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Pockets started in the Mid-Cheshire Sunday Football League way back in the 1985/86 season. Since their joining the old Third Division they progressed over the following five seasons to the Premier winning the District Cup and the League Cup along the way.
In all their time in the League they had never won the Premier Division title. The best they had achieved was runners-up under manager Bobby Thelwell.
That all changed a few seasons ago when manager Vinnie Bingham not only led them to their first League title but added the League Cup to complete an excellent double.
The following season saw the team retain their League title, win the League Cup but fail in the final of the District Cup and the semi-final of the Cheshire Cup. Not a bad return for Joey Roberts in his first season as manager of Pockets and he followed that up the next season with exactly the same results. Retaining the League title and the League Cup but  losing in the final of the District Cup and the semi-final of the Cheshire Cup.
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Paul Wilkinson           Clubman of the Year

Gary Wakefield           Chairmans Cup

Terry Cain                   Players Player

Terry Cain                   Managers Player


The management team of Paul Jones and Terry Cain Senior stood down after three years at the helm and our thanks go to both of them for the success they have brought to the club and we wish them all the best for the future.


The Mid-Cheshire Sunday League is to continue in 2017/18 season with eight teams making up the one division. Dean Clarke will take over the management of the team with Lee Grannell as his assistant.

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20/1/18

IT WAS WITH GREAT SADNESS THAT WE HEARD TODAY THAT ALAN FULHAM PASSED AWAY.

Alan was a good snooker and pool player and played football in his early years for local teams, particularly Delta Tubes. He was the secretary of Pockets F.C. for twenty years. A staunch Evertonian and a decent man he will be missed by all who knew him. Our sympathies go to his wife Kath, sons Andy and Steve and his grandchildren.

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SEASON 2017/18


3/9/17   Winsford Over 3   1      Pockets   12

The opening game of the season resulted in an emphatic win for Pockets . The enthusiastic Connor Hookes scored a hat-trick on his debut but he was bettered by captain Terry Cain who got four goals, his brother Jamie and Ryan Hughes got two apiece and a goal from Mitch Weedall brought the tally to twelve. The only downside for Pockets was in not defending tight enough when conceding the one goal that Over 3 scored. It will be a much harder game next week when they face The George and Dragon in the Cheshire Cup.

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10/9/17   Cheshire Cup               Pockets 2 v George and Dragon 2

After extra time            Pockets win 4-3 on penalties

This first round Cheshire Cup tie was memorable for missed chances by both teams. Pockets Steve Hughes and Jamie Cain were through several times but failed to test the suspect Michael Langley in the George and Dragon goal. Robbie Hatton playing up front for The George missed three golden opportunities when he found himself in a one on one situation with the Pockets keeper. He failed to convert any of them. All three were chances that he would normally have buried.

Just seven minutes into the game the George defense failed to clear their lines, and Gary Wakefield rifled home a shot from the edge of the box to put Pockets into the lead. Ex Pockets player Charlie Hatton equalised for the George with a long range shot on 33 minutes but 10 minutes later his game was over as he was sent off after receiving a second yellow card.

With 11 men against 10 Pockets should have taken advantage but The George responded well and contested everything and again and again they took the game to Pockets but with 15 minutes left, a great header from Sean Tierney, that looped over the head of the despairing Langley, put Pockets back into the lead.

The old cliche of “it’s never over till the final whistle” was proven beyond doubt as Pockets went to sleep at the back and allowed Stuart Tulloch to get on the end of a pass from Robbie Hatton and his goal in the 89th minute brought the scores level and took the game into extra-time.

Neither team could break the deadlock in the added thirty minutes, so the tie went to penalties.

Jason Currie making his debut in goal for Pockets showed what a great shotstopper he is with two superb penalty saves. He kept his team in the game and it was another debutant, Joe Pointon, who cooly scored from the spot to give Pockets a 4-3 penalty shoot-out victory and they progress to the next round of the Cheshire Cup where they will play at home against Holti F.C. of the Chester and District League .

