Season Two: Episode Two (August)

So August, our season got underway and we still made a couple of little improvements squad wise.

We made a great start to the month, and in the league managed to go unbeaten during August. Two of our key men from last year, players that we turned down offers for in the summer, have made amazing starts to life in the football league, Josh Kay and Scott Quigley. They are our joint top goalscorers and Kay is nearly in double figures assist wise already.

The best of our new signings so far has been young midfielder Alfie Payne, the free agent signing has been consistently achieving 8.0 ratings and has been instrumental in creating chances and making key passes. The rest our our new signings have taken a little while to settle in but are on their way to being solid players for us.

Before deadline day at the end of August, we made a couple of late changes to our squad. Youngsters Waddington and Penfold left us on short term loan deals, mainly for game time as neither was going to be challenging the first team. Waddington would have got a few games but him being an important player for Stockport who are also playing his wages in full made the decision easier.

We also made a late addition, Luke Charman, a striker who is just a bit more first team ready than Penfold who we sent out on loan and will give us another option rather than Angus and Quigley. Admittedly he may only get cup games if Quigley maintains his current form but we will wait and see.

Getting to Know: Avro FC

Something that you see frequently across Europe and the rest of the world, is clubs that start out as factory or company teams, grow and grow to the point where they compete at Semi-Pro football level. You don’t see this as often in the UK, however one club that can trace its roots back to the Failsworth factory of British aircraft manufacturers Avro is this weeks ‘Getting to Know’ Avro FC.

For most of their history, Avro have been members of the Manchester League with varying levels of success. The club was founded in 1936 and since then has had three separate spells in the Manchester League, finding success during all three spells winning the Manchester County Cup on five occasions and numerous league titles.

Avro FC call the Whitebank Stadium in Limeside, Oldham home, having moved there from their traditional home at Lancaster Club in Failsworth. The stadium allowed Avro to play at a higher tier on the Non-League pyramid.After a lot of hard work on and off the pitch at the now named Vestacare Stadium, in their first season at their new home Avro won both the Manchester County Cup and the Manchester League Premier Division.

 The move to the new stadium has allowed the club to pursue its ambitions of Step 6 football which was achieved in 2018 with promotion to the NWCFL Division 1 North.

The teams first season in NWCFL saw them reach the semi-final of the Macron Cup, and the final of the First Division Cup, as well as reaching the 3rd Round Proper of the FA Vase, therefore clearly Avro were ready to play a tthis level and higher. In the league they finished runners-up to Longridge Town and were promoted as one of the highest points per game clubs in the country.

Following this, the club has recently kicked of its campaign in the North West Counties Premier Division, and for the first time in its history has the honour of competing in the FA Cup.

Outside the first team, the club runs a whole host of junior sides and is a Charter Standard club. Starting at Under 6’s the club has a history of promoting players from within, with a number of players plying there junior football with the club. Avro FC have a lot to be proud of on and off the pitch and we are sure they will continue to develop quality young players who can progress into their first team.

From everyone here at ‘Climbing The Ladder’ we would just like to wish everyone at Avro FC all the best for this season and in the future.