A SAD DAY FOR CHESHIRE FOOTBALL AS AFTER 50 YEARS THE MID-CHESHIRE SUNDAY LEAGUE WAS OFFICIALLY WRAPPED UP. ONLY SIX TEAMS HAD COMMITTED TO NEXT SEASON AND AS SUCH IT WAS IMPRACTICAL TO CARRY ON. POCKETS HAVE PLAYED IN THAT LEAGUE SINCE 1985 AND I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THE CHANCE TO THANK EVERYONE THAT HAS BEEN INVOLVED DOWN THE YEARS. THE MANAGERS, PLAYERS, HELPERS, SPONSORS AND FANS. WE HAVE HAD SOME GOOD TIMES AND BAD TIMES BUT ABOVE ALL A LOT OF ENJOYMENT. THE SUNDAY LEAGUE WILL BE MISSED BY A LOT OF PEOPLE AND IT IS A MINOR CONSOLATION THAT IN ITS LAST YEAR POCKETS FINISHED AS LEAGUE CHAMPIONS HAVING GONE UNDEFEATED ALL SEASON.
After the District Cup final the football team had their presentation bash back at Pockets. Even though they had lost in the morning, the Premier League title was retained for the third season running and the League Cup was retained for the third year in succession.
Joey Roberts has decided to stand down as manager and was thanked for all his efforts for the last three years. He has had tremendous success and has brought some excellent players to the club with an emphasis on youth. We wish him all the best for the future.
Next season will see Pockets F.C. being managed by long serving stalwart Keith Lynch with Terry Cain and Paul Jones as his assistants. Good luck to them for 2013/14
Congratulations to the team on maintaining the Premier League title and the Gordon Bennett League Cup and our thanks go to Manager Keith Lynch who after guiding the team throughout this successful season has decided to call it a day.
Keith has been involved with Pockets F.C.for many years and the Club would like to take the opportunity of saying thank-you for the time and effort he has put in over the years and we wish him all the very best in the future. With Keith retiring the reins of management have passed to Paul Jones and Terry Cain and good luck to them for the forthcoming season.
Sunday 15th March
Barton Stadium, Winsford 11.00am
District Cup Final
MID-CHESHIRE DISTRICT CUP WINNERS 2014/15
Pockets 2 v Saxons 0
The hoodoo of Barton Stadium was finally broken for Pockets. For the last three seasons they have been losing finalists at this ground but today they overcame Saxons to win the Mid-Cheshire District Cup for the third time in their history.
Andy Whitney scored the opening goal for Pockets when he lobbed the ball over the head of Saxons’ keeper Michael Langley. Whitney turned provider later in the game when his prescence created a mix-up between Langley and a defender. He pounced on the mistake and unselfishly squared it for Dean Clarke to tap into the net.
It was by no means a classic final but Pockets will be more than happy to secure their first silverware of the season.
GORDON BENNETT LEAGUE CUP WINNERS
Gordon Bennet League Cup Final
Pockets 1 Forest Road 0
Witton Albion k.o. 11.00a.m.
A Scott Taylor goal was enough for Pockets to see off the challenge of Forest Road and secure the Gordon Bennett League Cup for the fourth season in a row.
Forest Road were competitive and hardworking and often had Pockets on the back foot, but they lost to a team that were better all round and play with more pace and skill.
Forest Road can take some consolation in that they were the only team to beat Pockets in 29 games of the domestic league and cup season.
PREMIER DIVISION WINNERS
Pockets 8 Davenham 1
The League title was won for the 5th consecutive season when 6 players scored for Pockets in this comprehensive win. Jamie Cain, Felton, Tierney, Wilding and Whitney all scored single goals but it was Scott Taylor who grabbed a hat-trick to finish his season with 27 goals and share the title of Mid-Cheshire leading goalscorer with his team-mate Dean Clarke.
The season finished on a sour note as three of the last four fixtures were cancelled.
Lodge , Knutsford Shaw Heath and Holmes Chapel all failed to fulfill their commitment to the League and points were awarded to the opponents that they let down.
Pockets finally finished nine points clear of runners-up George and Dragon and thanks must go to the management team of Paul Jones and Terry Cain and every player who has been involved throughout the season. Their commitment, team work and ability have resulted in a season of unparalleled success for the club in this their 30th season in the Mid-Cheshire Sunday League.
2014/15 TREBLE WINNERS TREBLEWINNERS
MID-CHESHIRE PREMIER DIVISION WINNERS
THE GORDON BENNETT LEAGUE CUP WINNERS
MID-CHESHIRE DISTRICT CUP WINNERS
SEASON 2015/16The George and Dragon and Pockets have won two trophies each this season and they have met in the Vic Knopp Memorial final, The Gordon Bennett League Cup final, The Mid Cheshire District Cup final and twice in the league and although Pockets lost only two of those five games, they conceded the title and the league cup and must wait till next season to see if they can regain the top spot that was theirs for the previous five years. The season did finish with
Pockets players Steve Hughes and Sean Tierney heading the league goalscorers chart with 15 goals apiece. It was very similar in the cup competitions as Steve got seven and Sean ten.
That makes midfield player Sean Tierney the overall leading scorer for the season with a very impressive 25 goals.
POCKETS F.C. 2015/2016
VIC KNOPP MEMORIAL TROPHY WINNERS
PREMIER LEAGUE RUNNERS UP
DISTRICT CUP WINNERS
LEAGUE CUP RUNNERS UP
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