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17/9/17               Pockets 7    Brighton Belle 2

A hat-trick for player manager Dean Clarke was the highlight of this game but although he was pleased with his finishing he was less than pleased with the two goals his team conceded. Matty Davies with two good finishes and a goal apiece for Terry Cain and Kyle Wilding made sure of an emphatic win for Pockets but they may live to regret goals conceded in a league where goal difference could play a part at the end of the season.

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24/9/17        League Cup     Pockets 1   Davenham Athletic 3

The League Cup has adopted a new format this season with two groups of four teams playing each other home and away and the top two from each group progressing to the semi-finals. Because of this format Pockets can still qualify but they will have to put in better performances than this one.

After taking an early lead through Terry Cain they were in control of the game and looked likely to overcome a hard working but limited Davenham team. The second half display from Pockets was shambolic, they lost the team shape, passes went astray and their defensive discipline was poor. Davenhams tactic of hitting long balls on the counter attack worked again and again, resulting in their centre forward Arran Davies scoring a hat-trick and giving his team a deserved success in this, the opening game of the new League Cup format.

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1/10/17  Knights Grange      League Cup   Over Three 0     Pockets 8

A hat-trick for Jamie Cain, two goals for Sean Tierney and one apiece for Karl Felton, Steve Hughes and Connor Hooks gave Pockets a comfortable win and their first points in this their second game in the league cup.

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15/10/17  Cheshire Cup Round Two  Pockets 10  Holdi F.C.

This was the first time that Chester and District representatives Holdi F.C. had entered the Cheshire Sunday Cup and after this heavy defeat it may be the last. They were two goals down after just nine minutes. Terry Cain scored a hat-trick, the first after just seven minutes of play with a terrific free kick delivered with pace that fizzed into the top corner of the net. Player/manager Dean Clarke made it two nil just two minutes later. The rest of the game was one way traffic as Sean Tierney scored a hat-trick, Kyle Wilding got two and full back Gary Wakefield also chipped in with a goal.

This was a good team performance from Pockets with everyone contributing, none more so than Connor Hooks who covered every blade of grass and proved there is no better way of clearing a hangover than ninety minutes of hard work.

Holdi got a consolation goal at the end of the game when John Fitzpatricks shot was deflected past keeper Lee Grannell but the 10-1 scoreline did not flatter Pockets and this win takes them into the last 16 of the competition where they are sure to come up against much tougher opposition

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22/10/17  League Cup:    Pockets 1 v George and Dragon 0

The pitches at Knights Grange used to be the best around but in the last two years they have deteriorated beyond belief. They have ruts, bare patches in places, the grass is too long and there are no markings. On Sunday the state of the pitch coupled with the strong winds that blew throughout the game made it hard work for both teams to play good football. This was a close, tight game, lots of hard work, very little good football but a goal to remember.

With 20 minutes of the game left, a flowing move from Pockets was finished off by a stunning twenty yard shot from James Dean that gave keeper Langley no chance of saving it. The goal was the highlight of the game and enough to give Pockets the three points in this League cup clash.

19/11/17              Cheshire Cup  Pockets 0 Rock Ferry 0                                                            Pockets win 4-2 on penalties after extra time.

This game against Birkenhead Sunday League stalwarts Rock Ferry was always going to be difficult and it certainly turned out that way as neither team could make a breakthrough in normal or extra time. Rock Ferry had the better of the first half half but a well organised and hard working display plus two good saves from goalkeeper Dave Twigg kept them at bay. James Dean had the best chance for Pockets but he couldn’t make the most of it. There was no quarter given by either side and the referee had his hands full throughout the game.      It looked as if one goal would be enough to decide the game but neither team could score so the game went to penalties. Dave Twigg proved to be the hero for Pockets, saving both of Rock Ferry’s first two penalties and with his teammates converting their first four, it saw Pockets through to the quarter-finals where they will host The Dock, another Birkenhead side, on January 7th at Knights Grange.


