Despite a 1-0 defeat to Woodchurch Hotel after hiring the wonderful facilities of Lairds 1907, Rock Ferry Social have finally lifted The Ryan ‘Giggsy’ Atherton Premier Division Title and Trophy.
Rock Ferry Social joined the Houlihan’s Birkenhead Sunday Association Football League in 1969 – 53 seasons of chasing the holy grail. Rock Ferry Social started out as Bedford Hotel, in 1979/80 the team changed their name to Standard Social. In 1980/81 another name change, this time to Kings Social, then a further name change to Rock Ferry Social in 1986/87.
Over the years they have won a few trophies including three doubles. The first trophy was back in 1984/85 when they won the Division Two title. The first two doubles came in 1989/90 and 1993/94 when they lifted the Division One Championship and Presidents Cup.
Further cup success came in 2012/13 with the Tony Houlihan Memorial Challenge Cup and Veronica Conway Premier Cup. Three seasons later they triumphed again in the Tony Houlihan Memorial Challenge Cup. That was followed by the Invitation Cup that was won in 2018/19.
The club was started by the late great Billy ‘Bumps’ Jones, who was the club’s first secretary. He went on to become chairman for many many years. He was followed by another wonderful stalwart, the late superb Jimmy ‘Codgy Bishop’ James.
The Trophy was presented by the Mother of Ryan ‘Giggsy’ Atherton who was supported by some of her family and a great friend Julie Purnell.
At the end of the game, news filtered through that Rivacre FC (who were the only team capable of spoiling one of the biggest celebrations in Rock Ferry) were sunk 1-0 by Great Float S&S, also by a 1-0 scoreline.
It was a very emotional occasion and to see a fabulous congregation with the Woodchurch Hotel camp also adding their brilliant sportsmanship. No doubt Billy Jones and Jimmy James were remembered during the big party that went on until the early hours of the bank holiday Monday.
Woodchurch Hotel had their own celebrations in midweek after lifting the Wirral District Football Association Sunday Premier Cup. They defeated a very tired Dock team 4-1 thanks to a double from Danny McLoughlin and singles from Keith Lewis and Jordan Deer.
Woodchurch Hotel have another final date on Sunday 22 May at Ashville FC, replying for Dock AFC was Jamie Manifold, it was Dock’s third cup final in 6 days.
More silverware was given out at Ashville FC during the week in The Tony Smith Memorial Cup. Wellington FC had to come from behind to make it all square at 1-1 against KRCT FC.
Billy New opened the scoring for KRCT FC and Lewis Gouldson popped up with the equaliser and both teams played the game out, with a few half chances at both ends.
Wellington FC lifted the trophy on penalties 7-6 after both clubs failed to find the net once in the standard 5. Peter ‘Speedy’ Smith, along with one of his other brothers Tony, presented the trophy to Wellington FC.
In a family affair for Wellington, Manager Dave Carrington, son Liam Carrington were on the victorious side, and granddad Billy ‘Cagga’ Carrington added his advice and also doubled up as the first aid person. Billy who will be 80 years old this month, will be celebrating 65 years in football, and three generations from one family.
The Lukes claimed back to back titles after winning Division Two 12 months ago. They now secured the First Division Championship in fine style, after a resounding 6-0 win in midweek at Poulton Victoria S&S.
Ben Crossley lead the way with a four timer, while Ellis Jones and Luke Ainscough added a goal apiece. The Lukes FC will next season play in the elusive Premier Division and are a sister club to Rock Ferry Social.
Which team will join them is wide open at the moment. Bromborough Rake FC have just registered two crucial away results – 4-2 at Woodchurch Rovers and a comfortable 5-0 at Neston United on Sunday. Thanks to efforts from Kie Hughes, Phil Mohan and a Carl Boyd treble that kept up the pressure on Bushell Grange Athletic, who have one game left, while Bromborough Rake have four games to play.
After their exploits in midweek, Wellington FC are aiming for a treble, to go with the two cups they have already lifted. They stayed in pole position in Division Two after easing to a 5-1 scoreline at Eagle Stirrup FC. Matty O’Shea, Joe Kelly, Kieran Harris, Ben Dufton-Kelly and Tom Bradshaw came up trumps while Cameron Jones notched the reply for Eagle Stirrup.
MSC Eastham (Joe Keenan) dented JPL Jets (Callum Lavelle) chances of promotion with a 1-1 draw but is it between four clubs chasing three promotion places,
AFC Park North maintained a three point gap at the top of Division Three with a 4-0 win over West Kirby United after Declan Wray, Billy Rainbow, Tyler Smith and Oscar Sergeant all found the back of the net.
Whitby Rangers recorded an unusual 10-5 victory at AFC Tima (Mike Redgrift 2, Daniel Connolly, Tom Quirke, Phil Whitely), on the mark for Whitby Rangers were Brad Bland and Toby Cogswell who both hit a hattrick each and further goals from Matty Vickers with a double, singles for both Liam O’Brian and Dom Hope.
