Lancashire County Football Association

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Lancashire County Football Association
Lancashire County FA.png
Formation 1878
Purpose Football association
Headquarters The County Ground
Thurston Road
Location
David Burgess
Website lancashirefa.com

The Lancashire County Football Association, also known simply as the Lancashire FA, is the governing body of football within the historical county boundaries of Lancashire, England. They are responsible for the governance and development of football at all levels in the county.[1]

History and organisation[edit]

The Lancashire County FA was formed on 28 September 1878 at a meeting held one Sunday afternoon in the parlour of The Volunteer Inn, Bromley Cross.[2]

The LFA runs a number of different cup competitions catering for the various levels of football played throughout the county, which is based on the historic county boundaries of Lancashire, before the 1974 county boundary re-organisation, rather than the current administrative county boundaries and so includes Barrow-in-Furness to the north, Manchester and Liverpool to the south, Blackpool and Morecambe on the west coast as well as Rochdale, Oldham and Burnley to the east. The administrative area covered by the Lancashire County FA overlaps with areas covered by Manchester FA and Liverpool FA. According to the Memorandum on Areas and Overlapping of Associations the Manchester FA covers the area 12 miles from Manchester Town Hall and is confined to Lancashire. The Liverpool FA covers 18 miles in Lancashire and 8 miles in Cheshire from Liverpool Town Hall. In addition in an agreement with the Cumberland FA the Lancashire FA received eight clubs in the South Cumberland area of Millom from the end of season 1969/70.[3]

The county is divided into nine areas with each area having two members on the LFA Council,[4] The divisions are as follows

Division 1: BurnleyPendleRossendale
Division 2: Blackburn with DarwenHyndburnRibble Valley
Division 3: Bolton
Division 4: BuryRochdale
Division 5: ChorleyLiverpoolWest Lancashire
Division 6: PrestonSouth RibbleBlackpoolFylde
Division 7: OldhamManchester
Division 8: BarrowLancasterWyre
Division 9: St HelensWiganWarrington

The Lancashire FA governs 100 leagues, 4,000 teams and 1,500 referees.[1]

Lancashire County Schools team[edit]

In the 2005–06 season the Lancashire County FA Schools team won the English Schools' Football Association Under-16 Inter County Trophy. In the semi-final held at Victoria Park, Burscough, Lancashire beat Leicestershire & Rutland County Schools FA 3–1.[5] They then beat Devon County Schools FA 2–1 in the final which was held at Ewood Park in Blackburn on 11 May 2006.[6][7]

County Ground[edit]

The Lancashire FA are based at the County Ground, Thurston Road in Leyland. They moved their headquarters to the County Ground in 1998 from Blackburn.[8]

The County Ground is the current home of Bolton Wanderers reserve team, who play in the Premier Reserve League and who, in the 2009–10 season, play in the North Division.[9] The club also use the ground for all their home matches in the Manchester Senior Cup. The county representative team and county youth team also use the ground for home matches, and up until the 2009–2010 season County Cup finals were played at the County Ground. The ground has a 500-seater covered stand.

Facilities include an all-weather pitch as well as six corporate rooms, the largest of which, the Tom Finney Suite, can seat up to 100.[10]

Affiliated Leagues[edit]

Disbanded Leagues[edit]

A number of leagues that were affiliated to the Lancashire FA have disbanded or amalgamated with other leagues including:

  • Lancashire Combination
  • Bolton & District Amateur Combination
  • Fylde District League
  • Lancashire Palatine League
  • Leigh & District Amateur League
  • Preston Churches League
  • Blackburn & Darwen Junior League
  • Hindley & District Junior League
  • Hyndburn & District Boys League

Members[edit]

Full members[edit]

There are 79 clubs who have full membership of the Lancashire FA.[11] These are –

Associate members[edit]

Clubs who are associate members of the Lancashire FA include:-

County Cups[edit]

The Lancashire FA currently organises nineteen County Cup competitions.[12]