3/12/17  Premier League   Brighton Belle 0  Pockets 11

Nine different players scored goals for Pockets in this 11-0 rout of Brighton Belle. Terry Cain and Joe Duckworth got two apiece and Danny Cain, Jamie Cain, James Dean, Karl Felton, Zak Finnegan, Joe Pointon and Sean Tierney all got a goal apiece. Four of those goals coming in the last ten minutes as Brighton Belle ran out of steam.


ALL GAMES POSTPONED UNTIL 14th JANUARY

14/1/18   Cheshire Cup Quarter Final

Pockets 0   The Dock 1

Because of the poor condition of the pitches at Knights Grange, Pockets moved their cup game to Middlewich Town to try and make sure that there would not be another postponement. The game went ahead but Pockets were playing only their second game in eight weeks and it showed as they were unable to get to grips with The Dock in the first half. Their football was non-existent, long hopeful punts upfield being their only idea of attack. The Dock were well organised and particularly threatening on set pieces, whipping the ball in to danger areas with accuracy and pace. It was a corner that led to the only goal of the game. A great delivery into the box was missed by the Pockets defense but not by Dock defender Matty Carlin who headed home unchallenged.

Pockets got their act together in the second half, playing better football and they had the Dock hanging on for the last twenty minutes but a header over the bar from Sean Tierney and a missed chance by Steve Hughes was the closest they came to send the tie into extra time. Pockets have had a good run in this cup but they came up against a better side on the day.

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28/1/18  League   George and Dragon 3   Pockets 4

Pockets secured this win against their closest rivals for the league title by the odd goal but they were always in front and goals from Matty Davies, Terry Cain, Dean Clarke and Karl Felton secured the three points.

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4/2/18   District Cup Semi- Final  Davenham 2 Pockets 1

After the disappointment of losing in the quarter finals of the Cheshire Cup, Pockets had the chance to progress to the final of the District Cup. They took the lead in this game with a goal from Connor Hooks but Davenham equalised late in the game and when they  converted a penalty in extra time it was enough for them to go through. Pockets will now have to rely on success in the League and the League Cup if they are to pick up silverware this season.

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18/2/18  League   Davenham 1   Pockets 7

What a difference a couple of weeks make. Davenham were weaker than when they knocked Pockets out of the District Cup and the Winsford team took full advantage. A hat-trick from James Dean and goals from Finnegan, Tierney,Pointon and Terry Cain secured an easy victory.


25/2/18    League    Pockets 13   Broadhurst 0

Broadhurst are one of the weaker teams in the league and their cause wasn’t helped by losing two players through injury in the first half. With only one substitute available they played with ten men.

Pockets strolled through the game scoring thirteen goals without reply. Terry Cain scored five, taking his tally to nineteen for the season. Eight other players scored, the standout goal coming from Gary Wakefield. His powerful shot from almost thirty yards out rocketed into the top corner of the net.

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Pockets are third, still unbeaten, they have played five games, have  15 points and a goal difference of +41


4/3/18   League  Rudheath v Pockets 11.00am.  Moss Farm

Rudheath have withdrawn from the League.

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1/4/18 Knutsford Shaw Heath v Pockets

Knutsford no show. Pockets awarded three points.

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8/4/18  Pockets 9  v Over 3  3

A hat-trick from slimline Matty Davies was the highlight of this League win and conceding three goals was the lowlight.


19/4/18   Pockets  2 v Davenham Athletic 1

This was a crucial win for Pockets in their attempt to wrestle the League title back from The George and Dragon. An early goal from Matty Davies had been cancelled out by a Davenham equaliser. The game remained tight and was  only decided by player manager Dean Clarke when he sprang the Davenham offside trap late in the game to score Pockets second goal and secure three very valuable points.


22/4/18  League Cup  Pockets 9  Brighton Belle  1

Nine goals saw Pockets go through the group stage of the League Cup. Seven different goalscorers. Jamie Cain, Terry Cain, Davies, Duckworth, and Finnegan one apiece and two each for Connor Hooks and Steve Hughes.

