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Date:- 24 September 2007

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Everton is delighted to announce the Club’s second annual ‘Ladies Day’

THE Blues’ Barclays Premier League game against Middlesbrough on Sunday, 30 September 2007 is a day for the ladies.

In support of Breast Cancer Awareness month in October, Everton have lined up a series of special events and a host of fund raising activities to support research into the illness.

Following the success of ‘Ladies Day’ last season, the Goodison Park club are pleased to reveal TV star and Evertonian Amanda Holden as the face of the campaign.

The star of ITV1's Wild At Heart and a judge on the successful series Britain's Got Talent, Amanda recently took time out to explain why she is a keen supporter of Everton’s Ladies Day.

"I think it's just important to encourage, not just women, but everybody to come to the football that week

My grandmother had breast cancer a couple of years ago, so it's something that is very close to my heart. She overcame it and is fighting fit, so anything I can do to help is a bonus really."

Breast Cancer Campaign will receive £1 from each home ticket purchased for the clash with Middlesbrough. In line with the ‘Ladies Day’ theme, the match also marks a first for Everton – Giulia Bould from Liverpool’s Radio City will be the first female PA announcer in the Club’s history.

Throughout the week commencing Monday 24 September 2007, there will be 10% off ladies merchandise in the Everton Megastore.

Said Tracy Weston, Head of Marketing at Everton:- “It’s really caught the media’s attention, we’ve had lots of enquiries from supporters wanting to find out more.

Everton has a strong female following but there is definitely room for more. This is the second time we have organised such an event and we knew it would spark debate and as a female head of marketing I did give it careful consideration.

Everton’s ‘Ladies Day’ is a serious commitment to encourage more women to Everton. If we get a few hundred more women at the game and some of them come back then it is mission accomplished.”

Tickets are still available for Everton v Middlesbrough on Sunday 30 September 2007, kick-off 4pm. Visit  for more information.

