PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE ARE CHANGES TO DIVISION 4 WEST AND 5 WEST
In 4 WEST - Fixtures for Blackley and Friends United have swapped.
In 5 WEST the fixtures against Friends Sporting have changed.
We now have an incredible 66 teams in our Sunday Competition with 20 new teams for 2018 as we welcome 3 new clubs into GMCL - Little Hulton CC and Little Lever CC from the Bolton competition alongside a team from Cheshire, Kerridge CC.
There are also extra teams from current GMCL members Whalley Range CC, Friends United CC, Edgworth CC and East Lancs Paper Mill CC as their membership has increased. Glodwick CC add a 4th team to their 3rd XI entry in 2017 and Prestwich CC and Greenfield CC 3rd XIs move to Sunday for 2018. Further to this we welcome 10 teams from the former Pennine League to give us a very strong Sunday competition for #GMCL2018.
To accommodate many factors, we have moved to 8 Divisions, retaining a Premier League, Divisions 1A, 1B, 1C & 1D and Divisions 2A, 2B, 2C. We have allocated promotions to those who achieved success in 2017 and we have also looked at the numbers of games not played for a host of reasons in 2017 so now the maximum teams per division is 9.
Also impacting is that many clubs have requests not to play on different Sundays across the season where they have community events, long standing local matches, charity events or celebrations and we have tried to accommodate as many requests as possible. If you have a fixture clash from the fixtures published below or you spot a flaw in the fixtures please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .
At the Sunday third tier, where there were many games not played last year and where there are teams requesting fewer games we have 1 division of 8 and 2 divisions of 7. For those who want more games there will be a list of teams from across the competition who don’t have a game each week and teams can make arrangements for additional matches on available days. Of course, there are cup matches to play as well.
The huge change arising from the increased participation is the much improved regionalisation so more local games for most. There are games against clubs on the outer perimeter of our region but these are few in number, but bear in mind that the clubs on the outer edge have to travel further to every away game and are willing to do that for the competition we provide.