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we met Doncaster Rovers in our first season in the NPL in a FA Trophy match. South Yorkshire Police passed a bundle of files of known troublemakers to West Yorkshire Police and the spotters in the ground said every known trouble maker was in Ossett that day, including a large group known as "Donny Whites" who were Leeds fans from the Doncaster area who had been banned from Elland Road. there were one or two skirmishes in the town centre pubs and a bit of squaring up in the ground with the stewards (who were actually players from Chickenley cricket club). Doncaster won 1-0.

Armthorpe Welfare first came to Ossett Town in the early 80's in a West Riding Challenge Cup final, there was some bother in the town centre pubs. The following we again staged the Challenge Cup final and again Armthorpe reached the final, this time the pubs had bouncers on the door and wouldn't let anyone from Armthorpe in. There always seemed to be bit of needle in the games with Armthorpe, on and off the field. One incident made us chuckle, Steve Worsfold our defender, had diabetes and normally managed it quite well, but this day against Armthorpe he was having a very bad day and kept having to sit down every few minutes and our physio Cliff Bayton would run on to treat him. After a while some of the Armthorpe players started grumbling to the ref and Cliff, who was originally from Doncaster before his job brought him to Horbury, got into an argument with the former Doncaster and Rotherham defender Colin Douglas, it was funny watching Cliff, nearly 70 but always up for some argie bargie, pointing his finger at this big Scottish centre half who was giving it back while poor Steve Worsfold sat there struggling.

Hatfield Main, under manager John Reed, caused a stir at the start of the 1995-96 season when they came to Ingfield and beat us 7-1. They went onto win the league title but were relegated a couple of years later and not long afterwards had to reform in the Central Midlands League.

The following season, Denaby United came to Ingfield and beat us 5-0. They had Mel Sterland in their team and they won the league title, within a few years they closed down after a dispute with their landlords about ground improvements.

Brodsworth were the whipping boys in the league, they suffered heavy defeats. One year we beat them by 8 or 9 goals. Eventually they too had to reform in the Central Midlands League.

Other sides from the Doncaster area in the league at the time were Bentley Victoria, Pilkington Recreation, Askern Villa, Mexborough Town Athletic and Yorkshire Main.

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we had Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday at Ingfield for the occasional friendly, but our links with Wednesday were more to do with their scouting network they had in West Yorkshire, some Ossett Town juniors, like Jonathan Scargill and Neil Bennett both joined Wednesday as apprentices, as did some other lads locally like Leigh Bromby from Liversedge and Richard Wood, who I understand played for Trinitarians, though his brother did play for Ossett Town.

Sheffield FC, the world's oldest club, borrowed Ingfield for a couple of home matches while their home at the Don Valley stadium was being used for a Kylie Minogue concert. Later they moved to their current home in Dronfield. We used to play them and Hallam (world's 2nd or 3rd oldest club) quite often. Other sides from Sheffield included Frecheville Community and Kiveton Park.

Stocksbridge Park Steels were a merger between Stocksbridge Works and Oxley Park. As Stocksbridge Works, they were the most successful side in the Yorkshire League but fell by the wayside until merging with Oxley Park from a local league. Since then they won promotion to the NPL and have held their place ever since. When we played them in our early days in the NPL, former Norwich striker Wayne Biggins was player manager, since then Stocksbridge have had some reflected glory as the first club to play Jamie Vardy after his release from Sheffield Wednesday, going onto FC Halifax, Fleetwood, Leicester and England.

From the Rotherham area, we used to play Maltby Miners Welfare, now Maltby Main. They were a miserable lot, they had two brothers running the club and they were forever whinging about something. Still, they could put a team together and they thrashed us a couple of times at Ingfield, including a 1-6 defeat. Most of that Maltby side later played for Denaby when they won the title.

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we met Chesterfield a couple of times in friendly matches, when their manager was Lee Richardson and we had his two brothers, Joe and Nick playing for us.

we played at Dronfield United (previously known as Norton Woodseats) on the last day of the 1988-89 season, we had already clinched the Division 2 title but our players, travelling back to Ossett on the M1 saw all the ambulances going in and out of Sheffield to attend the Hillsborough disaster.

