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Edition No. 133

Date:- 10 January 2004

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A Surprise Win Gets Octel Club FC on to a Winning Streak

THE Wirral Sunday League division two team, Octel Club FC, has received a Christmas surprise, winning a new football strip in a competition organised by 'no fuss' shampoo, Wash & Go.

Team manager, Garry Roberts, from Moreton, has been setting his team tasks ever since he found out about his kit win, telling them that if they improved he would buy them a new kit to replace their dishevelled old one. But as the boss, Garry didn't tell the team of his good fortune right away.

The team rose to his challenge, improving more and more every week until Garry presented them with the new kit.

Since winning the kit they have reached fourth place in the league and are now set to take on the top three, in the hope that they can top the table this season.

However, this is not the first time that the team has won a competition, having won a full set of football boots during the 1996/7 season. Winning the boots brought Octel Club FC a stroke of luck, leading them to league victory in the 4th division and a place in the cup final for the next two seasons.

Now flying high in the second division the team is hoping that their recent win will have the same effect as last time, giving them the extra push to get them into division one.

Manager, Garry Roberts, said:- "I was made up when I found out about the kits because the lads have been harassing me to get a new one for ages, but I couldn't resist taking advantage of the situation and decided not to tell them until I'd had my fun.

I started setting them tasks and told them if they met them I'd get them a new kit. They worked really hard and came on in leaps and bounds, so finally I gave in and told them the truth. Thankfully they saw the funny side."

Now that the team has their new kit to play in, Garry is hoping that they'll go on to secure league victory, maintaining their winning streak well into the New Year.

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EVERTON star David Unsworth had the honor of switching on the new floodlights at Formby Football Club for their historic game against neighbours Southport in the 1st Round of the NatWest Liverpool Senior Cup on 6th January.

Just as the festive lights throughout the country are being turned off for another year, Formby switch on their Football Foundation funded Floodlight system for the first time for a competitive fixture at Altcar Road. 

Unibond Premier Division rivals Southport were expected to field a full strength squad as the NatWest Liverpool Senior Cup represents their only opportunity to pick up silverware this season. The pre-season Unibond title favourites have struggled this term and have been knocked out of all the major cup competitions. 

Formby's last meeting with the Sandgrounders was in the same competition in 1989 when they came within an inch of winning at Haig Avenue when they struck the crossbar with only seconds of normal time remaining before losing 5 to 2 after extra time.

The Squirrels go into the game full of confidence after an eight game unbeaten run that has seen them end the year in top spot in the Second Division table. Their current position is a total transformation from the start of 2003 when they were struggling near the foot of the Liverpool County Combination League. 

The game is Formby's first in the competition since 1994 following the introduction of a rule that permitted floodlights in the competition. The installation of floodlights at Altcar Road will of course allow the Squirrels to re enter the F.A Cup and F.A Vase competitions. Their first North West Counties League game under the lights will be on Saturday 17 January when they entertain Great Harwood Town in their vital top of the table clash.


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