entrance with the clubhouse bar upstairs. There is a covered
stand which runs pitch length along the far side, having three rows of bench seats in the
middle with terraces at the sides. The dugouts are opposite and there's inclined viewing
behind the far goal.
Chadderton 2(Sullivan 14 Schofield 20)
St Helens Town 2(Maksymyk 75 Quirk 90)
North West Counties FL First Division North Matchday 1
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Chadderton looked well on course for an opening day win when Bradley Sullivan fired them
ahead, then a corner kick bypassed everyone and fell to captain Jordan Schofield at the far
post to make it 2-0 with just twenty minutes gone.
St Helens improved in the second half and halved the deficit in the 75th minute when
Yaroslav Maksymyk latched onto a through ball and produced a good finish. The visitors
were rewarded for their late spell of pressure, when a shot from Colin Quirk took a
deflection to make it all square in the last minute. Saints could have pinched all three points
in added on time, but Lewis Fearns' effort came back off the post.
132 miles door-to-door
A decent Saturday morning finish at work, mainly due to the fact I was working with our office's version of Nijinsky(and I mean the champion racehorse not the ballet dancer) meant I could get to Katie and Lee's for our noon departure to Greater Manchester. We picked up Connor on the way and travelled across the Pennines through the heavy rain to arrive on Andrew Street at 2.15. We were treated to a good game at a friendly club, plus it was nice to catch up with Saints supporters Jeff & Debra Voller at the match.
FOOTNOTE Since Blogger changed to a new publishing interface, publishing these blogs has became hard work, taking a good one hour longer than it has done for the past 14 years. What I'm basically trying to say is the new set up is shit and they should have left it as it was.