Staveley Miners Welfare had just been promoted to the NCEL Premier Division when we met them, they held us to a draw at Ingfield but at the end of the season, as we were going for promotion, we went to their place and John Francis in particular ripped them apart to win 4-0. My abiding memory of Staveley was their Miners Welfare club, which was on the main road away from the ground and selling Websters beer at 99p a pint. I don't remember much else about that day.

Matlock Town we first visited on promotion to the NPL. our coach driver decided to take the scenic route and we left the M1 drove through Staveley then Chesterfield then over the moors to Matlock. very nice, except it was a freezing cold foggy February evening and we didn't see anything from leaving Chesterfield and arriving in Matlock and having to watch a "Friends" box set courtesy of Noel Horner. It was a grim evening, I can't remember the score and the only entertainment was one of our supporters, little Pete, a mate of Cliff Bayton, getting into an argument with the brass band Matlock had at the time. After the game our driver very kindly not only drove back the way we came to Chesterfield, he then drove on further and through the middle of Sheffield. Clearly he thought no one else needed to be up for work the next morning. Still, it gave us time to watch "Con Air" on the video which kept Prison Officer Gary Brook and Policeman Simon Woodhead amused and entertained.

I went to Matlock again a couple of years later,this time on a Saturday afternoon, it was a sunny day and now I could see why everyone like going to Matlock, with the scenery, the fake castle at the top of the hill and the homes rising up the side of the hill seaside fashion. The tourists were all out and I called in at the local Wetherspoons which was heaving and a nice pint of Courage Director. After the game, a 2-0 defeat it was revealed our manager scott Cooper and his assistant nick Richardson were leaving after only 7 or 8 games in charge.

We went to Buxton in our promotion year towards the end of the season. Like Staveley a few weeks later, we were scoring goals for fun, John Francis and Gary Brook were on fire and we won 6-1.

Glossop North End came to us for a friendly about 20 years ago, for whatever reason, the game could not be played at Ingfield and so we had to borrow one of the junior pitches at the top of Queens Drive. The result was of no consequence but what it taught me was that Queens Drive was not a suitable place to have a football ground and when the Wakefield Village proposals were announced I was happy to oppose them as the side of a motorway is not a good place for any sports ground, be it rugby, football or anything else.

We used to play Belper town every season, for some years they were the only midlands side in the NCEL when it was starting to look like the old Yorkshire League, but eventually other midlands side started returning to the NCEL. One game I was up at the gate near the old changing rooms, it was half time and as the Belper players came out for the second half their manager called me over, put a tea urn on the wall and said "tell Frank cheers for the tea". I picked up the tea urn and realised straight away something's not right. I opened the lid and the tea urn was stone cold dry not a drop of tea or water or anything. Frank came by and I said "Belper manager says thank for the tea" Frank collects the tea urn, he realises something's not right, looks inside and starts chuckling to himself "I forgot to put the tea in".

We played Alfreton Town and Ilkeston Town as well, but I don't remember those matches. We might have played Gresley Rovers as well but that's another one that passed me by.

Borrowash Victoria beat us in the League Cup one year, memorable for the bad atmosphere around the club at the time, the reserves were taking bets on how many Borrowash would win by, the first game ended in a draw, which annoyed one committee man who was urging Borrowash to score a late winner because he didn't want to go there for the replay. We ended up having to borrow Borrowash's change kit because someone didn't realise Borrowash also played in red so the yellow kit they wore at our place, we had to wear it at their place.

I might as well mention Derby County for no other reason than one year, when we had Ricardo Gabbiadini playing for us, we were at Belper one Saturday, and Derby striker marco Gabbiadini came to watch the game as Derby were playing Leeds the next day.

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Sutton Town had been in the NPL for a couple of years before returning to the NCEL, I saw them down at Ossett Albion and the game ended in a mass brawl outside the changing rooms, the two games the following season were also bad tempered affairs, rumour was it was not unconnected to the miners strike. Sutton's manager and players then moved onto Hucknall, and Sutton renamed themselves Ashfield United. under a new manager Bud Evans who had applied for the Ossett town job but the job went to Ali Millar instead. Ashfield came to Ossett Albion and won 6-5 without any hint of the bother of previous seasons. A few years later, Ashfield beat Ossett Albion 8-2 in the League Cup final and closed down not long after. Ashfield were having problems off the field and when Ossett Town played them one year, the NCEL management committee came down to an inspection of Ingfield. It was funny watching the NCEL officials, sat there in our committee room all stony faced and refusing to talk to anyone from Ossett town or Ashfield while drinking their free tea and eating their free sandwiches.

