Skelmersdale United players and supporters certainly enjoyed the May Day Bank Holiday weekend, on Saturday they travelled to deepest Gloucestershire to face Cinderford Town in the Inter-Step Promotion Play-off match, coming away with a very convincing 5-1 win, with Michael Howard scoring 4 to take his seasons tally to 31. United had gained promotion to next seasons Northern Premier League.
After a 300 mile round trip and a night of celebrations United travelled the much shorter distance to current North West Counties League Champions Macclesfield for the NWC Macron Cup Quarter Final, it was Howard again who found the back of the net, with the sides poised at 2-2 with penalties looming, up stepped the youngster to send United through. It was certainly a weekend to remember for the United faithful.
United will now face Charnock Richard in the Semi Final, with the tie to take place at Chorley FC’s Victory Park this coming Saturday 7th May Kick off 3pm
DIRECTIONS TO CHORLEY
From M6, junction 27 (Standish)
Leave motorway, and head toward Wrightington.
Take first turning right (next to garage) into Mossy Lee Road.
Turn right into Boundary Lane (going over motorway bridge).
Carry on along here (road changes to Pepper Lane) to end and turn left onto Preston Road (A49) and head toward Coppull.
Follow signs for Chorley onto Spendmore Lane at first round-a-bout.
Drive along here following signs for Chorley.
Once in Chorley, Spendmore Lane becomes Moor Road and then Pall Mall following traffic lights.
Just after the Plough Inn, turn right into Duke Street, then third right (after School) into Ashby Street.
Ground is on the right.
Admission for the game will be Adults £7, Conc £5, Under 16s £2
IF CARLSBERG DID MEMORIES
Many “Old timer Skem fans will remember their trips to Victory Park, especially those from just over 52 years ago, The Lancashire Cup Final against Wigan Athletic on 28th April 1970.
“In an incredible season for Skelmersdale United, this night of emotions, when non-league giants Wigan Athletic were brought to their knees and an unbeaten 19 game run smashed apart, will stand head and shoulders above all their other conquests.
The final whistle sounded…
The pitch was covered by swarms of “old timers” and “new towners” that chanted and sang in their hundreds as skipper John Turner held aloft the Lancashire Challenge Cup for only the second time.”
and it was a happy hunting ground again 12 months later as United made it back to back wins in the Lancashire Cup again against the mighty Wigan.
“Fresh from their Amateur Cup triumph, Skelmersdale United added another piece of silverware to their growing collection by tearing apart Wigan Athletic in the Final of the Lancashire Challenge Cup at Chorley. With a magical 40 minute second half spell of non-stop aggression in which their football bubbled like a newly opened bottle of champagne, they reduced the newly crowned Northern Premier League champions to a fumbling and disjointed outfit and earned themselves the unofficial title of the finest non-league club in the North West, amateur or semi-professional.”
Skem Utd Manager Paul McNally will be more than delighted to witness scenes like those many moons ago.