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Marine game off

Tonight’s match at the Butchers Arms against Marine has been called off to a waterlogged pitch.

The Bloods have no game this Saturday but return to action on the 2nd October when they entertain City of Liverpool

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FA Cup journey begins

The Bloods can take their minds off the league this Saturday as they travel into Yorkshire to meet, for, as far as we know the first time Liversedge Fc.

The team resides in the Toolstation Northern Counties East League Premier Division and are so far unbeaten this season having taken seven points from their opening three games.

They have FA Cup form as well, back in season 2004-05 getting to the Fourth Qualifying Round, beating three higher-ranked opponents along the way.

In the extra qualifying round, they beat Manchester club Abbey Hey.

The Bloods will be hoping for a cup run after the disappointments of the last few seasons culminating in a defeat at this stage last season to Squires Gate, losing the replay after being 4-2 up at the Butchers Arms.

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Tribute to a hero

This Saturday The Bloods entertain Welsh Premier League side Airbus UK and the two sides will be competing for the Tony Downes Memorial Trophy.

Droylsden has never forgotten his sacrifice for his country and now in its twelfth year it continues to  honour his memory.

Neil ‘Tony’ Downes was killed in 2007 when the vehicle he was travelling in was hit by an explosion when on a patrol with the Afghan National Army (ANA) close to the town of Sangin in Helmand Province.

The Grenadier Guards and the ANA had been taking part in an operation to help widen and deepen irrigation ditches for locals in the area. 

Tony was twenty years old, from Droylsden, he had joined the Army in 2004 and had already completed one tour in Iraq with the Grenadier Guards in 2006.

He lived with his parents Sheryl and Ronnie at the King’s Head pub on Market Street just a stone’s throw from the Butcher’s Arms.

Company Commander The Inkerman Company, Major Marcus JG Elliot-Square, said of him:

“Guardsman Downes was without doubt one of the most remarkable Guardsmen that I have had the pleasure to serve with. He was a man of huge intellect. In possession of sixteen GCSEs he was always going to be the Company’s choice as intelligence rep. This was a responsibility that he fully embraced always willing to give informed briefs at a moments notice. “He had developed such a depth of understanding about the areas that we worked in that the Company was always well prepared. Consummately professional in everything he did, he never stopped gathering vital intelligence whilst on patrol in areas such as Sangin, Gereshk and Babaji. He was completely dedicated to his job and to the men around him, making him both a pleasure and an honour to command. Guardsman Downes loved soldiering and so died doing something he loved and believed in totally. He added so much to the Company and asked for very little in return. He was a real asset and his loss will be felt keenly within The Inkerman Company and The Grenadier Guards as a whole.”

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FA Cup and FA Trophy Draws

The Bloods will travel to the winners of the Abbey Hey or Liversage extra Preliminary Game in the Preliminary Round of the FA Cup on the 24th August.

The campaign gets underway on Saturday 10 August when the extra preliminary round kicks-off across the country.

With a total number of 736 clubs entered into the FA Cup this season, 368 of them are preparing to start their Cup campaign at its earliest stage with 184 ties scheduled.

Those winners will progress into the preliminary round, where they will be joined by 136 clubs who enter the competition at this stage on Saturday 24 August, with a further 160 ties scheduled.

The prize fund for this term’s competition has also been released, with both winning and losing clubs at the earliest stage receiving payment as those who progress from the extra preliminary round pick up £2250 and the losing teams get £750.

And that theme of losing clubs receiving prize money continues until the competition reaches the first round proper in November.

There are 50 new entries to this season’s competition from the 2018-19 campaign, of which 23 of them will be FA Cup debutants.

Meanwhile the Bloods will entertain fellow league side Workington in the FA Trophy Preliminary Round on Saturday 10th October.

The scheduled game at the Butcher’s Arms against City of Liverpool on the 28th of September has been postponed because of our opponents involvement in the Extra Preliminary Round of the competition