Hucknall Town used to be known as Hucknall Colliery Welfare, a fact not lost on certain people in the Yorkshire coalfield area, but we never had any problems with them, though the ill feeling between Sutton and albion switched over to Hucknall and I remember Hanson Jerome (Cameron's dad) getting involved in a brawl with the Hucknall players. Hucknall eventually won promotion to the NPL with a long ball style straight out of Wimbledon, they beat us one year 4-0 at Ingfield, but we were more interested in watching the attempts to dig out the Hucknall bus from a waterlogged training pitch, in the end someone had to call up Bridge garage and one of their big American style tow trucks had to pull out a damaged bus and dump it outside the clubhouse.

Our first ever visit to Eastwood Town, some of our committee came and sat in the bar with the rest of us before the game, then this little old fella in blazer and tie came into the bar asking if there were any Ossett town directors in the ground and if there are could they come to their boardroom for free drinks? turns out this little old fella's job was to look after away team officials and was perplexed why no one from Ossett had come to the boardroom. Our committee, in the main, were ordinary working men, not used to the niceties of corporate hospitality, having to wear shirt and ties, making small talk in boardrooms etc. Contrast that to 10 years later, Eastwood won promotion to the conference and when our players after the game asked if there was any food on, were abruptly told in no uncertain terms "there's no food for you and there won't be any food you and we don't care because we won't be playing you ever again" our officials were angry and upset when they got back to Ossett but declined to make a formal complaint.

Arnold Town should never have been allowed in the NCEL, they had a 2 sided ground, the changing rooms were about 50 yards away from the pitch and the players had to walk through an unfenced open area to get to the pitch, there was a cricket pitch behind one goal. To get to the ground you had to get off the coach outside a market, walk through a park and the clubhouse was in an old pavilion with the changing rooms around the back. but I liked it there, I thought it was a very atmospheric ground, the cricket pitch went uphill to a residential area, the clubhouse itself was small but full of football memorabilia, the ale was cheap and the people were friendly. Years later they moved to a new ground and joined the East Midland Counties League.

We played Retford United in recent years, but back in the Yorkshire League days, we used to play Retford Town. One of Frank Lloyd's favourite anecdotes about his time as coach and manager was about an away match at Retford. He didn't have enough players setting from Ossett, but he knew where he could find one, so the coach drove into Wakefield, stopped outside the Grey Horse pub near Kirkgate station, Frank walks in and then walks out with not one but two players. They then set off for Retford down Doncaster Road. Frank couldn't remember the score, but he did say one of those two players stayed with Ossett town for some time afterwards.

We played Worksop town at home one year,but they beat us 6-0 so enough about that. We also used to play Harworth Colliery Institute a lot.

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We played at Brigg Town one Christmas or New Year, there was no reserve team fixture and Leeds United and Huddersfield town were not playing, so, for once, we had the whole committee, in the same place and the same time. unheard of in Ossett Town history. And they were all in the same place at the same time behind the goal when Lloyd Fellows, instead of hitting an open goal from 6 yards out, blasted the ball over the crossbar and in the general direction of Grimsby or somewhere. and the committee never let Lloyd forget that he missed an open goal from 6 yards at Brigg for years afterwards.

I never went to Winterton Rangers, but apparently you could see their ground from the railway embankment at North Ferriby, I should have checked with our juniors if that was correct, assuming they weren't dodging high speed trains at the time. They had one supporter who had a hatred of Yorkshire, you could hear him stood by himself shouting at Yorkshire referees, Yorkshire this, Yorkshire that. I bet he loved it when we put 9 past them one year.

Immingham Town came to Ossett town for a League Cup match, rumours were swirling that the NCEL were investigating claims Immingham had ringers in the team. NCEL officials were in the ground and the team did seem to be largely made up of former North Ferriby and Bridlington Town players, though we won comfortably 4-1. Immingham closed down at the end of that season.