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26/4/18  Broadhurst 0 Pockets  11

Another League win for Pockets and another hat-trick from the rejuvenated Matt Davies but his three goals were eclipsed by substitute Steve Warburton who scored four. Terry Cain made sure he is on the way to being the leagues top scorer with another brace. Danny Cain and James Dean completed the rout.


29/4/18  Pockets 20  Knutsford Shaw Heath  0

The stats are: Terry Cain 5, Joe Duckworth 4, Dean Clarke 2, Matt Davies 2, Steve Hughes 2, Sean Tierney 2, Steve Warburton 2. 1 O.G. The reality is the league is struggling in numbers and commitment. Knutsford Shaw Heath are to be commended for turning up but this could have been no fun for them and it is a poor advert for the current state of Sunday football in Mid-Cheshire.


6/5/18   Pockets 5  George and Dragon  5

If either team were to win this game then it would almost certainly mean they would secure the league title. The game was unusually open. Pockets took the lead through Matt Davies who went on to score a hat-trick but The George matched Pockets throughout the game. The scores were soon level at 1-1 and  continued see-saw fashion throughout the game. Terry Cain converted a penalty for Pockets but Andy Houston, who had a great first half for The George scored one of their five goals. Tulloch and Wadey with two apiece were their other goalscorers and with time running out it looked as if The George would hold on to a 5-4 lead. It was not to be. With just minutes left a cross from Clarke was turned into his own net by James Cain. The George defender, an ex- Pockets player, was distraught but the damage was done. Pockets now go into their last league game of the season, away to Davenham, knowing a win secures the League title.


10/5/18    Davenham 1 Pockets 4

Pockets completed their League season with a 4-1 away win at Davenham. A goal apiece for Sean Tierney and Terry Cain with two more from Matt Davies means the League title returns to Pockets and they remain unbeaten in the League this season. They finish three points above The George and Dragon

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2017/2018           LEAGUE CHAMPIONS          POCKETS F.C.

Played 12  Won 11  Drew 1 Lost 0   

Goal Difference +82     Points 34     

Terry Cain League top scorer 26 

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13/5/18                        Sue Baker League Cup Final

                           George and Dragon  4     Pockets  3

Terry Cain, the leagues top goalscorer finished his season with a stunning come back hat-trick for Pockets  but it was to no avail as The George secured the League Cup with goals from Wadey, Herd, Collins and McAlease. Pockets were always chasing this game but it looked like a chance of extra time after Cains one man assault had brought the scores level at 3-3. Ritchie Mcalease scored a fourth for The George and although Cain had the ball in the net again it was ruled out for offside and it was old foes The George and Dragon that made sure Pockets did not add the League Cup to their League title.

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POCKETS PRESENTATION AWARDS   2017/2018

CLUBMAN OF THE YEAR     MATT DAVIES

CHAIRMANS CUP                    DANNY CAIN

PLAYERS PLAYER                   TERRY CAIN

MANAGERS PLAYER              SEAN TIERNEY

The Chairman thanked Manager Dean Clarke, his assistant Lee Grannell and all the players involved in what was a difficult season because of the amount and the quality of the teams in the league, the appalling weather and the poor pitches at Knights Grange.              They were to be proud of the fact  that they had reached the quarter- finals of the Cheshire Cup, the semi-finals of the District Cup, the final of the League Cup  and the team had won the Mid Cheshire District League title.  This was the sixth time that Pockets had secured the league title and it could be the last unless things change dramatically for next season in the structure of the League.  

1st JULY 2018

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.                                                   

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HISTORICAL   

2013

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


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
POCKETS
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.
POCKETS
GORDON BENNETT LEAGUE CUP WINNERS
Gordon Bennet League Cup Final
19/4/15
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.

POCKETS
PREMIER DIVISION WINNERS
12/4/15
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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