The crunch game, when the champions could be decided should come on 15 May, when AFC Park North visit Whitby Rangers. Four clubs are chasing the third promotion place with the two favourites coming from Barkers Armchair FC (Dom Swift, Louis Brown, Mike Searson, Louis Rice) who had the upper hand over Old Parks FC 4-2 and North Wirral Saints who accounted for Oval FC 4-0 after Sam Dangerfield notched a fine treble coupled with a single effort from Tom Fleming.
Confirmed Domestic Cup Finals For The Houlihan’s Birkenhead Sunday Association Football League:
Jimmy Core Cup
North Wirral Saints V Old Parks FC – Thursday 5 May at Ashville FC Kick Off 7.00pm
The Lukes V Upton Town FC – Thursday12 May at Ashville FC Kick Off 7.00pm
David Tacy Cup
Saughall FC V KRCT FC – Sunday 15 May at Ashville FC Kick Off 2.00pm
Tony Houlihan Memorial Challenge Cup
Corsair FC V Woodchurch Hotel FC – Sunday 22 May at Ashville FC Kick Off 2.00pm
The Houlihan’s Birkenhead Sunday Association Football League are now accepting applications for the new season that is scheduled to start in August 2022 in both Open Age and Youth, any Youth clubs that wish to enter two teams can do so, one team will be known Youth U/18’s and a second team is normally known as a Colts U/17’s, please visit the League website for contact details
|Tuesday 26 April 2022|
|Poulton Vics S&S 0||6 The Lukes|
|Upton Town 2||2 Neston United|
|Wirral Radio FC 1||4 Bushell Grange Athletic|
|Woodchurch Rovers 2||4 Bromborough Rake|
|Wednesday 27 April 2022|
|Wirral District FA Sunday Premier Cup Final|
|Dock AFC 1||4 Woodchurch Hotel FC|
|Thursday 28 April 2022|
|Tony Smith Memorial Trophy – Final|
|Wellington FC (1) 7||6 (1) KRCT FC|
|Sunday 1 May 2022|
|FC Bidston L||W Corsair FC|
|Great Float S&S 1||0 Rivacre FC|
|Lancelyn Glenavon 1||1 Dock AFC|
|Neston Nomads 1||2 Queens Park FC|
|Rock Ferry Social 0||1 Woodchurch Hotel FC|
|Neston United 0||5 Bromborough Rake|
|Wirral Radio FC 0||4 AFC Shaftes|
|Woodchurch Rovers 4||1 Lions FC|
|Eagle Stirrup FC 1||5 Wellington FC|
|JPL Jets 1||1 MSC Eastham|
|KRCT FC W||L Saughall FC|
|Victoria Colts 5||3 Glenavon Athletic|
|AFC Park North 4||0 West Kirby United|
|AFC Rangers 2||0 Wirral Athletic|
|AFC Tima 5||10 Whitby Rangers|
|Barkers Armchair 4||2 Old Parks FC|
Premier Division Table
|1||ROCK FERRY SOCIAL||18||8||0||2||7||1||0||15||1||2||53||17||36||46|
|2||WOODCHURCH HOTEL FC||17||5||1||3||4||3||1||9||4||4||36||22||14||31|
|3||GREAT FLOAT S&S||16||3||1||3||7||0||2||10||1||5||34||26||8||31|
|6||QUEENS PARK FC||18||2||4||3||4||1||4||6||5||7||37||38||-1||23|
Division One Table
|1||THE LUKES FC||16||9||0||0||6||0||1||15||0||1||49||10||39||45|
|2||BUSHELL GRANGE ATHLETIC||17||5||1||2||7||0||2||12||1||4||49||23||26||37|
|6||WIRRAL RADIO FC||17||2||0||6||5||0||4||7||0||10||32||38||-6||21|
|9||POULTON VICS S&S||17||2||1||5||2||0||7||4||1||12||25||55||-30||13|
Division Two Table
|4||NEW FERRY RANGERS||17||7||1||1||5||3||0||12||4||1||50||15||35||40|
|9||EAGLE STIRRUP FC||19||2||1||5||2||1||8||4||2||13||27||64||-37||14|
Division Three Table
|1||AFC PARK NORTH||20||11||0||0||8||0||1||19||0||1||68||23||45||57|
|3||BARKERS ARMCHAIR FC||18||6||2||3||4||0||3||10||2||6||52||39||13||32|
|4||NORTH WIRRAL SAINTS||17||3||1||3||5||4||1||8||5||4||52||31||21||29|
|6||OLD PARKS FC||19||4||2||3||3||2||5||7||4||8||35||33||2||25|
|9||WEST KIRBY UTD||18||3||0||6||3||1||5||6||1||11||44||48||-4||19|
|11||PARKGATE ST GERMAIN||20||3||1||5||2||1||8||5||2||13||32||56||-24||17|
Main image credit: RF._.studio
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