Craven Minor JFL Results

22 September 2007

Under 13

Kingsford  0-9  Town Green Aughton 

Ormskirk West End Maroon 4-2 Southport FC Juniors 

Ainsdale Juniors B 3-7 Formby JFC 

Southport Trinity 0-5  Ormskirk West End Blue 

Redgate Rovers 2-2  Ainsdale Juniors A 
Under 15

Town Green  1-2  Ainsdale Juniors 

Fortune  7-2 Porto 

Southport Trinity 4-0 Crosby Keys 

Birkdale United  7-1 Redgate Rovers 
Under 16

Woodland  2-3  Cross House 

Formby JSC  3-1 Great Crosby United 

Ainsdale Juniors  7-2  Southport FC Juniors

Burscough FC Juniors     9-2                       Formby Dons

Craven Minor JFL Results
23 September 2007

Under 8

Redgate Rovers Yellow  4-3 Birkdale United D 

Town Green Lions  5-0 Redgate Rovers Black 

Southport Trinity A    2-0  Formby JSCB 

Southport Trinity B  0-5  Formby JSCA 

Town Green Tigers  1-4 Ormskirk FC 

Southport FC Juniors  1-6 Redgate Rovers Green

Under 9 Leopards

Town Green  4-2 Birkdale United  

Southport Trinity A   2-0  Ormskirk FC  

Southport FC Juniors A 3-7 Formby JSCA  

Redgate Rovers Yellow  5-0 Burscough FC Juniors  

Formby JSCB  5-1 Deepdale

Under 9 Panthers

Southport Trinity B  5-0  Ainsdale Juniors  

Tarleton Corinthians 0-2 Ormskirk West End  

Southport FC Juniors B 1-6  Jaguars A  

Redgate Rovers Green  5-0  Jaguars B

Under 10 Eagles

Birkdale United  5-1 Southport Trinity A 

Town Green Inter 2-3  Southport FC Juniors A 

Redgate Rovers Green 2-0  Southport FC Juniors B

Under 10 Hawks

Ainsdale Juniors  1-6  Redgate Rovers Yellow 

Hesketh Colts Blue  0-3  Southport Trinity B 

Formby JSCB  2-0 Town Green Spartak 

Hesketh Colts Red 2-2 Rainford Rangers

Under 12

Birkdale United 5-1  Formby JSC B 

Town Green  9-0  Southport FC Juniors A 

Southport FC Juniors O  2-6 Diesel Boys 

Hesketh Colts 1-4  Ainsdale Juniors

Formby JSC A 1-1 Southport Trinity 

Redgate Rovers 3-4 Ormskirk West End

Under 14

Hesketh Colts 1-6 Birkdale United 

Skem Rangers 7-0 Redgate Rovers Green 

Town Green  6-0  Ormskirk West End 

Southport Trinity 4-2  Ainsdale Juniors

Redgate Rovers Yellow  6-0  Southport FC Juniors 

Under 11

Hesketh Colts Blue  2-7  Birkdale United J

Town Green  2-5  Southport Trinity 

Formby JSC A  9-2  Hesketh Colts Red 

Ainsdale Juniors B  0-2   Redgate Rovers Yellow 

Redgate Rovers Green  1-9  Southport FC Juniors

Birkdale United B  4-0 Formby JSC B

Formby A 2 Southport FC Juniors 2 (Midweek Fixture)

THIS fixture brought together the top 2 teams in the division and both teams put on a display of football that will give their rivals nightmares. The early stages saw either team go close as they battled for the upper hand, the breakthrough came as Formby  broke down the right and their forward placed the ball wide of Callum Jones and into an empty net. Southport hit back and chances for Owen Drummond and James Smith went begging, as the half progressed a lapse in concentration at the back saw a Formby shot trickle over the line for a 2 v 0 lead. Southport had it all to do and with a strong wind in their faces they played the ball on the ground, shortly before half time  Sam Johnson for SFCJ broke down the right hand side and a neat pass to Owen Drummond who placed a cross into the heart of the Formby box for James Smith to rifle an effort into the net.

The 2nd half had it all with Southport wasting chance after chance to get the equaliser Anthony Brown and Tom Rogers for SFCJ were outstanding in all departments as they set up the chances but Formby keeper was equal to all, with 5 minutes remaining a move on the left ended with Dan Thompson hitting an unstoppable 25 yarder out of the reach of the keeper and into the net. It was all they deserved and with time on their side they looked the more likely team to win the match but credit to Formby they rallied round and in the final stages it was them who let chances go begging to grab all 3 points.

The final whistle came and ended a truly eventful match with the two teams playing some fantastic football, in the end neither deserved to loose and a draw was a fair result. These two teams will challenging for the honours again this season and the way the players conducted themselves on and off the pitch they were a credit to their clubs and league.

Redgate Green 1 Southport FC Juniors 9

After a tough game in midweek Southport Manager Richard Bainbridge had the luxury of rotating his squad and rested some of his players. The fixture against Redgate is always a tough game and this was no exception, both teams battled for the upper hand in the early stages and either team could have taken the lead. It was Southport who got their rewards when Will Wilson beat a number of Redgate defenders and placed his shot inside the near post, that opened the flood gates for Southport who added further goals from James Smith, Jorge Jones, Arron Ken and a blockbuster from Dan Thompson. Redgate never gave up and always posed a threat but with Tom Rogers in demanding form in the midfield his orchestrated many a move for Southport and battled for every ball when Redgate had possession. 

The 2nd was similar to the first when Southport added further goals from Owen Drummond, Ryan Pytel, Sam Johnson and Oliver Cunningham pushed the game beyond Redgate. Redgate played some great football and were rewarded with a goal that started in the own half and the shot from the edge of the Southport box gave Callum Jones no chance. Robson Baldwin, Rob Handsford and Anthony Brown were superb for Southport battling for every ball that came their way and set up many attacks, unfortunately neither could get the goal their efforts deserved. The game ended as it started with both teams playing some great football, Tom Rogers was nominated man of the match for a faultless display in the centre of midfield.