Competition Current Sponsor 2010–11 Holders
Lancashire FA Challenge Cup (Senior Cup) Canterbury of New Zealand
Lancashire FA Challenge Trophy (Junior Cup) The Co-operative Group AFC Fylde
Lancashire FA Professional Youth Cup (no sponsor) Preston North End U18
Lancashire FA Amateur Shield (no sponsor) Charnock Richard
Lancashire FA Amateur Cup Sharrocks Blessed Sacrament
Lancashire FA Sunday Trophy Maxlocal Poulton Youth
Lancashire FA Women's Knock-Out Cup Nayler Group Blackburn Rovers Ladies
Lancashire FA Under-18 Youth Cup (no sponsor) Ulverston Rangers Juniors U18
Lancashire FA Under-16 Youth Cup Rigby Taylor Aston U16
Lancashire FA Under-15 Youth Cup (no sponsor) Myerscough College J.F.D.C. U15
Lancashire FA Under-14 Youth Cup Milano Lytham St. Annes Y.M.C.A. U14
Lancashire FA Under-13 Youth Cup (no sponsor) Mill Hill (Blackburn) U13
Lancashire FA Under-12 Youth Cup Solidstrip Ladybridge U12 Pumas
Lancashire FA Under-16 Girls Knockout Cup Tesco Preston North End Women's (Juniors) U15 Blues
Lancashire FA Under-14 Girls Knockout Cup Tesco Preston North End Women's (Juniors) U14
Lancashire FA Under-18 Inter-League Cup (no sponsor) Preston & District League
Lancashire FA Under-16 Inter-League Cup (no sponsor) East Lancashire Alliance
Lancashire FA Under-14 Inter-League Cup (no sponsor) Craven Minor League
Lancashire FA Under-12 Inter-League Cup (no sponsor) Wigan & District Youth League

Recent Lancashire County FA Cup Competition Winners[edit]

Season Lancashire FA Senior Cup Lancashire FA Challenge Trophy Lancashire FA Amateur Shield Lancashire FA Amateur Cup
2005–06 Oldham Athletic Southport A.F.C. Fylde
2006–07 Blackburn Rovers Burscough Charnock Richard
2007–08 Manchester United Southport Euxton Villa
2008–09 Manchester United Skelmersdale United Little Lever Sports Club
2009–10 Liverpool Southport Blackpool Wren Rovers Hurst Green
2010–11 A.F.C. Fylde Charnock Richard Blessed Sacrament[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Governance – Lancashire, A footballing County". Lancashire County Football Association. Retrieved 2007-01-22. 
  2. ^ "About us". Lancashire County Football Association. Retrieved 2007-01-22. 
  3. ^ "FA – Memorandum on Areas and Overlapping of Associations". FA. Retrieved 2011-06-10. 
  4. ^ "About us: LFA Council". Lancashire County Football Association. Retrieved 2007-01-22. 
  5. ^ "U16 FAPL Trophy: Lancs 3–1 Leics". English Schools' Football Association. 4 April 2007. Retrieved 2008-11-06. 
  6. ^ "National Finals Round-up Under 16 FA Premier League Inter County Trophy Final". English Schools' Football Association. 2006. Retrieved 2008-11-06. 
  7. ^ "ESFA Premier League Under 16 Inter County Trophy". English Schools' Football Association. 4 April 2007. Retrieved 2008-11-06. 
  8. ^ "Local football league chiefs move to Leyland". Lancashire Evening Telegraph. 27 August 1998. Retrieved 2008-11-19. 
  9. ^ "Fixture List 2009/2010". Bolton Wanderers F.C. 2 December 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-09. 
  10. ^ "About us: Facilities". Lancashire County Football Association. Retrieved 2007-01-22. 
  11. ^ Lancashire Football Association Directory of Members Handbook 2007–08. Lancashire: Lancashire County Football Association. 2007. 
  12. ^ a b "Fixtures and Results". Lancashire County Football Association. Retrieved 2011-06-10. 

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