2015/16 Season Fixtures Released!

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The FBT Manchester Football League 2015/16 season takes a step closer today as the fixtures for August and September are revealed.

The new season will kick off on Saturday 15th August 2015 and can run up to Saturday 14th May 2016, if required. The new season will consist of four divisions, all of which can be seen here.

Premier division champions Stockport Georgians begin their title defence at home to 2013/14 champions Hindsford. Last season’s runners-up, Walshaw Sports, hope to go one further as the travel to St Johns Street to face Springhead. Division one champions, Old Alts, host Atherton Town in their first game while the other two newly-promoted sides are on their travels. Boothstown go to Manchester Gregorians and Uppermill will make their way to Royton Town.

The two new entries into the Manchester Football League make their debut in division one and have been given home ties to start off. Urmston Town host Leigh Athletic while Westbury Sports Club will face Hollinwood. After relegation from the premier division, East Manchester start their bid for a return by hosting Irlam Steel while Chapel Town face Heywood St James and Elton Vale travel to Pennington.

Prestwich Heys Reserves, the 2015/16 division two champions, welcome Avro Reserves to Adie Moran Park for the season opener and completes a double header between to two clubs that day. Division three champions, Dukinfield Town Reserves, start their life in division two with a home tie against Rochdale Sacred Heart Reserves. The other promoted side, Leigh Athletic Reserves, kick off the new campaign at home to East Manchester Academy (Ex-East Manchester reserves).

After a number of changes to the league formation during the summer, a decision was agreed that Division three will now include reserve teams and ‘A’ teams, with the possibility of two teams from the same club facing each other.

The 2015/16 division four champions, Walshaw Sports A, begin their division three era with a visit to Chapel Town Reserves while the runners up, Royton Town A, welcome Irlam Steel Reserves to The Oldham Academy. Brand new side, Hollinwood A, start the season at home to Old Alts Reserves.

There are no league fixtures on 12th September and 19th September due to cup games scheduled to be played. The draws for the Gilgryst Cup, Open Trophy, Murray Trophy and Bridgewater Cup will be made on Monday 3rd August.

Full opening day fixtures are below.

Fixtures up to including 26th September can be seen here.

Fixtures beyond that will be announced at a later date.

Saturday 15th August 2015

Premier Division
AFC Monton v Wythenshawe Amateurs
Avro v Prestwich Heys
Old Alts v Atherton Town
Rochdale Sacred Heart v Dukinfield Town
Springhead v Walshaw Sports
Stockport Georgians v Hindsford
Manchester Gregorians v Boothstown
Royton Town v Uppermill

Division One
Breightmet United v Wilmslow Albion
Heywood St James v Chapel Town
Pennington v Elton Vale
Urmston Town v Leigh Athletic
Westbury Sports Club v Hollinwood
East Manchester v Irlam Steel
Beechfield United v Chadderton Res

Division Two
Dukinfield Town Res v Rochdale Sacred Heart Res
Elton Vale Res v Manchester Gregorians Res
Hindsford Res v Stockport Georgians Res
Leigh Athletic Res v East Manchester Academy
Prestwich Heys Res v Avro Res
Walshaw Sports Res v Springhead Res
Wythenshawe Amateurs Res v AFC Monton Res
Hollinwood Res v Royton Town Res

Division Three
Atherton Town A v Heywood St James Res
Atherton Town Res v Boothstown Res
Chapel Town Res v Walshaw Sports A
Leigh Athletic A v Breightmet United Res
Royton Town A v Irlam Steel Res
Uppermill Res v Pennington Res
Wilmslow Albion Res v Dukinfield Town A
Hollinwood A v Old Alts Res

NB: Could we remind all clubs, who have not already done so, to notify Scott White – Fixtures Secretary of any ground availability issue as soon as possible.

Simon Harrison

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