Lincoln United came back to the NCEL after a few years in the Central Midlands League and were doing very well when they turned up at Ossett town. I remember after the game a Lincoln defender Ged Creane was buying drinks for everyone and our vice chairman, Bruce Saul, working behind the bar at the time, getting vexed because every time he thought Creane had finished ordering and was about to tell Creane the bill, creane would spot someone else and ask if they wanted a drink, he even asked me if I wanted a drink but I could see Bruce was about to blow a gasket so I declined. I'm sure Creane got a few free drinks out of that because even an IT specialist like Bruce couldn't have kept track of everything Creane ordered.

Years later in the NPL, we went to Lincoln and our chairman, Firthy was sat there with the rest of us, with his shirt and Ossett Town tie on, but wearing a leather jacket. A Lincoln official walks up to us, looks at Firthy and says "excuse me, can you move your coach, it's blocking the exit". Cue howls of laughter as we realise the Lincoln man thinks Firthy is the coach driver.

Boston United didn't like us, not one little bit. You only had to look at their various websites to see that. "Ocid Town" was there derogatory nickname for us, apparently based on the way we say "Ossett". The only other club that got more abuse than us was Bradford Park Avenue, though strangely enough they never said anything about Frickley Athletic. They could laugh at us because we were small (and used to it), they could laugh at Bradford Park Avenue because they were still stuck in a 1961 winter wonderland and looking forward to another hat trick from Kevin Hector. They daren't laugh at Frickley because Frickley, as they proved when they were in the conference during the miners strike, could look after themselves.

Eventually Boston must have a word with themselves, realised it was their own fault that they were playing teams like "Ocid Town" and bucked their ideas up. They beat us 7-0 and won promotion back to conference north.

While we're talking Lincolnshire, a quick trip into Norfolk and a brief mention of Kings Lynn. They came into the NPL and one of their last games was a 7-2 win over Ocid Town, sorry Ossett Town, they closed down a few weeks later due to financial problems. Their last game might have been against Salford City.

Other sides in Lincolnshire we met include Grantham Town and way in the past we met Barton Town and played against the reserves of Gainsborough Trinity and Scunthorpe United.

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I don't think we played anyone in Leicestershire, certainly not until Barwell in recent times, Albion played a few sides from Lineker country, notably Shepshed Charterhouse, a team full of ex Derby County and Leicester City players, who Albion beat 5-1.

Albion's exploits in the Vase saw them travel further afield, to Diss Town in Norfolk and Woodbridge Town down in UFO country in Suffolk.

We went Atherstone United in our first ever FA Trophy match, Atherstone is definitely in Warwickshire and not in Lancashire like one pompous parent said at the time. We were all in the clubhouse at Chorley before our first ever NPL game and someone asked where is Atherstone? I said "somewhere near Coventry". Mr Pompous parent of soon to be leaving Ossett town midfielder butted in "its near Bolton, I should know, my daughter lives there". silence among the rest of us, we had learned the hard way to ignore his pompous pronouncements. Sure enough a week or so we set off for Atherstone and Brooky is asking the question on the bus "where's so and so?" no answer, but I looked at the others and they knew, like I knew, but we daren't tell Brooky. I nearly said "ring up Atherton LR or Atherton Collieries and ask them" but I daren't. We never saw Mr Pompous parent or his son ever again.

Leamington came to Ingfield for our first ever game in the FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round. They brought a massive crowd with them and to be fair the vast majority were good natured and wanting to see their team win. Sadly however, a dozen idiots from Coventry City came along for the ride and found their kindred spirits from Huddersfield and Leeds waiting for them here in Ossett. We had to close the bar down at half time and had our stewards and committee on the doors to stop people getting into the club. Then one of our old players Kenny Audsley walks in and says "whats with all the police?" we looked around and there outside the bus station was a line of police and vans nearby, and they were there for a good 2 or 3 hours afterwards. To Leamington's credit they dissociated themselves with the Coventry numpties and refused to let them back on their coaches, so the numpties went into town and quickly got chased back to the ground by the local Ossett lads, who then formed a line themselves behind the bus station to wait for the numpties, we wouldn't let them back into the ground or help them in any way, so the police had no option but to stay there and protect them. I pointed out that there is a train service from Wakefield down to Birmingham, someone must have mentioned it to the police and last I heard they bundled the numpties into the back of the black marias and took them to Westgate station. Another pleasing upshot of all this was a particularly unpleasant local character was finally banned from the club permanently. At least we didn't have to listen to his sleazy escapades in the local massage parlours any more. And the final score was 3-2, not 4-2 as it was announced on the tv, Leamington were drawn away at Colchester United, but lost 9-1.