Under 11
Town Green 6 - Redgate Yellow 6 (Midweek Fixture)

At 5-2 up, Town Green thought they had this match well and truly sewn up but they had not banked on the tenacity and resilience of Redgate Yellow.  An enthralling end to end game of football ensued with Redgate pushing and testing the Town Green defence bringing the score back to 6-5.  With one minute to go Redgate broke past the the Town Green defence and were 1-on-1 with the Town Green keeper.  Miraculously, Anthony Caunce kept his cool and parried the ball away for the Redgate corner.  With the minutes ticking away, a well taken Redgate corner rebounded into the back of the net making the final score 6-6. 

This match was played at break neck speed and the spectators could hardly catch their breath, let alone the players.  Both sides played some beautiful football and both keepers were kept busy.  Jake Beeksley and Danny Pugh stood strong at the back for Town Green and were as dependable as ever.  Jack McGregor battled at every opportunity and George Newell made some breathtaking runs down the wing, as did Connor Stockwell.

Town Green's goals came from Connor Stockwell, George Newell (2), Jack McGregor (2) and Callam Birchall.  Each and every goal was well taken and timed to perfection.  This game was played like a cup final with each team playing as though the World Cup was at stake.  The stamina, pace and agility of these under 11 boys knows no bounds and many a professional player could not have done better than these boys on a cold and rainy Monday night.  

This match scored 10 out of 10 for entertainment value.  Town Green's Man of the Match was Jack McGregor.

Under 16
Crosshouse 2 Burscough 4 (Midweek Fixture)
Burscough had the weekend off and the extra rest looked to have given them the edge in this encounter. They hit Crosshouse like a whirlwind when they scored 4 times in the opening half. The pacy Cam Cox opened the scoring when the got in behind the Crosshouse defence to steer his shot home. Danny Woodward added a second as the visitors gave the Crosshouse defence the run around.  The pace of the Burscough front line was impressive and Cam Cox added his 2nd of the night before Ste Nolan completed a 1st half rout just before the half time break.

There must have been some hairdryer treatment by Jimmy Kelly the Crosshouse manager because Crosshouse came out like a team possessed. They used the strong wind to their advantage and played a more direct game. Ben Grogan gave them hope after 10 minutes when he scored his first of the night.  Lewis Francis went dangerously close twice as Crosshouse became more and more desperate. Then Ben Grogan got his 2nd of the night and set up a grandstand finish.

As the light started to fail a lightening break from Burscough left their striker 1-on-1 with the keeper. As he rounded the Alan Riddoch in goal he must have thought that he had scored and turned away to celebrate his goal but Andy Glennon refused to accept that they would scored and burst every sinew in his body to stop the ball from crossing the line.  Time waits for no man and time ran out for Crosshouse as they suffered their 3rd defeat in 4 games. Certainly not the start they wanted, and as for Burscough, they move up to 3rd place and are handily placed for an assault on top spot.

Under 14
Skem Rangers  7 Redgate Rovers Green 0

Rangers won the game but Redgate deserve praise for their team performance  and good defensive work , especially their No 4 and the keeper who had a fantastic game saving several shots in the 2nd half.

Rangers started well with James Edgar scoring the 1st 2 goals , both balls provided by Jordan Maloney. Peter Wylie scored the next a shot from outside the box and Paul Bennett brought the HT score to 4 - 0.

2nd half Dale Slater picked out Tom Barlow to hit a great goal. With minutes remaining James Edgar picked up a Jamie Machell ball to score and a minute later hit his 4th as the keeper could not hold a Josh Seddon shot. Final score 7 - 0 to Rangers.

Man of the Match:-  James Edgar.

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