Memory Lane – 1971/72 Season

In the second of our series we go back to the final few weeks of the 1971/72 season as the campaign draws towards its conclusion.  Local team Oceans X1 reach the final of the first ever Lancashire Sunday Trophy.  Next week we concentrate on 1972/73 (Part 1) as young Alan Cocker (Current Poulton manager) scores for Preesall Colts and the new changing block at Moor Park gets vandalised for the very first time.

Thanks again to Dave Taylor, long serving committee member and referee of over fifty years, for giving access to his scrapbook of press cuttings.  If you've anything to add or wish to amend or clarify please contact me at ;

Queensway FC of Division 5.  Not the ideal time to be a Fylde barber.

Late season league tables with Cheswick & Wrights already crowned Division 3 Champions.

Oceans X1 reach the Lancashire Cup semi final.

The match programme.  15p admission fee. 

The respective teams and officials.  Oceans X1 – Mick Farrer (Father owned Farrers Garage)  John Scarlett (Home Heat Gas).  No co-incidence you still see those businesses being prominantly advertised side by side at the ground of Squires Gate FC to this day.

1-1 after extra time.

A good win at Morecambe in the replay.

But lost in the final despite a good display from Dave Roach in goals.  Nelson Nomads winning the inaugral Lancashire Sunday Trophy.  To see an article relating to the final from a Manchester website click here.

Burn Naze, the first Fleetwood team to join Sunday football fall out with each other during the game and contradict almost every decision by the ref.

New land at Commonedge, dancing at the No 1 Club.

Another weekly round up, Steve Hesford has a great game in goal for the Golden Eagle.

In those great days before the scourge of the mobile phone the league worries about the lack of phones for emergency purposes around the Sunday league grounds.

But Jackie Burke quickly comes up with a solution.

Oceans X1 reach the Melling Final (The more important competition of the day) as well as other match reports. (“Cougar Cornwall” the leagues leading marksman for Stanley Cons.)Oceans X1 played Sands in the final at Bloomfield Road in a great game that finished 3-1 to Sands FC in front of a crowd of 700.  Sands stopping Oceans X1 winning a famous treble.  Almost certainly the first Sunday league final ever to be played at the famous venue. 

Upcoming finals, notification of presentation night and a comedian (Wandering Walter) appearing at the Secretaries' meeting.

Gledhill Celtic make the Gledhill Final.

The finals are advertised at Hampton Road Railway Club with the added attraction of the bar being open all day – a rarity in those days.

League Rep Squad and Oceans X1 Gledhill team.

Oceans X1 make up for the Lancs Cup loss with a Gledhill win and Duffy scores two for Whittle Victoria to win the Howcroft Cup Final.

Not easy to read but Blackpool Mechanics FC blame Sunday football for a dramatic late season drop in form.  “Sunday Cup finals not worth tuppence” was the quote along with “If we had a team in the Division 1 Sunday league we'd win every match 25-0”.

Dave Taylor replies fighting the Sunday leagues' corner.

St Annes Traders FC Club profile plus Rep team squad.

Skipper Mike Farrer guides Oceans X1 to a late season pressure win against Newton Heath.  Elsewhere current league Press Secretary Nicky Nixon starred for a much improved Christ the King.

Final Tables for the 1971/72 season.  Oceans X1 cap a memorable season.  Hudson Villa finish bottom of Division 5.

Promotion round up for the season.

Blackpool player Peter Suddaby does the honours at the St Annes Traders FC presentation evening.

Famous celebrities, famous footballers (What a line-up), Sunday league Ref's and Sunday league managers all turn out for charity at the Stanley Park Oval.

Sportspy 2005/06

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