we played a few other sides from Warwickshire & West Midlands, such as Bedworth United, Willenhall Town, Rushall Olympic and Solihull Moors, our last meeting with Solihull earlier this season can now probably be seen as Ossett Town's swansong, our last hurrah.

As far as I can see, we've only played one team out of Shropshire, that was AFC Telford. the old Telford United closed down in 2004 due to financial problems, caused in part by a FA Cup game with Millwall being postponed a number of times due to bad weather and Telford having to foot the police bill for each postponed match. Telford's closure meant a vacancy in the conference, which led to a vacancy in the newly created conference north and in turn led to a vacancy in the NPL Premier Division, which was filled by Ossett town. The year we played AFC Telford, Ossett Town were summoned to the FA in London to explain our disciplinary record. Firthy and Steve Kittrick went to plead the case and on examination of our record the committee realised one game stood out above all others and that was our match at Telford. We had 2 or 3 sent off that day and a few others booked and that was what sent our disciplinary record over the edge. The FA committee admitted that games at Telford had been a problem for some other teams as well and they think it was because the referees were not used to games in big grounds with large attendances and let the occasion get to them.

While we are down there, i'll mention Colwyn Bay, probably the only Welsh side Ossett town have ever met and about whom I have no opinion as I never went there and don't recall watching them here.

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our greatest ever manager came from Stoke on Trent, Mr Michael Bullock, but that's as far as my goodwill to Staffordshire goes.

Leek is a nice place, nice countryside, proper football ground, plenty of support, should really be in National League North, but I don't care because I don't like them. Certain people always seemed to get up my nose and some of those people came from Leek. Can't be bothered with them.

When we played at Kidsgrove Athletic, their manager was John Ramshaw, erstwhile manager of Sutton Town and Hucknall Town while in goal they had a clown called Steve Cherry who was so old he played in the same Derby county side as the likes of Roy McFarland. Cherry was a big cry baby who squealed and threw a tantrum every time James Walshaw went near him, and Wally is hardly Mick Harford or Billy Whitehurst. Ramshaw did what he did best and shouted incoherently at the referee every 2 minutes. I suppose I ought to apologise to the Claire Balding lookalike behind the bar, I was a bit grumpy with her after an unpleasant coach journey which took in the joys of Stockport amongst others.

Rocester, slap bang on the Staffordshire-Derbyshire border, that close in fact, you had to cross back into Derbyshire to go round a roundabout to be able to turn right into Rocester's ground. Rocester had only one win all season against Arnold town in the FA Cup, we went there about early November in the FA Trophy and Rocester got their second and final win of the season. They never won a league game all season, the only time in NPL that has happened. Journey down was interesting, we passed the giant Honda factory outside Derby, then passing Uttoxeter we passed the JCB factory, but football wise, waste of time. I know it was early November because travelling home our star coach driver took us through the middle of Derby past a big bonfire display with thousands of people blocking the roads. wonderful.

Hednesford Town I never went to , but I do remember them visiting Ossett, their manager actually complained about us serving the sandwiches on plastic plates instead of porcelain plates. muppet.

Burton Albion never played either Ossett side, but they did play Emley a couple of times down at Belle Vue. one was a league game, the other a cup game. perhaps my memories have twined together the two games, but I remember the costa del agbrigg having to be evacuated 3 or 4 times in the second half because the fire alarms kept going off much to everyone else's amusement. I remember Nigel Clough giving a cultured measured display in midfield, rarely straying out of the centre circle, receiving the ball, looking up and spraying it around to the forwards. All utter pointless because Emley, even at home always played with a 5 man defence. And I remember the Burton fans, some angry people there, a mere whisper of a Yorkshire accent and they would be snapping and snarling. Clearly Yorkshire beer was too strong for them.

I might as well mention Tamworth, for no other reason than they were on the receiving end of one of the more bizarre rumours circulating around during Gary Brook's time as manager. Apparently, towards the end of our first season in the NPL, a number of clubs were showing an interest in Gary Brook as manager. One was Emley (understandable, local team, and there were rumours Glavin was going back to Barnsley) another was Ilkeston Town, yes they are in Derbyshire an hour down the road, but at that time still in the Southern League. Ilkeston aren't going to have a Yorkshire based manager and players when most of their games are at places like Weymouth and Bath. the third club mentioned was Tamworth, even further than Ilkeston and same reasons apply. Really, the quality of rumour mongering that season was very poor.

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congratulations to Macclesfield town on winning promotion to the Football League, if we had ever played there we would know the route because we always passed their ground on our way into Staffordshire.

Stalybridge I've never been to, I keep meaning to visit that pub in their railway station, it's owned by the same people who own the pub in Dewsbury station.

Warrington I've never been to, but whenever we were on Merseyside we passed the site of the old American Air Force base at Burtonwood, at the side of the M62.

Witton Albion, see my comments on Leek Town.

I never went to Northwich Victoria, but their new ground was being constructed near Witton's ground at Wincham Park, some of our less informed players were unaware of this and as we passed the new ground the players shouted "stop, stop you've missed it" "no we haven't" "yes you have" "look in front of you" "oh" as Witton Albion's ground came into view.

I don't know what the exact link is between Northwich Victoria and 1874 Northwich, but it sounds like 1874 have had a horrendous last few weeks of the season, having to play about 20 games in 30 days or something stupid.

Congleton town we used to play every pre season because of mutual business contacts, Congleton's a bit like North Ferriby in that there is some very nice homes in that area.

Winsford United's ground has a greyhound track, but the ground itself had clearly gone to the dogs when we played there in our first NPL season. There had been a lot of vandalism, the door on the ladies toilet was hanging off, which anne Sheriff was less than impressed with, and there was a whiff of gas about the place. Clearly their committee were at their wits end on what to do next. I think winsford was the place where someone heard Cliff Bayton talking and started ranting and raving about Geoffrey Boycott and all things Yorkshire. I should have asked him if he had a cousin in Winterton.

We played Runcorn, but they were ground sharing at Prescot before finally closing down.

Woodley Sports in Stockport gave our reserves playing in the Lancashire League a bit of a kicking, so Thomo, knowing our first team wasn't playing the day we were due to meet Woodley again at home, arranged for some of the first team players to turn out for the reserves. I heard James Cotterill was one of them. It's a shame I couldn't get to see that game, but I understand Woodley met their match.

Another team from Stockport was Grove United, in the Mid Cheshire League, they held us to a draw in the Vase then beat us in the replay. Their manager, Benny Phillips later managed Mossley and Bradford PA. They closed down because their ground was in the way of a new motorway, presumably the same motorway that meant we could get to Staffordshire quicker. nice.

Vauxhall Motors was a day to remember. It was when the fuel strike was on and we were a bit surprised when it was said we could travel to Vauxhall because coaches weren't restricted like private cars were. So we set off, watching a Quentin Tarantino movie "Dawn to Dusk" and whenever I see that film now I always think of Stanlow Oil refinery, we passed that while coming to the end of the movie. The ground is opposite the massive Vauxhall Motors plant and the clubhouse is really just a massive Vauxhall Motors themed restaurant and snooker room. We had signed James Stansfield from Halifax Town and he was playing very well, but Brooky dropped him to the bench, Stansfield took his bat and ball home and never played for Ossett town again. I think the final score was 2-2, Vauxhall were a very good football team, with a number of ex Liverpool apprentices, later they got into the Conference North and knocked QPR out of the FA Cup, before returning to the West Cheshire League.

We've played Cammell Laird, Nantwich Town and Stockport County in recent times, we also played against Chester City reserves in the Lancashire League but I don't think we've played the new Chester FC.

As for Crewe Alexandra, Andy Wilkinson, whose dad Peter was football chairman here at Ossett town, got a job running Crewe's website, but I haven't seen either Peter or Andy for well over 10 years now.

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